NASCAR’s playoffs kick off Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. have reigned supreme each of the last two years.
For Harvick, the man who finished second in the regular-season standings, he took home the victory earlier this season as part of a three-race win streak that started in Atlanta and finished in Phoenix.
For Truex, the 2017 NASCAR Cup champion, the win at Las Vegas last season was the first of seven wins on 1.5-mile tracks on the year. He continued that success into 2018, earning a victory at Kentucky and five more top-5 finishes on similar tracks.
This is the first race of the first round of NASCAR’s playoffs. There will be two more (Richmond, Charlotte) before the field is cut to 12 drivers.
The SouthPoint 400 can be seen at 3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN.
Here’s the weekend schedule:
NASCAR at Las Vegas 2018: TV channel and streaming info
Note: All times are ET.
Friday, Sept. 14
2:05-2:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series first practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App
3:05-3:55 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series first practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App
5:05-5:50 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App
6:05 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying, FS1
7:30 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Qualifying, NBCSN/NBC Sports App
9 p.m.: NASCARCamping World Truck Series World of Westgate 200 (134 laps, 201 miles; FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Saturday, Sept. 15
1-1:50 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App
2:10 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying, NBCSN/NBC Sports App
3:30-4:20 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App
5 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series DC Solar 300 (200 laps, 300 miles; NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Sunday, Sept. 16
3 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series SouthPoint 400 (267 laps, 400.5 miles; NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff points standings
|Driver||Points||Pts Behind||Playoff Pts|
|1. Kyle Busch||2050||Leader||50|
|2. Kevin Harvick||2050||—||50|
|3. Martin Truex Jr.||2035||15||35|
|4. Brad Keselowski||2019||31||19|
|5. Clint Bowyer||2015||35||15|
|6. Joey Logano||2014||36||14|
|7. Kurt Busch||2014||36||14|
|8. Chase Elliott||2008||42||8|
|9. Ryan Blaney||2007||43||7|
|10. Erik Jones||2005||45||5|
|11. Austin Dillon||2005||45||5|
|12. Kyle Larson||2005||45||5|
|13. Denny Hamlin||2003||47||3|
|14. Aric Almirola||2001||49||1|
|15. Jimmie Johnson||2000||50||0|
|16. Alex Bowman||2000||50||0|
Which Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers are racing at Las Vegas?
There are 40 Cup drivers entered in Sunday’s race. Here is the list of participating Cup drivers in alphabetical order by first name:
Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.