Kyle Busch held off Martin Truex Jr. in the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 on Wednesday in a result that provides relief for the Cup Series playoff field.
Truex could have clinched one of four championship spots with a win and in the process put someone else on the chopping block. He remains in trouble now after being docked 20 playoff points for using an illegal spoiler that was detected in a prerace inspection.
Only next weekend’s Martinsville race remains on the schedule before NASCAR’s title race Nov. 8 at Phoenix.
Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney and Alex Bowman rounded out the top five behind Busch and Truex.
The Texas race took several days to complete. NASCAR stopped the competition at Lap 52 on Sunday afternoon and was unable find a window to resume it until Wednesday.
With his drawn-out win, Busch now has victories in 16 consecutive Cup Series seasons.
Sporting News tracked live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Wednesday’s conclusion of the weekend NASCAR race at Texas. Follow below for complete results from the delayed Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500.
Updated NASCAR playoff standings
|Pos.||Driver||Distance from cutoff|
|7||Martin Truex Jr.||-36|
NASCAR at Texas results, highlights from 2020 playoff race
8 p.m.: Kyle Busch wins at Texas! His first victory of the season deals a gut punch to Truex, who comes in second.
— Deb Williams (@DebWilliams72) October 29, 2020
7:57 p.m.: Kyle Busch flips his reserve fuel switch.
7:56 p.m.: Six laps to go. Kyle Busch still clinging to his led over Truex.
7:55 p.m.: Fuel might be the only thing that could stop Kyle Busch.
“Don’t flip it yet. We’re going to wait until 5. 1.15 (seconds).” – Stevens
“I might have to ditch the No. 4,” Busch says. Staying behind to save fuel.
— Davey Segal (@DaveyCenter) October 28, 2020
7:53 p.m.: 13 laps to go.
7:52 p.m.: Kyle Busch is going to cut it close on fuel. Can he make it?
7:50 p.m.: Truex is less than a second behind Kyle Busch. This is probably his best chance to clinch a championship bid.
7:49 p.m.: Kyle Busch now in front.
7:47 p.m.: Twenty-four laps to go.
7:42 p.m.: Bowyer has returned with a flourish — what was initially thought to be an engine problem was really just a fuel shortage. He’s back in first place.
7:37 p.m.: Jimmie Johnson is done.
7:30 p.m.: Truex pits for what he hopes is his final time.
7:27 p.m.: Truex captures the lead with 64 laps remaining.
7:24 p.m.: Kyle Busch is being told to conserve fuel.
7:21 p.m.: Bowyer makes an unscheduled pit stop for an apparent engine problem.
7:18 p.m.: The two stage winners, Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer, are running first and second right now.
7:10 p.m.: One hundred laps to go in the race.
7 p.m.: Elliott is two laps down entering the final stage.
6:53 p.m.: Kyle Busch wins Stage 2. Truex has finished second in back-to-back stages.
6:47 p.m.: Chase Elliott has to pit again because of a tire malfunction.
Painful for Chase Elliott having to make a second pit stop. Completely screwed up their strategy.
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) October 28, 2020
6:47 p.m.: Truex pits at Lap 200.
Most of the field pitting with 10 to go in the stage.
— Matt Mayer (@MatthewMayerCBS) October 28, 2020
6:45 p.m.: Truex has told his team a couple of times today that he’s happy with how his car feels. A win here after being docked 20 points for a rear spoiler violation would be quite the bounce back.
6:32 p.m.: We’re past the halfway point of the race, meaning it could end now and become official. Weather is OK, though, so the drivers will hopefully be able to finish.
6:28 p.m.: Truex slides past Blaney.
6:24 p.m.: Blaney leads. Truex is still in second place.
6:18 p.m.: Green again.
6:11 p.m.: Caution for Joey Gase.
6:02 p.m.: Bowman takes the lead.
6 p.m.: Stage 2 goes green.
5:52 p.m.: Bowyer wins Stage 1. Martin Truex Jr. is right behind him.
5:40 p.m.: Back to green.
5:33 p.m.: Caution for debris. There have been five cautions (including Sunday’s events), and several days of rain-related delays. What a ridiculous race.
5:29 p.m.: Back to green.
5:20 p.m.: Hamlin and Almirola have damage from that incident.
5:13 p.m.: Caution. Bubba Wallace and Matt Kenseth tangle.
5:13 p.m.: Free pass goes to Kevin Harvick, who moves back to the lead lap.
5:09 p.m.: Green flag. This is a resumption of Sunday’s action, meaning we’re starting at Lap 52.
5 p.m.: Engines fired.
4:46 p.m.: NBCSN will carry the race beginning at 5 p.m.
4:34 p.m.: Cars to the grid!
4:26 p.m.: It looks like this race might actually restart soon.
NASCAR about ready to have team push the cars back onto the grid as drying continues.
— Jayski.com (@jayski) October 28, 2020
NASCAR race start time today
The Round of 8 NASCAR playoff race at Texas on Wednesday should begin at approximately 5 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.