UPDATED: Today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas: Start time, lineup, TV information

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Tonight’s race at Kansas Speedway marks the final chance for a driver to earn a spot in next week’s Sprint All-Star Race with a victory. Pole-sitter Joey Logano will be looking for his second consecutive win at this track.

Here are the particulars for tonight’s race (all times are Eastern):

START: Jack Griffo, star of Nickelodeon’s hit show “The Thundermans” will give the command for drivers to start their engines at 7:27 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 7:36 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 267 laps (400.5 miles) around the 1.5-mile oval.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Sprint Cup garage opens at 1:30 p.m., and the drivers meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Driver introductions begin at 6:40 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: It will be performed by Maggie Marx at 7:21 p.m.

TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race, starting with its prerace show at 7 p.m. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at MRN.com with its prerace show at 6:30 p.m.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts 70 degrees at race time with a 62% chance of rain.

LAST TIME(S): Last fall, Joey Logano led 122 laps on the way to winning. Tire issues caused problems for others, though. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a tire go down while leading and crashed. Brad Keselowski had a right from tire issue while running fifth and slammed the wall. Martin Truex Jr. finished a season-best fourth. Last spring, Jeff Gordon took the lead with eight laps to go to earn the victory with Kevin Harvick second. Logano placed fourth. Kurt Busch spun twice and finished 29th.

LOCAL DRIVERS: Kansas Speedway is the closest track to the hometowns for Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer and Jamie McMurray but none has won a Sprint Cup race at the track. Edwards has nine top-10 finishes in his last 11 starts at the track, including five top-fives during the stretch. Bowyer has only two top-10 finishes in his last six starts at Kansas. McMurray has one top-10 finish in his last 14 starts at the track but led 27 laps there in October.


Row 1: Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne

Row 2: Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr.

Row 3: Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick

Row 4: Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch

Row 5: Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson

Row 6: Jeff Gordon, Erik Jones

Row 7: Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola

Row 8: Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart

Row 9: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth

Row 10: Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Row 11: Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard

Row 12: David Ragan, Casey Mears

Row 13: Justin Allgaier, Sam Hornish Jr.

Row 14: Danica Patrick, Austin Dillon

Row 15: AJ Allmendinger, Trevor Bayne

Row 16: Michael McDowell, Ty Dillon

Row 17: Jeb Burton, Cole Whitt

Row 18: Matt DiBenedetto, Alex Bowman

Row 19: JJ Yeley, David Gilliland

Row 20: Brett Moffitt, Josh Wise

Row 21: Landon Cassill, Joey Gase

Row 22: Michael Annett

Did Not Qualify: Brendan Gaughan


NASCAR Cup playoff standings after Coca-Cola 600


The severe penalty to Chase Briscoe and his Stewart-Haas Racing team Wednesday for a counterfeit part dropped Briscoe from 17th to 31st in the season standings. Briscoe now must win a race to have a chance at the playoffs.

The penalty came a day after NASCAR suspended Chase Elliott one race for his retaliation in wrecking Denny Hamlin in Monday’s Coca-Cola 600. Elliott is 28th in the points. The 2020 Cup champion also needs to win to have a chance to make the playoffs.

Ten drivers have won races, including Coca-Cola 600 winner Ryan Blaney. That leaves six playoff spots to be determined by points at this time. With 12 races left in the regular season, including unpredictable superspeedway races at Atlanta (July 9) and Daytona (Aug. 26), the playoff standings will change during the summer.

Among those without a win this season are points leader Ross Chastain and former champions Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Elliott.

Here’s a look at the Cup playoff standings heading into Sunday’s Cup race at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Drivers in yellow have won a race and are in a playoff position. Those below the red line after 16th place are outside a playoff spot in the graphic below.

NASCAR issues major penalties to Chase Briscoe team for Charlotte infraction


NASCAR fined crew chief John Klausmeier $250,000 and suspended him six races, along with penalizing Chase Briscoe and the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing team 120 points and 25 playoff points each for a counterfeit part on the car.

The issue was a counterfeit engine NACA duct, said Elton Sawyer, NASCAR senior vice president of competition, on Wednesday. That is a single-source part.

MORE: Updated Cup playoff standings

The team stated that it accepts the L3 penalty.

“We had a quality control lapse and a part that never should’ve been on a car going to the racetrack ended up on the No. 14 car at Charlotte,” said Greg Zipadelli in a statement from the team. “We accept NASCAR’s decision and will not appeal.”

Asked how then piece could have aided performance, Sawyer said Wednesday: “Knowing the race team mentality, they don’t do things that would not be a benefit to them in some way, shape or form from a performance advantage.”

The penalty drops Briscoe from 17th in the season standings to 31st in the standings. Briscoe goes from having 292 points to having 172 points. He’ll have to win to make the playoffs. Briscoe has no playoff points at this time, so the penalty puts him at -25 playoff points should he make it.

Briscoe’s car was one of two taken to the R&D Center after Monday’s Coca-Cola 600 for additional tear down by series officials.

The penalty comes a day after NASCAR suspended Chase Elliott one race for wrecking Denny Hamlin in last weekend’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Championship Weekend returns to Phoenix in 2024


Phoenix Raceway will host the championship races for the Cup, Xfinity, Craftsman Truck and ARCA Menards Series in 2024, NASCAR announced Wednesday.

The races will be held Nov. 1-3, 2024. The Cup season finale will be Nov. 3, 2024. The only other Cup race for 2024 that has been announced is the Daytona 500. It will be held Feb. 18, 2024.

Phoenix Raceway has hosted the championship finale for Cup, Xfinity and Trucks since 2020. Chase Elliott won the Cup title there in 2020. Kyle Larson followed in 2021. Joey Logano won the crown there in 2022.

This year’s Cup finale at Phoenix will be Nov. 5 and air on NBC.



Drivers to watch at World Wide Technology Raceway


After the fireworks from the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR heads to World Wide Technology Raceway, a 1.25-mile speedway just outside of St. Louis. Sunday’s race (3:30 p.m. ET on FS1) marks the second time the Cup Series has raced at this track.

Much is at stake. The race to win the regular season championship has intensified. Tempers are high. The pressure to make the playoffs builds. Ten drivers have wins this season. Twelve races remain in the regular season.


Kyle Larson

  • Points position: 11th
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Richmond, Martinsville)
  • Past at WWTR: 12th last year

While a driver coming off back-to-back finishes of 20th or worse might not seem like a frontrunner, it actually does make Larson one. His topsy-turvy season has seen him place outside the top 10 in back-to-back races four times. In the three previous times he had consecutive finishes outside the top 10, he came back to finish second, first and second. Can he keep that streak going this weekend?

Bubba Wallace

  • Points position: 15th
  • Best finish this season: 4th (Las Vegas I, Kansas I, Coca-Cola 600)
  • Past at WWTR: 26th last year

Wallace has scored three consecutive top-five finishes, his best streak in his Cup career. He has climbed from 21st to 15th in the standings during this run.

William Byron

  • Points position: 3rd
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Las Vegas I, Phoenix I, Darlington I)
  • Past at WWTR: 19th last year

Byron has finished no worse than seventh in the last five races. He’s led nearly 20% of the laps run during that time. Byron has averaged nearly 47 points a race during that streak.


Corey LaJoie

  • Points position: 20th
  • Best finish this season: 4th (Atlanta I)
  • Past at WWTR: 36th last season

NASCAR’s one-race suspension to Chase Elliott gives LaJoie the chance to drive a Hendrick Motorsports car for the first time. This will be the best car LaJoie has driven in his career. Many eyes will be on him to see how he does.

Ross Chastain

Chastain has finished 29th and 22nd in the last two points races. He’s not gone more than three races without a top-10 finish this season. After his struggles last weekend at Charlotte, Chastain saw his lead cut to one point over Coca-Cola 600 winner Ryan Blaney in the standings. Five drivers are within 17 points of Chastain in the season standings.

Aric Almirola

  • Points position: 26th
  • Best finish this season: 6th (Martinsville I)
  • Past at WWTR: 5th last year

Almirola has finished 13th or worse in all but one race this season for Stewart-Haas Racing. In the five races since placing sixth at Martinsville, Almirola has finished an average of 21.0.