The first round of the NASCAR playoffs are complete, and the field has been cut from 16 drivers to 12. The second round features three more races before another four drivers will see their championship hopes end.
Here’s all the information you need to get ready for Sunday’s South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the fourth of 10 playoff races in the NASCAR Cup Series:
START TIME: 7 p.m. ET. (4 p.m. local)
TV: NBCSN. Pre-race broadcast begins at 6 p.m. ET. (3 p.m. local).
RACE DISTANCE: 267 laps around the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a total of 400.5 miles.
STAGE LENGTHS (laps per stage): Stage 1: 80, Stage 2: 80, Stage 3: 107.
SEEDINGS (after first round): 1. Kevin Harvick; 2. Denny Hamlin; 3. Brad Keselowski; 4. Joey Logano; 6. Chase Elliott; 7. Martin Truex Jr.; 7. Alex Bowman; 8. Austin Dillon; 9. Aric Almirola; 10. Kyle Busch; 11. Clint Bowyer; 12. Kurt Busch.
PLAYOFF PICTURE: Breaking down the postseason after the first elimination race
LAST TIME: Joey Logano led 54 laps in February, taking his final lead on lap 263 from teammate Ryan Blaney, before holding off Matt DiBenedetto as the race ended under caution following a restart. And one year ago in the 2019 playoff race, Martin Truex Jr. led 32 laps, including the final 20, cruising to a 4.173-second win over runner-up Kevin Harvick.
QUALIFYING: The lineup was determined by four performance metrics from the previous race: 15% based on fastest lap time position, 25% of the driver’s final race finish position, 25% of the owner’s final race position and 35% of the owner points position.
LINEUP: Following his ninth win of the seaon last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick will be back in front of the field, starting on the pole Sunday. He will be joined on the front row by Las Vegas native Kyle Busch, who is still seeking his first win of the 2020 season.
Here is the lineup for the South Point 400 (car number in parentheses):
1. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford.
2. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota.
3. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet.
4. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford.
5. (22) Joey Logano, Ford.
6. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford.
7. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet.
8. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet.
9. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet.
10. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota.
11. (19) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota.
12. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford.
13. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota.
14. (8) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet.
15. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford.
16. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford.
17. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford.
18. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet.
19. (21) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford.
20. (42) Matt Kenseth, Chevrolet.
21. (37) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet.
22. (41) Cole Custer, Ford.
23. (43) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet.
24. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet.
25. (38) John Hunter Nemechek, Ford.
26. (95) Christopher Bell, Toyota.
27. (6) Ryan Newman, Ford.
28. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet.
29. (96) Daniel Suarez, Toyota.
30. (27) Gray Gaulding, Ford.
31. (32) Corey LaJoie, Ford.
32. (00) Quin Houff, Chevrolet.
33. (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet.
34. (51) Joey Gase, Ford.
35. (15) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet.
36. (66) Timmy Hill, Toyota.
37. (77) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet.
38. (53) James Davison, Ford.
39. (49) Chad Finchum, Toyota.
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