Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Texas Motor Speedway
TV: USA - Radio: PRN, Sirius XM NASCAR
Tyler Reddick plays Playoff spoiler with win at Texas: They say everything is “bigger” in Texas and certainly NASCAR’s Round of 12 Playoff opener at Texas Motor Speedway lived up to the billing. From Playoff consequences to a red flag delay to bumper-banging aggression, tire fall-off and record statistical marks, there was no shortage of competitive drama in Sunday’s AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500. Ultimately Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick prevailed as race winner – taking the green flag by 1.190-seconds over Penske Racing’s Joey Logano in a final 24-lap green flag run to the checkered flag. It was the 26-year old Californian’s third career victory and first win on an oval after claiming trophies on two road courses earlier this season.[Read More](9-25-2022)
#8-Tyler Reddick won the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. The win is his 3rd win of the year, 1st at Texas Motor Speedway and 3rd career win.
#22-Logano finished 2nd followed by #31-Haley, #12-Blaney, #14-Briscoe, #43-Jones, #24-Byron, pole winner #6-Keselowski, #5-Larson, and #11-Hamlin.
The race was marred by a record number of cautions, many from drivers having tires go down.
Playoff drivers having problems on the day:
On lap 79, #20-Bell brought out the caution with a flat tire. He was able to stay on the lead lap, but spun again on lap 137 and the team was unable to repair the car. He finished 34th.
#48-Bowman hit the outside wall on lap 98. The team had to fix a toe link and he lost 8 laps. He battled back to 5 laps down but finished 29th
#9-Chase Elliott finished 32nd. While leading the race near the end of stage 2, he lost a tire, got loose and into the outside wall. The car caught fire and he had to get out, ending his day.
The race was red flagged for 55 minutes on lap 221 due to rain and lightning.
Stage 1 was won by #5-Larson. Stage 2 was won by #12-Blaney.
There were 36 lead changes among 19 drivers and a track record 16 cautions for 91 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 114.784mph.
The time for the race was 4 hours, 21 minutes, 53 seconds (not counting the red flag).
See race details at: Race Results, Driver Points Standings, Owner Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Infraction Report.
Race Fast Facts – Texas Motor Speedway:
Tyler Reddick won the 18th Annual AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500, his third victory in 104 Cup Series races.
This is his third victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2022.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in four races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Joey Logano (P) (second) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 27 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2022.
Justin Haley (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Austin Cindric (P) (15th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Joey Logano (P) leads the point standings by 12 points over Ross Chastain (P).
Where the 2022 Cup Series Playoff drivers finished at Texas:
#22-Joey Logano, 2nd
#12-Ryan Blaney, 4th
#14-Chase Briscoe, 5th
#24-William Byron, 7th
#5-Kyle Larson, 9th
#11-Denny Hamlin, 10th
#99-Daniel Suarez, 12th
#1-Ross Chastain, 13th
#2-Austin Cindric, 15th
#48-Alex Bowman, 29th
#9-Chase Elliott, 32nd
#20-Christopher Bell, 34th
Cup Series Playoff Standings after Texas Motor Speedway:
(Race 30 of 36 in the season; Race 1 of 3 in the round of 12)
1) #22-Joey Logano, 3071, +30
2) #1-Ross Chastain, 3059, +18
3) #24-William Byron, 3058, +17
4) #5-Kyle Larson, 3057, +16
5) #12-Ryan Blaney, 3056, +15
6) #11-Denny Hamlin, 3049, +8
7) #9-Chase Elliott, 3045, +4
8) #99-Daniel Suarez, 3045, +4 points ahead of 9th
Below the Round of 8 cutoff:
9) #14-Chase Briscoe, 3041, -4 points behind 8th
10) #2-Austin Cindric, 3034, -11
11) #20-Christopher Bell, 3016, -29
12) #48-Alex Bowman, 3015, -30
See the Driver Points Standings and Owner Points Standings.
Cars to the rear:#31-Haley(unapproved adjustments), #51-Ware(unapproved adjustments), #78-McLeod(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.
Pole winner #6-Brad Keselowski chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #22-Joey Logano took the sixth stall.
See all pit choices on the Texas Motor Speedway Pit Stall page.
#6-Brad Keselowki won the Busch pole for the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with speed of 188.990mph for his first pole of the year, second at Texas Motor Speedway and 18th of his career.
#22-Joey Logano will start second followed by #24-William Byron, #8-Tyler Reddick, #34-Michael McDowell, #9-Chase Elliott, #3-Austin Dillon, #11-Denny Hamlin, #5-Kyle Larson, and #99-Daniel Suarez.
Playoff drivers not in the top-10: #2-Austin Cindric, 11th, #1-Ross Chastain, 12th, #12-Ryan Blaney, 14th, #48-Alex Bowman, 17th, #20-Christopher Bell, 22nd, and #14-Chase Briscoe, 30th.
36 teams were entered so everyone made the race.
See the complete qualifying results and the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Starting Lineup.
Texas Motor Speedway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
Brad Keselowski won the Pole Award for the 18th Annual AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 with a lap of 28.573 seconds, 188.990 mph.
This is his 18th pole in 479 NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and seventh top-10 start in 2022.
This is his second pole in 27 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Joey Logano (P) (second) posted his 16th top-10 start of 2022 and his 17th in 27 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
William Byron (P) (third) posted his third top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 13th in 30 races this season.
Austin Cindric (P) (11th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Practice for the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over:
Slowest: #78-McLeod 180.524
Most laps run: #8-Reddick, 27
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 8 drivers): #22-Logano, 185.528
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Practice speeds page.
The entry list for the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 36 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Smithley, #16-Gragson, #77-Cassill.
See the full entry list on the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Entry List page.
Weekend on-track schedule (Central Time)
Thursday, September 22
4:30 PM NCS ROOKIE MEETING (VIRTUAL)
5:00 PM NCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (VIRTUAL)
Friday, September 23
12:00 PM-5:00 PM NCS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 PM-5:00 PM NCS INSPECTION IN PROGRESS
Saturday, September 24
8:30 AM-2:00 PM NCS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM-12:15 PM NCS PRACTICE (GROUP A & B)
12:15 PM-1:30 PM NCS QUALIFYING (IMPOUND) (GROUP A & B / SINGLE VEHICLE, 1 LAP, 2 ROUNDS)
Sunday, September 25
11:30 AM NCS GARAGE OPEN
2:00 PM NCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS (STAGE)
2:30 PM (3:30 PM/ET) NCS RACE (STAGES 105/210/334 LAPS = 501 MILES)
8:00 PM Approx NCS HAULERS EXIT