The final spot in the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs will be decided under the lights at Daytona International Speedway this Saturday night in primetime, as NBC Sports presents the regular-season finale Coke Zero Sugar 400 this Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock. Pre-race coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with Countdown to Green. NASCAR America post-race coverage will begin immediately following the checkered flag at 11 p.m. ET exclusively on Peacock.
William Byron won last weekend at Watkins Glen International for his Series-leading fifth victory of the season. Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick both clinched playoff spots this past weekend, leaving one spot available going into this weekend‘s regular-season finale at Daytona. Bubba Wallace currently leads Ty Gibbs by 32 points for the final playoff position, with notable drivers like Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, Daniel Suarez, and A.J. Allmendinger all in need of a win to make the playoffs.
Coverage of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola begins Friday night at 7 p.m. ET on USA Network with Countdown to Green, leading into race coverage at 7:30 p.m. ET. Friday‘s coverage on USA Network gets underway at 4 p.m. ET with Xfinity Series qualifying, immediately followed by Cup Series qualifying at 5 p.m. ET.
Two-time Daytona 500 Champion and NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., 21-time Cup Series race winner and “The Mayor” of NASCAR Jeff Burton, and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte will serve as analysts for the Cup and Xfinity Series races this weekend from Daytona with lead NASCAR play-by-play announcer Rick Allen. Marty Snider, Nate Ryan, Dave Burns and Parker Kligerman will serve as pit reporters.
NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and three-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Jarrett, auto racing icon Kyle Petty, JTG Daugherty Racing team owner Brad Daugherty and host Marty Snider will be featured on this weekend‘s Countdown to Green pre-race coverage and post-race shows.
NBC Sports‘ SuperMotocross analyst and 15-time AMA Champion Ricky Carmichael will drive the pace car for Saturday night‘s Cup Series race and will be featured in a live interview with the broadcast booth as he leads the field around Daytona International Speedway.
Saturday‘s coverage on NBC and Peacock will feature nine in-car cameras in addition to the traditional roof, rear bumper and driver cameras, providing additional viewpoints (spoiler, 360-degree, front bumper) to enhance NBC Sports‘ primetime presentation from Daytona.
The official home of the NASCAR Championship and Playoffs, NBC Sports will present the final 20 NASCAR Cup Series races and 19 NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2023 across NBC, USA Network and Peacock, culminating with the Championship at Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 5-6. Post-race coverage will stream live on Peacock following all Cup Series races this season. Click here for more information on NBC Sports‘ 2023 NASCAR coverage.
Play-by-Play: Rick AllenAnalysts: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Steve LetartePit Reporters: Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Nate Ryan (Friday), Parker Kligerman (Saturday)
STUDIO COVERAGE TEAM
Host: Marty SniderAnalysts: Dale Jarrett, Kyle Petty, Brad Daugherty
HOW TO WATCH
TV — NBC, USA NetworkStreaming — Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports appDateCoveragePlatform(s)Time (ET)Fri., Aug. 25NASCAR Xfinity Series QualifyingNBCSports.com, NBC Sports app3 p.m.NASCAR Xfinity Series QualifyingUSA Network4 p.m.NASCAR Cup Series QualifyingUSA Network5 p.m.Countdown to Green — NASCAR Xfinity SeriesUSA Network7 p.m.NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-ColaUSA Network7:30 p.m.NASCAR Xfinity Series Post-RaceUSA Network10 p.m.Sat., Aug. 26Countdown to Green — NASCAR Cup SeriesNBC, Peacock7 p.m.NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400NBC, Peacock7:30 p.m.NASCAR Cup Series Post-RacePeacock11 p.m.*
*Immediately following race coverage
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