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NASCAR 101: 2022 Round of 16 Playoff Driver Outlook

Denny Hamlin ahead of Kyle Larson at Darlington in 2021, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Adam Cheek checks out playoff driver statistics at the first three tracks in the NASCAR playoffs and how recent races might factor into the Round of 16.

Daytona Disaster Proves NASCAR Change is Needed

Cole Custer spins out at Daytona International Speedway in August 2022. (Photo: NKP)

#41: Cole Custer, Stewart Haas Racing, Autodesk/HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang, #38: Todd Gilliland, Front Row Motorsports, First Phase Ford Mustang

The NASCAR Cup Series leaves Daytona with more questions than answers after serious concerns with officiating, safety, and the track’s place on the schedule.

Thinkin’ Out Loud at Daytona: Rain Wrecks in the Playoff Cut Race Are Unacceptable

NASCAR Cup Series

#99: Daniel Suarez, TrackHouse Racing, Freeway Insurance Chevrolet Camaro, #11: Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, FedEx Cares Toyota Camry #31: Justin Haley, Kaulig Racing, LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet Camaro and #47: Ricky Stenhouse Jr, JTG Daugherty Racing, Kroger/ NOS Chevrolet Camaro wreck

For some reason, rain-related crashes on ovals weren’t much of an incident before recently. What changed?

The Big 6: Questions Answered After Austin Dillon Dodges Rain, Wrecks for 11th-Hour Playoff Bid

NASCAR Cup Series cars at Daytona International Speedway, August 2022. Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It took almost 24 hours at Daytona, about three hours under the red flag for rain and multiple uniforms, but Austin Dillon is in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.

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