2018 NASCAR playoffs preview: Drivers, format, races and odds | NASCAR

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For NASCAR drivers, it comes all the way down to this: 10 races to find out the 2018 Monster Power NASCAR Cup champion.

NASCAR’s playoffs start Sept. 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Overlook all of the speak you’ve got heard in regards to the “Huge Three,” of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex, who mixed to win 17 of the season’s first 26 races. Whereas they actually go in because the favorites, any of the 16 drivers within the playoff discipline can probably win. Mechanical failures occur. Crashes occur (Talladega’s “Huge One” can destroy anybody’s championship desires).

This is a have a look at the NASCAR playoffs drivers, the format, schedule and odds.

NASCAR Playoff Standings

Driver Factors Pts Behind Playoff Pts
1. Kyle Busch 2050 Chief 50
2. Kevin Harvick 2050 50
3. Martin Truex Jr. 2035 15 35
4. Brad Keselowski 2019 31 19
5. Clint Bowyer 2015 35 15
6. Joey Logano 2014 36 14
7. Kurt Busch 2014 36 14
8. Chase Elliott 2008 42 8
9. Ryan Blaney 2007 43 7
10. Erik Jones 2005 45 5
11. Austin Dillon 2005 45 5
12. Kyle Larson 2005 45 5
13. Denny Hamlin 2003 47 3
14. Aric Almirola 2001 49 1
15. Jimmie Johnson    2000 50 0
16. Alex Bowman 2000 50 0

NASCAR Playoff Races

Race Date Time (ET)
1. Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sept. 16 Three p.m.
2. Richmond Raceway Sept. 22 7:30 p.m.
3. Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval    Sept. 30 2 p.m.
4. Dover Worldwide Speedway Oct. 7 2 p.m.
5. Talladega Superspeedway Oct.14 2 p.m.
6. Kansas Speedway Oct. 21 2 p.m.
7. Martinsville Speedway Oct. 28 2:30 p.m.
8. Texas Motor Speedway Nov. 4 Three p.m.
9. ISM Raceway (Phoenix) Nov. 11 2:30 p.m.
10. Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 18 2:30 p.m.

NASCAR Playoff Format

4 drivers can be eradicated from the playoffs after each three races, with the cutoff races at Charlotte, Kansas and Phoenix. The factors are reset after every three-race spherical. The 4 remaining “Championship 4” drivers will then race face to face for the Monster Power NASCAR Cup championship at Homestead, with the highest finisher of that group taking the title. Playoff factors — which have been gathered in the course of the 12 months for profitable races, race phases and ending within the regular-season prime 10 — are added to a driver’s factors whole in the beginning of each spherical of the playoffs.

NASCAR Playoff Odds

Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick start the playoffs because the co-favorites amongst sportsbooks at 9-Four odds, with Austin Dillon and Alex Bowman (500-1) the actual longshots, however once more, loopy issues can occur within the postseason.

Driver Odds
Kevin Harvick 9-4
Kyle Busch 9-4
Martin Truex Jr. 9-2
Kyle Larson 10-1
Brad Keselowski 12-1
Chase Elliott 12-1
Clint Bowyer 15-1
Joey Logano 20-1
Denny Hamlin 20-1
Kurt Busch 25-1
Erik Jones 25-1
Ryan Blaney 30-1
Aric Almirola 50-1
Jimmie Johnson 60-1
Austin Dillon 500-1
Alex Bowman 500-1



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