NASCAR at Michigan live updates: Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. chase first checkered flag of season at FireKeepers Casino 400

NASCAR at Michigan live updates: Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. chase first checkered flag of season at FireKeepers Casino 400

On Sunday, NASCAR turns its attention to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn for the FireKeepers Casino 400. There are now just four races left in the season before the playoffs, so the pressure is on drivers without a win this season.

Among those drivers are Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr., who are both on the bubble (Truex is in, Harvick is out heading into Sunday). With that in mind expect aggressive races from them. Truex is starting seventh whereas Harvick is starting 16th.

At the top of the standings, everyone is still chasing Chase Elliott, who has four wins on the season. This year has seen a whopping 14 different winners, so despite Truex’s high spot in the standings, the only way to guarantee a playoff spot in 2022 is to win.

Ryan Blaney also hasn’t won a race this season, although he has a bit more cushion than Truex does in the standings.

It should be a tense race as the season winds down. The Sporting News will be tracking the FireKeepers Casino 400 throughout the race below.

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NASCAR at Michigan live updates, highlights from FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway

(All times Eastern.)

6:56 p.m. — Chastain and Bell have been dancing for this entire stage, and they collide into the wall. Both of them peel off the wall pretty effectively. It looked like Bell cut off Chastain at the wall.

6:52 p.m. — Pit stop is incoming for the top three, and all three need fuel. Huge moment in the race here.

6:48 p.m. — Suarez staves off a move from Bell, who took the lead for a moment but ultimately fell back to third behind Suarez and Chastain. Maddening for Bell. Denny Hamlin is also interjecting himself into the conversation.

6:43 p.m. — Suarez’s car is not happy with Bell and Chastain hot on his tail. He’s driving rigid right now.

6:40 p.m. — Alex Bowman catches a break there as he starts to spin out a bit. Good adjustment to ultimately stay in the race.

6:36 p.m. — Suarez, Bell, Chastain restart as the top three, and Joey Logano has catapulted into the top five. A lot of race left. Hamlin is still top 10.

6:33 p.m. — Suarez is now in the lead with Bell as the runner-up, whereas Hamlin gets his stage win and drops off in caution. Clean 76 laps to go.

6:25 p.m. — Hamlin’s gamble pays off and he takes Stage 2. Credit to him and his crew, that’s gutsy racing.

6:23 p.m. — Driver update: Reddick is officially out to the garage with engine issues.

6:22 p.m. — Upon the restart, Keselowski and Suarez are keeping Hamlin honeset up front. We almost get a collision on the outside but they recover nicely.

6:20 p.m. — Hamlin explains why he’s staying out for the last few laps. It’s all about the playoff point for him now. Interesting decision with Brad Keselowski behind him. Eight laps in Stage 2.

6:16 p.m. — Under 10 laps to go in this stage. Hamlin is staying out, it looks like he’s trying to win the stage.

6:13 p.m. — Inauspicious end to the stage for Noah Gragson, who has front-end damage and is sliding sideways into pit road. Unfortunate for him as he crept into the Top 5 earlier in this stage.

6:11 p.m. — Harvick and Hamlin are really battling it out for the No. 1 spot here right now, and Bell pulls off a great move to slip into second behind Hamlin. This stage is going to have a ridiculous finish.

6:10 p.m. — Hamlin retakes the lead on the restart with Harvick in second. Brad Keselowski in third. Tyler Reddick pulls off as he smells smoke before the restart.

6:09 p.m. — We’re over 100 laps, so this race is official one way or the other. 15 laps remain in Stage 2, but they’re still under caution.

6:01 p.m. — Video of Custer’s fire.

5:57 p.m. — Unfortunate there for Cole Custer, who gets a flat left front tire and catches fire in the wheel well. Crew quickly tells him to get out of the car, not the first time this has happened to the No. 41 car.

5:55 p.m. — There’s Bell’s pit, just came a lap late and Jones moves into first with Buescher, Suarez, Briscoe, and Dillon on his tail.

5:54 p.m. — Chastain gets a big penalty for an uncontrolled tire sending him to the back. Hamlin, Reddick, and Truex all pit. Bell is back in the lead for the time being.

5:52 p.m. — Denny Hamlin is now in the lead with Bell about two seconds left. Chastain pits over five seconds back. Under 30 laps here in Stage 2.

5:37 p.m. — Kyle Larson in second place is talking about what his next move is going to be as he tries to catch up to Chastain. Nearly a third through the second stage, Bell has dropped to third and Noah Gragson is a new addition to the top five.

5:29 p.m. — Chastain has moved into first with the top four all within one second of each other.

5:25 p.m. — Ty Gibbs and Ross Chastain will be in row one coming out of caution, and Corey LaJoie will be in second place.

5:17 p.m. — We enter another caution with the first stage in the rear view. Good start for Bell.

5:16 p.m. — Bell takes the first stage by over a second over Hamlin. Erik Jones, Martine Truex Jr., Chris Buescher make up the rest of the top five.

5:15 p.m. — Down within the last three laps, Bell still leads with two laps in the first stage.

5:11 p.m. — Under 10 laps to go in the first stage as Bell looks for his stage win.

5:10 p.m. — Back to the race itself: Christopher Bell is in first coming out of the restart with Denny Hamlin close behind him. Erik Jones is over a second behind and Martin Truex Jr. is about 2.5 seconds back.

5:09 p.m. — Fallout from the crash on Busch’s car.

5:06 p.m. — Tempered from Kyle Busch after the race, he didn’t blame other drivers, but he was clearly extremely frustrated. Said his frustration is “infinity” on a scale of 1-10.

5:02 p.m. — No hard feeling from Cindric on the course, he says 45 (Ty Gibbs) apologized but it wasn’t all his fault. Just a bad situation on the restart all around.

5 p.m. — Austin Cindric definitely took the worst of that spin.

4:55 p.m. — Kyle Busch’s day ends early in a big crash that also affected Cindric, Almirola, and Yeley. Tough ending as they all spun out and hit the wall.

4:51 p.m. — Bubba Wallace still holds the lead after 20 laps into the competition caution. Tyler Reddick is pulling in behind him in second place.

4:36 p.m. — There’s our green flag and we’re underway! Barring rain, plenty of time to get a race in before sunset.

4:25 p.m. — Some friendly local faces give the call at MIS, MSU’s Mel Tucker and Tom Izzo join for the start your engines call.

4:20 p.m. — Engines are fired, green flag incoming.

4:16 p.m. — Nearly underway!

4:12 p.m. — Command will come at 4:15 p.m.

4:08 p.m. — At this point, all that remains to be seen is when we’ll get a call for drivers to start their engines.

3:57 p.m. — It looks like things are on track for a 4:15 invocation, as the covers remain off.

3:44 p.m. — Car covers are coming off, so we may see things start to ramp up soon.

3:41 p.m. — There are still some trickles of rain but NASCAR is now hoping for 4:15 ceremonies and a start shortly after.

3:25 p.m. — NASCAR’s jet dryers are still at work on the course, and we don’t yet have an estimated start time.

3 p.m. — Welcome to Michigan International Speedway! There’s some concern around the start of this race, as they’re in the process of drying the track after a rainy morning. Without lights, they’ll need to get at least 100 laps in. But the track will take a while to dry off.

NASCAR start time today

  • Race: FireKeepers Casino 400 at MIS
  • Date: Sunday, Aug. 7
  • Start time: 3 p.m. ET

The FireKeepers Casino 400 at the Brickyard is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 7, but the green flag is expected to be waved at 3:17 p.m. ET.

What channel is NASCAR on?

  • TV channel: NBC (U.S.) | TSN5 (Canada)
  • Live stream: Peacock, fuboTV
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Sunday’s race will be broadcast on USA Network. Canadian viewers can follow the action on TSN5.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. will handle the lap-by-lap call as he leads USA’s “Racing Team.” Cup Series veteran Jeff Burton  and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte will provide analysis.

Cord-cutters can check out the race on Peacock or fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

Starting lineup for Michigan race

Here is the starting lineup for the FireKeepers 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Bubba Wallace of 23XI Racing took the pole Saturday, while Joe Gibbs Racing holds spots two and three. Team Penske rounds out the top five in the final two spots.

Starting pos.DriverCar No.Team
1Bubba Wallace2323XI Racing
2Christopher Bell20Joe Gibbs Racing
3Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing
4Joey Logano22Team Penske
5Austin Cindric2Team Penske
6Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing
7Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing
8Kyle Larson5Hendrick Motorsports
9Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing
10Erik Jones43Petty GMS Motorsports
11Ty Gibbs4523XI Racing
12Noah Gragson16Kaulig Racing
13Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports
14Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports
15Daniel Suarez99Trackhouse Racing
16Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing
17Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing
18Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing
19Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing
20William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports
21Justin Haley31Kaulig Racing
22Ross Chastain1Trackhouse Racing
23Chase Briscoe14Stewart-Haas Racing
24Ryan Blaney12Team Penske
25Ty Dillon42Petty GMS Motorsports
26Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing
27Harrison Burton21Wood Brothers Racing
28Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing
29JJ Yeley15Rick Ware Motorsports
30Alex Bowman48Hendrick Motorsports
31Austin Hill33Richard Childress Racing
32Corey LaJoie7Spire Motorsports
33Brad Keselowski6Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing
34Cody Ware51Rick Ware Racing
35Josh Bilicki77Spire Motorsports
36BJ McLeod78Live Fast Motorsports
37Todd Gilliland38Front Row Racing