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Video Highlights: Thrills, Spills, and a Popular Win in Texas

There were A LOT of big moments in Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas... Here are all of them!


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Wow, that's all you can say after a race delivers like Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 400 at Texas Motor Speedway did. Throughout the entire race, drivers were on the ragged edge of grip, and many times, they stepped over the line.

In all, there were 16 cautions on the day, which ties a Texas Motor Speedway record, but it's the most cautions in a 400-mile race at the track in history.

And at the end of it all, the sport's Most Popular Driver -- Chase Elliott -- scored his first win in 560 days. Let's break down all of the wild highlights throughout a jam-packed NASCAR Cup Series race.

The race got off to a very orderly start as Kyle Larson emerged as the race leader from the pole. But it was seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, who had the first misstep of the day when he spun his No. 84 LEGACY MOTOR CLUB Toyota Camry XSE on Lap 50.

Following the spin by Johnson, Kyle Larson would take the Stage 1 win in what would still be a relatively calm opening Stage of the race. But, in Stage 2, things would begin getting a bit crazy.

On Lap 101, Christopher Bell lost control of his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing machine in Turn 4, and backed his car hard into the outside wall. As Bell was skidding across the track, Alex Bowman and John Hunter Nemechek collided, and the damage to Bowman's car would end his day early.

The old adage, cautions breed cautions, was proven true as we were back under yellow on Lap 115 after a dust-up between Carson Hocevar and Kyle Busch. Busch tapped Hocevar in Turn 1, which sent Hocevar spinning.

Under this caution, we were treated to another odd moment as Kyle Larson -- the race leader -- had the right rear tire fly off of his race car.

Larson would be assessed a two-lap penalty as a result of the detached wheel.

After Larson's day was mired, Rookie of the Year contender Josh Berry saw his day turn for the worst as made contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. heading into Turn 1, which upset his car. Berry then spun and collided with the Turn 2 wall on Lap 121.

16 laps later, Berry would see his day come to an end as he would spin again in Turn 2, and slam into the wall again. This time the damage would be too much for his team to fix.

When the race went back green, Michael McDowell found himself in a battle with Ross Chastain for the race lead. As McDowell mounted a challenge to the outside of Chastain on Lap 143, he hit a bump in Turn 4, which upset his car, and sent him backing hard into the outside wall. His day would end in an instant.

Chastain would go on to win Stage 2. The stage break would bring out the eighth caution of the day.

The final Stage of the race would prove to be the most treacherous yet, as eight more cautions would transpire over the final run to the checkered flag.

The first caution in Stage 3 came on Lap 173 when Harrison Burton made an impressive three-wide move to take the lead from Bubba Wallace and Chase Briscoe. As Burton made his move, Wallace and Briscoe collided, which sent Wallace spinning, and Briscoe had nowhere to go and crashed into the No. 23 car.

Five laps into the next green flag run, we would go back under caution again. This time, defending series champion Ryan Blaney would go into the Turn 2 wall after a tap from Stewart-Haas Racing's Ryan Preece.

Incredibly, we would get a 46-lap green flag run from Lap 184 to 230, but the caution would come back out for the 11th time in the race when John Hunter Nemechek lost the handle on his No. 42 LEGACY MOTOR CLUB machine in Turn 4, backed hard into the outside wall, and then sat in the middle of the racing groove, where he luckily wasn't hit by any competitors.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. would be the latest driver to go for a wild ride as he backed his No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet into the Turn 2 wall on Lap 254. Fortunately, Stenhouse would be able to stay in the race.

Kyle Larson saw his roller coaster day take another nose dive when he got caught on the outside of a four-wide battle with Ty Gibbs, Ty Dillon, and Zane Smith. Contact from Dillon sent Smith into the left rear of Larson's car, which sent him spinning out on Lap 260.

With seven laps remaining in regulation for the race, it looked like we were possibly heading to a natural three lap finish of the race. That is until Denny Hamlin lost control on the outside of Chase Elliott while battling for the lead in Turn 4 with two laps to go.

Hamlin would back into the outside wall, and the flagman would continue his day-long workout.

Hamlin's crash would send the race into Overtime, but we would not reach the checkered flag before another caution as Kaz Grala and Harrison Burton sparked the 15th caution of the afternoon in Turn 1 on Lap 271.

Finally, the race would end in the second attempt at Overtime, but not before another crash froze the field. While chasing Chase Elliott for the race lead, Ross Chastain received a tap from William Byron, which sent Chastain crashing on the backstretch.

The final caution secured Chase Elliott his first NASCAR Cup Series win since October, 2022.

Screengrab: FS1 Race Broadcast

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