Itâs race day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and we’ve got all the informationÂ you need to get ready for Sunday’s Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard, the 26th and final regular-season race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:
START TIME: 2Â p.m. ET.Â GREEN FLAG: 2:23Â p.m. ET.
Scott Borchetta,Â President & CEO, Big Machine Records,Â will instruct drivers to start their engines at 2:11 p.m. ET.
TV:Â NBC. Pre-race broadcast begins at 1:30Â p.m. ET.
RADIO:Â Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network.Â STREAMING:Â For those who sign in with their cable/satellite provider’s credentials, you can watch atÂ stream.nbcsports.com.
RACE DISTANCE:Â 160 lapsÂ around the 2.5-mile track for a total of 400 miles.
STAGE LENGTHS (laps per stage):Â Stage 1: 50, Stage 2: 50, Stage 3: 60.
PLAYOFF POSITIONS: Fourteen drivers have clinched berths in the 10-race playoffsÂ âÂ Kyle Busch (4 wins, clinched regular-season championship), Denny Hamlin (4 wins),Â Martin Truex Jr. (4 wins), Brad Keselowski (3 wins),Â Joey Logano (2 wins), Kevin Harvick (2 wins),Â Chase Elliott (2 wins), Alex Bowman (1 win),Â Kurt Busch (1 win), Erik Jones (1 win),Â Kyle LarsonÂ (points),Â Ryan BlaneyÂ (points),Â William ByronÂ (points) andÂ Aric AlmirolaÂ (points).
The final two playoff spots will determined by today’s race. A new winner will automatically clinch a berth, leaving just one spot available for a driver to point his way in. But if one of the drivers above wins the race, two drivers can make the playoffs on points. Clint Bowyer, currently ranked 15th in the standings sits eight points ahead of Daniel Suarez and Ryan Newman â who are tied for 16th â while Jimmie Johnson faces an uphill climb at 18 points behind.
NATIONAL ANTHEM:Â Danielle Bradbury, winner of season 4 of NBC’s “The Voice,”Â will perform the anthem at 2:05 p.m. ET.Â Big Machine recording artists Florida Georgia Line will order drivers to their cars at 2:07 p.m. ET.
WEATHER: There could be a few showers in the early afternoon, but the Weather Channel is calling for cloudy skies and temperatures in the los 70s for the green flag. There will be a 25% chance of precipitation for the remainder of the race.
LAST TIME: Keselowski kissed the bricks for the first time as Brickyard 400 winner after he took the lead from Hamlin following a caution onÂ Lap 155 of 160. Keselowski led the final two laps and nine total, topping Hamlin’s teammate Jones by 0.904 seconds in a race delayed one day by weather.
LINEUP: The starting lineup will be set following qualifying at 10:30 ET on Sunday.
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