March NASCAR Madness is in full swing in Hotlanta.
After knocking on the door with top-10 finishes in the last two races, Martin Truex Jr. broke through and won the Instacart 400 last weekend, giving the grid their first semi-familiar winner of the 2021 Cup Series season. It’s Truex’s first win since June of last year, and his eighth overall while driving the No. 19 car for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Truex has some company at the top of the grid at Atlanta Motor Speedway, with teammate Denny Hamlin securing pole position entering the Sunday afternoon race. Hamlin himself is knocking on the door of a W this year, with four top-five finishes in five races so far in 2021. Those finishes have Hamlin comfortably in the driver’s standings with 236 points
Sporting News is tracking live updates and highlights from NASCAR’s race at Atlanta on Sunday. Follow below for complete results from the QuikTrip 500.
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NASCAR at Atlanta live updates, highlights from QuikTrip 500
3:33 p.m.: Compeition caution is out. Chase Elliott is up to 15th after being dropped to the back of the grid at the start of the race.
3:29 p.m.: Denny Hamlin still leading heading into lap 20, with Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, William Byron and Ryan Blaney rounding out the top five.
3:19 p.m.: Green flag in Atlanta, and we are underway. 325 laps today.
3:08 p.m.: Erin Andrews gives the drivers the go-ahead.
3:00 p.m.: Both Chase Elliott and Timmy Hill will fall to the back of the field today after failed inspections.
NASCAR race start time today
The green flag for today’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, is scheduled to wave at 3:19 p.m. ET.
NASCAR lineup at Atlanta
Here is the complete starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500:
|Starting pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|2||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|4||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|5||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|7||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|8||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|9||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|10||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|11||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|12||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|13||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|14||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|15||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|16||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|17||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|18||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|19||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|20||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|21||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|22||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|23||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|24||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|25||Daniel Suarez||99||TrackHouse Racing Team|
|26||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|27||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|28||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|29||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|30||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|31||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|32||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|33||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|34||James Davison||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|36||Joey Gase||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|37||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|38||Timmy Hill||66||Motorsports Business Management|
|39||Austin Cindric||33||Team Penske|