Today’s NASCAR race at Kentucky Speedway is just the second daytime event in the Cup Series’ decade-long history of racing at the 1.5-mile oval located between Cincinnati and Louisville. A modified 2020 schedule meant the Kentucky race needed to be pushed back from its traditional Saturday night slot and into Sunday afternoon.
The change alters some of the heat-related variables at this particular intermediate track. NASCAR also applied additional traction compound to the middle lane of the racing surface Sunday morning in an effort to reinforce that groove for the Cup race.
Even though he has never won at Kentucky in the Cup Series, Kevin Harvick, the series points leader, entered Sunday’s race as the favorite. He and Denny Hamlin are tied for the most wins this season with four apiece, which is part of the reason Hamlin also is near the top of the odds board for Sunday’s race.
Sporting News is tracking live race updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Kentucky. Follow below for complete results from the Quaker State 400.
(The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky is scheduled to wave at 2:54 p.m. ET.)
11:55 a.m. ET: NASCAR announces Martin Truex Jr. and Matt Kenseth will have to start Sunday’s race from the rear of the field after both teams failed pre-race inspection twice.
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky will wave shortly after 2:30 p.m. ET, assuming there are no rain or lightning delays as there have been so often since NASCAR returned to live racing in May. The good news is Kentucky Speedway does have lights in the event weather delays the race at any point.
The Kentucky race was moved from its originally scheduled 7:30 p.m. ET start time on Saturday, July 11 to an afternoon race on Sunday to account for the Truck Series, Xfinity Series and ARCA Series racing at the same track in the same weekend.
Below is the complete starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky:
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