Harvick Wins Ninth Race of the Season in Bristol

Kevin Harvick wins ninth race of the season in the NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops Night Race on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.
BRISTOL, TENNESSEE – SEPTEMBER 19: Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Ford, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 19, 2020, in Bristol, Tennessee. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Harvick wins ninth race of the season in the NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops Night Race on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Bristol Motor Speedway played host for the final race in the first round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The fight for the Round of 12 final spots are tight through the first two races, and those looking to advance had one last chance. That opportunity is in a 500-lap run on the bull ring of Bristol Motor Speedway, and the event surely lives up to the drama unfolding in the last few weeks.

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Keselowski Advances with a Richmond Win

Brad Keselowski advances with Richmond win in the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday night in Richmond, Virginia
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – SEPTEMBER 12: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Western Star/Alliance Parts Ford, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on September 12, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Keselowski advances with Richmond win in the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday night in Richmond, Virginia.

The NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs continued this past Saturday at Richmond Raceway. There was quite a bit of action in last week’s race at Darlington, and it only increases as this first round comes to a close. Two short tracks at Richmond and Bristol will determine the 12 drivers to advance in the playoffs.

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Harvick Kicks-Off Playoffs with a Victory

Kevin Harvick kicks-off playoffs with a victory in the NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out Southern 500 on Saturday, September 6th at Darlington Raceway.
DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 06: Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer Throwback Ford, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 06, 2020, in Darlington, South Carolina. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Harvick kicks-off playoffs with a victory in the NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out Southern 500 on Saturday, September 6th at Darlington Raceway.

The NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs are officially underway. The first Round of 16 is running at three extremely different tracks. They begin this past Sunday night at Darlington Raceway, then the series is heading to Richmond Raceway, before ending at Bristol Motor Speedway. When these three races are complete, four drivers at the bottom of the standings are put below the cutline and no longer eligible for championship contention.

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Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick Show Doubleheader Dominance at Dover

Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick make gains to their wins total in the doubleheader Drydene 311 this weekend at Dover International Speedway.
Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 in the NASCAR Cup Series earn victories in the Drydene 311 doubleheader at Dover International Speedway on August 22nd and 23rd, 2020. Photos by Getty Images

Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick make gains to their wins total in the doubleheader Drydene 311 this weekend at Dover International Speedway.

The NASCAR Cup Series have their last doubleheader weekend at Dover International Speedway this weekend. Before the weekend, there are three races left in the regular season, with two races at Dover, and the last race of the season at Daytona International Speedway next weekend. For drivers on the cusp of the playoff bubble, many look to Dover as the place to secure their spot. However, after Dover, the playoff competition is tighter than anyone expected.

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Chase Elliott Makes History with First-Ever Daytona Road Course Cup Series Win

Chase Elliott makes history in the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 235 by winning the series' first-ever race on the Daytona Road Course at Daytona International Speedway.
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – AUGUST 16: Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 235 at Daytona International Speedway on August 16, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Chase Elliott makes history in the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 235 by winning the series’ first-ever race on the Daytona Road Course at Daytona International Speedway.

Adding a wrinkle to the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule, NASCAR decided to race at the Daytona Road Course instead of racing at Watkins Glen because of COVID 19 limitations. For the first time, the NASCAR Cup Series raced the infield road course within the superspeedway oval.

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Keselowski Wins Third Race of the Season at New Hampshire

Brad Keselowski wins third race in the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE – AUGUST 02: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Western Star/Alliance Parts Ford, takes the checkered flag to win 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)

Keselowski wins third race in the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

After a small break, the NASCAR Cup Series heads north to race the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. With only six points-paying races remaining in the regular season, several drivers are under the gun to clinch a playoff spot. Some seasonal contenders are right on the bubble, and the intensity will continue to increase as each race closes out.

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Elliott Claims First All-Star Victory

Chase Elliott claims first All-Star victory in the NASCAR Cup Series exhibition event on Wednesday, July 15th at Bristol Motor Speedway.
BRISTOL, TENNESSEE – JULY 15: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 UniFirst Chevrolet, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on July 15, 2020 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Elliott claims first All-Star victory in the NASCAR Cup Series exhibition event on Wednesday, July 15th at Bristol Motor Speedway.

For the second time in thirty-two years, the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star race moved the venue to a different track. The first switch happened in 1986 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The All-Star event, typically at Charlotte Motor Speedway, was moved to Bristol Motor Speedway this season.

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Custer Claims First Cup Win

Cole Custer claims first Cup win in the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart on Sunday afternoon, 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 Rob Carr/Getty Images

Custer claims first Cup win in the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart on Sunday afternoon, July 12th at Kentucky Speedway.

Kentucky Speedway has given teams a challenge in trying to manage the low banked corners of a fast intermediate track. A change was made a few years ago to make turns three and four shallower in banking than turns one and two. The modification makes the track unique to other 1.5-mile courses on the schedule.

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Harvick Clinches Third Brickyard Victory

Harvick clinches third Brickyard victory in the NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – JULY 05: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Light Patriotic Ford, and his team celebrate winning the NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 05, 2020, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Harvick clinches third Brickyard victory in the NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.

After a double-header weekend in Pocono, the NASCAR Cup Series carried the excitement to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. ‘The Brickyard’ is one of the most prestigious tracks on the Cup Series schedule. The race is also a crown jewel event and is on the bucket list for many drivers to win a race here.

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Harvick and Hamlin Win Pocono Doubleheader

Harvick and Hamlin Win Pocono Doubleheader in the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono Organics 325 and the Pocono 350 at Pocono Raceway on June 27, 28, 2020.
LONG POND, PENNSYLVANIA – JUNE 27: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Head for the Mountains Ford, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono Organics 325 in partnership with Rodale Institute at Pocono Raceway on June 27, 2020, in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Harvick and Hamlin Win Pocono Doubleheader in the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono Organics 325 and the Pocono 350 at Pocono Raceway on June 27, 28, 2020.

NASCAR told fans in 2019 that Pocono Raceway would play host for a doubleheader weekend of NASCAR Cup Series racing in 2020. On Saturday and Sunday, they ran two races on the “Tricky Triangle” at the 2.5-mile track. Pocono Raceway is the only track on the schedule with just three corners. Each corner is very different, making it tough for teams to find the right balance in their cars.

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