NASCAR Racing 2022: Mid-Season Recap, Playoffs Preview & Schedule

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The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season has been one for the ages. Through 16 races, there have been 12 different winners, including four first-time victors, and eight drivers who won in 2021 have yet to find victory lane this year. And with only 16 postseason spots available when the playoffs begin, it’s increasingly likely that the “win-and-you’re-in” philosophy of past seasons won’t be enough to make the cut after the final regular-season race at Daytona in August. Summertime drama? Sign us up.


2022 NASCAR Cup Series Schedule


Winner/Time (ET)


Daytona 500
Sunday, Feb 20 Austin Cindric FOX
California 400
Sunday, Feb 27 Kyle Larson FOX
Las Vegas 400
Sunday, Mar 6 Alex Bowman FOX
Phoenix 500
Sunday, Mar 13 Chase Briscoe FOX
Atlanta 500
Sunday, Mar 20 William Byron FOX
COTA Grand Prix
Sunday, Mar 27 Ross Chastain FOX
Richmond 400
Sunday, Apr 3 Denny Hamlin FOX
Martinsville 400
Saturday, Apr 9 William Byron (2) FS1
Bristol Dirt Race
Sunday, Apr 17 Kyle Busch FOX
Talladega 500
Sunday, Apr 24 Ross Chastain (2) FOX
Dover 400
Sunday, May 1 Chase Elliott FS1
Darlington 400
Sunday, May 8 Joey Logano FS1
Kansas 400
Sunday, May 15 Kurt Busch FS1
Texas (All-Star)
Sunday, May 22 Ryan Blaney FS1
Charlotte 600
Sunday, May 29 Denny Hamlin (2) FOX
Gateway 300
Sunday, June 5 Joey Logano (2) FS1
Sonoma 350
Sunday, June 12 Daniel Suárez FS1
Nashville 400
Sunday, June 26 5:00 PM NBC
Road America 250
Sunday, July 3 3:00 PM USA
Atlanta 400
Sunday, July 10 3:00 PM USA
New Hampshire 301
Sunday, July 17 3:00 PM USA
Pocono 400
Sunday, July 24 3:00 PM USA
Indy 200
Sunday, July 31 2:30 PM NBC
Michigan 400
Sunday, August 7 3:00 PM USA
Richmond 400
Sunday, August 14 3:00 PM USA
Watkins Glen 220
Sunday, August 21 3:00 PM USA
Daytona 400
Saturday, August 27 7:00 PM NBC
Southern 500
Sunday, Sept 4 6:00 PM USA
Kansas 400
Sunday, Sept 11 3:00 PM USA
Bristol Night Race
Saturday, Sept 17 7:30 PM USA
Texas 500
Sunday, Sept 25 3:30 PM USA
Talladega 500
Sunday, Oct 2 2:00 PM NBC
Charlotte Roval 400
Sunday, Oct 9 2:00 PM NBC
Las Vegas 400
Sunday, Oct 16 2:30 PM NBC
Homestead-Miami 400
Sunday, Oct 23 2:30 PM NBC
Martinsville 500
Sunday, Oct 30 2:00 PM NBC
Phoenix Championship
Sunday, Nov 6 3:00 PM NBC


The Biggest Surprise


Trackhouse Racing, co-owned by Mr. Worldwide, himself – Pitbull, has gone from a one-car, mid-pack, freshman team in 2021 to a two-car, sophomore juggernaut in 2022. Not only have drivers Ross Chastain and Daniel Suárez scored the first wins of their careers this season, but both teams are competitive every week and arguably have more momentum at the moment than championship favorites Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing. Look for Trackhouse to continue its hot streak through the summer and into the playoffs.


The Biggest Letdown


After 12 seasons and a championship, Brad Keselowski left Team Penske to become a minority owner in Roush-Fenway Racing, renamed RFK Racing, for the 2022 season. Despite Brad’s prowess as a former Truck Series team owner and success behind the wheel, RFK hasn’t found immediate success. While Keselowski and teammate Chris Buescher won their Daytona 500 qualifying races back in February, and Buescher finished 2nd at Sonoma a week after missing a race due to COVID, the lack of consistency and pace in their Ford Mustangs have them ranked low in the standings. Both drivers will miss the playoffs unless they score upset victories before Darlington in September.


The Next First-Time Winner


It’s only a matter of time until Tyler Reddick, one of the series’ most talented drivers, finally seals the deal and ends up in victory lane. Reddick was in prime position to win the Bristol Dirt Race in April, but a divebomb move on the last lap by Chase Briscoe resulted in Reddick spinning out and finishing runner-up to Kyle Busch. With 12 of the 16 postseason positions already filled by 2022 winners and 10 races remaining before the playoffs, Reddick might have to keep pushing the envelope to put himself in the championship hunt.