NASCAR’s EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix race starts at 3:30 pm today on FOX.
The race is 68 laps (231.88 miles) with stages ending on laps 15, 30 and 68.
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5:36 pm, Lap 36: Ross Chastain and AJ Allmendinger are out front after the restart. Further back, Chase Briscoe and Tyler Reddick battle for the third place spot, followed by Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney. Denny Hamlin and Christopher Bell report that they’re having a steering issue.
5:23 pm, Lap 33: Austin Cindric goes for a massive spin without contact by Tyler Reddick, with Christopher Bell narrowly missing hitting him. Reddick’s team says they’ll “just keep working on it” and tells him they’re still in it. Reddick is sitting in third behind Ross Chastain and AJ Allmendinger as a caution comes out for debris. This is the first unplanned caution of the race.
5:14 pm, Lap 32: Denny Hamlin wins the race off pit road, with Kyle Busch behind him. Ty Dillon gets a penalty for improper fueling. Joey Logano stayed out so he’ll lead the field at the next green flag…And he overshoots the turn on the restart and loses the lead! Ryan Blaney is shuffled back to fifth. I hit the brakes and the rears locked up on me. Logano radioes that he “hit the brakes and the rears locked up on me.”
5:09 pm, Lap 30: Denny Hamlin wins stage 2 followed by teammate Kyle Busch for points. This is Hamlin’s first stage win of the season. Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon, Harrison Burton, Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric, Bubba Wallace follow in top 10. The leaders still haven’t made a pit stop in this cycle.
5:05 pm, Lap 28: Martin Truex, Chase Elliott, Christopher Bell and Harrison Burton are among those who pit first. Other drivers like Tyler Reddick following after. Race leaders Austin Cindric and Ross Chastain pit a lap later at the same time, making it a battle on pit road! Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney are among those who stay out and lead. William Byron is penalized for speeding on pit road.
5 pm, Lap 26: Ross Chastain is catching up to Austin Cindric in the lead, which Chastain’s cut to 0.4 seconds. The laps in the stage are winding down and we haven’t seen a caution yet in this race.
4:53 pm, Lap 24: A lap later, two more of the same penatly, this time for Cody Ware and Loris Hezemans. Crew chiefs are told to remind their drivers not to take shortcuts.
4:51 pm, Lap 23: Austin Cindric leads the field, followed by Ross Chastain, Tyler Reddick, AJ Allmendinger and Denny Hamlin. Michael McDowell has received a penalty for cutting the esses, which is the third penalty for that violation today.
4:43 pm, Lap 18: Stage 1 winner Daniel Suárez goes for a spin rounding Turn 1 after restarting 20th. The pack went five-wide at the sharp left turn. Kyle Larson also went for a spin. And now the Stage 1 winner is back in 39th while Larson is in 34th.
4:31 pm, Lap 15: The top-running drivers stay out rather than pitting before the flag for the stage finish and Daniel Suárez gets it. Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Justin Haley, Chase Elliott, Chase Briscoe, Harrison Burton, Austin Cindric follow in the top 10 for stage points. This is Suárez’s most laps led at a road course during his Cup career since Watkins Glen in 2017. Suárez led 14 laps then and won a stage.
4:27 pm, Lap 13: Toyotas and some Chevrolets start pitting. Austin Dillon gets an uncontrolled penalty shootout and rookie Todd Gilliland gets an equipment violation. They’ll drop to the rear. Daniel Suárez stays out, which could be risky later.
4:19 pm, Lap 10: Kyle Busch goes for a spin in Turn 12 with some help from Chase Elliott, who says on the radio, “That was my bad. I locked it up.” Busch has lost at least 10 spots in the running order.
4:14 pm, Lap 9: Daniel Suárez continues to lead Ryan Blaney by 0.9 seconds. Chase Elliott, an early favorite, is hovering in 14th place as the Hendrick teams monitor their car temperatures.
4:05 pm, Lap 5: Drivers are reminded to watch the esses after NASCAR hands out two early penalties. The running order is Daniel Suárez, Ryan Blaney, Tyler Reddick, Joey Logano, Austin Cindric, Cole Custer and Denny Hamlin. Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson are in 12th and 13th. Busch tells his team, “Left rear grip,” and they respond that they’ll fix it in a couple lapses. The first stage ends on Lap 15.
3:55 p.m., Lap 2: Green flag! Daniel Suárez takes the early lead, jumping ahead of pole-sitter Ryan Blaney. Tyler Reddick runs in the third. Loris Hezemans and Boris Said get a pass-through penalty for cutting the course on the esses. Radio chatter indicates some early contact between Hendrick Motorsports teammates, with the No. 5 radio saying that the No. 9 “doored us a little” on the first lap.
WWE icon The Undertaker, a retired professional wrestler, is the pace car driver for today’s race. NASCAR team owner and former NFL coach Joe Gibbs delivers the invocation. The command to fire engines has been given.
Pre race timing
Invocation: 3:30 p.m.
National Anthem: 3:32 p.m.
Command: 3:38 p.m.
Green Flag: 3:49 p.m.
Multiple cars to the rear
NASCAR announces eight cars dropping to the rear for today’s race. AJ Allmendinger (P20), Michael McDowell (P27), Erik Jones (P30), Josh Bilicki (P34), Boris Said (P37) and Joey Hand (P38) are expected to drop to the rear for unapproved adjustments. Andy Lally failed pre-qualifying technical inspection three times, which means that he will have to serve a pass-through and will drop to the rear. According to FOX Sports, Loris Hezemans (P36) will also drop to the rear for an engine change at Daytona in which the team was penalized for two races, with today’s race being the team’s second. Of those drivers, Allmendinger was slated to start the highest in the field in 20th.
Blaney on the pole
No. 12 Ford driver Ryan Blaney will start on the pole for today’s race. He qualified with a best speed of 92.759 mph on Saturday to become the first multi-time pole winner this NASCAR Cup season. This marks his eighth pole start in his career.
Circuit of the Americas is a 3.41-mile, 20-turn road course in Austin, Texas. Last year’s NASCAR Cup race at COTA was won by Chase Elliott, who’s currently in first in the points standings. The race was shortened to 14 lapses due severe weather and rain, but today’s forecast looks brighter with sunny skies no rain expected.
Elliott is the favorite to win today at +350, per BetMGM odds. The sportsbook lists Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson next at +450, followed by Blaney at +800.
How to watch NASCAR at COTA
- Race: EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix
- Distance: 231.88 miles (68 laps) with stages ending on Laps 15, 30 and 68
- Where: Circuit of the Americas
- When: Sunday, March 20 at 3:30 pm
- TV: FOX at 3 p.m.
- Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
- purse: $8,799,709
- 2021 Race Winner: Chase Elliott
NASCAR at COTA starting order
|17||Martin Truex Jr.||19|
|28||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47|
This story was originally published March 27, 2022 2:41 PM.