NASCAR travels to Talladega Superspeedway for what may be the most unpredictable racing of the Playoffs. After four races in the Cup Series postseason, none of the eligible drivers have been to victory lane.
There are only two more opportunities to advance in the Cup Series Playoffs with the upcoming race at Talladega and next week at Charlotte Motor Speedway. So far, none of the drivers have clinched a spot in the next 8-driver round.
Five of the playoff drivers, however, have previously won at Talladega. They include Joey Logano (3), Ryan Blaney (2), Denny Hamlin (2), Ross Chastain (1) and Chase Elliott (1).
Talladega will mark the second race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs Round of 12. Noah Gragson secured his spot in the Round of 8 last week with the win at Texas Motor Speedway.
Gragson has been impressive this season with seven trips to victory lane. He won at Talladega earlier this year and has won the last four consecutive races, tying a record set by Sam Ard in 1983. A win this weekend would set a new record in the Xfinity Series.
The Camping World Truck Series Round of 8 continues at Talladega followed by Homestead-Miami before the Championship Round of 4 begins. Ty Majeski is the only driver that has clinched a spot in the final round. To make things more interesting, one driver will make it to the last round on points, so expect the competition to be fierce.
Press Pass Live will be available after each race.
There will be no practice sessions at Talladega.
All times are Eastern.
Friday, September 30
3:30 p.m.: Truck Series Qualifying – No TV
5:30 p.m.: Xfinity Series Qualifying – USA/NBC Sports Streaming App
Saturday, October 1
10:30 a.m.: Cup Series Qualifying –MRN/NBC Sports Streaming App
12:30 p.m.: Truck Series Chevy Silverado 250
Distance: 250.04 miles (94 Laps)
Stage 1 ends on Lap 20, Stage 2 ends on Lap 40, Final Stage ends on Lap 94
The Purse: $806,669
4 p.m.: Xfinity Series Sparks 300
Distance: 300.58 miles (113 Laps)
Stage 1 Ends on Lap 25, Stage 2 Ends on Lap 50, Final Stage Ends on Lap 113
USA/MRN/SiriusXM/NBC Sports Streaming App
The Purse: $1,653,281
Sunday, October 2
2 p.m.: Cup Series YellaWood 500
Distance: 500 miles (188 Laps)
Stage 1 Ends on Lap 60, Stage 2 Ends on Lap 120, Final Stage Ends on Lap 188
NBC/MRN/SiriusXM/NBC Sports Streaming App
The Purse: $8,338,881
NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings after Texas
|Rank||Driver||Points||Race Wins||Stage Wins||Playoff Pts||+/- Cutoff|
|1||Joey Logano (P)||3,071||2||5||25||37|
|2||Ross Chastain (P)||3,059||2||5||20||25|
|3||Kyle Larson (P)||3,057||2||4||20||23|
|4||Ryan Blaney (P)||3,056||0||6||14||22|
|5||Denny Hamlin (P)||3,049||2||3||13||15|
|6||Daniel Suarez (P)||3,045||1||2||7||11|
|7||Chase Elliott (P)||3,045||4||5||40||11|
|8||Chase Briscoe (P)||3,041||1||4||9||7|
|9||Austin Cindric # (P)||3,034||1||1||6||-7|
|10||William Byron (P)||3,033||2||4||15||-8|
|11||Christopher Bell (P)||3,016||1||4||13||-25|
|12||Alex Bowman (P)||3,015||1||2||7||-26|