Chase Elliott’s quest to become the second-youngest NASCAR champion hit a snag before Sunday’s title race at Phoenix got underway. He failed his pre-race inspection and must start from the back of the field, while the three other contenders remain up front.
That doesn’t mean he can’t battle back. The 24-year-old has needed to overcome sometimes sloppy work from his crew throughout the season and shows composure beyond his age. Last weekend’s clutch win at Martinsville, when he pulled away late rather than slipping up in the final laps, demonstrated that mettle.
Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski round out the Championship 4 contenders.
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NASCAR at Phoenix live updates, highlights from 2020 championship
Live updates will begin at noon ET.
NASCAR race start time today
The NASCAR Cup Series championship race begins at Phoenix at 3 p.m. ET. That means it will be on at 1 p.m. local time. Despite the region’s reputation for always being unbearably hot, the temperature should be in the 60s.
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 not expected to be any rain for the title race.
The race is 312 laps spread over three stages. The distance of the race is 312 miles.
NASCAR starting lineup for championship race
Here is the complete starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Phoenix:
(P) Playoff driver.
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