Martin Truex Jr. opened the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs on the right foot, rallying from early adversity to land a victory in Sunday’s NASCAR Playoffs opener at Chicagoland Speedway.
Truex survived a tumultuous day for postseason contenders to score his fifth win of the season, his second straight at the 1.5-mile Illinois venue and the 12th of his career in NASCAR’s premier series. His Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota was 7.179 seconds ahead at the finish, sealing a victory that clinched automatic advancement into the Round of 12, the next phase of the Playoffs.
Chase Elliott led 42 laps and finished second in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet as Playoff-eligible drivers swept the top six spots. Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson completed the top five in the first of 10 races that will decide the series champion.
The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast
With NASCAR’s new point system, awarding segment points plus race points, the winner of the race may not be the highest scorer. That was the case this week at Chicagoland Speedway. Even though Jim, aka Chiefy and Carlton The Doorman selected Martin Truex, Jr. as their man to win they were not the highest scoring players this week! Chiefy and The Doorman, however, made “The Fraternity” this week, Martin Truex, Jr. with 49 points.
The Movers and Shakers
Looking at the scores this week, most everyone walked away from the race with some very good numbers!
The highest scorers this week are Bobby Blue Crush and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff, who were riding shotgun with William Clyde Elliott, Jr., aka Chase. Elliott was consistent all race, leading 42 laps and winning the 2nd stage. That good day at the track for Chase gave Blue Crush and Your Most Humble Sheriff a nifty 53 points!
Carole, aka Rudy, Bernie The Bay Area Bandit, as well as Jeremy The Coach racked up 52 points. This trio of characters were fully supporting “Freaky Fast” Kevin Harvick at Chicagoland and walked away from this race very comfortable.
The third highest scorers this week were the two who made it into the Fraternal Order of The Go Fast, Chiefy and The Doorman!
Meanwhile, there is a quartet that should be subject to some scrutiny! That group of of players consists of Kathy The Church Forecloser, Skid-Marc, Linda The Cookie Mom and Doug The Gandy Candy Man, who had put all their marbles in the bag of “The Delivernator”, Denny Hamlin. Hamlin, in return, delivered a cool 45 points to each of these players.
Rounding out the top five scorers this week are Dan The Numbers Cruncher and A&M Aggie Sue, who were hanging out with “Young Money”, Kyle Larson. This duo added, oddly enough, received 42 points from the driver who drives the No.42 car!
Since we are still early in the segment, this week there were 18 players out of 21 who moved around on the leaderboard.
The single biggest mover this week is Lonna The Quilt Angel, who dropped like a hot potato, falling seven (7) places after the checkered flag waved, landing in 17th spot!
Conversely, Jeremy The Coach had a marvelous afternoon rocketing up the totem pole five (5) positions to sit in 9th place.
Likewise, Jim, aka Chiefy moved upwards on the leaderboard four (4) places to sit in 8th place at the end of the day.
A&M Aggie Sue didn’t fare so well this week. Even though A&M Aggie Sue had Kyle Larson and scored 42 points, she still fell three (3) places, knocking her out of the top five and now resting in 7th place.
Lastly, there are eight players who moved around the totem pole two (2) places this week. Carlton The Doorman, Bernie The Bay Area Bandit and Kathy The Church Forecloser each moved up two places to reside now in 13th, 14th, and 16th, respectively.
Unfortunately, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Snoopy Dawn, Edie the Las Vegas Super Star, as well as Zee, aka Sissy all fell two positions the finish out the week in 4th, 10th, 11th and 15th, respectively.
Straight From The Crapper
By the coincidental fact that David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey scored only 20 points, which on any other weekend would be a reasonable score. However, it was not the case this week. This week we have a player who racks up a two-fer! The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey not only receives “The Crappiest Pick of The Week” award for those 20 points scored, but that also propelled him firmly into “The Outhouse”!
Next week NASCAR moves up into the Northeast at Louden New Hampshire for the second race in the playoffs. With the competition ratcheted up in the playoffs, everyone is required to pay attention to detail, ie, to look at “every little thing”! At the end of these 10 races there will be heartbreak for those that come up short!
Good luck to all!
TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!