Matt Kenseth was simply not going to be denied Sunday afternoon at Phoenix Raceway.
In one instant, Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway saw one driver rejoicing and left another one brokenhearted, after contact between Austin Cindric and Ben Rhodes decided the outcome of the final berth in the Championship 4.
As Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford team prepare for the second of three races in the third round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, the goal remains essentially the same as it’s been for them in every race this season.
It took a roller-coaster day to make it possible, but Kyle Busch rallied from below the elimination line to move on in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs thanks to his performance in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Jamie McMurray entered Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday hoping to channel the luck from his two prior wins at the 2.66-mile oval into a strong run that would keep his playoff hopes alive.
It took a gutsy strategy call from crew chief Brian Pattie, a lot of nail-biting and “driving our guts out” in the final laps, but at the end of Sunday’s Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had found a way to remain above the cut line and advance to the Round of 12 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.
A year ago entering the NASCAR XFINITY Series playoff opener at Kentucky Speedway, Matt Tifft was simply thankful to be at the race track.
Sunday’s Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway was defined mostly by the amount of pit road mishaps and penalties that occurred during the race, and how the playoff contenders affected battled back from them.
For the legendary Wood Brothers Racing team, this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff opener at Chicagoland Speedway marks a unique first for the organization that has been a part of NASCAR’s premier division since 1953.
It was a long and stressful wait for Matt Kenseth Saturday night at Richmond Raceway, but after an overtime-extended finish to the Federated Auto Parts 400, the 2003 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion found himself with a spot on the playoff grid and a chance to contend for his second title.