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Young Guns Prepare for Playoff Battle

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Sunday afternoon marks the first race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Only 10 races remain until NASCAR will crown a champion. The young guns are ready to show that they’re a threat. This year’s NASCAR Playoffs have five drivers that under 30 years old, ready to build their legacies.

Young Guns ready to put up a fight

Kyle Larson (25) has definitely been the talk of the season. In only his fourth full time Cup season he’s won 4 times, led 971 laps, and has 15 top tens. He also heads into Chicagoland second in points, and is coming off of a win this past weekend at Richmond.

Chase Elliott (21) has also proven he’s a potential title contender. Elliott took over the #24 in his debut season last year, and took it to the Playoffs. However, he was eliminated after the round of 12. He currently sits 10th in points, has lead 184 laps, and has 14 tops tens so far in his sophomore season.

Austin Dillon (27) is one of two Richard Childress Racing cars in the playoffs this season. Much like Elliott, Dillon also made the postseason last year. He was also eliminated after the round of 12. He punched his ticket into the playoffs with his win in the Coca Cola 600, where he had just enough fuel to cross the line. Though Dillon has only led 11 laps this season, and only has 4 top tens, he feels confident he can lead the legendary #3 through the Playoffs.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (29) heads into the Playoffs with two wins under his belt. Both wins came at superspeedways earlier this season. This is the first postseason appearance for Stenhouse. He continues to show that we can’t count him out. He will go into Chicagoland 8th in points, with 7 top tens, and 50 laps led.

Ryan Blaney (23) has had an amazing sophomore season. He’s currently 9th in points, has led 260 laps, 1 win, and 9 top tens. He has proven that he is ready to fight for the title.

Could one of these listed young guns be the champion? We will only know in 10 week’s time.

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