Kyle Larson opens the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs with a Win at Darlington Raceway in the Cookoff Southern 500 on Sunday evening.
The 2023 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs kicked off Sunday afternoon with a 500-mile test at Darlington Raceway. This race is the true test of endurance and discipline as it ends under the lights. In the first race of the playoffs, teams can fold under pressure costing them a solid finish. Darlington Raceway is one of NASCAR’s toughest tracks making it a perfect venue to open up the playoff Round of 16.
The NASCAR Cup Series power ranking is after Darlington Raceway. This weekend they race the All-Star event at North Wilkesboro Speedway.
The NASCAR Cup Series regular season has officially hit its halfway point with the completion of the Goodyear 400 at Darlington. Even in just 13 races, the season has already seen more than its share of unexpected twists and turns, and Darlington added more fuel to that fire. Top contenders Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr., and Ross Chastain were all taken out of contention in final-stage incidents, and instead, William Byron drove through and grabbed his third win of the season, becoming the first driver to do so this year. The win for Byron means there are no changes at the top spot, but the rest of the list sees some shake-ups this week as we head into the All-Star break.