Another rain delay stopped the competition at the Circuit of The Americas road course with 14 laps to go. Officials eventually decided to call the race, which awarded Elliott the victory since he led all drivers at the time of the delay.
Elliott and his No. 9 crew are one of the most accomplished road course teams on the circuit. They now have six road course victories under their belt – and 12 Cup Series wins in total – after the big win in Texas. In fact, Elliott was favored to win on Sunday at +250 odds, according to FOX Bet. Although oddsmakers aren’t always spot on, they were today.
“I couldn’t be more excited,” Elliott said in a post-race interview with FOX. “I’ve never won a rain race before so it’s kind of cool. Just super proud of our team for just continuing to fight. Start of the day, we weren’t very good. Kept pushing myself, kept making some good changes throughout the day. And got to where I thought we were on pace with those guys there at the end. Really proud of that.”
The highly-anticipated first race weekend for NASCAR at the Circuit of The Americas road course was marred with inclement weather throughout. Yet the racing itself didn’t disappoint.
Joey Logano in the No. 22 car led all drivers through the first stage of the race. Then, Kyle Busch‘s No. 18 car took over the lead in the second stage. Altogether the Echopark Texas Grand Prix had 11 different lead changes on the day. But the odds on favorite in Chase Elliott made a late charge and didn’t look back.
NASCAR Cup Series Holds First Race on Circuit of The Americas Road Course
On Sunday, the Circuit of the Americas road course in Austin, Texas welcomed the NASCAR Cup Series for its first race ever at the track. The course has previously been used by Formula One racing, but it was the inaugural visit for NASCAR.
The Circuit of the Americas is one of seven road course tracks on the race circuit this year. Considering the Cup Series only utilized three road courses last season, it’s a huge change for the sport. Traditionally most of the races on the NASCAR schedule are on classic oval tracks.
The Austin road course is a 3.41-mile-long track that’s made up of 20 turns in total. It includes nine right turns, which is a rarity for NASCAR drivers used to making nothing but left turns on oval courses. In addition, the Circuit of the Americas has an elevation change of 133 feet.
The race definitely gave drivers that are comfortable on road courses a huge advantage. Three of the top five betting favorites led stages of the race, and the overall favorite took home the win as expected.