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EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix Results

March 27th, 2022

RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Ross Chastain

1 |

16

Running

69

31

43

5

2

Alex Bowman

48 |

5

Running

69

0

43

0

3

Christopher Bell

20 |

7

Running

69

0

34

0

4

Chase Elliott

9 |

12

Running

69

0

37

0

5

Tyler Reddick

8 |

4

Running

69

2

32

0

6

Ryan Blaney

12 |

1

Running

69

1

47

0

7

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

17

Running

69

0

30

0

8

Austin Cindric

2 |

10

Running

69

11

32

0

9

Erik Jones

43 |

30

Running

69

0

28

0

10

Austin Dillon

3 |

21

Running

69

0

32

0

11

Kevin Harvick

4 |

18

Running

69

0

26

0

12

William Byron

24 |

24

Running

69

0

25

0

13

Michael McDowell

34 |

27

Running

69

0

24

0

14

Brad Keselowski

6 |

26

Running

69

0

23

0

15

Justin Haley

31 |

9

Running

69

0

27

0

16

Todd Gilliland

38 |

29

Running

69

0

21

0

17

Harrison Burton

21 |

19

Running

69

0

26

0

18

Denny Hamlin

11 |

8

Running

69

3

29

1

19

Aric Almirola

10 |

25

Running

69

0

24

0

20

Ty Dillon

42 |

33

Running

69

0

17

0

21

Chris Buescher

17 |

22

Running

69

0

16

0

22

Josh Bilicki

77 |

34

Running

69

0

0

0

23

Cole Custer

41 |

3

Running

69

0

14

0

24

Daniel Suárez

99 |

2

Running

69

15

23

1

25

Kaz Grala

50 |

31

Running

69

0

0

0

26

Boris Said

66 |

37

Running

69

0

11

0

27

Cody Ware

51 |

35

Running

69

0

10

0

28

Kyle Busch

18 |

15

Running

69

0

18

0

29

Kyle Larson

5 |

13

Running

69

0

14

0

30

Chase Briscoe

14 |

14

Running

69

2

10

0

31

Joey Logano

22 |

6

Running

69

2

21

0

32

Kurt Busch

45 |

11

Running

69

0

5

0

33

AJ Allmendinger

16 |

20

Running

68

2

0

0

34

Loris Hezemans

27 |

36

Rear Gear

62

0

0

0

35

Joey Hand

15 |

38

Suspension

60

0

2

0

36

Corey Lajoie

7 |

32

Engine

57

0

1

0

37

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

28

Drivetrain

52

0

1

0

38

Bubba Wallace

23 |

23

Suspension

44

0

2

0

39

Andy Lally

78 |

39

Suspension

19

0

0

0

  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Ross Chastain

    POS1

    LEADER

    Ross Chastain

    |

  • POS 2 | 1.331

    Alex Bowman

    POS2

    1.331

    Alex Bowman

    |

  • POS 3 | 1.871

    Christopher Bell

    POS3

    1.871

    Christopher Bell

    |

Ross Chastain smashes his way to first career Cup Series win in last-lap clash at COTA

AUSTIN, Texas — In exactly the kind of thrilling final-lap, final-turn high-action finish NASCAR has so often provided on road courses, Ross Chastain persevered in the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix to win his first career NASCAR Cup Series race at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas — the sixth different winner this season.

Chastain really had to earn this one — coming out on the right end of a frantic, four lead-change, two-lap final overtime. And he did — moving veteran AJ Allmendinger and Alex Bowman in the final series of turns on the 3.41-mile, 20-turn circuit to take not only his first victory in NASCAR‘s premier series but also give his Trackhouse Racing‘s Justin Marks his first win as a new owner in stock car‘s big leagues.

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After grabbing the position in the final corner, Chastain raced off to a 1.331-second victory over Hendrick Motorsports driver Bowman, who unlike Allmendinger, was able to recover from the last-lap contact and continue to the checkered flag. Joe Gibbs Racing‘s Christopher Bell, Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott and Richard Childress Racing‘s Tyler Reddick rounded out the top five.

Chastain‘s family owns a watermelon farm in tiny, rural Alva, Florida and as he has famously done with past victories in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series, Chastain stood on top of his winning car, the No.1 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet, and dropped a watermelon to the track, crushing it on the ground as his team and fans exploded in cheers.

“It‘s insane to go up against some of the best and I know he‘s (Allmendinger) going to be upset with me, but we race hard, both of us,” said Chastain, who was runner-up in the last two NASCAR Cup Series races coming to Austin.

“But when it comes to this Cup win, I can‘t let that go down without a fight.”

Allmendinger, who actually was a NASCAR Xfinity Series teammate with Chastain two years ago, was understandably crushed as well after the race. He finished 33rd.

“We just needed two more corners,” said Allmendinger, who also went door-to-door in a tight on-track battle with Chastain in winning Saturday‘s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at COTA.

“Everybody‘s got to be comfortable with the move they make and look in the mirror,” Allmendinger told FOX Sports. “Everybody‘s different on what they view, and you can‘t judge a person for that.

“So, at the end of the day, I‘m just proud of Kaulig Racing for bringing such a fast Action Industry Chevrolet. We started at the back, drove to the front and if we had had a long run (at the end) it would have been game over. Nobody would have touched me.”

Chastain led a race-high 31 of the 69 laps — one of nine leaders in the series‘ first road-course test with the Next Gen car. The race produced a Cup road-course record of 30 green-flag passes for the lead.

And the 29-year-old Floridian became the 12th consecutive NASCAR Cup Series race winner under the age of 30 and the third first-time winner this season.

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It was as equally a thrilling maiden win for the former NASCAR and sportscar driver Marks, who was interviewed during the FOX telecast just before the final restart, revealing with a smile that “It‘s a little easier to be a driver of one these things than to watch.”

“It seemed like a real tall order when I dreamt this thing up,” Marks said. “But every man and woman that‘s trusted the vision and committed to Trackhouse and worked so hard owns a piece of this victory.

“I‘m so happy for everybody. Everybody believed in this, and I can‘t wait for next week.”

And, he reported with a grin, he spoke with the team‘s co-owner, music superstar Pitbull who promised he also was smashing a watermelon over his head and drinking champagne.

The pole-winner Ryan Blaney finished sixth, followed by Martin Truex Jr, Austin Cindric, Erik Jones, and Austin Dillon rounding out the top 10.

With that fourth-place finish, Elliott now holds a 13-point advantage on Blaney heading into next weekend‘s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Note: Post-race inspection in the NASCAR Cup Series garage is complete. There were no issues, making Chastain’s race victory official.