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NASCAR Cup playoff race at Kansas 2018: Start time, lineup, TV schedule, more – USA TODAY

NASCAR Cup playoff race at Kansas 2018: Start time, lineup, TV schedule, more – USA TODAY
29 Jul

It’s NASCAR race day at Kansas Speedway, and we’ve got some essential information you need to get ready for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400, the Round of 12 elimination race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs:

START TIME: 50 Penn National Gaming VIPs will instruct drivers to start their engines at 2:28 p.m. ET (1:28 p.m. local), followed by the green flag at 2:37 p.m. ET (1:37 p.m. local).

RACE DISTANCE: The Hollywood Casino 400 is 267 laps around the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway, or 400.5 miles.

RACE STAGES: After a successful run last season, NASCAR will once again be dividing races into stages and handing out points. Here are the segments for tonight’s Cup race: Stage 1: 80 laps, Stage 2: 80 laps, Stage 3: 107 laps.

More: Clint Bowyer looks to book spot in NASCAR Round of 8 at hometown Kansas track

More: Playoff drivers on brink of elimination see Kansas as chance to score big finish

PLAYOFFS: Today’s race is the sixth of 10 playoff races and the final one of the three-race second round. Four drivers will be eliminated from championship contention following today’s race as the field is cut from 12 to eight drivers.

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NATIONAL ANTHEM: Danon Vaughn, a Master Detective with the Kansas City (Kan.) Police Department, will perform the national anthem at 2:21 p.m. ET (1:21 p.m. local), followed by a flyover by a B2 Bomber from the 393rd Bomb Squadron of the Whiteman Air Force Base in Johnson County, Mo.

TV RADIO SCHEDULE: The race will be broadcast on NBC starting at 2:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. local), with a pre-show beginning at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. local). Radio calls can be found on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio.

LIVE STREAMING: will live-stream the race for those who sign in with their cable/satellite provider’s credentials.

WEATHER: Clear and cool. The Weather Channel is calling for sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s and no chance of rain.

LAST TIME: Kevin Harvick led 79 laps and held off Martin Truex Jr. to earn his fifth win of the season by mid-May. And one year ago in the playoff race, Truex led 91 laps to complete a sweep of the 2017 Kansas races en route to his first Cup Series championship.

LINEUP: Joey Logano roared to his first pole of the season and the 20th of his Cup career, besting Harvick who will start alongside on the front row.

Playoff driver Kyle Larson, who faces a must-win situation Sunday, will start from the rear of the field after clipping the wall during Friday’s practice and going to a backup car before qualifying.

Here’s the starting lineup for today’s Hollywood Casino 400 (car number in parentheses):

1. (22) Joey Logano, Ford

2. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford

3. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford

4. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford

5. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford

6. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota

7. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota

8. (19) Daniel Suarez, Toyota

9. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota

10. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet

11. (41) Kurt Busch, Ford

12. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota

13. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet

14. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford

15. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford

16. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet

17. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet

18. (21) Paul Menard, Ford

19. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford

20. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet

21. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet

22. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet

23. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet

24. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford

25. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet

26. (95) Regan Smith, Chevrolet

27. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet

28. (38) David Ragan, Ford

29. (43) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet

30. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet

31. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford

32. (15) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet

33. (96) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Toyota

34. (72) Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet

35. (00) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet

36. (23) JJ Yeley, Toyota

37. (99) Kyle Weatherman, Chevrolet

38. (51) BJ McLeod, Chevrolet

39. (7) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet

40. (66) Timmy Hill, Toyota

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