Only three races remain in the regular season of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series, and the margin for error is getting ever thinner for playoff hopefuls who haven’t won a race yet this season.
That’s true even for Denny Hamlin, who despite having no wins to his name this season entered last week’s race at Watkins Glen International as the outright regular-season points leader, guaranteeing him a spot in the postseason. Kyle Larson, with five wins on the season, tied him with 917 points after winning the 2021 Go Bowling at the Glen. Fifteen playoff points are on the line between the two in the last three races of the year.
As it stands now, Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Tyler Reddick are the last three drivers into the 16-man playoff, none of whom has a win on the season. A first-time winner in any of the three remaining regular-season races — barring the three previously mentioned — would knock out Reddick, then Harvick, then Hamlin (assuming he does not retain the points lead). Austin Dillon isn’t too far behind Reddick, either.
It’ll be a fascinating sprint to the finish line over the last three weeks of the regular season. With that, Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Follow below for complete results from the 82-lap, 200-mile Verizon 200 at The Brickyard.
NASCAR at Indianapolis live updates, highlights from The Brickyard
(All times Eastern)
1:25 p.m.: Martin Truex Jr. has pitted with what’s being described on the NBC telecast as a front-right tire rub.
1:23 p.m.: Chase Briscoe overtakes William Byron — who had the poll — for the lead on Lap 3.
1:19 p.m.: And there’s the green flag! Here comes the field, two by two, down the stretch.
1:06 p.m.: The most famous words in NASCAR:
12:54 p.m.: Reminder that today’s race has stage ends on Laps 15, 35 and 82.
12:38 p.m.: Hamlin will likely root for Chase Elliott in the last road course of the season:
12:36 p.m.: The tension is palpable.
NASCAR start time today
- Time: 1 p.m. ET (TV time)
- TV channel: NBC (TSN 3, 5 in Canada)
- Live stream: NBCSports.com | fuboTV ( )
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.439-mile road course is scheduled to drop at 1:13 p.m. ET.
Weather conditions should be ideal. The National Weather Service’scalls for sunny skies and a high temperature near 80 degrees.
NASCAR starting lineup at Indianapolis
Here is the complete starting lineup for NASCAR’s race at Indianapolis, the Verizon 200 at The Brickyard.
|Start pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|3||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|4||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|5||Daniel Suarez||99||TrackHouse Racing|
|6||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|7||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|8||AJ Allmendinger||16||Kaulig Racing|
|9||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|10||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|11||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|12||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|13||Austin Cindric||33||Team Penske|
|14||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|15||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|16||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|17||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|18||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|19||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|20||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|21||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|22||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|23||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|24||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|25||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|26||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|27||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|28||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|29||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|30||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|31||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|32||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|33||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|34||James Davison||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||Andy Lally||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|36||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|37||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|38||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|39||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|40||Timmy Hill||66||Motorsports Business Management|