The playoff driver will have a chance to qualify for next month’s championship in Phoenix in Sunday’s Kansas Speedway Cup.
The eighth starts on Sunday (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC) for teams for the Cup. If any of the eight remaining drivers in the playoffs win in Kansas, he will advance to the title race. Twice in the last quarter of a year, the winner of the race to open this round has continued to win the championship.
“I think it’s a big advantage to win the first race in this semi-final round of the playoffs,” said Brad Keselowski. “It gives you a lot of time to prepare for the final race, and I think that̵
The other eight contenders for the title are Kevin Harwick, Danny Hamlin, Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Alex Bowman and Kurt Bush.
Here is all the information about the Sunday Cup competition in Kansas:
(All times are Eastern)
START: The engine start command will be given at 2:36 p.m. by Lt. Gen. James Rainey, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Army Combined Armaments Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The green flag should be flown at 2:45 p.m.
PREDICTION: The glass garage opens at 8 am. The drivers report to their cars at 2:10 p.m. The driver’s introductions are at 2:15 p.m. The call will be given at 2:28 p.m. Daniel Weger. The national anthem will be performed at 2:29 p.m. by U.S. Army Specialist Reana Lloyd.
DISTANCE: The race is 267 laps (400.5 miles) around the 1.5-mile highway.
STAGES: Step 1 ends on lap 80 Step 2 ends on lap 160.
TV / RADIO: NBC will broadcast the competition on television. Coverage starts at 14:00 Countdown to green. The opening of the competitions starts at 14:30 on NBC. The Radio Racing Network radio will start at 1:30 p.m. And can also be heard on mrn.com. The SiriusXM NASCAR radio will carry the broadcast.
FLOW: Watch the race in the NBC Sports app
FORECAST: The wunderground.com forecast requires a cloudy sky with a high 49 degrees and a 15% chance of rain at the start of the race.
LAST RACE: Chase Elliott won at Charlotte Roval for his fourth straight victory on the road last weekend. Joey Logano finished second. Eric Jones finished third.
LAST RACE IN KANSAS: Denny Hamlin led 57 of 267 laps to win the race in July. Brad Keselowski finished second. Martin Truex Jr. ranked third.
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