Misty, drizzling day postpones Cup race in Texas on Lap 52


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — NASCAR’s Cup playoff race in Texas was postponed Sunday night after 52 laps on a
misty day that slowly deteriorated to drizzle while it never actually rained before the event was called
The delay was just over four hours, and the restart planned for Monday morning. But the forecast isn’t
promising with a 90% chance of rain overnight and the forecast high temperature barely reaching 50
The pandemic-reduced crowd watched Clint Bowyer emerge as the leader with Jimmie Johnson second in the
last Texas race as full-time drivers for both veterans.
The cars kept running for eight laps after the weather caution first came out as jet dryers circled the
track. The cars sat uncovered on pit road for about half and hour before the tarps came out and the
drivers and crews headed for cover.
It was fitting that Bowyer and the seven-time series champion Johnson were leading when the race was
stopped. Both were honored before the race, with victory lane being named after Johnson. His seven Texas
wins are the most on the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked tri oval.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott named Johnson an honorary Texan. The 45-year-old is planning to run part time in
IndyCar next year.
The 41-year-old Bowyer, a 10-time winner in 16 Cup seasons and twice a runner-up in Texas, plans to move
into the broadcast booth next season.
"Jimmie and Clint are tremendous ambassadors of our sport, both on and off the track, so we wanted
to do something special for their final time here," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage
Martin Truex Jr. was moved to the back of the field because of an illegal spoiler, and crew chief James
Small was ejected. But Truex, also fined $35,000 and docked 20 points in a blow to his championship
outlook, was all the way up to fifth when the race was stopped.
Joey Logano is the only driver guaranteed a spot in the final four after winning the first of three
qualifying races last week in Kansas. The last qualifier in the round of eight is next week at
Martinsville before the championship finale in Phoenix.
Kevin Harvick, who has won the last three fall races in Texas and is a nine-time winner this season, is
in the best shape among the other seven playoff contenders.
Harvick brushed the wall while leading on Lap 29 as the track conditions worsened and came away with some
damage to his right side. But the No. 4 Ford was running when the 334-lap race was halted, one lap down
in 36th.
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