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NASCAR at Daytona live updates, results, highlights from the 2020 road course race

Kevin Harvick arrives at Daytona on Sunday red-hot after doubling up last weekend at Michigan and taking sole control of almost every statistical category for the 2020 NASCAR season.

Harvick and Denny Hamlin have been the stories of the campaign, not only going toe-to-toe in the standings, but also pushing one another within races. Brad Keselowski has also been a factor up top lately.

The GoBowling 235 on Sunday presents another chance for the veterans to separate from the field — or for the field to make up ground.

Sporting News is tracking live race updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday’s NASCAR race from Daytona’s road course. Follow below for complete results from the GoBowling 235.

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NASCAR at Daytona live updates, highlights from 2020 road course race

5:40 p.m.: Elliott has a lead of almost five seconds on everyone else. Kyle Busch is second.

5:33 p.m.: Back to green with 26 laps to go (several go-arounds were completed under caution during this restart).

5:21 p.m.: Engines are indeed warm again.

5:18 p.m.: Looks like engines could fire back up in the next 5-10 minutes.

4:48 p.m.: There’s a minimum stoppage rule in NASCAR whenever lightning strikes nearby, meaning we’ll have to wait at least another 20 minutes.

4:48 p.m.: The stoppage allows this change to happen.

JJ Yeley was physically overheating so Bayley Currey has taken over in the 27

— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) August 16, 2020

4:46 p.m.: Red flag for lightning with 29 laps left in the race. Argh.

4:36 p.m.: Harvick spins. No caution, though, as no one hits him afterward.

4:27 p.m.: Hamlin wins Stage 2. Truez Jr. is penalized for speeding on pit road and WILL NOT get stage points despite finishing the round in seventh.

Denny Hamlin wins Stage 2 at Daytona road course, his 30th playoff point of the season. Harvick has 35 playoff points, Hamlin has the second-most.

Others getting stage points:

2. Bowyer
3. Blaney
4. Byron
5. Stenhouse
6. Preece
7. Truex
8. Elliott
9. Harvick
10. KuBusch

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) August 16, 2020

4:23 p.m.: Two more laps left in Stage 2.

4:11 p.m.: Truex Jr. jumps ahead of Hamlin with eight laps remaining in Stage 2.

4:06 p.m.: Hamlin is back out in front.

3:52 p.m.: Chase Elliott wins Stage 1.

Getting stage points in Stage 1:

1. Elliott
2. Logano
3. Johnson
4. Bowyer
5. DiBenedetto
6. Jones
7. Byron
8. Truex
9. Custer
10. Preece

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) August 16, 2020

3:49 p.m.: Truex Jr. pits before the end of the stage, taking him out of the running for the Stage 1 win.

3:44 p.m.: Martin Truex Jr., who has been mostly quiet this year, is battling for the lead.

3:39 p.m.: Hamlin continues to set the pace for the field in Stage 1.

They’re halfway through Stage 1 at Daytona road course. Hamlin-Truex-Elliott-Logano-Harvick-Johnson-DiBenedetto-Bowyer-KuBusch-Bell are top 10. KyBusch is P28 after pitting with that flat tire earlier.

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) August 16, 2020

3:31 p.m.: After careful deliberation, Kyle Busch decides to pit to check out that tire. A frustrating start for him.

“Tire was all the way through, it wouldn’t have made it another lap. Good catch. Settle in, a lot of racing here,” Adam Stevens tells Kyle Busch. Busch is now 35th | #NASCAR

— Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall) August 16, 2020

3:27 p.m.: Kyle Busch thinks he might have a flat tire. Hamlin passes him to take an early lead.

3:21 p.m.: Green flag. Here’s to a fun, rain-free Sunday afternoon road race at Daytona.

3:13 p.m.: Engines fired!

3:01 p.m.: Pre-race activities are taking place currently, and they’re on track to fire up engines somewhat soon.

NASCAR race start time today

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at the Daytona road course will wave shortly after 3 p.m. ET, assuming there are no rain delays as there have been so often since NASCAR returned to live racing in May.

The good news is that, in the event weather impacts Sunday’s race, NASCAR has sufficient lighting for the road course portion of the track to complement Daytona’s oval lighting. This means NASCAR could push the race late into the evening, if need be.

With the addition of the road course element rather than a 2.5-mile oval, Daytona this weekend is a 3.57-mile circuit. Sunday’s Cup Series race is scheduled for 65 laps and 231 miles with stage lengths of 15 laps, 15 laps and 35 laps.

NASCAR starting lineup at Daytona road course

Here is the starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Daytona:

Pos.
Driver
Car No.
Team
1
Kevin Harvick
4
Stewart-Haas Racing
2
Denny Hamlin
11
Joe Gibbs Racing
3
Martin Truex Jr.
19
Joe Gibbs Racing
4
Kyle Busch
18
Joe Gibbs Racing
5
Joey Logano
22
Team Penske
6
Aric Almirola
10
Stewart-Haas Racing
7
Chase Elliott
9
Hendrick Motorsports
8
Kurt Busch
1
Chip Ganassi Racing
9
Matt DiBenedetto
21
Wood Brothers Racing
10
Kaz Grala*
3
Richard Childress Racing
11
Jimmie Johnson
48
Hendrick Motorsports
12
Clint Bowyer
14
Stewart-Haas Racing
13
William Byron
24
Hendrick Motorsports
14
Ryan Newman
6
Roush Fenway Racing
15
Christopher Bell
95
Leavine Family Racing
16
Matt Kenseth
42
Chip Ganassi Racing
17
Brad Keselowski
2
Team Penske
18
Tyler Reddick
8
Richard Childress Racing
19
Bubba Wallace
43
Richard Petty Motorsports
20
Erik Jones
20
Joe Gibbs Racing
21
Chris Buescher
17
Roush Fenway Racing
22
Ryan Preece
37
JTG Daugherty Racing
23
Ty Dillon
13
Germain Racing
24
Ryan Blaney
12
Team Penske
25
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
47
JTG Daugherty Racing
26
Cole Custer
41
Stewart-Haas Racing
27
Alex Bowman
88
Hendrick Motorsports
28
John Hunter Nemechek
38
Front Row Motorsports
29
Corey LaJoie
32
Go FAS Racing
30
Michael McDowell
34
Front Row Motorsports
31
Daniel Suarez
96
Gaunt Brothers Racing
32
JJ Yeley
27
Rick Ware Racing
33
Brennan Poole
15
Premium Motorsports
34
Reed Sorenson
77
Spire Motorsports
35
Quin Houff
00
StarCom Racing
36
Timmy Hill
66
Motorsports Business Management
37
Gray Gaulding
53
Rick Ware Racing
38
Joey Gase
51
Petty Ware Racing
39
Brendan Gaughan
62
Beard Motorsports

* Grala replaced Austin Dillon, who self-reported a positive COVID-19 test.

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