NASCAR at Road America schedule: How to watch, TV, odds, favorites

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NASCAR at Road America schedule: How to watch, odds, favorites originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

It’s time to go road racing.

NASCAR is headed to Road America, a 14-turn circuit located in Elkhart Lake, Wisc., for a Fourth of July weekend extravaganza.

Georgia’s Chase Elliott has momentum on his side after winning last week in Nashville and winning last year at Road America, and he leads all drivers with seven career road wins. But there are plenty of other worthy competitors who will be looking to knock him off the pedestal.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Kwik Trip 250 at Road America:

Road America entry list

Thirty-seven drivers are on the Road America entry list. Up to 40 cars can qualify for a race, so all 37 entrants will race on Sunday. Here's the full list:

When is the NASCAR Road America race?

This race weekend features practice and qualifying sessions before the race. The 37-car field will be split into two groups, and each group will get a 20-minute practice session on Saturday, July 2, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Two-round qualifying begins after practice at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. Both groups will have 20 minutes to turn their fastest lap, with the five quickest drivers in each group advancing. In the final round, the 10 remaining drivers will have 10 minutes to turn their fastest lap, and the quickest driver will be awarded the pole.

The Kwik Trip 250 begins at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 3.

How to watch NASCAR this weekend

Practice and qualifying coverage on Saturday will be on USA Network at 11:30 a.m. ET. Sunday’s coverage will begin at 2 p.m. ET with “Countdown to Green” on USA Network. The race will start at 3 p.m. ET and will air on USA Network.

Coverage before, during and after Sunday’s race can be streamed online here and on the NBC Sports app.

NASCAR standings entering Road America

Road America is the 18th of 26 regular season races, as the postseason inches closer. Only 16 drivers make the playoffs, and drivers secure a berth by winning a race or scoring the most points among non-winners. Here’s a look at the current playoff standings, where winners (in bold) are locked in and non-winners are fighting for every point:

  1. Chase Elliott, 586 points, 2 wins

  2. Ross Chastain, 556 points, 2 wins

  3. Joey Logano, 534 points, 2 wins

  4. William Byron, 468 points, 2 wins

  5. Denny Hamlin, 374 points, 2 wins

  6. Kyle Busch, 539 points, 1 win

  7. Kyle Larson, 519 points, 1 win

  8. Alex Bowman, 461 points, 1 win

  9. Kurt Busch, 397 points, 1 win

  10. Austin Cindric, 392 points, 1 win

  11. Chase Briscoe, 389 points, 1 win

  12. Daniel Suarez, 388 points, 1 win

  13. Ryan Blaney, 555 points

  14. Martin Truex Jr., 516 points

  15. Christopher Bell, 480 points

  16. Kevin Harvick, 452 points

  1. Aric Almirola, 443 points

  2. Tyler Reddick, 400 points

  3. Austin Dillon, 399 points

  4. Erik Jones, 394 points

Which active drivers have won at Road America?

Sunday will be just the third Cup race at Road America (held in 1956 and 2021), so Elliott is the only former winner in the field.

Cindric, Bell, Kyle Busch, AJ Allmendinger and Michael McDowell – who will all race Sunday – have won Xfinity Series races at Road America, as NASCAR’s second-tier series has raced there annually since 2010.

NASCAR Road America betting odds, favorites, predictions

It’s difficult to handicap Road America because 2021 was the first Cup race there in 65 years. 

Elliott dominated last year, as he often does at road courses, leading 24 of 62 laps to win by over five seconds. Bell, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch and Hamlin rounded out the top five. Byron won the pole, led the second-most laps (15) and won a stage, but he finished 33rd after overshooting a corner in the closing laps – so he’s another one to watch this year.

Trackhouse Racing won the first two road course races of 2022 – first by Ross Chastain at COTA and then by Daniel Suarez at Sonoma. 

Here are some of the odds to win at Road America, courtesy of our partner, PointsBet:

  • Chase Elliott, +520

  • Kyle Larson, +650

  • Ross Chastain, +850

  • Kyle Busch, +1200

  • Martin Truex Jr., +1300

  • AJ Allmendinger, +1300

  • Ryan Blaney, +1400

  • Daniel Suarez, +1400

  • Denny Hamlin, +1500

  • Christopher Bell, +1600

  • Austin Cindric, +1600

  • Joey Logano, +1800

  • William Byron, +2500

  • Tyler Reddick, +2500

  • Alex Bowman, +2800

  • Kurt Busch, +3000

  • Chase Briscoe, +3000

  • Kevin Harvick, +3000

  • Chris Buescher, +3500

  • Michael McDowell, +4000

Editor's note: All odds are provided by our partner, PointsBet. PointsBet is our Official Sports Betting Partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links.