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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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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Darlington Produces A Lot Of Lead Changes Recently But Also Domination For Some Drivers Too

While there are certain drivers who historically have faired well at Darlington, recent races have proven that the driver out front for most of the day may not win. In fact, the last six years of the Bojangles Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) have produced some thrilling but weird races.  Here’s what I mean by that.

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Richard Childress Racing Looking For Another Marquee Victory In Sunday’s Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Richard Childress Racing already has one driver into the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Now, can they get both in? In my opinion, there’s a very realistic chance that one of the two RCR drivers win Sunday night’s Bojangles Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). First off, they need Ryan Newman to win. He can too. Newman, has four top 10 finishes over his last five Darlington starts and seven in his last nine races there. He’s also scored three top 12 finishes over his last five…

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Busch And Harvick In An Intense Battle For Regular Season Championship

The playoff battle is heating up. We’re down to two races left in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season. Currently, Alex Bowman holds onto the 16th and final playoff spot by 79 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ryan Newman is 18th in the standings, 91 points out. Daniel Suarez is behind Newman but still 93 points behind. Paul Menard trails by 99 points himself. Those are the only four within 100 points of the final wildcard spot. With how this season has gone, I don’t see anyone making…

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