Circuit of the Americas, the lovely.
For the first time in NASCAR historical past, drivers will begin their engines at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Sunday. While Formula 1 and Indy Car drivers are used to racing the circuit, that is the first time that NASCAR drivers will take to the street course, one among seven on the slate this 12 months.
Unfortunately, although, there could also be a query of whether or not the climate will get in the method of the race: As it stands, there will probably be some drizzles, however nothing that drivers cannot deal with.
Sunday morning qualifying led the method for Tyler Reddick to take pole place into the afternoon, making the first pole win of his profession.
Sporting News will monitor highlights, updates and extra from Sunday’s race beneath.
All instances Eastern.
NASCAR at COTA live updates, highlights from EchoPark Texas Grand Prix
4:59 p.m.: We have inexperienced flag with 4 laps to go in Stage 2. Kyle Busch and Austin Cindric battling for first.
4:55 p.m.: The monitor appears dryer however not dry.
4:49 p.m.: Rain appears to be letting up a bit, and drivers are exiting pit street now.
4:40 p.m.: Drivers are beginning up underneath yellow. Lap 26 now, they usually’re coming down pit street.
4:31 p.m. Track crew scraping and drying the monitor. Just a complete mess.
4:18 p.m.: Red flag is out after the Custer-Truex incident.
4:15 p.m.: Truex and Cole Custer collide now. Custer’s automotive catches hearth and he will get out fast. Custer slammed into the again of Truex after Truex hit Michael McDowell. Bad scene.
4:14 p.m.: Ross Chastain, Ryan Preece, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott are your prime 5 proper now. Preece passes Chastain and he takes off.
4:13 p.m.: We lastly have a restart into lap 25, and there is severe visibility points nonetheless taking place in the center of the pack. The monitor is soaked.
4:02 p.m.: Still underneath warning into lap 22, and there is plenty of imaginative and prescient points taking place.
3:50 p.m.: Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick and Bubba Wallace all exit with main harm. Unclear in the event that they had been concerned in the similar wreck, however not nice.
Lots of hassle in other places at COTA!
Kevin Harvick, Bubba Wallace, Christopher Bell and Ryan Blaney all concerned. pic.twitter.com/WnPdlcwvVj
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3:47 p.m.: Getting able to restart right here quickly, with the tempo automotive main the pack into Stage 2.
3:33 p.m. End of Stage 1: Joey Logano takes a moist and wild Stage 1: Plenty of slides, some harm and plenty and many water.
3:32 p.m.: Cars benefiting from the further pavement off the monitor, however to no avail. Track could be very slippery. William Byron heads into the pits with severe harm to his entrance proper fender.
3:30 p.m.: Weather getting actually tough now, plenty of automobiles lacking turns and heading off monitor, Denny Hamlin the newest sufferer. Michael McDowell in the lead, slim lead over Joey Logano.
3:13 p.m.: Daniel Suarez having points with shifting out of impartial, bringing out the first warning flag on the day.
3:09 p.m.: After Cindric pits, Truex takes the lead. An spectacular exhibiting from Cindric early on on slick tires, and he fell to only seventh after the pitstop.
3:04 p.m.: Austin Cindric is cooking the area behind him proper now, and he is on slicks. Opening up an eight second lead over Martin Truex. Bubba Wallace, Michael McDowell and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spherical out the prime 5.
2:55 p.m.: Rain comes down, and many drivers coming in for rain tires.
2:52 p.m.: Green flag, and we’re off in Texas. Austin Cindric out to an early lead.
2:48 p.m.: Lots of groups coming in to modify their tires from wets to slicks early on, simply as rain begins to fall. Tough choices to make up and down pit street.
2:41 p.m.: NASCAR deemed this a wet-weather race, so everybody begins on their rain tires. They’ll have a possibility to vary to slicks on their second move by means of pit street.
2:24 p.m.: Expecting a moist monitor at this time for NASCAR’s first foray into Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Rain is in the forecast for the remainder of the day.
NASCAR begin time at this time
The inexperienced flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas, a street course about 15 miles southeast of Austin, Texas, is scheduled to wave after 2:30 p.m. ET.
Drivers could discover themselves racing in tough climate circumstances. The National Weather Service forecast for the Austin space requires afternoon showers and thunderstorms and a excessive temperature in the higher 70s. The climate service says there’s a 70 p.c probability of precipitation.
NASCAR beginning lineup at COTA
Here is the full qualifying order for the EchoPark Texas GrandPrix after Sunday morning’s qualifying:
|Start pos.||Driver||Car No.||Time||Team|
|1||Tyler Reddick||8||2:12.911||Richard Childress Racing|
|2||Kyle Larson||5||2:13.011||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3||Austin Cindric||33||2:13.697||Team Penske|
|4||Kyle Busch||18||2:13.708||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||William Byron||24||2:13.760||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||Joey Logano||22||2:13.791||Team Penske|
|7||A.J. Allmendinger||16||2:13.842||Kaulig Racing|
|8||Chase Elliott||9||2:14.117||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9||Ryan Blaney||12||2:14.518||Team Penske|
|10||Christopher Bell||20||2:14.548||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11||Kevin Harvick||4||2:14.792||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|12||Alex Bowman||48||2:14.894||Hendrick Motorsports|
|13||Kurt Busch||1||2:14.708||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|14||Cole Custer||41||2:15.025||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|15||Daniel Suarez||99||2:15.118||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|16||Austin Dillon||3||2:15.325||Richard Childress Racing|
|17||Martin Truex Jr.||17||2:15.375||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|18||Bubba Wallace||23||2:15.416||23XI Racing|
|19||Denny Hamlin||11||2:15.528||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|20||Ross Chastain||42||2:15.685||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|21||Matt DiBenedetto||21||2:15.852||Wood Brothers Racing|
|22||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||2:15.852||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|23||Michael McDowell||34||2:15.902||Front Row Motorsports|
|24||Brad Keselowski||2||2:15.929||Team Penske|
|25||Corey LaJoie||7||2:16.245||Spire Motorsports|
|26||Aric Almirola||10||2:16.558||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|27||Chase Briscoe||14||2:16.686||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|28||Chris Buescher||17||2:16.728||Roush Fenway Racing|
|29||Erik Jones||43||2:17.032||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|30||Justin Haley||77||2:17.051||Spire Motorsports|
|31||Josh Bilicki||52||2:17.246||Rick Ware Racing|
|32||James Davison||15||2:17.563||Rick Ware Racing|
|33||Ty Dillon||96||2:17.682||Gaunt Brothers Racing|
|34||Ryan Newman||6||2:18.067||Roush Fenway Racing|
|35||Cody Ware||51||2:18.194||Petty Ware Racing|
|36||Ryan Preece||37||2:18.252||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|37||Anthony Alfredo||38||2:18.701||Front Row Motorsports|
|38||Garrett Smithley||53||2:18.804||Rick Ware Racing|
|39||Kyle Tilley||78||2:20.361||Live Fast Motorsports|
|40||Quin Houff||00||2:20.985||StarCom Racing|