Cook Out Southern 500- 9/6/20 Driver vs. Driver Matchups and Odds
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Cook Out Southern 500
9/6/2020 6:00pm est
The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Darlington for throw back weekend for the Cook Out Southern 500. Darlington is a 1.33 mile egg shaped oval, banked at 24 degrees. Darlington is one of the toughest tracks the Cup Series visits on the circuit, and it’s the most abrasive on tires. I am going to focus on the last 4 races run at Darlington in the picks below.
Here are a few matchups to consider for the Cook Out Southern 500.
Kurt Busch -115 vs. Aric Almirola -115
Kurt has won this matchup against Aric 3 times over the last 4 races at Darlington. Kurt has an average driver rating of 100 of the last 5 races at Darlington, while Aric has an average driver rating of 77.9 over the same time span. Kurt has 4 top 10 finishes over the last 5 races at Darlington, while Aric only has 1. I think Kurt will once again prevail as the victor in the head to head against Aric.
Jeff’s Pick Kurt Busch -115
Kyle Busch -115 vs. Brad Keselowski -115
Kyle and Brad have split the head to head 2 and 2 over the last 4 races at Darlington. Brad has the edge in average driver rating over the last 5 races at Darlington of 106.9 compared to Kyle at 100. Brad had a victory in the 2018 Southern 500, and Kyle hasn’t been to victory lane in Darlington since 2008. Kyle continues to struggle here in 2020, but he did make the playoffs. I think Darlington is Keselowski’s best opportunity to win a race in the first round of the playoffs, so take Brad in this matchup.
Jeff’s Pick: Brad Keselowski -115
Clint Bowyer -130 vs. Matt DiBenedetto +100
Bowyer and Matt DiBenedetto have split the head to head at Darlington 2 and 2 in the last 4 races run here. Now that Matt is racing in a better funded car in 2020, the 2 victories over Clint came in the 2 races run in 2020. Clint was able to finish ahead of Matt in both races at Dover 2 weeks ago, but I think Matt will have a great run at Darlington on Sunday.
Jeff’s Pick: Matt DiBenedetto +100