NASCAR 2021 Playoffs: Cook Out Southern 500 – How to watch

    The NASCAR Playoffs begin at Darlington Raceway on Sunday for the Cook Out Southern 500


    The 2021 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series begins its playoffs at the toughest track on the schedule at Darlington Raceway.

    Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick secured the final spot in the playoffs at Daytona last week but all eyes are on Kyle Larson having been the standout driver for much of the season so far.

    Closest to challenging Larson through much of the regular season was Denny Hamlin and he has a great chance to start his playoffs in style, starting on the front row for Joe Gibbs Racing alongside pole sitter Ryan Blaney of Team Penske.

    A win for any of the 16 playoff drivers will see them advance to the Round of 12 and those who only just snuck into the picture will need that to keep their championship hopes alive.

    How to Watch NASCAR Playoffs in the USA

    NBC Sports Network will broadcast the race which starts at 18:00 ET on Sunday, September 5 although pre-race coverage will be provided on NBCSN from 17:30 ET. The NBC Sports website will also provide streaming services for those who sign in with their provider.

    You can also listen to live radio coverage of the Cook Out Southern 500 on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and Motor Racing Network which will start at 18:00 ET.

    The 2021 Cook Out Southern 500 Starting Lineup

    The 16 playoff drivers were drawn on the first eight rows with those not in contention starting from 17th on back.

    Pos.DriverTeamCar No.
    1Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske12
    2Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing11
    3Kurt BuschChip Ganassi Racing1
    4Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports9
    5Alex BowmanHendrick Motorsports48
    6Kyle LarsonHendrick Motorsports5
    7Tyler ReddickRichard Childress Racing8
    8Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas Racing10
    9Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas Racing4
    10Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs Racing19
    11Joey LoganoTeam Penske22
    12Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing18
    13Christopher BellJoe Gibbs Racing20
    14William ByronHendrick Motorsports24
    15Michael McDowellFront Row Motorsports34
    16Brad KeselowskiTeam Penske2
    17Bubba Wallace23XI Racing23
    18Ryan PreeceJTG Daugherty Racing37
    19Ryan NewmanRoush Fenway Racing6
    20Justin HaleySpire Motorsports77
    21Austin DillonRichard Childress Racing3
    22Erik JonesRichard Petty Motorsports43
    23Ross ChastainChip Ganassi Racing42
    24Chase BriscoeStewart-Haas Racing14
    25Corey LaJoieSpire Motorsports7
    26Daniel SuarezTrackhouse Racing Team99
    27B.J McLeodLive Fast Motorsports78
    28Josh BilickiRick Ware Racing52
    29Ricky Stenhouse Jr.JTG Daugherty Racing47
    30Matt DiBenedettoWood Brothers Racing21
    31Cole CusterStewart-Haas Racing41
    32Anthony AlfredoFront Row Motorsports38
    33Cody WarePetty Ware Racing51
    34Chris BuescherRoush Fenway Racing17
    35Joey GaseRick Ware Racing15
    36James DavisonRick Ware Racing53
    37Quin HouffStarCom Racing00


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