NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: NRA 500

TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #7 of 36 for the 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Jumps to sections on this page:
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
Weather | Camping | Paint Schemes
Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Fort Worth, TX

Title Sponsor: NRA

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:46pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, April 11
9:45 am. NSCS Haulers Enter
11:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
1:00 - 3:00 pm NSCS Testing
3:30 - 5:00 pm NSCS Testing
5:15 - 6:30 pm NNS Practice
7:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Friday, April 12
7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
10:00 - 11:20 am NNS Final Practice
10:30 am NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meeting & Drawing for Qualifying Order
11:30 am - 1:00 pm NSCS Practice
2:00 - 3:30 pm NSCS Final Practice
4:05 pm NNS Qualifying
5:40 pm NSCS Qualifying
7:30 pm NNS O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Race
8:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, April 13
2:30 pm NSCS Garage Opens
6:00 pm Driver Introductions
6:30 pm NSCS NRA 500 Race

All times above are listed in LOCAL / Central Time Zone

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


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Testing:
    Thursday, April 11, 2:00 - 4:00pm/et, TV-none scheduled
    Thursday, April 11, 4:30 - 5:00pm/et, TV-none scheduled

  • Practices:
    Friday, April 12, 12:30 - 2:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, April 12, 3:00 - 4:30pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, April 12 at 6:40 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 12:00am/et on SPEED.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $7,196,789
2012: $7,132,592
2011: $7,000,716
2010: $7,094,253
2009: $7,384,649
2008: $7,336,866
2007: $7,253,642
2006: $7,117,176
2005: $6,826,746
2004: $6,767,841
2003: $6,047,759


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: Karl Malone
    Command to start engines: Karl Malone
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Dr. Roger Marsh
    National Anthem: Sara Evans
    Flyover: KC Flight Formation and Falcon Flight teams

  • Track Websites:
    Texas Motor Speedway
    Speedway Motorsports
    Texas Motor Speedway - Facebook
    Texas Motor Speedway - Twitter
    Texas Motor Speedway - MySpace

  • April 2012: see my Texas Race Info page

  • November 2012: see my Texas Race Info page

  • April 2012 Race Winner: #16-Greg Biffle, 160.577mph, started 3rd

  • November 2012 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 136.117mph, started 1st

  • Track Race Record: Greg Biffle, April 2012, 160.577mph

  • 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

  • April 2012 Pole Sitter: #56-Martin Truex Jr., 190.369mph, finished 6th

  • November 2012 Pole Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 191.076mph, finished 1st

  • 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

  • Texas Motor Speedway - News and Notes:
    • Construction on Texas Motor Speedway began in 1995.
    • The first NASCAR national series race at TMS was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on April 5, 1997  won by Mark Martin.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was on April 6, 1997  won by Jeff Burton.
    • The track underwent a repave between the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
    • In 2011, the spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was moved from Sunday to Saturday night under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway.
    • There have been 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one NSCS event from 1997 - 2004 and two races per year since 2005.
    • 129 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas; 105 in more than one.
    • Four drivers have made all 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Texas Motor Speedway  Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Jeff Burton and Mark Martin.
    • Jeremy Mayfield was the first Coors Light pole winner, in 1998. The inaugural Coors Light pole at Texas Motor Speedway in 1997 was cancelled due to weather conditions.
    • 17 drivers have Coors Light poles at Texas, led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr. with two each.
    • Two drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Texas Motor Speedway: Bobby Labonte (2003 and 2004) and Ryan Newman (2005 sweep).
    • 16 different drivers have won at Texas Motor Speedway, led by Carl Edwards (three).
    • Seven drivers have multiple wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Carl Edwards (three), Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart each have two.
    • Roush Fenway Racing leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the most wins at Texas Motor Speedway (nine); followed by Hendrick Motorsports (four).
    • Two of the 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole; Kasey Kahne (2006) and Jimmie Johnson (2012).
    • The third-place starting position is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Texas Motor Speedway producing four wins - more wins than any other starting position in the field.
    • Five NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the front row: two from the pole and three from second-place.
    • 18 of the 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a top 10 starting position.
    • Four of the 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Texas Motor Speedway was 31st, by Matt Kenseth in 2002.
    • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in runner-up finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with five; followed by Matt Kenseth with four.
    • Matt Kenseth leads the series in top-five finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 12; followed by Jimmie Johnson with nine.
    • Matt Kenseth leads the series in top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 15; followed by Jimmie Johnson (14) and Mark Martin (13).
    • Jimmie Johnson leads active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 8.842. Jimmie Johnson is the only active driver with an average starting position at Texas in the top 10.
    • Two active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top 10 at Texas: Matt Kenseth (8.333) and Jimmie Johnson (9.263).
    • There have been three NSCS green-white-checkered finishes at Texas Motor Speedway: fall 2006 (334/339), spring 2008 (334/339), and fall 2012 (334/335).
    • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions twice in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway; the inaugural event in 1997 and spring 2007. The race has never been rain shortened.
    • Kevin Harvick has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway without posting a DNF (20).
    • Jeff Burton (4/06/1997) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (4/02/2000) won their first NASCAR Sprint Cup career race at Texas Motor Speedway.
    • David Ragan (4/09/2011) and Martin Truex Jr. (11/04/2007) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Coors Light poles at Texas Motor Speedway.
    • 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski (11/02/2008) and Trevor Bayne (11/07/2010) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Texas Motor Speedway.
    • Two NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have posted consecutive wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Carl Edwards (2008 sweep) and Denny Hamlin (2010 sweep).
    • Nine of the 14 active NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers who have won at Texas Motor Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Texas in their first appearance; Carl Edwards, Mark Martin and Ryan Newman all won in their second appearance at TMS.
    • Jeff Gordon competed at Texas Motor Speedway 16 times before winning in the spring of 2009; the longest span of any the 14 active NASCAR Sprint Cup winners.
    • Only two of the 14 winning drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Texas: Jeff Gordon (16) and Kurt Busch (13).
    • Bobby Labonte leads the series with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Texas Motor Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 24.
    • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing at Texas was the (4/4/2004) race won by Elliott Sadler with a MOV of 0.028 second.
    • Two female drivers have made starts at Texas Motor Speedway (each only making one start): Shawna Robinson (4/08/2002)  starting 16th and finishing 36th; Danica Patrick (11/4/2012)  starting 32nd and finishing 24th.
    • Only one car number has produced three or more Texas Motor Speedway NSCS wins: #99  Jeff Burton (1997); Carl Edwards (2005 and 2008 sweep)
    • Matt Kenseth leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup in laps led at Texas with 772 laps led in 21 starts.
    • One NASCAR Sprint Cup driver has won at Texas Motor Speedway in two different manufacturers: Jeff Burton (1997  Ford; 2007  Chevrolet).(NASCAR)(4-9-2013)

  • 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

  • Kyle Busch wins at Texas: #18-Kyle Busch won the NRA 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of 2013, 1st win at Texas and 26th career win. He took the lead on the final pitstop and pulled away over the final 16 laps to take the win by .508 seconds. #56-Truex, Jr. finished 2nd followed by #99-Edwards, #16-Biffle, #22-Logano, #48-Johnson, #43-Almirola, #11-Vickers, #2-Keselowski, and #39-Newman.
    There were 18 lead changes among 7 drivers and 7 cautions for 36 yellow flag laps. The average speed was 144.751mph.
    Starting this season, NASCAR doesn't release the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Texas Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Texas Penalty Report (pdf)
    And see the Official Race and Points on the STP Gas Booster 500 Official Race and Points Report page (pdf)

  • Race Fast Facts - Texas:
    Kyle Busch won the 17th Annual NRA 500, his 26th victory in 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    Busch now moves into a tie for 23rd on the all-time series wins list with NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Fred Lorenzen.
    This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2013. Busch's first win of 2013 was at Auto Club Speedway.
    This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 16 races at Texas Motor Speedway. His previous best finish at Texas was third, three different times.
    Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 16 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2013.
    Carl Edwards (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 17 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-13-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Texas, race 7 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 269
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski, 260, -9
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 251, -18
    4) #16-Greg Biffle, 239, -30
    5) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 234, -35
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 234, -35
    7) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 232, -37
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 208, -61
    9) #22-Joey Logano, 207, -62
    10) #27-Paul Menard, 206, -63
    11) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 204, -65
    12) #29-Kevin Harvick, 192, -77
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 15th in points
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 16th
    #14-Tony Stewart, 22nd
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #35-Wise, 30th
    Caution 2: #36-Yeley, 39th
    Caution 3: #35-Wise (2), 30th
    Caution 4: #22-Logano, 5th
    Caution 5: #39-Newman, 10th
    Caution 6: #20-Kenseth, 12th
    Caution 7: #2-Keselowski, 9th
    (4-13-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the NRA 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday April 13, 2013.
    Television (TV): FOX at 7:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 7:00 pm/et; green flag approx 7:46pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, April 17 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the NRA 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #18-Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #78-Busch took pit stall 14, the first pitstall in front of it.
    #43-Almirola, who starts 3rd took the 35th pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 7th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-12-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Testing 2 Speeds
    Testing 1 Speeds
    Entry List

  • 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.

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

  • See Jayski's - 2013 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

  • Kyle Busch wins Texas pole: #18-Kyle Busch won the pole for the NRA 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with speed of196.299mph, a new track record, for his 2nd pole of 2013 and 12th of his career. #78-Busch will start 2nd, followed by #43-Almirola, #9-Ambrose, #56-Truex, Jr., #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #48-Johnson, #24-Gordon, #99-Edwards, and #42-Montoya.
    Missing the race were: #95-Speed & #44-Riggs.
    See the starting lineup, pole progression, qualifying results, qualifying order, qualifying rules on the Texas Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(4-12-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Texas:
    Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 17th Annual NRA 500 with a track-record lap of 27.509 seconds, 196.299 mph.
    This is his 12th pole in 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and fifth top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in 16 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Kurt Busch (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2013 and his seventh in 21 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    This is the second time the Busch brothers have started 1-2. The first was at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2009.
    Aric Almirola (third) posted his first top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his first in seven races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-12-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the NRA 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, April 12, 2013 at 6:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 6:30pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network, 6:30pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 12:00am/et

  • Qualifying Order for the NRA 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #11-Vickers.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #93-Kvapil.
    Fastest in final Friday practice, #9-Ambrose, is scheduled to qualify 38th.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Texas Qualifying Page.(4-11-2013)

  • Final practice for the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #9-Ambrose 191.354
    #18-Busch 190.988
    #43-Almirola 190.503
    #78-Busch 190.476
    #56-Truex, Jr. 190.255
    slowest: #47-Labonte 181.555 & #87-Nemechek 179.892.
    #29-Harvick blew an engine and will have to start at the rear of the field Saturday night.
    notes: Qualifying is at 6:40pm/et this evening and will be broadcast on SPEED. There is no on-track activity tomorrow, other than the race.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the NRA 500 Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(4-12-2013)

  • Friday's first practice for the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #56-Truex, Jr. 192.143
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 192.123
    #48-Johnson 191.510
    #1-McMurray 191.347
    #29-Harvick 190.853
    slowest: #32-Hill 181.714 & #44-Riggs 181.488.
    notes: there will be two practice sessions today, followed by qualifying at 6:40pm/et
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the NRA 500 Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(4-12-2013)

  • Thursday's second test session at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #16-Biffle 192.864
    #78-Busch 192.369
    #18-Busch 191.639
    #29-Harvick 191.625
    #24-Gordon 191.442
    slowest: #98-McDowell 181.947 & #32-Hill 181.038. 43 drivers were on track.
    notes: there is no TV or online coverage of today's sessions.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the NRA 500 Test 2 Speeds page (pdf).(4-11-2013)

  • Thursday's first test session at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 120 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #78-Busch 191.225
    #16-Biffle 191.049
    #48-Johnson 190.255
    #55-Martin 189.860
    #9-Ambrose 189.773
    slowest: #35-Wise 182.531 & #32-Hill 181.886. 41 drivers were on track during the test.
    notes: there is no TV or online coverage of today's sessions.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the NRA 500 Test 1 Speeds page (pdf).(4-11-2013)

  • Teams get additional track time at Texas: With Saturday's race being the first night race of the season, speeds are expected to be much higher than the Gen-6 cars raced at in Las Vegas. Therefore, NASCAR has added additional on-track sessions for Cup teams. Tests are scheduled for 2:00-4:00pm/et and 4:30-6:00pm/et Thursday. There will be no TV coverage of the tests. Fans can watch the sessions for $10, with gates opening at 12:30pm/ct. A Nationwide Series practice session follows the Cup tests.(4-11-2013)

  • Entry List for the NRA 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #19-Mike Bliss, #21-Trevor Bayne, #30-David Stremme, #33-Landon Cassill, #44-Scott Riggs, #95-Scott Speed, #98-Michael McDowell, . #19-Bliss & 44-Riggs will have to get in by speed and be in the top 36 in speed as the teams are too far down the owners points list to use a provisional.
    UPDATE: Austin Dillon will be in the #51 for Phoenix Racing.(4-9-2013)
    See the full entry list on the Jayski's Texas Entry List page

  • For the 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Martinsville, race 6 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 231
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski, 225, -6
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 219, -12
    4) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 203, -28
    5) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 199, -32
    6) #16-Greg Biffle, 199, -32
    7) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 193, -38
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 179, -52
    9) #27-Paul Menard, 179, -52
    10) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 172, -59
    11) #22-Joey Logano, 167, -64
    12) #24-Jeff Gordon, 164, -67
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #29-Kevin Harvick, 14th in points
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 18th
    #14-Tony Stewart, 22nd
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 25th
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes 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:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? some teams do not report what chassis in the race previews, press releases or websites.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-849. Last Raced: New chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-847. Last Raced: Backup chassis from Fontana (not used)
    #5-Kasey Kahne: CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-779 for Saturday night's event at Texas. Most recently, Kahne lined up fourth in this car at the March 10 Las Vegas event, led a race-high 114 laps and crossed the finish line second.
    #7-Dave Blaney chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 team has prepared chassis No. 847 for Texas. The team built the chassis in the off-season.
    #10-Danica Patrick Chassis No. 10-723: This car debuted in May 2012 at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 40th and finished 30th in just her third Sprint Cup Series start. Patrick then tested the car in October at Kansas Speedway as part of the Sprint Cup Series open test prior to that weekend's Hollywood Casino 400. Chassis 10-723's next on-track activity came in November 2012 at Texas Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 32nd and finished 24th. Since the end of the 2012 season, it was updated to the sixth-generation (Gen-6) Chevrolet SS configuration.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis for the NRA 500 is 14-754. Basckup chassis No. 14-707: This car made its first start in May 2012 in the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. It was an unassuming debut, as Chassis No. 14-707 started ninth and finished a quiet 17th. The car sat idle until returning to action for the Labor Day weekend event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It won the pole and led eight laps early in the 327-lap race, but as day turned to night, the handling of the car deteriorated, leaving Tony Stewart one lap down in 22nd when the race ended. It has since been totally rebuilt with 2013 Chevrolet SS sheetmetal, and was most recently used for the open test March 7 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before serving as the No. 14 team's backup racecar for the remainder of the weekend. After Thursday's open test at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, it will serve as the backup racecar for the NRA 500.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis No. 764 is new. In 2012 backup chassis (No. 724) raced a fourth place finish at Bristol in March, fifth at Dover in June and finished seventh at Bristol in August. In 2013 it has tested at Charlotte in January and served as the backup at Las Vegas and California.
    #16-Greg Biffle: The primary chassis RK-849 is a brand new chassis. Biffle won this race a year ago with a new chassis. The backup chassis RK-809 is the same car that won at Texas a year ago. Since then it's finished fourth in the Coca-Cola 600, fourth in Michigan, 16th at Dover and finished up 2012 with a 10th-place finish at Texas in November.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK- 827  2012 No. 99 chassis -last ran at Homestead - finished 12th. Backup Chassis: RK-811 - 2012 No. 99 chassis
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #21-Trevor Bayne: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis:PRS-848. Last Raced: New chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-844. Last Raced: Backup chassis from Fontana (not used).
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 418 at Texas Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable this season.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 404 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the NRA 500. Harvick drove this Chevrolet twice during the 2012 season, earning a 16th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October and a ninth-place result at Texas Motor Speedway in November.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 416 this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet finished 17th at Auto Club Speedway in March after Burton started from the 22nd position.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Josh Wise chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-J.J. Yeley chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-748: Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-748 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth this weekend. This chassis debuted at Texas last November, when Newman was able to overcome his starting position of 36th and a loose right-front wheel that dropped him from the top-10 to 25th with just 110 laps remaining to record a 12th-place finish. Since then, Chassis No. 39-748 was outfitted with a new front clip and a Chevrolet SS body, and saw its first laps of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season last month at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. There, Newman overcame a late-race pit road speeding penalty to finish 10th, earning his third top-10 finish of the season.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The No. 43 team has prepared chassis No. 843 for Texas. The team built the chassis in the off-season.
    #47-Bobby Labonte chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 728, at Texas. Chassis No. 720 serves as the backup.
    #55-Mark Martin: Primary765. Backup720.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend at Texas, crew chief Steve Letarte will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-726. Earnhardt last raced this chassis to a seventh-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in November 2012.
    #99-Carl Edwards The No. 99 Fastenal Blue Team will unload RK-826 for the weekend, which last ran in Homestead 2012. Backup chassis: RK  831
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(3-11-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for Thursday, 5 sets for remaining practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 7 sets for the event

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,725, Right-side -- 1,725;
    Nationwide: Left-side  575, Right-side -- 575

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4418

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.2 in. (2,215 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 mm)

  • 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 -- 22 psi;
    Right Front -- 51 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series run the same tire codes at Texas this weekend . . . these teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4392) at Texas in both 2011 and 2012 . . . this right side tire code is new to teams in these two series, though it has been run by teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Texas for the past two seasons . . . compared to what Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams have run at this track recently, this right-side tire has a tougher compound for better wear . . . Goodyear held a test with the Gen-6 car at Texas on October 9-10, 2012 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were No. 16 Roush Fenway Ford with Greg Biffle, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Kyle Busch, No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Paul Menard and No. 42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Juan Pablo Montoya . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to 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.

Next Race: Hollywood Casino 400

Countdown to Race Time: 10/5/2014 ~2:16pm/et

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