Weather again delays Cup Series Playoff race at Texas

Persistent rain has again delayed the running of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race at Texas Motor Speedway, with wet weather and mist lasting deep into Monday afternoon.

Fifty-two of a scheduled 334 laps were complete after Sunday’s start to the Autotrader EchoPark 500 before a nagging rain intensified at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth track. That forced officials to postpone the remainder of the event to a Monday resumption at 10 a.m. ET, but wet weather continues to place those plans on hold.

NASCAR’s fleet of Air Titans and additional dryers got onto the track multiple times throughout Monday to combat the wet weather, but bouts of rain have severely hampered process. As of 4:30 p.m. ET, there is still no estimate as to when the track will be ready to race.

Clint Bowyer is scored as the leader of the race in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Ford. Stage 1 is scheduled to end at Lap 105 with Stage 2 to end at Lap 210.

The 501-miler is the second of three races in the Round of 8 playoff bracket that will whittle the field to the four drivers who will compete for the Cup Series championship on Nov. 8 at Phoenix Raceway.

Greg Engle