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MRN’s Pete Pistone presents his winners and losers from the weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photograph: Getty Photographs)&#thirteen;

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Winners and losers from the weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

Checkered Flags 

Martin Truex Jr.
Make it six checkered flags after Truex racked up win No. 6 in Sunday’s Financial institution of America 500. For as soon as, Truex didn’t have the dominant automotive. However he was greater than robust sufficient when it counted to steer ninety one laps on his method to victory.

Chase Elliott
The Hendrick Motorsports driver suffered a bitter defeat by the hands of Kyle Busch final week at Dover. However he rebounded from that disappointment in wonderful trend with a second-place Charlotte end and Elliott now has three runner-up efforts within the opening 4 playoff races.

Kevin Harvick
It wasn’t a should-win for Harvick at Charlotte, however he positive wanted a greater end than the best way his first three races within the playoffs went for the Stewart-Haas Racing driver. He delivered, main a race-excessive 149 laps and scoring a 3rd-place end.

Alex Bowman
The younger driver is chomping on the bit to take over Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Cup Collection journey at Hendrick subsequent yr. He confirmed one of many explanation why he acquired the chance by driving to his first profession XFINITY Collection win on Saturday for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Earlier Cup Begin Time
NASCAR engaged its new coverage of beginning races as much as an hour ealier if vital within the case of any potential dangerous climate. The Charlotte space was surrounded by rain and tough climate. On Saturday, the choice to maneuver the inexperienced flag up an hour to only after 1 p.m. (ET) was made. It proved to be a sensible transfer as the whole 500 miles received in simply forward of a extreme storm that hit the monitor late Sunday afternoon. Based mostly on response from social media, the sooner begin time was properly-acquired by numerous followers that wouldn’t thoughts that turning into a extra common prevalence.

Black Flags 

Kyle Busch
His bid for 3 straight wins got here to a crashing halt Sunday, actually and figuratively. Busch hit the wall in Friday’s follow and made a number of further journeys into it in Sunday’s race. He completed twenty ninth with a battered and bruised Toyota that had endured a lot injury, Busch needed to be handled for overheating and inhaling excessive ranges of carbon monoxide after the race.

Kyle Larson
A miscue on pit street by the Chip Ganassi Racing staff probably value Larson a a lot better end than tenth. Errors can value groups championships and Larson’s wants to attenuate these sorts of points going ahead.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
The Roush Fenway Racing driver dug himself a gap to start out the second spherical of the playoffs, simply as he did within the opening spherical. Stenhouse’s depressing Charlotte afternoon put him within the basement of the submit-season standings heading into what now turns into a crucial Race 2 of Spherical 2 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Joey Logano
It’s been an extended, making an attempt season for Logano – who missed the playoffs because of his encumbered Richmond win again in April and continues to wrestle because the schedule winds down. He was out of rivalry almost all weekend at Charlotte, ending up with a twenty sixth-place end.

PJ1
The time has come to cease smearing the substance over each racetrack in hopes of making extra grip and, subsequently, “higher” racing. The PJ1 created the other on Friday with a slick situation sending a number of automobiles into the wall. Ryan Newman referred to as it “fabricated,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. wasn’t a fan and different drivers say it’s a gimmick. The underside line is that it labored at Bristol due to the distinctive concrete floor and that monitor’s format. PJ1 is just not the top-all and be-all some are making it out to be. Because the Charlotte weekend proved, it could possibly additionally create a detrimental state of affairs.

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