The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series The knockout stages of the playoffs ended on Sunday with the Xfinity 500 in Virginia.
It was the ninth race of a 10-week competition that concludes in Arizona in November, when only four drivers will take part in the highly anticipated NASCAR Cup Series Championship at the Phoenix Racetrack.
The eight drivers who made the playoff field in Sunday’s race included Joey Logan, Ross Chestnut, Chase Elliot, William Byron, Denny Hamlin, ryan blaney, Christopher Bell and Chasing Briscoe. Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez, Austin Cindric and Alex Bowman were the four drivers eliminated from the round of 16.
Here are the best moments from Martinsville Speedway:
Pole winner Larson took first place, while Elliott raced side by side for second with Blaney.
Briscoe bumper Blaney to take third, while Larson bumper Ty Dillon’s lapped car.
follow the leader
Meanwhile, Elliott was able to put his nose to Larson and take his first lead of the race.
Elliott and Hamlin were side by side for the lead with 10 to play Step 1. Hamlin managed to complete the pass and take the first stage victory, but Byron came back on the lead lap for the race that followed.
Briscoe got six points in Stage 1, but he was penalized for removing equipment from his pit, and the pit road penalty cost him his position on the track, knocking him out of what would have been fourth place.
Hamlin takes matters into his own hands
The green flag was back on lap 140 and Hamlin pulled ahead of Elliott.
Then, as stage two continued, Hamlin knocked down Briscoe and Byron, putting both riders one lap down.
Chastain broke away in turn 3 on lap 274, hitting Brad Keselowski. The latter spun out of control to trigger a warning. Austin Dillon then hit the wall in turn 3 of lap 320 after brake failure.
Bell took the lead on lap 324 after Hamlin had led for 202 consecutive laps.
The #12 car made an effective pit stop after a warning on lap 394, moving it into second place.
Caution alters the ranking
Landon Cassill entered the wall on lap 467, leading to a pit stop that shook the standings. As a result of all this, Briscoe, who was left out, took the lead.
Despite the late chaos, Bell regained the lead and held on for the win. Want to know what else happened? Chastain deliberately hit and scraped his car against the wall in Turn 3 of the final lap, floored it and passed five cars to finish fifth and qualify for Championship Round 4. Yes, you read that right.
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