Because, aviously…

Well, here we go again with a NASCAR playoff schedule upcoming. I’ve already explained the rules in previous years (here and here), so let’s jump right into the drivers seat.

16 Drivers. 10 Races. 4 Rounds. 1 Champion.

The first round of 16 starts this Sunday in Chicagoland and Stewart-Haas Racing will have three of their four drivers in the Chase (Stewart, Kurt Busch, Harvick), and the big story there will be Tony Stewart in his final season making a Championship push (ala Jeff Gordon last year).

But one of the main focuses will be on the Toyota drivers, as all five full-time Toyota drivers have made the Chase (Kyle Busch, Edwards, Truex Jr., Hamlin and Kenseth).

The drivers who will be competing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are:

  1. #18 Kyle Busch – Reigning Champion, looking to be a repeat…and with good odds of doing so
  2. #2 Brad Keselowski – 2012 Champion
  3. #11 Denny Hamlin
  4. #4 Kevin Harvick – 2014 Champion
  5. #19 Carl Edwards
  6. #78 Martin Truex Jr.
  7. #20 Matt Kenseth
  8. #48 Jimmie Johnson – 6-time Champion
  9. #22 Joey Logano
  10. #42 Kyle Larson
  11. #14 Tony Stewart – 3 time Champion
  12. #41 Kurt Busch – 2004 Champion
  13. #34 Chris Buescher – In his rookie year, qualifying with an August win at Pocono, he’s a likely first-round exit (watch me eat those words)
  14. #24 Chase Elliot
  15. #3 Austin Dillon
  16. #1 Jamie McMurray



Challenger Round

9/18 2:30PM – Chicago

9/25 2PM – New Hampshire

10/2 2PM – Dover

Contender Round

10/8 7PM – Charlotte

10/16 2:15PM – Kansas

10/23 2PM – Talladega

Eliminator Round

10/30 1PM – Martinsville

11/6 2PM – Texas

11/13 2:30PM – Phoenix

NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship

11/20 2:30PM – Homestead-Miami

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