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Sport A win from these overdue drivers would help stale NASCAR season

18:21  14 june  2018
18:21  14 june  2018 Source:   latimes.com

NASCAR America: Examining solutions to issue of Cup drivers in Xfinity races

  NASCAR America: Examining solutions to issue of Cup drivers in Xfinity races Invitation races in which Cup drivers field their own equipment could be a solution to how many Xfinity races the Cup drivers can run.Both feel that the limitations currently in place are probably sufficient, but still recognize that some changes can be made to improve the competition and give Xfinity drivers a better path to the big leagues.

He’s one of six drivers with one win at Talladega – which came back in 2014 – and he needs a third victory this season to lock himself into the Round of 8 in the playoffs. If there is any driver out there who is long overdue for a win – a real win – it’s Logano.

“The schedule just became a little bit stale ,” Harvick said at the NASCAR Media Tour in January. Now, none of these drivers pretended altering the location of certain races or adding and subtracting them from the IndyCar driver makes good on promise to jump in frigid fountain after winning race.

Kyle Larson et al. posing for the camera: NASCAR driver Kyle Larson with the Monster Energy Girls after winning the pole for the Monster Energy All-Star race on May 19, 2017, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.© Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS NASCAR driver Kyle Larson with the Monster Energy Girls after winning the pole for the Monster Energy All-Star race on May 19, 2017, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. The list of winning NASCAR drivers so far this 2018 season has been ... underwhelming, to say the least.

Really, you've got three tiers of winning drivers. Atop the pyramid are Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, whose five and four wins, respectively, pace the rest of the field. Then there's Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer, who each have a pair of victories (thanks to Bowyer's second last weekend at Michigan). And rounding out the field, you have Joey Logano and Austin Dillon, both of whom have a single win.

Keselowski concerned about running All-Star package too often

  Keselowski concerned about running All-Star package too often Brad Keselowski: "We should always be mindful of our responsibility as a sport to make sure that the best drivers are able to showcase their talent.'BROOKLYN, Mich.  — Former champion Brad Keselowski cautioned against NASCAR using the All-Star package in many races, saying Friday that “if we overdose on that particular format of racing, it will have … a severe long-term negative effect.

No Events at this time. NASCAR TALKNASCAR Select Driver . NASCAR figured out stage racing and gave fans plenty of action throughout last season . Two feet? That will help manage my risk as well.”

NASCAR needs to change its " stale " season finale and rotate between circuits, according to 2014 Cup champion Kevin Harvick. The unluckiest F1 driver of 2018 Of all the drivers on the 2018 Formula 1 grid, one in particular sits on a points tally that doesn't do justice to his performances this season

But that's it. Six drivers have won all 15 of the Cup Series races this year. That isn't a bad thing in and of itself, but it does mean the season is starting to feel stale. The same Victory Lane photos, the same names to monitor every week.

The good news is, these six won't be the only drivers to win a race this season. The past three seasons there have been 12, 13 and 15 winners, so we're certainly overdue for a few more in the coming months. But which winless drivers are most deserving of one of those victories? A few names to watch below:

Kyle Larson: The up-and-coming 25-year old had already won two races by this time last season, so he certainly hasn't followed up on his breakout 2017 campaign. But that isn't to say Larson has had a poor 2018. Larson is currently 10th in the Cup Series points standings, the top Chevy of the year. He already has three second-place finishes, including Bristol (when he was bumped off the lead with five laps to go). Make no mistake: Larson will win at some point this season. He's too good and too consistent not to. Of all the drivers who deserve a win, Larson is tops on the list.

Keselowski: Win at Michigan would be like winning Daytona 500

  Keselowski: Win at Michigan would be like winning Daytona 500 Rochester Hills' Brad Keselowski spoke about his desire to win at Michigan International Speedway and much moreHere are five things Keselowski said during a lengthy, entertaining media session at MIS on Friday afternoon.

With the help of a great friend and no money, I made my way to Indiana to drive a USAC Midget because that was where you became a NASCAR driver (it worked for Jeff Gordon). We failed miserably in 2007, but in 2008 we won a lot of poles, set a track record

He may not have the most wins or championships but if all these drivers were in there prime competing against each other and I had to pick one to win , as of now I'd pick Pearson. The first champion of NASCAR . He didn't win after that season , but he got the sport off to a great sport.

Kurt Busch: The elder Busch hasn't matched his younger brother on the track in some time, but he has recorded at least one win each of the last four seasons. Even without a victory yet in 2018, Busch sits at seventh on the points leaderboard and has three Top 5s. Busch has surprised as the third driver for Stewart-Haas Racing, providing the team with real depth and a chance for race wins alongside Harvick and Bowyer. The 2004 Cup Series champ isn't as consistent as Larson, but for every rough finish, there is seemingly another in the Top 10. Given the highs he has experienced this year, Busch should record at least one win before the season ends.

Ryan Blaney: It's been a tough season for Blaney so far, especially for all the offseason hype surrounding him. Moving to a new high-profile team at Penske, being marketed as one of NASCAR's future stars, the son of a former driver - it's a lot to bestow on a 24-year old. But give Blaney credit for how he has handled things, even without a second career victory to boast. He sits at ninth in the points standings and has positioned himself well for a playoff run. Blaney had a rough April and May, but was one of the sport's top drivers before then - look for him to continue recapturing his form, and if it's not too late, collect his second-ever Cup victory.

NASCAR America: Sport needs more races like Iowa Speedway

  NASCAR America: Sport needs more races like Iowa Speedway The Xfinity and Truck races at Iowa Speedway left drivers and analysts calling for more events on this style of track.Late-race battles for the lead with Kaz Grala’s unsuccessful last-lap pass on Brett Moffitt and Christopher Bell’s near miss at closing the distance on Justin Allgaier is something that has been missing from the Cup series for much of the season, and the action had a lot to do with the configuration of the speedway.

Drivers had a lot to say about the final race of the 2017 NASCAR Cup season . Matt Kenseth – Finished eighth: “Obviously, last week was a magical week or race – to win that race and then this week has been really fun.

It's Jimmie 'Six-pack' Johnson now, winning his sixth NASCAR championship in a smooth cruise. Mr. Five-Time became Mr. Six-Time here Sunday night, Jimmie Johnson finishing ninth in the final race of the season to clinch yet another NASCAR Sprint Cup championship -- his sixth in the last eight

Chase Elliott: So no, Elliott isn't in the same category as Larson, Busch or Blaney. He's never won a Cup Series race (in 92 tries), and he started off the year so poorly he had to fight to get back into playoff contention. Now that he's in 13th overall in the points standings, it's time for him to work toward that first victory. He has a second-place this season at Richmond, plus thirds at Phoenix and Talladega, but there hasn't been any consistency from him (or the rest of Hendrick) this year. 2018 was supposed to be the year Elliott stepped up as a driver and as a NASCAR icon, but to date, only the latter has come to fruition. He might not be due a win yet, but when he does earn one, it'll be a boon for NASCAR overall.

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Who's Hot/Who's Not

HOT

Clint Bowyer: A second win this season bumps Bowyer into the Top 5 in the points standings, and he's now officially in the running for a serious postseason run.

Kevin Harvick: Another Top 5 finish is about par for the course this season with Harvick, who almost won his sixth race of the season at Michigan.

NOT

Matt Kenseth: Some questionable officiating hurt Kenseth at Michigan, but he hasn't done much of anything so far in his short Cup Series return.

Jimmie Johnson: A 20th-place finish at Michigan saps some of the positive momentum Johnson was carrying, but he's still 12th in the points standings.

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