NASCAR on COTA outcomes: Chase Elliott wins the moist, wild EchoPark Texas Grand Prix after a break

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

Lots of warning flags, multiple wrecks, and a red flag break wouldn’t stop Chase Elliott from taking the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix, his sixth win on the road and his first overall win of the year.

Though lightning didn’t push back the start of the race, the wet weather forced many delays on Sunday at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. There were also six DNFs that day and several other drivers ended the race with damaged cars.

The worst wreck of the race was Cole Custer and Martin Truex Jr., who escaped a major collision due to poor visibility. Custer’s car caught fire after the wreck, but Custer left it unscathed.

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Sporting News followed highlights, updates and more from the rain-shortened race on Sunday below (all times east).

NASCAR at COTA: EchoPark Texas Grand Prix Results

Official race results:

position driver
1 Chase Elliott
2 Kyle Larson
3 Joey Logano
4th Ross Chastain
5 AJ Allmendinger
6th Chse Briscoe
7th Michael McDowell
8th Alex Bowman
9 Tyler Reddick
10 Kyle Busch
11 William Byron
12th Austin Dillon
13th Chris Buescher
14th Denny Hamlin
fifteen Ryan Preece
16 Eric Jones
17th Ryan Blaney
18th Anthony Alfredo
19th Brad Keselowski
20th Corey LaJoie
21 Ty Dillon
22nd Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
23 Matt DiBenedetto
24 Ryan Newman
25th Austin Cindric
26th Aric Almirola
27 Kurt Busch
28 Garrett Smithley
29 James Davison
30th 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 the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix

6:30 p.m. FINISH: Chase Elliott wins as NASCAR calls the race because of bad weather.

6:25 pm: This session has been marked red due to bad weather.

6:15 pm: Another yellow flag was canceled due to stagnant water on the route. Bad rain is coming.

6:08 pm: 16 laps left and Chase Elliott is in the lead. Kyle Busch pits.

5:51:23 laps before the race, Ross Chstain is currently leading the field. Course is still a little wet.

5:38 pm: Bush, Elliott both pit. Busch hasn’t had a box since round 8.

5:33 pm: Busch built a five-second lead when pole-sitter Tyler Reddick retired. No damage.

5:23 pm: Kyle Busch opens up another lead with the restart at level 3. Hopefully no interruptions from here to the checkered flag.

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

4:59 pm: We have a green flag with four laps before the second stage. Kyle Busch and Austin Cindric fight for first place.

4:55 pm: The track looks drier, but not dry.

4:49 pm: The rain seems to be easing off a bit and the drivers are now leaving the pit lane.

4:40 pm: The drivers start under yellow. Lap 26 now and they’re coming down the pit lane.

4:31 pm Track crew scratches and dries the tracks. Just a total mess.

4:18 pm: After the Custer-Truex incident, the red flag has gone out.

4:15 pm: Truex and Cole Custer are now colliding. Custer’s car catches fire and he quickly gets out. Custer slammed into Truex after Truex hit Michael McDowell. Bad scene.

4:14 pm: Ross Chastain, Ryan Preece, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott are currently your top 5. Preece walks past Chastain and he takes off.

4:13 pm: We finally have a restart on lap 25 and there are still serious visibility problems in the middle of the field. The track is soaked.

4:02 pm: On lap 22 you are still cautious and have a lot of vision problems.

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

Lots of problems in different places at COTA!

Kevin Harvick, Bubba Wallace, Christopher Bell, and Ryan Blaney were all involved. pic.twitter.com/WnPdlcwvVj

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3:47 pm: Get ready to restart here soon and the pace car will lead the pack into the second leg.

3:33 p.m. End of stage 1: Joey Logano does a wet and wild phase 1: Lots of slides, some damage and lots and lots of water.

3:32 pm: Cars that use the additional lane off the track, but without success. The track is very slippery. William Byron pits and has badly damaged his front right fender.

3:30 a.m. The weather is now getting very rough, many cars miss corners and drive off the track, Denny Hamlin is the latest victim. Michael McDowell at the top, slim lead ahead of Joey Logano.

3:13 pm: Daniel Suarez has problems leaving neutrality and brings the first warning flag to light that day.

3:09 pm: After Cindric Pits, Truex takes the lead. It was an impressive performance by Cindric early on on slippery tires and he dropped to seventh place after the pit stop.

3:04 pm: Austin Cindric is just cooking the field behind him and he’s on slicks. Opened an eight second lead over Martin Truex. Bubba Wallace, Michael McDowell and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. round out the top 5.

2:55 pm: It’s raining and many drivers are getting rain tires.

2:52 pm: Green flag and we’re in Texas. Austin Cindric takes the lead early.

2:48 pm: Many teams come in to switch their tires from wet to slicks at an early stage, just as it is starting to rain. Difficult decisions for going up and down the pit lane.

2:41 pm: NASCAR thought this was a rainy race, so everyone started with their rain tires. You have the option of switching to slicks on your second pass through the pit lane.

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

NASCAR start time today

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

Drivers can race in difficult weather conditions. The National Weather Service’s forecast for the Austin area predicts afternoon showers and thunderstorms, as well as high temperatures in the upper 1970s. According to the weather service, there is a 70 percent probability of precipitation.

NASCAR starting grid at COTA

Here is the full qualifying order for the EchoPark Texas GrandPrix after qualifying on Sunday morning:

Start pos. driver Car no. time team
1 Tyler Reddick 8th 2: 12.911 Richard Childress Racing
2 Kyle Larson 5 2: 13.011 Hendrick Motorsports
3 Austin Cindric 33 2: 13.697 Team Penske
4th Kyle Busch 18th 2: 13.708 Joe Gibbs Racing
5 William Byron 24 2: 13.760 Hendrick Motorsports
6th Joey Logano 22nd 2: 13.791 Team Penske
7th AJ Allmendinger 16 2: 13.842 Cheeky Racing
8th Chase Elliott 9 2: 14.117 Hendrick Motorsports
9 Ryan Blaney 12th 2: 14.518 Team Penske
10 Christopher Bell 20th 2: 14.548 Joe Gibbs Racing
11 Kevin Harvick 4th 2: 14.792 Stewart-Haas Racing
12th Alex Bowman 48 2: 14.894 Hendrick Motorsports
13th Kurt Busch 1 2: 14,708 Chip Ganassi Racing
14th Cole Custer 41 2: 15.025 Stewart-Haas Racing
fifteen Daniel Suarez 99 2: 15.118 Trackhouse Racing Team
16 Austin Dillon 3 2: 15.325 Richard Childress Racing
17th Martin Truex Jr. 17th 2: 15.375 Joe Gibbs Racing
18th Bubba Wallace 23 2: 15.416 23XI Racing
19th Denny Hamlin 11 2: 15.528 Joe Gibbs Racing
20th Ross Chastain 42 2: 15.685 Chip Ganassi Racing
21 Matt DiBenedetto 21 2: 15.852 Wood Brothers Racing
22nd Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 2: 15.852 JTG Daugherty Racing
23 Michael McDowell 34 2: 15.902 Motorsport in the front row
24 Brad Keselowski 2 2: 15.929 Team Penske
25th Corey LaJoie 7th 2: 16.245 Spire Motorsports
26th Aric Almirola 10 2: 16.558 Stewart-Haas Racing
27 Chase Briscoe 14th 2: 16.686 Stewart-Haas Racing
28 Chris Buescher 17th 2: 16.728 Roush Fenway Racing
29 Erik Jones 43 2: 17.032 Richard Petty Motorsports
30th Justin Haley 77 2: 17.051 Spire Motorsports
31 Josh Bilicki 52 2: 17.246 Rick Ware Racing
32 James Davison fifteen 2: 17.563 Rick Ware Racing
33 Ty Dillon 96 2: 17.682 Gaunt Brothers Racing
34 Ryan Newman 6th 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 Motorsport in the front row
38 Garrett Smithley 53 2: 18.804 Rick Ware Racing
39 Kyle Tilley 78 2: 20.361 Live motorsport fast
40 Quin Houff 00 2: 20.985 StarCom Racing

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