The theme of this entire year has been dominating performances. Not just by one driver which has happened before by both Hall of Fame drivers and an upcoming inductee, but by multiple drivers.
They are called the “big three” for a reason in 2018, because right now the only way to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup title is by defeating three different drivers, and possibly doing whatever it takes to make it happen. Rolling into the Bluegrass State, the focus was taking down the top three playoff drivers for the 2018 title race. One finished fifth, another pulled through in fourth. Neither was satisfied to be in that spot, but it still was strong enough to keep momentum.
The third one in that bunch, however, was untouchable.
Martin Truex Jr. had the car to beat not just Saturday, but immediately off the truck. Win the pole, the first and second stages, and in the end, got to toast to victory with his team. There have been 19 races so far this season. We’ve had two first-time winners, a Talladega pop up through the roof, and a driver that finally took the No. 14 back to victory since taking over.
Every other race…won by the big three.
The victory paid dividends for one participant as it added yet another victory to their total for the season. Here’s a look at where we all stand after the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart:
Note: Due to site updates and me on location at another event, the pick article was unable to be posted as planned. However, the points are listed based on Kentucky picks.
Sal Sigala Jr. – 723 – Kyle Busch finished 4th (4) 23
Ashley Hobbs – 688 – Kyle Busch finished 4th (5) 26
Penny Whitecotton – 678 – Kevin Harvick finished 5th (5) 26
Trisha Rodisch – 678 – Kyle Busch finished 4th (4) 23
Rob Tiongson – 668 – Martin Truex Jr. WON (3) 17
Billy Fellin – 615 – Brad Keselowski finished 3rd (3) 22
Dustin Parks – 613 – Brad Keselowski finished 3rd (0) 2
Misan Akuya – 610 – Kyle Larson finished 8th (4) 23
Rob Blount – 555 – NO PICK SENT (2) 14
Next Race: Sometimes a short race is a good thing for teams. Less wear on the equipment takes place, less time at the track, and also sometimes means more intensity due to the shortened distance. Often, those races are reserved for specialty events, or the road courses.
Not this track, as it’s a trip north to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the only track that is an oval, but doesn’t run a 400-mile distance.
Someone is hoping for some magic, and all participants want some as well, maybe some more than others. Lock in those picks by Thursday, July 19, at 10 p.m. ET for the Foxwoods 301.