NASCAR: Here’s the 16 Drivers That Made the 2021 Cup Series Playoffs

by Joe Rutland

NASCAR fans know it isn’t Christmas at all but they will receive a gift anyway. Sixteen drivers will gun for a Cup Series crown.

Which drivers make up the sweet total of 16 for the NASCAR playoffs? Glad you asked. Outsiders, let’s take a look at them according to an article from PopCulture.

Now the first race is Sunday, Aug. 29, at Darlington Raceway as the Cookout Southern 500 sees Ryan Blaney on the pole. NASCAR fans have seen him take the checkered flag in two previous races heading into the Cup Series playoffs.

So yes, Blaney is part of that 16-driver group. He spoke with Athlon Sports earlier this year and said, “I obviously like to keep improving, you know?

“We didn’t make it out of the first round of the playoffs, so that kind of put a damper on it, but I think there are other ways you can improve,” he said.

NASCAR Cup Series Defending Champion Elliott Among Drivers

Kyle Larson has five victories to his season so far. Martin Truex Jr., who has previously won a Cup Series title, is on the prowl for another one. Kyle Busch also has scored Cup Series Championships twice in 2005 and 2019, and he would like the third one among his career titles.

Defending NASCAR Cup Series champ Chase Elliott made the final round and seeks to keep his crown for another year. Alex Bowman ended up fifth in last year’s Cup Series competition. Obviously, he has his eyes set on picking up an overall win.

Other drivers in the Cup Series crowd include Denny Hamlin, William Byron, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Christopher Bell, Michael McDowell, Aric Almirola, Tyler Reddick, and Kevin Harvick.

All 16 drivers go for three races and the field closes down four spots to 12 as of Sept. 26. That group runs until Oct. 14, when the Cup Series numbers fall to eight. NASCAR closes the Cup Series to a final four group on Nov. 7 and from that group, a new or repeat champion will emerge.

Singer, Fan Darius Rucker Has Some Thoughts on Growing The Fanbase

NASCAR has a lot of fans within numerous businesses that follow what happens. Country music singer Darius Rucker is a fan and has some thoughts on growing the sport’s fanbase.

He was a guest on “Set It Straight: Myths and Legends,” a podcast featuring country music group Midland as its hosts.

Rucker said in an episode NASCAR could reach bigger levels with another demographic included, too.

“It’s like I say to my NASCAR friends – you got all the white people you going to get,” Rucker said. “If you going to grow your sport, you need to get some brothers up in there.