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NASCAR at Talladega live race updates, highlights, results from YellaWood 500

Chase Elliott ran in the top 10 for almost the entire race last weekend at Las Vegas only to drop to 22nd place after mishandling a restart in the final 50 laps. As a result, he stands just 10 points above the cut line to advance to the NASCAR Cup Series playoff Round of 8.

His sudden drop in the desert means Sunday’s race at Talladega will be crucial to his postseason hopes. He’d previously appeared a lock to reach the next round.

“It’s one of those things that’s happened and over with, but yeah we lost about 20 points there in about a half lap,” Elliott told Sporting News. “That’s life some weeks. … Just a bad last restart.”

Kurt Busch is the lone driver who has already clinched a Round of 8 berth entering the YellaWood 500 at Talladega following his victory in Las Vegas.

Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Talladega. Follow below for complete results from the YellaWood 500.

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NASCAR at Talladega live updates, highlights for YellaWood 500

4:47 p.m.: Martin Truex Jr. wins Stage 2.

Getting stage points in Stage 2:

1. Truex
2. Keselowski
3. Buescher
4. Elliott
5. Nemechek
6. Byron
7. Blaney
8. Buescher
9. TDillon
10. Wallace

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) October 4, 2020

4:46 p.m.: Logano receives a black flag! He can’t get stage points here.

The penalty is he’ll have to start at the tail end of the field for the restart and CANNOT receive points this stage, so he dropped back.

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) October 4, 2020

4:42 p.m.: Elliott leads as the race goes to green.

4:34 p.m.: Red flag is lifted.

4:33 p.m.: Here’s the view of the incident from Brad Keselowski’s perspective.

4:28 p.m.: The frontstretch fence needs repairing after the wreck, meaning the red flag could be out for a while.

4:28 p.m.: Sounds like Kurt Busch came out of that scary crash without significant physical damage. His car flew into the air during the chain reaction of collisions.

4:22 p.m.: The red flag comes out.

4:21 p.m.: Bowyer is finished. Looks like Kurt Busch is done as well.

Suarez, Gaughan, KuBusch, Bowyer all out of the race.

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) October 4, 2020

#NASCAR .. Clint Bowyer is out of his car. He’s done. So he will remain outside a transfer spot going into next week’s elimination race at Charlotte Roval

— Dustin Long (@dustinlong) October 4, 2020

4:20 p.m.: Huge wreck. Probably bigger than the big one before. Kurt Busch at the center of it.

4:19 p.m.: Elliott falls behind Jimmie Johnson, who becomes the 13th leader of the race.

4:18 p.m.: Elliott needs to hang onto his lead for 15 more laps to claim Stage 2 and the vital points that would come with it.

4:06 p.m.: Back to green after Blaney’s right tire issue is sorted out.

3:57 p.m.: Caution for Blaney.

3:54 p.m.: Green flag pit stops begin with 35 laps left in Stage 2.

3:44 p.m.: Back to green.

3:33 p.m.: Caution. Kyle Busch has a tire problem and leaves debris on the track.

3:30 p.m.: Elliott leads at the start of Stage 2.

3:26 p.m.: Kyle Busch will try to continue.

3:21 p.m.: Almirola is done.

3:20 p.m.: It’s unclear whether Kyle Busch will be able to continue, but regardless this is a bad sign for his playoff hopes. He was already on the wrong side of the advancement bubble.

3:19 p.m.: Chris Buescher wins Stage 1 under caution.

Stage points in Stage 1:

1. Buescher
2. Logano
3. ADillon
4. Keselowski
5. Elliott
6. Jones
7. Truex
8. Reddick
9. KuBusch
10. Wallace

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) October 4, 2020

3:15 p.m.: Big wreck before the end of Stage 1. Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola among those with damage. Clint Bowyer’s spotter proved prophetic after telling Bowyer a couple of minutes ago that “they’re trying to wreck.”

wreck … Almirola, KyBusch and several other cars.

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) October 4, 2020

3:11 p.m.: Elliott takes a turn in first. There have already been 13 lead changes.

3:09 p.m.: Logano claims first place. The top of the field has been quite fluid this afternoon. There are 10 more laps in Stage 1.

3:08 p.m.: Elliott is back in the top 10.

3:05 p.m.: Ryan Blaney to first place.

2:56 p.m.: Erik Jones takes the lead on Lap 35. There are 60 laps in Stage 1.

2:47 p.m.: Another mistake from Elliott. He’s sent to the back of the field.

Elliott to the rear for speeding on pit road.

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) October 4, 2020

2:38 p.m. Hamlin makes an aggressive move to take back the lead.

2:36 p.m.: Joey Logano pushes forward to take the lead.

2:35 p.m.: Denny Hamlin is in first, followed by Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr.

2:33 p.m.: Green again. Come on, let’s get some racing now.

2:30 p.m.: As soon as the race goes green there’s a third caution in the first 12 laps. Corey LaJoie’s car stalled.

2:21 p.m.: ANOTHER WRECK. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. takes severe damage. This race is going to take 10 hours at this pace.

Two wrecks in the first nine laps…179 laps to go!

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) October 4, 2020

Caution…crash…Ricky Stenhouse Jr. He’s trying to drive it back, but pretty sure he’s done. His chances at another superspeedway win are finished.

Replay shows Stenhouse spun off the hood of John Hunter Nemechek.

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) October 4, 2020

2:19 p.m.: Back to green. Let’s see if it can stay that way for a little longer this time.

2:11 p.m.: That was a wreck on Lap 1. Sheesh.

2:10 p.m.: Green flag … and an IMMEDIATE caution.

1:58 p.m.: Engines are fired.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

Date: Sunday, Oct. 4  Start time: 2 p.m. ETTV channel: NBC

The Round of 12 NASCAR playoff race at Talladega on Sunday should begin soon after 2 p.m. ET. The temperature is supposed to be in the 70s, and rain is not in the forecast.

The race is 94 laps spread over three stages and will become official after Lap 47. The distance of the race is 500 miles.

Among active Cup Series drivers, Brad Keselowski has performed best at Talladega. He has five wins in 23 races. No one else has more than three victories.

NASCAR starting lineup at Talladega

The starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Talladega was determined by NASCAR’s new formula for setting lineups in races without qualifying. The same procedure will be used through the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.

The formula produced this starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Talladega:

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

(P) Playoff driver.

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