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Aric Almirola

NASCAR Numbers Game: Taking stock of the 2013 Sprint Cup season

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats in the Cup Series
David Smith crunches the numbers for the Sprint Cup Series in his weekly "NASCAR Numbers Game" column.

The off week prior to the race at Indianapolis serves as a welcome respite to everyone in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series except crew chiefs who might be on the hot seat. One casualty of “chopping block week” occurred Tuesday morning when BK Racing relieved Pat Tryson of his duties as the head wrench for David Reutimann’s No. 83 entry.

Hollywood Casino 400 (Kansas) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Kansas Speedway kicks off the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Round of 8
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Hollywood Casino 400 (Kansas) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

And then... there were eight. The semifinal round of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs starts Sunday with the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Just four races remain to complete a season no one thought might happen at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic several months ago.

 

Bank of America ROVAL 400 (Charlotte) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Can reigning NASCAR champ Kyle Busch stave off playoff elimination?
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Bank of America ROVAL 400 (Charlotte) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Five races down, five races remain in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Charlotte Motor Speedway plays host to the Bank of America ROVAL 400 this weekend, a race on the infield road course that will officially cut the playoff field from 12 to 8.

 

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Denny Hamlin sits on the pole a second straight week for NASCAR's 2020 road course finale
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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR heads to its second and final road course race of 2020 with the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The race on Sunday is the final one in the Cup Series Round of 12 and will eliminate four additional drivers from the championship chase.

 

Cook Out Southern 500 (Darlington) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

NASCAR's postseason begins with one of its crown jewel events
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Cook Out Southern 500 (Darlington) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

It's hard to believe but the NASCAR postseason has arrived, on schedule despite a two-month COVID-19 suspension. One of the sport's crown jewel events, the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, will serve as the playoff opener on Sunday night (Sept. 6) as the Cup Series begins its 10-race championship chase.

 

Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Daytona) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

Setting the stage for NASCAR's regular-season finale at Daytona
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Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Daytona) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

This has been a year in sports unlike any other. But Saturday night, NASCAR will hold its regular-season finale, on schedule, at Daytona International Speedway. The Coke Zero Sugar 400, moved this year from its traditional July 4th weekend, will still provide fireworks as the remainder of the sport's 16-driver field will be determined by the parity and unpredictability of a superspeedway draft.

 

Drydene 311 (Dover) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

It's Monster Mile, Take II this Sunday as NASCAR wraps up its 2020 Cup Series doubleheaders
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Drydene 311 (Dover) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

We're halfway through the Monster Mile doubleheader at Dover International Speedway. NASCAR's grand experiment of back-to-back Cup Series races concludes with a second straight Drydene 311 on Sunday.

 

Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag first in Saturday's Act I. A dream season for the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver now includes his first win in 29 career starts at one of his worst tracks on the circuit.

 

Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 (New Hampshire) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

NASCAR's August sprint to the postseason begins with the Magic Mile
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Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 (New Hampshire) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

The 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway jumpstarts the final portion of the NASCAR Cup Series regular season after a 10-day layoff. It's a break stock car racing's top level desperately needed after squeezing 16 races into a little over 10 weeks, an exhausting schedule even for the most well-funded teams.

 

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Aric Almirola sits on the pole as NASCAR's Cup Series returns from a 10-day layoff
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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday's Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

After a 10-day layoff, the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series returns to racing this weekend for the Foxwoods Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The 1.058-mile, flat-shaped oval also welcome fans back to the track; they’ll allow up to 12,000 to attend the event on Sunday as stock car racing resumes its late summer sprint to its 10-race playoff.

 

Super Start Batteries 400 (Kansas) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

A look back at NASCAR's topsy-turvy first half of 2020
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Super Start Batteries 400 (Kansas) NASCAR Preview and Fantasy Predictions

The 2020 Super Start Batteries 400 kicks off the second half of the NASCAR Cup Series season. Kansas Speedway will host the third 1.5-mile oval in a row on the schedule before a much-needed 10-day breather. It'll be the longest time off for the Cup level since its return from a two-month COVID-19 suspension in mid-May.

 

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