NASCAR at Atlanta live race updates, results, highlights from the Quaker State 400

Hendrick Motorsports is looking to stay hot as the NASCAR Cup Series moves to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Quaker State 400 on Sunday.

A Hendrick driver has won eight of the last 10 Cup events. Four wins belong to Kyle Larson while Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott each have two. That includes Elliott’s victory last week at Road America. And though the team’s fourth driver, William Byron, hasn’t won since Feb. 28 at Miami, he won the pole in last week’s race before Elliott’s victory and is sixth in the Cup Series point standings.

This week, Elliott will be on the pole at his home track. The Dawsonville, Ga., native has finished in the top 10 four times in his first six NASCAR Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but he has yet to win at the track. He’ll be looking to change that while his teammate Larson will look for another strong finish as he continues to close the gap between himself and Denny Hamlin in the Cup standings. Hamlin is first but leading Larson by just three points.

That said, it may be tough for the Hendrick Chevrolets to win at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The last five races there have been won by Ford drivers. Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick have two wins each while Ryan Blaney won the most recent race earlier this year.

Sporting News is tracking updates and lap-by-lap highlights from the NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart.

NASCAR at Atlanta live updates, highlights from Quaker State 400

3:49 p.m. — We’re off with the Quaker State 400!

3:48 p.m. — Martin Truex Jr. has to start at the back of the pack. Originally, he was supposed to be fifth, but he was moved back after failing his inspection twice on Sunday.

3:41 p.m. — The drivers have started their engines. Next up, the race!

3:35 p.m. — Chase Elliott’s car looks sharp. Is the red and black design a head nod to the Falcons?

3:30 p.m. — The pre-race ceremony is beginning now. The race is set to officially begin at 3:48 p.m. ET.

3:25 p.m. — According to the broadcast, Kyle Larson is heavily favored to win this event. He has +220 odds to win at Pointsbet Sportsbook and has won four of the last 10 NASCAR Cup series races.

3:20 p.m. — Corey LaJoie will be driving an… interesting car in the Quaker State 400. His vehicle is covered in “Boss Baby: Family Business” advertisements and imagery, as Dreamworks looks to draw attention to the second feature-length installment in the “Boss Baby” franchise.

3:17 p.m. — The pace car driver for this race will be familiar to NFL fans and Georgia natives. Lions running back D’Andre Swift, a former star at Georgia, will be the honorary pace car driver.

3:15 p.m. — The sun is out now, but there is rain in the area for the race. Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass has said that it will be “hit-or-miss” throughout the day. So, expect some potential cautions and delays.

3:07 p.m. — This will be the last NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway before the track undergoes some major changes.

2:54 p.m. — Ryan Blaney won the most recent race at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this year. His car is looking sharp ahead of Sunday’s race.

NASCAR start time today

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for 3:48 p.m. ET.

Weather could play a big role in when the race begins, however. The National Weather Service’s Sunday forecast for Hampton, Ga., where the track is located, calls for showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m. and before 9 p.m., with a high temperature near 90. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent. 

NASCAR starting lineup at Atlanta

Here is the complete starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Quaker State 400, without qualifying. Thirty-seven drivers were entered for the race.

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