NASCAR at Kansas: Playoff standings, TV schedule, qualifying drivers for cutoff race
Martin Truex Jr. andÂ Brad Keselowski have punched their tickets to the Round of 8 thanks to wins at Charlotte and Talladega. Following Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway, six other drivers will join them to make up the Round of 8.Â
Despite winning two races earlier in the playoffs, Kyle Busch is in danger of not advancing as he sitsÂ ninth on the playoff grid, seven points behind Jimmie Johnson on the cutoff line.
Currently Busch, whoÂ has finished no worse than fifth at the previous five Kansas races, teammate Matt Kenseth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. andÂ Jamie McMurray would be eliminated and have plenty of work to do.Â
Earlier this season, Truex won at Kansas in a race marred byÂ a scary wreck involving Aric Almirola, who had to be cut from his racecar after a fieryÂ crash.Â Keselowski finished second in that race, followed by Kevin Harvick, RyanÂ Blaney, Kyle Busch andÂ Kyle Larson, who will all be fighting for playoff position Sunday at the 1.5-mile track.Â
NASCAR playoff standings entering Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400
- Martin Truex Jr.Â
- Brad Keselowski
- Kyle Larson +29Â points above cutoff line
- Kevin Harvick +22
- Denny Hamlin +21
- Chase Elliott +20
- Ryan Blaney +9
- Jimmie Johnson +7
- Kyle Busch -7
- Matt Kenseth -8
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -22
- Jamie McMurray -29
The Xfinity Series joins the Cup Series this weekend at KansasÂ as itÂ begins its Round of 8.
NASCAR at Kansas schedule, TV channel info
(All times ET)
Friday, Oct. 20
1-2:25 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, NBCSNÂ
2:30-3:25 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, NBC Sports AppÂ
5-5:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN
6:15 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying, NBCSNÂ
Saturday, Oct. 21
11-11:50 a.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, NBC Sports AppÂ
12:05 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Award Qualifying, NBCSNÂ
1:30-2:20 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, NBCSNÂ
3 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 (200 laps, 300 miles), NBCÂ
What TV channel is the NASCAR playoff race at Kansas on?
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 begins at 3Â p.m. ETÂ Sunday, Oct. 22Â and can be seen on NBC Sports Network and the NBC Sports app.Â
What are the stage lengths for NASCAR's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas?
The Hollywood Casino 400, which is 267 laps and 400.5 miles, will be broken into three segments: Stage 1 ends on Lap 80, Stage 2 ends on Lap 160Â and the final stage ends on Lap 267.Â
Which NASCAR Cup Series drivers are racing in the playoff raceÂ at Kansas?
There are 41Â Cup drivers entered in Sunday's race, meaning all but one driverÂ will make the race with Friday's qualifying setting their starting positions.Â Here is the list of participating Cup drivers in alphabetical order by first name:
TBA (No. 51 team)