Darlington 400 Nascar Cup Series Picks and Prediction
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May 17, 2020 3:30pm
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Welcome back everyone, I am super excited for some real racing at Darlington Raceway this weekend. Darlington is a 1.33 mile egg shaped oval, and this place is the highest tire wear track we visit on the circuit. The ability to pass at Darlington is very difficult, so pit strategy will be important to the outcome of the race on Sunday. The next 2 weeks will be very busy, as we have 4 Nascar Cup races to be completed. Hang on tight, we are getting ready to have some fun.
Here are a 5 drivers to consider for the Darlington 400 on Sunday afternoon.
Kevin Harvick +450- Harvick is the current co favorite to win the Darlington 400. Harvick is one of the best at managing equipment and tires, and that is very important to success here at Darlington. Kevin has managed the 6th best driver rating of 102.6 over the last 2 races at Darlington. Also, Harvick had the 2nd best Pass Quality percentage in the previous race at Darlington. I expect Harvick to be one of best on long runs at Darlington this weekend, and this is a driver to heavily consider.
Kyle Busch +450- Kyle is the other current co favorite to win the Darlington 400. Kyle has the 3rd best driver rating over the last 2 races, as well as 2 top 10 finishes. In 2019, Kyle had 43 fastest laps, and ran 88% of his in the top 15. Running in the top 15 or better at Darlington is very important, since passing is such a challenge. Look for Kyle to maintain top 10 throughout the race, and be in position to win.
Chase Elliott +850- Chase has an average driver rating of 95.5 at Darlington over the last 2 races. Chase had a disappointing 19th place finish last year, but did finish 5th in 2018 at Darlington. Elliott’s stats have been good and bad at Darlington for the caliber team he drives for. Chase began 2020 with a bang, and I see that momentum picking right back up from when racing was halted. Consider Nascar’s most popular driver to win this weekend.
Erik Jones +1300- Erik Jones is my dark horse play of the week. Jones won the 2019 Darlington race, and I see no reason that he will not be able to contend for the win this year. Jones has the 2nd best average driver rating of 114.7 over the last 2 races at Darlington. Jones ran 95.4% of his laps in the top 15 in 2019 in route to victory. Erik performs well on steep tracks like Darlington, and I will be shocked if he is not in contention for the win on Sunday evening.
Kurt Busch +1600- Kurt is my longshot play of the week. Kurt has an average driver rating of 109.5 over the last 2 Darlington races, which is 4th best. In the 2019 Darlington race, Kurt lead the 2nd most laps and ran 95.1 percent of his laps in top 15. Kurt honestly ran top 10 pretty much all race 2019, but could not finish the job. Kurt started the year in mediocre fashion, but Darlington is a track he excels at time and time again. I will have a little bit of action on Kurt this weekend.