NASCAR Cup Playoffs: Shouldn’t the Best of the Best Be the Ones to Win?

NASCAR Cup Playoffs: Shouldn't the Best of the Best Be the Ones to Win?

Editor’s Note: Race results, race notes and updated driver standings follow this story.

This should have been the year of the Next Generation car and it was indeed a celebrated year.

We’ve seen a season of parity that we’ve never seen in probably at least a few decades, if not longer. We’ve seen drivers win races that may not have done so in most other years.

On the other hand, we’ve seen drivers fail to win even once, when they should have won many times otherwise, guys like former Cup champions Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski, as well as Ryan Blaney, the only one of the three who made the playoffs.