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2018 NASCAR Father’s Day Review

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Although my time to watch NASCAR has been extremely limited due to my recent workload, I will take this time to review what all has transpired in my absence while the Monster Energy Series has taken off for Father’s Day. While there are a few slight surprises after 15 races, it doens’t change one fact about two drivers fighting for the regular season championship. But even after 15 races, there are only six drivers who are automatically qualified for the playoffs.

The biggest battle is between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, and while Harvick has the most wins in 2018, it is Kyle who has held the points lead since Martinsville. As Truex did last season, Kyle appears to be running away with the regular season leading Harvick by 75 points, but Harvick has one more playoff point than Kyle with 26 overall. Harvick once started a streak of three in a row, and then later on Kyle one of his own which led to this point. It has also been the battle of manufacturers also.

While Ford had struggled in recent years with Toyota reaping the rewards, they have had a say in eight of the 15 races run, and two of those have been won by Clint Bowyer. Bowyer snapped a winless streak which lasted nearly six years, and that streak was finally broken at Martinsville. Replacing Tony Stewart has been the biggest move for Bowyer, as he sits fifth in points. He has eight top ten finishes in 2018 with a best finish average of 10.7 along with his latest rain shortened win at Michigan.

From the looks of things, this year’s theme is based on dominance between two drivers. While Joey Logano and Austin Dillon have only one win, Martin Truex Jr looks to now find his footing, finishing in the top five in four of the last five, his last win at Pocono, but still has a ways to go to defend his championship. While it appears that the domination trend isn’t slowing down, there are 11 regular season races remaining and will resume at Sonoma next Sunday.

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