NASCAR is heading for a big short on Sunday.
Martin Truex Jr. became the first repeat winner in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series after taking home the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville last weekend. Now, Truex has the opportunity to win back-to-back races at the Toyota Owners 500 at Richmond Raceway on Sunday.
While the coronavirus pandemic axed the event in 2020, Truex took home the checkered flag in 2019, making him the defending race winner entering Sunday’s race at the short track. While Truex sits in pole position, he has some stiff competition at the front, with Denny Hamlin still in search of his first win of the 2021 season despite seven top-10 finishes.
Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR’s race at Richmond Raceway on Sunday. Follow for complete results from the Toyota Owners 400.
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NASCAR at Richmond live updates, highlights
3:51 p.m. End Stage 1: Denny Hamlin takes home Stage 1, still in search of his first win of the 2021 season.
3:40 p.m.: Under 30 laps to go in Stage 1 and it’s pretty tame so far. Chase Elliott down in eighth now, locked in a battle with Brad Keselowski. Elliott seems to be fighting his car right now.
3:31 p.m.: Competition caution out at Lap 33 and Denny Hamlin exits the pits with the lead.
3:26 p.m.: Already 25 laps through, and the top five remains the same. Austin Dillon sitting in 10th, fighting with William Byron for that spot.
3:17 p.m.: Denny Hamlin scuffles off the start, but recovers for third. Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney round out the early one-through-five.
3:10 p.m.: All systems go with no pre-race drama today. Few minutes to green flag.
Engines fired here at Richmond. Stages 80-155-165 (400 laps, 300 miles). Competition caution Lap 30. Fuel run 110-120 laps. 9 sets tires. No drivers dropping to the rear. On FOX @NASCARONFOX
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) April 18, 2021
NASCAR start time today
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is scheduled to wave at 3:15 p.m. ET.
It’s unlikely that weather will delay the start. The National Weather Service’s midweek forecast for Richmond, Va., called for partly sunny skies and a high temperature near 70 degrees, the capper to a dry weekend.
NASCAR lineup at Richmond
Here is the complete starting lineup for the Toyota Owners 400 without qualifying:
|Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Daniel Suarez||99||TrackHouse Racing|
|James Davison||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|Austin Cindric||33||Team Penske|