The NASCAR Cup Series regular season is coming to an end, and all eyes will be on Daytona with just one driver playoff spot remaining.
Any driver currently in the top 30 in points without a win can lock up that last spot by taking the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Saturday. Should a playoff driver or a driver not eligible for the playoffs claim first place, then two drivers could grab the final spot on points: Tyler Reddick and Austin Dillon.
The two Richard Childress Racing teammates are neck and neck in the standings, with Reddick holding the slight edge, 677-652. If the race comes down to the wire, expect to see these drivers battle it out with the stakes so high.
Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR’s race at Daytona on Saturday night . Follow below for complete results from the Coke Zero Sugar 400
NASCAR at Daytona live updates, highlights from Coke Zero Sugar 400
10:14 p.m.: These are the stakes for Reddick. He could be in danger if he’s not able to finish this race.
Dillon unofficially needs to beat Reddick by 19 spots (18 if second) to pass him in points.
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) August 29, 2021
10:13 p.m.: Here’s another look at that crash that collected several contenders.
10:11 p.m.: This race has been put on a red flag to clean the track. Reddick is off pit road, but there is plenty of smoke coming off the back of his car.
10:09 p.m.: Truex gets turned into the outside wall. He collected Byron and others.
10:08 p.m.: There’s a crash and caution flag comes out. Among the damaged cars is Reddick, who had smoke coming out the back of the car. He could be in danger of losing his spot ahead of Dillon in points if he can’t get back out to the race. Pit crew looking under the hood now.
10:07 p.m.: Logano, Blaney and Almirola are the top three on the restart.
10:04 p.m.: Dillon is heading to the rear for speeding on pit road.
10:03 p.m.: Kyle Busch is the first off pit road with Truex and LaJoie right behind him.
10:01 p.m.: Brad Keselowski gets the free pass and the Fords that pitted on green will move up to the front as the Toyotas and Chevys go to pit road on the caution.
9:59 p.m.: The caution has acome out with Joey Gase and Ware having a minor crash. Garrett Smithley spun out to start the chain.
9:55 p.m.: The Toyotas and Chevys leading the way still haven’t taken a pit stop as Wallace stays out in front of Busch and Chastain. They should be nearing pit road soon though as they will need to refuel to finish the race.
9:51 p.m.: Wallace, Busch and Chastain are fighting it out for the top spot. Wallace is the current leader with 30 laps to go.
9:47 p.m.: Wallace had taken a lead after the Fords went for a pit, but Chastain passes him with 36 to go.
9:46 p.m.: Harvick leads a few cars out for a green flag pit stop as they pull aside for fuel.
9:45 p.m.: Chastain is running a big lead out right now from the inside. Should he win, he will be the 16th playoff qualifier.
9:42 p.m.: Alex Bowman was spun earlier, and he’s now moved up to second behind only Chastain.
9:38 p.m.: Blaney passes from the inside with Chastain now in front on the outside lane. Neither is able to get out fully in front of the other.
9:36 p.m.: Logano rides up the inside to pass Harvick and Chastain follows Logano to move into second. Chastain is trying to move up in front of Logano, who is now on the outside.
9:34 p.m.: Harvick and Logano jump to the top two positions ahead of Hamlin.
9:32 p.m.: Hamlin takes the lead over Byron with Wallace now in third and Harvick running fourth.
9:31 p.m.: The final stage is in the green.
9:25 p.m.: Byron, Hamlin, Harvick are the first three off pit road at the start of the final stage.
9:21 p.m.: Dillon makes a move to go all the way up to second on the final lap as Logano wins the stage. Reddick finishes fourth.
9:21 p.m.: Blaney and the inside line have fallen back as Logano and Reddick are now taking the top two spots.
9:17 p.m.: Logano is switching between the inside and outside lane to keep his hold on the lead. Ryan Blaney is able to pull out just a bit ahead, but he can’t clear Logano. Logano retakes the lead, but also can’t clear. These two are just going back and forth from the inside (Blaney) and outside (Logano).
9:15 p.m.: Less than 10 laps to go in the stage, Logano, Reddick and Stenhouse make up the top three.
9:11 p.m.: Kyle Larson has jumped up into the top 10. He’s running right behind Hamlin.
9:08 p.m.: Reddick is up to second place with 17 laps remaining. He was not among the top 10 at the end of the first stage.
9:06 p.m.: Green flag is back out. Bell, Logano and LaJoie are the top three on the restart.
8:59 p.m.: Aric Almirola takes some damage to his car in an incident after cars on the inside started to pile up. The caution flag is out.
8:57 p.m.: Halfway through the second stage, here’s the top 10: Bell, Stenhouse, Kyle Busch, Dillon, Logano, Truex, Elliott, LaJoie, Chase Briscoe and Tyler Reddick.
8:55 p.m.: Logano is leading a line on the inside all the way up. He’s moved into the top 10 and has the chance to keep going.
8:54 p.m.: Broadcast shows that Truex had debris when he moved back, and now Bell has debris on the front of his car. This has consistently been an issue so far for the leaders.
8:53 p.m.: Bell passes Truex for the lead with 30 laps left in the second stage. Stenhouse, Busch and Corey LaJoie take the chance to move up in front of Truex as well, but Truex is able to move back quickly in front of LaJoie.
8:45 p.m.: NBC broadcast shows Hamlin’s heart rate is just around 100 beats per minute. The experience showing in him as he fights to finish the regular season leading in points.
8:43 p.m.: Truex is the leader now with Christopher Bell and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. trailing behind him.
8:41 p.m.: Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. are leading the race on the restart.
8:38 p.m.: Logano is sent to the rear for throwing equipment.
8:35 p.m.: Cody Ware just refills on fuel and takes the lead out of pit road, jumping up 15 spots.
8:33 p.m.: Right at the end of the stage, Kyle Busch had an incredible save to keep himself from hitting the wall.
8:31 p.m.: Hamlin has really been pushing Elliott, but Elliott holds on to win the stage. A caution comes out at the start of the second stage.
8:30 p.m.: Dillon tries to make his move on the inside, but no one follows him and he drops back to fifth with one lap to go on the stage. Elliott is staying up front.
8:27 p.m.: Elliott makes an aggressive move on the inside to retaket he lead. Logano tries to pass him on the outside as well, but it doesn’t work, and he drops back.
8:24 p.m.: Elliott has debris on the front of his car, and he might have to pit. He moves back, and falls down to fourth behind Logano, Custer and Dillon. The move works though as he’s able to clear the debris.
8:20 p.m.: The order hasn’t changed much as the cars remain racing in a single-file line on the outside. Elliott is still leading Logano and Custer with 13 laps to go in the first stage.
8:15 p.m.: Dillon has been racing near the front of the race for most of the night. He’s in fourth right now, while Reddick is in 21st.
8:12 p.m.: Two wide at the front between Elliott and Cole Custer on Lap 28.
8:11 p.m.: There’s the green flag, and the race hits the restart at Lap 26.
8:09 p.m.: Michael McDowell’s car starts smoking, and it looks like his day is over.
8:05 p.m.: Elliott maintains his lead coming off pit road as all the drivers stopped only for more fuel.
8:02 p.m.: Competition caution comes out on Lap 20.
8:00 p.m.: Austin Dillon takes the lead on Lap 19 as Ross Chastain is forced to take an early pit stop for two tires.
7:57 p.m.: Byron and Ross Chastain pull in front of Hamlin on the outside on Lap 15.
7:55 p.m.: Hamlin is up in first now with Byron in second and Bubba Wallace in third. Hamlin has a guaranteed playoff spot, but he has a chance to take the lead in regular season points today.
7:51 p.m.: Kevin Harvick leads the inside lane up to the front, and he takes the lead over Byron on Lap 7.
7:50 p.m.: Hamlin has dropped back to 10th, while Byron has been able to hang onto his lead six laps into the race.
7:47 p.m.: William Byron is the early leader in the race, keeping Denny Hamlin at bay.
7:45 p.m.: There’s the green flag. The Coke Zero Sugar 400 is officially underway.
7:33 p.m.: Drivers have started their engines.
7:26 p.m.: Time for the singing of the national anthem.
7:14 p.m.: The cars are lined up on the grid. Just under a half hour until the start of the race.
7:08 p.m.: The final list of cars moving to the rear after inspections tonight. Add Kaz Grala to that list.
No last-minute cars to the rear from engine checks … Larson McDowel Alfredo Gase LaJoie Allmendinger to the rear.
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) August 28, 2021
7:04 p.m.: A lot on the line tonight for Tyler Reddick, who is feeling ready for the big race.
6:45 p.m.: Three drivers, including NASCAR Cup Series leader Kyle Larson, will start in the back of the race after their cars failed pre-race inspection. Larson is still credited as the polesitter for the race.
Kyle Larson, Anthony Alfredo, and Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell are moving to the rear of the field for tonight’s race.
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 28, 2021
NASCAR start time today
- Time: 7 p.m. ET (TV time)
- TV channel: NBC (TSN5 in Canada)
- Live stream: NBCSports.com | fuboTV ( 7-day free trial )
The green flag for Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on Daytona International Speedway’s 2.5-mile oval is scheduled to drop at 7:45 p.m. ET.
Because it’s Daytona in the summer, there is a chance that weather will be a factor. The National Weather Service’s forecast for Saturday in Daytona Beach, Fla. , is for partly sunny skies and a high temperature near 90 degrees during the day, followed by cloudy skies and a low temperature in the high 70s at night. There is the usual chance for showers and thunderstorms. The weather service puts the chances for precipitation at 30 percent during the day and 20 percent at night.
NASCAR starting lineup at Daytona
Here is the complete NASCAR starting lineup for Saturday’s race at Daytona International Speedway, the Coke Zero Sugar 400.
|Start pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|4||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|7||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|8||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|9||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|10||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|11||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|12||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|13||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|14||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|15||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|16||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|17||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|18||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|19||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|20||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|21||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|22||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|23||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|24||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|25||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|26||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing|
|27||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|28||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|29||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|30||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|31||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|32||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|33||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|34||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|36||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|37||Joey Gase||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|38||Kaz Grala||16||Kaulig Racing|
|39||Landon Cassill||96||Gaunt Brothers Racing|
|40||David Starr||66||Motorsports Business Management|