Four races – that is all that remains for winless NASCAR Cup Series drivers hoping to grab a berth in the 16-driver playoff, which already has 14 spots filled.
And each of the four races — a two-miler, a short-track, a road race and a superspeedway – could play to the strengths of different drivers’ skill sets. First up on Sunday is the season’s lone race at Michigan International Speedway. That will be followed by Richmond Raceway (Aug. 14), Watkins Glen International (Aug. 21) and the regular-season finale at Daytona International Speedway (Aug. 27).
The trip to Michigan should certainly be welcome news to Ford drivers, who have won the past seven races on the long oval. Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney, who tops the standings among winless drivers and could make the playoff on points, triumphed last year, while Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick, who sits below the playoff bubble, won four times in six years, including three in row in 2019-20 (when MIS hosted two Cup races a year).
Here is all the information you need to get ready for Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
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What time does the NASCAR Cup race at Michigan start?
The FireKeepers Casino 400 starts at 3 p.m. ET at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.
What TV channel is the Cup race at Michigan on?
USA Network is broadcasting the FireKeepers Casino 400 and has a pre-race show beginning at 2:30 pm ET.
Will there be a live stream of the Cup race at Michigan?
The FireKeepers Casino 400 can be live streamed on the NBC Sports website (for those with a cable/satellite provider) and on the NBC Sports app. The race can also be streamed on FuboTV as well as other options.
How many laps is the Cup race at Michigan?
The FireKeepers Casino 400 is 200 laps around the 2-mile oval for a total of 400 miles. The race will feature three segments (laps per stage) — Stage 1: 45 laps, Stage 2: 75 laps, Stage 3: 80 laps.
Who won the most recent Cup race at Michigan?
Ryan Blaney led the final eight laps after taking the lead on the final restart before edging William Byron by 0.077 seconds. It was Blaney’s second of three Cup Series wins in 2021.
What is the lineup for the FireKeepers Casino 400?
(Car number in parentheses)
1. (23) Bubba Wallace, Toyota.
2. (20) Christopher Bell, Toyota.
3. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota.
4. (22) Joey Logano, Ford.
5. (2) Austin Cindric, Ford.
6. (8) Tyler Reddick, Chevy.
7. (19) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota.
8. (5) Kyle Larson, Chevy.
9. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota.
10. (43) Erik Jones, Chevrolet.
11. (45) Ty Gibbs, Toyota.
12. (16) Noah Gragson, Chevy.
13. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet.
14. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford.
15. (99) Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet.
16. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford.
17. (41) Cole Custer, Ford.
18. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford.
19. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford.
20. (24) William Byron, Chevy.
21. (31) Justin Haley, Chevy.
22. (1) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet.
23. (14) Chase Briscoe, Ford.
24. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford.
25. (42) Ty Dillon, Chevy.
26. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet.
27. (21) Harrison Burton, Ford.
28. (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chevrolet.
29. (15) J. J. Yeley, Ford.
30. (48) Alex Bowman, Chevy.
31. (33) Austin Hill, Chevrolet.
32. (7) Corey Lajoie, Chevy.
33. (6) Brad Keselowski, Ford.
34. (51) CodyWare, Ford.
35. (77) Josh Bilicki, Chevrolet.
36. (78) BJ McLeod, Ford.
37. (38) Todd Gilliland, Ford.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NASCAR race today: Start time, live stream, TV, lineup for Michigan