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After dumping four drivers from the chase, the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs begin this weekend with the Round of 12 at Texas Motor Speedway. 2020 series champion Chase Elliott is 15 points ahead of 2018 champion Joey Logano and Ross is 20 points ahead of Chastain, advancing into Texas as his leader in points.

Two drivers on the playoff field recorded a “win” in Texas earlier this year, as Daniel Suarez won the All-Star Open and Ryan Blaney won the All-Star race later that night. Kyle Larson, another playoff contestant, won this race last year en route to the series championship.

What you need to know about the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500:

NASCAR Cup Series Texas weekend schedule and how to watch

Fans in the United States can watch the races on the USA Network, the USA Mobile App, or the NBC Sports App (cable or satellite subscription required). Radio broadcasts available on Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM.

(All time ET)

Sunday, September 25th

Pre-Race Show: 2:30pm – 3:30pm ET (USA)

AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500: 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM ET (US, MRN, SiriusXM)

Post-Race Show: 7:30 – 8 pm ET (USA)

AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 starting grid

  1. Brad Keselowski (6), RFK Racing Ford

  2. Joey Logano (22), Team Penske Ford

  3. William Byron (24), Hendrick Motorsport Chevrolet

  4. Tyler Reddick (8), Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

  5. Michael McDowell (34), Front Row Motorsports Ford

  6. Chase Elliott (9), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

  7. Austin Dillon (3), Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

  8. Denny Hamlin (11), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

  9. Kyle Larson (5), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

  10. Daniel Suarez (99), Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet

  11. Austin Sindrick (2), Team Penske Ford

  12. Ross Chastain (1), Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet

  13. Chris Buescher (17), RFK Racing Ford

  14. Ryan Blaney (12), Team Penske Ford

  15. Martin Truex Jr. (19), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

  16. Ty Gibbs (45), 23XI Racing Chevrolet

  17. Alex Bowman (48), Hendrick Motorsport Chevrolet

  18. Kyle Busch (18), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

  19. Bubba Wallace (23), 23XI Racing Toyota

  20. Harrison Burton (21), Wood Brothers Racing Ford

  21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (47), JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet

  22. Christopher Bell (20), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

  23. Kevin Harvick (4), Stewart Haas Racing Ford

  24. Cole Custer (41), Stewart Haas Racing Ford

  25. Aric Almirola (10), Stewart Haas Racing Ford

  26. Noah Gragson (16), Kaurig Racing Chevrolet

  27. Eric Jones (43), Petty GMS Motorsports Chevrolet

  28. Todd Gilliland (38), Front Row Motorsports Ford

  29. Corey Lajoie (7), Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

  30. Chase Briscoe (14), Stewart Haas Racing Ford

  31. Justin Haley (31), Kaurig Racing Chevrolet

  32. Ty Dillon (42), Petty GMS Motorsports Chevrolet

  33. Garrett Smithley (15), Rick Ware Racing Ford

  34. BJ McLeod (78), Live Fast Motorsport Ford

  35. Landon Cassill (77), Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

  36. Cody Ware (51), Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet

AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Top Drivers and Best Bet

Playoff drivers have the four highest money lines at BetMGM going into the weekend in Denny Hamlin (+600), Christopher Bell (+650), Larson (+700) and Elliott (+800). Kyle, who had impressive success in the Texas Cup and Xfinity Series, his Bush missed the playoffs in his panel in the quarterMartin, who had the best odds of any non-playoff driver, alongside Truex his junior and maintain +1000.

Yahoo Sports’ Nick Bromberg still dismisses Chastain in the playoffs, but suggests he sees value in Tyler Reddick at +1400 and Elliott and Larson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman at +2000. .

AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Weather Forecast

Saturday’s practice, qualifying and Sunday’s race were extremely hot. With temperatures in the mid-90s expected for his two days in a well-running Cup series, tire degradation is as much a concern as fuel economy at Sunday’s race.

NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings

  1. Chase Elliott – 3,040

  2. Joey Logano – 3,025

  3. Ross Chastain – 3,020

  4. Kyle Larson – 3,019

  5. William Byron – 3,015

  6. Denny Hamlin – 3,013

  7. Christopher Bell – 3,013

  8. Ryan Blaney – 3,013

  9. Chase Briscoe – 3,009

  10. Alex Bowman – 3,007

  11. Daniel Suarez – 3,007

  12. Austin Sindrick – 3,006

Denny Hamlin won four times in Texas during his NASCAR Cup career. (Photo credit: Peter Casey)