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:

1Chase Elliott
2Kyle Larson
3Joey Logano
4Ross Chastain
5AJ Allmendinger
6Chse Briscoe
7Michael McDowell
8Alex Bowman
9Tyler Reddick
10Kyle Busch
11William Byron
12Austin Dillon
13Chris Buescher
14Denny Hamlin
15Ryan Preece
16Eric Jones
17Ryan Blaney
18Anthony Alfredo
19Brad Keselowski
20Corey LaJoie
21Ty Dillon
22Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
23Matt DiBenedetto
24Ryan Newman
25Austin Cindric
26Aric Almirola
27Kurt Busch
28Garrett Smithley
29James Davison
30Josh Bilicki
31Kyle Tilley
32Cody Ware
33Daniel Suarez
34Quin Houff
35Martin Truex Jr.
36Cole Custer
37Kevin Harvick
38Christopher Bell
39Bubba Wallace
40Justin 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.DriverCar No.TimeTeam
1Tyler Reddick82:12.911Richard Childress Racing
2Kyle Larson52:13.011Hendrick Motorsports
3Austin Cindric332:13.697Team Penske
4Kyle Busch182:13.708Joe Gibbs Racing
5William Byron242:13.760Hendrick Motorsports
6Joey Logano222:13.791Team Penske
7A.J. Allmendinger162:13.842Kaulig Racing
8Chase Elliott92:14.117Hendrick Motorsports
9Ryan Blaney122:14.518Team Penske
10Christopher Bell202:14.548Joe Gibbs Racing
11Kevin Harvick42:14.792Stewart-Haas Racing
12Alex Bowman482:14.894Hendrick Motorsports
13Kurt Busch12:14.708Chip Ganassi Racing
14Cole Custer412:15.025Stewart-Haas Racing
15Daniel Suarez992:15.118Trackhouse Racing Team
16Austin Dillon32:15.325Richard Childress Racing
17Martin Truex Jr.172:15.375Joe Gibbs Racing
18Bubba Wallace232:15.41623XI Racing
19Denny Hamlin112:15.528Joe Gibbs Racing
20Ross Chastain422:15.685Chip Ganassi Racing
21Matt DiBenedetto212:15.852Wood Brothers Racing
22Ricky Stenhouse Jr.472:15.852JTG Daugherty Racing
23Michael McDowell342:15.902Front Row Motorsports
24Brad Keselowski22:15.929Team Penske
25Corey LaJoie72:16.245Spire Motorsports
26Aric Almirola102:16.558Stewart-Haas Racing
27Chase Briscoe142:16.686Stewart-Haas Racing
28Chris Buescher172:16.728Roush Fenway Racing
29Erik Jones432:17.032Richard Petty Motorsports
30Justin Haley772:17.051Spire Motorsports
31Josh Bilicki522:17.246Rick Ware Racing
32James Davison152:17.563Rick Ware Racing
33Ty Dillon962:17.682Gaunt Brothers Racing
34Ryan Newman62:18.067Roush Fenway Racing
35Cody Ware512:18.194Petty Ware Racing
36Ryan Preece372:18.252JTG Daugherty Racing
37Anthony Alfredo382:18.701Front Row Motorsports
38Garrett Smithley532:18.804Rick Ware Racing
39Kyle Tilley782:20.361Live Fast Motorsports
40Quin Houff002:20.985StarCom Racing

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