Former driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. had some predictions to make regarding the different outcomes in the upcoming 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
Speaking on the Dale Jr. Download, Earnhardt spoke about his prediction regarding who will not make the next round, who is likely to win the race and who he considered to be the dark horse of this year’s championship.
Regarding the drivers to not make the cut for Round of 16, he said:
“Who’s not making it through the first round? Austin Dillon, Cole Custer, and Kurt Busch and Clint [Bowyer].”
Given the outcomes of 2020 regular-season, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin are considered as the major favourites to win the Championship. Earnhardt too thinks one of these two drivers will be the winner but he had his pick.
“I think Harvick edges out Hamlin. For some reason — and I know this has been sort of Denny’s, by far, been Denny’s best year ever, and I think he comes very close. I just don’t know if it happens for him for some reason.
“I have this weird feeling that Harvick’s gonna [win] because Harvick’s tied Kyle [Busch] in wins, more than likely going to finish this season ahead of Kyle in wins, and I think that he gets his second title. This has kind of been Harvick quietly asserting himself as one of the greatest.”
Earnhardt also picked out a dark horse for the event.
“I think Ryan Blaney may be the dark horse for me. The guy’s got a legitimate, you know, shot at it. … I think Blaney’s got a pretty reasonable track record at Phoenix.”