Real-time NASCAR championship updates, results, highlights from the 2021 Cup Series title race in Phoenix

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And then there were four.

The NASCAR Cup Series has reached the final round of the season, with Championship 4 kicking off on Sunday at the Phoenix Raceway.

The four remaining are Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin. Larson and Elliott are in the best position as they start in no. 1 and 2 places in the standings, while Hamlin is in sixth and Truex starts in 12th. Of the pilots, Elliott and Truex are the only two looking to win more titles. Elliott won last year, while Truex won in 2017.

After reaching this point, each pilot is now in the same position. Everyone has 5,000 points and the driver with the best results will be crowned champion on Sunday. There are no stage points, so this will be based solely on the outcome of the race.

Sporting News tracks live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from The 2021 NASCAR championship race on Sunday. Follow below for full results for the final of the 4 championship winning and taking all in Phoenix.

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Live updates from the NASCAR championship, highlights from the 2021 race in Phoenix

17:02: The race has restarted and Larson passes Harvick almost immediately to move into second position.

16:58: Elliott, Harvick, Larson, Truex and Bryon are the top five off-roaders, as Truex loses four points. Hamlin comes out in ninth place.

16:56: All leaders will bring caution to the pits. Refueling should be able to allow them to finish the race with fuel.

16:54: Warning flags are displayed for an accident involving Quin Houff on lap 54. The right front tire appears to have popped out and gone straight into the wall.

16:53: Truex takes advantage of some traffic as he crosses the field to put some distance between himself and Elliott for first place.

16:51: Truex is back on the front line as he is able to outflank Elliott for first place. Larson and Hamlin are in fourth and fifth.

16:45: Elliott has amassed a solid lead as he is just over a second ahead of Truex. Larson and Harvick battled for third place, while Hamlin continues to run fifth on lap 35 of the second stage.

16:38: The battle continues for fourth place as Harvick and Hamlin go back and forth around lap 20 of the stage. Both are about 2.5 seconds behind Elliott in the first.

16:33: The green flag has returned while the 115-lap Phase 2 is in progress.

16:28: Elliott, Truex, Harvick, Hamlin and Larson are the top five off-roaders.

16:23: Truex escapes with Phase 1 victory. Harvick, Elliott, Hamlin and Larson complete the top five.

16:20: Hamlin climbs ahead of Larson for fourth overall, but both drivers are still well behind Truex for the lead. No driver is within three seconds of Truex.

16:17: Blaney dropped down to sixth, as all 4 drivers are now in the top five. Truex is almost two seconds ahead of Harvick and Hamlin, fifth, is just over four seconds behind.

16:12: Now Truex has moved up to first place to overtake Harvick and Blaney with 24 laps to go.

16:10: The four are occupying positions from third to sixth with 27 laps remaining in the stage. Truex, Elliott, Larson and Hamlin.

16:07: Harvick managed to capture Blaney for the lead with Elliott not too far away. Truex has also made great strides as he is now ahead of Larson, who is now fifth, just a point above Hamlin.

16:04: Kevin Harvick is able to come out ahead of Elliott, and eventually climbs up to second place ahead of Larson. Ryan Blaney is still leading the race with about a second and a half advantage.

4:00 pm: Elliott tries to pass Larson from the inside, but he slips a bit and must recover before the two end up in a fight. He moves behind Larson for the third.

15:57: There is a restart with Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski and Ross Chastain starting from the front. It didn’t take long for Larson to climb to fourth place, overtaking Michael McDowell from the inside.

15:53: All the leaders take the opportunity to go to the pits, but Larson stays out. He will be fifth at the restart.

15:51: It only takes four more laps to get the attention flag out. LaJoie and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. collided when the cars turned three wide and LaJoie crashes into the wall. Stenhouse is able to stop in front of the wall and appears to be relatively clean.

15:49: Elliott and William Byron occupy the front row as the race begins at the restart on lap 11.

15:48: Larson drops from second to 34th with the pit stop.

15:45: Larson is the only driver in the championship to take the opportunity to pit cautiously. Looks like Wallace’s afternoon ended after the accident.

15:44: The caution flag was removed when Bubba Wallace hits the wall. He is shot in the back by Corey LaJoie’s 7, leading to a crash.

15:41: It doesn’t take long for Elliott to lead the interior and take the lead over Larson on the second lap of the race.

15:41: There is a green flag and the championship is underway.

15:29: The command has been given. The pilots are ready to start this race.

15:25: Kristin Chenoweth performed the national anthem before the competition.

15:18: Pre-match ceremony that begins with the singing of “God Bless America” ​​before the start of the championship match.

15:10: Which of these four drivers will come out with that trophy?

NASCAR start time today

  • Weather: 3pm ET (TV time)
  • TV channel: NBC (TSN5 in Canada)
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  • Radio: MRN

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at the Phoenix Raceway 1-mile track is scheduled to fall at 3:34 PM EST on Sunday (1:34 PM MST). The track is illuminated, so the race can end after sunset, which is set for 5:37 pm MST on Sunday.

Time does not seem to be the cause of a delay. The National Weather Service forecast for Avondale, Arizona., where Phoenix Raceway is located, is for sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s. Winds will be light to light.

PHOENIX FORMATION: Starting order, pole with qualifications

How does the NASCAR championship race work?

Each Championship 4 driver will start the race with 5,000 points. The driver with the most points at the end of the race will be the Cup Series champion. There is a big difference between the first 35 races of the season and the championship race: stage points will not be awarded to the drivers of the championship 4. This means that the official finishing positions of the playoff drivers alone will determine who wins the championship. The best classified among the four classified will be awarded.

NASCAR’s initial lineup at Pheonix

Here is the complete starting lineup for Sunday’s Cup Series championship race at Phoenix Raceway. Thirty-nine cars entered the race, one less than the number of a complete field. Championship 4 drivers are indicated by a “P” next to their names.

Initial position Driver car n. squad
1 P-Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
2 P-Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
3 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
4th Ryan Blaney 12 ° Penske team
5 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
6th P-Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
7th Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
8th Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
9 Kevin Harvick 4th Stewart-Haas Racing
10 Joey Logano 22 Penske team
11 Brad Keselowski 2 Penske team
12 ° P-Martin Truex Jr. 19 ° Joe Gibbs Racing
13 Kyle Busch 18 ° Joe Gibbs Racing
14 Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
15 ° Matt Di Benedetto 21 Ran of the wooden brothers
16 Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
17 ° Daniel Suarez 99 TrackHouse Racing
18 ° Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
19 ° Ryan Newman 6th Roush Fenway Racing
20 Tyler Reddick 8th Richard Childres Racing
21 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
22 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
23 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childres Racing
24 Corey LaJoie 7th Spire Motorsports
25 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
26 Chris Buescher 17 ° Roush Fenway Racing
27 Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
28 Michael McDowell 34 Motorsports in the front row
29 Justin Haley 77 Spire Motorsports
30 Antonio Alfredo 38 Motorsports in the front row
31 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
32 BJ McLeod 78 Fast Live Motorsport
33 Cody ware 51 Petty Ware Racing
34 Joey Gase 53 Rick Ware Racing
35 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing
36 David Starr 15 ° Motor sports business management
37 Josh Bilicki 52 Rick Ware Racing
38 Garrett Smithley 15 ° Rick Ware Racing
39 Timmy Hill 66 Motor sports business management

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