NASCAR at Talladega live race updates, results, highlights from the Geico 500

NASCAR at Talladega live race updates, results, highlights from the Geico 500

Talladega Superspeedway, the fastest track in NASCAR, will be the site of its latest Cup Series race on Sunday.

While viewers won’t see the unchecked speed of previous races, they can at least expect plenty of 200-mph laps with bumper-to-bumper groupings — and the constant threat of wipeouts.

The biggest story heading into the 2021 Geico 500 is whether 2021 Cup Series leader Denny Hamlin, owner of 434 points and eight top-five finishes — including six straight — can earn his first win of the season. Luckily for him, he has five Superspeedway wins, including his last one at the 2020 Yellawood 500. With as well as he has driven this year, it’s only a matter of time before he sees the checkered flag first.

Behind him in Sunday’s lineup are Joey Logano (third in the standings with 352 points), Martin Truex Jr. (second place with 353 points and the only two-time winner this year) and William Byron (fourth place with 310 points).

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NASCAR at Talladega live updates, highlights from Geico 500

All times Eastern.

3:26 p.m.: DiBenedetto loses three spots under the pit. Elliott and Hamlin move up into the top two positions, respectively.

3:21 p.m.: The stage ends under caution with DiBenedetto in the lead.

3:19 p.m.: Third caution. And there’s our first significant crash of the day. Hamlin tries to cut into the outside line but undercuts Logano, who spins out and catches air. He says he’s OK on the radio. Looks like Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was involved in that as well: His car is the one who sent Logano flying. Wallace got clipped as well.

3:17 p.m.: Preece and Matt DiBenedetto are jockeying for first place with just three laps remaining in the first stage. Both are looking for their first career win.

3:15 p.m.: And now it’s Ryan Preece in the lead pack with just five laps remaining in the first stage.

3:11 p.m.: Logano just pushed Blaney to the top of the lead, giving the Team Penske teammates the top two positions in the race with 10 laps to go in Stage 1.

3:05 p.m.: Hamlin, Keselowski, Blaney, Kyle Busch and Logano make up the top five coming out of the second caution with just 17 laps to go in the stage.

3 p.m.: Second caution. We’re at our second caution after Joey Gase spun out his 28 car; Corey LaJoie barely avoided him.

2:56 p.m.: Kyle Busch briefly took the lead from his Joe Gibbs teammate, who quickly retook the lead.

2:48 p.m.: Coming out of the caution: Hamlin in the lead, followed by Kyle Busch, Blaney, Christopher Bell and Byron in the top five.

2:45 p.m.: Then there’s Harrison Burton, making his Talladega debut, dragging a fuel can with him from out of pit row.

2:43 p.m.: Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Blaney, Byron, Kurt Buch, Austin Dillon and Blaney all pit under the competition caution.; Truex did too, and will move to the back after speeding on pit row.

2:40 p.m.: Competition caution. Kyle Busch leads the pack after 25 laps, bringing up the first competition caution.

2:31 p.m.: Larson is done for the day. Times like these you really miss being able to get out onto the track before the race. Could have helped his team notice something with the car:

2:30 p.m.: And now there’s Wallace in the lead! Excellent driving by him to go from worst to first. Kevin Harvick, Ross Chastain, Tyler Reddick and Chase Elliott round up the top five, respectively.

2:26 p.m.: Meanwhile, Larson’s car is smoking; he tried to rejoin the race but is now heading to the garage just nine laps into Talladega.

2:25 p.m.: Bubba Wallace has made up considerable ground after getting moved to the back of the lineup, and is currently in fifth place.

2:23 p.m.: According to the Fox telecast, all the Toyota cars who moved back initially passed inspection — but on the starting line, NASCAR officials apparently saw something they didn’t like with the contouring of the cars on the driver’s side, moving everyone but Kyle Busch back. A little more detail:

2:22 p.m.: Kyle Larson has already pitted with temperature issues. Kind of early for that, but we’ll see how that plays out.

2:20 p.m.: William Byron and Logano are trading between the first and second-place spots one lap into the race.

2:20 p.m.: And they’re off!

2:19 p.m.: All Toyota cars except Kyle Busch (ninth in the lineup) will move to the back due to unapproved adjustments. That includes pole leader Hamlin and Truex Jr. Incredible.

2:08 p.m.: Hip hop duo Tag Team with those famous words: “Start your engines.” Green flag coming up shortly.

1:55 p.m.: No issues with the weather:

NASCAR race start time

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled to wave shortly after 2 p.m. ET.

NASCAR lineup at Talladega

Here’s the complete starting lineup for the GEICO 500 without qualifying:

Start pos. Driver Car No. Team
1 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
2 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
3 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
4 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
5 Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
6 Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
7 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
8 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
9 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
10 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
11 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
12 Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
13 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
14 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
15 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
16 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
18 Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
19 Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse Racing Team
20 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
21 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
22 Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
23 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
24 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
25 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
26 Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports
27 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
28 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
29 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
30 Anthony Alfredo 38 Front Row Motorsports
31 BJ McLeod 78 Live Fast Motorsports
32 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing
33 Cody Ware 51 Petty Ware Racing
34 Justin Haley 77 Spire Motorsports
35 Joey Gase 28 Rick Ware Racing
36 Josh Bilicki 52 Rick Ware Racing
37 JJ Yeley 15 Rick Ware Racing
38 Kaz Grala 16 Kaulig Racing
39 Harrison Burton 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing
40 Timmy Hill 66 MBM Motorsports

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