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NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix
William Byron will start from the pole position in Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway. Byron is seeking his first NASCAR Cup Series championship.
William Byron will begin Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway with the distinct advantage of the pole position and the No. 1 pit stall that comes along with it. Byron was able to beat Martin Truex Jr. by 0.018 sec. to snag the top starting spot.
In his final NASCAR Cup Series start, Kevin Harvick will roll from the grid in the third position, and he'll be flanked by Byron's Hendrick Motorsports teammate and fellow championship contender Kyle Larson in fourth.
Bubba Wallace, Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, Ross Chastain, Chris Buescher, and Tyler Reddick will start from inside the top-10 on Sunday as well.
The other two Championship contenders will start from outside the top-10, but they'll still be inside the top-15 when the green flag waves on Sunday. Christopher Bell will start 13th, and Ryan Blaney will be 15th.
Who will win NASCAR Cup Series championship race in Phoenix? Predictions, odds and more
The green flag for the NASCAR Cup Series championship will fly at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, and the youngest Championship 4 since the modern playoffs were established will race for that elusive title. Will Kyle Larson grab his second Cup championship, stamping a milestone onto a what’s already been a generational career? Will Christopher Bell continue to build on his clutch legacy? And what about the always-good-at-Phoenix Ryan Blaney, or the young Charlotte native William Byron — what do their prospects look like? According to Las Vegas sportsbooks, Bell is the underdog at +450 odds, per DraftKings Sportsbook on Saturday. Byron was at +380, Blaney was at +285 and Kyle Larson is the favorite at +275. Here’s a look at who experts across the country — as well as at The Charlotte Observer — think will win Sunday’s finale. OBSERVER WRITERS MAKE PICKS FOR CUP CHAMPIONSHIP Shane Connuck: Kyle Larson. Some of the best drivers on the fastest teams in the Cup Series were eliminated before the Championship 4. Kyle Larson wasn’t one of them. Denny Hamlin, the 42-year-old driver still chasing his first championship, had a consistently fast car that collected five Top 10 finishes in nine playoff races, but a mechanical power steering failure at Homestead ultimately doomed his chances of reaching the Championship 4. Martin Truex Jr. secured the regular-season title over wins leader William Byron — and bowed out with Hamlin after an inconsistent playoffs. Larson, the 31-year-old driver who won in 2021, already has a pair of playoff wins — Darlington and Las Vegas. Throughout the season, he’s tallied more laps led than anybody in the Cup Series with 1,127 (Hamlin is second with 984). He entered the playoffs with two wins, both in April, and boasts 17 Top 10 finishes. Two years removed from emerging victorious in this race, his lone win at Phoenix, Larson is now the oldest driver in the Championship 4. I’m predicting the No. 5 Chevy will take the checkered flag and win its second NASCAR Cup Series championship.
NASCAR has reached its season finale following 26 regular-season races and nine playoff races, and on Sunday, the 2023 Cup Series champion will be crowned at Phoenix Raceway.
race against the rest of the field on the 1-mile oval with the title up for grabs. And while winning Sunday’s race is the ultimate goal, a victory is not necessary to win the championship. Simply put, whichever of the four drivers has the best finish will be crowned the 2023 champion.
Bell, Blaney and Byron are each seeking their first Cup Series championship, while Larson won the title in 2021. Larson is also the oldest of the title contenders at 31. Blaney is 29, Bell 28 and Byron just 25.
Who will lift the championship trophy? Here is all the information you need to get ready for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race:
What time does the NASCAR Championship Race start?
The 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race starts at 3 p.m. ET (1 p.m. local) at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona.
What TV channel is the NASCAR Championship Race on?
NBC is broadcasting the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race and has a pre-race show beginning at 2 p.m. ET (noon local), while Peacock will have a post-race show at 7 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local).
NASCAR CUP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
When: Sunday, November 5
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Where: Phoenix Raceway (Avondale, Ariz.)