The inaugural South Point 400 ushers in the 2018 NASCAR Playoffs, and we tell you how to watch it live from Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The regular season is in the rear view mirror, and only 16 drivers are still in the hunt for the NASCAR Cup Series championship as the NASCAR Playoffs begin in a brand new race, the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Though not necessarily known for super thrilling racing, the Truck Series playoff race at the track on Friday was exciting, giving some hope that this new event will kick off the postseason with a bang.
With a relatively small group of winners compared to previous playoff fields and so much of the season-long discussion centering on the Big 3 of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr., Vegas could be interesting simply for what it suggests for the final nine weeks. Does a driver like Brad Keselowski have enough momentum to keep it rolling? Can a non-winner like Kyle Larson break through and also secure a spot in the Round of 12 in the process? Or will the Big 3 reassert themselves as they have on multiple occasions in 2018?
Erik Jones, part of the group who won just once each this season, is on the pole, leading a big group of fellow playoff drivers, all of whom qualified in the first nine rows. However, it’s important to remember that in the first Las Vegas race this year, Harvick dominated en route to one of his seven victories.
Here’s all the information you need to watch the first race of the NASCAR Playoffs live:
Date: Sunday, Sept. 16
Start Time: 3:00 p.m. ET, with green flag expected at approximately 3:16 p.m.
Race: South Point 400
TV Channel: NBCSN
Live Stream: Watch live on Fubo TV. Sign up now for a free seven-day trial. Cable subscribers can also watch on the NBC Sports app.
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