Start times, weather, TV info
The penultimate race of the NASCAR Cup Series routine season happens Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.
Kyle Larson has an outdoors opportunity to clinch the routine season champion and its reward of 15 playoff points. He will begin on the pole. Hendrick Motorsports colleague Chase Elliott will join him on the front row.
Kevin Harvick has actually won the last 3 Michigan Cup races however is winless this season. He begins 8th on the grid. Must he not win Sunday, he might still clinch a playoff berth on points.
If that happens, it would leave just the 16th and last playoff berth to be chosen in next Saturday’s routine season ending at Daytona International Speedway.
Information for Sunday’s Michigan Cup race
START: Healthcare employees from Henry Ford Health System (City Detroit) and Oaklawn Healthcare Facility (Marshall, Mich.) will offer the command to begin engines at 3:07 p.m. … The green flag is arranged to wave at 3:16 p.m.
PRERACE: Cup garage opens at 8 a.m. … Motorists report for pre-race at 2:25 p.m. … Chauffeur intros are at 2:30 p.m. … Lisa Bascom will carry out the Canadian nationwide anthem at 2:56 p.m. … Fr. Geoff Rose (St. Francis de Sales High School, Toledo, Ohio) will offer the invocation at 3 p.m. … Great Lakes Chorus will carry out the nationwide anthem at 3:01 p.m.
RANGE: The race is 200 laps (400 miles) on the 2-mile speedway.
PHASES: Phase 1 ends at Lap 60. Phase 2 ends at Lap 120.
TV/RADIO: NBCSN pre-race protection starts at 2 p.m. with NASCAR America and continues at 2:30 p.m. with Countdown to Green … NBCSN race protection starts at 3 p.m. … The NASCAR America Post-Race Program follows at 6 p.m. … Motor Racing Network’s radio protection starts at 2 p.m. and likewise will stream at mrn.com; SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will bring the broadcast.
PROJECTION: Weather condition Underground’s projection requires partially cloudy skies, a high of 85 degrees, and a 15% opportunity of rain around the start of the race.
IN 2015: Kevin Harvick finished a doubleheader sweep at Michigan. He ended up being the very first chauffeur to win Cup races on successive days given that Richard Petty in 1971.
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Sunday Michigan Cup race: Start times, weather condition, TELEVISION details initially appeared on NBCSports.com
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.