Four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers were able to hit the track for the first time in 2018 during a Goodyear tire test at Texas Motor Speedway.
Playoff implications are on the line this weekend in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series at Kansas Speedway. While Saturday’s Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300 (MRN, 2:30 p.m. ET) kicks off the second round for NASCAR’s number two division, Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (MRN, 1:30 p.m. ET) will determine who moves on to the Round of 8 in the Cup Series. The four drivers below the cutline heading into the Cup race are Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson and Alex Bowman. The quartet needs to find its way above the cut-off point or risk being eliminated from the playoff picture. Playoff Standings | Hollywood Casino 400 Entry List While Keselowski and Blaney are 18 and 22 points out – still no easy task to make up ground – things got worse for Larson who is now 36 out thanks to a 10-point penalty incurred in post-race inspection after last week’s Talladega race. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver along with Bowman, who sits 68 behind, need to win in order to ..