Handicapping driver movement in the NASCAR Cup Series

The 2019 season may be over but we’ve already started preparations for our 2020 Cup Series picks. The biggest question for you, the player, is will any driver moving to a new ride effect how you should handicap the races? Let’s breakdown some of the moves and see how it may change things.

2019 NASCAR year in review

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has come to an end for the 2019 season, and what an amazing racing year it was. As race fans know, the Cup Series is currently in a transitional phase where older drivers are retiring and new drivers are coming up the ranks. A new wave of talent has emerged and this year showed that good things are still to come. Let’s look at the top five stories that shaped the 2019 season.

Martin Truex Jr. narrowly favored to win Ford EcoBoost 400

After 35 grueling weeks of racing and nine playoff races, it all comes down to this race. The championship four are Martin Truex, Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin.

Harvick’s 6/1 odds at the AAA Texas 500 are too good to pass up

The Monster Cup Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway this Sunday, November 3 for the AAA Texas 500. This is the second race in the Round of 8. Last Week at Martinsville, Martin Truex Jr. clinched his spot in the Final Four at Homestead. This week, one of the other seven remaining playoff drivers will try to do the same.

NASCAR First Data 500 preview and pick

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, October 27 for the First Data 500. A win at "The Paperclip" for the remaining eight playoff drivers will guarantee a spot in the final four at Homestead for the championship.

NASCAR Hollywood Casino 400 preview and pick

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Midwest for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, October 20. It is a crucial race, as it will advance eight drivers into the next round of the NASCAR playoffs and eliminate four drivers from title contention.

NASCAR Drydene 400 preview and pick

This Sunday, the Monster Energy Cup Series heads to Dover International Speedway (AKA the Monster Mile) to race in the Drydene 400. It is the first race in the Round of 12, and a race that is crucial to playoff contenders. Why? Because the “wild-card” race of the playoffs looms next week at Talladega. Playoff drivers will want to do everything they can this week to secure themselves a spot in the Round of 8. 

NASCAR: Federated Auto Parts 400 preview

The Monster Energy Cup Series heads to Richmond, Virginia to race in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway this Saturday night. A race that for many years was the last race in the regular season, has now been moved to race two in the 10-week playoff schedule. We’ve got our eyes on two drivers that we believe will find themselves in victory lane this Saturday night and will be useful in all matchup wagers.