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Five Hottest Drivers After Pennzoil 400

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The West Coast swing of the 2018 Monster Energy series had began in Las Vegas, and ended with a penalty yesterday after the Pennzoil 400. The rear window on Kevin Harvick’s car was found to be altered and the rocker panel extension was supposed to be aluminum. Due to the this fact, Stewart-Haas Racing was docked 20 driver and owner points along with losing all seven playoff points earned during the race. More will be discussed after we run down the amended list of the five current hottest NASCAR drivers.

  1. Joey Logano: After the first three races in 2018, Logano appears to have things together again with three consecutive top tens. He led 25 laps and has a best finish of fourth in the Daytona 500, and his seventh place finish at Las Vegas moves him to 5.7. Due to Harvick’s post-race penalty, Logano has now regained the points lead for the regular season.
  2. Martin Truex Jr: After a disappointing finish to the Daytona 500, the defending champion has now ran off two consecutive top fives. Truex got his highest start and finish this season overall in Las Vegas and looks to be the most consistent Toyota in the field right now even with Ford taking advantage early. He is not necessarily in a slump so to speak.
  3. Kyle Busch: Possibly the only driver who could catch Harvick and win on his hometrack for only the second time. Second is his best finish so far in 2018 and has now propelled to fifth in the regular season standings and now looks to be the Joe Gibbs Racing flagship driver once again. This could mean that Toyota is ready to battle it out with Ford.
  4. Kyle Larson: Most likely the best Chevrolet on the track right now when it was believed that Hendrick would start 2018 strong. Two consecutive top ten starts along with two finishes with a best place so far of third in Las Vegas. The most amazing fact from all of this is even if he is the best Chevrolet at the moment, Larson has yet to lead a lap.
  5. Brad Keselowski: With Ryan Blaney still settling in nicely, it looks to have helped Team Penske early in 2018. Keselowski’s sixth place finish at Las Vegas shot him up to seventh in points and doesn’t appear to have been slowed down after his early Daytona 500 exit. Team Penske looks to be on a possible tear if things go right on the West Coast.

Rodney Childers has been fined $50,000 and will still be available for Phoenix, but car chief Robert Smith is suspended for the next two races. SHR can appeal the penalty if they wish, but so far no word is known if they will do so. The loss of 20 driver points also drops Harvick to third in the standing heading into Phoenix.

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