Rain delays Tuesday resumption of Cup Series Playoff race at Texas
Persistent rain delayed attempts Tuesday to resume the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race from Texas Motor Speedway, but efforts to dry the track gave hope for a restart on Tuesday evening. Officials have set a provisional time to get the cars back into the pit lane at 8 p.m. ET hoping to fire the engines at 8:30 p.m. ET.
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The autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 started on Sunday. The drivers completed 52 of 334 laps before a light fog and drizzle escalated and the event was put on the red flag. Nagging rain washed out Monday's attempts to resume the race, postponing it to a Tuesday, noon, and ET restart time (on NBCSN). However, this proposed schedule was thwarted by the third straight day of bad weather on the 1.5 mile Fort Worth route.
The drying process had started shortly after the planned restart time, but at 2 p.m. ET, the fog and the light rain had intensified and these efforts temporarily stopped. Officials made further progress at 5 p.m. until 6pm ET hours, renewed hope for a fresh start on a cool Tuesday evening.
Clint Bowyer's Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Ford is the first on the Torpylon. He is followed in his final full Cup Series season by another driver, Jimmie Johnson in the Hendrick Motorsports # 48 Chevrolet.
The 501 miler is the second of three events in the round of 16 of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, in which the last four drivers will be determined who will fight for the title on November 8th at Phoenix Raceway. The field for Championship 4 will be determined after the final of the eighth round on Sunday (2:00 p.m. CET) at Martinsville Speedway. Only Joey Logano has secured a place in Championship 4 thanks to his victory in the round opener on October 18 at Kansas Speedway.
The first stage ends in lap 105, the second stage in lap 210. The race is counted as an official event at halftime (lap 167).
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