In the event you missed Sunday’s race at Talladega, the picture above really sums everything up. I counted just 10 cars coming to the final restart, and one of them didn’t have fourth gear. We knew Talladega would be a wild card, but I’d say it surpassed expectations this year.
As far as drivers still in the post-season are concerned, instead of listing the drivers that were caught up in a wreck, I’ll just list the ones that weren’t: Brad Keselowski (who won) and Denny Hamlin (finished sixth). That’s it. Now, to sort out the standings after at that mess of a finish; Keselowski has joined Truex in automatically passing through to the third round, and everybody else is in the hot seat.
First, the teams that are probably in good shape, but could be knocked out in a wreck:
3. Kyle Larson +29
4. Kevin Harvick +22
5. Denny Hamlin +21
6. Chase Elliott +20
And the guys a lot closer to the cut-off:
7. Ryan Blaney +9
8. Jimmie Johnson +7
————— CUT-OFF LINE —————
9. Kyle Busch -7
10. Matt Kenseth -8
11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -22
12. Jamie McMurray -29
Kansas is the next race on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 in our time zone on NBCSN. You can bet I’ll be keeping an eye on it, and whatever happens I plan on having an update for you on that race early next week.
PS: I almost forgot the best news of the week; Dale Jr. and Amy Earnhardt are expecting a baby girl! He posted the exciting news on his Instagram.