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Live updates from the NASCAR Cup Series Geico 500 race at Talladega

TALLADEGA — It’s race day at Talladega Superspeedway.

The NASCAR Cup Series Geico 500 concludes the spring weekend at Talladega on Sunday. The race starts at 2:00 PM CT on FOX.

Kyle Busch is the defending race winner, while Ryan Blaney won last time at the track and won the fall playoff race on his way to winning the championship.

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An accident after six Toyotas converged resulted in Denny Hamlin, Bubba Wallace and Erik Jones being absent for the day. John Hunter Nemechek finished a few laps behind. It looked like Nemechek stepped into Wallace and took out Jones.

Hamlin, Jones and Wallace were released from the care center.

The first non-stage break caution of the day comes out with 56 laps to go when Bell crashes into the wall. Michael McDowell cycles into the lead after the restart.

Bell was released from the care center.

Stage two: Joey Logano takes the podium and continues a strong day for Fords

Phase One: Austin Cindric takes the stage

Starting lineup for the Geico 500 NASCAR Cup Series race

Michael McDowell will lead the field to green after winning his second career pole, both of which come this season. Kyle Larson moves to the back after being denied qualification due to “unapproved modifications” to his car.

Row 1: Michael McDowell, Austin Cindric

Row 2: Todd Gilliland, Kyle Busch

Row 3: Austin Dillion, Martin Truex Jr.

Row 4: Joey Logano, Chris Buescher

Row 5: Chase Elliott, Christopher Bell

Row 6: Ryan Preece, Alex Bowman

Row 7: William Byron, Bubba Wallace

Row 8: Ty Gibbs, Harrison Burton

Row 9: Shane Van Gisbergen, Tyler Reddick

Row 10: Daniel Hemric, John Hunter Nemechek

Row 11: Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski

Row 12: Denny Hamlin, Anthony Alfredo

Row 13: Daniel Suarez, Chase Briscoe

Row 14: Justin Haley, Erik Jones

Row 15: Josh Berry, Zane Smith

Row 16: Corey LaJoie, Ross Chastain

Row 17: Ricky Stenhouse, Cody Ware

Row 18: Carson Hocevar, Noah Gragson

Row 19: BJ McLeod, Kyle Larson (DNQ)

Talladega Race Day Weather

From Saturday April 20 from the Weather Channel

While there is still a chance of rain on Sunday, it has dropped from over 90% earlier in the week to less than 20% as race time approaches. There is still a good chance of rain in the morning, but it could clear up closer to race time. Temperatures will be in the low 60s before dipping into the 50s later tonight.

Maxwell Donaldson covers high school sports and Jacksonville State athletics for the Gadsden Times. Find him on Twitter/X @_Max_Donaldson and contact him at [email protected].