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William Byron wins 300th Victory for Hendrick Motorsport at Texas Motor Speedway

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Fort Worth, Texas – September 24, 2023 – Anthony Holbrook

The NASCAR Cup Series invaded Texas Motor Speedway for the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500.  The 1.5-mile track hosted the opening race in the Round of 12 for the NASCAR Playoffs.  Bubba Wallace and Chris Buescher occupied the front row anticipating 334 scheduled laps of stock car racing. A tenacious 100 degrees heat index promised one of the hottest Cup race events ever at this track opening in 1997.  With anticipated temperatures so high inside the race cars drivers must hydrate and utilize cooling suits to remedy conditions.

Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500– Stage 1

Kyle Larson led the pack of eager drivers with twenty-five circuits around Texas remaining.  A caution flag courteous of JJ Yelley’s smack into the safety barrier wall shook up the leader board as teams weighed out pit options.

Hendrick race team driver Kyle Larson opted to stay out as many drivers pitted forfeiting real estate.

Pole Sitter Bubba Wallace chose the high lane as Kyle Larson attended the lower lane previously layered in traction compound.

Both Playoff Drivers battled for position on the caution restart and aggression became relevant. Unfortunately for Larson, Kyle failed in traction forcing a spin. Larson was hurried into the safety barrier wall, ending any prosperous finish for the Cup Champ with nineteen laps to finish.

Too much adrenaline forced a collage of drivers to pin ball off Turn 4 as Ryan Blaney, Austin Cindric, AJ Almendinger along with Erik Jones and Tyler Redick all accumulated in the mayhem.

Playoff Contender Bubba Wallace led the field to green as spoiler Chase Briscoe sharpshot under race leader Wallace almost gaining the lead. 

Untimely for Brisco, William Byron drove collectively under both competitors by Turn 3 to capture the point.

William Byron advances into the Championship Playoff Round of Eight with Victory at Texas Motor Speedway!

Race Team Owner Rick Hendrick acquires a historic 300th Nascar Cup Series Victory with William Byron Checker Flag.

Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500– Stage 1 Results:

1. Tyler Reddick

2. Chris Buescher

3. Christopher Bell

4. William Byron

5. Michael McDowell

6. Chase Elliott

7. Ryan Blaney

8. Chase Briscoe

9. Denny Hamlin

10. Bubba Wallace

Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500– Stage 2 Results:

1. Kyle Larson

2. Erik Jones

3. Denny Hamlin

4. Ryan Blaney

5. Chris Buescher

6. Chase Elliott

7. Brad Keselowski

8. Ross Chastain

9. Bubba Wallace

10. Daniel Suarez

Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500– Final Results

Pos | Driver

1. William Byron

2. Ross Chastain

3. Bubba Wallace

4. Christopher Bell

5. Denny Hamlin

6. Kevin Harvick

7. Brad Keselowski

8. Daniel Suarez

9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr

10. Chase Briscoe

11. Chase Elliott

12. Alex Bowman

13. Justin Haley

14. Chris Buescher

15. Michael McDowell

16. Carson Hocevar

17. Martin Truex Jr

18. Aric Almirola

19. Ty Dillon

20. Harrison Burton

21. Joey Logano

22. BJ McLeod

23. Ryan Preece

24. Zane Smith

25. Tyler Reddick

26. Corey LaJoie

27. Austin Cindric

28. Ryan Blaney

29. AJ Allmendinger

30. Erik Jones

31. Kyle Larson

32. JJ Yeley

33. Ty Gibbs

34. Kyle Busch

35. Todd Gilliland

36. Austin Dillon

NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Points Standing

(After Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500)

Race 1 of 3 (Round of 12)


1. William Byron / 1 Win

2. Denny Hamlin / +37

3. Chris Buescher / +22

4. Christopher Bell / +20

5. Martin Truex Jr / +19

6. Ross Chastain / +12

7. Brad Keselowski / +8

8. Kyle Larson / +2

— Round of 8 Cutline —

9. Bubba Wallace / -2

10. Tyler Reddick / -3

11. Ryan Blaney / -11

12. Kyle Busch / -17

NASCAR Cup Series second round of the 12 Championship Playoffs travels to Talladega Superspeedway for the YellaWood 500:

Sunday, October 1, 2023

2:00 p.m. E.T.  / NBC / Sirius XM NASCAR 90

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