NASCAR’s most chaotic race of the season is about to get crazier.
Forty cars will line up for the YellaWood 500 race on Monday at 1 p.m. ET after the initial start time was postponed due to rain. The NASCAR Cup Series is hosting the second Round of 12 race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama.
Denny Hamlin is the defending Talladega champion, stealing victory in 2020 by .023 seconds. Coming off a win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last week, Hamlin already secured his position into the next round. Hamlin and Kyle Busch are expected to lead into the green flag, followed by Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney.
Team Penske has won five of the last seven playoff races at Talladega, and Ford has nine drivers with prior wins. Eighth-place driver Brad Keselowski leads the manufacturer with six wins, including the spring 2021 event. Seventh-place driver Joey Logano has three wins for Ford; Blaney has two and Kevin Harvick, one.
Sporting News is tracking live updates and highlights from the YellaWood 500 on Sunday. Follow for complete results from the 2021 NASCAR Playoff Cup Series.
NASCAR at Talladega live updates, highlights from YellaWood 500
Live updates will start at 1 p.m. ET.
All times Eastern.
1:15: Matt DiBenedetto briefly took the lead, but Kyle Larson gets in front after the first 16 laps of stage one.
1:12: Kevin Harvick takes the lead in lap six as Joey Logano pushes him on the right.
1:10: It doesn’t take long for Kyle Busch to take the lead ahead of Chase Elliott. Denny Hamlin drops to the back.
1:05: The second Round of 12 race is underway.
12:53: Drivers report to their cars and start their engines.
12:30: Cars are being pushed onto the grid ahead of the 1:05 p.m. green flag.
NASCAR start time today
The green flag for Monday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Talladega is scheduled to drop at 1 p.m. ET after the race was postponed from Sunday due to rain.
How to watch NASCAR at Talladega
NBCSN programming will begin at noon ET with the network’s “Countdown to Green” prerace show, hosted by Marty Snider with analysts Brad Daugherty and Kyle Petty. Race coverage will begin at 1 p.m. ET on Monday.
Rick Allen will handle play-by-play duties for the race while Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will provide analysis. Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns and Parker Kligerman are the pit reporters this weekend. Rutledge Wood will be a “specialty reporter,” in the words of NBC.
NASCAR Cup playoff standings
Kyle Larson leads the playoff standings as the second Round of 12 race begins. On the other end are the drivers below the cut line: William Byron, Kevin Harvick, Alex Bowman and Christopher Bell. Byron trails eighth-place driver Brad Keselowski by only four points.
A playoff driver who wins a race in the Round of 12 automatically advances to the next round.
NASCAR starting lineup at Talladega Speedway
Here is the complete NASCAR starting lineup for Monday’s playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway, the YellaWood 500.
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