NASCAR at Nashville live updates: Larson again unstoppable, captures Ally 400 crown

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  • Kyle Larson
    Kyle Larson
    American racing driver
  • Aric Almirola
    Aric Almirola
    Racecar driver
  • Kevin Harvick
    Kevin Harvick
    American racing driver
  • Chase Elliott
    Chase Elliott
    American stock car racing driver
  • William Byron
    American racecar driver
  • Kurt Busch
    Kurt Busch
    American racing driver
  • Kyle Busch
    Kyle Busch
    American racing driver and team owner
  • Denny Hamlin
    Denny Hamlin
    NASCAR driver
  • Ross Chastain
    American stock car racing driver
  • Joey Logano
    Joey Logano
    American racing driver
  • Austin Dillon
    Austin Dillon
    American racing driver
  • Tyler Reddick
    American stock car racing driver
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
    American racing driver

Live updates have completed for the day. For a full recap, analysis and results, click here.

The NASCAR Cup race at Nashville Superspeedway is today. The Ally 400 starts at 3:30 p.m. on NBCSN.

The race is 399 miles (300 laps) with stages ending on laps 90, 185 and 300. All times are Eastern.

We’ll have the latest updates here. Follow NASCAR reporter Alex Andrejev on Twitter at @AndrejevAlex.

Race results

Pos.

Car

Driver

Time behind

Best Time

Best Speed

1

5

Kyle Larson

--

30.552

156.716

2

42

Ross Chastain

4.335

30.991

154.496

3

24

William Byron

7.159

30.869

155.107

4

10

Aric Almirola

8.591

30.825

155.328

5

4

Kevin Harvick

9.106

31.138

153.767

6

47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

10.416

30.776

155.576

7

99

Daniel Suárez

14.119

31.342

152.766

8

1

Kurt Busch

15.728

31.157

153.673

9

20

Christopher Bell

16.541

31.348

152.737

10

22

Joey Logano

21.281

30.868

155.112

11

18

Kyle Busch

21.652

30.779

155.561

12

3

Austin Dillon

23.35

31.43

152.339

13

6

Ryan Newman

25.914

31.547

151.774

14

48

Alex Bowman

26.316

31.169

153.614

15

7

Corey LaJoie

29.995

31.593

151.553

16

34

Michael McDowell

30.589

31.507

151.966

17

38

Anthony Alfredo #

31.057

31.742

150.841

18

8

Tyler Reddick

31.7

31.455

152.217

19

43

Erik Jones

32.102

31.39

152.533

20

23

Bubba Wallace

-1

31.085

154.029

21

11

Denny Hamlin

-1

31.002

154.442

22

19

Martin Truex Jr.

-1

31.396

152.504

23

2

Brad Keselowski

-1

31.322

152.864

24

21

Matt DiBenedetto

-2

30.887

155.017

25

53

Garrett Smithley(i)

-2

31.824

150.452

26

52

Josh Bilicki

-2

32.237

148.525

27

51

JJ Yeley(i)

-2

31.601

151.514

28

78

BJ McLeod(i)

-5

32.162

148.871

29

15

Joey Gase(i)

-5

32.224

148.585

30

41

Cole Custer

-48

30.937

154.766

31

14

Chase Briscoe #

-73

31.149

153.713

32

37

* Ryan Preece

-103

31.679

151.141

33

66

* Chad Finchum(i)

-143

32.52

147.232

34

13

* David Starr(i)

-174

32.414

147.714

35

77

Justin Haley(i)

-221

31.712

150.984

36

17

Chris Buescher

-223

31.181

153.555

37

12

Ryan Blaney

-247

31.625

151.399

38

0

Quin Houff

-300

0

0

39

9

Chase Elliott - DQ*







*Elliott was disqualified after post-race inspection for four loose lug nuts. He originally finished 13th.

Live updates

Stage 3

7:31 p.m., Lap 300: He’s done it again. Kyle Larson has won another race, running the final 68 or so laps of green flag racing in clean air to capture yet another Cup Series win. His margin of victory was more than five seconds over Ross Chastain. William Byron, Aric Almirola and Kevin Harvick rounded out the Top 5.

7:28 p.m., Lap 295: Now just five to go. Kyle Larson is cruising, and the last thing he needs now is one of those infamous late-race restarts. He’s hoping this final five stays green, for sure.

7:22 p.m., Lap 285: Just 15 to go here and Larson continues his dominance. The lead is up to almost 5 seconds. Chase Elliott was running in fifth, but reported that his back end was getting loose a bit. He’s dropped all the way to 11th now. Byron continues to be second, Harvick in third, and Aric Amirola and Ross Chastain are fourth and fifth.

7:16 p.m., Lap 273: Larson’s lead is up to more than 4 seconds on one of the longer green flag runs of the final stage. William Byron sits in second, but continues to lose time to Larson. Kevin Harvick is in good shape in third. Brad Keselowski reporting braking issues now. He was running near the front for a while earlier.

7:05 p.m., Lap 253: Kyle Larson continues to lead. Had a little debris on his grille, but should be fine. His lead is up to about 2.5 seconds now, and growing.

6:57 p.m., Lap 237: Kyle Larson led the field to the green from the outside with William Byron on the inside, Chase Elliott tries to go 3 wide, but it fails and he falls back to fourth behind Kevin Harvick, who also is lurking, a lone Ford among four Chevys in the top 5.

6:49 p.m., Lap 228: Briscoe into the wall... tells his crew his brakes just disappeared, “went to the floor.” Caution is out again, the 11th of the afternoon in Nashville. He was running seventh. DiBenedetto gets the free pass.

6:43 p.m., Lap 220: Ross Chastain stayed out from 12th with other lead lap cars pitting, Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road.

6:40 p.m., Lap 218: Where is Kyle Busch going? Backwards. His team can’t explain it, but Busch has fallen all the way back to 24th after being in the Top 5 earlier.



And now caution is out... Caution for Bubba Wallace spinning in the grass. He was running in 23rd.

6:33 p.m., Lap 203: Back to the green flag racing we go, and Kyle Larson leds the cars out. William Byron and Chase Elliott are pursuing. Lurking is points leader, the winless Denny Hamlin.

6:25 p.m., Lap 197: Ryan Preece with the spin from 23rd position. Caution is out. Again. Josh Bilicki gets the free pass, Ross Chastain, Alex Bowman, Tyler Reddick, Michael McDowell, Corey LaJoie, JJ Yeley, Daniel Suarez, Matt DiBenedetto pit.

6:23 p.m., Lap 194: Big bobble from Kyle Busch but he somehow saves it and falls three places from fourth to seventh. Austin Dillon, Chase Briscoe, Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Preece, Erik Jones, Michael McDowell, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Anthony Alfredo, Bubba Wallace, Matt DiBenedetto all pitted during the stage break, with others staying out.

Stage 2

6:15 p.m., Lap 185: Kyle Larson wins the second stage, his 12th stage win of the season, after surging to the front a few laps into the restart. Larson and crew chief Cliff Daniels note on the radio that the older tires in front of them held on longer than expected and Daniels said he’d file that away for later. Austin Dillon, Chase Briscoe, William Byron, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Aric Almirola and Kevin Harvick finish in the top-10.

6 p.m., Lap 172: Cole Custer brings out the caution for a flat tire and right rear brake rotor issue. He goes to the garage as the field pits under caution. Chase Briscoe and Tyler Reddick take two tires to come out in front followed by Kyle Larson. Austin Dillon also takes two tires to line up fourth. Then it’s Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, William Byron and Kevin Harvick.

5:59 p.m., Lap 167: Aric Almirola has run up to third place. Almirola started on the pole, but fell out of the top-five early in the race and finished out of the top-10 in first stage.

5:49 p.m., Lap 156: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. passed Kyle Busch for second place, and the running order is Kyle Larson, Stenhouse and Busch in the top-three. Then it’s Denny Hamlin, and Aric Almirola has just passed Kevin Harvick for a position.

5:38 p.m., Lap 134: The caution comes out for Bubba Wallace, who indicated he hit parts on the frontstretch. It was likely a blown rotor from David Starr’s car. Starr’s radio indicated he had blown a rotor and he is out of the car. Under caution, Martin Truex Jr. gets another pit road penalty (this time for speeding) and Christopher Bell is penalized for an uncontrolled tire.

5:27 p.m., Lap 116: The running order is Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Denny Hamlin, Ross Chastain, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, Aric Almirola and Matt DiBenedetto.

5:18 p.m., Lap 100: Kyle Larson lines up in the front row for the restart and grabs the lead after the green flag. A few laps into the stage, Stenhouse Jr. takes second place from Kyle Busch as Larson leads. Denny Hamlin then passes Busch for third. Martin Truex Jr. has to restart at the rear for not being single file entering pit road earlier during the stage break.

Stage 1

5:10 p.m., Lap 90: With under 10 laps to go in the stage, Chase Elliott jumps out to the lead, holding off Kurt Busch in second after the caution. Elliott wins the stage for his second stage win of the season. Kyle Larson passed Daniel Suárez for third and Kyle Busch raced up to fifth. The finishing order of the stage is Elliott, Kurt Busch, Larson, Suárez, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Matt DiBenedetto in the top-10 for points.

4:58 p.m., Lap 80: A caution comes out for two cars going into the wall nearly simultaneously, although they don’t make contact. Chris Buescher crashes after running over what the team believes was a brake rotor from Justin Haley’s car. Both teams appear to be done for the day. On pit road, Alex Bowman and Corey LoJoie get speeding penalties. Seven drivers up front, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Erik Jones, Daniel Suárez, Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon and Ryan Preece stay out.

4:49 p.m., Lap 66: The race goes green, with Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott leading, but Busch starts falling back. Elliott moves to second around Busch, then gets passed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. His brother, Kurt Busch, is on his tail now. Busch is not happy with his car, calling it a “bucket of F---.”

4:40 p.m., Lap 55: Ryan Blaney’s day ends early. He gets into the outside wall, saying the “rotor blew out” to bring out the next caution and exits his vehicle. Just before the flag, Kyle Larson passed Kyle Busch for first place.

4:25 p.m., Lap 48: Tyler Reddick brings out the caution while drivers are on pit road. He spun on the access road and says there’s dirt on the inside of his windshield. The order is Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola for the restart. No. 5 crew chief Cliff Daniels tells Larson that his late call cost him some time and allowed Busch to pass them while on pit road, but they’re not behind by a lot.

4:19 p.m., Lap 30: Kyle Larson continues to lead. He’s up by 1.2 seconds on Kyle Busch. Then the order is Aric Almirola, Joey Logano, Cole Custer, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Matt DiBenedetto and Chase Elliott. Elliott says he’s lacking front turn.

4:11 p.m., Lap 15: Joey Logano radios to his team to check the right front after what appears to be contact with Aric Almirola. Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones have jumped up 11 positions after starting at the rear. Blaney says the track very slick after wiggling and his team tells him to take care of it and they’ll “take care of it.”

4:07 p.m., Lap 8: Kyle Larson surges to the lead after the restart. He lined up behind Busch on the outside, then sliced between Busch and Almirola for the lead. Busch drops to second, Almirola drops to third and Joey Logano is in fourth.

4:02 p.m., Lap 1: The race goes green briefly before the first caution comes out for a tire carcass that’s come off Quin Houff’s No. 00 car. Before the start Ryan Blaney drops to the rear on pace laps. He pits before the green flag due to damage to his left rear fender and gets back out for the start. Through the opening turns, Kyle Busch takes the lead from Aric Almirola as Chase Elliott moves to the outside to take the field three wide.

Pre-race ceremonies

3:50 p.m.: Pre-race ceremonies are complete and include a six-jet flyover. Twelve-time Grammy winner CeCe Winans delivers the pre-race invocation and Music City rising star Priscilla Block performs the national anthem. Country music artist Luke Combs then delivers the command to fire engines. The grandstands look close to full at the track with a weekend capacity of just under 40,000 people.

Race start delayed 10 minutes due to traffic

3:15 p.m: Traffic surrounding the track in Lebanon, Tenn. will cause NASCAR to delay the start of the race by 10 minutes to allow more fans to arrive before the green flag. The green flag is now scheduled to wave at 3:55 p.m. Traffic flow was reportedly an issue during earlier races this weekend.

Alvin Kamara joins NASCAR with a new role

2 p.m.: Alvin Kamara — yes, that Alvin Kamara; The NFL’s New Orleans Saints running back — announced Sunday that he’s joined NASCAR as the sport’s first Growth & Engagement Advisor. Kamara is at the track in Lebanon, Tenn. ahead of Sunday’s Cup race and told reporters that he has an office and keycard.

“I never had a job besides the NFL, so I’ve got two jobs now,” Kamara said. “(Saints head coach) Sean Payton is gonna have to give me some downtime.”

Kamara’s juice company, The Big Squeezy, sponsored an Xfinity Series car driven by Ryan Vargas for the race at the Daytona road course. Kamara became a major champion of the sport last year in response to NASCAR’s social justice advocacy and met with NASCAR president Steve Phelps during his first race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He also attended this year’s Daytona 500.

Three cars dropping to the rear

1:30 p.m.: NASCAR announces that three cars will drop to the rear for the start of today’s race; Those three cars are driven by Erik Jones, who scrubbed the wall during qualifying, William Byron and Quin Houff. All three teams will drop to the back for the start due to unapproved adjustments. Byron was slated to start fourth, Jones was ninth and Houff was last.

Aric Almirola wins the pole

11:50 a.m.: No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing driver Aric Almirola posted the fastest single qualifying lap this morning to win the pole position for this afternoon’s race. Almirola’s qualifying time was 29.557 seconds. He sits 28th in NASCAR’s point standings and earned his third pole start in his career. Almirola will start ahead of Kyle Busch in the front row. Joey Logano, William Byron, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Cole Custer, Alex Bowman, Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney will also start in the top-10.

NASCAR at Nashville qualifying results and starting lineup

Order

Car No.

Driver

Time behind leader (sec.)

Time (sec.)

1

10

Aric Almirola

--

29.557

2

18

Kyle Busch

0.015

29.572

3

22

Joey Logano

0.026

29.583

4

24

William Byron

0.055

29.612

5

5

Kyle Larson

0.091

29.648

6

9

Chase Elliott

0.165

29.722

7

41

Cole Custer

0.195

29.752

8

48

Alex Bowman

0.254

29.811

9

43

Erik Jones

0.278

29.835

10

12

Ryan Blaney

0.28

29.837

11

21

Matt DiBenedetto

0.282

29.839

12

4

Kevin Harvick

0.341

29.898

13

11

Denny Hamlin

0.348

29.905

14

47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

0.368

29.925

15

2

Brad Keselowski

0.377

29.934

16

14

Chase Briscoe #

0.388

29.945

17

17

Chris Buescher

0.429

29.986

18

38

Anthony Alfredo #

0.441

29.998

19

42

Ross Chastain

0.446

30.003

20

37

Ryan Preece

0.47

30.027

21

23

Bubba Wallace

0.491

30.048

22

99

Daniel Suárez

0.541

30.098

23

34

Michael McDowell

0.547

30.104

24

7

Corey LaJoie

0.587

30.144

25

20

Christopher Bell

0.612

30.169

26

8

Tyler Reddick

0.65

30.207

27

77

Justin Haley

0.658

30.215

28

3

Austin Dillon

0.678

30.235

29

6

Ryan Newman

0.693

30.25

30

1

Kurt Busch

0.742

30.299

31

78

BJ McLeod

0.818

30.375

32

51

JJ Yeley

0.998

30.555

33

66

Chad Finchum

1.247

30.804

34

52

Josh Bilicki

1.264

30.821

35

19

Martin Truex Jr.

1.374

30.931

36

53

Garrett Smithley

1.534

31.091

37

15

Joey Gase

1.588

31.145

38

13

David Starr

2.134

31.691

39

0

Quin Houff

--

0

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How to watch NASCAR at Nashville



Race: Ally 400

When: Sunday, June 20

When: race at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: NBCSN

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 399 miles (300 laps) with stages ending on laps 90, 185 and 300