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NASCAR at Texas Rain Delay Updates: 2020 Cup Sequence Playoff Races Postponed to Monday

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NASCAR's eighth round playoff race in Texas on Sunday was interrupted by persistent fog after just 52 laps and will resume Monday morning if weather permits.

The preliminary plan is to start the EchoPark Automotive 500 autotrader at 10 a.m. CET. The race will resume on lap 53 with Clint Bowyer in the lead.

Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top 5 when the race was suspended.

Truex Jr. was docked at 20 points for failing a pre-race inspection – a penalty that persists despite the postponement – and is now in serious trouble claiming a spot in the championship. After Joey Logano's victory last weekend, there are only three positions left.

The most important individual fight to watch out for on Monday will take place between Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott, who are separated by eight points on either side of the border line.

The drivers of the Cup series who are still eligible for the championship are listed below, sorted by points:

Item
driver
Distance to the cut-off
1
Joey Logano
ADV
2
Kevin Harvick
+41
3
Denny Hamlin
+20
4th
Brad Keselowski
+8
CUT OFF
CUT OFF
CUT OFF
5
Chase Elliott
-8th
6th
Alex Bowman
-27
7th
Martin Truex Jr.
-51
8th
Kurt Busch
-73

Sporting News tried to catch live updates and highlights from Sunday's NASCAR race in Texas but turned into a weather blog for over three hours. You can follow this journey below.

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NASCAR at Texas Weather Updates from 2020 Playoff Race

(All times east)

Monday October 26th

10:05 am: The race is now officially postponed.

9:50 am: It looks like the postponed race will be delayed.

Here's the radar. I wouldn't expect a start at 10 p.m. ET. I have no sense of a possible start time until I see a window to dry the track. If the race is on, scheduled for NBCSN (TSN1 and TSN4 in Canada). pic.twitter.com/0UbQb8KzLO

– Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) October 26, 2020

Sunday October 25th

8:42 pm: The race has been postponed until tomorrow morning.

UPDATE: NASCAR announces that it has postponed the Texas race due to persistent fog.

You will try again tomorrow at 10 a.m. CET (9 a.m. local time).

– Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) October 26, 2020

8:37 pm: NASCAR's thinking hasn't been looked at in a while, but it's fair to assume a decision will come in the next hour or so. A midnight race doesn't seem feasible.

7:55 pm: Here's another look at what NASCAR is doing.

19:30 o'clock: Texas Motor Speedway makes a statement that doesn't tell us much that we didn't know about.

For anyone looking for an update, it's still wet. The line dryers are still working. It just feels like we're in a cloud. I feel soaking wet, but my light gray shirt is still light gray. Non-track surfaces have puddles. Can't really say about the condition of the track

– Texas Motor Speedway (@TXMotorSpeedway) October 25, 2020

7:09 pm: Still waiting while NASCAR tries to dry off the track and see if the fog goes away. Texas has lights here too, so there is still time to do so before the race has to be postponed.

6:56 pm: NASCAR has brought its drying machines back out for what it's worth. But no official word about when a restart might take place.

6:37 pm: Good news. Perhaps.

The fog has lightened around the racetrack.

– Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) October 25, 2020

6:15 pm: Here is the current view of the route.

6:02 pm: What a strange weather pattern in Texas. It's a misty mist, not a downpour, that keeps us waiting.

NASCAR is still reporting light fog on the track.

– Jayski.com (@jayski) October 25, 2020

5:48 pm: Alex Bowman shares his view of the delay.

I'm on top of the box. Greg just left. He says he'll change the weather when he gets back to the carrier. So we will be racing again any moment. Pic.twitter.com/08m88mhA29

– Alex Bowman (@ AlexBowman88) October 25, 2020

5:38 pm: NASCAR says it is making negative strides.

NASCAR Says It's Losing Ground Faster Than Before (It's Getting Wetter) … NASCAR will turn off the jet dryers and refuel.

– Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) October 25, 2020

5:26 pm: Cars remain covered in Texas.

4:55 pm: It could be a long time before we see a green flag.

NASCAR says the fog is heavy enough that the areas where it dried the track are wet again.

– Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) October 25, 2020

4:48 pm: Texas has lights for what it's worth.

4:35 pm: Red flag.

4:30 pm: Harvick struggles to find out what's wrong with his car after bumping into the wall.

Sounds like Harvick (P36 at the moment) has to pit again and the team will try to get under the car and fix it.

– Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) October 25, 2020

4:28 pm: Yikes

Rodney Childers: "My computer is so wet the mouse doesn't even work."

– Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) October 25, 2020

4:19 pm: Caution finally out for the weather.

4:16 pm: Harvick's team is upset that the race isn't yellow because of the moisture.

"It's fucking raining. It's ridiculous." heard on Kevin Harvick's team radio.

– Matt Mayer (@MatthewMayerCBS) October 25, 2020

4:15 pm: There is a low level of fog that may make the road surface slippery.

4:13 pm: Harvick into the wall.

4:11 pm: Green on lap 27.

4:03 pm: Beware of JJ Yeley.

This will be the caution of competition.

– Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) October 25, 2020

4 p.m .: Kevin Harvick retains an early lead.

3:56 pm: Back to green.

3:53 pm: Beware of Chris Buescher in the fifth round.

3:49 pm: Green flag.

3:48 pm: Truex Jr. sends a message to his team.

Martin Truex Jr. explains to the 19 group during the pace laps: “We have a great team. We can do this. I'm ready to go. "| #NASCAR

– Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall) October 25, 2020

3:30 a.m.: The green flag is supposed to come at 3:47 p.m. Pre-race ceremonies are underway.

NASCAR race start time today

The round of 16 of the NASCAR playoffs in Texas on Sunday should begin around 3:30 p.m. ET.

The race comprises 334 laps over three stages and becomes official after lap 167. The distance of the race is 501 miles.

NASCAR in Texas starting grid

Here is the full grid for Sunday's NASCAR race in Texas:

begin
driver
Car no.
team
1
Kevin Harvick (P)
4th
Stewart-Haas Racing
2
Joey Logano (P)
22nd
Team Penske
3
Brad Keselowski (P)
2
Team Penske
4th
Chase Elliott (P)
9
Hendrick Motorsports
5
Alex Bowman (P)
88
Hendrick Motorsports
6th
Martin Truex Jr. (P)
19th
Joe Gibbs Racing
7th
Denny Hamlin (P)
11
Joe Gibbs Racing
8th
Kurt Busch (P)
1
Chip Ganassi Racing
9
Kyle Busch
18th
Joe Gibbs Racing
10
Ryan Blaney
12
Team Penske
11
William Byron
24
Hendrick Motorsports
12
Austin Dillon
3
Richard Childress Racing
13
Aric Almirola
10
Stewart-Haas Racing
14th
Matt DiBenedetto
21st
Wood Brothers Racing
fifteen
Christopher Bell
95
Leavine Family Racing
16
Cole Custer
41
Stewart-Haas Racing
17th
Erik Jones
20th
Joe Gibbs Racing
18th
Bubba Wallace
43
Richard Petty Motorsports
19th
Tyler Reddick
8th
Richard Childress Racing
20th
Chris Buescher
17th
Roush Fenway Racing
21st
Clint Bowyer
14th
Stewart-Haas Racing
22nd
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
47
JTG Daugherty Racing
23
Michael McDowell
34
Motorsport in the front row
24
John Hunter Nemechek
38
Motorsport in the front row
25th
Ryan Newman
6th
Roush Fenway Racing
26th
Jimmie Johnson
48
Hendrick Motorsports
27
Ty Dillon
13
Germain Racing
28
Corey LaJoie
32
Go Fas Racing
29
Ryan Preece
37
JTG Daugherty Racing
30th
Daniel Suarez
96
Gaunt Brothers Racing
31
Brennan Poole
fifteen
Premium motorsport
32
Matt Kenseth
42
Chip Ganassi Racing
33
JJ Yeley
27
Rick Ware Racing
34
Quin Houff
00
StarCom Racing
35
Reed Sorenson
77
Spire Motorsports
36
Timmy Hill
66
MBM Motorsport
37
Josh Bilicki
7th
Tommy Baldwin Racing
38
Garrett Smithley
53
Rick Ware Racing
39
Joey gases
51
Petty Ware Racing
40
Chad Finchum
49
MBM Motorsport

(P) Playoff driver.

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