The penultimate race of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season is perhaps its most dramatic yet. With three of the four spots in the season-ending championship race up for grabs, tension was high at Martinsville Speedway.
When the dust settled, Christopher Bell, Ross Chastain and Chase Elliott joined Joey Logano in the final four.
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Here’s a breakdown of the drivers who will compete for the Cup Series crown on Nov. 6 at Phoenix Raceway, as well as championship rules and race start times.
Who are the drivers of NASCAR Championship 4?
The 2018 Cup Series champion is the first driver to punch his ticket to Championship 4. He has been near the top of the pack in most playoff races this season and has a good chance to capture a second series title.
Despite being the youngest member (26) of the Championship 4, Elliott boasts perhaps the most impressive resume. He clinched the Cup Series championship in 2020 and has 18 career wins, with five of them coming in 2022. Elliott has two more wins than any other racer this year, and he finished the regular season as the series points leader.
Bell had a flair for the dramatic. His come-from-behind victory at Martinsville represented his second walk-off win of the postseason. He advanced to the Round of 8 with a cutoff race win at Charlotte Roval. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was a threat in Phoenix; he has two top-10 finishes at the track.
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The Trackhouse Racing driver made one of the best moves in Cup Series history at Martinsville to get into this round. He slid into the wall on the final lap, ran wide and bit Denny Hamlin at the start-finish line. He has by far the best season of his Cup career; his previous best season finish was 20th.
What are the rules for the NASCAR Cup Series championship race in Phoenix?
The race will consist of three stages and 312 laps on the 1-mile track. The top finisher among the four championship drivers will win the Cup Series title. Regular season and playoff point totals are not applied.
If a non-playoff driver wins Sunday’s race, the title goes to the playoff driver who finished best among the Championship 4 drivers.
When is the NASCAR Cup Series championship race?
The NASCAR Cup Series championship race is scheduled to take place Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3 pm ET.
Where is the NASCAR Cup Series championship race?
The NASCAR Cup Series championship race will be run at Phoenix Raceway, the site of each of the last two championship races.
Chase Elliott captured the Cup Series title at Phoenix in 2020, the first year it was held at the track. The championship was previously held at Homestead-Miami Speedway.