2020 NASCAR Cup Series – Early Predictions & Betting Odds
2020 NASCAR Cup Championship Winner – Betting Odds
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While the NASCAR Cup Series remains suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s time to take a look at the standings.
Four races have already gone by, and while it’s hard to predict what the Championship will look like at Phoenix in November, early picks could pay off nicely in the long run.
Let’s take a look at some of the drivers worth keeping an eye on for 2020.
Logano leads all drivers with two wins in four races and is a lock to make the playoffs already.
The 2018 champion got off to a very strong start this season, fighting for the win in all four rounds.
The Team Penske driver led a combined 120 laps in four races, good enough for third among all drivers.
Logano is currently second in the standings, only one point away from first place. Oddsmakers, however, place him in third place for now.
He narrowly missed out on a Championship 4 spot last year and should be in the run again this postseason.
One of three drivers to have completed all 992 laps this season, Harvick has yet to finish outside the top 10.
The 2014 champion has one stage win and two top 5 finishes in four starts.
Harvick’s 159 laps led are good enough for second, behind Chase Elliott’s 186.
The Stewart-Haas driver is the current points leader as he continues to ride on the momentum from his strong finish to the 2019 season.
Harvick has five Championship 4 appearances in six years, which makes him a very good pick with little downside.
NASCAR’s decision to move the final round to Phoenix also makes Harvick one of the instant favorites to lift the trophy in November.
Kyle Busch was on the rise before the stop, finishing second at Fontana and third at Phoenix.
The defending champion came close to winning his first Daytona 500 as well, but an engine failure forced him to retire from the lead.
Despite finishing the first two races outside the top 10, the Joe Gibbs driver is once again showing that he will be in the championship battle come November.
Like Harvick, Busch has five Championship 4 appearances in six years and is the most successful driver under the format with two titles.
While he has yet to win a race this season, Blaney is already looking like a threat for the title.
The Team Penske driver narrowly missed out on three victories.
Blaney finished a close second at Daytona, dominated at Las Vegas before dropping down the order during a late restart and suffered a flat tire at Fontana.
Despite the bad results, #12 has shown plenty of pace on track, building upon a strong finish from last season.
Blaney is a fantastic early pick if you are looking for an underdog.
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No other driver has been at the front of the field as much as Chase Elliott in 2020.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver led a combined 186 laps through four races.
Elliott also leads all drivers with three stage wins.
Currently third in points, he is once again the best ranked Chevrolet driver.
The Last Year Before Another Generation Shift
NASCAR has already announced its Gen 7 cars for 2021.
Images and videos of the car’s first official test at Phoenix have already come out over the week.
While this raises the expectations for 2021, we still have one year to go before the new car’s introduction.
It also means that 2020 will mark the final go-round for the current Gen 6 cars.
The current generation of cars was introduced in 2013, as a replacement for the unpopular CoT.
While Gen 6 did a good job at resembling its streetcars counterparts, it never really delivered on track.
The cars continued to struggle with dirty air, and removing aero did not make the racing any better or closer.
At the same time, the marketing strategy from the manufacturers underwent a significant change.
Chevrolet introduced the Camaro in 2018, deviating from the family sedan-oriented design adopted by NASCAR.
Ford followed suit in 2019, bringing the Mustang to the Cup Series.
The current design, however, does not favor the muscle cars, making the on-track version look significantly different compared to the streetcars.
Gen 7 is likely going to address this as well, which is another reason for the generation shift.
The series will experiment with some of its Gen 7 concepts by adding them to the last iteration of Gen 6 cars.
As a result, race fans will have a chance to catch an early glimpse into NASCAR’s on-track product for 2021.
2020 NASCAR Cup Series FAQ
When is the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Season coming back?
The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season is suspended until May 9 and is scheduled to return at Martinsville Speedway.
Seven races have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, but NASCAR remains committed to delivering a full, 36-race schedule.
Who was the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series champion?
Kyle Busch won the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series championship, his second career title.
Who is the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series points leader?
Kevin Harvick is the current NASCAR Cup Series leader with 164 points, one ahead of second-place Joey Logano and 20 ahead of third-place Chase Elliott.