You hear it now, and it drives some critics crazy. Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch are now a phenomenon known as, wait for it…..the big three. OK. That’s the last time I will use it, so relax. You do get where the media is coming from. The three aforementioned former champions are clearly out front in the 2018 campaign to date as top contenders.
While Truex, Harvick and Busch have grabbed their share of headlines, there’s plenty of season left, and an opportunity for one more contenders to join the fray. Remember when Tony Stewart won his third and final title? When what was known then as the Chase started, Smoke looked like he hardly belonged. Fast forward to Homestead, Stewart tied Carl Edwards in points, captured the tie breaker and a title. That was just in a space of ten races. We have a lot more season than that to go.
The field is not devoid of candidates. You have to admit, this is a solid group we’re talking about.
Clint Bowyer- That’s an obvious choice. Like the top contenders on the leaderboard, the 14 has multiple wins. Bowyer is a threat for the checkered flag nearly every week, needing only a little more luck and the avoidance of contention-killing mistakes.
Kyle Larson- Here’s another driver who manages to be in the mix every week. The former open wheel ace has some tracks he likes coming up on the schedule where he can get that elusive victory and join the fray as one of the top contenders. Every now and then he makes a move where one thinks “Oops, that’s going to hurt,” but he’s shown he can win, and has a skill set to even contend on a road course. Can you say Watkins Glen?
The Penske Boys- In their garage you have a former champion, a perennial contender and a promising youngster. Between Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney at least one, maybe more, will emerge. This has been a great year for Ford. They’ve all put together good runs; it’s just a matter of sustaining one.
There are others I wouldn’t rule out. In spite of the rough year (by his standards) by Jimmie Johnson, he’s been there and done that, and there’s still plenty of season left. Can you imagine a season without Hendrick Motorsports racers as top contenders?
There’s lots of season left folks. Truex, Harvick and the younger Busch will be outs of the toughest order. A lot can happen, so stay tuned.
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