For the final race of a Sunday doubleheader and the end of a tripleheader weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series runs the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

A number of teams had difficulties during the pre-race inspection process with three cars being sent to the rear of the field and one team having their spoiler confiscated. Martin Truex, Chad Finchum, and Daniel Suarez’ cars all failed inspection twice and will have to start the race from the back of the field. In addition, the number 19 car driven by Martin Truex Jr had the spoiler confiscated for violating the NASCAR rule book by using a spoiler “supplied from the manufacturer”.

As a result of the infraction, Truex was moved to the back of the field, the team was fined $35,000, team owner Joe Gibbs was docked 20 car owner points, and Truex was also docked 20 driver points. Truex is currently below the cut line in sixth place. Truex also looses his crew chief for the race.

Kevin Harvick is on the pole and will bring the field to green with Joey Logano alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500:
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Alex Bowman
Martin Truex Jr – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Denny Hamlin
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Austin Dillon
Aric Almirola
Matt DiBenedetto
Christopher Bell
Cole Custer
Erik Jones
Bubba Wallace
Tyler Reddick
Chris Buescher
Clint Bowyer
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Michael McDowell
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Newman
Jimmie Johnson
Ty Dillon
Corey LaJoie
Ryan Preece
Daniel Suarez – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Brennan Poole
Matt Kenseth
JJ Yeley
Quin Houff
Reed Sorenson
Timmy Hill
Josh Bilicki
Garrett Smithley
Joey Gase
Chad Finchum

Jimmie Johnson’s father, Gary, gives a rousing command to start the engines.

Stages one and two of the race are 105 laps each with stage three lasting 124 laps for a total of 334 laps around the mile and a half track.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution around lap 25.

There is a mist in the air but not enough to halt the race.

With a fuel load of around 60 laps the drivers cannot complete any of the stages on a single fuel load.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Kevin Harvick getting out in front from the inside lane.

Kevin Harvick leads the first lap with Brad Keselowski in second and Alex Bowman in third.

Lap four, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Brad Keselowski; Alex Bowman is in third.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap five when Chris Buescher hits the wall and has significant damage to his car. With the current crash clock and limited repairs allowed, it is somewhat questionable whether Buescher will be able to complete the race.

The mist in the air has gotten heavier but pit reporters say that the precipitation is not reaching the ground.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap nine and edges out Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Alex Bowman and Brad Keselowski battle for second.

Lap 10, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Alex Bowman, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney.

Since starting from the back of the field, Martin Truex Jr has moved up to 23rd place.

There are 38 cars on the lead lapChris Buescher is back on the track and has made minimum speed. Buescher is in 40th place five laps down.

Lap 17, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Brad Keselowski with Alex Bowman in third nearly two seconds back.

Reed Sorenson and Chris Buescher are the only drivers not on the lead lap.

Lap 21, Kevin Harvick continues to pull away from the field with a lead of nearly two seconds on Brad Keselowski; Alex Bowman, Joey Logano, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

JJ Yeley brings out the second caution flag of the day when he slams the wall. NASCAR has also announced that this will serve as the competition caution. The rear of Yeley’s car is destroyed.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. Many of the drivers took only two tires; while others took fuel only. Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 28 and holds on to the lead. Denny Hamlin gets loose way up the track but holds on to the car. Aric Almirola also got loose.

Kevin Harvick tags the outside wall as drivers get four wide in a battle for position. Alex Bowman is the new leader with Matt DiBenedetto in second and Joey Logano in third.

Kevin Harvick has to bring his car down pit road for fresh tires and repairs.

Cole Custer’s car gets into the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 35, Alex Bowman has a lead of nearly half a second on Joey Logano with Matt DiBenedetto in third.

After smacking the wall, Kevin Harvick is currently in fourth place in the playoffs only eight points above the cut line and in danger of not making the final four despite winning nine races this season.

The mist is increasing around the track.

Lap 40, Alex Bowman has increased his lead on Joey Logano to over a second; Matt DiBenedetto, Martin Truex Jr, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

NASCAR has put out the caution flag for rain. NASCAR will race in the rain on road courses but not on ovals.

In their fuel window, drivers come down pit road for service.

After hitting the wall, Kevin Harvick is in 36th place one lap down.

NASCAR brings the field down pit road and red flags the race on lap 52. The jet dryers are on the track.

Saying that he tried to turn the car and it kept going straight until it hit the wall, Kevin Harvick blames his hitting the wall on the weather conditions.

After a delay of over half an hour, the teams are covering the cars as the mist is turning to rain.

The sun has set and the lights are on as the track dryers and air titans continue to dry the track as the misty rain continues several hours after NASCAR put out the red flag to delay the race for weather issues.

At 8:40pm EST, NASCAR has called the race for tonight; the race will now resume at 10am EST on Monday morning.

After a red flag delay of over 48 hours due to wet weather conditions, the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 will finally get underway beginning with lap 52 in stage one.

After a scheduled restart for Monday morning got washed out due to more rain, NASCAR rescheduled the race for a Tuesday noon start; but once again Mother Nature is delaying the start of the race with more misty conditions. The air titans are on the track drying the track. NASCAR has brought in some extra track drying equipment from Atlanta Motor Speedway and Martinsville to help get the track ready for racing.

When the race restarts, Clint Bowyer is in the lead and will bring the field down for the green flag; Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Joey Logano, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

The track has been cleaned of the rubber built up and the temperatures have dropped some 20 to 25 degrees. Although the race began on Sunday, it will be like a brand new track for the drivers with no idea of how their cars will handle on the green track.

At 5pm EDT on October 28 – three days after the original race start – the drivers are in their cars and the engines have fired for the final 500 mile race of the season.

At 5:05pm, the drivers are moving and are running under caution. The laps do count toward the total 334 laps in the race.

Chris Buescher is in the garage for repairs. Kevin Harvick has made a number of stops getting his car repaired after slapping the wall on Sunday.

After three days of rain delays, there are fans in the stands.

Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag restart at 5:10pm on lap 57.

Clint Bowyer leads the race with Erik Jones in second and Martin Truex Jr in third; Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five. Kevin Harvick is in 36th place one lap down.

Matt Kenseth spins out and hits Bubba Wallace bringing out the caution flag on lap 60. Aric Almirola and Denny Hamlin were also involved A run through the grass has ended Matt Kenseth’s day. Bubba Wallace who was just along for the ride after Kenseth got loose walks away from his car with significant damage. Kevin Harvick is the “lucky dog”.

Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 69 from the inside lane and goes side by side with Martin Truex Jr for the lead. With a push from Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer edges out for the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second and Erik Jones in third; Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Lap 74, Clint Bowyer has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Martin Truex Jr with Erik Jones right behind. There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 75, Kevin Harvick has moved up to 23rd palce after getting back on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap 77 for debris on the track.

Kevin Harvick reports that his car is good enough to move back to the front.

Kurt Busch reports some overheating issues and has made multiple trips down pit road.

Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 82 from the inside lane and goes side by side with Martin Truex Jr before Bowyer takes the lead on lap 84 after a push from Erik Jones; Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 87, Kevin Harvick has moved into the top 20 and gained over 25 points after restarting the race just two points above the cut line.

Lap 90, Clint Bowyer has a lead of nearly half a second on Martin Truex Jr; Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano round out the otp five.

Lap 94, Clint Bowyer continues to lead the race but Martin Truex Jr has pulled to within a tenth of a second of the leader; Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 100, Clint Bowyer has led half of the laps in the race; Martin Truex Jr, Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

With three laps remaining in stage one, Martin Truex Jr challenges Clint Bowyer for the lead but a block holds him off.

Kevin Harvick is in 15th place.

Clint Bowyer wins stage one for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Clint Bowyer
Martin Truex Jr
Erik Jones
Ryan Blaney
Jimmie Johnson
William Byron
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto

Drivers come down pit road for service with Alex Bowman winning the race off of pit road after taking fuel only. Christopher Bell comes out second with two fresh tires.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 112 with Bowman getting out front after a push from Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 114, Alex Bowman has a thrid of a second lead on Martin Truex Jr with Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney, and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top five.

Lap 116, Alex Bowman leads the way with Ryan Blaney in second and Clint Bowyer in third.

Lap 117, Jimmie Johnson gets around Clint Bowyer to take third.

Lap 119, the top five are Alex Bowman Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr, and Clint Bowyer.

Lap 121, Kevin Harvick has entered the top 10 in eighth place. There are 32 cars on the lead lap. Bubba Wallace, Matt Kenseth, and JJ Yeley are out of the race.

Lap 125, Alex Bowman has a third of a second lead on Ryan Blaney with Jimmie Johnson in third; Martin Truex Jr and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Lap 127, Ryan Blaney has closed the gap on leader Alex Bowman to just a tenth of a second.

Lap 133, Alex Bowman has a narrow lead on Ryan Blaney; Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Joey Gase gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag.

The field comes down pit road for service with Ryan Blaney winning the race off of pit road after taking fuel only. Austin Dillon and Alex Bowman also took fuel only. Many of the drivers took just two fresh tires.

Alex Bowman had a slow pit stop after pit road issues, a near miss with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 139 from the inside lane and goes side by side with Martin Truex Jr before getting out in front for the lead on lap 140.

The top five are Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, Clint Bowyer, Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott. Kevin Harvick is in seventh place.

Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick pass Chase Elliott; giving Busch fifth place.

Lap 144, Ryan Blaney has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr with Clint Bowyer in third; Austin Dillon and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 151, Ryan Blaney has just a tenth of a second lead on Martin Truex Jr with Clint Bowyer in third.

Despite being in second place, Martin Truex Jr is 30 points below the cut line; while Kevin Harvick has moved back up to second place 45 points above the cut line.

Lap 155, Ryan Blaney leads the race; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Lap 157, Martin Truex Jr gets around Ryan Blaney to take the lead. Truex is now in secpnd place in the playoffs; above the cut line.

Lap 165, Martin Truex Jr leads the race; Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Lap 170, there are 29 cars on the lead lap.

Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a half second lead on Ryan Blaney; Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, and Austin Dillon round out the top five. Kevin Harvick is just outside the top five in sixth place.

Denny Hamlin has been reporting that he has a vibration in his car.

Lap 175, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of under half a second on Ryan Blaney with Kyle Busch a second and a half back.

There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 176, Kevin Harvick makes an unscheduled trip down pit road for a vibration. Harvick returns to the trakc in 30th place – one lap down.

Lap 180, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney; Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 185, Martin Truex Jr has a second and a half lead on Kyle Busch with Ryan Blaney in third over a second and a half back.

Lap 190, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race, but second place driver Kyle Busch has closed the gap to under a second with Ryan Blaney in third nearly two seconds back; Clint Bowyer and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

With less than 20 laps remaining in the stage Ryan Blaney brings his car down pit road for service as green flag pit stops begin.

Lap 197, Kyle Busch has closed to within two tenths of a second on leader Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Alex Bowman and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 199, Kyle Busch takes the lead and drivers continue making green flag pit stops with many of the drivers taking fuel only.

Ten to go in stage two, leader Kyle Busch comes down pit road for fuel ownly.

Chase Elliott makes a second trip down pit road saying that he had a vibration. Joey Logano also reported a vibration.

Lap 203, Matt DiBenedetto is the leader of the race with Denny Hamlin in second; Erik Jones, Kyle busch, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

The rear tires from Chase Elliott’s car were coming apart.

Five laps remain in stage two, Erik Jones is the leader with Kyle Busch in second over four seconds back.

Lap 206, Erik Jones makes his pit stop and gives the lead back to Kyle Busch with Martin Truex Jr in second nearly a second back; Alex Bowman, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

With a lead of over a second, Kyle Busch wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr
Alex Bowman
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Christopher Bell
Austin Dillon
Clint Bowyer
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kevin Harvick

Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service despite having just been on pit road less than 20 laps ago. Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road after taking fuel only. Leader Kyle Busch stayed out on the track.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 217 from the inside lane and edges out Clint Bowyer for the lead but Bowyer makes it a battle for the lead as the two swap back and forth for the lead. Matt DiBenedetto makes it a three way battle.

Lap 219, the top five are Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Matt DiBenedetto, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin.

Martin Truex Jr gets around Denny Hamlin for fifth.

Lap 222, Martin Truex Jr takes fourth from Joey Logano.

Lap 223, Kyle Busch has just a tenth of a second lead on Clint Bowyer with Matt DiBenedetto in third; Martin Truex Jr and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 226, Kyle Busch holds on to the lead with Clint Bowyer on his bumper; Matt DiBenedetto and Martin Truex Jr battle for third.

There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Martin Truex Jr has taken third place from Matt DiBenedetto. He has expressed some displeasure with some of his fellow drivers.

Joey Gase is off the track.

Lap 232, Kyle Busch has a lead of two tenths of a second on Clint Bowyer; Martin Truex Jr, Matt DiBenedetto, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

One hundred to go, Kyle Busch holds on to the lead with Clint Bowyer on his bumper.

With a win in Kansas, Joey Logano has secured his spot in the final four and sits atop the list of playoff drivers. Currently Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski sits above the cut line; while Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch are below the cut line and face elimination after the race in Martinsville on November 1.

Lap 243, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Clint Bowyer with Martin Truex Jr in third; Matt DiBenedetto and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

After coming through the field, Kevin Harvick has begun to fall through the field with handling issues. Denny Hamlin is also reporting that it is not his day and has had to deal with a number of car isues.

Lap 249, leader Kyle Busch is reporting a vibration. Several teams have reported vibrations during the race.

Lap 251, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly a second on Clint Bowyer with Martin Truex Jr in third over six seconds back.

Corey LaJoie is the last car on the lead lap in 22nd place.

Joey Gase is out of the race.

Lap 255, Leader Kyle Busch has increased his lead on Clint Bowyer to nearly two seconds; third place driver Martin Truex Jr is over seven seconds back.

Clint Bowyer reports that he is out of fuel and brings his car down pit road for service.

Lap 258 – 77 to go – Martin Truex Jr has moved into second place over seven seconds back.

In fuel conservation mode, Kyle Busch is running less than full throttle and still leads by over six seconds.

Lap 262, the top five are Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Matt DiBenedetto.

With 67 laps remaining in the race, leader Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road for his green flag pit stop and beings the cycle of pit stops. Martin Truex Jr is the new leader with Christopher Bell in second over two seconds back.

Lap 273, Christopher Bell has closed the gap on leader Martin Truex Jr to under a second and a half.

Kevin Harvick makes his pit stop and has an issue with one of the tires rolling along the wall. NASCAR did not issue a penalty to the team.

Lap 276, leader Martin Truex Jr makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Christopher Bell.

With 56 laps to go, drivers continue to make green flag pit stops including leader Christopher Bell, giving the lead over to Kyle Busch.

The top five are Kyle busch, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr, Christopher Bell, and Brad Keselowski.

Jimmie Johnson is on pit road with a heavily smoking car with some sort of engine issue. The team reports that they are done.

Lap 282, Clint Bowyer passes Kyle Busch for the lead but Bowyer cannot finish the race on his current fuel load; Martin Truex Jr is in third over six seconds back. Kyle Busch is taking advantage of being in second place by drafting on leader Clint Bowyer.

With 46 laps to go, Clint Bowyer has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half; Martin Truex Jr is over five and a half seconds back in third but Christopher Bell is riding Truex’s bumper; fifth place driver Ryan Blaney os over eleven seconds back.

There are only 19 cars on the lead lap.

Christopher Bell chellenges Martin Truex Jr for third place.

Forty to go, Clint Bowyer has a lead of nearly two seconds on Kyle Busch who is in fuel conservation mode; Martin Truex Jr, Christopher Bell, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Leader Clint Bowyer is looking for one more win before he retires at the end of the season. Kyle Busch has won at least one race every season and is looking to continue the streak this season. Martin Treux Jr needs a win to stay in the playoffs. And Christopher Bell is moving on to a new team next season and would like to give his current team a win before he leaves.

Lap 302, Clint Bowyer has a lead of over three and a half seconds on Kyle Busch; Martin Truex Jr, Christopher Bell, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

With 30 laps to go, Kyle Busch just ran the fastest lap on the track.

With 27 laps to go, Kyle Busch has closed the gap on leader Clint Bowyer to under two and a half seconds with Martin Truex Jr in third.

Twenty five to go, Kyle Busch has closed to just over a second behind leader Clint Bowyer.

Twenty three to go, Kyle Busch takes the lead as Clint Bowyer brings his car down pit road for fuel.

Lap 312, Kyle Busch has a lead of just one second on Martin Truex Jr; Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Twenty to go, with 17 cars on the lead lap, Kyle Busch has a lead of a second on Martin Truex Jr. Busch’s team is telling him to save just a little bit.

Fourteen to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of just over a second on Martin Truex Jr with Christopher Bell in third two seconds back.

Twelve to go, Kyle Busch has caught up to Kevin Harvick – the last car on the lead lap. Busch has a lead of just one second on Martin Truex Jr.

Ten to go, has Kyle Busch saved enough fuel to make it to the end of the race? Busch gets around Kevin Harvick with Martin Truex Jr just half a second back.

Seven to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of just under a second on Martin Treux Jr.

Five to go, Kyle Busch holds on to a one second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Christopher Bell is in third three seconds back.

Three to go, Kyle Busch holds on to his one second lead on Martin Truex Jr with crew chief Adam Stevens continuing to ask Busch to save fuel.

Kyle Busch takes thw white flag.

Kyle Busch wins at Texas!!!!!!!!! He has won at least one race every year of his career and with this win he extends the streak to 16. The question of whether or not he had enough fuel is dispelled with an impressive burnout the makes the car disappear; using the remainder of his fuel and had to get a push to victory lane.

Saying that it has been a long time, Busch had to be reminded to take his signature bow with the checkered flag.

The unofficial results of the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500:
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Christopher Bell
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Matt DiBe
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
William Byron
Cole Custer
Tyler Reddick
Kevin Harvick
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Preece
Chase Elliott
Erik Jones
John Hunter Nemechek
Aric Almirola
Ty Dillon
Corey LaJoie
Michael McDowell
Daniel Suarez
Brennan Poole
Josh Bilicki
Timmy Hill
Garrett Smithley
Reed Sorenson
Quin Houff
Chris Buescher
Chad Finchum
Jimmie Johnson
Joey Gase
Bubba Wallace
Matt Kenseth
JJ Yeley