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NASCAR at Las Vegas live race updates, results, highlights from the South Point 400

Las Vegas hosts the first race of NASCAR’s playoff Round of 12 on Sunday with emotions in the Cup Series escalating.

Joey Logano’s role in preventing a Kyle Busch win last weekend caused controversy that could leak into the South Point 400. Increased pressure on the frontrunners to keep a buffer from an elimination spot might add to the track tension.

Logano has won two of the past three races at Las Vegas.

Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Las Vegas. Follow below for complete results from the South Point 400.

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NASCAR at Las Vegas live updates, highlights from South Point 400

8:19 p.m.: Logano is the biggest pest in the sport. This contact messes up Kyle Busch’s crush panel and saps Busch’s speed. Logano has to pit for a minor tire problem.

8:05 p.m.: Hamlin wins Stage 1. 

Hamlin wins opening stage … Hamlin Logano KyBusch Elliott Harvick ADillon Blaney Bowman Truex Bowyer, then DiBenedetto Johnson Almirola Jones Custer KuBusch … 21st-Keselowski #nascar

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 28, 2020

8:00 p.m.: Hamlin still leads with 10 laps remaining in Stage 1.

7:45 p.m.: We told you there would be drama.

“Make sure the nose is OK from that dipshit up there,” says Chase Elliott, referring to Joey Logano’s block. The 9 team responds, “He needs to get sent sooner or later.” | #NASCAR

— Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall) September 27, 2020

7:42 p.m.: At that restart, Elliott appears to have been obstructed by Logano.

Joey Logano has been making massive blocks early in this race, and so far getting away with it. We’ll see how long that lasts, though | #NASCAR

— Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall) September 27, 2020

7:39 p.m.: Denny Hamlin now takes over first place.

7:37 p.m.: Kyle Busch moves in front after a competition caution.

7:21 p.m. Chase Elliott, who started third, has grabbed an early lead.

7:18 p.m.: Green flag!

7:08 p.m.: Engines are fired.

7:04 p.m.: Anthem is complete at Las Vegas.

NASCAR race start time today

The green flag for Sunday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas is scheduled to wave at 7:17 p.m. ET. For drivers, the later the start time the better considering the high in Las Vegas on Sunday will flirt with 100 degrees.

The 7 p.m. ET start time will make mid-race adjustments key for race teams, especially at a mile-and-a-half oval like Vegas. The track will be hot and slick at the beginning of the race and get cooler and faster as the night progresses.

NASCAR starting lineup at Las Vegas

Here is the complete starting lineup for Sunday night’s NASCAR race at Las Vegas:

Pos.
Driver
Car No.
Team
1
Kevin Harvick (P)
4
Stewart-Haas Racing
2
Kyle Busch (P)
18
Joe Gibbs Racing
3
Chase Elliott (P)
9
Hendrick Motorsports
4
Aric Almirola (P)
10
Stewart-Haas Racing
5
Joey Logano (P)
22
Team Penske
6
Clint Bowyer (P)
14
Stewart-Haas Racing
7
Austin Dillon (P)
3
Richard Childress Racing
8
Alex Bowman (P)
88
Hendrick Motorsports
9
Kurt Busch (P)
1
Chip Ganassi Racing
10
Denny Hamlin (P)
11
Joe Gibbs Racing
11
Martin Truex Jr. (P)
19
Joe Gibbs Racing
12
Brad Keselowski (P)
2
Team Penske
13
Erik Jones
20
Joe Gibbs Racing
14
Tyler Reddick
8
Richard Childress Racing
15
Ryan Blaney
12
Team Penske
16
Chris Buescher
17
Roush Fenway Racing
17
Michael McDowell
34
Front Row Motorsports
18
Jimmie Johnson
48
Hendrick Motorsports
19
Matt DiBenedetto
21
Wood Brothers Racing
20
Matt Kenseth
42
Chip Ganassi Racing
21
Ryan Preece
37
JTG Daugherty Racing
22
Cole Custer
41
Stewart-Haas Racing
23
Bubba Wallace
43
Richard Petty Motorsports
24
Ty Dillon
13
Germain Racing
25
John Hunter Nemechek
38
Front Row Motorsports
26
Christopher Bell
95
Leavine Family Racing
27
Ryan Newman
6
Roush Fenway Racing
28
William Byron
24
Hendrick Motorsports
29
Daniel Suarez
96
Gaunt Brothers Racing
30
Gray Gaulding
27
Rick Ware Racing
31
Corey LaJoie
32
Go Fas Racing
32
Quin Houff
00
StarCom Racing
33
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
47
JTG Daugherty Racing
34
Joey Gase
51
Petty Ware Racing
35
Brennan Poole
15
Premium Motorsports
36
Timmy Hill
66
Motorsports Business Management
37
JJ Yeley
77
Spire Motorsports
38
Josh Bilicki
7
Tommy Baldwin Racing
39
Chad Finchum
49
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