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Friday Faceoff: How Many More Cup Wins Will Come From Non-Playoff Drivers?

Erik Jones walking around New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

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Erik Jones kicked off the playoffs with a win. Will any others follow?

The Big 6: Questions Answered After Erik Jones Paints Victory Lane Petty Blue at Darlington

Erik Jones En route to a NASCAR Cup Series win at Darlington Raceway, September 2022. Photo: NKP

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In 1967, it was Richard Petty driving the No. 43 to win the Southern 500. 55 years later, Erik Jones did it driving the car still owned by the King himself.

The Underdog House: Inside Career-Best Days For Cody Ware, BJ McLeod & Landon Cassill

Landon Cassill looks out at the racetrack at Richmond Raceway in 2022. (Photo: NKP)

#77: Landon Cassill, Spire Motorsports, Voyager: Crypto for All Chevrolet Camaro

Yes, you read that right. Landon Cassill was the top underdog at Daytona International Speedway, scoring a fourth-place finish to tie his career best.

Fire on Fridays: Here’s Who’s Most Likely to Snag the Last Cup Playoff Berths

#23: Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing, McDonald's Toyota Camry

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Who’ll be a playoff contender when all is said and done? Here’s a ranking from Nos. 15 to 1.

Did You Notice?: The Edge Is Thin at Daytona

2021 Daytona II Cup Ryan Blaney ricky stenhouse jr pack racing Jared C. Tilton Getty

(Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

With past winners in contention at Daytona both inside and outside of the playoffs, things will be chaotic in the regular-season finale.

Thinkin’ Out Loud at Watkins Glen: There’s Trouble in Hendrick Paradise

Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports holds the checkered flag after winning at Watkins Glen International. (Photo: NKP)

#5: Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports, HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro

On a late restart, Kyle Larson moved Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott to earn his second NASCAR Cup Series win of 2022 at Watkins Glen International.

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