• NASCAR Cup Series
  • Xfinity Series
  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Circuit of The Americas

EchoPark Texas Grand Prix

May 23rd, 2021

RESULTS

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FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Chase Elliott

9 |

8

Running

54

5

49

5

2

Kyle Larson

5 |

2

Running

54

4

47

0

3

Joey Logano

22 |

6

Running

54

14

44

1

4

Ross Chastain

42 |

20

Running

54

4

36

0

5

AJ Allmendinger

16 |

7

Running

54

0

0

0

6

Chase Briscoe

14 |

27

Running

54

0

37

0

7

Michael McDowell

34 |

23

Running

54

3

39

0

8

Alex Bowman

48 |

12

Running

54

3

30

0

9

Tyler Reddick

8 |

1

Running

54

0

36

0

10

Kyle Busch

18 |

4

Running

54

12

39

1

11

William Byron

24 |

5

Running

54

0

26

0

12

Austin Dillon

3 |

16

Running

54

0

25

0

13

Chris Buescher

17 |

28

Running

54

0

29

0

14

Denny Hamlin

11 |

19

Running

54

0

23

0

15

Ryan Preece

37 |

36

Running

54

2

26

0

16

Erik Jones

43 |

29

Running

54

0

21

0

17

Ryan Blaney

12 |

9

Running

54

0

20

0

18

Anthony Alfredo

38 |

37

Running

54

0

19

0

19

Brad Keselowski

2 |

24

Running

54

0

18

0

20

Corey Lajoie

7 |

25

Running

54

0

23

0

21

Ty Dillon

96 |

33

Running

54

0

0

0

22

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

22

Running

54

0

15

0

23

Matt DiBenedetto

21 |

21

Running

54

0

15

0

24

Ryan Newman

6 |

34

Running

54

0

13

0

25

Austin Cindric

33 |

3

Running

54

4

0

0

26

Aric Almirola

10 |

26

Running

54

0

11

0

27

Kurt Busch

1 |

13

Running

54

0

18

0

28

Garrett Smithley

53 |

38

Running

54

0

0

0

29

James Davison

15 |

32

Running

54

0

8

0

30

Josh Bilicki

52 |

31

Running

54

0

7

0

31

Kyle Tilley

78 |

39

Running

54

0

6

0

32

Cody Ware

51 |

35

Running

53

0

0

0

33

Daniel Suarez

99 |

15

Running

46

0

4

0

34

Quin Houff

00 |

40

DVP

38

0

3

0

35

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

17

Accident

24

3

2

0

36

Cole Custer

41 |

14

Accident

24

0

1

0

37

Kevin Harvick

4 |

11

Accident

19

0

1

0

38

Christopher Bell

20 |

10

Accident

18

0

1

0

39

Bubba Wallace

23 |

18

Accident

18

0

1

0

40

Justin Haley

77 |

30

Steering

12

0

0

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    Chase Elliott

    #1

    LEADER

    Chase Elliott

    9|

  • #2 | 15.656

    Kyle Larson

    #2

    15.656

    Kyle Larson

    5|

  • #3 | 27.331

    Joey Logano

    #3

    27.331

    Joey Logano

    22|

Chase Elliott wins rain-shortened Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas

You can‘t call a Chase Elliott victory on a road course “unexpected,” but little else was predictable in the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at the Circuit of The Americas road course in Austin, Texas.

After all, Elliott came to COTA having won five of the previous 10 road races, and on Sunday the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix became No. 6 after NASCAR called the race 14 laps short of the scheduled finish because of excessive standing water on the track and potential danger to the drivers.

RELATED: Official results

Elliott‘s first victory of the season and 12th of his career accounted for significant milestones. He delivered the 268th Cup win for Hendrick Motorsports, tying the organization with Petty Enterprises for most all-time.

It was also the 800th NASCAR Cup Series victory for Chevrolet.

“Yeah, man, I couldn‘t be more excited,” said Elliott, the reigning Cup champion, who is tied for third with Rusty Wallace in all-time road-course wins. “I‘ve never won a rain race before, so it‘s kind of cool. Just super-proud of our team for continuing to fight.

“We kind of started the day, and we weren‘t very good. I just kept pushing myself and (we) made some good changes throughout the day and got to where I think we were on pace with those guys there at the end.”

RELATED: Elliott’s win achieves milestones for Hendrick, Chevrolet

A week after Hendrick drivers finished 1-2-3-4 at Dover, the organization grabbed the top two spots at the 3.41-mile, 20-turn road course, with Kyle Larson running second when NASCAR red-flagged the event after 54 of a planned 68 and then called it when the rain failed to abate.

Joey Logano ran third, followed by Ross Chastain and AJ Allmendinger. Chase Briscoe, Michael McDowell, Alex Bowman, pole winner Tyler Reddick and Kyle Busch completed the top 10.

William Byron finished 11th, ending his streak of consecutive top-10 results at 11.

For all but the first few laps, drivers raced in the rain until it became too heavy to continue.

With challenging visibility on the long, high-speed backstretch, a crash on Lap 25 brought the race to a halt for the first time. Martin Truex Jr. slammed into the back of the Ford of Michael McDowell, who had slowed in traffic.

In a chain reaction, the Ford of Cole Custer plowed into the back of Truex‘s damaged Toyota, lifting the rear of the Camry off the pavement. Custer then hit the Armco barrier to the inside of the straight. Custer hastily exited the crippled Mustang, which had lit on fire.

RELATED: Custer, Truex collide in second stage | Bell, Blaney, Harvick, Wallace crash

NASCAR red-flagged the race and sent track dryers out to remove water from the racing surface.

“I‘m all good,” Custer said after a trip to the infield care center. “It didn‘t hurt as much as I thought it was going to be, but it‘s just that you can‘t see anything. It‘s pretty bad. I mean, you can‘t see a foot in front of your car.

“I was just rolling down the backstretch. You can‘t see anything. I‘m just so frustrated about having our day end like this. It killed the car, and it‘s just really frustrating.”

The cars of Custer and Truex were damaged too severely to continue. Before that wreck occurred, Kevin Harvick and Bubba Wallace already had been eliminated in a similar low-visibility crash on Lap 19.

Even before the race went green, teams were faced with a choice. With rain seemingly imminent but the track dry to start the event, would a change to slick tires be in order, or would crew chiefs opt to stay on rain tires, which NASCAR had mandated for the initial roll off pit road.

RELATED: Kurt Busch avoids wreck at COTA

Most of the field opted for slicks, and Austin Cindric streaked to an early lead. But the rain intensified, and those who had taken the green on dry tires soon came to pit road for rain tires.

Earlier in the day, in only the second Cup qualifying session of the 2021 season, Reddick won the pole in dry conditions with a lap at 92.363 mph. The pole was the first for a Richard Childress Racing driver on a road course since Dale Earnhardt was top qualifier for the last time in his career in August 1996 at Watkins Glen.

“Road racing has been a big challenge in my career, and I‘ve worked really hard to get better at it,” said Reddick, who qualified fifth in the rain and finished eighth in Saturday‘s Xfinity Series race. “Running yesterday‘s NXS race helped me with some valuable seat time, so it‘s great to see all that hard work come together with a pole.”

NOTE: Following post-race inspection, Chase Elliott was confirmed as the race winner. There were no other issues.