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NASCAR at Richmond live race updates, results, highlights from Toyota Owners 400

NASCAR is heading for a big short on Sunday.

Martin Truex Jr. became the first repeat winner in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series after taking home the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville last weekend. Now, Truex has the opportunity to win back-to-back races at the Toyota Owners 500 at Richmond Raceway on Sunday.

While the coronavirus pandemic axed the event in 2020, Truex took home the checkered flag in 2019, making him the defending race winner entering Sunday’s race at the short track. While Truex sits in pole position, he has some stiff competition at the front, with Denny Hamlin still in search of his first win of the 2021 season despite seven top-10 finishes.

Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR’s race at Richmond Raceway on Sunday. Follow for complete results from the Toyota Owners 400.

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NASCAR at Richmond live updates, highlights

5:19 p.m.: Joey Logano really pushing Denny Hamlin now. Truex in third, followed by Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Christopher Bell. 

5:14 p.m.: No driver who’s swept the first two stages has ever won. Hamlin out front with 151 laps left in the race.

5:05 p.m. End Stage 2: Denny Hamlin takes Stage 2, by a second over Truex. Shaping up to be Hamlin’s day for a win — maybe.

4:54 p.m.: Denny Hamlin is in the lead with 25 laps left in Stage 2. Brad Keselowski charged into third place, behind Truex. Kevin Harvick also making a move, sitting in sixth. 

4:43 p.m.: Pit stops coming from the leaders. 51 laps left in Stage 2. 

4:32 p.m.: Restart away, and Truex and Hamlin are still locked in a battle for first. Truex says he’s having issues with his brakes. Uh oh.

4:23 p.m.: Caution flag is out in lap 143 as Ryan Newman spins out and into the wall. Not a lot of damage for Newman, and he drives off.

4:15 p.m.: Truex squeaks out in front of Hamlin, taking the lead entering lap 45. 

4:03 p.m.: Stage 2 underway, 155 laps in this stage. Denny Hamlin clinging to the lead. 

3:51 p.m. End Stage 1: Denny Hamlin takes home Stage 1, still in search of his first win of the 2021 season. 

Hamlin wins opening stage … Hamlin Truex Logano Byron Blaney Bell Bowman Dillon Keselowski Harvick

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) April 18, 2021

3:40 p.m.: Under 30 laps to go in Stage 1 and it’s pretty tame so far. Chase Elliott down in eighth now, locked in a battle with Brad Keselowski. Elliott seems to be fighting his car right now.

3:31 p.m.: Competition caution out at Lap 33 and Denny Hamlin exits the pits with the lead.

3:26 p.m.: Already 25 laps through, and the top five remains the same. Austin Dillon sitting in 10th, fighting with William Byron for that spot.

3:17 p.m.: Denny Hamlin scuffles off the start, but recovers for third. Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney round out the early one-through-five.

3:10 p.m.: All systems go with no pre-race drama today. Few minutes to green flag.

Engines fired here at Richmond. Stages 80-155-165 (400 laps, 300 miles). Competition caution Lap 30. Fuel run 110-120 laps. 9 sets tires. No drivers dropping to the rear. On FOX @NASCARONFOX

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) April 18, 2021

NASCAR start time today

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is scheduled to wave at 3:15 p.m. ET.

It’s unlikely that weather will delay the start. The National Weather Service’s midweek forecast for Richmond, Va., called for partly sunny skies and a high temperature near 70 degrees, the capper to a dry weekend.  

NASCAR lineup at Richmond

Here is the complete starting lineup for the Toyota Owners 400 without qualifying:

Driver
Car No.
Team
Martin Truex Jr.
19
Joe Gibbs Racing
Denny Hamlin
11
Joe Gibbs Racing
Chase Elliott
9
Hendrick Motorsports
William Byron
24
Hendrick Motorsports
Joey Logano
22
Team Penske
Kyle Larson
5
Hendrick Motorsports
Ryan Blaney
12
Team Penske
Christopher Bell
20
Joe Gibbs Racing
Kevin Harvick
4
Stewart-Haas Racing
Kyle Busch
18
Joe Gibbs Racing
Austin Dillon
3
Richard Childress Racing
Chris Buescher
17
Roush Fenway Racing
Tyler Reddick
8
Richard Childress Racing
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
47
JTG Daugherty Racing
Bubba Wallace
23
23XI Racing
Matt DiBenedetto
21
Wood Brothers Racing
Kurt Busch
1
Chip Ganassi Racing
Ross Chastain
42
Chip Ganassi Racing
Ryan Newman
6
Roush Fenway Racing
Brad Keselowski
2
Team Penske
Cole Custer
41
Stewart-Haas Racing
Aric Almirola
10
Stewart-Haas Racing
Michael McDowell
34
Front Row Motorsports
Alex Bowman
48
Hendrick Motorsports
Ryan Preece
37
JTG Daugherty Racing
Chase Briscoe
14
Stewart-Haas Racing
Daniel Suarez
99
TrackHouse Racing
James Davison
15
Rick Ware Racing
Anthony Alfredo
38
Front Row Motorsports
Erik Jones
43
Richard Petty Motorsports
Josh Bilicki
52
Rick Ware Racing
Quin Houff
00
StarCom Racing
Cody Ware
51
Petty Ware Racing
Justin Haley
77
Spire Motorsports
BJ McLeod
78
Live Fast Motorsports
Corey LaJoie
7
Spire Motorsports
Garrett Smithley
53
Rick Ware Racing
Austin Cindric
33
Team Penske

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