Let’s try this again, shall we?
The NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway was originally scheduled to begin at 7 pm on Saturday, but inclement weather postponed it until today.
You can catch it on CNBC, the NBC Sports App, Peacock, MRN or SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Kyle Larson’s on the pole. Fifteen drivers are vying for two elusive playoff spots. Let’s do this.
Live updates will be posted in the section below and will be published frequently during the race. Refresh this page for the latest news. Full results will be posted after the race.
Live updates: Daytona International Speedway
Chapter 128: Interesting here that Justin Haley stayed out on the track while all other Top 10 drivers have pitted. Haley’s last stop was on Lap 96. Almost everyone giving chase has 31 fewer laps on their tires. Eric Jones runs second, Joey Logano 3rd, Aric Almirola 4th and Kyle Busch in 5th.
Chapter 127: Eight drivers were officially involved here, six of them were those who needed to win to get into the playoffs, and most collected from a move in the second position.
Lap 125: Caution is out! Another yellow as another big wreck near the front of the field. Collected here are Bubba Wallace and Chase Briscoe. Cole Custer also involved, as is Alex Bowman and Ricky Stenhouse… More to follow.
Chapter 124: Alex Bowman maintains a lead here with Stebhouse Jr. on his tail. There have been 34 lead changes and 15 different leaders, so this will almost certainly change. The question is, how are Truex and Blaney positioned?
Chapter 113: The weather is reportedly a concern for many teams, who may not believe they have 49 laps to go. That’s causing some consternation at the front and some drivers being a bit more aggressive than normal. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., among those who need to win to get into the playoffs, is hanging in the Top 5. As is Bubba Wallace. Reddick maintains the lead. Logano and Bowman also lurking.
Chapter 108: Back to green-flag racing. Logano and Reddick lead the field at the front.
Chapter 104: Still under caution. Joey Logano remains the lead car. After the wreck shuffled things in the Top 10, Tyler Reddick (who caused the wreck), sits in second. Alex Bowman, Ricky Stebhouse Jr. and Austin Cindric round out the Top 5… for now. Chastain, Lajoie, Reddick, Buescher, Truex all in some way involved in the crash.
Chapter 102: CAUTION! Martin Truex Jr. involved in this one, and now he and Ryan Blaney have both been collected in crashes that had nothing to do with them originally. There is significant cosmetic damage to Truex’s car. McDowell among those with significant damage, as well.
Lap 100: Green green green. Stage 3 is under way, and McDowell leads the field to the flag. He’s quickly passed by Joey Logano.
Lap 99: Rain looms to the North and East of the track, reports of it raining at the beach. So far it’s dry at the track, but if there is a washout, the race IS official, and some teams may try to play a strategy to be ahead at a stoppage to try and secure a win.
Lap 97: Michael McDowell gets a huge bump on pit road, taking fuel only to jump 16 spots into third position. Kyle Busch is penalized for speeding on pit road and will have to pass through for his penalty, hurting his position on the track. Ty Dillon, Chris Buescher and BJ McLeod stayed out under the competition yellow.
Lap 96: Kyle Busch masterfully holds off a few late pushes down the final stretch from Denny Hamlin and others — and he earns the Stage 2 win. Behind him: Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Bubba Wallace, Todd Gilliland, Tyler Reddick, Kevin Harvick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon.
Lap 85: Tyler Reddick, despite having a shaky car, is leading the pack. Reddick is bouncing back and forth, cutting off Chase Elliott on the inside draft line and then Kyle Busch on the outside line.
Lap 80: Halfway! That means that the race is now “official” — results would be recorded if it rains and the race cannot resume.
Lap 78: The Toyotas enter pit road and only get gas. The rest of the field pretty much enters pit road a lap later, setting up what should be an exciting Stage 2 conclusion.
Lap 67: And the chaos that is Daytona continues! Harrison Burton, Ross Chastain and Justin Haley are among the drivers who have been introduced to the front of the pack on Sunday. Joey Logano still racing a solid race. The No. 22 car seems to be running the most consistent race so far today.
Lap 60: Ryan Blaney goes down two laps. The damage his car suffered in the Stage 1 wreck is rearing its ugly head.
Lap 54: Chris (Christopher?) Buescher has made moves in Stage 2. The 17 car is in fourth, third in the lead draft line. Eric Jones and William Byron lead the pack.
Lap 41: And we’re under green again. Bubba Wallace leads the outside line. Three-wide after Turn 1. Eric Jones and Corey LaJoie toward the front, too.
Lap 36: Brad Keselowski, caught up in the Stage 1 wreck, is reportedly done for the day. That effectively ends the playoff hopes for the relatively new owner and veteran driver.
Lap 35: Joey Logano takes the lead on the restart and holds on to earn the Stage 1 win. Huge playoff point for the No. 22 times. Other cars in top-10 (in order): Chase Elliott, Harrison Burton, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Corey LaJoie, Bubba Wallace, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Eric Jones, Michael McDowell.
Lap 31: Wreck! Denny Hamlin appears to get loose and spins out after some contact from Eric Jones, and a bunch of cars are caught up in the Stage 1 wreck. Among those drivers: Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell, Brad Keselowski, Hamlin. Caution has come out. Is Blaney’s car salvageable? (The No. 12 team has answered in the affirmative.)
Lap 27: Kyle Larson is done for the day. His win at Watkins Glen last week is even more valuable as he and a handful of other drivers fight for second place in points. The pack is about to lap Austin Cindric, too.
Lap 21: Eric Jones and Denny Hamlin are making moves on the outside line. Jones in the No. 43 car is one of the handful of drivers who need a win to make the playoffs. Chase Elliott (P2) and Joey Logano (P4) still lead the inside line.
Lap 15: Kyle Larson has to enter pit road. The No. 5 car appears to have some sort of mechanical issue. Austin Cindric, the Daytona 500 winner, has lost the draft; he’s hauling to ensure that he doesn’t get lapped. Eighteen laps until the conclusion of Stage 1.
Lap 10: Rain is sprinkling around Turns 1 and 2. Hasn’t slowed down Sunday’s race. Worth keeping an eye on, particularly how it affects visibility.
Lap 7: Kyle Larson is still leading the outside line, but that’s nine cars behind the leader, Chase Elliott, who’s leading the inside. Kyle Busch has intentionally fallen to the back. Three-wide in the back of the pack!
Lap 4: Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Christopher Bell and Kevin Harvick all in the lead draft line on the inside. Kyle Larson, who started on the pole, leads the second line. Larson is in P5 at the moment.
Green flag, 10:06 am: And away we go!
10:03 am: Cars are rolling around the hallowed ground of Daytona International Speedway. Track looks decently dry. The day race in the middle of the summer makes Daytona a different race — potentially more slick — than if it had started late last night.
9:53 am: Engines about to be fired. Rain is in the area but appears to be slackening.
9:25 am: The pre-race timing — which, as you know, is all subject to change — is as follows this morning: Invocation is set for 9:46 am, the national anthem is set for 9:47 am, command is set for 9: 53 am, and the green flag should drop around 10:05 am
9:19 am: Per NASCAR, no cars are dropping to the rear yet. Some other details: Pit road speed is 55 mph; caution vehicle speed is 70 mph; fuel window is 44 laps.
9:05 am: NASCAR’s regular-season finale, barring inclement weather (again), will begin within the hour. That means it’ll start during F1’s return-from-summer-break race, which is being shown on ESPN2. Big day for racing!
Who earned the pole at Daytona?
Daytona Cup qualifying got washed out by rain, so that means the starting lineup was set by the rule book. Kyle Larson is in P1. His teammate, Chase Elliott, is in P2. It’ll be interesting to see how the two begin considering their physical finish at Watkins Glen.
When does Sunday’s NASCAR race at Daytona start?
- Race: Coke Zero Sugar 400
- Distance: 400 miles (160 laps)
- Stages: Stage 1 ends on Lap 35, Stage 2 ends on Lap 95 and Stage 3 ends on Lap 160
- Where: Daytona International Speedway
- When: 10 am, Sunday
- Watch: NBC, NBC Sports App, Peacock
- Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR
- Wallet: $8,312,719
This story was originally published August 28, 2022 9:07 AM.