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NASCAR qualifying: How to watch the starting lineup get set for the Cup Series Championship Race

We go over how you can watch the qualifying event for the season finale of the 2023 Cup Series season.

General View of pit lane during the national anthem during the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Subway Fresh 500 at the Phoenix International Raceway on April 23, 2005 in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images

NASCAR is set to wrap up the 2023 season this weekend at Phoenix Raceway, and the Cup Series will be running on Saturday and Sunday. The Championship Race is scheduled for Saturday, but qualifying will take place on Saturday at 4:35 p.m. ET.

Qualifying will air on USA Network and a live stream will be available at NBC Sports Live or using the NBC Sports App. It will require a cable login with access to it. If you don’t have a cable login, you can try out YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV.

The full field will run in qualifying, but the four playoff drivers are Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson, and William Byron. On Saturday, the field will compete in two rounds of single car, one lap qualifying. The field is split in half and Group A runs its laps followed by Group B. The five fastest drivers in Group A and the five fastest in Group B advance to the second round. Those ten drivers then run single-car, one lap qualifying to determine pole position and the rest of the top ten.

Larson enters qualifying as the favorite to win Sunday’s race with +180 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook. Blaney follows at +300, Byron is +380, and Bell is +500. The first non-playoff driver on the odds list is Kevin Harvick at +1100. The winner of the Cup Series Championship Race has claimed the season-ending title each of the past three seasons.

Ahead of Saturday’s qualifying, Bell has claimed seven poles this season, Byron has claimed four, Larson has claimed three, and Blaney has none.

How to watch qualifying for the Cup Series Championship Race

Date: Saturday, November 4
Time: 4:35 p.m. ET
TV channel: USA Network
Live stream: NBC Sports Live, NBC Sports App

Entry list

2023 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race starting linuep

Pos. Driver Car #
Pos. Driver Car #
1 William Byron 24
2 Martin Truex Jr. 19
3 Kevin Harvick 4
4 Kyle Larson 5
5 Bubba Wallace 23
6 Denny Hamlin 11
7 Erik Jones 43
8 Ross Chastain 1
9 Chris Buescher 17
10 Tyler Reddick 45
11 Ty Gibbs 54
12 Ryan Preece 41
13 Christopher Bell 20
14 Todd Gilliland 38
15 Ryan Blaney 12
16 Daniel Suarez 99
17 Joey Logano 22
18 Kyle Busch 8
19 Michael McDowell 34
20 Chase Elliott 9
21 Austin Dillon 3
22 Carson Hocevar 42
23 Alex Bowman 48
24 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47
25 Harrison Burton 21
26 Chase Briscoe 14
27 Austin Cindric 2
28 Aric Almirola 10
29 Corey Lajoie 7
30 Ryan Newman 51
31 Cole Custer 6
32 AJ Allmendinger 16
33 Ty Dillon 77
34 JJ Yeley 15
35 Justin Haley 31
36 BJ McLeod 78