Charlotte Motor Speedway (Getty Images)
Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and Austin Dillon failed to advance to championship contention Sunday at Dover as four drivers were eliminated from the playoffs.
Martin Truex Jr. leads the playoff field heading into the Round of 12 opener Sunday in the Bank of America 500. Truex dominated at Charlotte last year in the Coca-Cola 600 but Dillon surprised with a win in May.
Jimmie Johnson, who is seeking a record-setting eighth Cup Series championship, is the defending Bank of America 500 champion and is currently fifth in the playoff standings.
Here is how the playoff field shakes out entering Sunday’s race.
1. Martin Truex Jr.: 3,059 points
2. Kyle Busch: 3,041 points
3. Kyle Larson: 3,034 points
4. Brad Keselowski: 3,020 points
5. Jimmie Johnson: 3,017 points
6. Kevin Harvick: 3,015 points
7. Denny Hamlin: 3,013 points
8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: 3,010 points
9. Ryan Blaney: 3,008 points
10. Chase Elliott: 3,006 points
11. Matt Kenseth: 3,005 points
12. Jamie McMurray: 3,003 points
The Xfinity Series joins the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with the final playoff race of the opening round. Justin Allgaier currently holds a three-point lead over future Cup Series driver William Byron.
NASCAR at Charlotte schedule, TV channel info
(All times ET)
Friday, Oct. 6
1:30-2:55 p.m.: Cup Series practice, NBCSN
3-3:55 p.m.: Xfinity Series practice, NBCSN
6-6:55 p.m.: Xfinity Series final practice, NBCSN
7:20 p.m.: Cup Series qualifying, NBCSN
Saturday, Oct. 7
11-11:50 a.m.: Cup Series practice, NBCSN
12:05 p.m.: Xfinity Series qualifying, NBCSN
1:30-2:20 p.m.: Cup Series final practice, NBCSN
3 p.m.: Xfinity Series Drive for The Cure 300 (200 laps, 300 miles), NBCSN
What TV channel is the NASCAR playoff race at Charlotte on?
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America 500 begins at 2 p.m. ET Sunday, Oct. 8 and can be seen on NBC and the NBC Sports app.
What are the stage lengths for NASCAR’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte?
The Bank of America 500, which is 334 laps and 501 miles, will be broken into three segments: Stage 1 ends on Lap 90, Stage 2 ends on Lap 180 and the final stage ends on Lap 334.
Which NASCAR Cup Series drivers are racing in the playoffs at Charlotte?
There are 40 Cup drivers entered in Sunday’s race, meaning all drivers will make the race with Friday’s qualifying setting their starting positions. Here is the list of participating Cup drivers in alphabetical order by first name: