NASCAR’s ninth race of the 2021 Cup Series playoffs, the Xfinity 500, kicks off at 2 p.m. EST today. We’ve got the lowdown on all the ways you can keep up with the playoff race.
For those who have cable TV, Sporting News recommends checking out the Xfinity 500 on NBC, TSN (The Sports Network), or MRN (Motor Racing Network).
If you don’t have cable, you might have a tough time seeing the race live. Your best bet would be to try a free trial or sign up for a streaming service that offers a Live TV option. Hulu Live TV, fuboTV, DirectTV Live, and YouTube TV all offer Live TV services. Peacock, the streaming service of NBC, might also post highlights from the race after it concludes.
Another option for someone without cable is the Sirus XM NASCAR radio. Some people prefer to “watch” NASCAR and other races this way, listening to the live updates instead of watching the race on TV.
What Can NASCAR Fans Expect From the Xfinity 500?
The Xfinity 500 will take place at the Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. This race will be the final one of the Round of 8, and the ninth race overall in the 2021 Cup Series playoffs.
According to Sporting News, NASCAR used a “statistical formula” to figure out the starting lineup for the Xfinity 500. They based it on four factors: Driver’s finishing position from the previous race (25 percent), car owner’s finishing position from the previous race (25 percent), team owner points ranking (35 percent), fastest lap from the previous race (15 percent).
Based on those factors, NASCAR driver Kyle Larson takes the pole for today’s race. He already won three back-to-back races this season. And this already guarantees him a spot in next week’s Championship 4 race at Phoenix Raceway. The other seven driver’s racing today will battle it out or the remaining three spots in next week’s championship.
Following Larson in the starting lineup is Chase Elliott, Larson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate. Elliott will line up next to Larson on the starting grid.
In third, we have Denny Hamlin, followed by his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Maritn Truex Jr. in fourth. Then we have Team Penske’s Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski in fifth and sixth. Kyle Busch snatches seventh, Ryan Blaney eighth, Kevin Harvick ninth, and Kurt Busch in tenth. Twenty-eight other drivers will line up behind them.
CBS Sports also reported that this is the last time the “qualifying metric” will be used to gauge the starting lineup. From here on out, NASCAR and other racing venues will return to the typical time trials, which were canceled during the pandemic. The time trials start back up again next week for the Championship in Phoenix.