NASCAR Championship Race in Phoenix: How to Watch, Line Up

Chase Elliott holds the season championship trophy while celebrating with the racing crew at Victory Lane after winning a car race for the NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix Raceway, Sunday, November 8, 2020, in Avondale, Arezzo.  (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

Chase Elliott holds the season championship trophy while celebrating with the racing crew at Victory Lane after winning a car race for the NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix Raceway, Sunday, November 8, 2020, in Avondale, Arezzo. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)


The exciting and unpredictable NASCAR Cup Series 2022 season ends Sunday when the green flag drops just after 3 p.m. ET at the Phoenix Raceway.

Who will come out as a hero?

Here are the contenders:

Ross Chastain

The #1 driver has been surprising people all year long and starring for Team TrackHouse Racing, a group that has been surprising the motorsports world since it was announced in 2020. Chastain has won two races this season – a Making more enemies for drivers compared to drivers and friends along the way – But his bold style, which has everything on the line Took him to Championship 4 and into the world of NASCAR. (Remember “Hail melon?” or “Pull the wall” As his brand of merchandise? The rest of the sports world is still puzzled.)

NASCAR Cup Series driver Ross Chastain, left, speaks during the NASCAR Championship media day, Thursday, November 3, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo / Matt York) Matt York AP

Christopher Bell

The 27-year-old driver at Joe Gibbs Racing has a story ending waiting for him. After living in the Cup Series basement earlier this season, Bill made a comeback in the middle of the year and never stoppedalways finds a way to get into the clutch when he needs to: He won New Hampshire in July for the playoffs, made it to the last 12 on points, Won the Roval Charlotte Motor Speedway When no other result succeeds (in a race he didn’t even think he was hit by a bullet), then achieve Another win in Martinsville to keep his season alive repeatedly. Bale’s presence in Championship 4 is already historic – he is the first driver to make Championship 4 in all three National Series (Trucks, Xfinity, and the Cup) – and Bale’s trophy win will be legendary.

Christopher Bell (20) celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series car race at Martinsville Speedway, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, in Martinsville, Virginia (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Chuck Burton AP

Or will the Cup Series Championship be lifted by someone who has been here before?

Joey Logano

The Penske veteran and cup series champion in 2018, won his way to Championship 4 with a Run Flawless at Las Vegas Motor Speedway A few weekends ago. The 32-year-old is a veteran of the younger group — every other driver is in his 20s — and has thrived on the intermediate trails (like the one-mile oval in Phoenix).

Joey Logano won his first NASCAR Cup Series championship in November, but isn’t concerned about the challenges he faces in becoming the sport’s first repeat champion since Jimmy Johnson in 2009 and 2010. Terry Rena AP

Chase Elliot

Elliot has been here before, too. He’s won the fourth championship three years in a row now and Until he won the title in 2020. The most popular driver in the sport has won the most races this season (five) and led the most laps (857) in a given season with parity. And if the No. 9 doesn’t lead at least 143 laps on Sunday, it will be the first time since 1960 – before the “modern era” – that it There was no driver who led 1000 laps, per Racing-Reference.Info. So even though Elliot’s year was great, the others were great besides him. (This came to a stark contrast in 2021, when Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsports Fellow, Kyle Larson, He drove 2,474 laps on his way to the dominant 2021 title.)

Chase Elliott, right, celebrates with a pit crew member after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto racing season’s championship at Phoenix Raceway, Sunday, November 8, 2020, in Avondale, Arezzo. (AP Photo / Ralph Freso) Ralph Freso AP

Elliott, despite his more solid season, told the Observer earlier this week that he tried to approach the playoffs without expectations – and so far it has worked.

“I’m not expecting anything,” Elliott said. “We show up every week and try our best to give ourselves the best chance to run well and try to race to win. I think if you’re having a good summer, and you expect to be somewhere, you get a little bit ahead of yourself, so that never worked for me. So I just I take that a week at a time and try to put in as much effort as we can right away.”

Bill shared the same sentiments. He said he keeps an open mind bound for Phoenix and is excited to take a real tour of the Phoenix Mile Oval Trail.

“It’s always been a really good track for me in the past,” Bale told the Observer earlier this week. “In every Xfinity race I’ve done out there, I’ve been very competitive and one of the best cars. … the last fourth race – you can’t really use that as a gauge of where you are because if you’re not in the fourth turn, you’re not really competing to win, you know? You Just trying to stay out of the way. With that being said, we don’t have a lot of races to get off to see how I really was in the Cup car there.”

“It certainly wasn’t a bad track for me, and it’s one I feel like I’m going to be competitive on,” he added.

Logano will start on pole position on Sunday. Penske teammate Ryan Blaney will start with him. Kyle Larson, who is racing for the Malik Championship with Hendrik Motorsports, starts fourth. The remaining places in the tournament 4: Elliott (P5), Bill (17) and Chastain (25).

The history of every driver at the Phoenix Raceway

Here’s how every driver at Phoenix Raceway has done historically, according to NASCAR media notes.

  • Number of wins: Lugano (2), Elliott (1), Bell (0), Chastain (0).
  • Top 5 finalists in career path: Lugano (7), Elliott (5), Chastain (1), Bell (0).
  • Top 10 career finishes: Lugano (15), Elliott (8), Bell (2), Chastain (1).
  • Average finishing position: Elliott (10.7), Lugano (13.1), Bell (17), Chastain (20.5).
  • Total number of valve turns: Lugano (721), Elliott (546), Bell (0), Chastain (0).

How to watch a NASCAR Cup Series race in Phoenix

  • a race: NASCAR Cup Series Championship
  • place: Phoenix Racecourse
  • Date: Sunday 6 November
  • time: 3 p.m. Eastern time
  • money bag: $10,542,284
  • Television: NBC, 1:30 p.m. ET
  • radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
  • distance: distance: 312 miles (312 laps)
  • Racetrack details: Oval, 1 mile
  • Phase: Stage 1 (ending on lap 60), Stage 2 (ending on lap 185), Final Stage (ending on lap 312)

NASCAR Cup Series Starting Lineup

ranking driver car number
1 Joey Logano 22
2 Ryan Blaney 12
3 Chase Brisco 14
4 Kyle Larson 5
5 Chase Elliot 9
6 Harrison Burton 21
7 Kevin Harvick 4
8 William Byron 24
9 Cole Custer 41
10 Ty Gibbs 23
11 Tyler Riddick 8
12 Martin Truex Jr. 19
13 Eric Almerola 10
14 Austin Cendrick 2
15th Austin Dillon 3
16 AJ Almendir 16
17 Christopher Bell 20
18 Brad Kiselowski 6
19 Chris Bucher 17
20 Michael McDowell 34
21 Denny Hamlin 11
22 Kyle Bush 18
23 Bubba Wallace 45
24 Alex Bowman 48
25 Ross Chastain 1
26 Justin Haley 31
27 Corey Lagoy 7
28 Daniel Suarez 99
29 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47
30 Eric Jones 43
31 Todd Gilliland 38
32 Ty Dillon 42
33 PJ MacLeod 78
34 kodi ware 51
35 Garrett Smithley 15th
36 Landon Castle 77

Alex Zietlow writes about NASCAR, Charlotte FC, and the ways sports intersect with life in the Charlotte area for The Observer, where he has been a reporter since August 2022. Zietlow’s work has been honored by the NC and SC Press Association, also as an APSE, which gave him a Top 10 Ranks in the Beat Writing and Short Feature categories in the 2021 Writing Contest. Previously wrote for The Herald in Rock Hill from 2019 to 22.