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Stock Car Scoop: Did Rain Ruin NASCAR COTA For Good?

The NASCAR Cup Series traveled to Circuit of the Americas for the first time ever on Sunday afternoon (May 23) for the Echopark Grand Prix. The problem for the most popular stock car series in America is that the NASCAR COTA races came paired with a rainstorm that never seemed to let up all weekend.

After COTA turned into a soggy, wet mess down in Austin, Texas were future NASCAR races at the venue washed out for good? Frontstretch’s Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek discuss whether officials made the right decision to hold the NASCAR COTA races this weekend considering the forecast. Plus, they take a closer look at how Chase Elliott made his way to the front to capture his fifth win in the last six road course races in the Cup Series.

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Bryan Nolen is the Podcast Manager for Frontstretch.com. He also hosts the Frontstretch Podcast with Bryan Nolen and occasionally makes appearances on The Happy Hour Podcast. He has a Sportscasting degree from the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting. He resides in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two rabbits.

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Nice recap! It was refreshing to hear Adam state that Elliott’s 10-second lead was dominant as the laps wound down. This was no fluke win. I do think it was a combination of Chase becoming comfortable with the course and the rain plus the adjustments made to the car on the last pit stop. Alan Gustafson made all the right calls.

Thomas Brunner

It was a great race and challenge but look forward to Nascar returning to COTA.

Chris Johnson

Loved the race for road courses the cars should have 2 wipers and head lights and brake lights to help drivers see the cars if its raining great track just improve the race make better. Take the fact that no hurt drivers came out of it fun wild and crazy we love it but make it better use your heads i say what i said in the begging use lights to allow drivers to see the red neon light to slow down to not get a monster wreck. To happen but love the races also stop this 32 races or what ever add more races race longer into the season dobt take tracks away add 10 or 12 more to the schedule


Although I’m a Harvick fan, he was a complete baby and didn’t even try. He was waiting to be knocked out of the race from yesterday he start. I loved the race and many made the most of it. Nascar I loved the whole race weekend. We need more racing like this. Great job by everyone but the bay Harvick!!!

Donald L. Wallace

What a total FUBAR? Cup cars should never set a tire on any road courses ever again much less in a rain storm, just imagine driving down thr interstate in a rain storm behind a tractor trailer at seventy mph and multiply that by four. Total fubar!

Give them their 800hp bthat’s ack, increase the downforce and turn them loose. Then we would have racing.

B Wade

Now that’s so fun to watch. Yes NASCAR could have put the air dryers on the backstretch sooner. Now come on that was some good racing. Let’s thank nascar fans in the stands. Wow what a good race.

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