All You Need to Know Ahead of the Monday Restart of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Race at Texas

Published 10/26/2020, 5:45 AM EDT
Oct 25, 2020; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; NASCAR fans check the radar as the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is being delayed because of a heavy mist. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports


NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 8 race at Texas Motor Speedway yesterday was postponed on account of incessant rain. The race that was halted midway due to the rain, waiting for conditions to improve. Finally, it was put off until Monday morning.

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The second race in the Round of 8 playoffs was in its 52nd lap when the field was forced to pit because of rain. After a long four-hour wait to get the tracks up and ready, the race was finally postponed by the NASCAR officials.
The race is set to resume at 10.00 AM ET.

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Clint Bowyer was in the lead when the race was halted. Jimmie Johnson, who will be retiring from full-time racing post-2020, was in the 2nd spot.
Erik Jones, Joey Logano, and Martin Truex Jr. formed the 3rd, 4th, and 5th spots to complete the Top-5.
Kevin Harvick found himself at 36th position after he was forced to pit following his hit against the wall.
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Oct 25, 2020; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Race cars sit covered on pit row as a heavy mist falls delaying the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway after 52 laps. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports
The track at Texas is a 1.5-mile speedway with 334 laps as race distance. Stage 1 of the race ends on Lap 105, and Stage 2 at lap 210.
A spot in next month’s race at Phoenix is up for grabs should a playoff driver win Monday’s race. Joey Logano already sits pretty with his championship berth secured with the win at Kansas last weekend.

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The weather forecast going into the race however does not look friendly. It calls for 50 degrees on the higher side with an astounding 88% chance of rain at the start of the race.
There have been quite a few rain delays in the NASCAR races in the past as well. It will be interesting to see how it unfolds if the rain persists.

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In the past, rain delays have led to races being shortened and if something like that happens, it will remain to be seen who emerges as the winner.
The last race at Texas in the Cup Series was held in July and Austin Dillon, coming off a two-tire pit stop, went on to win the race. Tyler Reddick and Joey Logano were 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
The race at Texas is the 2nd of the three Round of 8 playoff races. There are still 3 spots up for grabs for the championship race earlier next month. Post Texas, the action will shift to Martinsville, before the big one at Phoenix.

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