And afterwards there were four.
However, there’s one male we should be rooting for as a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday for a deteriorate culmination of a Chase for a championship.
That would be Martin Truex Jr.
There’s many reasons to base for him, yet maybe a many poignant is that he’s not partial of a establishment.
He’s a Bernie Sanders of automobile racing.
The contingency – and supports – are built opposite him.
Yet, here he is among a final 4 who have a possibility to be a Cup champion.
Now, before we conflict me with domestic rants, greatfully understand: I’m simply sketch parallels, not charity domestic views.
For instance, he’s a underdog, like Sanders was opposite a almighty Clinton establishment.
Truex, of low-budget Furniture Row Racing, is adult opposite a likes of super-team drivers Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing, Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing and Brad Keselowski of Team Penske, a other drivers who modernized by a Chase format to have a possibility to win a championship in a finale.
Not usually that, yet Truex has usually one teammate, rookie Erik Jones, whose No. 77 automobile is being separated from a group in 2018. At that point, Furniture Row Racing will be a one-man show.
Harvick has Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch and Danica Patrick as teammates, Kyle Busch partners with 3 other drivers (Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Daniel Suarez) and Keselowski has a likes of Cup star Joey Logano examination his back.
Those 3 have a lot some-more assistance than Truex, assisting their chances. Just ask Hillary Clinton, who benefited severely by carrying super representatives in her slot while using opposite a grassroots-backed Sanders in a Democratic primary.
But yes, like politics, racing in many ways is an particular sport. However, when all a cards are down – as they will be this weekend during Homestead-Miami Speedway – carrying a super group can play a large role.
Not usually can teammates assistance in drafting situations, they can potentially impact a outcome of a competition in another approach – around wrecks. However, NASCAR will positively keep an eye out for that form of function as it’s already dealt with an nauseous conditions that influenced a Chase, either conscious or not.
In 2015, Kenseth asserted some punish by wrecking Logano during an Eliminator Round competition during Martinsville. It was believed to have been payback for a “borderline unwashed move” by Logano during Kansas that year. Kenseth was after suspended.
Curiously, though, wrecking Logano wound adult assisting Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch, Kenseth’s teammates during a time.
While it’s unfit to get into a minds of drivers who are roving during speeds adult to 200 mph during times, there’s a excellent line when it comes to wrecks.
It’s formidable to magnitude intent.
Therefore, carrying assistance is never a bad thing.
But as politics showed us final year, a alien has a possibility these days.
Not usually did Donald Trump, a warn Republican candidate, win a presidency, yet Sanders done an loser run that expected was usually halted by a super nominee game. Nonetheless, he’s now a vital star on a left.
Let’s usually wish that Truex’s ultimate predestine winds adult improved than that of Sanders. Everyone loves an loser story and him winning a pretension would be a steer to see.
We should also wish that Truex – who is underneath agreement with Furniture Row Racing by a 2018 deteriorate – never sells out. It would be a contrition to see him after leave to join one of a super teams when he’s already shown he can do it on his lonesome.
Otherwise, he could breeze adult being a Kevin Durant of automobile racing.
And no one wants that.
Get a fender stickers ready: Furniture Row Racing’s Truex using for another Cup championship in 2018.
It has a good ring to it.