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NASCAR: Road course guru Chase Elliott wins at Texas Grand Prix

Chase Elliott moved up to No. 5 in the Cup Series standings with a win Sunday in Austin, Texas. File Photo by Edwin Locke/UPI
Chase Elliott moved up to No. 5 in the Cup Series standings with a win Sunday in Austin, Texas. File Photo by Edwin Locke/UPI | License Photo

May 24 (UPI) -- NASCAR's Chase Elliott continued his dominant run in road races with a victory in the rain-shortened EchoPark Texas Grand Prix on Sunday.

Elliott's fifth win of his last six road course appearances came in the 14th race of the Cup Series season at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin. Rain soaked the track from the start of the race and hindered drivers' ability to see and control their cars on the 3.41-mile track.

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"The track went through a bunch of different stages," Elliott told reporters Sunday on a Zoom conference call. "The visibility further back in the pack, which I restarted back there on multiple occasions, it was super hard to see.

"That was really the case kind of all day long."

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Elliott's No. 9 Chevrolet led the field when the race was stopped with 14 laps to go. Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ross Chastain and A.J. Allmendinger rounded out the Top 5. Cup Series standings leader Denny Hamlin finished 14th.

Austin Cindric passed pole winner Tyler Reddick on the first lap and led though lap No. 4. Martin Truex Jr., Michael McDowell then wrestled for the lead, but Logano raced to the front of the pack and won stage one. Chastain, Ryan Preece and Kyle Busch each held the lead in the second stage, but Busch claimed the stage as he led through lap 32.

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Larson briefly took the lead from Chastain on lap 41. Alex Bowman then led laps 47 through 49. Elliott led for the final four laps to claim his first Cup Series victory of the season.

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Logano led a race-high 14 laps. Busch led for 12 laps, but finished 10th in the 54-lap race.

"I think where it got to there at the end was just there were puddles of standing water," Elliott said. "I think that was where NASCAR got to and they're like, 'Hey, this is not good.' Visibility is one thing, but when you hydroplane going however fast we're going, that's probably not good.

"I think that's kind of the situation we found ourselves in there at the end."

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The Cup Series field returns to the track for the Coca-Cola 600 at 6 p.m. EDT Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

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