2022 NASCAR Cup Series playoff field set



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Editor’s note: This year’s playoff field will be spotlighted in USA Network’s new unscripted series “Race for the Championship” airing this fall. The first episode is Thursday, September 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Watch the trailer here.

The 16-driver field for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs is set after Sunday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

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Fourteen drivers had clinched playoff spots ahead of Daytona through wins, leaving two spots up for grabs.

The drivers below will compete for the NASCAR Cup Series championship in the 10-race playoffs:

Note: The following is the unofficial ranking. This will be updated with the new points standings later tonight.

Chase Elliot#9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Joey LoganTeam No. 22 Penske Ford
Ross Chestnut#1 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet
Kyle Larson#5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
William ByronNo. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Denny HamlinNo. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
ryan blaneyTeam No. 12 Penske Ford
Tyler Red DickNo. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
Kevin Harvick#4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Christopher BellNo. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Kyle BuschNo. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Daniel Suarez#99 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet
Austin CindricTeam No. 2 Penske Ford
Alex BowmanNo. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Austin Dillon#3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

• All post-season drivers will have their point totals reset to 2,000, with their playoff point totals added ahead of the three-race Round of 16 which will include Darlington Raceway, Kansas Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway . Any playoff-eligible driver who wins a Round of 16 race is automatically locked out of the next round. After the Bristol race, the drivers with the four lowest point totals (who did not win that heat) will be eliminated.

• To start the round of 12, all post-season drivers will have their points total reset to 3,000, with their postseason point totals then added ahead of the three-race round that includes Texas Motor Speedway, the Talladega Superspeedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval. Any playoff-eligible driver who wins a round of 12 race is automatically locked out for the next round. After the Charlotte race, the drivers with the four lowest point totals (who did not win that heat) will be eliminated.

• To start the Round of 8, all post-season drivers will have their points total reset to 4,000, with their playoff point totals then added ahead of the three-race round which includes Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Homestead -Miami Speedway and Martinsville Speedway. Any playoff-eligible driver who wins a round of 8 is automatically locked into Championship 4. After the Martinsville race, drivers with the lowest four point totals (who did not win in that round) will be eliminated .

• Championship 4 will have its points total reset to 5,000, only playoff points will not be added and these drivers will not receive stage points in the final race on November 6 in Phoenix. The winner of the title will be the highest ranked driver among the four drivers eligible for the championship. Since this format was adopted in 2014, the winner of the championship has also won the final race.