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MENCS Playoffs Round Of 12: Seeds 5-8

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The first four seeds in the Round of 12 have a pretty strong case with what is in store for the next three races, mostly involving mile and a half tracks. We of course cannot leave out the only restrictor plate race which is Talladega, which is the biggest wild card of them all. As of this season, both Talladega and Kansas have swapped places due to the fact that the 2.66 mile track causes more damage in the playoffs. So it will be Charlotte, Talladega and Kansas to round out this portion of the postseason.




Time to have a look at seeds 5-8 and to see how they will manage the following tracks.

  • 5. Jimmie Johnson (3,017): Out of the seven mile and a half tracks run so far throughout the entire season, Johnson’s only win came in Texas. The last mile and a half was Chicagoland where he finished eighth, but on the previous tracks Johnson has finished eleventh or worst and only finished seventeenth earlier at Charlotte and 24th at Kansas. On the restrictor plate races, he has only one top ten and that is eighth at Talladega but no top ten at Daytona.
  • 6. Kevin Harvick (3,015): Now the only Stewart-Haas driver left in the playoffs, Harvick has his work cut out for him. The restrictor plates were not too kind to him this season, with only a best place finish of 22nd at Daytona and 23rd at Talladega. With the exception of Las Vegas however, Harvick has had better success even at Kansas (eighth) and Charlotte (third). He finished third at Chicagoland which kept him from falling out of the Round of 16.
  • 7. Denny Hamlin (3,103): His performance on restrictor plate races could have been better, but Hamlin did fair on the mile and a halves before finally getting his first win at Loudon. Only best finish at restrictor plates was eleventh at Daytona, but tied his best finish this season on 1.5 mile tracks with a fourth place finish at Kentucky and Chicagoland. Best scenario this postseason is finishing fifth at Charlotte and possibly scoring his third straight top ten on mile and a halves or even a win.
  • 8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (3,010): By far the biggest surprise in all of NASCAR, mostly due to winning two of the restrictor plate races at both tracks and that could prove fatal for some drivers. That is mainly because Talladega is on the list, but the downside on mile and a halves, he has no top tens whatsoever (best finish eleventh at Kansas). With mediocre finishes at Chicagoland and New Hampshire, he had to fight off Ryan Newman to hold his spot in the playoffs.

News and notes: Crew chiefs for Clint Bowyer and Erik Jones were each hit with $10,000 fines for a loose lug nut after Dover.

The 2018 Rules package was released which talks about improving the Laser Inspection Station along with the introduction of a common splitter and radiator including an oil cooler for super speedways. All cars will have one rear gear for each track except for repaved and reconfigured tracks.

They will also install Incident Data Recorders (IDR) to the driver’s right of the cockpit to improve quality feedback during crashes. Teams will now be required to use 13 short block engines for two full weekends each but have the option of which races they may use them in. Engines will be sealed to prevent tampering and backup cars must no longer hold engines inside them while being unloaded.

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