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NASCAR qualifying start time: When qualifying starts, what channel for Cup Series Championship

We go over how you can watch the qualifying event for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship in Arizona.

A general view from Rattlesnake Hill at Phoenix Raceway on March 06, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The NASCAR Cup Series wraps up the 2021 season on Sunday with the Championship at Phoenix Raceway. The green flag drops at 3 p.m. ET and the race will air on NBC. A live stream will be available at NBC.com/live and NBC Sports Live.

The day before, NASCAR is returning to its qualifying process for the race. Qualifying will take place at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday and air on CNBC. It will include the same live stream options as Sunday’s race.

Qualifying has been limited to seven tracks this season and this weekend marks the eighth. NASCAR cut back on traditional qualifying due to COVID-19 and instead used a performance-metric formula to determine starting lineups most weekends.

Kyle Larson is the favorite to win Sunday’s race at DraftKings Sportsbook. Heading into qualifying, Larson is +190 to win. He’s followed by Chase Elliott (+350), Denny Hamlin (400), Martin Truex, Jr. (450), and William Byron (1400). Larson leads the Cup Series with nine wins and has taken the checkered flag at four of the nine playoff races to date.

Entry list

2021 NASCAR Cup Series Championship, entry list

Pos. Driver Car # Team Qualifying time
Pos. Driver Car # Team Qualifying time
1 Kyle Larson 5 Rick Hendrick 26.116
2 Chase Elliott 9 Rick Hendrick 26.289
3 William Byron 24 Rick Hendrick 26.307
4 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi 26.315
5 Ryan Blaney 12 Roger Penske 26.315
6 Cole Custer 41 Stewart Haas Racing 26.327
7 Brad Keselowski 2 Roger Penske 26.432
8 Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs 26.433
9 Joey Logano 22 Roger Penske 26.436
10 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs 26.464
11 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers 26.469
12 Martin Truex, Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs 26.494
13 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart Haas Racing 26.514
14 Alex Bowman 48 Rick Hendrick 26.544
15 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart Haas Racing 26.544
16 Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi 26.544
17 Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse Racing 26.558
18 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs 26.565
19 Ryan Newman 6 Jack Roush 26.568
20 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 47 JTG-Daugherty Racing 26.576
21 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress 26.592
22 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart Haas Racing 26.594
23 Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports 26.623
24 Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports 26.652
25 Justin Haley 77 Spire Motorsports 26.665
26 Chris Buescher 17 Jack Roush 26.683
27 Anthony Alfredo 38 Bob Jenkins 26.722
28 Michael McDowell 34 Bob Jenkins 26.811
29 Ryan Preece 37 JTG-Daugherty Racing 26.812
30 B.J. McLeod 78 B.J. McLeod 26.906
31 Cody Ware 51 Rick Ware 26.921
32 Joey Gase 53 Rick Ware 27.181
33 Quin Houff 0 StarCom Racing 27.56
34 David Starr 13 27.716
35 Josh Bilicki 52 Rick Ware 27.861
36 Garrett Smithley 15 Rick Ware 27.874
37 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress 27.887
38 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing 28.243
39 Timmy Hill 66 Carl Long No Time