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THE RACE: AAA Texas 500

TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #34 of 36 for the 2011 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #8 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
Practice/Qual Times | Rundown of Race/Results | Entry/Practice/Qualifying
Track/Race Info | Local Newspapers/TV | Local TV
Weather | Camping | Paint Schemes
Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, November 6, 2011 in Fort Worth, TX

Title Sponsor: AAA Texas

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:16pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: ESPN's NASCAR Countdown - 2:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 3:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch, Dr. Jerry Punch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace
    ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage: Tim Brewer

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:00pm/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, November 7 at 3:00am/et on ESPN2;
    Wednesday, November 9 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage

  • This Week - Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

  • goprn.com

  • siriusxm.com


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Friday, November 4

7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
12:00 - 1:30 pm NSCS Practice
3:40 pm NSCS Qualifying
6:00pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, November 5

7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
8:45 - 9:30 am NSCS Practice
10:00 - 11:00 am NSCS Final Practice
1:30pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, November 6

8:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
2:00 pm NSCS Race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, November 4, 1:00 - 2:30pm/et, TV-ESPN2
    Saturday, November 5, 9:45-10:30am/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, November 5, 11:00 - 12:00pm/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, November 4 at 4:40 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, re-air at 12:00am/et.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2011: $6,857,822
2010: $6,998,905
2009: $7,359,286
2008: $7,319,807
2007: $7,253,642
2006: $7,139,515
2005: $6,815,880


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile quad oval, 334 laps, 501 miles
    Track Size: 1.5 miles
    Race: 334 laps, 501 miles
    Width: 58 feet (minimum)
    Turns: 750-foot radius
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
    Straightaways/dogleg: Banking: 5 degrees;
    Straights: Front Straight - 2250 feet; Back Stretch - 1330 feet
    Front Straightaway Grandstand: 66 rows, 112,522. Includes: PSL seats (36,000 w/armrests); and Handicapped Seating (1,595  Row 28 at portal entrances)
    Back Straightaway Grandstand: 12 rows, 9,855
    Luxury Suites: 144 with seating for 9,992
    Victory Lane Club Suites: 50 with seating for 3,152
    Condominium Seating: 2,571
    Infield Capacity: Approx. 53,000
    Grandstand Seating: 122,377
    Total Permanent Seating: 138,122
    Total Estimated Capacity: 191,122 Pit Road: 45 pit stalls for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Opened: 1997

  • Carry-in items:
    Coolers: allowed (14-inch by 14-inch by 14-inch limit)
    Glass containers: not allowed
    Alcoholic beverages: allowed
    Cameras/binoculars: allowed

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Bob Bouttier, President, AAA Texas
    Command to start engines: Bob Bouttier, President, AAA Texas
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Dr. Roger Marsh, Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: Trace Adkins
    Military Flyover: B-52 Bomber, 93rd Bomber Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base

  • Websites:
    Texas Motor Speedway
    Speedway Motorsports
    Texas Motor Speedway - Facebook
    Texas Motor Speedway - Twitter
    Texas Motor Speedway - MySpace
    for info on the old Texas shareholder vs NASCAR lawsuit, see my Lawsuit's Page


    Track Records

    • April 2011 Pole Sitter: #6-David Ragan, 189.820mph, finished 7th

    • November 2010 Pole Winner: #19-Elliott Sadler, 195.397 mph, finished 23rd

    • Track Pole Record: #25-Brian Vickers, 196.235, 11/3/2006

    • Oldest Pole Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 6 months, 0 days, 4/08/2002

    • Youngest Pole Winner: Brian Vickers, 23 years, 0 months, 12 days, 11/05/2006

    • April 2011 Race Winner: #17-Matt Kenseth, 149.231mph, started 4th

    • November 2010 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 140.456mph, started 30th

    • Track Race Record: Carl Edwards, Nov 2005, 151.055mph

    • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Burton, 1997, 125.102mph

    • Oldest Race Winner: Dale Jarrett, 44 years, 4 months, 6 days, 4/1/2001

    • Youngest Race Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 3 months, 22 days, 3/30/2003

    • Most Wins: 3 - Carl Edwards

    • Most Poles: 2 - Ryan Newman, Bobby Labonte, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon

    • Most Top 5s: 8 - Matt Kenseth

    • Most Top 10s: 12 - Mark Martin

    • For more track records, past starting spots that have won and more on Jayski's Texas Motor Speedway Track News/Stats/Links page

  • April 2011: see my Texas Race Info page

  • November 2010: see my Texas Race Info page

  • The Numbers for the AAA Texas 500:
    1 - number of wins from the pole (Kasey Kahne, 4/9/06)
    1 - fewest laps led by race winner (Jeff Burton, 4/15/07)
    4 - fewest leaders (11/8/09)
    5 - fewest caution (three times, most recent 4/9/11)
    6 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend at TMS
    6 - fewest cars on lead lap at finish (11/8/09)
    5 - number of cautions during spring race
    17 - most leaders (4/2/00)
    24 - fewest caution laps (4/9/11)
    73 - most caution laps (4/6/97)
    40 - most cars running at finish (twice, most recent 11/2/08)
    120 minutes - amount of time it takes to dry the 1.5-mile track after a significant rainfall.
    278 - most laps led by race winner (Tony Stewart, 11/5/06)
    2,650 - number of tires Goodyear will mount for Sprint Cup teams during the weekend; teams may receive as many as five sets of tires for practice and 11 sets for the race. 2011 Caution Update
    7 - number of races extended beyond scheduled distance in 2011
    3 - fewest cautions this season (New Hampshire, 9/25/11)
    18 - most cautions this season (Martinsville, 10/30/11)
    257 - number of cautions in the first 33 races of 2011; includes 131 for accidents, 57 for debris and 32 for spins
    1,253 of 9,637- number of laps under caution in 2011
    1,671.007 of 13,023.238 - miles under caution in the first 33 races
    (Darnell Communications for Dodge Motorsports)(11-3-2011)

  • At Texas Motor Speedway:
    • Construction began in 1995.
    • The first NASCAR race was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on April 5, 1997.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was on April 6, 1997.
    • There have been 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one per season from 1997 through 2004 and two races per year since 2005.
    • Four drivers have competed in all 21 Texas races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin.
    • Jeremy Mayfield was the first pole winner, in 1998. Qualifying for the inaugural race in 1997 was canceled.
    • Jeff Burton won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
    • 15 drivers have scored poles, led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bobby Labonte, Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon with two.
    • 16 drivers have won races, led by Carl Edwards, with three. Denny Hamlin and Jeff Burton each have two wins.
    • 15 of 21 races have been won from a top-10 starting position. Only one has been won from the pole (Kasey Kahne in 2006).
    • Matt Kenseth started 31st en route to his victory at Texas in 2002, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started. Kenseth started fourth and won earlier this season at Texas.
    • Both Jeff Burton (1997) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) scored their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Texas, and 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne made his first series start at Texas (11/07/10). Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup competitor Brad Keselowski also made his first career start at Texas (11/2/08).
    • Martin Truex Jr. (11/04/07) and David Ragan (04/09/11) scored their first series poles at Texas.
    • Matt Kenseth (9.0), Denny Hamlin (9.3) and Jimmie Johnson (9.9) are the only three active drivers to average a top-10 finish.
    • Roush Fenway Racing leads all owners in victories, with eight. Joe Gibbs Racing and Hendrick Motorsports have three wins each.
    • There has been two season sweeps, by Carl Edwards in 2008 and Denny Hamlin in 2010.(NASCAR)(11-1-2011)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Texas Motor Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Stewart wins at Texas: #14-Tony Stewart won the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for his 43rd career win and 4th of the season, all of them coming in the chase.
    #99-Edwards finished 2nd followed by #4-Kahne, #17-Kenseth, #16-Biffle, #24-Gordon, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #56-Truex, Jr., #33-Bowyer, and #43-Allmendinger
    #99-Edwards now leads the Chase by 3 points over #14-Stewart.
    There were 23 lead changes among 10 drivers and 5 cautions for 21 yellow flag laps. The attendance is listed as 151,000, down from 156,000 last year.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, November 7 at 3:00am/et on ESPN2; Wednesday, November 9 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Texas Race Results/Awards page.(11-6-2011)

  • Race Fast Facts - Texas:
    Tony Stewart won the 7th Annual AAA Texas 500, his 43rd victory in 462 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2011.
    This is his second victory and 11th top-10 finish in 20 races at Texas Motor Speedway. His previous win came Nov. 5, 2006.
    Carl Edwards (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 14 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 24th top-10 finish in 2011.
    Kasey Kahne (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 15 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Andy Lally (29th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Carl Edwards leads the point standings by 3 points over Tony Stewart.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-6-2011)

  • Finishing spots for the Chase drivers at Texas: (by standings order before the race)
    1) #99-Carl Edwards, finished 2nd
    2) #14-Tony Stewart, 1st
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 13th
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 24th
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth, 4th
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 14th
    7) #18-Kyle Busch, did not race
    8) #22-Kurt Busch, 30th
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 7th
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 6th
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 20th
    12) #39-Ryan Newman, 16th
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(11-6-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Chase Points Standings:
    [after Texas, race 34 of 36 and Chase race 8 of 10]
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 2316
    2) #14-Tony Stewart [4 wins], 2313, -3
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [4 wins], 2283, -33
    4) #17-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 2278, -38
    these drivers are more then a race out:
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 2267, -49
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 2261, -55
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 2237, -79
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins], 2235, -81
    9) #22-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2229, -87
    These drivers are officially eliminated:
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 2217, -99
    top 10 go to the banquet in Vegas
    11) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2216, -100
    12) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2213, -103
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(11-6-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Phoenix:
    #38 remains in 35th over the #71 team, but their advantage drops to 11 points.
    33) #36-Bodine/Tommy Baldwin, 498, +55
    34) #32-Bliss/FAS Lane, 470, +27
    35) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 454, 11 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #71-Lally/TRG, 443, 11 points out of top 35
    37) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 328, -136
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(11-6-2011)

  • Texas Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " Tony Stewart earned his 43rd career victory in his 462nd race.
    " This is Tony Stewart's second victory at Texas Motor Speedway in his 20th race.
    " This is Tony Stewart's fourth victory of 2011, tying Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick for most. All four race wins have come in the Chase.
    " Tony Stewart's four wins in 2011 Chase ties Jimmie Johnson for most wins in a single Chase.
    " Tony Stewart now has 10 victories in the Chase, putting him second to Jimmie Johnson with 20 Chase victories.
    " This is Stewart-Haas Racing's 12th career victory and first at Texas. SHR is the ninth organization to win at Texas.
    " Carl Edwards (second) has finished in the top three in both races at Texas in 2011.
    " Kasey Kahne (third) earned his fourth top-five finish at Texas and fourth top-five of the Chase -- the most by a non-Chase driver.
    " Matt Kenseth (fourth) has top-10 finishes in nine of the past 10 Texas races. Kenseth has five top-10 finishes in the 2011 Chase.
    " Greg Biffle (fifth) has finished in the top 10 in the past seven Texas races.
    " Jeff Gordon (sixth) earned only his third top-10 finish of the 2011 Chase and his first top-10 finish at Texas since his win there in April 2009.
    " Dale Earnhardt Jr. (seventh) scored his third top-10 finish of the 2011 Chase and finished in the top 10 in consecutive races for the first time since Kansas and Pocono.
    " Martin Truex Jr. (eighth) has top-10 finishes in the past three races, his longest top-10 streak since joining Michael Waltrip Racing.
    " Clint Bowyer (ninth) earned his fifth top-10 finish in the past eight races.(Racing Recall/nascar.com)(11-6-2011)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #11-Hamlin, 20th
    Caution 2: #29-Harvick, 13th
    Caution 3: #21-Bayne, 17th
    Caution 4: #33-Bowyer, 9th
    Caution 5: #00-Reutimann, 22nd
    (11-6-2011)

  • Penalty Report - Texas:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #00, Pre-Race to the rear (Engine), Tail of Field
    #18, Pre-Race to the rear (Driver Change), Tail of Field
    #66, Pre-Race to the rear (Driver Change, Tail of Field
    #36, 63, Speed-Exiting pits, Pass Thru
    #36, 201, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #42, 201, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of Field
    #48, 239, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of Field
    #48, 239, Commitment Line Violation, Tail of Field
    #20, 261, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    (NASCAR Statistics)(11-6-2011)

  • Pit Road Times
    Texas Motor Speedway
    NSCS AAA Texas 500
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics
    Sun, November 06, 2011 @ 07:07 PM Eastern

    Car# Pit Stops Driver Laps Time Total Seconds Avg Seconds
    99 8 Carl Edwards 334 04:39.1 279.15 34.894
    17 8 Matt Kenseth 334 04:39.4 279.428 34.929
    9 8 Marcos Ambrose 334 04:42.5 282.516 35.315
    39 8 Ryan Newman 334 04:43.8 283.786 35.473
    14 8 Tony Stewart 334 04:44.2 284.246 35.531
    6 8 David Ragan 334 04:48.3 288.295 36.037
    5 8 Mark Martin 334 04:49.6 289.645 36.206
    56 8 Martin Truex, Jr. 334 04:51.1 291.081 36.385
    4 8 Kasey Kahne 334 04:54.0 293.957 36.745
    16 8 Greg Biffle 334 04:54.6 294.579 36.822
    27 8 Paul Menard 334 04:57.5 297.503 37.188
    24 9 Jeff Gordon 334 05:03.2 303.151 33.683
    43 9 AJ Allmendinger 334 05:10.8 310.76 34.529
    21 8 Trevor Bayne(i) 334 05:11.7 311.713 38.964
    33 9 Clint Bowyer 334 05:24.8 324.811 36.09
    88 9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 334 05:33.0 333.022 37.002
    48 9 Jimmie Johnson 334 05:40.4 340.379 37.82
    29 9 Kevin Harvick 334 05:54.0 353.998 39.333
    42 10 Juan Pablo Montoya 334 07:41.0 460.95 46.095
    13 8 Casey Mears 333 04:48.4 288.41 36.051
    78 8 Regan Smith 333 04:49.1 289.062 36.133
    0 9 David Reutimann 333 05:32.6 332.556 36.951
    2 10 Brad Keselowski 333 06:58.8 418.808 41.881
    11 10 Denny Hamlin 333 07:09.6 429.556 42.956
    83 9 Brian Vickers 333 07:24.3 444.337 49.371
    47 7 Bobby Labonte 332 04:05.6 245.594 35.085
    51 7 Landon Cassill(i) 332 04:18.5 258.495 36.928
    71 7 Andy Lally # 332 04:55.1 295.126 42.161
    31 9 Jeff Burton 332 07:18.2 438.19 48.688
    38 7 Travis Kvapil(i) 331 04:23.0 262.971 37.567
    18 8 Michael McDowell 331 05:02.3 302.295 37.787
    34 8 David Gilliland 331 05:33.0 333.012 41.627
    22 9 Kurt Busch 331 08:12.8 492.768 54.752
    32 7 Mike Bliss(i) 329 04:39.0 278.961 39.852
    35 11* Dave Blaney 316 12:19.8 739.814 67.256
    1 9* Jamie McMurray 295 32:39.7 1,959.70 217.744
    20 6 Joey Logano 258 03:44.4 224.377 37.396
    36 8* Geoffrey Bodine 215 14:40.3 880.282 110.035
    46 1 Scott Speed(i) 30 00:35.5 35.503 35.503

    * Includes time spent in the garage
    # Sunoco Rookie of the Year Candidate
    (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series.(11-6-2011)

  • Race Coverage of the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, November 6, 2011.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 3:00 pm/et; NSCS Countdown pre-race show at 2:00 pm/et; green flag approx 3:16pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Monday, November 7 at 3:00am/et on ESPN2;
    Wednesday, November 9 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #16-Biffle chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #6-Ragan took pit stall 14, the next pitstall with an opening in front of it.
    #17-Kenseth, who starts 3rd took the 43rd pit stall, the last stall on pit road.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(11-5-2011)

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.(10-11-2009)

  • See Jayski's - 2011 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Final practice for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 60 minutes, the top-5, slowest and any notes:
    #4-Kahne 185.912
    #9-Ambrose 185.656
    #6-Ragan 185.446
    #78-Smith 185.331
    #31-Burton 185.268
    slowest: #71-Lally 179.259 & #36-Bodine 178.707.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, average speed and best 10-lap average on the Texas Practice Speeds Page. (11-5-2011)

  • Saturday's first practice for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 45 minutes, the top-5, slowest and any notes:
    #99-Edwards 188.897
    #16-Biffle 188.897
    #24-Gordon 188.475
    #4-Kahne 188.495
    #6-Ragan 188.193
    slowest: #46-Speed 180.638 & #36-Bodine 178.047.
    Notes: Michael McDowell is in the #18 to replace Kyle Busch.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, average speed and best 10-lap average on the Texas Practice Speeds Page.(11-5-2011)

  • Biffle wins Texas pole: #16-Greg Biffle won the Coors Light pole for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 193.736mph. It is his 3rd pole of the season and the 9th of his career.
    #6-Ragan starts 2nd followed by #17-Kenseth, #27-Menard, #14-Stewart, #00-Reutimann, #99-Edwards, #2-Keselowski, #4-Kahne, and #78-Smith.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #21-Bayne, #55-Yeley, #66-McDowell, #35-Blaney, #37-Skinner, #46-Speed, #87-Nemechek, #71-Lally.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #30-Stremme, #95-Starr, #7-Sorenson.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Texas Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(11-4-2011)

  • Starting spots for the Chase drivers at Texas: (by standings order before the race)
    1) #99-Carl Edwards, starts 7th
    2) #14-Tony Stewart, 5th
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 21st
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 8th
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3rd
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 11th
    7) #18-Kyle Busch, 17th
    8) #22-Kurt Busch, 14th
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 16th
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 23rd
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 28th
    12) #39-Ryan Newman, 24th
    (11-4-2011)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Texas:
    Greg Biffle won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 7th Annual AAA Texas 500 with a lap of 27.873 seconds, 193.736 mph.
    This is his ninth pole in 328 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third pole and 13th top-10 start in 2011. His previous poles came at Michigan and Kansas.
    This is his first pole in 16 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    David Ragan (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2011 and his fifth in ten races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Matt Kenseth (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 13th in 34 races this season.
    Andy Lally (43rd) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-4-2011)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 4, 2011 at 4:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 4:30pm/et
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air:12:00 am/et on SPEED

  • Qualifying Order for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers are now mixed in with the top-35 drivers, slowest by fastest in first practice.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #36-Bodine, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #16-Biffle, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Texas Qualifying Page.(11-4-2011)

  • Friday's practice for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 90 minutes, the top-5, slowest and any notes:
    #16-Biffle 193.327
    #99-Edwards 193.043
    #14-Stewart 192.713
    #9-Ambrose 192.472
    #78-Smith 192.383
    slowest: #7-Sorenson 185.733 & #36-Bodine 182.902.
    Notes: this practice will determine the qualifying order for Friday qualifying, scheduled for 4:40pm/et on SPEED.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, average speed and best 10-lap average on the Texas Practice Speeds Page. (11-4-2011)

  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #21-Trevor Bayne, 8th
    #55-J.J. Yeley, 27th
    #30-David Stremme, 33rd
    #66-Michael McDowell, 34th
    #35-Dave Blaney, 38th
    #37-Mike Skinner, 39th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 40th
    #46-Scott Speed, 42nd
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #71-Andy Lally, 43rd
    #95-David Starr, 44th
    #7-Reed Sorenson, 45th

  • Another new twist to the qualifying format: Starting at Kentucky Speedway, there will be a rain-out qualifying procedure change for all three NASCAR national series. If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.(NASCAR)(7-7-2011)

  • The Entry List for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Mike Skinner will return to the #37 for MaxQ Motorsports. The TRG #77 has withdrawn. Robby Gordon has withdrawn his #77.
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #7-Reed Sorenson (37/33)
    #21-Trevor Bayne (38/16)
    #30-David Stremme (43/20)
    #35-Dave Blaney (47/10)
    #37-Mike Skinner (39/33)
    #46-Scott Speed (40/33)
    #55-J.J. Yeley (49/15)
    #66-Michael McDowell (41/33)
    #71-Andy Lally (36/33)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/33)
    #95-David Starr (46/7)
    NOTE: two #77 cars are entered, usually, if both make the race, the one higher in owners points position get to run the number and the other team has to use another number.
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 21,71,7,37,46,66,87,30
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 55,35,95
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Texas Entry List.(10-31/11-2/4-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Chase Points Standings:
    [after Martinsville, race 33 of 36 and Chase race 7 of 10]
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 2273
    2) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins], 2265, -8
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [4 wins], 2252, -21
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 2246, -27
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 2237, -36
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 2230, -43
    these drivers are more then a race out:
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2216, -57
    8) #22-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2215, -58
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 2200, -73
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins], 2197, -76
    top 10 go to the banquet in Vegas
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 2193, -80
    12) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2184, -89
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-30-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Texas:
    #38 remains in 35th and increases their lead over the #71 team to 13 points.
    33) #13-Mears/Germain, 468, +58
    34) #32-Schrader/Bliss/FAS Lane, 460, +32
    35) #38-Yeley/Front Row, 441, 13 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #71-Sadler/Lally/TRG, 428, 13 points out of top 35
    37) #7-Soreson/Gordon/RGM, 325, -116
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(10-30-2011)


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#39-Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Carrier Classic #39 Team Schemes Page
#43-A.J. Allmendinger Immortals / Best Buy none...yet
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Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Texas: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Texas Motor Speedway for the Sprint Cup Series Race:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the #1 Bass Pro Shops/ Tracker Boats team will be bringing chassis #1104 to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis was previously used at Dover in October, Michigan (June and August), and Charlotte (Coke 600, and All-star).
    #2-Brad Keselowski: will race chassis PRS-805 during Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. This is a new chassis to the #2 fleet.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-777 Last ran Chicago - finished 11th; Backup: RK-711 Last ran Darlington - finished 21st
    #5-Mark Martin: Crew chief Lance McGrew has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-625 for Sunday's race in Texas. This is the same chassis Martin drove to a 12th-place finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in March, a runner-up finish at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in May and 18th-place result at Pocono Raceway in June.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 735 for the 500-mile event at Texas Motor Speedway. This DEWALT Ford Fusion was run previously this season at Texas, Charlotte and Atlanta.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-591: This car debuted in May 2010 in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. It qualified 26th and finished 15th in its maiden race. It saw extensive wind-tunnel time before returning to action in late July for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There, it qualified 15th and ran most of the race at the lower end of the top-10. But a savvy two-tire pit call on the team's final stop allowed it to rally to a fifth-place finish. Chassis No. 14-591 spent the rest of the 2010 season as a backup and, in the offseason, it received a new body and logged many hours in the wind tunnel. The Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was its third career start and first of 2011. It was impressive as Stewart dominated, leading four times for a race-high 163 laps. He opened up a four-second advantage until a pit road miscue derailed the perfect outing and left him second when the checkered flag dropped. Its next start came in May's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, where it was poised to finish in the top-10 until engine woes late in the race dropped it to a 17th-place finish. Chassis No. 14-591's next outing came in a test July 9 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. It returned to racing Labor Day weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway where, after starting 20th, rallied to an impressive third-place finish, gaining 8.5 seconds on eventual winner Jeff Gordon in the final 10 laps. The September stop at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City marked Chassis No. 14-591's sixth career start. It had a strong race, running second to eventual winner Jimmie Johnson for much of the 272-lap contest, but a series of late-race issues conspired for a disappointing 15th-place finish. The car returns to action this weekend at Texas, where it will make its fifth start this season and second in the Chase.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-741 (last run at Charlotte)
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 322: This is a brand new chassis that will make its on track debut in Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
    #22-Kurt Busch: will be racing "Monster Masher" at Texas this weekend. The "PRS-758" AAA Dodge Charger has an impeccable record. Busch debuted the car in the August race at Pocono, where he started fifth and finished third. In its last time at the track, Busch started on the outside pole and won the Oct. 2 AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. "Monster Masher" came from the suggestion of Busch's girlfriend Patricia Driscoll's six-year-old son, Houston.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot chassis No. 379 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This No. 27 Chevrolet Impala was a brand new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season and was last seen on track at Kansas Speedway in October, where Menard started sixth and finished 12th.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will race chassis No. 381 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new racer that will see its first on-track activity this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will pilot chassis No. 372 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in Sunday's AAA Texas 500. This Caterpillar Chevrolet Impala is a recent addition to the fleet, posting an 18th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway last month in its lone on-track appearance.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 371 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend. This Chevrolet Impala, built new in September, has been utilized twice during this season's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The first time it saw action was at Chicagoland Speedway in September when Bowyer drove it to a top-10 finish of seventh after starting 21st and the second time was last month as Bowyer brought home another seventh-place finish after starting 24th at Kansas Speedway.
    #35-Dave Blaney: will compete in the No. 297 chassis this weekend. TBR purchased the chassis from Richard Childress Racing this season. Paul Menard drove the chassis prior to TBR.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-686: This will be just the second start for Chassis No. 39-686 as it made its debut three weeks ago in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. In that race, Newman started sixth, led six laps and finished a solid 10th.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Jim Pohlman and the #42 Target team are bringing chassis # 1119 to Texas this weekend. This chassis was previously run at Charlotte (October), where he started 32nd and rallied to a 14th place finish.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 710 for this weekend's event at Texas Motor Speedway. This Immortals/ Best Buy Ford has been previously run this season at Texas, Charlotte, Atlanta, Indianapolis and Dover.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: last drove primary chassis No. 681 to victory lane at Kansas Speedway earlier this month. Backup chassis No. 669 finished second at Michigan International Speedway in August and at Dover International Speedway in October.
    #56-Martin Truex, Jr.: The #56 team will debut a new chassis Sunday at Texas.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: This weekend at Texas, crew chief Steve Letarte will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-668. Earnhardt last raced this chassis to a third-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in September.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-739 Last ran at Charlotte, finished third
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(11-3-2011)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,325, Right-side -- 1,325;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying, 11 sets for race;
    Nationwide: 5 sets for the weekend

    Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4410

    Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.1 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi;
    Right Front -- 49 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 48-52 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Texas this weekend . . . while teams in the Camping World Truck Series will run the same left-side tire code (D-4392) this week, they will run a different right-side code . . . Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams are on the same combination of left- and right-side tire codes they ran at Texas in April . . . teams in these two series ran this exact tire set-up at Chicagoland this season and Homestead last season . . . they will also race on this same tire combination at Homestead again in two weeks . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required run inner liners in all four tire positions at Texas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


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