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Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Results

October 25th, 2020

RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

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POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Kyle Busch

18 |

9

Running

334

90

50

0

2

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

6

Running

334

53

53

0

3

Christopher Bell

95 |

15

Running

334

5

39

0

4

Ryan Blaney

12 |

10

Running

334

20

46

0

5

Alex Bowman

88 |

5

Running

334

43

40

0

6

Brad Keselowski

2 |

3

Running

334

0

38

0

7

Kurt Busch

1 |

8

Running

334

0

30

0

8

Matt DiBenedetto

21 |

14

Running

334

2

30

0

9

Denny Hamlin

11 |

7

Running

334

0

28

0

10

Joey Logano

22 |

2

Running

334

0

30

0

11

Austin Dillon

3 |

12

Running

334

0

32

0

12

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

22

Running

334

0

27

0

13

William Byron

24 |

11

Running

334

0

29

0

14

Cole Custer

41 |

16

Running

334

0

23

0

15

Tyler Reddick

8 |

19

Running

334

0

22

0

16

Kevin Harvick

4 |

1

Running

333

28

22

0

17

Clint Bowyer

14 |

21

Running

333

89

33

0

18

Ryan Preece

37 |

29

Running

333

0

19

0

19

Ryan Newman

6 |

25

Running

333

0

18

0

20

Chase Elliott

9 |

4

Running

333

0

21

0

21

Erik Jones

20 |

17

Running

333

2

24

0

22

John H. Nemechek

38 |

24

Running

332

0

15

0

23

Aric Almirola

10 |

13

Running

332

1

14

0

24

Ty Dillon

13 |

27

Running

332

0

13

0

25

Corey Lajoie

32 |

28

Running

331

0

12

0

26

Michael McDowell

34 |

23

Running

331

0

11

0

27

Daniel Suarez

96 |

30

Running

328

0

10

0

28

Brennan Poole

15 |

31

Running

328

1

9

0

29

Josh Bilicki

7 |

37

Running

326

0

0

0

30

Timmy Hill

66 |

36

Running

325

0

0

0

31

Garrett Smithley

53 |

38

Running

325

0

0

0

32

Reed Sorenson

77 |

35

Running

321

0

5

0

33

Quin Houff

00 |

34

Running

316

0

4

0

34

Chris Buescher

17 |

20

Running

310

0

3

0

35

Chad Finchum

49 |

40

Running

310

0

0

0

36

Jimmie Johnson

48 |

26

Engine

279

0

7

0

37

Joey Gase

51 |

39

Suspension

184

0

0

0

38

Bubba Wallace

43 |

18

Accident

59

0

1

0

39

Matt Kenseth

42 |

32

Accident

59

0

1

0

40

JJ Yeley

27 |

33

Accident

20

0

0

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    Kyle Busch

    #1

    LEADER

    Kyle Busch

    18|

  • #2 | 0.468

    Martin Truex Jr.

    #2

    0.468

    Martin Truex Jr.

    19|

  • #3 | 3.227

    Christopher Bell

    #3

    3.227

    Christopher Bell

    95|

Kyle Busch ends winless skid at Texas, lands first Cup Series win of the season

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 said. “Everybody just zombied into their phones.”

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In reality, 72 hours, 28 minutes and 34 seconds elapsed between the time NASCAR red-flagged the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race Sunday and lifted the red at 5:03 p.m. ET Wednesday afternoon after many attempts to dry the track and complete the event Monday and Tuesday.

Using every trick in his arsenal, and with constant direction from crew chief Adam Stevens, Busch saved enough fuel over the last green-flag run to get 66 laps out of his last tank of gas. Busch‘s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota ran out of fuel during the celebratory burnout on the frontstretch. 

The victory was Busch‘s first of the season, preserving a 16-year streak of winning at least one race per season, starting with his rookie year in 2005. It was his third win at the 1.5-mile speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, and the 57th of his career.

“We finally got it,” Busch said. “I was so nervous… I was nervous the whole last run. I‘ve been in this position so many times. The last three laps, though, that‘s like winning the championship. That‘s how nervous I was.

“I can‘t believe it, but just so proud to be here. My team guys, awesome pit stops, they were phenomenal. We‘re ready to fight next year — we‘ll be back.”

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The victory also was welcome consolation for the reigning series champion, who was eliminated from the playoffs in the Round of 12.

By winning, though, Busch frustrated teammate and playoff driver Martin Truex Jr., who likely needed a victory at either Texas or Sunday at Martinsville Speedway to advance to the Championship 4 event at Phoenix Raceway. After his final green-flag pit stop on Lap 276 of 334 — eight laps after Busch came to pit road for the last time and packed his Camry full of fuel — Truex chased his teammate, trimming a deficit of more than five seconds to .468 seconds at the finish line.

“We knew he was close (on fuel),” Truex said. “The only thing we could do at that point is what we did all day anyway, which is try to run flat-out. Hell of an effort by the guys… It seems like one of those years when we‘re second, third, fourth. We‘re there a lot. We just needed a little bit more to be better.”

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Sunoco rookie Christopher Bell ran third, followed by Ryan Blaney and playoff driver Alex Bowman. Brad Keselowski,  Kurt Busch, Matt DiBenedetto, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano completed the top 10. Clint Bowyer won the first stage and led 89 laps, but he was forced to pit with 24 laps remaining. He slipped to a 17th-place finish in what’s set to be his final Texas start.

Logano already has qualified for the Championship 4 with a victory Oct. 18 at Kansas Speedway. Kevin Harvick finished 16th after suffering damage from a brush with the wall Sunday (when 52 laps were completed), but the driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford remained 42 points above the playoff cutline. 

Hamlin and Keselowski are 27 and 25 points, respectively, above the cutoff heading to Sunday‘s elimination race at Martinsville. Chase Elliott had to make an unplanned pit stop to change a corded tire, lost a lap and finished 20th. Both he and Bowman, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, are 25 points behind Keselowski in the standings, in danger of falling out of the playoffs.

The Round of 8 finale is the Xfinity 500, scheduled Sunday (2 p.m. ET on NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at the .526-mile Martinsville track. The 500-lapper will be the next-to-last race of the year.

Notes: The No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford (driven by Ryan Newman), the No. 12 Team Penske Ford (driven by Blaney) and the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford (driven by Bowyer) were all found to have one lug nut not safe and secure. Those teams’ crew chiefs will face a fine from NASCAR later this week.

Contributing: Staff reports