Weather halts Cup race in Texas at 52 laps with heavy mist

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Weather has halted NASCAR’s Cup race in Texas after 52 laps following reports of moisture on the track on a chilly, overcast day.

The cars kept running for eight laps after the weather caution first came out as jet dryers circled the track Sunday. Clint Bowyer is leading after 52 laps, followed by Jimmie Johnson on the high-banked 1 1/2-mile tri oval.

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 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. 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.

The weather conditions were deteriorating after the start of the 334-lap race. An overcast sky turned to mist not long after the race started.

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