And although the WNBA has a pretty balanced schedule when it comes to conference and non-conference play, playing in the West is still a big disadvantage for Phoenix because it needs to finish ahead of either Minnesota or LA to earn a bye into the semifinals.
After 10 straight years of advancing to at least the conference semifinals including championships in and , Seattle has fallen upon hard times, failing to get out of the first round in each of the past 4 seasons.
Dallas should also improve from its showing last year, thanks to the return to the franchise of former second-overall pick Liz Campage. I actually think the Wings have a pretty good shot at overtaking Phoenix for third place in the West. Los Angeles looks primed to return to the league final for the third straight year, but Minnesota has lost a lot of depth over the off-season and I think it costs them.
Most of this analysis seems spot-on, but there is a small error worthy of mention. The WNBA playoff format has changed. As mentioned, the regular-season schedules are also very balanced between conferences.
In fact, NY, who has 2 road games each versus the Sparks and Lynx arguably have a tougher schedule than the Mercury. Your email address will not be published.
We still have some work to do this afternoon in Sonoma as we try to get win number and compete for the IndyCar championship. Thanks to everyone throughout our organization for their hard work and all their dedication for helping us reach this special milestone of wins. A happy team owner celebrates in Sonoma! With arguably the fastest car on a long run, Truex was undone by four cautions in the last 23 laps that helped Brad Keselowski score his third consecutive win.
Truex leaves Las Vegas with the points lead after an afternoon that saw six of the 16 playoff drivers involved in accidents or spins and a few others who finished with crinkled and creased cars.
All the incidents toward the end were too much to overcome for Truex. Unfortunately for us, it took a little bit too long to get rolling. Too many cautions at the end. It really, really took our chance away from winning.
The issue for Truex was that he and crew chief Cole Pearn set the car up for long runs. We felt it was going to be a long-run kind of race just because the track is slick and there are so many multiple grooves. Typically, these are the ones that go green for a long time. We were kind of banking on that and for a while it was working for us.
Obviously, at the end it was caution after caution. That really took any chance we had away. Brad Keselowski — Winner: I was worried about running out of gas there at the end. I know the fans can hear on this microphone and I want to say thank you to everyone who braved degree heat all day.
You guys are the real heroes. I get paid to do this. You guys pay to watch and thank you for doing that. Thank you for coming out today and tolerating the heat.
What a special day for wins for Penske, three in a row here, first win in the Playoffs. Kyle Larson — Finished 2nd: But, was happy to end up second there.
Just glad we had a good day after the tire issue we had early in the race. So, yeah, good points day. With 15 laps or so we could take the lead and drive away. We were actually a little too good on the long run, I wish maybe we could have gone the other direction a little bit and still been able to get the lead.
If we were the leader, we could do okay, I could maintain, but when I was second or third or fourth, it just made me tight enough that I had to wait for the thing to come to me or wait for other guys to start getting off the bottom in front of me. Really proud of the effort. Joey Logano — Finished 4th: I wish I could re-run the race. Might be a little better. But everyone in the field is probably saying the same thing. Ryan Blaney — Finished 5th: I was good on short runs and long runs I was really loose.
We were trying to get it to where it would last. We got it a little better but definitely not where we need to be. It was a struggle. They worked really hard all day.
I tried to stay out of trouble and just survive I guess. Congrats to Brad and the 2 team on their th win for Team Penske, that is pretty neat.
Logano won at Richmond last spring only to have his win encumbered due to a rear suspension violation but the track has been one of his best. Over the past eight races at Richmond, Logano owns eight top finishes with two wins and five top fives. Ryan Newman has a top driver rating at Richmond, an average finish of These type of tracks signal a top finish for Newman Saturday.
TV schedule, standings, qualifying drivers for Toyota Owners No driver under age 30 has won a Cup race since Austin Dillon won the Daytona Recall, this was after some veterans expressed discontent with how NASCAR promoted younger drivers and that youngsters finished first and second in the Daytona with year-old Austin Dillon winning and year-old Darrell Wallace Jr.
Odds , fantasy advice , prediction - www. Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the Cup Series in average finishing position at Richmond with a 6. Clint Bowyer , who has two wins in his career at Richmond, also has two wins at a similar layout of New Hampshire.
Sixth at Phoenix in March, Bowyer should be a top-five contender Saturday night. Kurt Busch has six combined wins at Richmond, Phoenix and New Hampshire and is seeking a fourth straight top finish at Richmond Saturday.
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