The Cup playoffs begin with Sunday night’s Southern 500.
Chase Elliott enters as the No. 1 ranked driver after winning the regular season championship, but only nine points separate fifth from 16th in the standings. This is the closest the field has been since the current playoff format in 2017.
The opening round of the Cup playoffs features Darlington, Kansas and Bristol. Last year, nine of the 16 playoff drivers finished outside the top 15 in the Southern 500.
Details for Sunday’s Cup race at Darlington Raceway
(All times Eastern)
START: The command will be given at 6:09 p.m. by Jeremy Reaves, Max Reaves and Rue Reaves of Cook Out. … The green flag is scheduled to wave at 6:19 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is 367 laps (501.32 miles) on the 1.366-mile speedway.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 115. Stage 2 ends at Lap 230.
TV/RADIO: USA Network will broadcast the race at 6 p.m. … Countdown to Green airs at 5 p.m. on USA Network. .. The post-race show will air on USA Network. … Motor Racing Network coverage begins at 5 p.m. and also will stream at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.
FORECAST: According to wunderground.com, the forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and a high of 84 degrees at the start of the race. There is an 11% chance of rain.
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