After more than two days’ worth of mist, rain and fog, NASCAR has announced a tentative plan to go back to racing at Texas Motor Speedway Tuesday night (Oct. 27).
The AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 was halted on lap 52 on Sunday due to a heavy mist falling across the track, and the red flag has currently lasted more than two days. Attempts were made to dry the track throughout Sunday evening, as well as Monday, but the precipitation continued to return. Not until Tuesday afternoon did NASCAR see a promising window.
From what I can best tell, NASCAR directive is cars to pit road 8 eastern, drivers 8:30 and it APPEARS the plan is to resume under green/yellow for track drying. Halfway could come into play.
— Jenna Fryer (@JennaFryer) October 27, 2020
NASCAR’s plan is for crews to wheel the cars – currently in the garages – out to pit road at 8 p.m. ET, with drivers called to their cars at 8:30 p.m. and engines fired around the same time. Racing will get back underway under green- and yellow-flag conditions. Once it goes green for good, it might be a race to halfway with more weather hanging around.
#NASCAR anticipates pushing cars to grid at 8 pm ET and aiming to fire engines at 8:30 p.m. ET tonight
— Dustin Long (@dustinlong) October 27, 2020
Clint Bowyer will lead the field back to green, with Jimmie Johnson beside him in second. Kevin Harvick is the defending winner of the race, but smacked the wall on Sunday and is currently off the lead lap.
Light mist did return to the track soon after the announcement, but it didn’t seem to have much of an effect as of this update.
We will be going live on NBCSN at 8PM ET! pic.twitter.com/jrVpQaeuxk
— #NASCARPlayoffs on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) October 27, 2020
Coverage will begin at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.