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2022 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs

See below for an explanation of the playoffs.


Date Race
Track Winner
Sun., Feb 20 DAYTONA 500 Daytona International Speedway #2-Austin Cindric
Sun., Feb 27 WISE Power 400 Auto Club Speedway #5-Kyle Larson
Sun., Mar 6 Pennzoil 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway #48-Alex Bowman
Sun., Mar 13 Ruoff Mortgage 500k Phoenix Raceway #14-Chase Briscoe
Sun., Mar 20 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway #24-William Byron
Sun., Mar 27 Echopark Texas Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas #1-Ross Chastain
Sun., Apr 3 Toyota Owners 400 Richmond Raceway #11-Denny Hamlin
Sat, Apr 9 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 Martinsville Speedway #24-William Byron (2)
Sun., Apr 17 Food City Dirt Race Bristol Motor Speedway (dirt) #18-Kyle Busch
Sun., Apr 24 GEICO 500 Talladega Superspeedway #1-Ross Chastain (2)
Sun/Mon, May 1/2 DuraMAX Drydene 400 Dover Motor Speedway #9-Chase Elliott
Sun., May 8 Goodyear 400 Darlington Raceway #22-Joey Logano
Sun., May 15 AdventHealth 400 Kansas Speedway #45-Kurt Busch
Sun., May 29 Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway #11-Denny Hamlin (2)
Sun., Jun 5 Enjoy Illinois 300 World Wide Technology Raceway #22-Joey Logano (2)
Sun., Jun 12 Toyota / Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway #99-Daniel Suarez
Sun., Jun 26 Ally 400 Nashville Superspeedway #9-Chase Elliott (2)
Sun., Jul 3 Kiwk Trip 250 Road America #8-Tyler Reddick
Sun., Jul 10 Quaker State 400 Atlanta Motor Speedway #9-Chase Elliott (3)
Sun., Jul 17 Ambetter 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway #20-Christopher Bell
Sun., Jul 24 M&Ms Fan Appreciation 400 Pocono Raceway #9-Chase Elliott (4)
Sun., Jul 31 Verizon 200 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course #8-Tyler Reddick (2)
Sun., Aug 7 FireKeepers Casino 400 Michigan International Speedway #4-Kevin Harvick
Sun., Aug 14 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Raceway #4-Kevin Harvick (2)
Sun., Aug 21 Go Bowling at the Glen Watkins Glen International
Sat., Aug 27 Coke Zero Sugar 400 Daytona International Speedway
Playoffs Round of 16
Sun., Sep 4 Cook Out Southern 500 Darlington Raceway
Sun., Sep 11 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway
Sat., Sep 17 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway
Playoffs Round of 12
Sun., Sep 25 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Texas Motor Speedway
Sun., Oct 2 YellaWood 500 Talladega Superspeedway
Sun., Oct 9 Bank of America ROVAL 400 Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL
Playoffs Round of 8
Sun., Oct 16 South Point 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Sun., Oct 23 Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway
Sun., Oct 30 Xfinity 500 Martinsville Raceway
Championship Race
Sun., Nov 6 Season Finale 500 Phoenix Raceway

 


2021 Playoffs Information

2020 Playoffs Information

2019 Playoffs Information

2018 Playoffs Information


Playoffs Explanation

  • The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs consist of 16 drivers.
  • The regular season points leader qualifies for the playoffs, even if they don’t have a win.
  • Additional drivers automatically qualify for the playoffs with a win (as long as there are no more than 16 winners) in the first 26 races.
  • Any playoff positions not filled with a race winner are filled based on point standings.
  • There are 4 rounds of playoffs:
    • Round of 16: Darlington, Richmond, Bristol
    • Round of 12: Las Vegas, Talladega, Charlotte
    • Round of 8: Kansas, Texas, Martinsville
    • The Championship race at Phoenix
  • A win during a playoff race automatically advances the driver to the next round.
  • The bottom 4 drivers at the end of each round are eliminated.
  • The highest finishing driver at Homestead is the Champion. Playoff drivers do not earn any stage points at Homestead.

Playoff Structure

  • After the third playoff race, there will be 12 drivers. After the sixth playoff race, the field will drop to eight drivers, and following the ninth playoff race, only four drivers will remain in championship contention.
  • Round of 16: The first round (races 27-29) is the Round of 16. If a playoff driver wins a race in this round, the driver automatically advances to the next round (Round of 12). The remaining available positions 1-12 that have not been filled based upon wins will be based on points. Each will then have their points reset to 3,000, with any awarded playoff points added.
  • Round of 12: The second round (races 30-32) is the Round of 12. Likewise, if a driver in the top 12 in points wins a race in this round, the driver automatically advances to the next round (Round of 8). The remaining available positions 1-8 that have not been filled based upon wins will be based on points. Each will then have their points reset to 4,000, with any awarded playoff points added.
  • Round of 8: The third round (races 33-35) is the Round of 8. If a driver in the top eight in points wins a race in this round, the driver automatically advances to the next round (Championship 4). The remaining available positions 1-4 that have not been filled based upon wins will be based on points. Each will then have their points reset to 5,000.
  • Additionally, drivers who are eliminated in the Round of 12 and Round of 8 will have their points readjusted. Each eliminated driver will return to the playoff-start base of 2,000 with any awarded playoff points and any accumulated points starting with race No. 27 added. This will allow all drivers not in contention for the title to continue to race for the best possible season-long standing, with final positions fifth-through-16th still up for grabs

Playoff Eligibility

  • The top 15 drivers with the most wins over the first 26 races will earn a spot in the playoffs – provided they have finished in the top 30 in points and attempted to qualify for every race (except in rare instances). The 16th playoff position will go to the points leader after race No. 26, if he/she does not have a victory. In the event that there are 16 or more different winners over 26 races, the only winless driver who can earn a playoff spot would be the points leader after 26 races.
  • If there are fewer than 16 different winners in the first 26 races, the remaining playoff positions will go to those winless drivers highest in points. If there are 16 or more winners in the first 26 races, the ties will first be broken by number of wins, followed by points.
  • Prior to the start of the playoffs, all playoff drivers will have their points adjusted to 2,000, with all playoff points added to their total.

Playoff Points

  • In addition to points awarded to drivers based on their finish at the end of stages and the race itself, the winner of a race stage is awarded one playoff point, and the race winner receives 5 playoff points.
  • At the end of the regular season, the points leader is awarded 15 playoff points. Second place receives 10 playoff points, 3rd place 8, 4th place 7, 6th place 5, 7th place 4; 8th place 3, 9th place 2, and 10th place 1 playoff point.
  • As the start of the playoffs, each eligible driver’s point total is reset to 2000 points, plus the total number of playoff points they earned during the regular season.
  • Playoff points are also awarded during each round of the playoffs.
  • At the start of each following round of the playoffs, the points are again reset (3000, 4000, and 5000) among eligible drivers and playoff points are added to that amount, with the exception of the Championship race at Homestead-Miami. For the championship race, the final four drivers start with 5000 points, earn no bonus points, and the highest finisher is the Champion.