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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Harvick Wins Playoff Opener after Leaders Wreck

Harvick wins playoff opener in the NASCAR Cup Series, Cook Out Southern 500 on Sunday night at Darlington Raceway.
DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 06: Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer Throwback Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning 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 wins playoff opener in the NASCAR Cup Series, Cook Out Southern 500 on Sunday night at Darlington Raceway.

Kevin Harvick was in the right place at the right time to take the lead, then put on an impressive show of tenacity to hold off a hard-charging Austin Dillon to earn his second career Cook Out Southern 500 win at Darlington Raceway in Sunday night’s NASCAR Cup Series Playoff opener.

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Brandon Jones Steals a Win at Darlington

Brandon Jones steals a win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 on Saturday afternoon at Darlington Raceway.
DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 05: Brandon Jones, driver of the No. 19 03 Dash Championship Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway on September 05, 2020, in Darlington, South Carolina. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Brandon Jones steals a win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 on Saturday afternoon at Darlington Raceway.

It was a fitting race finish for a track known as being ‘Too Tough to Tame.’ The two front-running cars tangled with two laps remaining, and Brandon Jones dove low to take the lead and the victory in Saturday’s Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200 Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway.

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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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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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Kevin Harvick Wins at Dover for Seventh Victory in the NASCAR Cup Series

Kevin Harvick Wins at Dover in the NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 311 on Sunday afternoon at Dover International Speedway.
DOVER, DELAWARE – AUGUST 23: Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway on August 23, 2020, in Dover, Delaware. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Kevin Harvick Wins at Dover in the NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 311 on Sunday afternoon at Dover International Speedway.

There was no drama in Kevin Harvick’s victory in the Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway, an old-fashioned thrashing in the back end of a Saturday/Sunday NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader.

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Denny Hamlin Makes Late-Pass to Another NASCAR Cup Victory at Dover

Denny Hamlin makes late-pass to another NASCAR Cup Series victory in the Drydene 311 on Saturday afternoon at Dover International Speedway.
DOVER, DELAWARE – AUGUST 22: Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway on August 22, 2020, in Dover, Delaware. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Denny Hamlin makes late-pass to another NASCAR Cup Series victory in the Drydene 311 on Saturday afternoon at Dover International Speedway.

Working traffic adroitly over the final run on Saturday, Denny Hamlin cruised to victory in the Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway after passing Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. for the lead with eight laps left.

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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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