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NASCAR at Charlotte live updates, results, highlights from 2020 ROVAL playoff race

The NASCAR Cup Series playoff Round of 12 concludes Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway in what could be an elimination race unlike anything seen before.

The ROVAL course, introduced in 2018, already comes with increased risk of wrecks. With the directive to drive through rain for the Bank of America ROVAL 400, cautions could become even more frequent.

Alex Bowman and Joey Logano are just above the cut line and hoping none of the four competitors below that mark speed to an unexpected win.

Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Charlotte. Follow below for complete results from the 2020 Bank of America ROVAL 400.

NASCAR at Charlotte live updates, highlights from ROVAL race

12:19 p.m.: Ty Dillon wins Stage 1.

12:13 p.m.: Caution for John Hunter Nemechek.

12:11 p.m.: Denny Hamlin spins. Has some damage, it appears, but is still going.

11:59 p.m.: Clint Bowyer, who recently announced he would retire after this season, moves into first place.

11:50 p.m.: Chase Elliott to the front.

11:45 p.m.: Drivers seem to be taking a careful approach in Stage 1, not wanting to go too hard before getting a feel for the track.

11:36 p.m.: Brad Keselowski takes an early lead.

11:33 p.m.: Green flag!

11:29 p.m.: Engines are warm and we should be underway soon. Drivers are starting with rain tires on even though there isn’t rain coming down at the moment. It’s a precaution for a slightly slick track after previous downpours.

NASCAR start time today

The Round of 12 NASCAR playoff race at Charlotte on Sunday should begin soon after 2:30 p.m. ET. The temperature is supposed to be in the high-70s, and rain and lightning are considered likely. Charlotte Motor Speedway does have lights, but because of concerns about the infield brightness, a night race is not considered feasible.

The elimination race is 109 laps spread over three stages and will become official after Lap 55. The distance of the race is 250 miles.

NASCAR starting lineup at Charlotte

Here is the complete starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Charlotte:

(P) Playoff driver.

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