The NASCAR playoffs round of 8 begins this weekend at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. A ticket to the championship four is on the line. The last three winners of this race, have punched their ticket to the Championship four. Will, that hold true once again?
Two of the four spots in the Championship four look all but already locked as Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick have accumulated points all season that all but assures them a spot in the championship four. The final two spots, six drivers are all going to give their best effort to get the chance to run for the championship.
Behind Busch and Harvick I think you look at who has the momentum and no one has more momentum right now then the #9 of Chase Elliott, who won two of the three races in the round of 12. And this round of 8, has three tracks that Chase has historically had great opportunities to win at. That is part of the reason why he is a favorite to win on Sunday at Martinsville. Another reason I like Chase is a favorite at Martinsville is what happened to him in this race last season. When Denny Hamlin ended Chase’s shot as his first win then. Chase is now a three-time race winner and looks well ready to compete for a shot at the 2018 NASCAR championship.
Well, there you have one of the drivers I like for Sunday, but before we get to Sunday let’s take a look at the Playoff grid to start the round of 8.
1st #18 Kyle Busch 4055 points +40 above the cutoff.
2nd #4 Kevin Harvick 4054 points +39 above the cutoff.
3rd #78 Martin Truex Jr 4038 points +23 above the cutoff.
4th #9 Chase Elliott 4018 points +3 above the cutoff.
5th #14 Clint Bowyer 4015 points -3 below the cutoff.
6th #22 Joey Logano 4015 points -3 below the cutoff.
7th #41 Kurt Busch 4015 points -3 below the cutoff.
8th #10 Aric Almirola 4006 points -12 below the cutoff.
Martin Truex Jr has won on many forms of tracks in his career but has never won at Martinsville or Bristol. I think he ends that bad fortune this weekend at Martinsville as he locks himself into the Championship four. I would however also keep your eyes on Chase Elliott, he will definitely be the one to watch in the round of 8. Tune in on Sunday as NASCAR gets one step closer to the crowning of a champion in 2018.