CONCORD, N.C. – On Saturday night time, the NASCAR Cup Series will race at Daytona International Speedway because the 2022 common season involves a detailed. Headed into “The Sunshine State,” all 4 Hendrick Motorsports drivers have already earned a spot within the Cup Series playoffs.
Since it’s grand opening in 1959, Daytona’s premier racing facility has hosted a second Cup Series race each summer. The monitor itself boasts steep banking at 31 levels within the turns and 18 levels within the tri-oval portion of the racetrack with six-degree banking on the straightaways. With the excessive banking comes pack-style racing, as drivers will jockey for place inches other than their rivals.
The four-car crew has already seen how the monitor responds to the Cup Series’ Next Gen automotive within the season-opening DAYTONA 500. In February, Chase Elliott and the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 led Hendrick Motorsports with a Tenth-place end. Since then, the group has gained twice with the 2022 superspeedway guidelines package deal – each at Atlanta Motor Speedway with Elliott winning in July and William Byron taking the victory in March. In the midst of three top-10 finishes in April’s race at Talladega Superspeedway, Hendrick Motorsports led 70 laps.
Last summer’s journey to the World Center of Racing resulted in top-10 finishes for each Alex Bowman and Elliott. The 2020 champion paced the sphere for 36 laps and picked up a stage win within the opening stage.
While Kyle Larson’s night time ended a lap early in final season’s summer Daytona race, the occasion noticed the Elk Grove, California, native declare the common season championship. He would go on to win his first Cup Series title at Phoenix Raceway later that fall. Larson comes into this race fresh off his second win of 2022 and sits second within the level standings.
As for Byron, the 24-year-old driver is the newest Hendrick Motorsports driver to style victory on the oval configuration of Daytona. In 2020’s summer go to to the monitor, Byron led 24 laps on the best way to his first ever victory in the Cup Series.
All 4 Hendrick Motorsports drivers have gained a race in 2022, which locks the quartet every into the Cup Series playoffs. In truth, Larson’s win at Watkins Glen International provides the group three drivers with at the very least two wins this season – Elliott (4) and Byron (two) are the others. Each crew is seeking to construct momentum headed into the playoff opener at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, Sept. 4.
The journey to Daytona can be a homecoming for crew chief Alan Gustafson, who grew up simply down the highway from legendary venue in Ormond Beach, Florida. After graduating from Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Florida, Gustafson enrolled at close by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to check mechanical engineering earlier than coming to North Carolina in 1996. The chief of the No. 9 crew has but to win a points-paying race on the oval structure, however he does have a win on the highway course in 2020 with Elliott in addition to two Duel wins with Elliott (in 2017 and 2018). He additionally has 5 poles at Daytona, with Elliott delivering three of these.
As a corporation, Hendrick Motorsports has gained 15 points-paying races on Daytona’s high-banked oval, courting again to their first win on the well-known circuit in 1986. Jeff Gordon earned six wins with Jimmie Johnson nabbing three victories and Dale Earnhardt Jr. scoring two triumphs for the crew. Tim Richmond, Geoff Bodine, and Darrell Waltrip every accounted for one victory on the World Center of Racing throughout their careers, with Byron as the one energetic Hendrick Motorsports driver to win on the 2.5-mile monitor.
Here is what it’s worthwhile to know to catch this weekend’s motion.
WHAT TIME IS PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING?
There won’t be follow for the Cup Series this weekend. Single-car qualifying will start at 5:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 26, and will probably be broadcast on USA Network. Qualifying will include two rounds with the highest 10 drivers advancing from the primary spherical to battle for the pole place.
Byron would be the twenty first driver to go within the first spherical, whereas Bowman will go twenty eighth. Elliott and Larson would be the final two drivers to finish a lap in spherical one, going thirty sixth and thirty seventh, respectively.
WHAT TIME IS THE RACE?
The 400-mile Cup Series major occasion is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 27, and will probably be broadcast on NBC. Peacock can even carry the race in addition to solely carry post-race protection following the conclusion of the race.
CAN I LISTEN ON THE RADIO?
Both races will probably be on MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).
CAN I STREAM ONLINE?
FIVE FAST FACTS HEADING INTO DAYTONA
Data supplied by Racing Insights
4: Pole positions earned by crew chief Greg Ives at superspeedways – two of these have include Bowman. They additionally began on the entrance row in February’s DAYTONA 500.
9.5: Elliott’s common end at Daytona and Talladega within the final eight races. This mark provides the Dawsonville, Georgia, native the very best common end over that stretch at superspeedways amongst drivers with greater than two begins.
12: Amount of victories earned by Larson for the reason that begin of 2021. This mark is double that of the subsequent closest driver – Elliott with six.
17: Number of consecutive seasons Hendrick Motorsports has had at the very least two drivers within the playoffs, essentially the most of any group.
611: Laps led by Byron this season. The 24-year-old driver sits second on this class.