NASCAR at Pocono live race updates, results, highlights from M&M's Fan Appreciation 400

NASCAR at Pocono live race updates, results, highlights from M&M's Fan Appreciation 400

When Denny Hamlin takes off on Sunday afternoon, he’ll be chasing more than the checkered flag. He’ll be chasing history.

The Joe Gibbs Racing veteran has found unprecedented success at the Tricky Triangle, claiming six wins on that iconic Pocono asphalt. Hamlin and Jeff Gordon are the only racers to accomplish that feat.

With a victory on Sunday, Hamlin would hold the Pocono crown, though — he’d officially become the winningest racer in track history.

He took a major step in the right direction on Saturday, taking the pole after posting an impressive lap time of 52.944 seconds. Hamlin will be joined in the first row by JGR teammate Kyle Busch

There are a gaggle of racers who could take the checkered flag Sunday. But it’s hard to imagine it meaning more to any one else but Hamlin, who has taken to Pocono in a way not seen very often in motorsports. One more victory and the track record is all his.

MORE: Watch NASCAR at Pocono live with fuboTV (free trial)

Sporting News is tracking live updates and highlights of Sunday’s race, the M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400, held at Pocono Raceway. Check out all the action from Sunday’s race as it happens below.

NASCAR at Pocono live updates, highlights from M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400

(All times Eastern.)

5:18 p.m. – Busch holds a half second advantage over Ross Chastain with 57 laps to go. Save for a few wobbles in Stage 1, it’s been a fairly clean race for the Joe Gibbs Racing veteran Busch. Still lots of race to go, though.

5:06 p.m. – Stage 2 goes to Kyle Busch! Ross Chastain takes second, while Ryan Blaney edges past Erik Jones for third.

4:59 p.m. – Kyle Busch easily clears Wallace to take pole position. With seven laps to go Stage 2, Busch has a .8 second lead over second-place Ross Chastain.

4:55 p.m. – Ty Dillon gets the caution flag waved after a brief spill on the track. With nine laps to go in Stage 2, it’s 23XI Racing’s Bubba Wallace who is in front as we prep for the race restart.

4:39 p.m. – Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones competing for pole position. Kyle Busch pitted shortly before, dropping to tenth. Could be a massive result for Blaney or Jones, both of whom are seeking their first win in the Cup Series this season.

4:29 p.m. – Kyle Busch has extended his lead to over six seconds after Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson go to pit road. It’s been a really impressive Stage 2 showing for Busch, who was won four other times at Pocono.

4:20 p.m. – After another race restart, it’s Kyle Busch who has pole position. Stage 2 has gone on at a snails pace; we’re only on Lap 24 of 65 laps in the stage. But it seems the stop-start nature of the race has helped Busch overcome a bit of a rough period in Stage 1 to compete for another Cup Series win.

Christopher Bell and Bubba Wallace are both within two seconds of Busch.

4:11 p.m. – Another lap, another caution flag. Corey LaJoie swerves into the wall, prompting yet another break in the proceedings. Pocono is really challenging its contestants.

4:02 p.m. – And that’s a caution flag for Denny Hamlin! It was a tight pack after the latest race restart. Seems like Hamlin skewed into the inside lane, colliding with some of the rough pavement before spinning out. He’s currently on pit road but it seemed more an accidental wreck than anything else.

3:56 p.m. – That’s another caution flag, this time for Josh Bilicki’s No. 77 car. Those turns are proving especially frustrating for racers today; Bilicki spun out trying to curl around the turn. Bilicki took a heavy blow to the side of the car, but walked out on his own accord.

3:51 p.m. – Christopher Bell and Harrison Burton vying for first place as we hit Lap 6 of Stage 2. Important thing to note: all drivers who didn’t pit during the caution flag that waved following Almirola’s mix up pitted during the stage break. So for Larson, Elliott, Kyle Busch and others who had started the race promisingly enough in Stage 1, they were forced to restart behind those who pitted before the end of Stage 1.

3:45 p.m. – Kyle Larson takes Stage 1!

3:39 p.m. – Aric Almirola spins out on Turn 4, prompting another caution flag. There are only two laps left in the stage.

Interestingly enough, Almirola enters pit row backwards. That’s a pit row violation, there.

3:36 p.m. – Daniel Suarez making a real run at fourth place. Kyle Busch, currently sitting in fourth, is still holding firm, though.

3:30 p.m. – Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin make up the top three as we head to Lap 20. Hamlin has crawled himself back into the race after clipping into the wall ever so slightly during Lap 1.

3:24 p.m. – After a race restart, Kyle Busch falls off tremendously heading into Turn 1. Wheels didn’t stick, allowing the likes of Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott to take his spot. Busch now down to seventh-place.

15 laps left in Stage 1.

3:13 p.m. – First caution flag of the day is waved after Team Penske’s Austin Cindric skids into Turn 3, popping his tire.

After six laps, Busch holds a fairly comfortable 2.5 second edge for pole position.

3:07 p.m. – Already a little trouble early for Denny Hamlin. The six-time Pocono winner clipped into the corner in Lap 1. He’s now in fourth place. Kyle Busch has a 1.5 second lead over Chase Elliott at the moment.

3:06 p.m. – And we’re off!

NASCAR start time today

  • Race: M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400
  • Date: Sunday, July 24
  • Start time: 3 p.m. ET

Sunday’s race is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET, although the green flag is expected to be waved closer to 3:06 p.m. ET.

What channel is NASCAR on?

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

The M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 will be broadcast on USA Network. Canadian viewers can follow along with all the action from Pocono on TSN5.

Rick Allen will reprise his role as lap-by-lap announcer. He’ll be joined in the booth by Cup Series veterans Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Burton, as well as Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte.

Cord-cutters can tune in via Peacock or fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

NASCAR lineup at Pocono

Here’s the complete lineup for the M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400. Denny Hamlin claimed pole position in Saturday’s qualifier. He’ll be joined in Row 1 by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch.

Starting pos.DriverCar No.Team
1Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing
2Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing
3Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports
4Kyle Larson5Hendrick Motorsports
5Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing
6Ryan Blaney12Team Penske
7Bubba Wallace2323XI Racing
8Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing
9Daniel Suarez99Trackhouse Racing
10Kurt Busch4523XI Racing
11Christopher Bell20Joe Gibbs Racing
12Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing
13Chase Briscoe14Stewart-Haas Racing
14Joey Logano22Team Penske
15Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing
16Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing
17Alex Bowman48Hendrick Motorsports
18William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports
19Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing
20Austin Cindric2Team Penske
21Ross Chastain1Trackhouse Racing
22Noah Gragson16Kaulig Racing
23Corey LaJoie7Spire Motorsports
24Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing
25Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports
26Brad Keselowski6Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing
27Ty Dillon42Petty GMS Motorsports
28Harrison Burton21Wood Brothers Racing
29Todd Gilliland38Front Row Motorsports
30Justin Haley31Kaulig Racing
31Josh Bilicki77Spire Motorsports
32Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing
33JJ Yeley15Rick Ware Racing
34Erik Jones43Petty GMS Motorsports
35BJ McLeod78Live Fast Motorsports
36Cody Ware51Rick Ware Racing