The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made its second visit to Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Technically, Halloween was still two days away but things got plenty spooky on the half-mile ,paperclip-shaped oval in southern Virginia. There’s a good chance one could ring the doorbell at any NASCAR team’s shop this week and walk away with a bag full of sheet metal. They certainly have enough to spare.
It seemed fitting that Kyle Busch, the driver of the M&M’s sponsored Toyota, was the only one who ended up getting a treat. His victory secured his place in the Championship 4 at Homestead for the third straight year. Cruel tricks, on the other hand, were dished out all over the place. Chase Elliott was left with a tall hill to climb to join Busch as a title contender, even though he was only moments away from his first career win.
So where does that leave the Power Rankings? Our contributors weren’t spooked by all of the frightening occurrences. Nothing spooks them all that much, other than maybe an empty snack table in the media center. But did they manage to scare up a solid list? Or are the rankings just as terrifying as the people who compiled them? Take a look and let us know what you think.
How the Rankings Are Calculated: Frontstretch does our power rankings similar to how the Associated Press does them for basketball or football. Our expert stable of NASCAR writers, both on staff and from other major publications, will vote for the top 10 on a 10-9-8-7… 3-2-1 basis, giving 10 points to their first-place driver, nine for second and so on. In the end, Frank Velat calculates the points, adds some funny one-liners and… here you go!
Unlike last year, Truex has a legitimate shot at making the Championship 4 at Homestead. All he has to do is stay out of trouble, finish and he’ll be in. – Pete McCole, Auto Racing 1
First-Place Votes: 6
Cars spun, drivers were in each other’s faces and the fans were up in arms after the race. The odd part is that Kyle Busch had nothing to do with it. – Frank Velat, Frontstretch
First Place Votes: 1
Suddenly, all the emphasis on Martinsville being their best and only shot for the playoffs might not be so consequential considering the speed this bunch has found. – Rob Tiongson, The Podium Finish
Who else loved the Dawsonville Pool Room’s tweet about FedEx boxes going straight to the garbage?. – Bryan Gable, Frontstretch
He’s taking the “old guy at Hendrick” comments too seriously. He’s already driving way slower than everyone else. – Michael Massie, Frontstretch
He needs to research the difference between “Bump and Run” and “Dump and Run”. Oh and expect coal in his stocking at Christmas time from Santa, who spent his off weekend at Martinsville. – Christian Koelle, Frontstretch
Blaney did what he needed to do on Sunday. Avenge a nasty run from the spring with something good. – Phil Allaway, Frontstretch
Not sure if Harvick actually noticed that Blaney jabbed him after their discussion or if he assumed that he was hit by Blaney’s flowing mane. – Velat
Another DNF for Larson. You have to wonder if this team has just about given up on this season. – McCole
Whether or not this is his final hurrah in a Cup car, Matt Kenseth scored a hard fought top 10 at a track that was his nightmare in the past. – Tiongson
Who Voted: Bryan Gable, Frontstretch; Christian Koelle, Frontstretch; Pete McCole, Auto Racing 1; Phil Allaway, Frontstretch; Michael Massie, Frontstretch; Frank Velat, Frontstretch; Rob Tiongson, The Podium Finish