NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington: Everything you need to know for Sunday’s Southern 500

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After a thrilling Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway, the NASCAR Cup Series travels to Darlington, South Carolina for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. The race will kick off the highly-anticipated Cup Series playoffs.

With the United States of America celebrating Labor Day on Monday, September 6, this weekend’s Cup Series race is a rare Sunday night race. The event is expected to go green at 6:18 p.m. EST on Sunday with coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m. EST on NBCSN.

The Southern 500 is NASCAR’s second-longest race of the season; only the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is longer. Sunday’s event is scheduled for 367 laps and 501.3 miles with stage breaks at laps 115 and 230.



Coming off back-to-back wins in the final two races of the regular season, Ryan Blaney holds the pole position for Sunday’s Southern 500. Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin starts beside Blaney in second with Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman rounding out the top-5. Regular-season champion Kyle Larson will start sixth. The 16 playoff drivers are the top-16 starters in each of the three Round of 16 races.

Sunday’s entire Cup Series starting lineup is below

Starting Position Driver Car Number Team
1 Ryan Blaney 12 Penske
2 Denny Hamlin 11 Gibbs
3 Kurt Busch 1 Ganassi
4 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick
5 Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick
6 Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick
7 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress
8 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas
9 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas
10 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Gibbs
11 Joey Logano 22 Penske
12 Kyle Busch 18 Gibbs
13 Christopher Bell 20 Gibbs
14 William Byron 24 Hendrick
15 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row
16 Brad Keselowski 2 Penske
17 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI
18 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty
19 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway
20 Justin Haley 77 Spire
21 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress
22 Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty
23 Ross Chastain 42 Ganassi
24 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas
25 Corey LaJoie 7 Spire
26 Daniel Suarez 99 TrackHouse
27 BJ McLeod 78 Live Fast
28 Josh Bilicki 52 Rick Ware
29 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 Roush Fenway
30 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers
31 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas
32 Anthony Alfredo 38 Front Row
33 Cody Ware 51 Rick Ware
34 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway
35 Joey Gase 15 Rick Ware
36 James Davison 53 Rick Ware
37 Quin Houff 00 StarCom

 

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