Cash or Pass at Richmond

Cash or Pass at Richmond Raceway is for the best and worst picks for the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday night, September 12th.
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – SEPTEMBER 21: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on September 21, 2019, in Richmond, Virginia. Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

Cash or Pass at Richmond Raceway is for the best and worst picks for the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday night, September 12th.

Just one race into the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, and one Cash or Pass’ ‘Cash In’ driver is already correct, with Kevin Harvick taking the win at Darlington after a selection as a ‘good bet’ last wee. Now, the Cup Series heads from the banked oval of South Carolina to the 0.75-mile short track outside of Richmond, Virginia.

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Almirola Earns a Playoff Berth for Third Time

Aric Almirola earns a Playoff Berth for the third time in the NASCAR Cup Series with Stewart Haas Racing. The Round of 16 starts at Darlington Raceway.

Almirola earns a Playoff berth for the third time in the NASCAR Cup Series with Stewart Haas Racing. The Round of 16 starts at Darlington Raceway.

After spending the majority of his career driving the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 car, Aric Almirola took his talents to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018. The Tampa, Florida native immediately saw results, as he qualified for the playoffs then, with a win at Talladega he was able to advance to the Round of 8 for the first time in his career.

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Cash or Pass: Darlington

Cash or Pass: Darlington is the first in a series for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. This guide is for fantasy 'cash-ins' and 'pass-on' with best and worst bets, sleepers, and wild cards.
Cash or Pass: Darlington is the first in a series for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. This guide is for fantasy ‘cash-ins’ and ‘pass-on’ with best and worst bets, sleepers, and wild cards.DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – MAY 20: Cars race during the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota 500 at Darlington Raceway on May 20, 2020, in Darlington, South Carolina. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Cash or Pass: Darlington is the first in a series for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. This guide is for fantasy ‘cash-ins’ and ‘pass-on’ with best and worst bets, sleepers, and wild cards.

With the NASCAR playoffs getting underway, it’s only fair that the pressure ramps up on the track. That pressure also gets higher in the sportsbooks, well, for everyone except Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin that is. Harvick (+325) and Hamlin (+350) have far and away the best odds to win the CookOut Southern 500 at Darlington. 

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NASCAR 2020 Playoff Predictions for the Cup Series

NASCAR 2020 Playoff Predictions for the Cup Series is presented prior to the first race of the ten-race playoff season.
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – AUGUST 29: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, leads William Byron, driver of the #24 Liberty University Chevrolet, and Matt DiBenedetto, driver of the #21 Menards/Dutch Boy Ford, during the NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on August 29, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

NASCAR 2020 Playoff Predictions for the Cup Series is presented prior to the first race of the ten-race playoff season. These are the point standings going into the Round of 16.

Cook Out Southern 500 (Darlington)

Race Breakdown: Chase Elliott was oh-so-close to claiming victory at Darlington earlier in the season, but was involved in a pretty well-known wreck with Kyle Busch. Elliott sits on the pole for the first playoff race, and he’ll get his vengeance by starting the Round of 16 with his third win of the season. Harvick, Hamlin, and Kurt Busch all put together solid top-five finishes, with Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Aric Almirola, and Kyle Busch all finishing in the top-ten. Ryan Blaney loses his engine early and does not finish the race.

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Post-Daytona Road Course NASCAR Cup Series Power Ranking

Post-Daytona Road Course Power Ranking is for the NASCAR Cup Series after their inaugural race the Go Bowling 235 on the road course at Daytona International Speedway.
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – AUGUST 16: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 235 at Daytona International Speedway on August 16, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Post-Daytona Road Course Power Ranking is for the NASCAR Cup Series after their inaugural race the Go Bowling 235 on the road course at Daytona International Speedway.

As if 2020 isn’t already unpredictable enough, imagine how Kevin Harvick was feeling leading the field into the sharp left-handed first turn at the Daytona Road Course on Sunday. While the race didn’t necessarily bring the insanity people were expecting after wreck-filled Xfinity and Truck Series races, the track did give an exhibition of driver skill in its first Cup Series Daytona Road Course event. Chase Elliott grabbed a huge win, his second of the season, and a few drivers picked up some big points in the race as well. 

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Post-Michigan Power Ranking for the NASCAR Cup Series

NASCAR Cup power ranking post-Michigan gives a perspective of drivers and how they are doing as the 2020 regular season winds down.
BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN – AUGUST 09: Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Apple Ford, crosses the finish line over Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota, to win the NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 09, 2020, in Brooklyn, Michigan. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Post-Michigan Power Ranking for the NASCAR Cup Series gives a perspective of drivers and how they are doing as the 2020 regular season winds down.

At this point in 2020, there isn’t anything too peculiar about running back-to-back races at the same track in one weekend. There also isn’t anything unusual about Kevin Harvick finding himself in victory lane. Despite that, it was a bit unfamiliar to watch the same Harvick car win two straight races, both for points, on the same track, on two straight days. Harvick picked up his fifth and sixth wins at Michigan, dominating two races on the two-mile track. The Cup Series playoffs are now just three weeks (four races) away, and the field is beginning to take shape. 

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The Post New Hampshire Power Ranking for NASCAR Cup Series

The post New Hampshire Power Ranking for the NASCAR Cup Series with just six races left in the 2020 regular season before the ten-race playoffs begin.
LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE – AUGUST 02: Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Western Star/Alliance Parts Ford, races Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota, during the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on August 02, 2020, in Loudon, New Hampshire. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

The post New Hampshire Power Ranking for the NASCAR Cup Series is here with just six races left in the 2020 regular season before the ten-race playoff season begins.

As crazy as it may seem, NASCAR’s ‘silly season’ has essentially already begun. After racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and with 16 races remaining, there were several big developments this week.

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Post-Kentucky Power Ranking

Post-Kentucky Power Ranking after the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart on  Sunday, July 12th at Kentucky Speedway.
SPARTA, KENTUCKY – JULY 12: Cole Custer, driver of the #41 HaasTooling.com Ford, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway on July 12, 2020 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Post-Kentucky Power Ranking after the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart on Sunday, July 12th at Kentucky Speedway.

Note: This power ranking covers the two previous NASCAR Cup Series races at Indianapolis and Kentucky.

The past couple of races were incredible, as well as unpredictable. First, in Indianapolis, Denny Hamlin blew a tire from the lead with just a few laps to go, right as it looked like he was going to take his fifth win of the season. The incident gifted the win to Kevin Harvick, who tied Hamlin at the top with four victories.

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Post Pocono Power Ranking

Post Pocono Power Ranking for the NASCAR Cup Series as they get ready for racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.
LONG POND, PENNSYLVANIA – JUNE 28: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Head for the Mountains Ford, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 350 at Pocono Raceway on June 28, 2020, in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Post Pocono Power Ranking for the NASCAR Cup Series as they get ready for racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Last weekend’s Pocono doubleheader was supposed to be the first of its kind. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it wasn’t the first time this season that two races were run in the same week. However, with NASCAR Cup Series races run on Saturday and Sunday, it was the first time in NASCAR history that two races for points were held at the same track on consecutive days. With the races shorter than usual at 325 and 350 miles respectively, fuel strategy reigned supreme, allowing Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin to get another victory to add to their already impressive seasons. 

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Post Talladega Power Ranking

Post Talladega Power Ranking for the NASCAR Cup Series takes a look at the drivers as they head into a doubleheader weekend at Pocono Raceway.
TALLADEGA, ALABAMA – JUNE 22: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Sylvania Ford, Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Dent Wizard Ford, and Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet, lead a pack of cars during the NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on June 22, 2020 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Post Talladega Power Ranking for the NASCAR Cup Series takes a look at the drivers as they head into a doubleheader weekend at Pocono Raceway.

The past few weeks have brought a very diverse group of race tracks. NASCAR went from Bristol, one of the shortest tracks in the sport, to Homestead, a 1.5-mile oval, to Talladega, the sport’s longest and fastest superspeedway. This Talladega race was a bit different from most. Not a ton of wrecks, but still suspense, as most cars were low on fuel coming down to the wire. It ended with another margin of victory smaller than one-hundredth of a second, with Ryan Blaney edging out Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Aric Almirola crossing the line backward in third place, as Erik Jones and John Hunter Nemechek get sandwiched into the wall. A crazy weekend led to some shake-ups in the power ranking leading into the Pocono double-header.

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