NASCAR at Daytona live race updates: Ryan Blaney wins caution-filled Cup Series finale
NASCAR at Daytona live race updates: Ryan Blaney wins caution-filled Cup Series finale

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is tonight. The Coke Zero Sugar 400 is 400 miles (160 laps) with stages ending on laps 50, 100 and 160. All times are Eastern.

Pos. Car Driver Time behind Best time Best speed
1 12 Ryan Blaney -- 47.079 191.168
2 17 Chris Buescher 0.773 47.037 191.339
3 23 Bubba Wallace 0.924 46.903 191.885
4 6 Ryan Newman 1.519 46.878 191.988
5 37 Ryan Preece 2.193 46.544 193.365
6 77 Justin Haley 5.043 46.915 191.836
7 8 Tyler Reddick 8.672 47.027 191.379
8 48 Alex Bowman 11.683 47.157 190.852
9 9 Chase Elliott 12.209 47.119 191.006
10 78 BJ McLeod 13.141 47.53 189.354
11 52 Josh Bilicki 13.715 47.309 190.239
12 43 Erik Jones 16.865 46.988 191.538
13 1 Kurt Busch 17.849 46.483 193.619
14 11 Denny Hamlin 18.936 45.936 195.925
15 10 Aric Almirola 22.356 46.916 191.832
16 7 Corey LaJoie 0.137 46.953 191.681
17 3 Austin Dillon 0.279 46.89 191.939
18 4 Kevin Harvick 0.293 46.99 191.53
19 42 Ross Chastain 0.365 46.58 193.216
20 99 Daniel Suarez 0.378 46.968 191.62
21 5 Kyle Larson 0.461 46.705 192.699
22 14 Chase Briscoe 0.68 46.804 192.291
23 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -1 47.116 191.018
24 22 Joey Logano -1 47.086 191.14
25 41 Cole Custer -1 47.011 191.445
26 21 Matt DiBenedetto -1 47.056 191.261
27 38 Anthony Alfredo -2 46.987 191.542
28 66 David Starr -2 47.389 189.917
29 51 Cody Ware -2 47.172 190.791
30 19 Martin Truex Jr. -2 46.868 192.029
31 53 Garrett Smithley -2 47.18 190.759
32 15 Joey Gase -3 47.543 189.302
33 20 Christopher Bell -8 46.882 191.971
34 2 Brad Keselowski -9 47.196 190.694
35 18 Kyle Busch -9 46.924 191.8
36 16 Kaz Grala -9 46.98 191.571
37 96 Landon Cassill -19 46.9 191.898
38 24 William Byron -19 46.868 192.029
39 0 Quin Houff -29 47.341 190.11
40 34 Michael McDowell -142 46.757 192.485
Stage 3

10:56 p.m., Race final: Blaney gets the run to the front as we cross the white flag. Buescher back into second after falling back to fourth. Lajoie and other charge forward, a big accident takes out almost the rest of the field behind him as Ryan Blaney takes the final flag of the night for the improbably win.

10:54 p.m., Overtime: Back we go to green flag racing, with two laps to go!

10:44 p.m., Overtime: We will officially have overtime. Buescher leads. Blaney, Lajoie, Dillon, Harvick are the Top 5. Chastain, Larson, Suarez, Kurt Busch and Alex Bowman round out the Top 10. Not likely to have this order when the checkers wave. Dillon is three back from the front, and needs a win to get in.

10:42 p.m., Lap 159: It wasn’t so much the “big one” as in years past, but this was pretty big. Yellow is out again, and a large number of cars here are involved. Chase Elliott blocked the 21 into the wall, everyone checked up and started a chain reaction back through the field. Benefiting from this? Chris Buescher, who leads and was unscathed by the melee.

10:40 p.m., Lap 157: Chase Elliott now in front after Chris Buescher got loose trying to block from the lead, and killed the inside line’s momentum. Hamlin pushing Elliott for now. And Logano blew a tire! Somehow at full speed he saved that after hitting the wall hard, and we stay green

10:38 p.m., Lap 155: Chase Elliott is helping Chris Buescher for now. Buescher needs to win this race to get in, and would end the Dillon/Reddick drama.

10:35 p.m., Lap 151: Green they go. Blaney on the outside to start and he dives in behind Logano as the latter takes off at the start.

10:31 p.m., Lap 149: Red has been lifted, we’re back to yellow flag racing and some folks have come into the pits, specifically Austin Dillon as he tries to track down Tyler Reddick, who’s been involved in a wreck and is limping out there. There is unofficially 10 points between the two for the final contested playoff position, barring a first-time winner.

10:10 p.m., Lap 147: Yellow is out. Tyler Reddick, who is fighting for the final playoff spot, is involved here. Lots of smoke out of the 8 car. Truex steers the 7 into the wall. William Byron is collected too. Looked like Chastain maybe had a baubble that started a chain reaction check up. They’ve put this now under red. Red flag for backstretch cleanup. Reddick has come back out and will try to run laps while smoking to see if he can maintain a playoff position.

10:08 p.m., Lap 145: Green flag waves, 16 to go and Joey Logano leads the host of Fords to the line. Blaney, Almirola, Buescher, Custer, DiBenedetto running Top 5.

10:05 p.m., Lap 144: Chase Elliott and Kyle Larsen get four fresh tires, most everyone else went with none, only fuel. Elliott will start further back, but will have, ostensibly, 15 laps on fresh rubber to try and track everyone else down.

10:02 p.m., Lap 142: Caution is out for three cars all owned by Rick Ware racing. Smithley kissed the wall and collected his teammates as he tried to save the car. This just gave the Chevy and Toyota drivers a giant gift.

9:57 p.m., Lap 137: The pit window is approaching in 7 or 8 laps here. With the gap increasing, might some of them gamble to take a pair of tires, too?

9:55 p.m., Lap 135: The division between manufacturers has been striking, and the Chevys and Toyotas are almost to the point where they can pit for fuel and keep in front of the Ford pack. It’s getting close. Bubba Wallace still in front here, being pushed by Kyle Busch.

9:47 p.m., Lap 125: Green flag pit stops start here with 37 to go. Logano among those early splash-and-dashers. Blaney in, as well. Looks like all the Ford cars pitted for fuel only.

9:45 p.m., Lap 122: Chastain gets a bit of help from Blaney as he dips inside, giving Bowman a run outside with Kyle Busch on his bumper. Kevin Harvick also showing in the Top 5 on the inside line.

9:43 p.m., Lap 118: The jockeying for position near the front has become more frequent than a left turn in NASCAR. Four-wide racing as teams continue to bid for an automatic playoff position, and also try to stay out of trouble to earn valuable points. Ross Chastain as managed to be in front for a couple of laps just ahead of Alex Bowman. Kyle Busch sitting in third.

9:33 p.m., Lap 106: Back to green for the third and final stage, and the final stage of the regular season! Denny Hamlin, the only person secure in the Top 16 for the playoffs without a win, leads the field. William Byron and Bubba Wallace running 2-3.

Stage 2

9:24 p.m., Lap 100: Joey Logano wins stage 2, fending off his Penske teammate Ryan Blaney without any more wrecking. Miraculously. It was some risky racing for Logano at the front, blocking between lanes. Blaney fell back and finished the stage in sixth. Austin Dillon moved up to second for the stage finish. William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Kyle Larson, Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse, Kyle Busch, Bubba Wallace and Christopher Bell follow in the top 10.

9:20 p.m., Lap 98: Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney are dueling for the spot. Logano is weaving between the lanes, but eventually pulls out with Reddick behind him.

9:17 p.m., Lap 94: Joey Logano, Tyler Reddick, Ricky Stenhouse, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex lead a top lane. But Ryan Blaney, followed Elliott march the low lane to the front of the pack.

9:10 p.m., Lap 85: Corey LaJoie gets left behind up front, as Joey Logano, Tyler Reddick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon lead in a row up top.

9:03 p.m., Lap 80: Corey LaJoie wiggles at the front of the pack on the inside lane, setting off a chain reaction of checking up behind him. The caution comes out as Aric Almirola and Alex Bowman spin with what appears to be the most damage. Denny Hamlin also has some slight damage that might impact his ability to draft, but his crew chief doesn’t seem too concerned at this point, telling him to monitor it.

8:54 p.m., Lap 69: Martin Truex Jr. moves back with debris on his grille as Christopher Bell surges to the front, but also quickly picks up debris, a problem we’ve seen with three leaders tonight. Six cars lead the top line but Joey Logano jumps to form the low lane.

8:47 p.m., Lap 64: Martin Truex Jr. is leading the top line, which has the five leading cars in it. Corey LaJoie is leading the low lane with Chase Elliott and Tyler Reddick further back behind LaJoie. Christopher Bell, Ricky Stenhouse, Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon are in the top line up front.

8:40 p.m., Lap 55: Joey Logano’s team is penalized for “throwing equipment” and he’s told that it was due to a gas can going over the wall. He’ll drops to the back and the team debates trying to set a fast lap.

Stage 1

8:33 p.m., Lap 50: Chase Elliott has a strong car and no major complaints after winning the first stage at Daytona. He holds off Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, who lost, then immediately saved his car from spinning out coming to the green-and-white checkered flag. Austin Dillon finished sixth for five stage points, while Tyler Reddick finished out of the top 10. Reddick now leads Dillon by 20 points for the final playoff spot.

Ross Chastain, Martin Truex, Dillon, Corey LaJoie, Joey Logano, Ryan Preece and Chris Buescher follow in the top 10 for points.

8:29 p.m., Lap 45: Chase Elliott weaves back under Joey Logano as Austin Dillon wiggles behind them off a push from Denny Hamlin. Logano challenges again shortly after breaking into another line, then resettles behind Elliott.

8:24 p.m., Lap 40: Leader Chase Elliott has debris on his nose, and he opts to pull back to get it off. Joey Logano becomes the new leader. Austin Dillon gets some help.

8:14 p.m., Lap 29: Chase Elliott jumps up to the high line in front of Joey Logano, Cole Custer, Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski, William Byron, Christopher Bell and Denny Hamlin. The field looks content to ride for a bit before the inevitable move to break up for the stage finish.

8:09 p.m., Lap 25: Before the race restarts, Michael McDowell’s car slowed on the backstretch with an apparent engine issue. There was smoke coming from under the hood. McDowell pits his car.

8:03 p.m, Lap 20: Chase Elliott leads at the competition caution. Just before the flag, Ross Chastain pitted for right side tire damage. He tagged the wall after getting a shove from Denny Hamlin off a block. Chastain saved his car from a full spin. Elliott doesn’t take any tires and is still the leader. Cole Custer and Joey Logano are next off pit road, followed by Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Denny Hamlin.

7:57 p.m., Lap 15: William Byron moves back to the front after Denny Hamlin leads Bubba Wallace to the top of the field, with each driver leading a lane. Some drivers further back are talking about how dicey it’s getting at the front of the pack.

7:52 p.m., Lap 7: Kevin Harvick makes a move to the low line and runs to the front of the back, while Ryan Blaney drops in behind Harvick. The order is Harvick, Byron, Blaney and Elliott.

7:45 p.m.: Green flag! Denny Hamlin and William Byron lead the field two-wide for the opening laps. This is a new rules package for superspeedways, with speeds expecting to be slightly slowed. Byron is leading with another group of cars forming a second line further back that includes Kyle Larson and Joey Logano.

Pre-race

Engines have been fired at Daytona. Team U.S.A sprinter and Tokyo bronze medalist in the men’s 200 meter dash Noah Lyles delivered the command.

Anthony Alfredo, already dropping to the rear for an inspection issue, will serve a pass-thru penalty for unapproved adjustments on the grid.

PRE-RACE SCHEDULE
Invocation: 7:25 p.m.

National Anthem: 7:26 p.m.

Command: 7:33 p.m.

Green Flag: 7:45 p.m.

WENDELL SCOTT GETS HIS TROPHY, FINALLY
NASCAR president Steve Phelps, along with NASCAR vice president of Diversity & Inclusion Brandon Thompson and Cup driver Bubba Wallace present Wendell Scott’s family with a trophy recognizing Scott’s 1963 win in Jacksonville, Fla. Scott was the first, and so far only, Black driver to win a race at NASCAR’s top level. At the time, he never received his proper award ceremony and trophy. NASCAR corrected that this evening.

KYLE LARSON AND OTHERS TO THE REAR
Kyle Larson and five other drivers will drop to the rear for the start of the regular season finale. Larson was slated to start on the pole thanks to NASCAR’s metric qualifying formula. But Larson’s car, along with the cars of Corey LaJoie, Joey Gase and Kaz Grala failed pre-race technical inspection multiple times. LaJoie was slated to start 33rd, Gase was 37th and Grala was 38th.

Additionally, the two Front Row Motorsports cars of Michael McDowell and Anthony Alfredo were penalized for not conforming to certain deck lid specifications, and as a result, the crew chiefs for each team has been ejected, the cars will drop to the rear and further penalties may be assessed during the upcoming week, per NASCAR.

McDowell, who won the Daytona 500 this season, was slated to start 18th. Alfredo was slated to start 32nd. Jason Sheets, car chief of the No. 34, will fill in as McDowell’s crew chief. Derrick Finley will serve as the crew chief for Alfredo, the team said.

NASCAR CUP RACE AT DAYTONA HOW TO WATCH

Race: Coke Zero Sugar 400
When: Saturday, Aug. 28
Time: 7 p.m. EST
TV: NBC
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 400 miles (160 Laps) with stages ending on laps 50, 100 and 160)
NASCAR AT DAYTONA CUP STARTING ORDER
Order Driver Car No.
1 Kyle Larson 5
2 William Byron 24
3 Denny Hamlin 11
4 Kyle Busch 18
5 Chase Elliott 9
6 Ryan Blaney 12
7 Martin Truex Jr. 19
8 Kurt Busch 1
9 Matt DiBenedetto 21
10 Brad Keselowski 2
11 Kevin Harvick 4
12 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47
13 Chris Buescher 17
14 Christopher Bell 20
15 Alex Bowman 48
16 Chase Briscoe 14
17 Tyler Reddick 8
18 Michael McDowell 34
19 Aric Almirola 10
20 Bubba Wallace 23
21 Erik Jones 43
22 Joey Logano 22
23 Ryan Newman 6
24 Ryan Preece 37
25 Cole Custer 41
26 Daniel Suárez 99
27 Austin Dillon 3
28 Justin Haley 77
29 Ross Chastain 42
30 BJ McLeod 78
31 Cody Ware 51
32 Anthony Alfredo 38
33 Corey LaJoie 7
34 Garrett Smithley 53
35 Quin Houff 0
36 Josh Bilicki 52
37 Joey Gase 15
38 Kaz Grala 16
39 Landon Cassill 96
40 David Starr 66

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