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2020 NASCAR Cup Series Fall Texas Race Page

AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500
Sunday, October 25, 2020 - Texas Motor Speedway
3:30pm/et
(Postponed to October 28 at 3:00pm/et)
Laps: 334 - Stages: Stages: 105/210/334
TV: NBCSN -  Radio: PRN, Sirius XM NASCAR

Race #8 of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs

Race Specific News

Original weekend on-track schedule

Saturday, October 24
** ACCESS RESTRICTED – ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ONLY **
4:30 PM NCS ROOKIE MEETING (ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION)
5:00 PM NCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION)

Sunday, October 25
** ACCESS RESTRICTED – ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ONLY **
7:30 AM-1:30 PM NCS GARAGE ACCESS SCREENING IN PROGRESS
7:30 AM NCS GARAGE OPEN
2:10 PM NCS DRIVERS REPORT TO VEHICLES (GRID LOCATION)
2:15 PM NCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS (DRIVERS STANDING BY CARS)
2:30 PM(3:30 PM/ET) NCS RACE (STAGES 105/210/334 LAPS = 501 MILES)
7:00 PM Approx NCS HAULERS EXIT

Race Rundown

Kyle Busch salvages winning streak with victory in marathon NASCAR Cup race at Texas  After winning the three-time-weather-delayed Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Wednesday, Kyle Busch climbed from his car and pointed to the image of a zombie on his helmet. “This is what we’ve all looked like around here for the last three days,” Busch quipped. “Everybody just zombied into their phones.” In reality, 72 hours, 28 minutes and 34 seconds elapsed between the time NASCAR red-flagged the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race on Sunday and lifted the red at 5:03 p.m. ET on Wednesday afternoon after many attempts to dry the track and complete the event on Monday and Tuesday.[Read More](10-28-2020)

Paint Schemes

#18-Kyle Busch won the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Wednesday, after the race was delayed 3 days for rain. The win is his 1st win of the year, 4th at Texas, and 57th career win.
#19-Truex, Jr. finished 2nd followed by #95-Bell, #12-Blaney, #88-Bowman, #2-Keselowski, #1-Busch, #21-DiBenedetto, #11-Hamlin, and #22-Logano.
The race was postponed on Sunday with 52 laps complete after heavy mist kept NASCAR from being able to dry the track and was it unable to be restarted Monday or Tuesday. Officially the red flag was 72 hours, 28 minutes, 34 seconds.
Pole sitter #4-Harvick finished 16th after getting into the outside wall during the first stage on Sunday and pancaking the car. He fell one lap down, to 36th before being able to get back on the lead lap for much of the race.
#9-Elliott had to pit an extra time near the end of stage 2 when a tire went down right after he pitted for fuel. He lost a lap and finished 20th.
Stage 1 was won by #14-Bowyer. Stage 2 was won by #18-Busch.
There were 23 lead changes among 11 drivers and 8 cautions for 47 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 135.263mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Drivers Points Standings, Owners Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.

Where the 2020 Cup Series Playoff drivers finished at Texas:
#19-Martin Truex, Jr., 2nd
#88-Alex Bowman, 5th
#2-Brad Keselowski, 6th
#1-Kurt Busch, 7th
#11-Denny Hamlin, 9th
#22-Joey Logano, 10th
#4-Kevin Harvick, 16th
#9-Chase Elliott, 20th

Race Fast Facts – Texas:
Kyle Busch won the 16th Annual Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500, his 57th victory in 569 Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and 19th top-10 finish in 2020.
This is his fourth victory and 17th top-10 finish in 31 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. (P) (second) posted his 17th top-10 finish in 32 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 22nd top-10 finish in 2020.
Christopher Bell # (third) posted his first top-10 finish in three races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Christopher Bell (third) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kevin Harvick (P) leads the point standings by 15 points over Denny Hamlin (P).
(NASCAR)(10-28-2020)

Cup Series Playoff Standings after Texas (race 31):
1 race left in the Round of 8, 2 races remaining in the season

Pos Driver Points Ahead of 5th
1) #22-Joey Logano 4094 WIN
2) #4-Kevin Harvick 4137 +42
3) #11-Denny Hamlin 4122 +27
4) #2-Brad Keselowski 4120 +25
Bottom 4 eliminated after Martinsville
Behind 4th
5) #9-Chase Elliott 4095 -25
6) #88-Alex Bowman 4095 -25
7) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. 4084 -36
8) #1-Kurt Busch 4039 -81
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.

After the mist from the low ceiling rolled back in over the track, it combined with low temperatures to bring an end to drying efforts on Tuesday at Texas Motor Speedway. The resumption of the NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 has been pushed to Wednesday at 2 p.m. CT / 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.(10-27-2020)

With continued moisture and low temperatures hampering drying efforts, as well as a similar forecast for the remainder of this evening at Texas Motor Speedway, the resumption of the NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 has been pushed to Tuesday at 11 a.m. CT / Noon ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.(10-26-2020)

Due to weather, the NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway will resume on Monday morning at 10:00am/et on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Gate 4 will open for spectators at 8 a.m. All tickets for today’s race will be honored on Monday. Access to spectator parking will be on Petty Place on the west side of the facility.(10-25-2020)

Cars to the rear: #19-Truex, Jr. (failed pre-race inspection twice), #49-Finchum (failed pre-race inspection twice), #96-Suarez (failed pre-race inspection twice), #53-Smithley (unapproved adjustments), #66-Hill (unapproved adjustments)

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway have been made. Selections were made based on the starting lineup process.
Pole sitter #4-Kevin Harvick chose pit stall 1.
2nd place starter #22-Logano took the 42 stall.
See all pit choices on the Pit Stall chart.(10-21-2020)

#4-Kevin Harvick will start from the pole for the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
#22-Logano will start second, followed by #2-Keselowski, #9-Elliott, #88-Bowman, #19-Truex, Jr., #11-Hamlin, #1-Busch, #18-Busch, and #12-Blaney.
The lineup was set by the new qualifying procedure, based on race finish, points position, and fastest race lap.
See the complete AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Starting Lineup.(10-21-2020)

Crew Rosters

Goodyear Tire Notes

The Entry List for the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #7-Bilicki, #15-Poole, #27-Yeley, #49-Finchum, #51-Gase, #53-Smithley, #77-Sorenson.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf).

Rules package: Teams will run the 550 hp package with aero ducts.

Fans: A limited number of fans will be allowed for the Cup race.

Race Officials

Grand Marshal: Gary Johnson, Jimmie Johnson’s dad
Command: Gary Johnson
Honorary Starter: None
Honorary Pace Car Driver: None
Color Guard: Dyess Air Force Base Color Guard
Invocation: Bret Shisler, Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries
National Anthem: Air National Guard Band of the Southwest
Flyover: None

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