As the playoffs for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season get started, the pressure intensifies for the 16 championship contenders during episodes four and five of of NASCAR 2020: Under Pressure, that chronicles a year on the track unlike any other in NASCAR’s illustrious history.
In episode four “Entering the Lion’s Den” that debuted on Saturday, November 21, only on the MotorTrend App, the NASCAR playoffs kick off with the Southern 500 at Darlington. Matt DiBenedetto begins his first career playoff appearance with the legendary Wood Brothers Racing team, facing post-season pressure and an uncertain future for his career. As the Round of 16 continues, Austin Dillon breaks out with a surprising and impressive set of performances that raise his championship hopes after a summer loaded with the new responsibilities of fatherhood and sidetracked by COVID.
Episode five, “Wild Cards,” which premiered on Nov. 28, finds the championship field of 16 pared to 12 and presents the remaining playoff drivers and teams with wild card races at Las Vegas, Talladega, and the Charlotte Roval. Kurt Busch brings veteran leadership to Chip Ganassi Racing and looks to make some noise as a playoff underdog. Bubba Wallace returns to Talladega for the first time since an emotional weekend at the track in June, this time with the knowledge that his career is on a unique upswing. Richard Childress Racing and Austin Dillon attack their home track and offer a look at how they’ve revamped their organization to operate effectively in the pandemic. And four more drivers run out of luck and see their championship hopes go bust. (Check out a preview of the “Wild Cards” episode below.)
Subsequent episodes of NASCAR 2020: Under Pressure will feature the final battles as the field whittles down and the fight for the title gets ever tighter. You’ll be changing tires, looking on from the Race Control booth, and peering inside the cars as drivers and teams navigate the new normal; all as the pressure builds and the chase whittles down to the final Championship Four duel, won by Chase Elliott, who has been crowned the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Champion.
Produced for the MotorTrend Group by NASCAR Productions, NASCAR 2020: Under Pressure has something for everyone, from huge NASCAR fans who will appreciate the behind-the-scenes access, to documentary buffs who should find the mix of action and stress of navigating the unparalleled nature of this season highly entertaining stuff. It all gets started on Halloween, so make sure to get yourself signed up to the MotorTrend App and START YOUR FREE TRIAL to experience NASCAR like you never have before.
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