The NASCAR Cup Series is down to the penultimate race of the regular season — meaning winless drivers have just two chances to advance to the 16-driver playoff that begins Sept. 4 at Darlington Raceway.
Sunday’s opportunity comes at Watkins Glen International and the road race could allow an under-the-radar driver to claim the final playoff spot after 15 drivers have secured wins. Ryan Blaney, who has the most points among winless drivers, is in line to be the final driver to make the playoffs, but Martin Truex Jr. nipping at his heels, sitting just 26 points back. However, their points battle would be moot should another winless driver take the checkered flag at Watkins Glen.
The road race at Sonoma in June produced just that kind of surprise when Daniel Suarez won his first Cup Series race and Chris Buescher and Michael McDowell finished second and third, respectively. Less than a month later at Road America, Tyler Reddick earned his first career Cup win and followed that up a few weeks later with a road win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Buescher and McDowell scored top-10 finishes at Road America and Watkins Glen as well.
Could another Sunday stunner happen? Here’s all the information you need to prepare for Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International:
KURT BUSCH: He will miss the final two games of the regular season with concussion symptoms
BOBBY LAMBONTE: NASCAR Hall of Famer opens up about recent cancer scare
DON’T MISS: Subscribe now to our sports newsletter for updates sent to your Inbox
What time does the NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen start?
Go Bowling at The Glen starts at 3pm. ET at Watkins Glen, New York.
What TV channel is the Cup race at Watkins Glen on?
USA Network is broadcasting Go Bowling at The Glen and has a pregame show beginning at 2 p.m. ET.
Will there be live coverage of the Cup race at Watkins Glen?
Go Bowling at The Glen can be streamed live on the NBC Sports website (for those with a cable/satellite service provider) and the NBC Sports app. The match can also be streamed on FuboTV as well as other options.
How many laps is the Cup race at Watkins Glen?
Go Bowling at The Glen is 90 laps around the 2.45 mile fairway for a total of 220.5 miles. The race will have three sections (laps per stage) — Stage 1: 20 laps, Stage 2: 20 laps, Stage 3: 50 laps.
Who won the most recent Cup race at Watkins Glen?
Kyle Larson led 27 laps and pulled away from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott by 2.43 seconds to win for the first time at Watkins Glen.
What is the lineup for Go Bowling at The Glen?
(Car number in parentheses)
1. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
2. (5) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
3. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford
4. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet
5. (8) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet
6. (16) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet
7. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford
8. (2) Austin Cindric, Ford
9. (99) Daniel Suárez, Chevrolet
10. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota
11. (48) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet
12. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
13. (31) Justin Haley, Chevrolet
14. (14) Chase Briscoe, Ford
15. (6) Brad Keselowski, Ford
16. (45) Ty Gibbs, Toyota
17. (15) Joey Hand, Ford
18. (1) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet
19. (38) Todd Gilliland, Ford
20. (22) Joey Logano, Ford
21. (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chevrolet
22. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota
23. (23) Bubba Wallace, Toyota
24. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford
25. (19) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota
26. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford
27. (91) Kimi Raikkonen, Chevrolet
28. (42) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet
29. (41) Cole Custer, Ford
30. (21) Harrison Burton, Ford
31. (43) Erik Jones, Chevrolet
32. (7) Corey Lajoie, Chevrolet
33. (77) Mike Rockefeller, Chevrolet
34. (27) Loris Hezemans, Ford
35. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford
36. (26) Daniil Kvyat, Toyota
37. (78) Kyle Tilley, Ford
38. (20) Christopher Bell, Toyota
39. (51) Cody Ware, Ford
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NASCAR race today: Start time, stream, TV, lineup for Watkins Glen