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
3:26 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.
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:
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