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Saturday Cup race at Daytona: Start time, TV channel

Rick Allen looks ahead to the NASCAR Cup Series regular season finale at Daytona and examines the playoff picture for Matt DiBenedetto, William Byron, and Jimmie Johnson.

The end of the Cup regular season is here.

The series takes to the high banks of Dayton International Speedway Saturday for a 160-lap battle to settle the 16-driver playoff that begins next weekend at Darlington Raceway.

Kevin Harvick will start from the pole.

Here is all the info for the Saturday Cup race at Daytona:

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines at 7:18 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 7:30 p.m.

PRERACE: Garage access health screening begins at 12:30 p.m. Drivers report to their cars at 7:05 p.m. The invocation will be given at 7:10 p.m. by AdventHealth Chaplain Juleun Johnson. The national anthem will be performed by Kelly Parsons Kwiatek at 7:11 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 160 laps (400 miles) around the 2.5-mile superspeedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 50. Stage 2 ends on Lap 100.

TV/RADIO: NBC will televise the race. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. Motor Racing Network’s radio coverage will begin at 6 p.m. and also can be heard at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the broadcast.

STREAMING: Watch the race on the NBC Sports App

FORECAST: The forecast calls for cloudy skies with a high of 78 degrees and a 24% chance of rain at the start of the race.

TO THE REAR: Austin Dillon (failed inspection twice), Clint Bowyer (unapproved adjustments)

LAST RACE: Kevin Harvick beat Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson at Dover.

LAST RACE AT DAYTONA: Denny Hamlin beat Ryan Blaney and Chris Buescher in the Daytona 500.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the lineup


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