The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs enter the Round of 8 Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET, NBC and Peacock Premium).
A win by any of the eight remaining playoff drivers will put them into the Championship 4. Those final four drivers will race for the Cup title Nov. 7 at Phoenix Raceway.
Kyle Larson, last week’s winner at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, starts on pole Sunday. He begins the Round of 8 on top of the standings with a 42-point cushion above the cutline. This summer, Larson won the exhibition NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas.
Sunday’s race is the first of three upcoming Cup Series playoff races airing on NBC that are also streaming on Peacock Premium.
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Details for Sunday’s Texas Cup race:
(All times are Eastern)
START: NFL Hall of Famers Tim Brown and Tony Dorsett will give the command to start engines at 1:57 p.m. … The green flag is scheduled to wave at 2:08 p.m.
PRERACE: Cup garage opens at 7 a.m. … Drivers report to pre-race at 1:15 p.m. … Driver introductions are at 1:20 p.m. … The invocation will be given by Bret Shisler of Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries at 1:49 p.m. … The national anthem will be performed by Chayce Beckham at 1:50 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is 334 laps (501 miles) on the 1.5-mile speedway.
COMPETITION CAUTION: Lap 25
STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 105. Stage 2 ends at Lap 210.
TV/RADIO: NBC coverage begins with Countdown to Green at 1:30 p.m., leading into race coverage … The NASCAR America Post-Race Show follows on NBCSN at 6 p.m. … Performance Racing Network’s radio coverage begins at 1 p.m. and also will stream at GoPRN.com; SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the broadcast.
STREAMING: Peacock Premium
FORECAST: Weather Underground’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, a high of 70 degrees, and dry conditions around the start of the race.
CARS TO THE REAR: Chase Elliott is among those going to the rear for multiple inspection failures. Others also going to the rear are Chase Briscoe, Corey LaJoie, Garrett Smithley and David Starr. Alex Bowman and Justin Haley will go to the rear for unapproved adjustments.
STARTING LINEUP: Texas Cup starting lineup
LAST YEAR: Kyle Busch earned his lone win of the 2020 season at Texas. The race began as scheduled on Sunday afternoon, but was stopped after 52 laps. Persistent rain and mist kept the race halted for over 72 hours before the remainder was run that Wednesday.
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