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MENCS Playoffs Round Of 12: Seeds 9-12

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Well this is it, the final list of the Round Of 12 before the second round begins, but if any four drivers end up in these spots after Kansas, they will be going home. Only one of these final four drivers have a win and for that driver, that win came from somewhere else and is not on the list. There are two young guns and two hardened veterans who will look to drive hard from Charlotte to Kansas and how they survive the mile and a halves and the restrictor plate depends on how they perform.

For these 9-12 drivers, it pretty much starts off as a must win in Round Two.

  • 9. Ryan Blaney (3,008): With only one top ten in the Round of 16, Blaney somehow managed to survive Dover three laps down. From the look of his previous performances from the next schedule, he looks to have little hope. His only best finish out of the three is a fourth place finish at Kansas, but didn’t even make it out of Talladega alive and Charlotte wasn’t too pleasent either. If Blaney wants to bring Wood Brothers a title before leaving, they better find something.
  • 10. Chase Elliott (3,006): A second place finish at Chicagoland may have given him a great start, but losing the lead to Kyle Busch at the last moment at Dover may have him dejected. Chase may have done exceptionally well on mile and a halves but not so much at Charlotte or Kansas and not much to show on restrictor plates either. If he could somehow use his top five performances as a learning tool for Charlotte and Kansas, he can finally get the runner up monkey off his back.
  • 11. Matt Kenseth (3,005): With top ten starts in all three playoffs races, Kenseth hasn’t had much trouble finishing in the top ten in two of those. With fair success at Charlotte and Kansas, not so much at Talladega. With a fourth place finish at Charlotte earlier, it seems like the best chance to nail a win and avoid the bottom four. In the Round of 12, this could be his last chance to bring home a title for Joe Gibbs Racing before he drives into the sunset.
  • 12. Jamie McMurray (3,003): Fair results of top tens across the board with the exception of Charlotte (12th), and thankfully Talladega is in the cards for him after a runner up finish earlier behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr. If McMurray can somehow survive Talladega and hopefully pull off a better finish at Kansas, he looks to join his young teammate in the Round of 12. If you have the biggest finish from Talladega sitting in the bottom four, then you truly have an upset advantage.

Your Round Of 12 is set. Talladega is the true wild card that will most likely rearrange the playoffs structure and leave the favorites out in the cold. Survive Talladega and you still have a chance, and if not wait until next year.

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