Truex, Larson again leading pack
NASCAR’s playoffs are likely to bring Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson together again — and again — at or near the front of a talented 16-driver field.
Truex and Larson were the principals in the closing laps of last week’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regularseason finale at Richmond Raceway, and it won’t be shocking if they’re front and center in Sunday’s playoff opener at Chicagoland Speedway.
Truex, a veteran, and Larson, one of the “young guns” in the playoffs, were the sport’s big names across the spread of the 26-race regular season. Both won four races, leading the series in that category, and both raced up front consistently.
Truex tops the laps-led list for the season with 1,646, and Larson is third with 971, behind Kyle Busch.
Truex was poised to score his fifth win last week before a controversial late-race caution flag brought drivers to pit road. Larson’s team returned his car to the track first, and he rolled to his first short-track win.
Martin Truex Jr. enters the playoffs as the top seed.