Why Round of 8 Drivers Not Shocking

When you look at what drivers are left still standing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, it shouldn’t come to any surprise to see the eight names listed. Over the last four seasons, the top drivers in the sport are still competing for a title. Plus, heading into this season, seven of the top eight drivers according to Vegas to win this year’s title, are still standing.

Out of those eight drivers still left standing, five of them rank in the top six on the list for most wins since 2016. Shocking, right? Martin Truex Jr. leads the way with 22 victories in that time frame. Kyle Busch is second with 21. Kevin Harvick is third at 17. The Team Penske duo of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano are next best with 13 and nine respectively while Denny Hamlin also has 10 wins himself.

Also, since 2014, the year that the Championship 4 was adopted, four of the five drivers to have won a championship under this format are still left too. Coincidentally enough, all four are listed for most wins above too.

Furthermore, if you go back to 2013 even, every champion with the exception of Jimmie Johnson is still in the hunt for this year’s championship.

What’s crazy about all of this though, is that we’ve had five straight years with a different champion, all coming from a different team too. We’ve never had more than four straight years of a new champion in the history of the sport until now. We’re in the midst of five right now.

But, if that streak is to keep going, Kyle Larson and Chip Ganassi Racing are the only ones to keep the driver/team streak afloat. They’re the only team left that hasn’t won a championship since 2014.

But, if you keep it going in terms of a new driver winning too, you have to exclude Harvick, Busch, Truex and Logano from that. In turn, it leaves Larson, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin as the ones up.

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