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NASCAR at Kentucky live race updates, results, highlights from the Quaker State 400

Today’s NASCAR race at Kentucky Speedway is just the second daytime event in the Cup Series’ decade-long history of racing at the 1.5-mile oval located between Cincinnati and Louisville. A modified 2020 schedule meant the Kentucky race needed to be pushed back from its traditional Saturday night slot and into Sunday afternoon.

The change alters some of the heat-related variables at this particular intermediate track. NASCAR also applied additional traction compound to the middle lane of the racing surface Sunday morning in an effort to reinforce that groove for the Cup race.

Even though he has never won at Kentucky in the Cup Series, Kevin Harvick, the series points leader, entered Sunday’s race as the favorite. He and Denny Hamlin are tied for the most wins this season with four apiece, which is part of the reason Hamlin also is near the top of the odds board for Sunday’s race.

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Sporting News is tracking live race updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Kentucky. Follow below for complete results from the Quaker State 400.

NASCAR at Kentucky live updates, highlights from Quaker State 400

3:15 p.m. ET: Restart on Lap 31. Aric Almirola resumes the lead.

3:08 p.m. ET: Caution. Lap 26 and the competition caution arrives after a smooth green flag run. Aric Almirola is leading with Kyle Busch in second. During pit stops, Ty Dillon gets a penalty for a commitment line violation and must restart in the rear of the field.

2:54 p.m. ET: Green flag. The Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway is underway.

11:55 a.m. ET: NASCAR announces Martin Truex Jr. and Matt Kenseth will have to start Sunday’s race from the rear of the field after both teams failed pre-race inspection twice.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky will wave shortly after 2:30 p.m. ET, assuming there are no rain or lightning delays as there have been so often since NASCAR returned to live racing in May. The good news is Kentucky Speedway does have lights in the event weather delays the race at any point.

The Kentucky race was moved from its originally scheduled 7:30 p.m. ET start time on Saturday, July 11 to an afternoon race on Sunday to account for the Truck Series, Xfinity Series and ARCA Series racing at the same track in the same weekend.

NASCAR starting lineup at Kentucky

Below is the complete starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky:

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