March NASCAR Madness is in full swing in Hotlanta.
After knocking on the door with Top 10 placings in the last two races, Martin Truex Jr. broke through and won the Instacart 400 last weekend, giving the grid its first semi-familiar winner of the season 2021 Cup Series. This is Truex’s first victory since June of last year, and his eighth overall driving the No.19 car for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Truex has company atop the grid at Atlanta Motor Speedway, with teammate Denny Hamlin taking pole position in Sunday afternoon’s 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 place Hamlin comfortably in the drivers’ standings with 236 points.
Sporting News follows live updates and highlights from the NASCAR race in Atlanta on Sunday. Follow below for the full results of the QuikTrip 500.
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NASCAR in Atlanta, Live Updates, QuikTrip 500 Highlights
4:21 p.m. End of stage 1: Kyle Larson wins stage one, leading 70 laps so far that day.
4:20 p.m .: Three laps to go in the first leg, and Kyle Larson looks like he does. He’s been in the lead since the restart.
4:10 p.m .: Kevin Harvick is struggling, currently 25th.
“This thing is the biggest pile of shit I’ve ever driven in Atlanta,” Kevin Harvick
– Jordan Bianchi (@Jordan_Bianchi) March 21, 2021
4:00 p.m .: Lots of green flag stops here, Kyle Larson exits pit lane at the top, followed by Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney and Alex Bowman. Through 70 laps.
3:53 p.m .: Chase Elliott in the top 10, sitting at No.8 on 55 laps. Bubba Wallace falls back to 19th after starting 13.
3:40 p.m .: Some worries for Kevin Harvick on restart; His left rear tire is flat and he returns to the pits after finishing third.
Harvick grapples as they go green for a flat left rear tire
– Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) March 21, 2021
3.33 p.m .: Watch out for the competition. Chase Elliott is 15th after being dropped to the back of the grid at the start of the race.
3:29 p.m .: Denny Hamlin is still in the lead heading into round 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’re underway. 325 laps today.
3:08 p.m .: Erin Andrews gives the green light to the pilots.
15:00: Chase Elliott and Timmy Hill will both fall to the back of the pack today after failed inspections.
NASCAR race start time today
The green flag of today’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, is due to be waved at 3:19 p.m. ET.
NASCAR lineup in Atlanta
Here’s the full starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500:
|Pos. Starting||Driver||Car number||Team|
|1||Denny hamlin||11||Joe gibbs racing|
|2||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe gibbs racing|
|3||Joey logano||22||Penske team|
|4||Brad Keselowski||2||Penske team|
|5||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||Kyle larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|7||Kevin harvick||4||Stewart-Haas races|
|8||Christopher bell||20||Joe gibbs racing|
|9||William byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|ten||Ryan blaney||12||Penske team|
|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 Race|
|16||Aric almirola||ten||Stewart-Haas races|
|17||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|18||Michael mcdowell||34||Motorsport in the front row|
|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 races|
|25||Daniel Suarez placeholder image||99||TrackHouse Racing Team|
|26||Justin haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|27||Cole custer||41||Stewart-Haas races|
|28||Ryan newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|29||Tyler reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|30||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|31||BJ McLeod||78||Fast live motor sports|
|32||Anthony Alfredo||38||Motorsport in the front row|
|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||Motorsport business management|
|39||Austin Cindric||33||Penske team|