NASCAR is heading to Plymouth, Wis., for its 4th of July race, which takes place at the aptly named Road America race course.
Sunday’s Jockey Made in America 250 presented by KwikTrip will be the first NASCAR Cup Series event at the track; the last time NASCAR’s premier racing circuit visited was in 1956. when it was called “Grand National.”
Regardless, Sunday’s race — one of only seven road courses in the 2021 season — provides an opportunity for non-Hendrick Motorsports teams to take the checkered flag after a four-week hiatus. Kyle Larson won three straight events before teammate Alex Bowman won the first race of the doubleheader at Pocono on June 26.
Drivers have only seven more races in the regular season schedule — Sunday’s included — to secure a spot in the 16-car playoff. Only 11 drivers have won NASCAR events this season, leaving space enough for five more drivers to secure a spot. Assuming there will be a few more repeat winners, it’s imperative for the top non-winning drivers — Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Tyler Reddick and Austin Dillon — to cement themselves with good positions in the ensuing races.
Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR’s race at Road America on Sunday. Follow along live for the 62-lap, 250-mile Jockey Made in America 250:
NASCAR at Road America live updates, highlights
All times Eastern
3:43 p.m.: And now DiBenedetto:
3:34 p.m.: There’s the restart on Lap 17. Austin Cindric, Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Bubba Wallace make up your top five.
3:18 p.m.: Sure enough, that’s the end of the stage. William Byron wins under caution. Your full top 10:
3:15 p.m.: While there’s a pause in the action … check out this bumper camera from the Road America track:
3:14 p.m.: Uh-oh. Austin Dillon is caught for speeding on pit row. He’ll restart from the rear.
3:11 p.m.: Caution 2 (Lap 12). Kyle Tilley took is stuck in the gravel pit after taking the turn way too fast. That could be a recurring theme today. There’s only three laps remaining in the stage, so NASCAR could decide to end the stage here.
3:05 p.m.: Kyle Larson with a nice pass that was way, way too fast:
3:02 p.m.: And now Ryan Preece is having issues. The No. 37 is heading to the garage with a reported blown engine. Preece entered Sunday’s race ranked 23rd and 189 points from the playoff cutoff.
2:54 p.m.: There’s the restart on Lap 5, with Byron and Larson taking the early lead.
2:49 p.m.: Caution 1 (Lap 3). Well, shoot. Daniel Suarez’s car has stalled with a transmission issue heading into Turn 6. He entered today’s race in 18th place and 42 points below the cutoff. Looks like his team is trying to get him back out there.
2:44 p.m.: There they go!
NASCAR start time today
The green flag on Sunday’s race will drop at roughly 2:49 p.m. ET.
NASCAR starting lineup at Road America
NASCAR used two rounds of qualifying to set the starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Road America, the Jockey Made in America 250 presented by KwikTrip. The fastest 12 cars in Round 1 advanced to Round 2. Forty cars were entered for the race.
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