The 2022 NASCAR South Point 400 season is coming to an end, with just four races remaining until a champion is declared. It’s almost time to select who will lift the Bill France Cup after a year with a record-tying 19 different race winners. Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, and Christopher Bell are among the leading candidates, but nothing would surprise us after this wild season. There are just eight drivers remaining in the playoffs, and they’ll be racing at NASCAR South Point 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the first of three opportunities to win the title.
Everything you need to know about the NASCAR South Point 400 in Las Vegas is right here:
List of NASCAR South Point 400 competitors
The entry list for NASCAR South Point 400 Las Vegas features 36 drivers. Due to the fact that up to 40 vehicles may qualify for a race, all 36 teams will compete on Sunday.In collaboration with NBC Sports Philadelphia. Ty Gibbs stays in the grid, driving the No. 23 for 23XI Racing, with veteran Kurt Busch out for the 13th consecutive race due to a concussion. After sustaining a concussion three weeks ago, Alex Bowman will miss his third consecutive race, and Noah Gragson will step in once more. Kaulig Racing’s A.J. Allmendinger will replace Gragson in the No. 16 car.
NASCAR South Point 400 schedule for Las Vegas
The 36-car field will be divided into two groups for 15 minutes of practice on Saturday, Oct. 15, commencing at 12:05 p.m. ET. Two-round qualifying begins immediately following practice, about 12:45 p.m. ET. Each vehicle will complete one lap, with the top five drivers from each group progressing to the final round. In the final round, each of the ten drivers completes a single lap, with the fastest driver earning the pole position.NASCAR South Point 400 in Las Vegas kicks off on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2:30 p.m. ET.
How to watch NASCAR South Point 400 & TV Channel:
Broadcast Live: South Point 400
Saturday, October 15th (USA Network and streaming)
- 12 p.m. ET, USA Network (from 12:30 p.m. ET), NBC Sports app, and online
- Qualifying begins at 12:50 p.m. ET on USA Network, the NBC Sports app, and online.
Sunday, October 16th (NBC and streaming)
- NASCAR Countdown to Green, NBC, NBC Sports app, and online, 2 p.m. ET
- South Point 400, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC, NBC Sports app, and online
2022 NASCAR South Point 400 playoff standings
Last week, four more championship hopefuls were knocked out in the Round of 12, including reigning champion Kyle Larson. Rookie of the Year Austin Cindric, Daniel Suarez, and Alex Bowman was also eliminated. The Round of 8 is straightforward: win one of the following three races and you’re guaranteed a spot in Championship 4. Because there are only three races in the round, at least one berth in Championship 4 will be given based on points.
Here are the playoff standings as the Round of 8 gets underway, with points gained via regular-season and postseason performance to this point:
- Chase Elliott, +31 points from fifth place
- Joey Logano, +11 points from fifth place
- Ross Chastain, +6 points from fifth place
- Christopher Bell, +3 points from fifth place
- Ryan Blaney is -3 points from the fourth
- Byron, William, -3 points from fourth
- Denny Hamlin is -5 points from fourth place
- Chase Briscoe, is -9 points from fourth place
Which drivers have won at NASCAR South Point 400 in Las Vegas?
Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Larson, Logano, and Hamlin are seven of the 36 drivers competing in Las Vegas on Sunday. Keselowski has three Las Vegas victories, while Harvick, Truex, and Logano each have two. Busch (2009), Larson (2021), and Hamlin (2021) have all won NASCAR South Point 400 in Las Vegas.
Who is favoured to win NASCAR South Point 400 this weekend?
Las Vegas has usually been dominated by veterans, with six of the seven active winners having previously won the Cup Series. The seventh is Hamlin, who has the second-most victories by a driver without a championship (48). Logano has a remarkable 8.9 average finish in 18 career starts, with 17 top-20 finishes and 495 laps led. Other regular challengers at Sin City include Larson (9.2 average finish in 12 races), Truex (10.3 in 21 starts), Blaney (11.1 in 12 starts), and Busch (11.2 in 22 starts). Bowman won the previous race in Las Vegas in March thanks to some late pit strategy, while Hamlin won the playoff race there last season.
Before practice and qualifying, here are some of the odds to win in Las Vegas, courtesy of our betting partner, PointsBet:
- Denny Hamlin, +575
- Chase Elliott, +850
- Christopher Bell, +900
- Ross Chastain, +900
- Kyle Larson, +900
- Ryan Blaney, +1000
- Tyler Reddick, +1000
- William Byron, +1100
- Kyle Busch, +1200
- Martin Truex Jr., +1200
- Joey Logano, +1600
- Bubba Wallace, +1600
- Kevin Harvick, +2800
- Noah Gragson, +2800
- Chase Briscoe, +3500
- Daniel Suarez, +4000