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Race wins are a lot like mom's biscuits
My mom, like most moms, was a wonderful cook. Her greatest accomplishment was biscuits. She didn't really have a recipe. She just threw together some flour, water, milk and other ingredients, and out popped the best biscuits ever.
Now, being the eighth out of eight kids you had to make it to the supper table on time to make sure you weren't left out. There was always a limited number of biscuits and they don't grow on trees, you know.
Race wins in NASCAR are a lot like mom's biscuits. There are only so many to be had, and with so many surprise winners thus far, at least one preseason playoff favorite will be likely left out.
Who are those surprise winners? Let's see, there was Ryan Newman at Phoenix, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. taking Talladega, and Austin Dillon's triumph in the Coca-Cola 600. Adding to the list this week was Ryan Blaney, who outdueled former champion Kevin Harvick to conquer Pocono.
That's four wins taken off the table from the traditional powerhouse teams such as Joe Gibbs Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, and Team Penske. At this point in the season, we have 10 different winners counting Joey Logano. Nine of those drivers are locked into the NASCAR playoffs right now. If we get a couple more surprise winners, things will get interesting.
Let's imagine AJ Allmendinger gets a win
If the playoffs started today (and they won't), Matt Kenseth would be on the sideline. It's incumbent on the Gibbs team and the two Hendrick teams to get wins down the stretch or we're looking at a playoff without a lot of high-priced talent.
And just like mom's biscuits, there's no amount of honey or apple butter that will make the situation taste any better.