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What time is the 2021 Instacart 500 and how long will the race last?

If you’re wondering when the Instacart 500 will start or how long it will last, we’ve got you covered.

Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, races Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Discount Tire Ford, during the NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 07, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The NASCAR Cup Series is back in action on Sunday, March 14th with the Instacart 500 at the Phoenix Raceway. The race starts at 3:30 p.m. ET and will air on FOX. You can watch a live stream on FOX.com/live.

The race is 312 laps around the mile long course, usually lasting around three hours. The last three races clocked in at 3 hours and 20 minutes, 3 hours and 4 minutes, and 2 hours and 53 minutes. The 2020 event was a bit longer than normal as the race was extended to 316 laps in an overtime finish.

The race is traditionally hosted at the Phoenix Raceway and has been a part of the Cup Series since 2005. In the 2000 season, this was interestingly the last race held before the COVID-19 pandemic struck and delayed the NASCAR season — referred to for just the 2020 season as the FanShield 500. Joey Logano is the defending champion, with current odds to win at +800.

Chase Elliott is currently favored to win the Instacart 500 on DraftKings Sportsbook, with odds at +550. He’s closely followed by Brad Keselowski (+600), and then Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick (both at +650).

Keselowski holds the pole in this race and is joined by Kyle Larson on the front row. Keselowski placed second last week in the Pennzoil 400.