NASCAR Race in Phoenix live updates: William Byron uses late restart to win

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Charlotte Observer NASCAR reporter Alex Zitlow The section below will be carried over with live updates from Sunday’s race at Phoenix Raceway. Refresh for the latest news. Full results will be posted at the end of the race.

All times are Eastern.

Live Updates from Phoenix Raceway

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Lap 317: William Byron! Somehow, in a restart that featured three-wide turns and a bunch of slipping and sliding, Somehow found some clean air and registered his second win of the 2023 season. Second straight win.

Lap 312: We got overtime! AJ Allmendinger spins out, and we have another overtime. This makes it the 10th overtime finish in Phoenix. Kevin Harvick is still seventh – his streak of Top 10 finishes at Phoenix (now at 19) is in jeopardy. Tyler Reddick, running fourth, has four tires. Kyle Larson, William Byron and Ryan Blaney all with two new tires from the latest pit stop.

Lap 305: Some unpredictability on pit road! Kyle Larson emerged as the leader after the caution. He is followed by William Byron. Both Hendrick cars had two flat tires, and a not-so-good pit stop for the No. 4 team saw Kevin Harvick finish seventh! Closer probably doesn’t have enough time now. Very good. Running in the top 5 on the restart: Kyle Larson, William Byron, Ryan Blaney, Ross Chastain, Kyle Busch.

March 10, 2023; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) during practice for the United Rentals Works United 500 at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA Today Sports

Lap 303: And we got a warning! Another late-race restart for the second-straight week! Kevin Harvick had worked his way up to a five-second lead over the of the field, but Harrison Burton spun and blew a tyre, and the race had now changed. Cars filling pothole road. Can Kyle Larson earn his redemption from last week?

Lap 272: Kevin Harvick! The closure gave Kyle Larson about 40 laps to go. The No. 5 team’s crew chief, Cliff Daniels, was upset by the result: “Why did we run high in (Turns) 3 and 4? We shouldn’t have done that,” he said. This is Harvick’s racetrack and he has been dominating the long runs all day. Barring a late-race caution, Harvick is inching closer to his tenth win at Phoenix.

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Lap 243: Joey Logano and Josh Berry are the first lead-lap cars to go to pit road. The of the field followed suit over the next few laps. We shall see how this cycle plays out. Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick were now separated by less than a second. It will be a fun race with just over laps to go for these two.

Lap 230: Just over 80 laps to go… and not much has changed. Things to Watch: Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick are running very close. William Byrne is still in third place but is slowly being caught by Christopher Bell. Top 10: Larson, Harvick, Byron, Bell, Tyler Reddick, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Chase Briscoe, Ryan Blaney and Alex Bowman.

Lap 190: Fastest off pit road: Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, William Byron, Brad Keselowski. Ty Gibbs was caught speeding on pit road. 54 The car is sent to the back of the field.

Phase 2

Lap 185: It’s shaping up to be like last weekend’s race in Las Vegas. Kyle Larson wins stage 2 – and then there’s William Byrne. The Hendrick cars have been leading all day and have actually done so in the last two races. Don’t look now though: Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 is also running consecutive Top 5s – and his reputation at Phoenix precedes him. OK, Stage 2 point-earners (in order): Larson, Byron, Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Tyler Reddick, Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney, Ross Chastain, Chase Briscoe.

March 11, 2023;  Avondale, Arizona, USA;  NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) during qualifying for the United Rental Works United 500 at Phoenix Raceway.  Mandatory Credit: Gary A.  Vasquez-USA Today Sports

March 11, 2023; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) during qualifying for the United Rental Works United 500 at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA Today Sports

Lap 139: Yellow! Aric Almirola, the same driver who caused a race-changing caution with two laps to go last week, has now prompted the first caution on Sunday. The No. 10 car hit the wall near the start-finish line, and a portion of the wheel fell into the wreckage. The toe link seems to be broken. NASCAR assessed Almirola a two-lap for the loose wheel. The of the field is now cycling down pit road.

Lap 121: The largely ho-hum race sees its first of pit stops under the green. Kyle Larson cycles into the lead after traveling down pit road. Some penalties: Austin Cindrich, Erik Jones Kyle Busch and Michael McDowell were flagged for speeding on pit road. All have to pay pass-through penalty. (Busch also had a loose tire on pit road, so that would also mean a incoming. The No. 8 car would have a lot of work to do to salvage Sunday.) Top 10 running: Larson, William Byron, Denny Hamlin , Kevin Harvick, Ross Chastain, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Christopher Bell, Chris Buescher, Tyler Reddick.

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Lap 69: We are green again!

Lap 65: No warnings yet for the cause. And if this continues, William Byron will have another great day. Worth noting: At the stage break, Kyle Larson’s pit stop was slightly quicker than Byrne’s, and the No. 5 car would lead to start stage 2. Caution. Update: AJ Allmendinger speeded on pit road and will fall on the backstretch.


Lap 60: The first and shortest step is done! And except for a minor collision between Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano – who was running a lap down and would get a free pass in the stage break – it’s been very clean. William Byron took the stage 1 victory. He has now won the last four consecutive stages His great win in Las Vegas last weekend, The rest of those earning points (in top 10 order): Byron, Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick, Ryan Blaney, Ross Chastain, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch.

Lap 6: William Byron overtook Kyle Larson after the first lap when the 24 car used this racetrack’s unique gem – the dogleg at Turn 4 – to pass his teammate. Top 5 right now: Byrne, Larson, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Ross Chastain.

Kyle Larson smiles with his trophy after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Watkins Glen, N.Y., Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Kyle Larson smiles with his trophy after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Watkins Glen, N.Y., Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Green Flag: 3:49 pm: Let’s run!

3:41 pm: Engines fired up! According to NASCAR, today’s Cup race is sold out, and the fourth straight sellout at the track. It marked three sales in four races: Daytona, Auto Club Speedway and Phoenix.

3:34 pm: Some instant updates: Anthem: 3:31:00 PM; Permission: 3:38:00 PM; Green Flag: 3:47:00 PM

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3:32 PM: The No. 38 car would be sent to the rear for disallowed adjustments. Zane Smith was already starting deep in the ground.

3:25 PM: thing of the day? It is quite hot at Phoenix Raceway – peaking around the 70s – and thus the racetrack will be very slippery and slippery. Drivers seem excited for the challenge.

3:03 pm: flagged off is expected around 3:47 p.m. Phoenix Raceway is a 1-mile track and is Helped extend the dominance of the greatest driver of all time, Kevin Harvick,

2:56 pm: Hendrick Motorsports still out of the No. 9 car after Chase Elliott He has a broken tibia in his left leg just over a week ago. In other news from Hendrick: NASCAR confiscated the hood louvers of four Hendrick cars — vents in the hood that help move air out of the radiator — and the Hendrick team could face significant penalties. A decision on this will come in the coming weeks.

2:30 pm: Kyle Larson is starting where he left off after a stellar performance last week in Las Vegas. He would sit on the pole to start Sunday’s race and run next to Denny Hamlin.

How to See United Rental Work United 500

  • Place: Phoenix Raceway

  • date: Sunday, March 12

  • Time: 3:30 PM ET

  • purse: $7,453,660

  • TV: Fox, 3 PM ET

  • radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

  • distance: 312 miles (312 laps)

  • Stages: Stage 1 (Lap 60), Stage 2 (Lap 185), Stage 3 (Lap 312)

Starting lineup for Phoenix NASCAR race



Train no.


Kyle Larson



denny hamlin



William Byron



Brad Keselowski



Christopher Bell



Ross Chastain



Michael McDowell



Ryan Blaney



Kyle Busch



Eric Jones



Daniel Suarez



Tyler Reddick



Martin Truex Jr.



Ty Gibbs



Kevin Harvick



joey logano



josh berry



Alex Bowman



bubba wallace



Austin Sindrik



chris buesher



AJ Allmendinger



Ricky Stenhouse Jr.



Chase Briscoe



Ryan Preece



justin haley



Harrison Burton



corey la joy



Todd Gilliland



Austin Dillon



Eric Almirola



noah gregson



BJ McLeod



Zane Smith



ty dillon



kodi ware