Geoff’s Journal: Previewing the second elimination race

By Geoff Bodine

October 21, 2017

Four drivers will be eliminated from championship contention Sunday and aren’t going to be very happy after the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Some of the drivers hope they can rebound from the crash-fest at Talladega.

I think the fact stage points and playoff points are on the line has made drivers run harder to win in the stages and get bonus points. It has caused a lot of crashes too. That could come into play Sunday.

For drivers like Jamie McMurray and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., they both need to win at Kansas to be able to advance to the next round. Piece of cake, easy right?

Both drivers are capable of winning, and a victory by either would bump the next driver in points below the cutoff, but that’s what it’s going to take.

Looking at the bubble, the drivers sitting eighth, ninth and tenth are all past champions of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth).

It’s about time Jimmie doesn’t advance and become champion again (kidding). A lot of people are pulling for him, myself included, to see if he can break and set the all-time championships record this season.

It’s very possible one of the past champions won’t make the cut for the Round of 8.


The race is going to be two-fold. Not only are drivers going to be eliminated, but because of the scheduling for Martinsville next week, qualifying became really important since pit selections for that race was based on Kansas qualifying.

With Martin Truex Jr. starting on pole and Kevin Harvick the No. 2 guy, they’ve set themselves up nice for the opening race of the next round.

This race became double jeopardy with the points battle and selecting the pit stalls at Martinsville.

As for the race itself, it’s almost getting too easy to make a prediction of who’s going to run well and win.

Truex Jr. has come a long way in this sport and is out there showing his ability and skills with a team that has come a long way as well.

It may not work on the timetable we think it should, but it makes all the difference.

DISCLAIMER: Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

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Will Jimmie Johnson advance to the next round?