One race remains and the playoff picture changes before the green flag is even raised at Daytona.
Kurt Busch has withdrawn his playoff waiver and will not make the playoffs. The No. 45 remains locked in on the owner side, but Busch, who is still recovering from a July concussion, is now out. Ty Gibbs will continue to fill in for Busch in the #45 23XI Racing Toyota.
This news suddenly brings Martin Truex Jr. back over the cutting line. He and Ryan Blaney are separated by just 25 points but as long as there are no new winners this weekend they are both safe. That being said, it’s Daytona, and there are over a dozen riders who are in a must-win situation.
Chase Elliott clinched the regular season title at Watkins Glen, earning him 15 more bonus points. Kyle Larson won the race after some contact with his Hendrick Motorsports teammate.
How to watch NASCAR at Daytona
- race: Coke Zero Sugar 400
- Date: Sunday, 08/27
- Start time: 7:00 p.m. ET
- TV channel: ABC | TSN 3/5 (Canada)
- Live broadcast: Peacock, fuboTV
- Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Both the NASCAR Cup and the Xfinity Series will race at Daytona this weekend. No active Cup driver has more Daytona wins than Denny Hamlin, who has three victories in the 500m to his credit. Austin Cindric won the Daytona 500 earlier this year, while Blaney is the defending 400-mile champion.
Rick Allen leads the NBC Cup Series broadcast team in the dressing room, where he is joined by former star racers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Burton. Experienced crew chief Steve Letarte adds his technical knowledge for additional analysis.
NBC will broadcast all races from now through the playoffs on either NBC’s main channel or the USA Network.
Here’s how and where to catch all of the on-track activity for NASCAR this weekend:
- (schedule is preliminary and subject to change)
- 3 p.m. ET – NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying – USA NETWORK
- 5:05 p.m. ET – NASCAR Cup Series Qualifiers – USA NETWORK
- 7:30 p.m. ET – NASCAR Xfinity Series Race (100 laps / 250 miles) – USA NETWORK
- 7 p.m. ET – NASCAR Cup Series Race (160 laps / 400 miles) – NBC
Who is on the entry list for the NASCAR Cup at Daytona?
There are 37 cars on the NASCAR Cup Series entry list with an open entry, namely Noah Gragson in the #62 Beard Motorsports Chevrolet.
What’s next on the NASCAR Cup schedule?
After the regular season finale in Daytona, the 10-race playoffs finally begin in Darlington with the Southern 500.
|Sunday, September 4th||darlington||United States of America||6:00 p.m. ET||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, 09/11||Kansas||United States of America||3:00 p.m. ET||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Saturday, 09/17||Bristol||United States of America||7:30 p.m. ET||PRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, 09/25||Texas||United States of America||3:30 p.m. ET||PRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday October 2nd||Talladega||ABC||2:00 p.m. ET||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday October 9th||Charlotte Roval||ABC||2:00 p.m. ET||PRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday October 16th||Las Vegas||ABC||2:30 p.m. ET||PRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday 23 October||homestead||ABC||2:30 p.m. ET||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday October 30th||Martinsville||ABC||2:00 p.m. ET||MRN/SiriusXM|
|Sunday, November 6th||Phoenix||ABC||3:00 p.m. ET||MRN/SiriusXM|