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Texas Cup Series race postponed by wet track

Field Level Media
26 Oct 2020, 11:19 GMT+10

A bizarre mist descended on Sunday's Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway and just wouldn't leave.

As a result, NASCAR stopped the race with just over 50 laps completed. The red flag waved until 8:45 p.m. ET at which point it was announced that the race would be postponed until Monday -- hopefully, as rain has been predicted for the next couple of days in Fort Worth.

The race is scheduled to resume at 10 a.m. ET and will be televised on NBCSN.

Texas is the second of three races in the Series' Round of 8.

Before the mist made racing untenable, a couple of notable events occurred.

Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick, a favorite to win in Texas, slapped the wall 29 laps into the race. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver, who has won nine times in 2020 and three times at Texas Motor Speedway, had to pit for repairs. He was leading when he hit the wall.

Just before that, another Playoffs driver, Denny Hamlkin, got out of the racing groove, and came dangerously close to the outside wall. He recovered control of his car but dropped a bunch of positions.

Playoff contender Martin Truex Jr.'s day didn't begin as hoped as his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota failed pre-race inspection. The illegal spoiler on the car cost Truex, the 2017 Cup champion, 20 owner and driver points and sent him to the rear of the field for the start.

Because of the penalty, which also included the ejection of crew chief James Small, Truex started the race seventh in the Playoffs Round of 8 and 51 points out of the fourth and final spot in the Championship 4 race in Phoenix in two weeks.

--Field Level Media

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