The ISM Raceway in Phoenix is home to the Bluegreen Vacations 500, which marks the ninth race of the 2019 NASCAR playoffs.
Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. are already locked in to next week’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will soon be joined by two others.
Six drivers (ordered by current point totals) are competing for the final two spots in the Championship 4: Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott.
Unlike the other five, Elliott is the only driver that needs to secure a win Sunday in order to make the cut. He enters the Bluegreen Vacations 500 in a 78-point hole.
Sporting News is tracking live race updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR’s Cup Series semifinals on Sunday. Follow along below.
NASCAR at Phoenix live race updates, highlights
2:51 p.m.: Kyle Busch has yet to relinquish the lead after 12 laps and Hamlin has moved up to second (now 17 points off the cut line).
2:47 p.m.: Green flag.
NASCAR championship standings 2019
Here is the complete breakdown of clinching scenarios for Sunday’s race.
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