The Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 is a NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held at the Texas Motor Speedway at Sunday October 17th at 2 p.m. EDT. The weekend opens up Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. ET with the Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 of the Xfinity Series. It will air on NBC and be available to watch on the NBC.
Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Race Info
Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021
Start Time: 2 p.m. EST
Track: Texas Motor Speedway — Fort Worth, TX
Pole Sitter: Kyle Larson
Defending Champion: Kyle Busch
Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Starting Lineup
|Starting Position||Driver||Car Number||Team||Manufacturer|
|1||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|2||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|3||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|4||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske||Ford|
|5||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske||Ford|
|6||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|7||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske||Ford|
|8||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|9||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|10||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford|
|11||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|12||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|13||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford|
|14||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|15||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|16||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|17||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|18||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing||Toyota|
|19||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing||Chevrolet|
|20||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|21||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|22||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|23||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet|
|24||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|25||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|26||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|27||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet|
|28||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|29||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|30||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing||Chevrolet|
|31||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford|
|32||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|33||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet|
|34||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing||Chevrolet|
|35||B.J. McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports||Ford|
|36||Garrett Smithley||15||Rick Ware Racing||Ford|
|37||Joey Gase||53||Rick Ware Racing||Ford|
|38||David Starr||66||MBM Motorsports||Ford|
|39||Timmy Hill||13||MBM Motorsports||Toyota|
NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying Preview
Briscoe leads the Cup Series Rookie of the Year standings by 267 points and has been the highest-finishing rookie driver in 27 of 32 events. With Rookie of the Year honors in the Truck Series (2017) and Xfinity Series (2019), Briscoe is looking to join Erik Jones and William Byron as only the third driver in history to claim the title in all three of NASCAR’s national touring series.
Following the interruption to racing last season, NASCAR did away with practice and qualifying runs at the majority of races. A combination of grouped draws and a performance-metrics formula was used to determine starting grids. That same formula remains in place for the majority of races on the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, including this Sunday’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 starting lineup.
So, what exactly is involved in the performance-metrics formula? Well, it draws on a number of factors including individual race performances and season-long results. The following breakdown illustrates the weighted grades associated with each component of NASCAR’s metrics formula.
Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Race History
2010: Denny Hamlin became the second driver to sweep both races at Texas when he won the Samsung Mobile 500 and the AAA Texas 500. Also, around mid-race, a shoving match occurred when Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon crashed in turn 2.
2011: Tony Stewart's surge towards the 2011 Cup championship continued between him and Carl Edwards, a theme through the 2011 Cup Playoffs. Stewart dominated and won his fourth race in eight starts since he went winless during the regular season, with Edwards finishing 2nd. Eddie Gossage, the track's president awarded Stewart with a robe and a pair of boxing gloves to continue the Stewart-Edwards battle. It was Tony's second win at Texas, having won 5 years prior.
2012: The first 100 laps of the race went green, combine that with the last 234 laps of the April 2012 race that went green, means a total of 334 consecutive laps were run caution-free, a full scheduled race at Texas. Jimmie Johnson won, for his 60th NASCAR Cup Series win, and also Chevrolet's 700th win.
2013: Johnson's second consecutive fall win makes him Texas Motor Speedway's second 3-time winner, putting him in a tie with Carl Edwards.
2014: Johnson took his third straight win in the fall race, leading 191 of 341 laps. On a green-white-checkered restart, Brad Keselowski tried to go three-wide and made contact with Jeff Gordon , cutting Gordon's left rear tire and causing him to spin in turn 4. Gordon lost a lap and finished 29th while Keselowski finished third. Tempers boiled over, escalating into a post-race brawl on pit road between Keselowski, Gordon, and their pit crews that were apparently instigated by Kevin Harvick.
2015: In the 2015 running, Jimmie Johnson grabbed his fourth straight win in the fall race and became the third driver in the track's history to sweep both races at Texas, as well as winning his third consecutive event at the track. Brad Keselowski led 312 of 334 laps (a track record). Dale Earnhardt, Jr. tagged the wall with his right-rear corner.
This affected the handling of his car and he began to fall back through the field. He spun in the turn 3 apron on lap 167, Kevin Harvick made an unscheduled stop with 53 laps to go for a flat right-rear tire. He fell to 20th–place in the running order and down a lap. Carl Edwards kicked off the final cycle of pit stops with 38 laps to go. Keselowski hit pit road with 37 laps to go and the lead cycled to Harvick.
Denny Hamlin was tagged for speeding on pit road and was forced to serve a drive-through penalty. On 16-lap older tires, he was no match for Keselowski as he was passed with ease with 35 laps to go. Keselowski was leading in the closing laps, a few circuits away from locking a spot in the Championship 4 at Homestead. His dominant performance did not end with the win as Johnson got around Brad with 4 laps to go, settling for 2nd. The next week, Keselowski had no luck and failed to advance to the Championship 4.
2016: Originally scheduled to be broadcast on NBC, the 2016 running was moved to NBCSN due to inclement weather, Carl Edwards grabbed the win after the race was called for inclement weather after 293 laps. It would turn out to be Edward's final Cup win before abruptly announcing his retirement after the 2016 season. As of 2020, this is the only Cup race at Texas that has failed to go the scheduled distance.
2017: Kevin Harvick took advantage of lapped traffic holding up leader Martin Truex, Jr. and take the lead with 10 to go in the first Fall race on the new configuration. It was Harvick's first win at Texas Motor Speedway in his 30th start at the track.
2018: Harvick won the race in dominating fashion, but he along with Ryan Blaney who finished second, and Erik Jones who finished fourth all failed post-race tech. Kevin's win would be encumbered and would have to sweat out to point his way to the Championship 4. The scenario would later fuel the fans' desire to see a winning car that fails tech be disqualified and stripped of the win. In 2019, NASCAR came up with the rule that has been used since. As soon as the winning car is wheeled out of victory circle, it undergoes post-race tech that takes 90-120 minutes immediately, and the results of if it passed or failed are confirmed that day, knowing who the winner is instead of a few days later. Had the rule been in effect at the time, third-place finisher Joey Logano would have won the race.
2019: Harvick wins the Fall race for the third year in a row in dominating fashion, this time passing post-race tech to advance to the Championship 4.
2020: The race was red-flagged on Sunday on lap 52 due to rain and mist and would be subject to the longest red-flag in NASCAR's history, first being postponed to the following Monday morning, then again to Tuesday afternoon due to the same inclement weather, then again a third time to Wednesday afternoon as a result of the mist, a total of nearly 72 hours. Rather ironically, the two most prominent drivers retiring at the end of the year, Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson, were scored 1st and 2nd, respectively, at the time of the red flag.
After the race resumed, Kyle Busch held off Martin Truex Jr. to claim his first Cup Series win of the 2020 season, keeping a 16-year winning streak alive (since 2005 when he became a full-time driver). It snapped a 33-race winless skid, with his last being at Homestead in November 2019 when he won the race and championship. Kyle also tied Carl Edwards for second-most wins at Texas with his 4th.