NASCAR’s Round of 8 race at Texas on Sunday has produced drama well before the firing of engines, hopefully foreshadowing a wild Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500.
Martin Truex Jr. was docked 20 points for failing a pre-race inspection and is now in serious trouble in his pursuit of a spot in the championship. There are only three positions remaining after Joey Logano’s win last weekend.
The main one-on-one battle to watch out for Sunday is between Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott, who are separated by eight points on either side of the cut-off line.
Below are the Cup Series drivers still championship eligible, ranked by points:
|Pos.||Driver||Distance from cut-off|
|7||Martin Truex Jr.||-51|
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NASCAR at Texas live updates, highlights from 2020 playoff race
4:03 p.m.: Caution for JJ Yeley.
This will be the competition caution.
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) October 25, 2020
4:00 p.m.: Kevin Harvick is maintaining an early lead.
3:56 p.m.: Back to green.
3:53 p.m.: Caution for Chris Buescher on the fifth lap.
3:49 p.m.: Green flag.
3:48 p.m.: Truex Jr. sends a message to his team.
Martin Truex Jr. tells the 19 group during the pace laps, “We got a great team. We can do this. I’m ready to go.” | #NASCAR
— Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall) October 25, 2020
3:30 p.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 8 NASCAR playoff race at Texas on Sunday should begin at about 3:30 p.m. ET.
The race is 334 laps spread over three stages and will become official after Lap 167. The distance of the race is 501 miles.
NASCAR at Texas starting lineup
Here is the complete starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Texas:
|1||Kevin Harvick (P)||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|2||Joey Logano (P)||22||Team Penske|
|3||Brad Keselowski (P)||2||Team Penske|
|4||Chase Elliott (P)||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|5||Alex Bowman (P)||88||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||Martin Truex Jr. (P)||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|7||Denny Hamlin (P)||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|8||Kurt Busch (P)||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|9||Kyle Busch||18||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|
|14||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|15||Christopher Bell||95||Leavine Family Racing|
|16||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|17||Erik Jones||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|18||Bubba Wallace||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|19||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|20||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|21||Clint Bowyer||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|22||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|23||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|24||John Hunter Nemechek||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|25||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|26||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|
|30||Daniel Suarez||96||Gaunt Brothers Racing|
|31||Brennan Poole||15||Premium Motorsports|
|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 Motorsports|
|37||Josh Bilicki||7||Tommy Baldwin Racing|
|38||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|39||Joey Gase||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|40||Chad Finchum||49||MBM Motorsports|
(P) Playoff driver.