NASCAR America: Drivers near bottom of Cup standings need to get moving (video)

Jerry Bonkowski
NBC Sports

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Loudon this weekend for the second race of the 10-race playoffs.

On Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America, analysts Steve Letarte and Brian Vickers are keeping an eye on some of the drivers at or near the bottom of the playoff standings after last weekend’s race at Chicagoland Speedway: Kurt Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman.

“Unfortunately, while those four were on the list of a must-perform weekend at Chicago, I don’t think any of them really performed or stepped out of their box to show us they can contend for the second round of the playoffs,” Letarte said. “I think while New Hampshire isn’t the cut-off race, it can be the last hope for some of these drivers.

“I don’t think they have winning-type speed, winning-type firepower in their toolboxes, so I think they need to shore up the dam with some points.”

Added Vickers, “Those four are the bottom four, they started at the bottom of four and are still at the bottom four for a reason: they don’t have the performance of the group ahead of them or the group at the head of the pack.”

Check out the analysis by Letarte and Vickers in the video above. Also, what about Kurt Busch? Find out more in the video below.

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