Today’s NASCAR race at Kentucky Speedway is just the second daytime event in the Cup Series’ decade-long history of racing at the 1.5-mile oval located between Cincinnati and Louisville. A modified 2020 schedule meant the Kentucky race needed to be pushed back from its traditional Saturday night slot and into Sunday afternoon.
The change alters some of the heat-related variables at this particular intermediate track. NASCAR also applied additional traction compound to the middle lane of the racing surface Sunday morning in an effort to reinforce that groove for the Cup race.
Even though he has never won at Kentucky in the Cup Series, Kevin Harvick, the series points leader, entered Sunday’s race as the favorite. He and Denny Hamlin are tied for the most wins this season with four apiece, which is part of the reason Hamlin also is near the top of the odds board for Sunday’s race.
Sporting News is tracking live race updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Kentucky. Follow below for complete results from the Quaker State 400.
NASCAR at Kentucky live updates, highlights from Quaker State 400
3:08 p.m. ET: Caution. Lap 26 and the competition caution arrives after a smooth green flag run. Aric Almirola is leading with Kyle Busch in second.
2:54 p.m. ET: Green flag. The Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway is underway.
11:55 a.m. ET: NASCAR announces Martin Truex Jr. and Matt Kenseth will have to start Sunday’s race from the rear of the field after both teams failed pre-race inspection twice.
What time does the NASCAR race start today?
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky will wave shortly after 2:30 p.m. ET, assuming there are no rain or lightning delays as there have been so often since NASCAR returned to live racing in May. The good news is Kentucky Speedway does have lights in the event weather delays the race at any point.
The Kentucky race was moved from its originally scheduled 7:30 p.m. ET start time on Saturday, July 11 to an afternoon race on Sunday to account for the Truck Series, Xfinity Series and ARCA Series racing at the same track in the same weekend.
NASCAR starting lineup at Kentucky
Below is the complete starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky:
|1||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|2||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|3||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|4||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|5||Alex Bowman||88||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|7||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|8||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|10||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|11||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|12||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|13||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|14||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|15||Clint Bowyer||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|16||Erik Jones||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|17||Matt Kenseth||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|18||Bubba Wallace||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|19||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|20||Jimmie Johnson||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|21||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|22||John Hunter Nemechek||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|23||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|24||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|25||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|26||Josh Bilicki||77||Spire Motorsports|
|27||Corey LaJoie||32||Go Fas Racing|
|28||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|29||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|30||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|31||Brennan Poole||15||Premium Motorsports|
|32||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|33||Ty Dillon||13||Germain Racing|
|34||Christopher Bell||95||Leavine Family Racing|
|35||Joey Gase||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|36||JJ Yeley||27||Rick Ware Racing|
|37||Daniel Suarez||96||Gaunt Brothers Racing|
|38||Timmy Hill||66||Motorsports Business Management|