Race Weekend Central

NASCAR 101: 2022 Round of 16 Playoff Driver Outlook

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

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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.

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

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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.

Thinkin’ Out Loud at Watkins Glen: There’s Trouble in Hendrick Paradise

Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports holds the checkered flag after winning at Watkins Glen International. (Photo: NKP)

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On a late restart, Kyle Larson moved Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott to earn his second NASCAR Cup Series win of 2022 at Watkins Glen International.