NASCAR's regular season ends in tension, rain-soaked controversy

Aug 28, 2022

After the regular-season finale at Daytona, NASCAR's 16-driver playoff field is now set ... and it wouldn't be a crucial NASCAR race without a whole lot of controversy. In the end, though, Austin Dillon won at Daytona, punching a last-second ticket into the playoffs and knocking Martin Truex Jr. below the cut line. Ryan Blaney survived a long, harrowing race and ended up being the only non-race winner to reach the 2022 NASCAR playoffs.

Delayed 15 hours by weather, and then red-flagged late in the race by even more bad weather, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 was paused with 21 laps remaining. But many drivers felt the race should have been halted even sooner, complaining that a track too slick to drive led to a major wreck that thinned out the field.

“They had about a whole lap to call a caution and tore up a lot of race cars,” Justin Haley said during a red-flag break. “That was pretty unacceptable.”

Source: Yahoo Sports