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NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs start in Darlington on USA Network

The opening race of the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs will be presented this Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on USA Network with the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Countdown to Green begins pre-race coverage at 5:30 p.m. ET on USA Network with post-race immediately following the checkered flag.

Countdown to Green ahead of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Diamond Hill Plywood 200 gets underway Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on USA Network, leading into race coverage at 3:30 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 stages 1 and 3 of the Cup Series and Xfinity Series race with lead NASCAR race announcer Rick Allen. Marty Snider, Kim Coon, and Dave Burns will serve as pit reporters throughout the weekend.

Stage 2 of Sunday’s Cup Series race will feature three of the most famous last names in NASCAR with Earnhardt Jr. joined by racing icon Kyle Petty and NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett in the commentary booth.

Snider will anchor pre- and post-race studio coverage with Petty and Jarrett from the Peacock Pit Box on Saturday and Sunday.

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: Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Play by Play: Rick Allen
  • Pit Reporters: Marty Snider, Kim Coon, Dave Burns


  • Host: Marty Snider
  • Analysts: Dale Jarrett, Kyle Petty


  • TV – USA Network
  • Streaming – NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app


Date Coverage Platform Time (ET)
Sat., Sept. 2 NASCAR Xfinity Series Practice & Qualifying NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app 10:30 a.m.
NASCAR Cup Series Practice NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app Noon
NASCAR Cup Series Practice & Qualifying USA Network 12:30 p.m.
Dale Jr. Download – Ricky Rudd USA Network 2:30 p.m.
Countdown to Green – NASCAR Xfinity Series USA Network 3 p.m.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Diamond Hill Plywood 200 USA Network 3:30 p.m.
NASCAR America Post-Race USA Network 6 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 3 Countdown to Green – NASCAR Cup Series USA Network 5:30 p.m.
NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out Southern 500 USA Network 6 p.m.
NASCAR America Post-Race – NASCAR Cup Series USA Network 10 p.m.

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