The Cup Off-Season, Part 2

Thanks to all of you who participated in dialogue after my last article. Sounds like many of you are still fed up with NASCAR and don’t see much a future in it for yourself.

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Martin Truex, Jr Is Rewarded For Stellar Season

This is the way it is supposed to work. The team that put together the most wins all season won the title. Martin Truex, Jr finished with the most wins (8 including Homestead) and the most top 5 and top 10 finishes. He also had 6 DNFs, so that shows you just how good the 78 was.

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Is Martin Truex Jr. the New King of the Mile-and-a-Half?

Jimmie Johnson who? Remember the good old days when the Chase was stacked with mile-and-a-half tracks that seemed to suit Jimmie Jonson? He rode that Chase format and those tracks to seven Cup titles. We may have had a preview of the 2017 playoffs formerly called the Chase at Chicago where Martin Truex, Jr spanked the field for his first playoff win. Truex and Kyle Busch started on the front row and Busch held the lead for most of the first stage, which he won. But then things took a…

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Martin Truex, Jr Loses Another Race at the End; Larson Wins Richmond

Once again, Martin Truex, Jr lost the race in the closing laps. He dominated the second half of the race but lost the lead on a late over time restart to Kyle Larson. The restart should not even have been necessary after Derrike Cope, yes he is still racing, smacked the wall. Cope was able to continue and considering how late in the race it was, it certainly did not warrant a caution. But someone in the NASCAR booth had an itchy caution finger all night. More on that later.

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Kyle Busch Gets His Win at Pocono

Kyle Busch grabbed the pole, the first stage and then his first win at the Cup return to Pocono. He led a race high 74 laps and beat Harvick to the line by over 6 seconds. That is a fast car. But NASCAR found a loose lug nut so look for a fine for the crew chief. The 6 and 17 were also missing lug nuts, so fines all around!

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