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Stock Car Scoop: What Does Erik Jones’ Darlington Win Mean for Other Playoff Spoilers?

After a chaotic Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, Erik Jones emerged a surprise winner of the NASCAR Cup Series’ 2022 playoff opener.

Frontstretch’s Adam Cheek and Jared Haas discuss everything that went down in South Carolina on Sunday night (Sept. 4), from Jones’ win and the potential for other playoff spoilers to what it means for Petty GMS Motorsports as the team heads into 2023. The duo also break down the multitude of issues that postseason drivers faced, from Kevin Harvick‘s fire to Kyle Busch‘s blown engine, and how that bodes for NASCAR in the wake of the Lady in Black.

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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.

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