NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona: Starting lineup, TV schedule for Sunday’s race

The NASCAR Cup Series playoff picture had a major shift this week leading into Saturday’s regular season finale race at Daytona.

Kurt Busch announced Thursday that he would miss the start of the Cup Series playoffs with concussion-like symptoms, and that he and the No. 45 23XI Racing team would be withdrawing his playoff injury waiver. Busch suffered an injury during a practice crash at Pocono six weeks ago. Busch was to be eligible via playoff waiver after winning at Kansas in the spring.

That means that two playoff spots are up for grabs with one regular season race remaining. Ryan Blaney has an edge over Martin Truex Jr. for the first wild card spot, and each cannot be caught by another driver in the regular season points standings. If Saturday’s winner is not among the winless drivers this year, Blaney and Truex are in the playoffs.

Still, some very good superspeedway drivers will be pushing for their first victory of 2022. Michael McDowell, Brad Keselowski, Blaney and Bubba Wallace won the superspeedway races last year, and none of them have a win this year. Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon and Justin Haley all have won at Daytona in the Cup Series.

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Here’s what you need to know about Saturday’s race:

NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona schedule

Green Flag Time: 9 a.m. CT on Sunday (time and date delayed by a day after weather postponed the Saturday night start time)

Track: Daytona International Speedway (2.5 mile superspeedway oval) in Daytona Beach, Florida

Length: 160 laps, 400 miles

Stages: 35 laps, 60 laps, 65 laps

TV coverage: CNBC

Radio: MRN (102.5-FM in Nashville)

Streaming: NBC Sports app and Peacock (subscriptions required); and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required)

Qualifying: 4 p.m. Friday qualifying on USA Network

Xfinity Series this week: Wawa 250 (100 laps, 250 miles) at Daytona International Speedway, 6:30 p.m. CT Friday on USA Network and MRN

Coke Zero Sugar 400 starting lineup

Row 1

1. Kyle Larson, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

2. Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Row 2

3. Joey Logano, No. 22 Team Penske Ford

4. Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet

Row 3

5. Christopher Bell, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota’

6. Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

Row 4

7. Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

8. Chris Buescher, No. 17 Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing Ford

Row 5

9. Michael McDowell, No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford

10. Alex Bowman, No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Row 6

11. Erik Jones, No. 43 Petty GMS Motorsports Chevrolet

12. Ross Chastain, No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet

Row 7

13. Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

14. Austin Cindric, No. 2 Team Penske Ford

Row 8

15. Cole Custer, No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

16. Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Team Penske Ford

Row 9

17. William Byron, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

18. Justin Haley, No. 31 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet

Row 10

19. Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet

Row 11

21. Austin Dillon, No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

22. Kyle Busch, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Row 12

23. Ty Gibbs, No. 45 23XI Racing Chevrolet

24. Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing Ford

Row 13

25. Ty Dillon, No. 42 Petty GMS Motorsports Chevrolet

26. Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Row 14

27. Aric Almirola, No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

28. Daniel Hemric, No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet

Row 15

29. Harrison Burton, No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford

30. Bubba Wallace, No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota

Row 16

31. Corey Lajoie, No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

32. Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford

Row 17

33. Cody Ware, No. 51 Rick Ware Racing Ford

34. David Ragan, No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Ford

Row 18

35. Landon Cassill, No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

36. BJ McLeod, No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports Ford

Row 19

37. Noah Gragson, No. 62 Beard Motorsports Chevrolet

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