Playoff Standings Heading Into The Final Race Of The Regular Season

Sunday’s Southern 500 is now behind us as we’re down to the final race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season. Currently, we have 10 drivers that have stamped their names into the postseason by virtue of wins scored in the first 25 races of the year. The remaining six drivers hold onto spots in the wildcard standings. Among those wildcard drivers, four of them have now clinched a spot in the 16 driver playoff field as there are just two spots open for several drivers. 

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Last Pit Stop Gets Keselowski Southern 500 Win For Weekend Sweep, 1-2 Penske Finish

Heading into the final pit stop of the race at the Darlington Raceway, it appeared that Sunday night’s Southern 500 was going to be Kyle Larson’s to lose. He dominated the entire 367 Lap race in his No. 42 Chevrolet including taking a win in each of the two stages of the night. If the race would have gone caution free in the closing stages like the rest of the night had practically gone, Larson would have ended up in victory lane. Instead, it was Brad Keselowski doing all the…

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Erik Jones, Kurt Busch And Chase Elliott Extend Hot Streaks Through Sunday’s Southern 500

Three of the hottest drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series right now are Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch and Erik Jones. In Sunday night’s Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway, all three drivers came away with top 10 finishes on the “Too Tough To Tame” track. This trio has been on top of their games over the last few months and are fighting hard to be among the four drivers that will advance to the Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. Despite an early uncontrolled tire penalty, Jones rebounded to an…

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Larson Leads 284 Laps In Sunday’s Southern 500 But Fails To Win

Kyle Larson’s winless streak reaches 35 races as the last time he won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was in the 2017 regular season finale at the Richmond Raceway. But, for the first 345 laps in Sunday night’s Southern 500, it appeared that he’d be the one celebrating in victory lane at the historic Darlington Raceway. Instead, a late race caution brought all the leaders back down pit road with 22 laps-to-go and Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet pit crew had a 14-second stop. Brad Keselowski’s crew got him…

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Harvick Blasts Chastain Following Late Race Incident At Darlington, Keselowski Victorious

Ryan Preece’s bet on himself paid off in a big way the last two years. Instead of racing for an underfunded team again, he took a step back and ran select races with Joe Gibbs Racing. He’s won twice in those few opportunities and made a name for himself that he has a bright future in NASCAR. Well, everyone had always said that Ross Chastain could be another big name if given the right opportunity. Chastain, held onto the 12th and final NASCAR XFINITY Series playoff spot for most of…

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Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports Looking Strong So Far This Weekend In Darlington

It’s been over a year since Jimmie Johnson last won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. He won three races all of last year but none since June 4. In fact, he only has six total top five finishes since the start of the 2017 season and none since May 27. So, why am I picking Johnson as a favorite this weekend? It’s simple. 

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Hamlin, Newman Lead Cup Practices At Darlington, Why Newman/Bowman Are In For A Fight On Sunday Night

It’s time for the 69th annual Bojangles Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice sessions are in the books and one thing is clear, Sunday night’s race at the Darlington Raceway is going to be as chaotic as ever. Just look at both speed charts in the two Friday practice sessions to see why. Only one driver was in the top five for both sessions. Just two of them were even in the top 14 in both. 

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5 Favorites, 5 Sleepers For Sunday’s Bojangles Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

When asked which races makes a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers’ career, one of them is how well they’ve done in the Southern 500. It’s one of the crown jewels of the NASCAR schedule. I assure you, every driver in Sunday night’s Bojangles Southern 500 (6 p.m ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) wants to win this race. Here are five favorites and five sleepers to do so. 

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5 Favorites For Saturday’s Sports Clips 200 (3:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

The “Lady in Black” will host two NASCAR races this weekend as the racing action gets kicked off on Saturday afternoon for the Sports Clips 200 (3:30 p.m. ET/NBC/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The NASCAR XFINITY Series race has always been a good one at the Darlington Raceway and once again shouldn’t disappoint. Cup drivers have won all but two races since 2005 at Darlington and have won 11 of 23 races this season. Could either Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski or Kevin Harvick keep that dominance going? Here are the top five…

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Bell, Sadler Lead XFINITY Series Practices On Friday In Darlington

The NASCAR XFINITY Series took to the Darlington Raceway for two practice sessions on Friday afternoon. These were in preparation for Saturday’s Sports Clips 200 (3:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The retro weekend isn’t limited to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as the XFINITY Series drivers showed off their throwback colors on the South Carolina race track on Friday. In the first session Christopher Bell topped the speed charts with a speed of 169.356 mph in his No. 20 Toyota. Bell, has been stout all year long and if…

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