NASCAR at Daytona live race updates, results, highlights from Coke Zero Sugar 400

NASCAR is getting what it wanted when it scheduled the summer Daytona race as the 2020 regular-season finale for the Cup Series. Multiple drivers have chances to clinch one of the three open playoff spots heading into a Saturday night race at one of motorsports' most unpredictable tracks.

Saturday night's Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway will set the 16-driver field for NASCAR's 10-race playoff scheduled to start next week. Clint Bowyer, Matt DiBenedetto and William Byron entered the weekend in the last three playoff positions based on points standings, but Jimmie Johnson and Erik Jones were not far behind.

Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin was considered the favorite to win Saturday night's race with Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick close behind on the odds board. Of course, those odds don't mean much in a superspeedway race when simply finishing is the first priority for all 40 drivers.

Sporting News is tracking live race updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Saturday's NASCAR race at Daytona. Follow below for complete results from the Coke Zero Sugar 400.

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NASCAR at Daytona live race updates, highlights from Coke Zero Sugar 400

NASCAR is offering a free live stream of Denny Hamlin's in-car camera throughout Saturday night's Daytona race. Below is that stream:

Live NASCAR playoff bubble positions as they run:

Pos. Driver +/-
14. Clint Bowyer (Clinched)
15. Matt DiBenedetto +7
16. Jimmie Johnson +5
- - -
17. William Byron -5

Live race updates:

10:10 p.m. ET: Another red flag to clean up another mess after the second "big one" of the race. We'll go to NASCAR overtime whenever the green comes back out.

10:09 p.m. ET: Caution. Another predictable big crash. This one claims Jimmie Johnson among those involved.

10:07 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart with five laps to go. Joey Logano pushes Denny Hamlin to the lead in the outside lane, but Tyler Reddick stays strong on the inside and takes it back.

10 p.m. ET: Red flag is lifted; yellow comes back out. There will be five laps to go when the green flag is waved. Denny Hamlin is leading.

9:52 p.m. ET: Red flag with eight laps to go to clean up the damage from the crash.

9:49 p.m. ET: Caution with eight laps to go. Maybe the most predictable yellow of the season thus far. Tyler Reddick tries to make a move on leader Kyle Busch, but he gets into the outside wall while trying to slide in front of the No. 18 and creates a massive crash. Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Austin Dillon, Michael McDowell, Martin Truex Jr., Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Erik Jones, Ryan Newman and Ryan Preece are involved. All three playoff bubble drivers get through the crash.

9:47 p.m. ET: 10 laps to go. Kyle Busch still leads.

9:45 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart with 13 laps to go. Kyle Busch keeps the lead with Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch in tow.

9:42 p.m. ET: Jimmie Johnson and William Byron pit under caution with 15 laps to go. Matt DiBenedetto stays out. The Hendrick drivers both wanted fresh tires, and DiBenedetto told his team he wanted to keep his track position.

9:37 p.m. ET: Caution. James Davison is off the pace in Turn 3 with 17 laps to go.

9:35 p.m. ET: With 20 laps to go, Kyle Busch is still leading Denny Hamlin and William Byron. Most of the pack is single-file and hugging the outside wall.

9:30 p.m. ET: Kyle Busch cycles to the lead after green flag pit stops. Still 26 laps to go. Jimmie Johnson (14th) is complaining about his handling after his green-flag pit stop even though he took fuel only.

9:24 p.m. ET: Green flag pit stops with 35 laps to go. The Chevys and Toyotas pit a lap apart, but the Fords stay out for now. (The Fords end up pitting with 29 laps to go.)

9:19 p.m. ET: Kyle Busch takes the lead from teammate Martin Truex Jr. as Jimmie Johnson, who was running third, gets shuffled to the back of the pack on the outside.

9:08 p.m. ET: Green flag. Stage 3 begins with 55 laps to go. Martin Truex Jr. jumps out to the lead.

8:58 p.m. ET: Joey Logano wins Stage 2 to sweep the first two stages. Jimmie Johnson (fifth) and Matt DiBenedetto (seventh) get crucial stage points.

8:42 p.m. ET: Lap 81 arrives, which means the race is past the halfway point and can be considered official. Daniel Suarez is leading after a round of green-flag pit stops.

8:23 p.m. ET: Green flag. Stage 2 begins on Lap 56. Erik Jones jumps out to the lead in the outside lane with help from Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch.

8:19 p.m. ET: Denny Hamlin is penalized for not lining up properly coming to pit road. He must restart from the back of the pack.

8:12 p.m. ET: Joey Logano wins Stage 1. Jimmie Johnson (fifth) and William Byron (seventh) get some important stage points.

7:52 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart on Lap 25. William Byron keeps the lead with teammate Alex Bowman in tow.

7:46 p.m. ET: The competition caution arrives after 20 green flag laps. William Byron leads with his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman in second.

7:41 p.m. ET: Kevin Harvick has to bail from the front of the pack. He has some debris on his grill and is running too hot.

7:35 p.m. ET: JJ Yeley loses power, but he gets off the track in time to avoid a caution. He is later ruled out with an engine loss and will finish the race last.

7:30 p.m. ET: Green flag. The Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona is underway. Joey Logano pushes Kevin Harvick to the initial lead before Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski bring the top line even with the bottom line.

7:18 p.m. ET: Engines fired for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona.

7:10 p.m. ET: NASCAR announces Clint Bowyer must start the race from the back of the pack because of unapproved prerace adjustments.

5:55 p.m. ET: NASCAR announces Austin Dillon will start the race from the back of the pack after his team failed prerace tech inspection twice.

NASCAR at Daytona starting lineup

Here is the full starting lineup for Saturday night's NASCAR race at Daytona:

Pos. Driver Car No. Team
1 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
2 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
3 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
4 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
5 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
6 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
7 Jimmie Johnson 48 Hendrick Motorsports
8 Alex Bowman 88 Hendrick Motorsports
9 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
10 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
11 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
12 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
13 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
14 Clint Bowyer 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
15 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
16 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
17 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
18 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
19 Matt Kenseth 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
20 Erik Jones 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
21 Bubba Wallace 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
22 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
23 Christopher Bell 95 Leavine Family Racing
24 John Hunter Nemechek 38 Front Row Motorsports
25 Corey LaJoie 32 GoFas Racing
26 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
27 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
28 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
29 Ty Dillon 13 Germain Racing
30 Daniel Suarez 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing
31 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
32 Brennan Poole 15 Premium Motorsports
33 JJ Yeley 27 Rick Ware Racing
34 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing
35 Timmy Hill 66 Motorsports Business Management
36 Ross Chastain 77 Spire Motorsports
37 Joey Gase 53 Rick Ware Racing
38 James Davison 51 Petty Ware Racing
39 Josh Bilicki 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing
40 Brendan Gaughan 62 Beard Motorsports

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