How to Watch the Southern 500, Schedule, Odds – NBC Chicago

NASCAR in Darlington: How to Watch the Southern 500, schedule, odds originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The NASCAR Playoff 2022 they are here and will start with one of the most prestigious competitions in this sport.

Darlington Raceway, one of NASCAR’s most historic venues, will host the opening of the playoffs with the Southern 500, which has been run annually since 1950.

Not only are 36 riders hoping to win this crowned race, but the 16 riders from the playoffs are hoping to move on to the next round. The only way to ensure safety in the round of 16 is to win one of the next three races in Darlington, Kansas or Bristol.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Cook Out Southern 500 in Darlington:

NASCAR Darlington entry list

There are 36 drivers on the Southern 500 entry list. Since up to 40 cars can qualify for a race, all 36 teams will race on Sunday. Here is the full list of participants:

What is the NASCAR Darlington program?

There will be a free practice session and qualifying before the race this weekend. The 36-car field will be split into two groups and each group will have a 15-minute free practice session on Saturday, September 3 starting at 12pm ET.

Qualifying begins immediately after free practice, around 12:50 PM ET. Each car will do just one lap, with the five fastest drivers in each group advancing to the final stage. In the final phase, the 10 drivers make only one lap and the pole is awarded to the fastest driver.

Cook Out Southern 500 in Darlington starts at 6:00 PM ET on Sunday, September 4.

What’s the NASCAR TV schedule this weekend?

All NASCAR coverage is on the USA Network this weekend, including free practice, qualifying, pre-race and the race.

Pre-race coverage begins Sunday with NASCAR Countdown to Green at 5 p.m. ET in the US, followed by the race at 6 p.m. ET.

Coverage before, during and after Sunday’s race can be streaming online here and through the NBC Sport App.

NASCAR 2022 Playoff Standings

As mentioned, the 10-game playoffs will begin in Darlington. Sixteen of the best drivers in the world will compete for a championship, with an elimination-style format that will decide everything. There are three rounds with three races each before the championship match to close the season.

Let’s take a look at the playoff standings at the start of the round of 16, with the last four riders in danger of being eliminated if they fail to gain ground in the next three races:

  1. Chase Elliott, +33 points from 13th
  2. Joey Logano, +18 points from 13th
  3. Ross Chastain, +13 points from 13th
  4. Kyle Larson, +12 points from 13th
  5. William Byron, +7 points from 13th
  6. Denny Hamlin, +6 points from 13th
  7. Ryan Blaney, +6 points from 13th
  8. Tyler Reddick, +5 points from 13th
  9. Kevin Harvick, +5 points from 13th
  10. Christopher Bell, +4 points from 13th
  11. Kyle Busch, +3 points from 13th
  12. Chase Briscoe, +2 points from 13th

  1. Daniel Suarez, -2 points from 12th
  2. Austin Cindric, -3 points from 12th
  3. Alex Bowman, -3 points from 12th
  4. Austin Dillon, -4 points from 12th

Which drivers have won at Darlington?

Seven of the 36 drivers competing on Sunday have won at Darlington: Hamlin, Harvick, Logano, Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones.

Hamlin leads active drivers in Darlington wins (4), including the 2021 Southern 500. Harvick has three Darlington wins, while Truex has two. Logano (2022), Jones (2019), Keselowski (2018) and Busch (2008) each have a win on the track.

Who is the favorite to win NASCAR this weekend?

The best riders usually climb to the top of Darlington, a track that is traditionally difficult to navigate. With an old surface and two completely different sets of curves, it’s easy to lose the pace on the 1,366-mile oval dubbed “The Track Too Too Tough to Tame”.

Not only does Hamlin lead all active drivers in victories, but he also has the best average placement (7.8 out of 20 departures). Other drivers with the best finishing average include Larson (8.9 in nine starts), Truex (11.5 in 20 starts), Jones (11.8 in nine starts) and Dillon (11.9 in 12 starts).

Logano won Darlington’s first race of this season in May, knocking Byron out in the closing laps for his first track win.

Here are some of the odds of winning in Darlingtoncourtesy of our partner PointsBet:

  • Kyle Larson, +650
  • Denny Hamlin, +700
  • Pursue Elliott, +775
  • Tyler Reddick, +850
  • Kyle Busch, +900
  • Ross Chastain, +900
  • Joey Logano, +1000
  • Martin Truex Jr., +1100
  • Kevin Harvic, +1500
  • William Byron, +1800
  • Christopher Bell, +1800
  • Ryan Blaney, +2000
  • Alex Bowman, +2800
  • Daniel Suarez, +3300
  • Austin Dillon, +5000
  • Pursue Briscoe, +5000

Editor’s Note: All quotas are provided by our partner, PointsBet. PointsBet is our official sports betting partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking on our links.

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