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2022 Southern 500 - Start time, how to watch, entry list & more

The playoff grid is set and the final ten weeks of the 2022 season will be intense as the field of 16 is whittled down to four challengers, and ultimately, one champion

Kurt Busch withdrew his playoff waiver before Daytona, setting up an odd situation for the playoffs. Austin Dillon won the regular season finale, knocking Martin Truex Jr. out. Ryan Blaney is the only non-winner in the postseason. Although Busch is out of the title hunt, the No. 45 car remains in the owner playoffs, which has led to the team switching numbers and putting Bubba Wallace behind the wheel of the No. 45 Toyota. 

Chase Elliott leads the playoff field with 40 bonus points, followed by Joey Logano and Ross Chastain.  

How to watch NASCAR at Darlington

  • Race: Cook Out Southern 500
  • Date: Sunday, September 4th
  • Start time: 6:00 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: USA | TSN 3/5 (Canada)
  • Live stream: Peacock, fuboTV
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Denny Hamlin is the defending winner of the Southern 500, and he leads all active Cup drivers in wins at the track with four. Hamlin was going to pull double duty this weekend, but he will now skip the Xfinity race, citing soreness after a massive wreck at Daytona. Logano won at Darlington earlier this year, moving William Byron out of the way for the victory. 

Rick Allen leads the NBC Cup Series broadcast team in the booth, where he’s joined by former star racers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Burton. Veteran crew chief Steve Letarte adds his technical knowledge for extra analysis.

NBC will cover all races from now through the playoffs either on the main NBC channel or USA Network.

Here's how and where to watch all the on-track activity for NASCAR this weekend:

Saturday, September 3

  • (Schedule is tentative and subject to change)
  • 10:05 a.m. ET - NASCAR Xfinity Series practice - NBC Sports App
  • 10:35 a.m. ET - NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying - NBC Sports App
  • 12:05 p.m. ET - NASCAR Cup Series practice - USA NETWORK
  • 12:50 p.m. ET - NASCAR Cup Series qualifying - USA NETWORK
  • 3:00 p.m. ET - NASCAR Xfinity Series race (147 laps / 200 miles) - USA NETWORK

Sunday, September 4

  • 6 p.m. ET - NASCAR Cup Series race (367 laps / 500 miles) - USA NETWORK

Who’s on the entry list for NASCAR Cup at Darlington?

There are 36 cars on the NASCAR Cup Series entry list with no open entries.

No.

Driver

Team

Manufacturer

1

Ross Chastain

Trackhouse Racing

Chevrolet

2

Austin Cindric

Team Penske

Ford

3

Austin Dillon

Richard Childress Racing

Chevrolet

4

Kevin Harvick

Stewart Haas Racing

Ford

5

Kyle Larson

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

6

Brad Keselowski

RFK Racing

Ford

7

Corey Lajoie

Spire Motorsports

Chevrolet

8

Tyler Reddick

Richard Childress Racing

Chevrolet

9

Chase Elliott

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

10

Aric Almirola

Stewart Haas Racing

Ford

11

Denny Hamlin

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

12

Ryan Blaney

Team Penske

Ford

14

Chase Briscoe

Stewart Haas Racing

Ford

15

JJ Yeley 

Rick Ware Racing

Ford

16

Daniel Hemric

Kaulig Racing

Chevrolet

17

Chris Buescher

RFK Racing

Ford

18

Kyle Busch

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

19

Martin Truex Jr.

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

20

Christopher Bell

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

21

Harrison Burton

Wood Brothers Racing

Ford

22

Joey Logano

Team Penske

Ford

23

Ty Gibbs

23XI Racing

Toyota

24

William Byron

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

31

Justin Haley

Kaulig Racing

Chevrolet

34

Michael McDowell

Front Row Motorsports

Ford

38

Todd Gilliland

Front Row Motorsports

Ford

41

Cole Custer

Stewart Haas Racing

Ford

42

Ty Dillon

Petty GMS Motorsports

Chevrolet

43

Erik Jones

Petty GMS Motorsports

Chevrolet

45

Bubba Wallace

23XI Racing

Toyota

47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

JTG Daugherty Racing

Chevrolet

48

Alex Bowman

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

51

Cody Ware

Rick Ware Racing

Ford

62

Noah Gragson

Beard Motorsports

Chevrolet

77

Landon Cassill

Spire Motorsports

Chevrolet

78

BJ McLeod

Live Fast Motorsports

Ford

99

Daniel Suarez

TrackHouse Racing

Chevrolet

What’s next on the NASCAR Cup schedule?

With the 10-race playoffs finally underway at Darlington this weekend, NASCAR will then head to the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway.

Date Track Network Time Radio
Sunday, September 11 Kansas USA 3:00 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
Saturday, September 17 Bristol USA 7:30 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
Sunday, September 25 Texas USA 3:30 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
Sunday, October 2 Talladega NBC 2:00 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
Sunday, October 9 Charlotte Roval NBC 2:00 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
Sunday, October 16 Las Vegas NBC 2:30 p.m. ET PRN/SiriusXM
Sunday, October 23 Homestead NBC 2:30 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
Sunday, October 30 Martinsville NBC 2:00 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM
Sunday, November 6 Phoenix NBC 3:00 p.m. ET MRN/SiriusXM

 

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