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
Joe Ellis
Joe Ellis is a motorsport journalist with experience working in BTCC. He is the resident IndyCar correspondent for and a top class F1 writer.
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