NASCAR starting lineup at Phoenix: Top 10 loaded with playoff drivers after qualifying

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Kyle Busch is not yet locked into the Championship 4, but his pole position for Sunday's playoff race at Phoenix should help in his quest to seal his contention in next week's championship race at Homestead.

Busch earned the pole for the Phoenix race on Saturday when he beat Joey Logano (second) and teammate Denny Hamlin (third), the two drivers behind him in the championship points standings.

Martin Truex Jr., who along with Kevin Harvick already has secured a place among the Championship 4, will start fourth at Phoenix.

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The other playoff drivers — Harvick (seventh), Ryan Blaney (10th), Kyle Larson (fifth) and Chase Elliott (sixth) — also will start in the top 10 on Sunday.

The winner of the Cup Series playoff race at ISM has gone on to win the championship four times. Jimmie Johnson did it in three consecutive years from 2007-09, and Harvick did it in 2014. Johnson also has the worst finish in the Phoenix playoff race among drivers who went on to win the title; he finished 38th en route to his 2016 championship, barely worse than Logano's 37th-place finish at ISM last season.

NASCAR starting lineup at Phoenix

Pos.

Driver

1.

Kyle Busch

2.

Joey Logano

3.

Denny Hamlin

4.

Martin Truex Jr.

5.

Kyle Larson

6.

Chase Elliott

7.

Kevin Harvick

8.

Kurt Busch

9.

Erik Jones

10.

Ryan Blaney

11.

Aric Almirola

12.

Brad Keselowski

13.

Clint Bowyer

14.

Alex Bowman

15.

Daniel Suarez

16.

Matt DiBenedetto

17.

Chris Buescher

18.

William Byron

19.

Paul Menard

20.

Ryan Newman

21.

Michael McDowell

22.

Jimmie Johnson

23.

Bubba Wallace

24.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

25.

Ryan Preece

26.

John Hunter Nemechek

27.

Daniel Hemric

28.

Austin Dillon

29.

Ty Dillon

30.

David Ragan

31.

Corey LaJoie

32.

Ross Chastain

33.

Landon Cassill

34.

Bayley Currey

35.

Garrett Smithley

36.

Joe Nemechek

37.

Reed Sorenson

38.

Joey Gase

39.

JJ Yeley

What time does the Phoenix playoff race start?

  • Start time: 2:30 p.m. ET

  • TV channel: NBC

9. Erik Jones

The 2:30 p.m. ET start time for the race in Phoenix on Sunday is the last of four such start times for the Cup Series playoffs this season.

As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series this weekend is on NBC for the sixth time this year. As part of NBC's TV deal with NASCAR for the 2019 season, NBC was slated to show seven of the final 20 races of the season, with the other 13 scheduled to be shown on NBCSN. The network's broadcast crew consists of Rick Allen, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte in the booth, with Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman reporting from pit road.

In addition to the TV coverage on NBC, Sunday's race in Phoenix is available via live stream on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com.

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