NASCAR at Phoenix: Live race updates, highlights from Can-Am 500

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Entering the final NASCAR Cup Series playoff race before the championship, only Joey Logano has clinched a shot at the title. 

Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick are currently in line to advance, but Kurt Busch is only three points off the cut line. Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer would need wins to clinch.

Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at the reconfigured ISM Raceway will take place upon the backdrop of last week’s cheating controversy. Kevin Harvick’s victory at Texas was taken away due to an illegal race-winning car. He was found to have used a modified spoiler to give him an advantage.

Even so, Harvick could book at place at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a decent performance Sunday. Follow along below for the latest updates from Phoenix.

NASCAR at Phoenix: Live race updates, highlights from Can-Am 500

(All times Eastern)

5:52 p.m. — The green flag is back with 20 laps remaining.

5:49 p.m. — Kurt Busch shares his thoughts on the playoff-ending crash that happened about 20 minutes ago.

5:38 p.m. — Now Alex Bowman gets into a bad wreck. Second red flag of Stage 3. Thirty-five more laps.

5:32 p.m. — Here are more takeaways from that crash.

5:27 p.m. — Another huge wreck. Wow. This one has major championship implications.

5:24 p.m. — Drivers are back at it. Forty-six laps to go.

5:13 p.m. — Red flag. Track cleanup.

5:09 p.m.: Harvick is in seventh place. Kurt Busch is in sixth.

5:04 p.m.: As it stands, no playoff driver is in the top 3. Truex Jr. is closest at fourth.

4:58 p.m.: An update on playoff scenarios with 62 laps to go.

4:55 p.m. — Yikes. Another caution, this time involving Harvick.

4:51 p.m. — Oof. Chase Elliott takes a penalty.

4:46 p.m. — Caution. Tanner Berryhill.

4:43 p.m. — Less than 90 laps to go. Kyle Busch leads, and Chase Elliott in in second place.

4:32 p.m. — This one is through 200 laps. Intensity will pick up soon with playoff elimination on the line.

4:26 p.m. — There are 124 laps remaining in this race. Kyle Busch, who leads, is the only playoff driver in the top 3.

4:12 p.m. — End of Stage 2. Here are your leaders.

4:09 p.m. — A rather controversial penalty is assessed to Kurt Busch for passing the pace car. Take a look.

4:04 p.m. — We’re almost through Stage 2. Kurt Busch is in first, Truex Jr. is in third. Harvick is all the way up to fourth.

3:57 p.m. — Penalty on Alex Bowman.

3:52 p.m. — Clint Bowyer crashes and is now out of contention.

3:49 p.m. — Twenty-five more laps in Stage 2. Kurt Busch is in first place.

3:46 p.m. — Truex Jr. is in 12th place.

3:40 p.m. — That incident helped out Harvick, who improved his positioning to 18th after the restart.

3:32 p.m. — Caution. Joey Logano spins. He’s done for the day.

3:25 p.m. — Kurt Busch is now in the lead.

3:17 p.m. — Elliott wins Stage 2.

3:15 p.m. — Flat tire for Harvick! That’ll set him way back.

3:07 p.m. — Rough performance by Clint Bowyer so far in a must-win race.

3:02 p.m. — Fifty of 75 laps in Stage 1 have been completed. The top 3 has not changed.

2:53 p.m. — It’s been a fun race so far.

2:49 p.m.— Nothing much has changed at the front so far. Harvick continues to lead 25 laps in.

2:41 p.m. — Through five laps, Harvick, Elliott and Ryan Blaney lead the field.

2:39 p.m. — Green flag. Let’s do this.

2:35 p.m. — Pace laps are underway.

2:33 p.m. — Here’s another look at how things stand entering this race:

2:18 p.m. — Chase Elliott speaks before the race.

1:59 p.m. — Clint Bowyer needs a victory to advance, but he’s struggled throughout this round.