NASCAR at Richmond live race updates, results, highlights from Toyota Owners 400

NASCAR at Richmond live race updates, results, highlights from Toyota Owners 400

NASCAR faces 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 in Martinsville last weekend. Truex now has the opportunity to win back-to-back races at the Toyota Owners 500 at Richmond Raceway on Sunday.

While the coronavirus pandemic triggered the event in 2020, Truex took the checkered flag home in 2019 and made him the defending race winner who started the race on the short circuit on Sunday. While Truex is in pole position, he faces tough competition at the top, and Denny Hamlin is still looking for his first win of the season in 2021 despite seven top 10 finishes.

Sporting News is following live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from the NASCAR race at Richmond Raceway on Sunday. For full results, follow the Toyota Owners 400.

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(All times east)

NASCAR in Richmond Live Updates, Highlights

3:40 pm: Less than 30 laps left in Stage 1 and it’s pretty tame so far. Chase Elliott is now eighth and gets into a fight with Brad Keselowski. Elliott seems to be fighting his car right now.

3:31 pm: Caution is advised on lap 33, and Denny Hamlin leaves the pits with the lead.

3:26 pm: Already 25 laps and the top 5 remain the same. Austin Dillon sits in tenth place and fights for that place with William Byron.

3:17 pm: Denny Hamlin is up from the start, but is recovering for third place. Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney round out the early one-on-five.

3:10 p.m.: All systems today have no pre-race drama. Only a few minutes to the green flag.

Engines were fired here in Richmond. Stages 80-155-165 (400 laps, 300 miles). Beware of round 30 competition. Fuel run 110-120 laps. 9 sets tires. No drivers fall backwards. 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 fly at 3:15 p.m. CET.

It is unlikely that the weather will delay the launch. The National Weather Service’s midweek forecast for Richmond, Virginia indicated partial sunny skies and high temperatures close to 70 degrees, which would mean a dry weekend.

NASCAR line-up in Richmond

Here is the complete starting grid for the Toyota Owners 400 without qualification:

driver Car no. team
Martin Truex Jr. 19th Joe Gibbs Racing
Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
Joey Logano 22nd Team Penske
Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
Ryan Blaney 12th Team Penske
Christopher Bell 20th Joe Gibbs Racing
Kevin Harvick 4th Stewart-Haas Racing
Kyle Busch 18th Joe Gibbs Racing
Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
Chris Buescher 17th Roush Fenway Racing
Tyler Reddick 8th 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 6th Roush Fenway Racing
Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
Michael McDowell 34 Motorsport in the front row
Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
Chase Briscoe 14th Stewart-Haas Racing
Daniel Suarez placeholder image 99 TrackHouse Racing
James Davison fifteen Rick Ware Racing
Anthony Alfredo 38 Motorsport in the front row
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 motorsport fast
Corey LaJoie 7th Spire Motorsports
Garrett Smithley 53 Rick Ware Racing
Austin Cindric 33 Team Penske