With just one race left in the NASCAR Round of 8 playoffs and three Championship 4 spots up for grabs, all eyes have descended upon Kansas Speedway.
Kyle Larson was the first of the top-eight drivers to punch his ticket to the championship round after a win last week at Texas Motor Speedway. Of the seven remaining drivers vying for the remaining playoff spots, Kyle Blaney is the only one who has never won a race at Kansas Speedway.
Entering Sunday’s race, the second, third and fourth spots are separated by just nine points, with Ryan Blaney in second (4072) , Denny Hamlin in third (4064) and Kyle Busch in fourth (4063). Hamlin has won at Kansas three times before while Busch has two wins at Kansas under his belt.
Even the drivers in the back half of the top eight could pose a threat at Kansas and at least make things competitive in the final Round of 8 race next week at Martinsville Speedway. A win by any one of them could put them above the cut line, especially Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski, who are just eight and 15 points out, respectively.
It’s especially likely that an upset could occur and shuffle things up given that Hamlin and Busch are both just barely above the cut line with nine and eight point cushions, respectively.
Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR’s playoff race at Kansas on Sunday. Follow below for complete results from the Hollywood Casino 400.
NASCAR at Kansas live updates, highlights from Hollywood Casino 400
3:25 p.m.: All of the members of Team Hendrick honored their former team members who died in a plane crash 17 years ago today.
A powerful tribute from @TeamHendrick.
All of the team members turned their hats backwards on Lap 5 to remember the ten people who died in a plane crash on their way to Martinsville 17 years ago today. pic.twitter.com/dumpOGLSkB
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) October 24, 2021
3:24 p.m.: A caution comes out due to rain on the 11th lap of the day. Drops apparently getting heavier.
3:21 p.m.: Through five laps and Kyle Larson has been steadily in the front of the pack.
3:19 p.m.: The second of three round of 8 races is officially underway.
3:08 p.m.: The flyover is complete and with the cue for the drivers to start their engines, action is almost underway.
NASCAR start time today
- Time: 3 p.m. ET (TV time)
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Kansas Speedway’s 1.5-mile intermediate track is scheduled to drop at 3:18 p.m. ET (2:18 p.m. local time) Sunday. The track has lights, so the race can finish after sunset if there is a delay.
What channel is NASCAR on today?
- TV channel: NBCSN (TSN in Canada)
- Live stream: NBC Sports.com | NBC Sports App | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
- Radio: MRN
NBCSN’s programming will begin at 2 p.m. ET with the “Countdown to Green” prerace show hosted by Marty Snider with Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett. Race coverage will begin at 3 p.m. Rick Allen will have the play-by-play call while Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will provide analysis.
Snider, Parker Kligerman and Dave Burns will be the pit reporters.
NASCAR Cup playoff standings
A playoff driver who wins a race in the Round of 8 automatically qualifies for the Championship 4 race Nov. 7 at Phoenix Raceway.
|7||Martin Truex Jr.||4041|
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NASCAR starting lineup at Kansas
Here is the complete NASCAR starting lineup for the Hollywood Casino 400.
|Start pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||P-Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||P-Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|3||P-Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|4||P-Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||P-Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||P-Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|7||P-Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|8||P-Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|9||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|10||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|12||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|13||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|14||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|15||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|16||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing|
|17||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|18||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|19||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|20||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|21||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|22||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|23||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|24||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|25||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|26||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|27||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|28||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|29||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|30||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|31||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|32||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|33||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|34||Ryan Ellis||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|36||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|37||Chad Finchum||66||Motorsports Business Management|
|38||David Starr||13||Motorsports Business Management|
|39||Joey Gase||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|40||Parker Kilgerman||96||Gaunt Brothers Racing|