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Here we go again! With less than 80 days until the 2018 Daytona 500 I am starting the new thread with updated drivers numbers and a full race schede.

The title of MENCS is assuming that Monster Energy is returning as the series sponsor. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Throughout the second half of last season we saw a plethora of changes in the roster. 40-something year old veterans like Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr retiring, Danica Patrick stepping away from full time competition.
Along with these departures comes fresh, young faces to inject even more youth into the sport.
21 year old Erik Jones moving into Kenseths ride, 24 year old Alex Bowman strapping into Dale Jrs #88. And the freshly turned 20 year old 2017 Xfinity champion William Byron stepping into the legendary #24.

Along with these names, there are a few old dogs hanging around who will be trying their best to keep in a job in the coming years. Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and even Jimmie Johnson to name a few. Although Johnson signed an extension through 2020 with his team so he's safe for a little while.

So without further ado, your 2018 MENCS lineup:

1 Jamie McMurray
2 Brad Keselowski
3 Austin Dillon
4 Kevin Harvick
6 Trevor Bayne
9 Chase Elliott
10 Aric Almirola
11 Denny Hamlin
12 Ryan Blaney
13 Ty Dillon
14 Clint Bowyer
15 TBA
17 Ricky Stenhouse jr
18 Kyle Busch
19 Daniel Suarez
20 Erik Jones
21 Paul Menard
22 Joey Logano
23 TBA
24 William Byron
27 TBA
31 Ryan Newman
32 Matt DiBenedetto
33 Jeffery Earnhardt
34 Michael McDowell
37 Chris Beuscher
38 TBA
41 Kurt Busch (still not 100% confirmed as of this posting)
42 Kyle Larson
43 Darrell (Bubba) Wallace Jr
47 AJ Allmendinger
48 Jimmie Johnson
51 Ray Black jr
52 multiple drivers
66 multiple drivers
72 Cole Whitt
75 Brendan Gaughan
78 Martin Truex Jr ***2017 series champion***
88 Alex Bowman
95 Kasey Kahne
00 Derrick Cope

TBA front row racing 3rd car number and driver.

The average age of the full time drivers is 30. The thing that makes it so high is a few of guys that are in early 40s. The vast majority are under 30, with most of those being 25 and under.
There's going to be so many young guys going out trying to get that first win. Or guys like 25 year old Kyle Larson trying to prove why he's a top contender for the title. 20 year old William Byron will be trying to prove why he belongs in cup at such a young age after having 3 dominating seasons in lower series.

So many great reasons to check out the 60th running of the Daytona 500 on February 18th.

And to add to the excitement of it all: Stage Racing. My personal favourite aspect of NASCAR. Implemented last season, stage racing brings an exciting new dynamic to the races. Each race is broken down into 3 stages (4 stages for the coca cola 600). At the end of each stage drivers are awarded points on a sliding scale.
10 points for the driver who is in 1st.
9 for 2nd
8 for 3rd.
All the way down to 1 point for 10th.
These points are added onto the end of race points and cannot be taken away even if they don't finish the race.

Along with these points, the STAGE WINNER (person in 1st at end of stage) is awarded 1 bonus PLAYOFF POINT which is used in the playoffs. When the points are reset after the first 26 races, drivers are then given their bonus PLAYOFF points to add onto that value.

Example:
If a driver has accumulated 50 playoff points throughout the year, he starts the playoffs at 2050 points rather than 2000. And it's the same for all 16 drivers. Whatever playoff points they earn, they carry with them. They are even earned throughout the playoffs too. So everytime their points get reset at the start of the next round they have their playoff points to carry with them.

It's an interesting dynamic which I love.
Some people get confused by it, But it's really not too hard to understand if you want to.
 
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2018 MENCS schedule
All times in EST

Sunday Feb 18
Daytona 500 2:30 pm
Daytona International Speedway

Sunday Feb 25
Fold of Honor QuikTrip 500 2:00 pm
Atlanta Motor Speedway

Sunday March 4
Pennzoil 400 3:30 pm
Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Sunday March 11
Untitled race 3:30 pm
Phoenix Raceway

Sunday March 18
Auto Club 400 3:30 pm
Auto Club speedway

Sunday March 25
STP 500 2:00 pm
Martinsville Speedway

Sunday April 8
O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 2:00 pm
Texas Motor Speedway

Sunday April 15
Food City 500 2:00 pm
Bristol Motor Speedway

Saturday April 21
Toyota owners 400 6:30 pm
Richmond Raceway

Sunday April 29
Gieco 500 2:00 pm
Talladega Superspeedway

Sunday May 6
AAA Drive for Autism 400 2:00 pm
Dover International Speedway

Saturday May 12
Untitled race at Kansas 8:00 pm
Kansas Speedway

**All-star Race Weekend**
Saturday May 19
All-star open @ 6:00 pm
All-Star race @ 8:00 pm
Charlotte Motor Speedway

Sunday May 27
Coca-Cola 600 6:00 pm
Charlotte Motor Speedway

Sunday June 3
Pocono 400 2:00 pm
Pocono Raceway

Sunday June 10
Firekeepers casino 400 2:00 pm
Michigan International Speedway

Sunday June 24
Toyota/Save Mart 350 3:00pm
Sonoma Raceway

Sunday July 1 (Canada day!)
Untitled race 2:30 pm
Chicagoland Speedway

Saturday July 7
Coke Zero 400 7:00 pm
Daytona International Speedway

Saturday July 14
Quaker state 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts 7:30 pm
Kentucky Speedway

Sunday July 22
New Hampshire 301 2:00 pm
New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Sunday July 29
Overton's 400 2:30 pm
Pocono Raceway

Sunday August 5
Untitled race 2:30 pm
Watkins Glen International

Sunday August 12
Untitled race 2:30 pm
Michigan International Speedway

Saturday August 18
Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race 7:30 pm
Bristol Motor Speedway

Sunday September 2
Bojangles Southern 500 6:00 pm
Darlington Raceway

Sunday September 9
Big Machine Brickyard 400 2:00 pm
Indianapolis Motor Speedway

**NASCAR PLAYOFFS BEGIN**
*Round of 16*
Sunday September 16
Untitled race (south point casino?) 3:00 pm
Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Saturday September 22
Federated Auto Parts 400 7:30 pm
Richmond Raceway

Sunday September 30
Bank of America 500 2:00 pm
Charlotte Motor Speedway

*Round of 12*
Sunday October 7
Untitled race 2:00 pm
Dover International Speedway

Sunday October 14
Alabama 500 2:00 pm
Talladega Superspeedway

Sunday October 21
Hollywood Casino 400 2:00 pm
Kansas Speedway

*Round of 8*
Sunday October 28
First Data 500 2:30 pm
Martinsville Speedway

Sunday November 4
AAA Texas 500 3:00 pm
Texas Motor Speedway

Sunday November 11
Can-Am 500 2:30 pm
Phoenix Raceway

***CHAMPIONSHIP 4***
Ford Eco-Boost 400 3:00 pm
Homestead-Miami Speedway
 
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Oh my god, I've been having nascar withdrawals lol. Even though it's the shortest off-season in sports (3 months) it feels like an eternity lol.

Luckily this past weekend was the Chili Bowl Nationals.

Never watched it before. Only heard about it within the past few weeks and decided to check it out because there was a handful of NASCAR drivers in it.

A quick rundown:
It's a major dirt track tournament. Midget sprint cars. Ran on an indoor dirt track in Oklahoma. Over 340 people competed over 5 days to get to the A main race Saturday night.

On the final night there was still a handful of NASCAR drivers competing:
Ricky stenhouse jr and just In allgiaer (sp?) Failed to make the main race. Stenhouse rolled his car and finished 19th in his final heat. Algaier spun out and didn't advance.

Then the main race
Kyle Larson got to start on the pole
Christopher bell started 2nd (won the nascar truck series title last season)
Rico Abreu started 3rd. (Also runs in truck series)

Larson and bell had a great duel through the race swapping first place back and forth thanks to some nifty slide jobs. But just like his MENCS season finished, his engine blew and took him out of the race. Christopher bell took the checkers and won the tournament for the 2nd year in a row. He had a 3 second lead over Abreu.

Maybe he can duplicate last year. Win chili bowl, then win his respective nascar series title. Which will be the xfinity this year.
 

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Is there really no racing fans on here at all? Anyone? Beuller?

...Beuller?


This coming week is the Advanced Auto
Parts Clash at Daytona. A pre-season fun race that doesn't mean a whole lot really.
Then next Thursday is the Can am Duels. The 2 duel races will set the starting line up for next weekends Daytona 500.

I'll toss it out there again. If anyone wants to talk NASCAR just drop a comment. I won't be doing pointless updates every week again.... Just gets to a point where it feels stupid lol.


But anywho.
 

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I love NASCAR!

I started watching NASCAR hot and heavy in 2004 but when I was growing up my dad would watch it all the time.

My first favorite driver was Terry Labonte in the late 90s.

Since then, my favorite has become Kevin Harvick.
 
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Omg a reply! Lol i had given up on this thread because I felt weird doing recaps last year week after week with nobody replying.

My favourite used to be Earnhardt jr back in 03/04 when I watched a bit.

When I came back last year it was mostly new people but Martin truex jr stood out as soon as I saw his name. Used to be a fan when he ran in the Busch series years ago because he was dale jr friend and what not. So during last year's Daytona 500 i picked him as my favourite.
Low and behold he went on to dominate and win the championship.


Kevin Harvick is a great driver. Always liked him and it's his turn this year. He's been stellar. Well really all of SHR has been phenomenal! Even Almirola has shown great improvement from where he was last year. Good equipment goes a long way.
 
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There are plenty of newer young guys to watch. It's practically a new era or drivers with the exception of a few proven veterans.

For me, I like the sport as a whole. So I have many drivers that I would always like to see do well. As much as I dislike Kyle Busch' s personality, I can still heavily respect his ability behind the wheel.

I feel like NASCAR is in a time of uncertainty going forward. The schedule is packed with 1.5 mile tracks, and as much as I enjoyed seeing truex pick up so many wins last year, I still thought the races were.... kinda uneventful. After a lap or 2 the field is so spread out and there's not alot of passing. Using restrictor plates in the all-star race really helped with action and intensity. But that shouldn't be the answer either. More short tracks. More .5 mile and .75 mile tracks could start to breathe more life into the sport. Bristol and Martinsville races usually deliver from what I've seen. Plenty of action and beatin n bangin. Tempers flaring. It's fun.
Daytona and Talladega are fun too, on the opposite end of the spectrum. The large restrictor plate tracks are always a treat. But again, too much isn't good. 4 races spread out in the season is perfect.

I feel like I just went on a rant but ah well, whatever lol
 

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So Chicagoland last weekend totally blew my 1.5 mile analysis out of the water lol. It was a rather entertaining race from start to finish. You had teammates banging each other for stage points. And the epic finish between Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch. Larson tried for the slide job but couldn't clear busch and ended up bumping his door and he bumped the wall. Larson drove hard into turn 3 and Busch drove even harder and bumped his rear bumper which sent Larson sliding sideways and Busch again slamming the wall. Busch was able to gather himself up and cruise for the victory. Amazingly Larson didn't lose control of his car. He did slide sideways for a distance before straightening himself out and finishing 2nd. It's one of those endings that will stick with the sport for some time to come.


Daytona tonight! Unfortunately I am already obliged to watch ufc 226 with some friends... which is still a good Saturday night. But of course it's on a nascar Saturday night lol. I friggin love Daytona.
 

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Yeah I like watching the eldora race. I only was able to catch the beginning handful of laps though this time. Wife wanted to fit in an episode of another show before I had to leave for work. By the time it ended I tried to catch a few more laps but they were in the pits then. I'll have to catch a replay or something. Dirt racing is always fun. I read somewhere they want to try and book an Xfinity date there next year. All 3 series would be nice.
 
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New Hampshire today! I like the smaller tracks, even the 1 mile tracks. It's kinda like martinsville but bigger. Flat track that has a tendency to see some decent action. Here's hoping that truex picks up another win today, mainly because hes my favorite and hasn't won there yet. It's his "home track" but so is like 5 others lol.

A lot of people cant stand the fact that 3 guys are running away with most of the races. But I like it.
Unlike last season, we had 1 guy dominating (truex) and Busch was starting to catch up. But besides that we had so many first time winners and one offs. It filled the playoffs with a bunch of guys who wouldn't normally run in the top 15 or 20.

Now this year we have Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Truex with 5, 4, and 4. Then Clint has 2. And a couple other usual winners. So the majority of the playoff race is made up of actual contenders who typically run in the top 10 or 15. With the exception of Austin Dillon of course. Won the 500 and hasn't made noise since lol. Who knows though, 'Dega is always in the playoffs. So he has a chance I guess.
 
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Pretty ok race at pocono today. Kyle Busch won. No surprise really. Suarez ran extremely well all day and had a chance to win. Bubba took a hard hit. Hope he recovers well.
Hendricks really surprised me as well. They all ran rather well all race.

So after 21 of 36 races the wins are as follows:
Kevin Harvick 6
Kyle Busch 6
Martin Truex Jr. 4
Clint Bowyer 2
Erik Jones 1
Joey Logano 1
Austin Dillon 1

Theres only 5 races to go before the playoffs start and already you can see a couple who should be able to make the final 4. Nothing is guaranteed though.
 
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*also to note:
Austin Dillon is the only Chevrolet to have a win thus far. This deep into the season it's worrisome. It came on the first race of the year only by spinning a Ford. Had he not turned almirola he most likely wouldn't have won. Not complaining about it, it made for a spectacular finish. Just stating a point.
Clearly teams weren't ready for the Camaro.

Onto Watkins glen next sunday. Should be a decent race. Road courses are always fun.
 
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He did it! He finally did it! Chase Elliott has captured his first cup win on his 99th start! Win #250 for Hendrick Motorsports.
Many people have expressed how much of a failure and disgrace he's been because he has come up short on many occasions. But one little fun fact here:
Chase won on August 5th of his 3rd cup season.
Larson won on August 28th of his 3rd cup season. And all the while he's been regarded as one of the sports best up and comers.

Elliott's win mirrors the start of his dads career in many ways.
Most popular driver.
They won their first races on road courses.
Drove #9.
They both had 8 runner-up finishes before getting their first win.

I'd say it was meant to be that way.

I hope now that he has that monkey off his back he is able to relax and start getting more wins. The only thing now is, people have ALREADY started to compare him to his dad once again in respect to winning a championship. People are just never happy.

Go Chase!!
 
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Hey WrestleRacer91 WrestleRacer91 what are your thoughts on Chase Elliott finally earning his first MENCS win? I'd like to hear and converse with some people on here who are interested in racing.
I luckily saw it in the last few laps of the race. I'm happy he finally won a race since in my opinion it was long due. With that said, my second favorite driver is Truex so I would have rather had him win. Nice win for Chase nonetheless.
 
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I luckily saw it in the last few laps of the race. I'm happy he finally won a race since in my opinion it was long due. With that said, my second favorite driver is Truex so I would have rather had him win. Nice win for Chase nonetheless.
Yeah truex is my #1, though I'm not a die hard fan of any driver. Just watching how strong of a race chase had that day, I was 100% hoping he won because the kid needed it. Had he let that one slip away, oh man.. that would have been so rough to see. It's bad enough he was so good at Dover last year then got passed halfway through the last lap. Half mile away from victory. (Damn Newman lol).

I was kind of hoping to see him win again this week because MIS has been good to him in the past. Since Harvick won though, I just want to see how many he can win before the end of the season. Shit I wouldn't mind if he gets 10 or more. Hes on a roll and it's something to see. So many people are sick of seeing him win, not me. Shit, pour it on at this point.

The awesome Bristol night race is next weekend. I can not wait! I've been looking forward to this race all season long.
 
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Yeah truex is my #1, though I'm not a die hard fan of any driver. Just watching how strong of a race chase had that day, I was 100% hoping he won because the kid needed it. Had he let that one slip away, oh man.. that would have been so rough to see. It's bad enough he was so good at Dover last year then got passed halfway through the last lap. Half mile away from victory. (Damn Newman lol).

I was kind of hoping to see him win again this week because MIS has been good to him in the past. Since Harvick won though, I just want to see how many he can win before the end of the season. Shit I wouldn't mind if he gets 10 or more. Hes on a roll and it's something to see. So many people are sick of seeing him win, not me. Shit, pour it on at this point.

The awesome Bristol night race is next weekend. I can not wait! I've been looking forward to this race all season long.
I just hope with all these wins and strong finishes in general, Harvick can end up winning the championship at Homestead.
 
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Oh he definitely deserved it this season. And you know, as much as I can not STAND his personality, Kyle Busch is also pretty deserving of it this year. Driving ability he is hands down one of the best. Usually dominates all 3 series when he runs them. An all around wheelman. But his God damn attitude always gets in the way.

I am so pumped for Saturday night under the lights at Bristol. Aside from the 500 this is my favorite race.
 
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