With the NASCAR qualifiers in full swing, it’s time to take a look at the Round of 16 and what’s coming up for the rest of these exciting qualifiers. With 16 different drivers they managed to win the qualifying opportunity Regular season races, it was unexpected everywhere. With such a dramatic round of 16 so far, we hope the rest of the qualifiers will be just as exciting.
It was the first round of the Round of 16 on Sunday, September 4 for the CookOut Southern 500 at Darlington Speedway. This qualifying race started with fanfare when non-qualifier Eric Jones shocked everyone with a win. he is He came all the way from 15 to number one, beating Denny Hamlin for the lead and his third win of his career.
During the Hollywood 400 Casino at Kansas Speedway, Bubba Wallace, another non-breaker driver, won His second win in the NASCAR Cup Series and became The first African American driver to win multiple Cup races. He had absolutely no problem winning the race as he drove 58 laps including the Final 43, comfortably beating Hamlin at the start.
From Kansas to Tennessee tour He moved to the Bass Pro 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway where Chris Bucher, the third non-racing driver, won Round of 16 is an unprecedented race. This win was also his first of the season and the 19th race that a different driver has won this season. Even with Chase Elliott chasing for the last 50 laps, Buescher was able to barely hold on when he crossed the finish line 0.458secs ahead of Elliott.
At the Auto Trader 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Tyler Riddick won His third race. Just like the three winners before him, Riddick is no longer in the playoffs as he pulled out before the Texas GP, but He still managed to win. Elliott entered the race as the favorite but crashed and ended up 32. However, last Sunday on the track became a redemption opportunity for Elliott.
The Cup Series made its way to the most dangerous track in NASCAR last Sunday, the Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, AL. Upon reaching the midpoint of Round 12, plenty of drivers looked to secure their place in the next round with a win. While Ross Chastain won the race on the same track earlier this year, the weather conditions and drivers’ attitudes have changed dramatically since that day. Thanks in part to some impressive driving that followed the cautionary flag in the late race, Elliott raced the drag races and beat first stage winner Ryan Blaney to the finish under the front extension to secure his place in the eighth turn. Racing this season along with winning the All-Star Race in Texas last May.
The next race will be on Sunday, Oct. 9 at Bank of America Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a Coca-Cola 600. Kyle Larson enters the race as a 9-2 best as he won a Coca-Cola 600 last season, which will help him win the entire NASCAR Cup Series championship race. Besides Larson, Elliott and Blaney seem to be other favorites. However, with the unpredictable number of races so far, there is none It can happen and nothing is guaranteed. After the race, the top 12 series ends and the competition moves to the top eight.
Elliott is one of the favorites to win it all thanks in part to having the highest average finish for the two remaining drivers and while not racking up any wins recently. Other racers to watch out for are Joey Logano who is second in points and Hamlin who is always a threat in the fall. No matter how these qualifiers go, it should be a great ending The season that saw the most diverse field of winners ever seen in NASCAR.