Itâs NASCAR race day at Kansas Speedway, and weâve 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:Â 50 Penn National Gaming VIPsÂ will instruct drivers to start their engines at 2:28Â p.m. ET (1:28Â p.m. local), followed by theÂ green flag at 2:37Â p.m. ET (1:37 p.m. local).
RACEÂ DISTANCE:Â The Hollywood Casino 400 is 267 laps around the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway, or 400.5 miles.
RACE STAGES:Â After a successful run last season, NASCARÂ will once again beÂ dividing races into stagesÂ and handing out points. Here are the segmentsÂ for tonight’s Cup race:Â Stage 1: 80Â laps, Stage 2: 80Â laps, Stage 3: 107Â laps.
PLAYOFFS:Â 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.
NATIONAL ANTHEM:Â Danon Vaughn, a Master Detective with the Kansas City (Kan.) Police Department, will perform the national anthem at 2:21Â p.m. ET (1:21Â 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:Â The race will be broadcast on NBCÂ starting at 2:30 p.m. ET (1:30Â 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 andÂ Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio.
LIVE STREAMING:Â NBCSports.comÂ 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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