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Stock Car Scoop: Will Chaotic Daytona Cause Playoff Havoc?

Everything is on the line this weekend at Daytona International Speedway, as the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series visit the superspeedway for the finale of the latter’s regular season and one of the final races of the former’s.

Adam Cheek and Dalton Hopkins discuss all of the factors in the headlines this weekend, from which driver will come up clutch with a victory to lock themselves into the playoffs to how Kurt Busch‘s postseason waiver being withdrawn changes the landscape of this weekend’s racing.

The duo also discusses its winner picks and Daytona’s place as the regular-season finale.

See also
Kurt Busch Will Miss Beginning of Playoffs, Waiver Withdrawn

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About the author

Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Audacy Richmond's radio stations. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

Dalton Hopkins began writing for Frontstretch in April 2021. Currently, he is the lead writer for the weekly Thinkin' Out Loud column and one of our lead reporters. Beforehand, he wrote for IMSA shortly after graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2019. Simultaneously, he also serves as a First Lieutenant in the US Army.

Follow Dalton on Twitter @PitLaneLT

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DUH! Most likely!


Rhetorical question? Of course it will! It is what the brain trust is counting on.


7:38 Friday night and Xfinity just sang the national anthem. Nascar must have forgotten it rains in Florida every afternoon. lololol way to go go Ben. You have Brian’s brain or he’s whispering in your ear.


Doesn’t it always? NASCAR gets good ratings, & ticket sales, & the owners get millions of $$ in torn up cars. Not a very good trade off. They want to level the field. But this shows what happens when the field is too level.

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