Sports NASCAR playoff race at Darlington: Start time, lineup, TV, streaming schedule for Southern 500
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Welcome to the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Twenty-six races are in the books, and now it’s time for the 10-race postseason to determine the 2021 champion.
Sixteen drivers made the playoff field, with Tyler Reddick clinching the final playoff berth on points last weekend at Daytona International Speedway.
Now, attention turns to Darlington Raceway for the first race in the Round of 16 before action moves to Richmond Raceway and then Bristol Motor Speedway for the first elimination race, which will cut the playoff field down to 12 drivers.
Teammates Reddick, Dillon eye final playoff spot at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — There’s one guy Tyler Reddick doesn’t expect any help from at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night: His teammate. Reddick and fellow Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon are essentially battling each other for the 16th and final spot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. And that makes teamwork at the 2 1/2-mile superspeedway downright tricky, maybe even unthinkable, for the duo. “Anything I do toReddick and fellow Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon are essentially battling each other for the 16th and final spot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. And that makes teamwork at the 2 1/2-mile superspeedway downright tricky, maybe even unthinkable, for the duo.
But that’s getting ahead of ourselves. Here is all the information you need to get ready for Sunday’s Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway:
START TIME: 6 p.m. ET.
TV: NBCSN. Pre-race broadcast begins at 5:30 p.m. ET.
RADIO:and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
STREAMING:(for those who sign in with their cable/satellite provider) and NBC Sports app.
RACE DISTANCE: 367 laps around the 1.366-mile track for a total of 501.3 miles.
STAGE LENGTHS (laps per stage): Stage 1: 115, Stage 2: 115, Stage 3: 137.
LAST TIME: Martin Truex Jr. dominated this year's Mother's Day race, leading 248 of 293 laps before crusing to a 2.571-second victory over Kyle Larson. And one year ago in the 2020 playoff opener, Kevin Harvick led 32 laps, including the final 13, before edging Austin Dillon by 0.343 seconds.
Blaney wins at Daytona, Reddick earns final playoff berth
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For all the potential outcomes that could have occurred at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, the NASCAR Cup Series regular-season finale was somewhat predictable. Ryan Blaney ended up in victory lane for the second straight week. Kyle Larson, the most dominant driver all year, took home the regular-season trophy. Tyler Reddick ended up with the 16th and final playoff spot. And the race ended in overtime with a fiery crash that involved nearly half the field. “It's Daytona. For me, it was no different than any other race here," said 2017 series champion Martin Truex Jr., who finished 30th.
PLAYOFFS: Larson won the regular-season title and enters the playoffs with a 28-point lead over Truex and Ryan Blaney. Here are the playoffs standings prior to the Southern 500:
1. Kyle Larson, 2,052; 2. Martin Truex Jr., 2,024; 3. Ryan Blaney, 2,204; 4. Kyle Busch, 2,022; 5. Chase Elliott, 2,021; 6. Alex Bowman, 2,015; 7. Denny Hamlin, 2,015; 8. William Byron, 2,014; 9. Joey Logano, 2,013; 10. Brad Keselowski, 2,008; 11. Kurt Busch, 2,008; 12. Michael McDowell, 2,005; 13. Christopher Bell, 2,005; 14. Aric Almirola, 2,005; 15. Tyler Reddick, 2,003; 16. Kevin Harvick, 2,002.
LINEUP: The starting lineup was determined by using NASCAR’s competition-based formula. Ryan Blaney, who is riding a two-race winning streak after victories at Michigan and Daytona, will start on the pole alongside Denny Hamlin.
Winless Harvick, Hamlin still have a chance at Southern 500
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — So you're saying there's a chance. That's certainly the mindset of Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin, who enter NASCAR's playoff chase at the Southern 500 without once celebrating in Victory Lane this season. It was Harvick and Hamlin who dominated in 2020, and the pair swept the three events at Darlington Raceway a year ago. “There's no time like Darlington to get back to winning,” track president Kerry Tharp said. HarvickThat's certainly the mindset of Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin, who enter NASCAR's playoff chase at the Southern 500 without once celebrating in Victory Lane this season.
Here is the lineup for the Cook Out Southern 500 (car number in parentheses):
1. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford
2. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota
3. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet
4. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
5. (48) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet
6. (5) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
7. (8) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet
8. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford
9. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford
10. (19) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota
11. (22) Joey Logano, Ford
12. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota
13. (20) Christopher Bell, Toyota
14. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet
15. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford
16. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford
17. (23) Bubba Wallace, Toyota
18. (37) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet
19. (6) Ryan Newman, Ford
20. (77) Justin Haley, Chevrolet
21. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
22. (43) Erik Jones, Chevrolet
23. (42) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet
24. (14) Chase Briscoe, Ford
25. (7) Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet
26. (99) Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet
27. (78) BJ McLeod, Ford
28. (52) Josh Bilicki, Ford
29. (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet
30. (21) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford
31. (41) Cole Custer, Ford
32. (38) Anthony Alfredo, Ford
33. (51) Cody Ware, Chevrolet
34. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford
35. (15) Joey Gase, Chevrolet
36. (53) James Davison, Chevrolet
37. (00) Quin Houff, Chevrolet
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY:
NASCAR shifts season-opening exhibition to L.A. Coliseum .
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will open the 2022 season inside Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in one of the biggest shakeups to its schedule in years. The annual exhibition Clash, held at Daytona International Speedway since 1979, will shift to Los Angeles next year. The invitation-only race was always the kickoff to competitive NASCAR racing and held the week before the season-opening Daytona 500. The 2022 race will be held Feb. 6, one week before the Super Bowl and two weeks before the Daytona 500. The race will be inside the stadium on a temporary, quarter-mile, asphalt track.