A playoff driver has the chance to advance to next month’s championship race in Phoenix in Sunday’s Cup race at Kansas Speedway.
Round 8 begins Sunday (14:30 ET on NBC) for Cup teams. If any of the eight remaining playoff drivers win in Kansas, they advance to the title race. Twice in the last four years, the winner of the opening round of this round won the championship.
“I think it’s a big advantage to win the first race of this semi-final in the playoffs,” said Brad Keselowski. “In that respect, it gives you a lot of time to prepare for the final race, and I think it’s never a bad thing.”
The eight remaining title contenders are Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Alex Bowman and Kurt Busch.
7;s all the info for the Sunday Cup race in Kansas:
(All times are eastern)
START: The command to start engines is given at. 14.36 by Lieutenant General James Rainey, Commander-in-Chief, US Army Combined Arms Center & Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The green flag is scheduled to be flown at 2.45pm
PROGRESS: The Cup garage opens at 8 Drivers report to their cars at. 14:10 Driverintro is at. 14:15. The call is given at 14.28 by Parochial Vicar St. Daniel Weger. The national anthem is performed at 14.29 by US Army Specialist Reanna Lloyd.
DISTANCE: The race is 267 laps (400.5 miles) about 1.5 miles speedway.
LEVELS: Step 1 ends in round 80 Step 2 ends in round 160.
TV / RADIO: NBC broadcasts the TV race. Coverage begins at 14 Countdown to green. Race coverage begins at. 14.30 on NBC. Motor Racing Network’s radio coverage begins at 13:30 and can also be heard on mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio carries the broadcast.
STREAMING: Watch the race in the NBC Sports App
FORECAST: The forecast for wunderground.com calls for clouds with a high of 49 degrees and a 15% chance of rain during the race.
LAST RACE: Chase Elliott won in Charlotte Roval for her fourth straight win last weekend. Joey Logano finished second. Erik Jones finished in third place.
LAST RACE IN KANSAS: Denny Hamlin led 57 out of 267 laps to win the July race. Brad Keselowski finished in second place. Martin Truex Jr. became third.
START LINE: Click here for starting lineup
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