Fans were ready for the end of the NASCAR Cup Series regular season on Saturday. Now they will have to wait until Sunday after rain in Daytona Beach, Florida forced a postponement.

When the drivers finally hit the track, all eyes will be on Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. Both remain in the playoff bracket based on points, and they are the only drivers who can enter the playoffs with points. . At least one is guaranteed to succeed, but a lot of mayhem could ensue that could cause one of them to miss the playoffs.

If a non-elimination qualified driver wins Sunday morning’s race at Daytona International Speedway, either Blaney or Truex will miss the Field of 16. If Blaney or Truex wins, then both are in play. If a driver who has already won a race in 2022 wins, so Blaney and Truex are also in the game.

Last year, Blaney came out on top in a crash-filled Coke Zero Sugar 400 as riders hoping for the last chance to make the playoffs pulled out all the stops for victory. This year should be no different in terms of drama for NASCAR fans.

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NASCAR at Daytona live updates, Coke Zero Sugar 400 highlights

(all Eastern times)

August 28

11:19 p.m.: The four Toyotas that went to pit road are still making up ground, but Elliott, Reddick, Stenhoue are still leading the field.

11:18 p.m.: Most of the field heads towards the pit road on the green.

11:16 p.m.: The green flag pit stops begin as Hamlin, Busch, Truex and Wallace each depart. Logano takes the lead with Burton, Haley, Gilliland and Stenhouse completing the top five with 17 laps to go.

11:10 p.m.: Jones backed off as he signals to his crew that his car is feeling a bit loose. He must win to reach the playoffs.

11:07 p.m.: Hamlin raced ahead of the pack with 28 laps to go in stage two, with Logano, Burton, Busch and Chastain rounding out the top five. Of those, Burton is the only driver who didn’t earn a playoff berth.

11:03 p.m.: Blaney had some trouble with his hood as the cars started to pass him. Every time a car passes, it starts flapping in the air.

11:01 p.m.: William Byron pushes Jones from the outside for the lead on lap 23 of the stage.

10:59 p.m.: Twenty laps into the second leg, Jones continues to lead the field, with several drivers like Chris Buescher, Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton in the top 10 who, like Jones, must win to reach the playoffs.

10:56 p.m.: This race is getting worse for Blaney. He told his crew he didn’t know how long he could last in the race. The race is still 27 laps away from becoming official.

10:51 p.m.: The rain continues to threaten the race. Once the races reach 80 laps it becomes official, and if rain forces the drivers off the track, there is a chance that the final standings will be how the race ended at the time of the suspension. This might force some riders to be a bit more aggressive in this second stage.

10:50 p.m.: Blaney is still in this race. He’s one lap down, but he hangs on as he continues to fight to stay in the playoff bracket.

10:49 p.m.: Jones, LaJoie, Stenhouse and Wallace are in a tight race for the lead nine laps into the second leg.

10:47 p.m.: Stage two is underway, with Corey LaJoie, Bubba Wallace, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leading the pack in the restart.

10:46 p.m.: Truex refueled and now has a full tank, but will start penultimate on restart. But it could well prepare him for the second stage.

10:43 p.m.: Busch runs to the back to smash the equipment.

10:41 p.m.: Blaney has reached the minimum speed and can go to pit road. Coming out of pit road during the stage caution, Chastain led Logano, Burton and Chase Briscoe.

10:37 p.m.: Logano wins the first stage of the Coke Zero Sugar 400. Elliott places second, Burton third, Kyle Busch fourth and Truex fifth. With the win, Truex moves just 19 points behind Blaney.

10:37 p.m.: Keselowski’s day is over. He will miss the playoffs.

10:36 p.m.: Blaney is able to get back on the track, but he will have to maintain his speed to stay there. Truex is fourth as the race prepares to return to green with one lap to go in the stage.

10:34 p.m.: Bell, Brad Keselowski and Blaney are all behind more than a lap as the cars exit after pit road stops. Elliott is back in the lead with Logano and Harrison Burton rounding out the top three with the caution flag still out.

10:30 p.m.: Blaney sustained heavy damage to the front right side of his car. The video replay appeared to show that his right front tire was not moving.

10:29 p.m.: Big crash with five laps to go in the first stage. Hamlin, Blaney, Christopher Bell all involved in the crash. Blaney is fighting to reach the playoffs.

10:27 p.m.: Jones moved in front of the bot lane, and Denny Hamlin and Blaney get behind him in front of Elliott.

10:26 p.m.: With 10 laps to go in Stage 1 at Daytona, it’s still Elliott and Jones leading the low and high lanes respectively, with Elliott currently in the lead.

10:21 p.m.: Outside leader Erik Jones races Elliott and Logano for the lead. He is now racing side-by-side with Elliott for first place on lap 21.

10:18 p.m.: Larson heads for the garage.

10:17 p.m.: Larson backed up in the race. He heads for pit road on lap 15. He could be done for the day.

10:13 p.m.: Rain falls on turns one and two 10 laps into the race.

10:11 p.m.: After just seven laps of racing, there are already three wide in the middle, with Ryan Blaney in the middle. Even went four wide at one point.

10:10 p.m.: The top lane, which is led by Larson, continues to fall behind. Larson leads the line, but has dropped to 10th. The bottom running cars continue to run ahead of the top line behind Elliott.

10:08 p.m.: Daniel Suarez continues to push Larson to the outside, while Joey Logano pushes Elliott down the track. Through the first five rounds, Elliott maintained his advantage.

10:06 p.m.: It didn’t take long for the regular season champion to rise to the top. Chase Elliott jumps past Kyle Larson on lap one to advance to first, while Larson drops back down to seventh at the start of second.

10:05 p.m.: The green flag has been waved and the Coke Zero Sugar 400 is underway.

9:58 p.m.: Engines were fired at Daytona International Speedway.

9:47 p.m.: Everything is looking good at Daytona this morning for Sunday’s race.

August 27

8:12 p.m.: This race will not take place tonight. Instead, the green flag will be waved Sunday morning at 10:05 a.m. ET.

7:18 p.m.: Settle down, everyone. Looks like it might be a while before this race gets underway.

7:08 p.m.: For those wondering why NASCAR coverage didn’t start on NBC, it’s because there’s also a weather delay at the 2022 Tour Championship in Atlanta. For this reason, the start of the NASCAR broadcast has been pushed back to 7:30 p.m. ET.

7 p.m.: Rain threatened the start of tonight’s race. For more weather updates follow here.

What time does the NASCAR race start at Daytona?

  • Start time: 10:05 a.m. ET

The final race of the regular season was originally scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, but it rained. The race is now due to start at 10:05 a.m. ET on Sunday.

What channel is the NASCAR race airing on today?

  • TV channel: CNBC (USA) | TSN5 (Canada)
  • Direct: Peacock, fuboTV
  • Radio: DNR

NASCAR will be on CNBC in the United States for the final race of the Cup Series regular season. Canadian viewers can catch the race on TSN5.

Rick Allen will lead the coverage on NBC as turn-by-turn announcer with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte providing analysis. Marty Snider, Dave Burns and Parker Kligerman will be pit reporters.

Those hoping to stream the race can find it on Peacock or on fuboTV, which offers a free trial.