The 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 12 drives on this Sunday from Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, marking the first of six consecutive Cup Series Playoff races to conclude the season on the broadcast network. A victory by a playoff driver at Talladega will automatically clinch them a spot in the Round of 8.


DriverPointsWilliam Byron3083Denny Hamlin3074Chris Buescher3059Christopher Bell3057Martin Truex Jr.3056Ross Chastain3049Brad Keselowski3045Kyle Larson3039Bubba Wallace3037Tyler Reddick3036Ryan Blaney3028Kyle Busch3022


The NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 12 continues this Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway with a berth in the Round of 8 available with a win by a playoff driver. William Byron leads the playoff standings after a first-place finish in the Round of 12 opener at Texas Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin narrowly trails him in playoff standings after a fifth-place finish in Texas last weekend.

Beginning a stretch of six consecutive Cup Series Playoff races on NBC to conclude the season, coverage of the YellaWood 500 at Talladega will be presented Sunday at 2 p.m. ET with an hour-long edition of Countdown to Green beginning pre-race coverage at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. NASCAR America post-race coverage will immediately follow the checkered flag on Peacock.

Two-time Daytona 500 Champion, six-time winner at Talladega 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 race from Talladega Superspeedway with lead NASCAR race announcer Rick Allen.

Marty Snider, Dave Burns and Kim Coon will serve as pit reporters on Sunday.

Snider will anchor pre- and post-race studio coverage with NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett, JTG Daugherty Racing team owner Brad Daugherty, and Steve Letarte this weekend from the Peacock Pit Box.

Earnhardt Jr. is a six-time Cup Series winner at Talladega.

The official home of the NASCAR Championship and Playoffs, NBC Sports will once again present the final 20 NASCAR Cup Series races and 19 NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2023 across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, culminating with the Championship at Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 4-5.


Analysts: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Steve LetartePlay by Play: Rick AllenPit Reporters: Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Kim Coon


Host: Marty SniderAnalysts: Dale Jarrett, Brad Daugherty, Steve Letarte (pre-race only)


TV — NBC, USA NetworkStreaming — Peacock,, NBC Sports appDateCoveragePlatformTime (ET)Sat., Sept. 30NASCAR Cup Series QualifyingUSA Network4:30 p.m.Sun., Oct. 1Countdown to Green — NASCAR Cup SeriesNBC1 p.m.NASCAR Cup Series YellaWood 500NBC2 p.m.NASCAR America Post-Race — NASCAR Cup SeriesPeacock6 p.m.


Through its 14 Cup Series races of the 2023 season so far, NBC Sports is averaging a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 2.49 million viewers across NBC, Peacock, USA Network, and NBC Sports Digital, up 6% vs. comparable coverage in 2022 (2.34 million). Last Sunday‘s Texas race on USA Network delivered a TAD of 2.03 million viewers, up 5% compared to last year‘s race, and was also the most-watched cable sports program of the day. For the Xfinity Series, NBC Sports is averaging a TAD of 1.09 million viewers this season, up 25% vs. last year and its best average for the series at this point in the year since 2017 (1.12 million).

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