Darrell Waltrip Breaks Down the Championship Picture as Teams Head to Dover

CHARLOTTE, NC – The 2017 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Playoffs are in full swing, with teams headed to Dover International Speedway this week for Sunday’s race. FOX NASCAR offers live pre-race coverage with NASCAR RACEDAY, beginning at 11:30 AM ET on FS1.

Through the conclusion of the Playoffs, FOX NASCAR analysts take a weekly look at who’s hot, who’s not and offer their Playoff elimination predictions. Below are the thoughts of three-time champion and Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip on the championship picture this week.

Additionally, FS1 offers live coverage of the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Playoffs, with the series visiting Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday on FS1 (8:00 PM ET with pre-race coverage at 7:30 PM ET). For the latest news and highlights throughout the week, tune in to NASCAR RACE HUB on FS1 (Monday-Thursday at 6:00 PM ET).

Hot Wheels:
“I was pretty impressed with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and his team’s improvement at New Hampshire. He got two laps down, made them up and finished pretty well. That could have been a next-round save for him.”

Work to Do:
“The four guys at the bottom of the standings – Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne – have their work cut out for them this weekend at Dover. They have to look at it as their last chance to compete for the championship. They need to win to advance to the next round, and that’s a lot of pressure to put on any team going to a track as tough as Dover.”

Look of a Champion:
“I have my eye on Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson for the title – in that order.”

Chasing 8:
“If the No. 48 team is going to be a threat for the championship, they will have to show it at Dover because Jimmie Johnson has been so strong there historically. However, I don’t see an eighth title in his future this year. They just don’t have the speed. I can’t believe how many times they have wrecked in practice. That is not necessarily the kiss of death, but it tells me they’re struggling to get something out of the car that it just doesn’t have. His 10 best tracks are in the playoffs, and if he’s going to do anything, he better start doing it this week. After Dover, we’ll know what his chances at an eighth title look like.”