Disappointing: The big three’s dominance of 2018
Domination isn’t inherently a bad thing, but it starts to become one in NASCAR’s case when only three or four drivers have a shot at winning that year’s championship. Of course NASCAR’s version of the playoffs is chaotic and nature and could lead to an upset, but that still doesn’t help retain interest in the sport throughout the regular season.
With that being said, one of the biggest problems this season has had is the fact that Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick continue to single handedly dominate. If nothing else, it’s getting boring to watch these three drivers slowly take away any chance another driver has at winning their way into the playoffs and it’s starting to become a Xfinity Series type scenario in the process.
In the end, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, but with the big three combining for 13 wins in the first 18 races of the season, there hasn’t really been much room for anyone else to breakthrough. Maybe Clint Bowyer is that one exception with two victories so far this season, but drivers like Joey Logano, Erik Jones and Austin Dillon just seem to far behind performance wise to make an impact in the playoffs.