Consistency is Key for Kyle Busch as NASCAR's Playoffs Begin

Tricia Pearson
September 16, 2017

Truex has piloted the dominant vehicle in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series all season.

"Certainly, the last four laps of the last two races have been tough".

Stenhouse has won two races this season (GEICO 500 and Coke Zero 400).

"At the beginning of the season, you just want a shot to compete for a championship, and we have that in front of us", Truex said in a statement.

"Last year was a great way to kick it off for us and the whole first round was really good winning two of three races, and hopefully we can do that again", Truex said. We've got a few little things to work on, but all in all, I feel like we're definitely one of the strongest teams. The 16 drivers who will compete for the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series championship have been decided.

Chicagoland Speedway has one more race in the playoffs before it goes back to its roots next year.

Now holding the 12th - and final - berth to the postseason, Gaughan sits 25 points above Dakoda Armstrong on the cutoff line.

Martin Truex Jr. still disagrees with the late caution call that cost him a win at Richmond. The PGA Tour even comes to the Chicago region this weekend for the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest.

The top eight drivers after Friday's race will qualify and Truex sits in ninth place, just seven points behind Ben Rhodes.

But this move back to the summer isn't a negative for the track. "We for sure can get better because we're not good right now". "We're expecting a big family weekend".

Johnson and the 48 team are as motivated as ever to win at Chicagoland.

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"Win and you're in" is the name of the game in NASCAR. His most recent Cup Series win came last month at Bristol.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Noah Gragson will attempt to complete the process in Friday's 225 at Chicagoland Speedway (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1).

"I've practiced at the simulator at TRD (Toyota Racing Development) and have been working with my crew chief, Marcus Richmond, to prepare", Gragson said. Truex's pit-crew got him out ahead of previous race leader Chase Elliott, with the #78 driver going on to blast past Ryan Blaney on fresher tyres to take the victory. "I've never been to Chicagoland so it will be tricky, but as long as I can do my job and be focused, that will be the main goal". He now has six poles this season, a career high.

Don Kos of Rockdale and other NASCAR fans, however, said they like the cooler September weather.

Fox in the Fast Lane, I'm Matt Napolitano, FOX News.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs begin this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. A win in the Playoffs automatically advances a driver to the next round and adds five points to his playoff points total.

We'll hear from playoff drivers drivers like top-seeded Martin Truex Jr.

Kevin Harvick backed up Kenseth's assessment that the safety teams have had issues this season. Kyle Larson, who finished ninth a year ago, is second.

But the past three seasons have been a complete turnaround for the native of Mayetta, New Jersey, who began racing full time in the top series in 2006.

My next pick for the race win is a Joe Gibbs Racing driver. Sadler leads teammate William Byron by 95 points.

What to Watch for: Only one playoff berth remains heading in to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season finale.

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