Chase Elliott writes his name in the history book as the winner of the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of The Americas, which has been ended earlier due to weather difficulties.

It was finally time for the first-ever Cup Series race at COTA. Weather immediately brought another challenge as the rain was approaching, so some drivers decided to put rain tires on.

Nonetheless, the green flag was up in the air and the racing action got underway. The rain was only intensifying, so the pit cycle continued. Daniel Suarez’s no.99 car stopped at the side of the track, triggering a caution. Joey Logano passed Michael McDowell to win stage 1.

Stage 2 started with a big shunt, caused by bad visibility. Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, and Bubba Wallace were involved and had their cars damaged heavily on the backstraight. Bell, Harvick, and Wallace retired from the race.

Ross Chastain had a brilliant restart, which allowed him to get into the race lead. Half a lap later, however, he was passed by Ryan Preece. Shortly after, the backstretch incident repeated – this time Martin Truex Jr. and Cole Custer had a hard hit, ending the race for both. The race was stopped to remove the cars and standing water from that straight.

Single-file restarts were implemented from that moment by NASCAR. Kyle Busch had the best restart out of anyone and went ahead, though he later had a battle with Austin Cindric. Ryan Newman and Erik Jones had big runoffs. Quin Houff, Kyle Tilley, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had an incident, but everyone kept on going. Kyle Busch won stage 2.

Busch led the field to the green flag in the final stage. He had a good getaway and built the gap from Cindric, who was second. Brad Keselowski got spun at the backstraight. Houff and Stenhouse Jr. had another collision, which looked to be even more serious.

Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Chastain and Kurt Busch had an intense battle for 5th, the no.1 car driver nearly got into the gravel trap. The polesitter Tyler Reddick had a spin in the final turn.

The race leader Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott went to the pits, which meant that Kyle Larson inherited the lead. Chastain found pace and made an impressive pass on Logano for second.

The drivers kept coming to the pits, while it started raining hard again, leaving Chastain in front of the pack. Weather conditions got only worse, but it did not stop Chase Elliott from getting to the race lead.

Kurt Busch went into the gravel trap quite deep after locking up the tires and nearly collecting Austin Dillon and Kyle Busch. he got back on the track.

An extreme amount of standing water forced a caution and a red flag a bit later. NASCAR decided not to restart the race, which gave the reigning champion Elliott his first win of the season. Larson finished second, while Joey Logano completed the top 3 of the race.

The top 10 of the NASCAR Cup Series race at COTA:

Pos.Car no.DriverTeam
1#9Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports
2#5Kyle LarsonHendrick Motorsports
3#22Joey LoganoTeam Penske
4#42Ross ChastainChip Ganassi Racing
5#16AJ AllmendingerKaulig Racing
6#14Chase BriscoeStewart-Haas Racing
7#34Michael McDowellFront Row Motorsports
8#48Alex BowmanHendrick Motorsports
9#8Tyler ReddickRichard Childress Racing
10#18Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing

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