The 2021 NASCAR Cup series playoffs will begin on Sunday night. Racing fans have a big question: Kyle Larson will be at the South Carolina at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. Will he continue his road to victory in the 500?
Larson led the Cup series with five victories this season. These victories helped him rank first in the regular season standings and contributed to his early lead in the playoffs standings. His name has 2,052 points, and Ryan Blaney is second with 2,024 points.
Now Larson will look for his most important victory to date. Sunday’s victory in the Southern 500 will give him a place in the top 12, just like any of the 16 postseason racers. In the next two first rounds, either of the Federated Auto Parts 400 in Richmond and the Bass Pro Shops Night Race in Bristol will also be victorious.
The five drivers in this year’s playoffs have previously won the Southern 500: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Martin Trux Jr. have all won once, and Danny Hamm Lin and Kevin Harvick have won twice, including the 2020 playoff victory against Harvick. In addition, the 2019 Southern Top 500 champion Eric Jones will enter the 37-car field, although he is not one of the 16 drivers who qualify for the playoffs.
Despite this, Larson will still encounter some fierce competition in the race, which will last 367 laps on the 1.366-mile oval track in Darlington. It will travel 501.322 miles in total.
Sports News is tracking real-time updates and highlights of the lap of the NASCAR playoffs in Darlington on Sunday night. Follow the complete results of the Southern Top 500.
Darlington’s NASCAR real-time update, the highlights of Southern 500
(All time east).
6:39 pm — Coming out of the pit, Kevin Harvick is already ahead of Kurt Busch. Harvick won the 2020 Southern Top 500 and won the championship twice.
6:37 PM — Note 2 (Lap 26). We are now in a state of competition warning. Kurt Busch is still in front. After pitting after the 17th lap to change new tires, Michael McDowell moved up to eighth place. His new tires helped him climb the standings.
6:34 pm — Bowman is now back on the track. His car doesn’t seem to be in its best condition, but he has returned there, nonetheless.
6:33 pm — The warning is now over. Kurt Busch had just passed Ryan Blaney before Bowman’s accident, and he was on the court.
6:28 PM — Note 1 (Lap 17). Due to some problems with the electrical system, Alex Bowman hit the wall. He also brushed William Byron’s right rear tire.
6:25 pm — After 10 laps, Ryan Blaney maintained the lead. As a pole bodyguard, he led all 10 laps.
6:24 pm — Alex Bowman is dealing with some electrical issues. He is still in the top five, but this may cause some problems for him. When he goes to the pit lane, it will be interesting to see if he can solve the problem.
6:22 pm — Michael McDowell (14th in the playoffs standings) nearly hit another car in the first round. He managed to control his car, enough to avoid it.
6:20 pm — We are in Darlington. Pole sitter Ryan Blaney took the lead after one lap.
6:17 pm — The car is driving on the track behind the car. Ryan Blaney is on pole, followed by Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman.
6:11 pm — The engine has started. It won’t be too long before the game starts.
6:09 pm — Two post-season racers Taylor Redick and Danny Hamlin participated in the Xfinity series in Darlington yesterday. Redick finished seventh, and Hamlin finished 12th.
6:00 pm — The pre-match ceremony is underway!
5:58 pm — We are almost ready for the game. NBC’s pre-match report is underway, and the Southern Top 500 Tournament will officially start in 20 minutes at 6:18 pm Eastern Time.
5:52 pm — Speaking of Eliot, he is the defending champion of the NASCAR Cup series. He started from pole position in last year’s South 500 race, but he finished 20th in the race.
5:45 pm — Chase Elliott drives the number 9 car in Darlington. The design was selected as part of the Chase Elliott Foundation “Desi9n To Drive” competition, which benefits children’s healthcare in Atlanta. The IT feature is the paint scheme designed by Mary Frances Webb, a 15-year-old girl receiving cancer treatment at the Atlanta Children’s Health Center.
Chase Elliott’s paint scheme was designed by 15-year-old Mary Frances Webb from Athens, Georgia.
Elliott’s plans and uniforms were designed by cancer patients at Atlanta Children’s Health Center to support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. pic.twitter.com/AcMyzMonZY
-Alex Andrejev (@AndrejevAlex) September 5, 2021
5:36 pm — Bad news for Austin Dillon: After failing multiple pre-match checks, he will start the game in the back row. Dillon ranks 17th in the NASCAR regular season standings and is the first driver in the 16-car playoffs.
5:35 pm — Larsson currently leads the playoffs standings. His five victories gave him a place in the NASCAR playoff standings.
5:33 pm — Kyle Larson has just been asked what it’s like to make the playoffs as a favorite. “I haven’t thought about it yet,” he told NBC Sports.
5:30 pm — The 72nd race of the South 500 is about to begin, and the Darlington circuit looks sharp and ready to race.
NASCAR starts today
- time: 6pm EST (TV time)
- TV channel: NBCSN (Canada’s TSN5)
- live: NBCSports.com | Fubo TV (7-day free trial)
The green flag of the NASCAR Cup series playoffs on the 1.366-mile oval oval track at Darlington Circuit on Sunday is scheduled to fall at 6:18 pm ET.
Expect ideal weather conditions.National Weather Service The Sunday forecast for Darlington, South Carolina, It is suitable for clear skies during the day and high temperatures in the 80s, as well as clear skies at night and low and medium temperatures in the 60s.
Darlington NASCAR starting lineup
This is the complete NASCAR starting lineup for the playoffs at the Darlington Circuit (Cook Out Southern 500) on Sunday.
(Post-season racers are indicated by “p-” next to their names.)
|Starting position.||driver||Car number||team|
|1||p-Ryan Blaney||12||Penske Team|
|2||p-Danny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3||p-Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|4||p- Chase Eliot||9||Hendrick Motorsport|
|5||p-Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsport|
|6||p-Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsport|
|7||p-Taylor Redick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|8||p-Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|9||p-Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|10||p-Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11||p-Joy Logano||twenty two||Penske Team|
|12||p-Kyle Bush||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|13||p-Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|14||p-William Byron||twenty four||Hendrick Motorsport|
|15||p-Michael McDowell||34||Front row motorsport|
|16||p-Brad Keselowski||2||Penske Team|
|17||Bubba Wallace||twenty three||23XI Racing|
|18||Ryan Price||37||JTG Doherty Racing|
|19||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|20||Justin Haley||77||Spire motorsport|
|twenty one||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|twenty two||Eric Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsport|
|twenty three||Rose Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|twenty four||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|25||Corey Rajoy||7||Spire motorsport|
|26||Daniel suarez placeholder image||99||Track and field racing team|
|27||BJ McLeod||78||Live fast racing|
|28||Josh Bilic||52||Rickwell Racing|
|29||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||47||JTG Doherty Racing|
|30||Matt DiBenedetto||twenty one||Wood Brothers Racing|
|31||Cole Caster||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|32||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front row motorsport|
|33||Cody Sanitary Ware||51||Small car|
|34||Chris Buscher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|35||Joey Gass||15||Rickwell Racing|
|36||James Davidson||53||Rickwell Racing|
NASCAR Playoffs Standings
Darlington’s Cook Out Southern 500 was the first of three games in the 16 rounds. Other races are Federated Auto Parts 400 in Richmond on September 11th and Bass Pro Shops Night Race in Bristol on September 18. After Bristol, the field will be reduced to 12 drivers.
|1||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsport||2052|
|2||Ryan Blaney||12||Penske Team||2024|
|3||Martin Trux Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing||2024|
|4||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing||2022|
|5||Chase Eliot||9||Hendrick Motorsport||2021|
|6||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsport||2015|
|7||Danny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing||2015|
|8||William Byron||twenty four||Hendrick Motorsport||Year 2014|
|9||Joey Logano||twenty two||Penske Team||year 2013|
|10||Brad Keselowski||2||Penske Team||Year 2008|
|11||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing||Year 2008|
|12||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing||2005|
|13||Arik Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing||2005|
|14||Michael McDowell||34||Front row motorsport||2005|
|15||Taylor Redick||8||Richard Childress Racing||Year 2003|
|16||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing||year 2002|