NASCAR at Texas live race updates, results, highlights from Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500

NASCAR at Texas live race updates, results, highlights from Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500

The NASCAR playoff race is closer than ever in the first race of Round of 8 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Chaos will undoubtedly unfold on the 1.5-mile track as playoff drivers scramble to land or stay above the cut line for the season-ending Championship 4 race.

Sixth-place driver Chase Elliott is 43 points behind first-place driver Kyle Larson, who won last week’s race at Charlotte’s Roval Course. Elliott rallied to finish 12th in that race after being wrecked by Kevin Harvick. Had the catastrophe not happened, Elliott would have had a chance to score more points and secure a spot in the top four. Harvick himself crashed late in the race and was knocked out of the playoffs.

MORE: Harvick ruins Elliott, then crashes out of playoffs

The feud between the two escalated in Charlotte after an incident in Bristol three weeks ago. NASCAR took additional measures last week to make sure the feud doesn’t continue. It organized a conference on Wednesday with both drivers, their crew chiefs, car owners and manufacturer representatives, in which they warned of dire consequences if they did not break their beef.

Lineup in Texas: Starting order, pole for playoff race without qualifying

The Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR’s playoff races at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Follow for full results from Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500.

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NASCAR Live Updates in Texas, Highlights from the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500

Eastern all the time.

2:24: Byron heads to Pitt Road, followed by Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Bush was called out for speeding on the pit road and would be sent back.

2:22: Larsson leads on lap 25, followed by Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, William Byrne and Kyle Busch.

2:19: Larsson holds a two-second lead over Joey Logano with three laps to go and goes before the competition’s caution.

2:14: Kevin Harvick seems to be struggling at number 29. Chase Elliott is crawling into 22nd after starting from behind.

2:11: Kyle Larsson took an early lead of five laps behind Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin.

2:08: Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 operates.

2:00: Engines run before the green flag at Texas Motor Speedway.

1:45: Bowman will also go backwards for rejected adjustments.

1:30: Chase Elliott would fall backwards after failing twice.

NASCAR start times today

  • Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • live stream:, NBC Sports App, Peacock, fuboTV

The green light for Sunday’s NASCAR playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway is set to drop at 2:08 p.m. ET.

How to Watch NASCAR in Texas

  • TV Channel: NBC
  • live stream:, NBC Sports App, fuboTV
  • radio: PRN

NBC’s programming will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET with the network’s “Countdown to Green” prerace show, hosted by Marty Snyder with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Dougherty. Rick Allen will handle the play-by-play call of the race. Earnhardt, Jeff Burton and Steve Letert will provide the analysis.

Snyder, Kelly Stavast and Parker Kligerman will be pit reporters. Daughterty will provide additional reporting from around the track.

NASCAR Cup Playoff Standings

The Round of 8 field was scheduled for last weekend with the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kyle Larsen kicked out of that race with the win and took a 42-point lead over Kyle Busch, the first driver below the cut line for the season-ending Championship 4 race.

The grounds are tightly tied after Larsen; Second to sixth placed drivers are separated by just eight points. This closeness makes winning one of the next three races extremely important. A playoff driver who wins a race in Round 8 automatically qualifies for the Championship 4 race on November 7 at Phoenix Raceway.

“You have to be really good. You have to do a good job every round of every race. You have to get your stage points,” Larsson said of the challenge of being a front-runner. “You can’t let your guard down and lose ground on guys who are scoring points on you. Yes, it’s nice to have (65) bonus points, but I hope we don’t depend on them Will have to be like we did in Talladega, or were going to (Charlotte).”

Larsson finished 37th after a wreck at Talladega. That result cost him more than half his lead over the first driver below the cut line, who was Kevin Harvick to race Charlotte.

Five previous Cup Series champions are in this year’s final eight: Bush, Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski.

Situation Driver Number
1 Kyle Larson 4065
2 Denny Hamlin 4030
3 Martin Truex Jr. 4029
4 Ryan Blaney 4024
5 Kyle Buscho 4023
6 Chase Elliot 4022
7 Joy Logano 4013
8 Brad Keselowski 4008

NASCAR is launching lineup in Texas

NASCAR used a mathematical formula to set the starting lineup for Sunday’s playoff race at the Autotrader Ecopark Automotive 500, Texas Motor Speedway. Twenty-nine cars were entered for the race, one less than a full field. Playoff drivers are indicated by a “P” next to their name.

According to NASCAR playoff rules, the top eight spots in the field went to the eight remaining playoff drivers, but the starting order was based on the mathematical formula that NASCAR has used for most of its races this season.

start position. Driver car number Team
1 p-kyle larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
2 p-denny hamlin 1 1 Joe Gibbs Racing
3 P-Kyle Buscho 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
4 P-Ryan Blaney 12 team penske
5 p-joy logano 22 team penske
6 P-Chase Elliot 9 Hendrick Motorsports
7 P-Brad Kiselowski 2 team penske
8 P-Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
9 tyler reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
10 Chris Bucher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
1 1 Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
12 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
13 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
14 alex bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
15 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
16 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
17 kurt bushow 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
18 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
19 Daniel Suarez 99 trackhouse racing
20 cole caster 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
21 Eric Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
22 Eric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
23 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daughterty Racing
24 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
25 Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
26 Chase Brisco 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
27 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daughterty Racing
28 Anthony Alfredo 38 Front Row Motorsports
29 Corey Lajoie 7 Spire Motorsports
30 quinn hough 00 Starcom Racing
31 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
32 Justin Haley 77 Spire Motorsports
33 josh bilicky 52 Rick Ware Racing
34 kodi ware 51 thong ware racing
35 BJ McLeod 78 Live Fast Motorsports
36 Garrett Smithley 15 Rick Ware Racing
37 joy gas 53 Rick Ware Racing
38 David Starr 66 Motorsports Business Management
39 Timmy Hill 13 Motorsports Business Management

Tom Gatto contributed to this report.

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