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NASCAR at COTA results: Chase Elliott wins wet, wild EchoPark Texas Grand Prix after stoppage

NASCAR at COTA results: Chase Elliott wins wet, wild EchoPark Texas Grand Prix after stoppage


NASCAR is usually wild, but Sunday’s race added “wet” to the equation.

A ton of caution flags, several wrecks and a red-flag stoppage wouldn’t stop Chase Elliott from claiming victory at the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix, his sixth career road course win and his first win overall this year.

Though lightning didn’t push back the start of the race, Sunday’s wet weather at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, did force plenty of delays. There were also six DNFs on the day and several more drivers finished the race with damaged cars.

The worst wreck of the race involved Cole Custer and Martin Truex Jr,, who escaped a big collision through poor visibility. Custer’s car caught fire after the wreck, but Custer exited it unscathed.

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Sporting News tracked highlights, updates and more from Sunday’s rain-shortened race below (all times Eastern).

NASCAR at COTA: EchoPark Texas Grand Prix results

Official race results:

Position Driver
1 Chase Elliott
2 Kyle Larson
3 Joey Logano
4 Ross Chastain
5 AJ Allmendinger
6 Chse Briscoe
7 Michael McDowell
8 Alex Bowman
9 Tyler Reddick
10 Kyle Busch
11 William Byron
12 Austin Dillon
13 Chris Buescher
14 Denny Hamlin
15 Ryan Preece
16 Eric Jones
17 Ryan Blaney
18 Anthony Alfredo
19 Brad Keselowski
20 Corey LaJoie
21 Ty Dillon
22 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
23 Matt DiBenedetto
24 Ryan Newman
25 Austin Cindric
26 Aric Almirola
27 Kurt Busch
28 Garrett Smithley
29 James Davison
30 Josh Bilicki
31 Kyle Tilley
32 Cody Ware
33 Daniel Suarez
34 Quin Houff
35 Martin Truex Jr.
36 Cole Custer
37 Kevin Harvick
38 Christopher Bell
39 Bubba Wallace
40 Justin Haley

NASCAR at COTA live updates, highlights from EchoPark Texas Grand Prix

6:30 p.m. FINISH: Chase Elliott is awarded the victory as NASCAR calls the race because of inclement weather.

6:25 p.m.: This session has been red flagged because of inclement weather. 

6:15 p.m.:  Another yellow flag is out because of standing water on the track. Bad rain to come.

6:08 p.m.:  16 laps to go, and Chase Elliott is in the lead. Kyle Busch pits. 

5:51:  23 laps to go in the race, Ross Chstain currently leads the field. Course is still a bit wet.

5:38 p.m.:  Busch, Elliott both pit. Busch hasn’t pit since Lap 8.

5:33 p.m.:  Busch opening up a five-second lead as pole-sitter Tyler Reddick spins out. No damage. 

5:23 p.m.:  Kyle Busch opens up a lead once again with the restart on Stage 3. Hopefully no interruptions from here to checkered flag.

5:09 p.m. End Stage 2: Kyle Busch holds off Chase Elliott, Tyler Reddick and Austin Cindric for the stage win.   Messy stage.

4:59 p.m.:  We have green flag with four laps to go in Stage 2. Kyle Busch and Austin Cindric battling for first.

4:55 p.m.:  The track looks dryer but not dry. 

4:49 p.m.:  Rain seems to be letting up a bit, and drivers are exiting pit road now.

4:40 p.m.:  Drivers are starting up under yellow. Lap 26 now, and they’re coming down pit road. 

4:31 p.m.  Track crew scraping and drying the track. Just a total mess.

4:18 p.m.:  Red flag is out after the Custer-Truex incident. 

4:15 p.m.:  Truex and Cole Custer collide now. Custer’s car catches fire and he gets out quick. Custer slammed into the back of Truex after Truex hit Michael McDowell. Bad scene.

4:14 p.m.:  Ross Chastain, Ryan Preece, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott are your top five right now. Preece passes Chastain and he takes off.

4:13 p.m.:  We finally have a restart into lap 25, and there’s serious visibility issues still happening in the middle of the pack. The track is soaked. 

4:02 p.m.:  Still under caution into lap 22, and there’s lots of vision issues happening.

3:50 p.m.:  Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick and Bubba Wallace all exit with major damage. Unclear if they were involved in the same wreck, but not great.

3:47 p.m.:  Getting ready to restart here soon, with the pace car leading the pack into Stage 2.

3:33 p.m. End of Stage 1:  Joey Logano takes a wet and wild Stage 1: Plenty of slides, some damage and lots and lots of water.

3:32 p.m.:  Cars taking advantage of the extra pavement off the track, but to no avail. Track is very slippery. William Byron heads into the pits with serious damage to his front right fender.

3:30 p.m.:  Weather getting really rough now, lots of cars missing turns and heading off track, Denny Hamlin the latest victim. Michael McDowell in the lead, slim lead over Joey Logano.

3:13 p.m.:  Daniel Suarez having issues with shifting out of neutral, bringing out the first caution flag on the day.

3:09 p.m.:  After Cindric pits, Truex takes the lead. An impressive showing from Cindric early on on slick tires, and he fell to just seventh after the pitstop.

3:04 p.m.:  Austin Cindric is cooking the field behind him right now, and he’s on slicks. Opening up an eight second lead over Martin Truex. Bubba Wallace, Michael McDowell and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. round out the top five.

2:55 p.m.:  Rain comes down, and lots of drivers coming in for rain tires. 

2:52 p.m.:  Green flag, and we’re off in Texas. Austin Cindric out to an early lead.

2:48 p.m.:  Lots of teams coming in to switch their tires from wets to slicks early on, just as rain starts to fall. Tough decisions to make up and down pit road.

2:41 p.m.:  NASCAR deemed this a wet-weather race, so everyone starts on their rain tires. They’ll have an opportunity to change to slicks on their second pass through pit road.

2:24 p.m.:  Expecting a wet track today for NASCAR’s first foray into Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Rain is in the forecast for the rest of the day.

NASCAR start time today

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas, a road course about 15 miles southeast of Austin, Texas, is scheduled to wave after 2:30 p.m. ET.

Drivers may find themselves racing in difficult weather conditions. The National Weather Service forecast for the Austin area calls for afternoon showers and thunderstorms and a high temperature in the upper 70s. The weather service says there is a 70 percent chance of precipitation.

NASCAR starting lineup at COTA

Here is the complete qualifying order for the EchoPark Texas GrandPrix after Sunday morning’s qualifying:

Start pos. Driver Car No. Time Team
1 Tyler Reddick 8 2:12.911 Richard Childress Racing
2 Kyle Larson 5 2:13.011 Hendrick Motorsports
3 Austin Cindric 33 2:13.697 Team Penske
4 Kyle Busch 18 2:13.708 Joe Gibbs Racing
5 William Byron 24 2:13.760 Hendrick Motorsports
6 Joey Logano 22 2:13.791 Team Penske
7 A.J. Allmendinger 16 2:13.842 Kaulig Racing
8 Chase Elliott 9 2:14.117 Hendrick Motorsports
9 Ryan Blaney 12 2:14.518 Team Penske
10 Christopher Bell 20 2:14.548 Joe Gibbs Racing
11 Kevin Harvick 4 2:14.792 Stewart-Haas Racing
12 Alex Bowman 48 2:14.894 Hendrick Motorsports
13 Kurt Busch 1 2:14.708 Chip Ganassi Racing
14 Cole Custer 41 2:15.025 Stewart-Haas Racing
15 Daniel Suarez 99 2:15.118 Trackhouse Racing Team
16 Austin Dillon 3 2:15.325 Richard Childress Racing
17 Martin Truex Jr. 17 2:15.375 Joe Gibbs Racing
18 Bubba Wallace 23 2:15.416 23XI Racing
19 Denny Hamlin 11 2:15.528 Joe Gibbs Racing
20 Ross Chastain 42 2:15.685 Chip Ganassi Racing
21 Matt DiBenedetto 21 2:15.852 Wood Brothers Racing
22 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 2:15.852 JTG Daugherty Racing
23 Michael McDowell 34 2:15.902 Front Row Motorsports
24 Brad Keselowski 2 2:15.929 Team Penske
25 Corey LaJoie 7 2:16.245 Spire Motorsports
26 Aric Almirola 10 2:16.558 Stewart-Haas Racing
27 Chase Briscoe 14 2:16.686 Stewart-Haas Racing
28 Chris Buescher 17 2:16.728 Roush Fenway Racing
29 Erik Jones 43 2:17.032 Richard Petty Motorsports
30 Justin Haley 77 2:17.051 Spire Motorsports
31 Josh Bilicki 52 2:17.246 Rick Ware Racing
32 James Davison 15 2:17.563 Rick Ware Racing
33 Ty Dillon 96 2:17.682 Gaunt Brothers Racing
34 Ryan Newman 6 2:18.067 Roush Fenway Racing
35 Cody Ware 51 2:18.194 Petty Ware Racing
36 Ryan Preece 37 2:18.252 JTG Daugherty Racing
37 Anthony Alfredo 38 2:18.701 Front Row Motorsports
38 Garrett Smithley 53 2:18.804 Rick Ware Racing
39 Kyle Tilley 78 2:20.361 Live Fast Motorsports
40 Quin Houff 00 2:20.985 StarCom Racing



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