Surprise wins from Aric Almirola at Daytona and A.J. Allmendinger (pictured) at Watkins Glen have put them both into their first appearances in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
But many observers are expecting them to be among the first four drivers eliminated following the Challenger Round, which starts this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.
While they were able to punch their tickets to the Chase, Almirola and Allmendinger only collected two Top-5s apiece during the regular season.
So can they defy expectations, pick up the pace, and make it to the Contender Round?
NASCAR AMERICA’s Kyle Petty and Jeff Burton assessed the chances of the two underdogs in today’s show, and you can hear what they have to say in the clip above.
On Friday, Marvin Musquin announced on Instagram he will miss the entire 2020 Supercross season with a knee injury.
The injury was sustained earlier this week in a practice crash at the KTM test track when he overjumped an obstacle and landed hard.
It’s “not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys,” Musquin wrote. “I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee.”
I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races.”
Last year, Musquin sustained another knee injury in November that threatened his 2019 Supercross season. He was able to ride in the Anaheim 1 event and finished in the top 10. Musquin improved throughout the season, winning two races and finishing third in the points after making a determined charge.
Musquin missed the 2011 and 2014 Supercross seasons with ACL injuries.