The Cup Series hits the halfway point of the 26-race regular season on Sunday at Darlington Raceway. The pressure will be on the drivers to win and make the playoffs.
The focus will be Sunday on one of NASCAR's toughest tracks. Four drivers finished in the top 10 at both Darlington races last year: joey logano, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell And Michael McDowell.
denny hamlin Darlington (7.48) has the best average finish among drivers with more than two starts. Kyle Larson is next with an average finish of 9.2.
Details for Sunday's Cup race at Darlington Raceway
(all times eastern)
launch: Members of NASCAR's 75 Greatest Drivers will give the engine start command at 3:02 p.m. … The green flag is scheduled for 3:12 p.m.
Preface: Cup Garage opens at noon. … Drivers meeting is at 2:05 p.m. … Driver intro is at 2:25 p.m. … Susan Chastain, mother of Cup driver Ross ChastainInvocation at 2:54 p.m. … At 2:55 p.m. the National Anthem will be performed by Master Sergeant Ashley Keix, United States Air Force Band
distance: The race is 293 laps (400.2 mi) on a 1.366-mile track.
Stages: Stage 1 ends on lap 90. Stage 2 ends on lap 185.
starting lineup: Qualifying will start at 11:20 am
TV/Radio: FS1 will broadcast the race at 3 p.m. … with NASCAR Raceday coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1. … Motor Racing Network coverage will begin at 2 p.m. ET and will stream at mrn.com, SiriusXM will broadcast NASCAR Radio MRN.
Streaming: fox sports
Forecast: weather Underground — Mostly cloudy with a high temperature of 83 degrees and a 21% chance of rain at the start of the race.
Last year: Eric Jones Last September won the Southern 500 to open the Cup playoffs. Denny Hamlin finished second. Tyler Reddick finished third. Joey Logano wins May 2022 at Darlington after late-race duel William Byron, Tyler Reddick finished second. justin haley placed third.
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