NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race: Phoenix’s Weekend Schedule, TV Info, Odds, Picks & Results
The NASCAR Cup Series will crown the 2022 champions in Phoenix on Sunday as Chase Elliott, Christopher Bell, Joey Logano and Ross Chastain compete for the title. Elliott (2020) and Logano (2018) are aiming for their second championship, while Bell and Chastain are chasing their first.
Here’s what you need to know on your way to the weekend:
NASCAR Cup Series Championship Weekend Schedule
Fans in the United States can watch the race on NBC or the NBC Sports app (cable or satellite subscription required), and the post-race coverage is on Peacock. Radio coverage is available on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM.
(All times ET)
Friday 4 November
Practice: 8pm-9pm (USA, NBC Sports app, MRN, SiriusXM)
Saturday 5 Nov
Qualification: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM (US, NBC Sports app, MRN, SiriusXM)
sunday 6 nov
Pre-race show: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM (NBC)
Cup Series Championship: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM (NBC, NBC Sports app, MRN, SiriusXM)
Top drivers and best bets for Phoenix
Of the drivers eligible for the championship, Elliott has the best average finish (10.7), including a win there in 2020 to take his first career title. Logano has 15 career Top 10’s, seven Top 5’s and two wins in 27 starts at Phoenix. Bell has two Top 10s in five career starts at the one-mile oval, while Chastain’s only Top-5 finish in Phoenix this season came in the spring race in March.
Best odds for the Cup Series Championship win
Chase Elliott +250
Christopher Bell +325
Joey Logano +400
Ross Chastain +400
Best odds for the Cup Series Championship
Chase Elliott +200
Christopher Bell +250
Joey Logano +300
Ross Chastain +300
Yahoo Sports’ Nick Bromberg suggests that if you’re looking for a championship driver, you’d do better to take the bigger chances for him to win the race, as the title-winning driver has won the final every year since NASCAR went to the decider of the last race.
The weather for the Cup Series Championship
Friday practice and Saturday’s qualifying sessions will be run under cloud cover and cooler temperatures in the mid-1960s. Sunday’s forecast calls for bright sunshine and peaks in the upper 70s meaning more tire degradation, and any long green flag runs will be highlighted by pit strategy.