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2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Schedule

The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is upon us. Last year was the inaugural year for Monster Energy and stage point racing in NASCAR. Martin Truex Jr. took advantage of the stage wins (19) and was able to use them to vault himself to win his Championship. The big question is will the other drivers give more respect to those stage wins and make racing even better in 2018?

NASCAR has made some significant changes to the schedule. The Brickyard 400 will end the regular season. The Playoff opener will no longer start in Chicago; it will kick off in Las Vegas. This will be followed up at the ¾ mile short track at Richmond VA. But that is nothing though compared to NASCAR taking the third race in the Playoff to the road course of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Not only will this be the first road course race in the playoff but also the first run at Charlotte.

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Schedule

Date Location Network Race Start Radio
11-Feb Daytona 500 Qualifying FOX 12 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
11-Feb The Clash at DIS FS1 3 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
15-Feb The Duel Qualifying Races at DIS FS1 7 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
18-Feb DAYTONA 500 FOX 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
25-Feb Atlanta Motor Speedway FOX 2 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
4-Mar Las Vegas Motor Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
11-Mar ISM Raceway (Phoenix) FOX 3:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
18-Mar Auto Club Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
25-Mar Martinsville Speedway FS1 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
8-Apr Texas Motor Speedway FS1 2 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
15-Apr Bristol Motor Speedway FOX 2 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
21-Apr Richmond Raceway FOX 6:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
29-Apr Talladega Superspeedway FOX 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
6-May Dover International Speedway FS1 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
12-May Kansas Speedway FS1 8 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
19-May All-Star Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 6 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
19-May All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 8 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
27-May Charlotte Motor Speedway FOX 6 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
3-Jun Pocono Raceway FS1 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
10-Jun Michigan International Speedway FOX 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
24-Jun Sonoma Raceway FS1 3 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
1-Jul Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
7-Jul Daytona International Speedway NBC 7 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
14-Jul Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
22-Jul New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
29-Jul Pocono Raceway NBCSN 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
5-Aug Watkins Glen International NBC 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
12-Aug Michigan International Speedway NBCSN 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
18-Aug Bristol Motor Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
2-Sep Darlington Raceway NBCSN 6 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
9-Sep Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. ET IMS/SiriusXM
16-Sep Las Vegas Motor Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
22-Sep Richmond Raceway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
30-Sep Charlotte Motor Speedway NBC 2 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
7-Oct Dover International Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
14-Oct Talladega Superspeedway NBC 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
21-Oct Kansas Speedway NBC 2 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
28-Oct Martinsville Speedway NBCSN 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
4-Nov Texas Motor Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
11-Nov ISM Raceway (Phoenix) NBC 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
18-Nov Homestead Miami Speedway NBC 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM

Check out the schedule and make your travel plans to attend a race or two. Don’t forget to check out to see if there is a companion event for the XFINITY or Camping World Truck Series. Hope to see you there.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

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Win and Advance in the Chase, Win Again and Eliminate a Chaser

Martin Truex Jr. was caught a lap down at Chicagoland Speedway. He was fast, so fast that he all but unlapped himself. Fast forward to this past week at Dover International Speedway and Martin Truex Jr. was real fast. He was so fast that he almost lapped the field. When he won there were only six cars on the lead lap. Truex has now won two of the three races in the Round of 16 of the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Wining one race automatically advances you to the next round of the Chase. Winning another race may keep another competitor who may have needed to win from advancing. In this case it did not since Kyle Busch already had enough points to advance. It does get one to question what could be done with multiple wins in the Chase. Can there be a way to encourage and reward it.

Here is an idea. What if drivers win multiple races in the Chase and an extra driver is eliminated from the Chase in each round of a multiple win. For instance this round Martin Truex Jr. won two races in the first round. The next round of the Chase is the Round of 12. Since he won an additional race then the next round could have only 11 drivers; 16 drivers minus the scheduled 4 plus an extra one.

Kevin Harvick won the second race of the Round of 16. If he should win another race in the Round of 12 then another driver would be eliminated for the Round of 8 such that there would only be 7 drivers in that round.

Extrapolating out if Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. should happen to win three races in the Round of 12 then there would only be 5 drivers in the Round of 8.  If this pattern continues then Harvick and Truex would be left to fight it out at Homestead Miami Speedway.

If Truex were to win all three races of the round of 8 then he would win the Championship prior to Homestead Miami Speedway.

Think about it. Right now you win to guarantee to advance in a round but you race to maintain your position in the standings to advance. This format throws some Offense into the game. Win and advance. Win again to eliminate your competition. This just ramps it up to a whole new level.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

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A NASCAR Storybook Ending – Kyle Busch

It is finally upon us, the season ending NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead Miami Speedway where a new Champion will be crowned. This is the second year for the still new Championship format where four drivers will race each other to see who wins.  Each of the four contenders can write their own personal story to end the 2015 NASCAR history book.

Kyle Busch is not supposed to be in the Championship. He missed eleven races of the regular season and without a waiver from NASCAR would not be in contention to win the Championship at Homestead Miami Speedway. Unfortunately for many NASCAR fans if Busch wins this will be the Story even though it shouldn’t be.

It was tough to be at home and laying in bed and whatever and watching other guys race my race car first of all, but I can’t say enough about Adam Stevens (crew chief) and the teamwork and everything that went through this season of being able to keep everyone together and keep everyone focused and motivated for my return to get back in that car.” Busch added, “Since then, to go on and win some of these races and to get ourselves Chase eligible and with the rules the way the rules are, it was fortunate for us to be in this position and I feel really good about things. Can’t say enough about the M&M’s Crispy Camry tonight, we did what we needed to do and I felt like we finished fourth, which was about where we should have – maybe third, we could have run third. Overall, just did what we needed to do tonight, looking forward to next week.

Make no mistake about it. Kyle Busch came back from his injury, put on a show on his way to racing the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry into the top 30 in points so he could use his waiver. In reality he raced his way up to 20th in points wining four races along the way. With 11 top five finishes in only 24 races his season was incredible.

Fred Lorenzen is in the NASCAR Hall of Fame for his incredible seasons running less than all the races. It’s a different time but there are similarities to Kyle Busch’s season.

If Kyle Busch can win the Championship after missing eleven races in the season it will be one for the record books. His record in his shortened season was incredible. To cap that off with a Championship will truly be a Storybook finish.

If you cannot get to Homestead Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday November 22nd it will be broadcast live on NBC at 3 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

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A NASCAR Storybook Ending – Martin Truex Jr.

It is finally upon us, the season ending NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead Miami Speedway where a new Champion will be crowned. This is the second year for the still new Championship format where four drivers will race each other to see who wins.  Each of the four contenders can write their own personal story to end the 2015 NASCAR history book.

Martin Truex Jr. drives for the single car team of Furniture Row Racing. It has been rare in NASCAR for a single car team to compete with the huge multi car teams little alone challenge for a Championship. Truex and his no. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet have been right there winning races and challenging them the entire season.

Truex said, “We have kind of overcome a lot of odds, and just proud to be part of this group and looking forward to having the opportunity to do something that we’ve all dreamed about our whole lives next weekend.

No single car team has won a Championship since 1992 when Alan Kulwicki wrote his name into the NASCAR history book. Kulwicki’s Championship is one of the most memorable and talked about Championships for NASCAR fans.  If Martin Truex Jr. should be able to prevail his would be right there with Kulwicki’s and be popular with all NASCAR fans.

If you cannot get to Homestead Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday November 22nd it will be broadcast live on NBC at 3 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

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A NASCAR Storybook Ending – Kevin Harvick

It is finally upon us, the season ending NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead Miami Speedway where a new Champion will be crowned. This is the second year for the still new Championship format where four drivers will race each other to see who wins.  Each of the four contenders can write their own personal story to end the 2015 NASCAR history book.

Last year Kevin Harvick won the Championship with his own Storybook ending by wining with a brand new team in the first season of competition together. Considering that it was also the first year for the new Chase format; Harvick and his No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet team had a lot of obstacles to get through.

When asked about going to Homestead Miami Speedway again to repeat Harvick said, “I mean, you just go down there and race.  Last year I got to experience that all for the first time.  It’s definitely, definitely different.  It’s definitely ‑‑ there’s a lot more to think about.  There’s a lot more to do.  There’s a lot more things to manage.  I feel like the playbook worked okay last year, so we’ll just try that again.

This year Harvick picked up right where he left off last year and dominated the entire season. In the Championship playoffs he did show that he could be beat. He was able to win when he needed to and put together some great finishes in order to hang on and make it to the finale.

Harvick said, “I think it’s definitely been a Chase that’s been a little bit up and down for us, but the guys have battled through, and we’ve survived a lot of situations to be in contention for next week.

The Closer, as Harvick has been called, is in the last race and in contention. If he can live up to his nickname he will write another Storybook Ending for the NASCAR history book.

If you cannot get to Homestead Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday November 22nd it will be broadcast live on NBC at 3 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

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