Blaney on pole for playoff opener, Darlington lineup

With two wins to finish out the regular season, Ryan Blaney has earned the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series playoff opener at Darlington Raceway.

Joining Blaney on the front row will be Denny Hamlin. Playoff drivers make up the first 16 drivers in the field for the Cook Out Southern 500 with regular season champion Kyle Larson slated to roll off sixth. Bubba Wallace is the first non-playoff driver thanks largely to a second place finish at Daytona last weekend.

The Cook Out Southern 500 will air on NBCSN and MRN beginning at 6 pm ET on Sunday. In total the race is 501.3 miles with stage breaks scheduled on laps 115 and 230 before the race ends on lap 367.

Darlington Cup Series Lineup

  1. Ryan Blaney
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Kurt Busch
  4. Chase Elliott
  5. Alex Bowman
  6. Kyle Larson
  7. Tyler Reddick
  8. Aric Almirola
  9. Kevin Harvick
  10. Martin Truex Jr.
  11. Joey Logano
  12. Kyle Busch
  13. Christopher Bell
  14. William Byron
  15. Michael McDowell
  16. Brad Keselowski
  17. Bubba Wallace
  18. Ryan Preece
  19. Ryan Newman
  20. Justin Haley
  21. Austin Dillon
  22. Erik Jones
  23. Ross Chastain
  24. Chase Briscoe
  25. Corey LaJoie
  26. Daniel Suarez
  27. BJ McLeod
  28. Josh Bilicki
  29. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  30. Matt DiBenedetto
  31. Cole Custer
  32. Anthony Alfredo
  33. Cody Ware
  34. Chris Buescher
  35. Joey Gase
  36. James Davison
  37. Quin Houff

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