For the first time ever, a NASCAR Cup Series race will be held at the Nashville Superspeedway.
While there has never been a Cup Series event on the track, there have been several NASCAR Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series races held in the Music City. In the field that will race on Sunday, Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano are the only ones that have won, with Dillon and Busch each winning during Camping World Truck Series races and Busch, Harvick, Keselowski and Logano winning during Xfinity Series races.
While those drivers might have the experience of winning in Nashville, all eyes will be on Kyle Larson. Larson is searching for his fourth straight Cup Series win after taking home the top spots in the Coca-Cola 600, Toyota Save Mart 350 and the NASCAR All-Star Race — though the latter earned him no points toward the standings. Can he keep his recent domination going?
Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR’s race at Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday. Follow below for complete results from the Ally 400.
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NASCAR at Nashville live updates, highlights from Ally 400
5:09 p.m.: Elliott wins the first stage and Kurt Busch places second. Larson finishes third, Suarez is in fourth and Kyle Busch is in fifth.
5:08 p.m.: Pit road is closed now with just two laps remaining in the first stage.
5:06 p.m.: With the green coming out, Elliott leads Kurt Busch and Daniel Suarez with only a few laps to go through the end of the stage.
5:00 p.m.: Alex Bowman is called for a speeding penalty on pit road.
4:58 p.m.: Chris Buescher and Justin Haley both hit the wall, and the caution flag is back out on Lap 78.
4:55 p.m.: With 15 laps left in Stage 1, Larson is keeping steady in first place with Elliott in second and Stenhouse in third.
4:50 p.m.: Kyle Busch is falling back a llittle bit. He’s now down to fourth on lap 67, fighting with Kurt Busch going into the start of lap 68.
4:46 p.m.: Larson, Kyle Busch, Logano, Elliott and Kurt Busch are the top five on the restart.
4:41 p.m.: Here’s a look at Blaney’s collision to take him out of the race.
4:40 p.m.: Earlier during the race, Blaney’s brakes looked like they might be having some issues.
4:38 p.m.: Larson retakes the lead, and the caution flag is back out. Blaney said his brake rotor blew out and he crashed into the wall.
4:38 p.m.: There’s the restart and Busch is officially the leader in green.
4:36 p.m.: Busch will take the lead over Larson when the green flag is back out as he was off pit road first before the caution flag came out.
4:29 p.m.: Tyler Reddick goes for a spin in the grass and the caution flag is brought out for lap 46.
4:28 p.m.: The two leaders, Larson and Busch, both come into pit road. Almirola and Stenhouse Jr. also going to pit road.
4:26 p.m.: A number of drivers taking pit stops with Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Bubba Wallace, William Byron and others taking a trip to pit road with the green flag still out after lap 40.
4:23 p.m.: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. began the race in the No. 14 position. He’s all the way up to fifth right now, trailing only Larson, Busch, Almirola and Logano at lap 38.
4:20 p.m.: It’s all Larson and Busch so far. Larson is leading the race by just over a second, but Busch’s lead over Almirola in third place is by more than five seconds.
4:18 p.m.: NASCAR is going to be taking a look into the loose tire on Houff to see if there will be a need for suspensions.
NASCAR tells the cleanup crew to bring the wheel that came off of Houff’s car to the NASCAR hauler. My guess is have to determine if that is a four-race suspension to crew chief, tire changer and jackman for an improperly installed wheel.
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 20, 2021
4:09 p.m.: The back of Almirola’s car hits Joey Logano, but Logano is able to save himself and keep going. Logano is in fourth with Almirola in third.
4:07 p.m.: Kyle Larson didn’t take long to pull ahead between Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola.
4:06 p.m.: The green flag is back out for lap 6.
4:01 p.m.: Quin Houff loses a tire on the fence on the first lap and the caution flag is out.
4:01 p.m.: The green flag is out and the drivers are off in the Ally 400.
3:59 p.m.: Ryan Blaney will likely be heading into the pit early as he has some damage to the back of his car.
3:50 p.m.: Luke Combs tells the drivers to start their engines.
3:43 p.m.: Pre-race ceremonies underway with Cece Winans giving the invocation and Priscilla Block singing the national anthem.
3:30 p.m.: NASCAR announces that the race has been pushed back 10 minutes to give fans more team to get into the Nashville Superspeedway.
3:27 p.m.: Pitbull is excited to watch Daniel Suarez, the driver representing his team Trackhouse, race the Ally 400.
3:05 p.m.: How long has it been since a NASCAR Cup Series race was held in Nashville? Let’s just say, it’s been awhile.
The last time the NASCAR Cup Series raced in Nashville:
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— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 20, 2021
NASCAR start time today
- Start time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel: NBCSN (TSN3 in Canada)
- Live stream: NBCSports.com | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway is scheduled to wave after 3:30 p.m. ET.
Rain may be a factor on race day. The National Weather Service’s weekend forecast for Lebanon, Tenn., where Nashville Superspeedway is located, calls for possible showers and thunderstorms Sunday afternoon and night, with a high temperature near 90 degrees. There is a 40 percent chance for precipitation Sunday afternoon, according to the weather service.
NASCAR starting lineup at Nashville
Aric Almirola keeps his strong run in qualifying races going.
After earning a spot in the NASCAR All-Star Open by placing first after the 10 laps, Almirola posted the fastest qualifying time of 29.557 to take the pole position for the Ally 400. He came in just ahead of Kyle Busch, who placed second with a time of 29.572.
|Start Pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|2||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|4||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|5||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|7||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|8||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|10||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|11||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|12||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|13||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|14||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|15||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|16||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|17||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|18||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|19||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|20||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|21||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|22||Daniel Suarez||99||TrackHouse Racing|
|23||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|24||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|25||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|26||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|27||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|28||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|29||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|30||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|31||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|32||JJ Yeley||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|33||Chad Finchum||66||Motorsports Business Management|
|34||Josh Bilicki||34||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|36||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|37||Joey Gase||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|38||David Starr||13||Motorsports Business Management|
|39||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
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