2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Busch is looking to defend his title, earned with a win at Homestead last year. I am proud of that effort. From the League Office. What are the Las Vegas odds for the first NASCAR playoff race at Chicago?

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2017 NASCAR playoffs standings

His first and only Phoenix win came back in and he was seventh here in the spring. His driver rating, Elliott was eighth in his first Cup Phoenix here in the spring. He has the third best driver rating in the field, However, Elliott has looked like a winner many times this season and Sunday he could just pull it off. Edwards is already locked into the Final 4, but was second here in the spring and has the fourth best driver rating in the field, Unless he needs to help a fellow JGR driver out, Edwards will be looking to make a strong statement with a win Sunday, something he has done twice at Phoenix.

Live coverage will be on NBC starting at 2: ET with the green flag coming just after 2: After 26 regular-season races, the playoff field is set with 16 drivers vying for the series championship. The race, four-round playoff is designed to create a Final Four-like showdown for the season finale Nov. The points leader has a point head-start thanks to four race wins and 18 stage wins — seven more than the next-closest driver Kyle Busch. Truex leads all drivers in average running position 7.

Auto Club Speedway and Homestead are a close second. Drivers which have fared well at these tracks should do well Sunday.

Race-favorite Truex seems like an obvious driver to win Sunday but we like Brad Keselowski. Positions 13 through 16 will be eliminated from contending for the championship. When the Second Round starts on October 7 th , all drivers will have their overall points reset to 3, Following the race at Kansas, the Top 8 drivers in the playoff standings will move on to the next round. Once again, any playoff driver that wins one of the 2 nd Round races will automatically move on to the 3 rd Round. Positions 9 through 12 will be eliminated from contending for a championship.

When this round starts on October 28 th , all remaining drivers will have their overall points reset to 4, From there, each driver will have their accrued playoff points added to determine the rankings for the 8 eligible drivers.

Following the race in Phoenix, the Top 4 drivers in the playoff standings will advance to the Championship Round, which is just one race — Homestead in Miami. Any playoff driver that wins in the 3 rd Round will automatically move on to the Championship Round. Drivers 5 through 8 will be eliminated from contending for a championship.

This round only consists of one race: This race takes place on Sunday, November 18 th. The 4 remaining drivers will have their points reset to 5, However, their previously accrued playoff points will not be added. All 4 drivers will battle it out on equal grounds and, whoever finishes the highest at the end of the race, will become the NASCAR Champion. The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:. He led the series with 7 wins on the season and 12 stage wins.

Kevin was the model for consistency all season and he was arguably the fastest driver all year long. Kyle Busch won the regular season and earned that 15 point bonus to give him the tiebreaker over Harvick for the top spot in the playoffs. Martin will be looking for a new team next year as his current team has decided to shut down their racing operations.

At the beginning of the season, I took an in-depth look at the drivers and their odds on winning a championship. In my analysis, I had picked Kurt Busch as my dark horse driver to win it all.