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MENCS Playoffs Round Of 12: Seeds 1-4

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The Round of 12 from Dover has now been set, and the schedule coming up is one of the biggest ones yet. The Monster Energy Series returns to mile and a half tracks for the first time since racing in Kentucky in July, which could prove helpful for some drivers who haven’t won in awhile. Round Two will now consist of Charlotte, Talladega which a 2.66 mile restrictor plate race and finish with Kansas. Charlotte will now start on a Sunday, most likely due to rain outs the last two Saturday night races.

Out of seven mile and a half tracks, six of them have been won by three current playoff drivers. Austin Dillon won the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte earlier this season, but is now eliminated. His outing should open up the door for a new driver who has yet a race at all whether in the regular season or the post season. As we begin to count down the seeds of the Round of 12, we will start with seeds one through four and how they are ranked in points thanks to the new stage format.

  • 1. Martin Truex Jr (3,059): Since the start of the playoffs, Truex has started in the top three throughout the Round of 16. He advanced to the Round Of 12 by finishing tenth in Stage One, third in Stage Two and then winning at Chicagoland. Out of the seven mile and a half tracks, Truex has won four of them and earlier won at Kansas and finished third at Charlotte after leading 233 laps. Out of the seven mile and a half tracks, Truex has led 765 laps.
  • 2. Kyle Busch (3,041): Outlasting Truex at Loudon and passing Chase Elliott at the last minute in Dover has proven so far that he is practically unstoppable in the playoff unless something goes wrong. Three consecutive top row starts including two consecutive poles, he is by far the hottest driver in the playoffs. Out of the seven mile and a half tracks however, Kyle has finished in the top five in three of them, best finish was second in Charlotte but has led 319 laps.
  • 3. Kyle Larson (3,034): Finished in the top five the entire first round along with a second place finish at New Hampshire while leading a total of 138 laps. Since Watkins Glen, Larson has made eight consecutive top ten starts along with six top fives. Larson’s best finish at mile and a halves is second four times, the most runner ups from any driver with a total of five top fives but has only led seven laps. Laps led or strong finishes, Larson can still be a threat.
  • 4. Brad Keselowski (3,020): Did fair with a best finish of fourth at New Hampshire but only had one top ten start in the Round of 16. Keselowski won the first mile and a half of the season at Atlanta, and has finished in the top ten in the rest except for Charlotte and Kentucky. He led only 115 laps on four of the tracks, 89 at Las Vegas but is not on the playoff schedule yet. Keselowski finished second at Kansas and 39th at Charlotte, but seventh at Talladega.

News and notes: Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of former engine builder and car owner Robert Yates, who passed away after a year long fight with liver cancer. He was recently inducted into the 2018 NASCAR Hall Of Fame class in May as he won championships as a builder in 1983 and as an owner with Dale Jarrett in 1999. Robert Yates was 74.

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