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NASCAR at Darlington live race updates, results, highlights from the Southern 500

NASCAR at Darlington live race updates, results, highlights from the Southern 500

The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs begin at Darlington Raceway on Sunday with the Cook Out Southern 500.

Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin enter the postseason with a sizable points lead, and the duo split this year’s regular-season races at Darlington in May. But even they cannot let up over next three races, when the top 16 drivers will be trimmed down to 12 and rivals try to cut their advantage over the pack.

Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch and Matt DiBenedetto are outside of the top 12 right now and fighting to move upward and stay alive.

Sports Grind Entertainment is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Darlington. Follow below for complete results from the Cook Out Southern 500.

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NASCAR at Darlington live updates, highlights from Southern 500

3 p.m.: Pre-race penalties have been given out.

NASCAR race start time today

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington will wave shortly after 6 p.m. ET, assuming there are no rain delays as there have been so often since NASCAR returned to live racing in May.

This start time typically creates a unique challenge for drivers at Darlington. The late-summer South Carolina heat makes for a slick race track that evolves as the day turns into night and the conditions get cooler. Mid-race adjustments will be key for that reason.

Darlington Raceway obviously has lights, so a weather delay could push the race into the late hours of Sunday and early hours of Monday.

Sunday night’s race is is one of the longest time-wise of the Cup Series season. It is scheduled for 367 laps (501.3 miles) and needs to reach the halfway point to be considered official in the event of weather issues.

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NASCAR starting lineup at Darlington

Here’s the complete starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Darlington:

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

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