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Two playoff races are in the books, which means it's time for an elimination race — for the first time at Bristol Motor Speedway. Four drivers will see their chance at a championship slip away following the race, when the playoff field will shrink from 16 to 12 drivers.
Playoffs Round of 16: Sun., Sep 5: Cook Out Southern 500: Darlington Raceway: Sat., Sep 11: Federated Auto Parts 400: Richmond Raceway: Sat., Sep 18: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race: Bristol Motor Speedway: Playoffs Round of 12: Sun., Sep 26: South Point 400: Las Vegas Motor Speedway: Sun., Oct 3: YellaWood 500: Talladega Superspeedway: Sun., Oct 10: Bank of America ROVAL 400. This is Chase Elliott’s fourth consecutive victory on a road course in the NASCAR Cup Series – Watkins Glen and Charlotte ROVAL in 2019 and the Daytona Road Course and Charlotte ROVAL in 2020. (NASCAR) Cup Series Playoff Standings after Charlotte (race 32): (4 races remaining in the season, points reset for Round of 8).© Peter Casey, USA TODAY Sports NASCAR Cup Series cars race during the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Here's all the information you need to get ready for Saturday night's Bass Pro Shops Night Race, the third of 10 playoff races in the NASCAR Cup Series:
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET.
TV: NBCSN. Pre-race broadcast begins at 7 p.m. ET.
RADIO: Performance Racing Network. STREAMING: For those who sign in with their cable/satellite provider's credentials, you can watch at stream.nbcsports.com.
RACE DISTANCE: 500 laps around the 0.533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway for a total of 266.5 miles.
STAGE LENGTHS (laps per stage): Stage 1: 125, Stage 2: 125, Stage 3: 250.
SEEDINGS (heading into third playoff race; x-clinched berth in second round): x-1. Kevin Harvick; x-2. Brad Keselowski; x-3. Denny Hamlin; 4. Joey Logano; 5. Martin Truex Jr.; 6. Austin Dillon; 7. Chase Elliott; 8. Alex Bowman; 9. Kyle Busch; 10. Aric Almirola; 11. Kurt Busch; 12. Clint Bowyer; 13. William Byron; 14. Cole Custer; 15. Matt DiBenedetto; 16. Ryan Blaney.
LAST TIME: Brad Keselowski led a race-high 115 laps on May 31 and edged Cint Bowyer by 0.471 seconds. And one year ago, Denny Hamlin led 79 laps, taking his final lead on lap 489, before holding off Matt DiBenedetto by 0.502 seconds in August 2019. DeBenedetto's runner-up finish was the best of his career on any track (a result he tied in 2020 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway).
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QUALIFYING: The lineup was determined by four performance metrics from the previous race: 15% based on fastest lap time position, 25% of the driver’s final race finish position, 25% of the owner’s final race position and 35% of the owner points position.
LINEUP: It will be an all-Team Penske front row, with Richmond winner Brad Keselowski on the pole and teammate Joey Logano starting alongside. Meanwhile, Joe Gibbs Racing suffered a setback after three drivers — Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Erik Jones — failed inspection twice and will be forced to start in the rear of the field.
Here is the lineup for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race (car number in parentheses;x-will start at back of field after failing inspection):
1. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford
2. (22) Joey Logano, Ford
3. (19) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota
4. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford
5. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
6. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
x-7. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota
8. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet
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x-9. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota
10. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford
11. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford
12. (41) Cole Custer, Ford
13. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet
14. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford
15. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet
16. (21) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford
17. (8) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet
18. (95) Christopher Bell, Toyota
19. (42) Matt Kenseth, Chevrolet
x-20. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota
21. (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chevrolet
22. (37) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet
23. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford
24. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet
25. (6) Ryan Newman, Ford
26. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford
27. (43) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet
28. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet
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29. (96) Daniel Suarez, Toyota
30. (32) Corey Lajoie, Ford
31. (38) John H. Nemechek, Ford
32. (15) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet
33. (00) Quin Houff, Chevrolet
34. (77) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet
35. (53) James Davison, Ford
36. (51) Joey Gase, Ford
37. (27) Gray Gaulding, Chevrolet
38. (66) Timmy Hill, Toyota
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39. (7) Josh Bilicki, Chevrolet
40. (78) Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet
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The NASCAR playoffs are set to start on Sunday night in Darlington with the yearly race of the Southern 500. 16 drivers start the first round in the title chase drove by season champion Kevin Harvick.
NASCAR has declared on Thursday that they won’t award COVID-19 help to any driver who might have a positive COVID test during the end of the season races. A positive test will dispose of that driver from the post-season. Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson missed one race due to COVID-19 which can be blamed for his non-appearance from the playoffs.
The playoffs comprise of 10 races, with the initial nine divided into three parts, with three races each. Four drivers will be dispensed with after the third, 6th, and ninth races. This leaves the last four to race for the championship in Avondale, Arizona.
In the opening round, the 16 drivers qualified for the title have their points reset to 2,000 plus regular-season playoff points. After the initial three races at Darlington, Richmond, and Bristol, the four drivers with the least points who didn’t win during the rounds are not eligible for the NASCAR title.
Points are then reset to 3,000 plus playoff points for the second round of Las Vegas, Talladega, and the Charlotte street course. After that points are reset to 4,000 and playoff points for the third round of Kansas, Texas, and Martinsville. At that point, the four drivers left qualified to go to Phoenix with 5,000 points. The driver with the most points wins the title.
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What drivers have to say before NASCAR playoffs
Fox Sports reports, Denny Hamlin said, “We have got all the momentum we need.”
“We will have the playoff points that we need and it just up to us to go out there and hope that we can execute as well as we have for most of the season. If we do, we are going to give ourselves a chance to win the championship.”
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Joey Logano believes no practices make the races questionable as the drivers don’t know what is coming around the corner.
He said, “There may be some teams that hit it really fast and others that need to make big swings on their adjustments. It’s how you get to that point as quickly as possible.”
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Chase Elliott feels he needs to win more consistently and be out front more often.
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“We see the 11 [of Hamlin] and the 4 [of Harvick] and those guys winning about every other week.
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“When they’re not winning, they’re running second or third, right? You got to be doing that, You got to be up front more often. You can’t hit it one week, then be off for three weeks, then hit it again, then be off for another three weeks, and expect the cards to fall your way.”