NASCAR at Martinsville live updates, results, highlights from 2020 Cup Series playoff race

The NASCAR Cup Series build to the Championship 4 finishes Sunday afternoon at Martinsville in the Xfinity 500.

Only four of the remaining eight contenders will advance past the weekend with a shot at the Cup Series title. A victory at Martinsville by any playoff driver would clinch a spot in the Championship 4, regardless of points.

Here’s what the NASCAR standings look like ahead of the final weekend of the Round of 8:

Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Martinsville. Follow below for complete results from the Xfinity 500.

NASCAR at Martinsville live updates, highlights from 2020 playoff race

2:53 p.m.: Elliott takes the lead at the restart.

2:45 p.m.: Caution. Clint Bowyer involved.

2:36 p.m.: Elliott is up to second.

2:30 p.m.: Chase Elliott knows he likely needs a win today.

2:24 p.m.: Truex Jr. continues to lead through 25 laps. There are 130 laps in Stage 1.

2:16 p.m.: Martin Truex Jr. makes an early pass of Brad Keselowski at the front.

2:15 p.m.: GREEN FLAG.

2:04 p.m.: Engines are fired.

NASCAR start time today

The last of three Round of 8 races is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. It comes just four days after NASCAR completed its postponed Texas race. The short turnaround is one of several main storylines expected to be discussed at length on the afternoon Martinsville broadcast.

Most of NASCAR’s recent playoff races have taken place around the same time, but several have been delayed or postponed because of inclement weather. There is a threat of rain in the Sunday forecast for Martinsville. The track has lights, meaning a night race would be in play if the track needs time to dry.

The race is 500 laps spread over three stages and will become official after 250. The distance of the race is 263 miles.

Martin Truex Jr, who desperately needs a win to secure a Championship 4 place at Phoenix, has swooped to victory lane in back-to-back outings at Martinsville.

NASCAR at Martinsville starting lineup

The starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Martinsville was determined by NASCAR’s new formula for setting lineups in races without qualifying. The same procedure will be used through the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.

The formula produced this starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Martinsville:

(P) Playoff driver.

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