Brad Keselowski Dominates at Richmond Playoff Race

Brad Keselowski dominates at Richmond Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday night.
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – SEPTEMBER 12: Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Western Star/Alliance Parts Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on September 12, 2020, in Richmond, Virginia. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Brad Keselowski dominates at Richmond Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday night.

Making good on a confident Babe Ruth-like prediction earlier this week when Brad Keselowski said he expects to dominate and win Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 Playoff race at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.

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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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Dillon Wins at Texas Motor Speedway

Austin Dillon Wins at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 on Sunday, July 19th, leading a one-two finish for Richard Childress Racing.
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – JULY 19: Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on July 19, 2020 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Dillon Wins at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 on Sunday, July 19th, leading a one-two finish for Richard Childress Racing.

Austin Dillon held a hard-charging field off three times on restarts in the closing laps to earn his first NASCAR Cup Series victory of the 2020 season in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. It was a one-two finish for the Richard Childress Racing team with Dillon’s rookie teammate Tyler Reddick finishing a mere 0.149-seconds behind.

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NASCAR Cup Series Expectations Check

NASCAR Cup Series Expectations Check: One-third of the way into the 2020 season is time to do a check on the drivers and whether they're meeting expectations to this point of a unique year.
HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – JUNE 14: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Cup Series Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on June 14, 2020 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

NASCAR Cup Series Expectations Check: One-third of the way into the 2020 season is time to do a check on the drivers and whether they’re meeting expectations to this point of a unique year.

As crazy as the 2020 season has been, normalcy is gradually returning to NASCAR. Eight races have been run since the ten-week-long hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the season to its one-third completion mark. Drivers needed an adjustment period to the post-pandemic era of the sport; no practice, no qualifying, no fans, two races in one weekend, the list goes on and on. As the races continue to roll on by, these adjustments have allowed some drivers to surprise, and caused others to disappoint. With the season at a bit of a junction heading into Talladega, here’s a quick look at which drivers are exceeding expectations, and which drivers are flopping. 

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