With just one race remaining in the NASCAR round of 16 and three Championship 4 spots at stake, all eyes have been on Kansas Speedway.
Kyle Larson was the first of the top eight drivers to score his ticket to the championship round after a win last week at Texas Motor Speedway. Of the seven remaining drivers competing for the remaining playoff spots, Kyle Blaney is the only one who has never won a race at Kansas Speedway.
Entering Sunday’s race, second, third and fourth places are separated by just nine points, with Ryan Blaney in second (4072), Denny Hamlin in third (4064) and Kyle Busch in fourth (4063). Hamlin has won at Kansas three times before, while Busch has two Kansas wins to his credit.
Even drivers in the back half of the top eight could pose a threat in Kansas and at least make things competitive in the final round of the eighth next week at Martinsville Speedway. A win by either of them could put them above the cutoff line, especially Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski, who are just eight and 15 points behind, respectively.
A surprise is especially likely to strike and turn things around given that Hamlin and Busch are just barely above the cutoff line with nine and eight damping points, respectively.
Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from the NASCAR postseason race at Kansas on Sunday. Follow below to see the full Hollywood Casino 400 results.
NASCAR in Kansas Live Updates, Hollywood Casino 400 Highlights
3:41 pm: Turns out it will be a shorter delay than expected as the weather and lightning seem to have left the area. Drivers returning to their cars.
NASCAR drivers are told to get back to the cars, that with the weather receding, they can lift the beam.
– Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) October 24, 2021
3:36 pm: It’s a whirlwind delay in Kansas City, stopping the action for at least the next half hour.
3:30 pm: The riders are taken to pit lane at the yellow flag due to the weather, stopping the action, at least temporarily.
3:25 pm: All members of Team Hendrick honored their former team members who died today in a plane crash 17 years ago.
A mighty tribute from @TeamHendrick.
All team members turned their hats back on lap 5 to remember the ten people who died in a plane crash on their way to Martinsville 17 years ago today. pic.twitter.com/dumpOGLSkB
– NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) October 24, 2021
3:24 pm: A yellow flag goes out due to rain on the eleventh lap of the day. The drops apparently get heavier.
3:21 pm: Throughout five laps, Kyle Larson has consistently led the pack.
3:19 pm: The second of three rounds of 8 races is officially underway.
3:08 pm: The flyover is complete and with the signal for drivers to start their engines, the action is almost underway.
NASCAR start time today
- Weather: 3 p.m. ET (TV time)
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Kansas Speedway’s 1.5-mile intermediate track is scheduled to fall at 3:18 p.m. ET (2:18 p.m. local time) on Sunday. The track has lights so the race can end after sunset if there is a delay.
What channel is NASCAR on today?
- Television channel: NBCSN (TSN in Canada)
- Live broadcast: NBC Sports.com | NBC Sports App | fuboTV7-day free trial)
- Radio: MRN
NBCSN programming will begin at 2 pm ET with the pre-race show “Countdown to Green” hosted by Marty Snider with Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett. Coverage of the race will begin at 3 pm Rick Allen will have the play-by-play call, while Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will provide analysis.
Snider, Parker Kligerman and Dave Burns will be the pit reporters.
NASCAR Cup playoff standings
A playoff driver who wins a race in Round of 8 automatically qualifies for Championship Race 4 on November 7 at Phoenix Raceway.
|7||Martin Truex Jr.||4041|
x-Advance to the Championship race 4.
NASCAR starting lineup at Kansas
Here’s the full NASCAR lineup for the Hollywood Casino 400.
|Pos. Start||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||P-Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||P-Ryan Blaney||12||Penske Team|
|3||P-Brad Keselowski||2||Penske Team|
|4||P-Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||P-Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||P-Denny Hamlin||eleven||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|7||P-Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|8||P-Joey Logano||22||Penske Team|
|9||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|10||Christopher bell||twenty||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|eleven||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|12||Tyler reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|13||Kurt busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|14||Austin dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|fifteen||Matt DiBenedetto||twenty-one||Wood Brothers Racing|
|sixteen||Daniel Suarez placeholder image||99||Trackhouse racing|
|17||Erik jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|18||Michael McDowell||3. 4||Front row motorsports|
|19||Chase briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|twenty||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|twenty-one||Chris buescher||17||Roush Fenway racing|
|22||Cole custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|23||Corey lajoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|24||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|25||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|26||BJ McLeod||78||Live fast motor sports|
|27||Bubba wallace||23||23XI Races|
|28||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|29||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front row motorsports|
|30||Josh bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|31||Ryan newman||6||Roush Fenway racing|
|32||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|33||Justin haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|3. 4||Ryan ellis||fifteen||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||what houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|36||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|37||Chad finchum||66||Business Management of Motorsports|
|38||David starr||13||Business Management of Motorsports|
|39||Joey gas||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|40||Parker Kilgerman||96||Gaunt Brothers careers|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.