2022 NASCAR Preview: Week 35 – Martinsville

Last chance…for a chance at the Cup!

One race left to break into the Championship Race…and we’re here! Joey Logano is the only driver guaranteed to be there, the other seven still have to prove their worth in today’s clash at the ‘Clip.

Here’s what to look for:

Kyle Larson was quickest on Saturday, and he’ll start out front today. Seems like he’s been up here a lot lately, no? Personally, I feel like he had so much success last year and breezed to the trophy that he thought he’d have it similarly in ’22. He made the Playoffs, of course, but when he had to park it for a bit at the ROVAL, I didn’t get a sense of urgency. They ended up missing the cut to the next round, and since then he’s been crushing it. Maybe that was just the team keeping calm? Whatever the case, they’re out, and driving for respect.

William Byron was our Spring winner, looking to reprise that event today. What a great time that would be for the #24 pilot, launching them to the final stop of the season.

Chase Elliott starts 2nd today, and back in 2020 he won this race (in a must-win situation) to go to Phoenix for a chance to race for the Championship…and he did. Could Chase do it again today? With only 11 points separating him from the four drivers who miss the race, there isn’t a lot of wiggle room.

Martin Truex Jr. has the best average finish over the last ten races, and the most points earned of any driver. Still, things have been way off for this team in 2022. No Wins, missed the Playoffs by three points, and starting 27th today. When will things snap back into place for Truex and the #19 team?

Ty Gibbs managed to win the Xfinity race yesterday, and I don’t believe he made a lot of fans on or off the track. He spun out Brandon Jones (his TEAMMATE) on the final lap, which got Jones eliminated from the Playoffs, and Gibbs didn’t even need to win to advance. Very strange occurrence, sorta wish I was paying more attention to everything to figure out how this could even happen. Again, they’re teammates. So strange!

We’re off to Orchard Park in a little bit for the Bills and Packers game, but we’ll get to see a lot of the race today before switching over to the NBC App later on. Tune in now, you’ll love it!

Coverage of the race starts on NBC at 2:00pm, green flag scheduled for 2:08pm.

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