Twelve drivers stay in pursuit of a NASCAR Cup Series championship.
The first of three races in the playoffs Round of 12 kicks off Sunday night time at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Polesitter Kyle Larson (3,059 factors) enters the race with a 30-point lead in the playoff standings over Martin Truex Jr. (3,029).
LAS VEGAS LINEUP: Starting order, pole for race without qualifying
Larson is the most up-to-date winner in Vegas, having gained the Pennzoil 400 in March, however Joey Logano must also be coming into the race with confidence. He gained the race in 2019 and 2020.
A win by a playoff driver on this race will assure him a spot in the Round of 8, however inserting extremely on this race might be essential to the playoff hopes of all 12 drivers with a difficult race at Talladega Superspeedway subsequent week.
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NASCAR at Las Vegas live updates, highlights from South Point 400
8:32 p.m.: Elliott tries to go Larson on the inside, however he hasn’t been in a position to get the area to clear him simply but.
8:30 p.m.: Larson takes the lead over Byron, and now Byron and Elliott are working subsequent to 1 one other for second.
8:30 p.m.: There’s the restart, and on lap 99, the drivers are again on inexperienced.
8:26 p.m.: When the inexperienced flag comes again out, it is going to be Byron, Larson, Blaney, Elliott and Kurt Busch making up the prime 5.
8:22 p.m.: Several drivers, together with Hamlin and Kyle Busch, use the warning to take a go to to pit highway.
8:21 p.m.: Gase misplaced his left rear tire and hit the wall whereas in the air.
8:20 p.m.: Caution flag comes out as Joey Gase is concerned in an enormous crash. Back of his automotive appears to be like completely wrecked.
8:20 p.m.: Byron takes benefit of the three-wide for the lead and strikes out in entrance.
8:19 p.m.: Bell already was in a tricky spot after taking injury earlier in the race, however he is now in thirtieth a lap down after he was unable to beat the tempo automotive off pit highway.
8:17 p.m.: The inexperienced flag is again out and Blaney rides up behind a quick restart from Hamlin to maneuver into second, however Larson will get going sufficient to select the second spot again up from the exterior. Larson tries to chop Hamlin on the exterior and he is in a position to make the go for the lead.
8:15 p.m.: Hamlin selecting to trip the backside on the restart.
8:11 p.m.: Hamlin, Larson, Elliott, Blaney and Byron are the first off pit highway. Kyle Busch drops 5 spots as the begin of the second stage nears.
8:07 p.m.: Larson wins the first stage by simply over a second and a half. Busch, Hamlin, Blaney, Byron spherical out the prime 5.
8:04 p.m.: Five laps to go in the first stage. Larson leads Busch, Hamlin, Blaney and Byron.
8:00 p.m.: Tyler Reddick is making an attempt to play the function of spoiler, as he handed Harvick on the inside to push the 4 right down to eighth place.
7:56 p.m.: Harvick and Chase Elliott now battling in for sixth after Byron strikes up into the fifth spot. There was, after all, some friction between the two during last week’s playoff race.
7:52 p.m.: Harvick and DiBenedetto with some contact.
7:51 p.m.: Byron has moved into sixth and is pushing Harvick for fifth.
7:49 p.m.: Larson makes a formidable transfer to work by way of visitors and transfer previous Hamlin for first place. Busch additionally in a position to go Hamlin to maneuver the 11 down to 3rd.
7:45 p.m.: Larson will get the go on Busch on lap 41 to maneuver out into second.
7:44 p.m.: Larson will get out forward of Blaney for third place and is shut behind Hamlin and Busch.
7:41 p.m.: Hamlin is ready to get out in entrance of Busch, who’s now using subsequent to Larson for second and third.
7:40 p.m.: The inexperienced flag is again out. Hamlin will get a powerful run off the restart and almost will get forward of Kyle Busch, however the 18 is ready to keep out in entrance. The two are using subsequent to 1 one other early on the thirty second lap.
7:39 p.m.: Christopher Bell took some injury to the entrance proper coming into pit highway. He’s now in thirty third coming off pit highway.
7:35 p.m.: First 5 off pit highway: Kyle Busch, Hamlin, Blaney, Larson and Harvick.
7:35 p.m.: Most of the subject is making the cease on pit highway.
7:33 p.m.: Competition warning introduced out for lap 25.
7:30 p.m.: Byron has moved up 25 spots, now as much as No. 10, whereas Truex has moved up 17 spots to No. 19. Both needed to begin in the rear, however have made severe waves on lap 19.
7:24 p.m.: Hamlin has now labored the inside to chop in entrance of Blaney for the lead. Busch and Larson had been using side-by-side, but it surely’s Busch that stays out in entrance with Blaney sticking in second.
7:23 p.m.: Hamlin and Kyle Busch at the moment are at second and third, but it surely’s a decent race. The prime seven are all inside a second of first six laps into the race.
7:21 p.m.: Ryan Blaney does not take lengthy to take the lead forward of Larson. Hamlin is making an attempt to work the exterior to get in forward of Larson to maneuver into second.
7:20 p.m.: The Round of 12 is formally underway.
7:08 p.m.: UFC president Dana White offers the command to drivers.
7:08 p.m.: Both William Byron and Martin Truex Jr. must begin in the rear after failing pre-race inspections.
7:01 p.m.: Matt Stell singing the nationwide anthem throughout the pre-race ceremonies.
6:45 p.m.: Drivers are being launched forward of tonight’s race. Here’s one in every of the hottest in Vegas.
6:30 p.m.: A few milestones for the Busch brothers. Kurt Busch is beginning race No. 750 of his NASCAR Cup Series profession and Kyle Busch racing in No. 600.
NASCAR begin time immediately
- Time: 7 p.m. ET (TV time)
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The inexperienced flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval is scheduled to drop at 7:19 p.m. ET.
Desert warmth might be the greatest climate concern for drivers and groups on Sunday. The National Weather Service’s Sunday forecast for Las Vegas is for sunny skies and a excessive temperature in the low 90s. Skies will stay clear Sunday night time with a low in the excessive 60s. The race is scheduled to start in the late afternoon and finish after sundown Pacific time.
NASCAR Cup playoff standings
Kyle Larson leads the playoff factors standings as the Round of 12 begins. He’s 30 factors away from second-place driver Martin Truex Jr. Tied for third are Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney, one other 5 factors again.
On the different finish are the drivers under the Round of 8 reduce line: Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Christopher Bell and Kevin Harvick. Logano is only one level behind eighth-place driver William Byron, nevertheless.
A playoff driver who wins a race in the Round of 12 routinely advances to the Round of 8.
|2||Martin Truex Jr.||3029|
NASCAR beginning lineup at Las Vegas
Here is the full NASCAR beginning lineup for Sunday’s playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the South Point 400.
|Start pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||P-Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||P-Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|3||P-William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|4||P-Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||P-Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|6||P-Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|7||P-Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|8||P-Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|9||P-Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|10||P-Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11||P-Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|12||P-Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|13||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|14||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|15||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|16||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|17||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|18||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|19||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|20||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|21||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|22||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|23||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|24||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|25||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|26||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing|
|27||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|28||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|29||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|30||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|31||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|32||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|33||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|34||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|35||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|36||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|37||Joey Gase||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|38||JJ Yeley||66||Motorsports Business Management|