NASCAR at New Hampshire live race updates, results, highlights from Foxwoods Resort Casino 301
Winless NASCAR drivers got a glimmer of hope of making the playoffs last week in Atlanta after Kurt Busch became just the 12th race winner of the 2021 season — and first first-time winner since Chase Elliott won the Circuit of the Americas on May 23.
The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway presents the opportunity for a 13th unique winner to earn what should be an automatic berth in the playoffs; but NASCAR hasn't seen consecutive first-time winners this season since Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch won at Talladega and Kansas on April 25 and May 2, respectively.
That said, there are five more races, Sunday's included, to fill out four more winners for the 16-car playoffs. Every winless driver from here on out will have even greater pressure to make the playoffs, with time dwindling before the start of the postseason.
Denny Hamlin is the likeliest among that bunch to earn his first win on Sunday. The regular-season points leader — he has 10 points more than four-time winner Kyle Larson — still hasn't won a race this season, despite 11 top-five finishes and 14 in the top 10. But he has enjoyed success at the NHMS, including three wins and six runner-up finishes.
Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR's race at New Hampshire on Sunday. Follow for complete results from the 301-lap, 318-mile Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.
NASCAR at New Hampshire live updates, highlights from Foxwoods Resort Casino 301
5:44 p.m.: And they're back on Lap 39. Cody Ware spins at the rear of the group but the green flag stays active.
5:36 p.m.: Caution 2 (Lap 32). Anthony Alfredo seems to suffered some damage heading into the turn; he got a little loose and spun himself out on Turn 1, but didn't hit any drivers. He was running 25th at the time. Bubba Wallace also heading to pit row.
5:32 p.m.: And we're back on Lap 24! Kurt Busch takes the lead from Chase Elliott, followed by Christopher Bell, Bowman and Ryan Blaney in the top five, respectively.
5:14 p.m.: NASCAR is making Logano sit in his pit and serve his two-lap penalty now. Looks like there was some debrs or rubber stuck under the hood of his car. It's related to some work they attempted to do on the car under red flag conditions.
5:13 p.m.: Looks like Truex will actually attempt to race out there again. The cars are back on the track under caution on Lap 10. Joey Logano is also hit with a two-lap penalty for heading onto pit row while it's closed. There must be something pressing enough for him to be willing to take that penalty.
4:56 p.m.: NASCAR drivers will report to their cars at 5 p.m.
4:49 p.m.: Things you love to see: Football.
3:37 p.m.: Kyle Busch on the telecast said his day is done. "There's no fixing that (car)." Truex's day is finished as well.
3:29 p.m.: NASCAR is trying to keep the cars on the track but it looks like they might have to delay this.
3:28 p.m.: Kyle Busch is clearly frustrated; he was nudging the pace car from behind as he headed to pit.
3:26 p.m.: Caution 1 (Lap 6). And we have our first caution. Looks like Kyle Busch got some significant damage and Martin Truex Jr both got significant damage heading into Turn 1 due to slick conditions on the track (it's raining out there). Hamlin and Ross Chastain were also involved in the crash but seemed to avoid significant damage.
3:23 p.m.: And there's the green flag!
3:15 p.m.: Reminder: Stage 1 is 75 laps, Stage 2 is 110 laps (ending at Lap 185) and the final stage is 116 laps, ending on Lap 301.
3:11 p.m.: The cutest "Start your engines" ever?
2:26 p.m: For anyone curious about the lobster trophy at NHMS:
2:24 p.m.: Uh-oh. Michael McDowell, Quin Houff, Corey LaJoie, Ryan Preece and BJ McLeod are all sent to the rear of the starting lineup for failing pre-race inspections.
The green flag for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled to drop at 3:18 p.m. ET.
NBCSN's programming will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the "Countdown to Green" prerace show, followed by race coverage beginning at 3 p.m. ET. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will call the race and provide analysis. Marty Snider and Dillon Welch will be the pit reporters.
Here is the complete starting lineup for Sunday's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the Foxwoods Casino Resort 301.