NASCAR at Martinsville: Live race updates, highlights from First Data 500

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Martinsville Speedway (Getty Images)

There are four drivers right at the cut line at the start of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs Round of 8, with Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch all within three points of each other.

That could lead to a cagey race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday. Even points leaders Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. are a bad showing away from facing playoff elimination in the next two races.

Sporting News will provide live updates and race highlights throughout the afternoon.

NASCAR at Martinsville: Race updates, highlights

(All times Eastern)

4:51 p.m. — Truex Jr. is up to third place.

4:47 p.m. — Kevin Harvick is in 14th — lowest among playoff drivers.

4:31 p.m. — Ryan Newman receives a penalty.

4:27 p.m. — Logano takes Stage 2. Here’s the top 10 as it stands right now:

4:22 p.m. — Halfway done with the race. Logano is in the lead.

4:19 p.m. — It hasn’t been a good day for Kyle Larson.

4:14 p.m. — For the second time in Stage 2, Truex Jr. makes contact with another car.

4:10 p.m. — Weather could be an issue. We’re keeping our fingers crossed it’s not.

4:03 p.m. — Bowyer and Truex Jr. clash.

3:59 p.m. — We’re 185 laps in.

3:49 p.m. — Joey Logano has the lead. The Busch brothers are in second and third.

3:45 p.m. — Time to end the drought?

3:37 p.m. — Denny Hamlin wins Stage 1. Here’s how the others did:

3:30 p.m. — There are 17 more laps left in Stage 1. Truex Jr. is up to 10th.

3:23 p.m. — Playoff drivers are holding steady, occupying much of the top 10.

3:18 p.m. — Another caution is out, this time for Jimmie Johnson.

3:09 p.m. — Truex Jr. hasn’t been sharp so far, but there’s still plenty of time.

3:06 p.m. — Kyle Busch remains in the lead through 50 laps.

3:03 p.m. — Caution. Jeb Burton hits a wall.

2:56 p.m. — A little teammate drama going on here. Elliott is in 17th right now.

2:49 p.m. — Through the first 15 laps, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer are in front.

2:43 p.m. — Truex Jr. is among the drivers starting from the rear this afternoon.

2:34 p.m. — We’re just about underway.

1:38 p.m. — Johnson officially has a new sponsor after Lowe’s ended its partnership with him.

1:31 p.m. — Big news upcoming for Jimmie Johnson.