NASCAR Cup Series
Playoff Dramatics Continue at Kansas and into Bristol
Sep 12, 2022
- Bubba Wallace became the 18th different driver to win a race during the 2022 NASCAr Cup Series season. Wallace took the victory at Kansas Speedway (KS) marking only the third time in NASCAR history a non-playoff driver went to victory lane. It’s happened twice in the last two weeks.
- After having a lackluster regular season, Denny Hamlin has shown some strength in the Playoffs with back-to-back second-place finishes. Hamlin did win two races, but he had only five top-five finishes in the first 26 races. Hamlin has now posted four in his last six starts.
- The rain-shortened NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway (KS) resulted in Noah Gragson’s fifth win of the season. Gragson is now tied with Ty Gibbs for the most this season. Gragson leads the circuit with 14 top-five finishes including back-to-back wins.
- The record books will show that John Hunter Nemechek won from the pole at Kansas Speedway (KS) on Friday night. Despite him leading 88 laps, he had to fight for it at the end, as he passed Cason Hocevar for the win on the final lap. Zane Smith was also able to post his 11th top-five run of the season.
- Johnny Clark wins for the second time in his career at Spud Speedway (ME) with the Pro All Stars Series. By our count, he is the only driver to win there more than once in a touring Late Model Series.
- Five Flags Speedway (FL) crowned the first set of 2022 track champions as Logan Boyett won his second title in the trucks. Brannon Fowler finished fifth in the Sportsmen race and won his fourth track championship in the class. Robert Loper won the Pure Stock feature for the seventh time this year and claimed the championship. Timothy Watson won for the fifth time this season and captured the Outlaw track title.
- Conner Jones became the eighth different winner this season in the CARS Tour Late Model Stock ranks. His win at Tri-County Speedway (NC) was the 12 races of the season. It was also the eighth win for drivers whose names start with the letter C. Connor Hall has three, Carson Kvapil has three, Chad McCumbee and Conner Jones each have one.
- Jonathan Davenport won the World 100 for the fifth time in his career at Eldora Speedway (OH). Now Davenport is only one win behind Billy Moyer’s six victories. Being the best of 107 drivers is always tough, but these records might never be challenged among these two men.
- Layne Riggs and Peyton Sellers entered the weekend with 14 wins apiece in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series National Championship, with Riggs leading Sellers by four points in the title hunt. Both drivers tasted victories at Dominion Raceway (VA) on Saturday night. Riggs also won at Wake County (NC) on Friday as we head into the final week of the national points.