20 July 2020 04:31
NASCAR Cup Series at Texas: Starting lineup, TV schedule for Sunday's race It's time to start talking playoffs. Between the surprise win by Cole Custer last week and the remaining nine races left in the regular season, the Cup Series season is heading into the second half with some interesting storylines. Custer's win at Kentucky last Sunday means that Jimmie Johnson, retiring from full-time competition in the Cup Series at the end of the season, is currently in the final wild card playoff spot. Johnson is 24 points ahead of Austin Dillon, but a win by someone outside of the top 16 would push Johnson out of playoff position. Among the other storylines: Kevin Harvick (in 1st place by 88 points) has a comfortable lead in the race for the regular season title and is in good position to earn 10 playoff points.
Also, Kyle Busch is surprisingly still without an earned playoff point via race or stage win this season. And one interesting fact: drivers outside of last year's playoffs earned 18 top-5 finishes and 61 top-10 finishes all year. This season, drivers outside playoff positioning have earned 14 top-5s and 44 top-10s through 17 races. Here's what you need to know about this weekend's races at Texas: NASCAR Cup Series at Texas schedule Green Flag Time: 2 p.m. CT Sunday Track: Texas Motor Speedway (1.5 mile oval) in Ft. Worth, Texas Length: 334 laps, 501 miles Stages: 105 laps, 105 laps, 124 laps TV coverage: NBC Sports Network Radio: PRN Streaming: NBC Sports app (subscription required); GoPRN.com and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required) Xfinity Series next race: My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway (200 laps, 300 miles), 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, NBC Sports Network Truck Series next race: Vankor 350 at Texas Motor Speedway (145 laps, 217 miles), 7 p.m. CT on Saturday, Fox Sports 1 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 starting lineup 1. Aric Almirola, No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 2.
Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Team Penske Ford 3. Kurt Busch, No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 4. Kyle Busch, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 5. Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 6. Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Team Penske Ford 7. Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8. Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 9. Joey Logano, No. 22 Team Penske Ford Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Matt DiBenedetto, No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford Alex Bowman, No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet Bubba Wallace, No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet Ryan Newman, No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Chris Buescher, No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Clint Bowyer, No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford William Byron, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Cole Custer, No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Austin Dillon, No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Matt Kenseth, No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Erik Jones, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Ryan Preece, No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet Quin Houff, No. 00 StarCom Racing Chevrolet Garrett Smithley, No. 53 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet John Hunter Nemechek, No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford Gray Gaulding, No. 27 Rick Ware Racing Ford Ty Dillon, No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet Joey Gase, No. 51 Petty Ware Racing Ford Brennan Poole, No. 15 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet Christopher Bell, No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota Michael McDowell, No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford Joey Gase, No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet Corey LaJoie, No. 32 GO FAS Racing Ford Daniel Suarez, No. 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota Timmy Hill, No. 66 Motorsports Business Management Toyota Row 20 B.J. McLeod, No. 78 B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet Reed Sorenson, No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet