Halfway to the playoffs and two stories, NASCAR's premier series features a common theme: Score.
There are the playoff points that Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick accumulate at a rate fast enough that half of this year could be stitched together by September.
And then there are the "normal" points, which will get worse in the next 13 races to get all the remaining places in the 16-driver playoff field.
There were six winners in the first 13 races, mainly due to Busch (four wins) and Harvick (five). If the two hottest riders in the NASCAR Premier series can maintain their steady pace, and if a combination of Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer and Austin Dillon can repeat (probably), there will likely be more spots In the five seasons, the playoffs were reorganized in 2014.
The playoff lineup will be filled first by the winners, and if there are fewer than 16, the remaining places will be awarded on points. The record for the most qualifying qualifiers was five in 2015 (Jamie McMurray, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard and Bowyer), and it seems a good chance for at least as many or more this year.
As NASCAR grinds Through the grueling summer track with slick racetracks and stifling heat, the excitement could rise against the background of a point race – especially with a new schedule for 2018, another 1.5-mile track (Chicagoland) and a new one Includes cutoff races.
In the final of the regular season on September 9 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NASCAR seems to be learning in the direction of the All-Star Race rules, mixing the Restrictor plates and Aero channels to bundle the field.
The current championship should make it a breeze, as there is virtually no chance to have 16 playoff positions for 16 winners.
If there's a point battle of, for example, more than a dozen riders competing for the last six or seven playoffs, single-handedly turn the B Rickyard to the desperate need to contribute to the 2.5-mile track revive dwindling crowd.
Although last year's race was one of the most memorable events because of the three-way lead for the lead, it could be even more exciting to see multiple drivers duel for positions within the field in the descending laps, though Racing resembles the all-star race.
For example, Busch and Harvick could inadvertently make the Brickyard a must-have this season – and simultaneously turned the playoffs into a wild crush of 14 riders for two spots in Miami.
It's not a matter of course that they're in the championship final, pursuing Busch (25 playoff points) and Harvick (24), where defending champion Truex was last season (16 after 13 races). At this rate, both will claim mega bonuses from their regular season standings and go down as co-favorites in the playoffs.
Kyle Busch won at Charlotte Motor Speedway, meaning he won at every leg of the Cup
This STILL comes true on September 30, when the first race is on Charlotte's road course. Yes, the track will carry a "Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval" designation on the plan, and her debut will mean he will not have won every cup layout.
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Start with the fact that the "Roval" course is all but 400 feet of the 1.5-mile oval, the bush finally conquered Sunday night in the Coca-Cola 600.
And let us remember that many famous ovals also have racetracks that hold races, and little distinction is made in the designation.
Jeff Gordon and Michael Schumacher are both five-time winners at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Will Power became the Indianapolis 500 for the first time, but is a four-time winner at IMS. Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt and Jamie McMurray have several Signature victories at the Daytona International Speedway – in the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24.
NASCAR will recognize the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval as a "new" track that opens a Pandora's box for retrofitting its Records
Traces are rarely reclassified after alterations or reconfigurations that alter the racial color of their races. The layout of Roval could be on a different level, but Richmond Raceway's 65 year development.
It started as a half-mile dirt road before it was paved in 1968. Two decades later, it was demolished and rebuilt into the current 0.75-mile track
None of this is over-clear (unless you have an eagle eye for varying distances) on Racing-Reference.info, the deservedly respected NASCAR Bible historical information , Richard Petty has 13 victories in Richmond – not 10 on the sidewalk and 3 on the dirt (which should count as much as a "new" route, rather than turning a 1.5 mile oval into a street circuit).
Bush was allegedly told less An hour after he was the first driver of the modern era to win on every track (because NASCAR counts the Charlotte Roval as a "new" track), the record lasted four months.
How about letting him enjoy? much longer than that? How in until next time a new track is actually added to the schedule?
It is often discussed which NASCAR driver could next try to drive the 500-Coca-Cola 600 Doublehead from Indianapolis.
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Power's Indy 500 victory, paired with his 2014 championship, should allow him to write his own ticket with team owner Roger Penske, who unites the teams of IndyCar and NASCAR in Mooresville, North Carolina under one roof , Power has expressed a desire to drive a stock car, as have teammates Simon Pagenaud and Josesf Newgarden (who also have IndyCar titles).
"Hell, yes," Newgarden said last week. "I love NASCAR, I think it's great, open-wheel cars have captured me as a kid, that does not mean I do not like stock cars, but I also like the resurgence of drivers who say they want to do it all. I think there are a lot of people who want to do everything and always have.
Joke Pagnaud: "I am very French but could do it. I can drink coffee while I drive, no problem. I can do it. "
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"When you drive for Roger, you have to focus on what you've been hired for first, and you'll be hired to win the Indianapolis 500 and the championship, and if you do. A great job, maybe you will I hope this happens. "
The growth of road courses in both the Xfinity (Road America is a longtime IndyCar venue) and the Cup Series could also be more opportunities Offer. James Hinchcliffe is one of the IndyCar drivers who reportedly drove one-time road courses in NASCAR.
And based on how he handled single file restarts in Indy on Sunday, we would not mind giving Alexander Rossi a shot,
For the second time this season, four Chevrolet drivers (Jimmie Johnson That's also happened on the Bristol Motor Speedway, but the feat on a 1.5-mile track is an encouraging sign of a new, more aerodynamic Camaro Advantage of Ford and Toyota is missing.
The impact of the NASCAR Optical Scanning Station certainly seems to have helped Ford drivers, who since the previous season hinted that the new inspection system would benefit their fusions with more downforce.
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This is not unusual as teams would have their own templates when NASCAR used the metal silhouettes for measurements, but Probst said the OSS 'efficiency and accuracy (based on two dozen high-resolution cameras and projectors) make it a more attractive option for teams.
Although NASCAR offers an OSS for teams at its R & D center in Concord, North Carolina, many rely on OSS in their business because they take measurements throughout the vehicle manufacturing process.
"I think we expected the teams to buy that," Probst said in the last episode of NASCAR's NBC Podcast. "Teams measure (cars) several times as it passes through the store, which is a very reasonable thing to do."
"There are many reasons to buy the technology. It's relatively simple, the results are pretty quick and accurate. It is relatively cheaper compared to many other solutions. It is a more efficient system in general.
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The reason? Kasey Kahne ran over the primary weapon's hose as he entered the stable in front of him and tore it from the hands of Chopper Houston Stamper.
It would be unfair to suffer from the actions of a rival driver who has no effect. But there are two important rules of thumb to keep in mind.
-A rider entering his stable has the right to enter as quickly and as quickly as desired (without injuring the box of another car).
-It's Every Pit Crew Responsible The only way NASCAR Kahne could have punished would have been if he'd avoided interfering with Jones & # 39; Stop.
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The record The highest percentage of laps driven in the last 55 years of the longest NASCAR race was 83 percent (Jim Paschal 1967).
How is this dominance possible in a race that in the past requires constant adjustments to keep up with temperature sensitivities surface that can vary wildly in the course of four hours in the transition from glowing sun to a chilly evening.
The simplest explanation might be that the Charlotte of Truex ruled in 2016, and Bush this year emphasizes the importance of keeping clean air on an aerodynamic superspeedway.
Team bosses Cole Pearn and Adam Stevens can better set the car with their championship caliber starters who are able to provide the best feedback under static conditions. And as teams perform nonstop high-fidelity simulations, there's more information about making setup calls than ever before.
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We h It's been written before, but to topple a fan on a hot track on national television would be a really bad thing, not just for the event, but for the race in general. Whatever tracks have to be spent to fix this, so fans stay away from the chain in the future, it's worth it.