NASCAR Cup Series at COTA: How to watch, stream, preview, picks for the Echopark Texas Grand Prix – CBS Sports

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Over the past several years, more and more emphasis has been placed on road racing in NASCAR, with the amount of road courses on the schedule expanded from two to three in 2018 and then doubled for 2021 and beyond. This weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Austin, Texas for the first road course race of the 2022 season, the Echopark Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas.
Having held its inaugural race last year, Circuit of the Americas’ 3.5-mile, 20-turn layout remains a novelty to NASCAR that many drivers have yet to truly become accustomed to. The track’s combination of multiple high speed straightaways with low-speed, technical corners make for a circuit that challenges car and driver alike, with NASCAR becoming the latest racing discipline the track has hosted alongside Formula 1, MotoGP, and other international touring series.
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Ross Chastain (+4000): Chastain is the hottest driver in NASCAR, having led 125 laps over the last three weeks with finishes of third, second, and second. While conventional wisdom states that Chastain’s first Cup Series win shouldn’t come on a road course, that doesn’t account for how strong Chastain was at Circuit of the Americas a season ago.
Last year, Chastain led four laps on his way to a fourth-place finish, which marked the first top 5 of his Cup career and the first of several races where he has contended for the win over the past year. With Chastain’s history at COTA and his current hot streak considered, it should also be noted that it’s far from unheard of for a driver to earn their first career win on a road course. Current drivers to have done so include Chase Elliott and Christopher Bell, as well as notables throughout NASCAR history like Darel Dieringer, Tim Richmond, Ricky Rudd, Bill Elliott, Steve Park, and A.J. Allmendinger among others.
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