NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: AAA Texas 500

TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #34 of 36 for the 2013 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
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Weather | Camping | Paint Schemes
Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, November 3, 2013 in Fort Worth, TX

Title Sponsor: AAA

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: ESPN - 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, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham

  • FoxSports1's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 1:00 pm/et with John Roberts, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty & Kenny Wallace; also at 11:00am/et on FoxSports2

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, November 4 at 1:00am/et on ESPN2

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
    TV Racer
    Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, October 31
6:00 pm NSCS Haulers Enter

Friday, November 1
6:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:30 am - 1:00 pm NSCS Practice
3:40 pm NSCS Qualifying
6:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes
7:30 pm NCWTS WinStar World Casino 350k

Saturday, November 2
8:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
10:00 - 10:55 am NSCS Practice
1:00 - 1:50 pm NSCS Final Practice
2:30 pm NNS O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge
5:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, November 3
8:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
12:00 pm NSCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
1:30 pm NSCS Driver Introductions
2:00 pm NSCS AAA Texas 500

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
ALL TIMES ARE LISTED IN THIS SECTION ARE IN LOCAL / CENTRAL TIME ZONE


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, November 1, 12:30 - 2:00 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, November 2, 11:00 - 11:55 am/et, TV-FS2

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, November 2, 2:00 - 2:50pm/et, TV-FS2

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, November 1 at 4:40 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $7,039,782
2012: $6,969,209
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: Administrator of National Highway Traffic Safety Adm, David Strickland
    Command to start engines: David Strickland
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Dr. Roger Marsh, Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: TCU Marching Band
    Flyover: Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison Airport, Dallas, TX

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

  • April 2013: see my Texas Race Info page

  • November 2012: see my Texas Race Info page

  • April 2013 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 144.751mph, started 1st

  • 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 2013 Pole Sitter: #18-Kyle Busch, 196.299mph, finished 1st

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

  • Track Pole Record: #18-Kyle Busch, 196.299, 4/12/2013

  • 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 Facts and Notes - Friday:
    • Jeremy Mayfield was the first Coors Light pole winner, in 1998 with a speed of 185.906 mph. The inaugural Coors Light pole at Texas Motor Speedway in 1997 was cancelled due to weather conditions.
    • 18 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).
    • 17 different drivers have won at Texas Motor Speedway, led by Carl Edwards with 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 and Joe Gibbs Racing with four each.
    • Three of the 25 (12%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole; Kasey Kahne (2006), Jimmie Johnson (2012) and Kyle Busch (2013).
    • The third-place starting position is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Texas Motor Speedway producing more wins than any other starting position in the field (four).
    • Six of the 25 (24%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the front row: three from the pole and three from second place.
    • 19 of the 25 (76%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    • Four of the 25 (16%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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 is 31st, by Matt Kenseth in 2002.(NASCAR)(11-1-2013)

  • Texas Facts and Notes - Thursday:
    • Kevin Harvick has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway without posting a DNF (21).
    • Jeff Burton (4/6/1997) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (4/2/2000) won their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career race at Texas Motor Speedway.
    • David Ragan (4/09/2011) and Martin Truex Jr. (11/4/2007) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Texas Motor Speedway.
    • 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski (11/2/2008) and Trevor Bayne (11/7/2010) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup 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).
    • 10 of the 15 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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 15 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    • Only three of the 15 winning drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Texas Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (16) Kyle Busch (15) and Kurt Busch (13).(NASCAR)(10-31-2013)

  • Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup: Texas Motor Speedway:
    • This season will be Texas Motor Speedway's ninth event in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup since the playoff's inception in 2004. Texas did not participate in the 2004 Chase. Texas has been the eighth race of the Chase all eight previous seasons.
    • The winner of the Texas Motor Speedway Chase race has gone on to win the championship twice: Jimmie Johnson (2007) and Tony Stewart (2011).
    • Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart are all tied for the series' most Chase race wins at Texas with two each.
    • The worst finish by the eventual series champion at Texas Motor Speedway is 38th, by Jimmie Johnson in 2009. Johnson was in the Chase standings lead following the 2009 Texas Chase race.
    • Chase Contenders have won seven of the eight previous Chase races at Texas Motor Speedway. The only non-Chase contender to win a Texas Chase race was Tony Stewart in 2006.
    • Three of the 2013 Chase Contenders are former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase race winners at Texas Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (two), Carl Edwards (two) and Kurt Busch (one).
    • The average finish by the eventual series champion at Texas Motor Speedway is 9.25.
    • Chevrolet leads the series in Chase wins at Texas with four; followed by Ford with two. Toyota and Dodge each have one Chase race win at Texas.(NASCAR) (10-30-2013)

  • Texas Facts and Notes - Wednesday:
    • 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 and Jimmie Johnson are tied for the series lead in top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 15 each; followed by Mark Martin with 13.
    • Jimmie Johnson leads active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 8.750. 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 (8.500) and Jimmie Johnson (9.100).
    • 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.(NASCAR)(10-30-2013)

  • Top 13 Driver Rating at Texas
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth...............106.5
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson.............103.8
    3) #16-Greg Biffle................102.7
    4) #18-Kyle Busch.................101.5
    5) #14-Tony Stewart................99.1
    6) #99-Carl Edwards................98.1
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin................93.3
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr...........92.6
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon.................92.3
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer...............92.0
    11) #56-Martin Truex Jr............89.0
    12) #78-Kurt Busch.................89.0
    13) #15-Mark Martin................87.8
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 total) among active drivers at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)(10-29-2013)

  • Texas Facts and Notes - Tuesday:
    • 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 Series 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.
    • Texas Motor Speedway hosted its first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on November 6, 2005  won by Carl Edwards.
    • There have been 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one NSCS event from 1997 - 2004 and two races per year since 2005.
    • 132 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas; 106 in more than one.
    • Four drivers have made all 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway  Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Jeff Burton and Mark Martin.
    • Bobby Labonte leads the series with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Texas Motor Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 25.
    • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway was the April 4, 2004 race won by Elliott Sadler with a MOV of 0.028 second.
    • Two female drivers have made NSCS starts at Texas Motor Speedway: Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick.
    • 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 Series in laps led at Texas Motor Speedway with 772 laps led in 22 starts.
    • One NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has won at Texas Motor Speedway in two different manufacturers: Jeff Burton (1997  Ford; 2007  Chevrolet)(NASCAR)(10-29-2013)

  • 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

  • Johnson dominates Texas: #48-Jimme Johnson won the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for his 6th win of 2013, his 3rd at Texas and 66th career win. Johnson led the most laps with 255. Johnson took the lead of the Chase, leading #20-Matt Kenseth by 7 points.
    #88-Earnhardt Jr finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #20-Ksenth, #5-Kahne, #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #29-Harvick, #39-Newman and #15-Bowyer.
    Pole winner, #99-Edwards lost an engine midway and finished 37th. #24-Gordon, who came into Texas down 27 points, hit the wall early in the race and finished 38th after returning to the track to pick up a few spots and points. Gordon drops to 6th in points, down 69 points and out of the championship hunt.
    #30-Parker Kligerman, making his Sprint Cup Series debut, finished 18th. There were 28 lead changes among 10 drivers and only 5 cautions for 26 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 151.754mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Texas Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Texas Penalty Report (pdf).(11-3-2013)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Texas Race & Points Report (pdf)

  • Where did the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finish at Texas:
    [listed by driver points position before the race (start pos)]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, 4th (6th)
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, WON (3rd)
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 38th (8th)
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick, 8th (19th)
    5) #18-Kyle Busch, 13th (5th)
    6) #15-Clint Bowyer, 10th (26th)
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2nd (7th)
    8) #16-Greg Biffle, 12th (18th)
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 17th (31st)
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 37th (1st)
    11) #39-Ryan Newman, 9th (13th)
    12) #22-Joey Logano, 3rd (12th)
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 5th (11th)
    (11-3-2013)

  • Race Fast Facts - Texas:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson won the 9th Annual AAA Texas 500, his 66th victory in 433 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    Johnson led 255 laps, the second-highest figure in Texas history (Tony Stewart, 278 on Nov. 5, 2006).
    This is his 24th victory in Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup history.
    This is his sixth victory and 22nd top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his third victory and 16th top-10 finish in 21 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 23 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 20th top-10 finish in 2013.
    #22-Joey Logano (third) posted his third top-10 finish in 11 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 7 points over #20-Matt Kenseth.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(11-3-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Texas, race 34 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 2342
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2335, -7
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 2302, -40
    4) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2290, -52
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2280, -62
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 2273, -69
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2273, -69
    8) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2269, -73
    9) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2251, -91
    10) #78-Kurt Busch, 2246, -96
    11) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2226, -116
    12) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2224, -118
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2209, -133
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Texas Race & Points Report (pdf)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Texas, race 34 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [6 wins], 1171
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 1127, -44
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [3 wins], 1124, -47
    4) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 1089, -82
    5) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 1062, -109
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 1061, -110
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 1052, -119
    8) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 1025, -146
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon(X) [1 win], 1023, -148
    10) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 1008, -163
    11) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 999, -172
    12) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 968, -207
    13) #1-Jamie McMurray [1 win], 966, -205
    14) #39-Ryan Newman(X)[1 win], 965, -206
    15) #5-Kasey Kahne(X) [2 wins], 948, -223
    (X) = a Chase driver.
    (11-3-2013)

  • Pole sitter Edwards car suffers engine failure at Texas: #99-Carl Edwards, who won the pole for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, suffered engine failure at Texas, he comment:
    Q) WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE ENGINE?
    Edwards: I think a valve spring broke and now they cant get the spark plug out or anything so it beat up that cylinder pretty bad. We dont usually have a lot of engine trouble. Doug Yates and the guys at Roush Yates Engines build great engines. I feel bad for everyone at Aflac. We had such a great weekend going. The car, during the middle part of the race we were struggling but we were starting to get it worked out. Aflac has coverage for just about everything but I dont think they cover sick engines which is too bad. We will just go on to Phoenix and hopefully get another win there and go to Homestead. We gotta get in the top-10 so we can go to Vegas one way or another.(Ford Racing)(11-3-2013)

  • Jeff Gordon quotes about Texas accident: #24-Jeff Gordon talks about the on-track incident that sent his car to the garage for repairs at Texas on lap 75:
    Q) ON WHAT HAPPENED?
    Gordon: "I just know that the left front went down as I was going down the front straightaway. I felt it before I got there, and I just couldn't get it slowed down enough. I don't know; the wind was so strong that the car was doing funky things down the straightaways. I don't know if that was a slow leak, or if it just went all of a sudden. Our car just didn't take off very good, but boy was it strong on the long runs. We just needed to get some better track position; get on the inside on those restarts, and we actually had a really, really good race car. But, unfortunate. This is definitely going to hurt. We just get what we can out of this day and go on to Phoenix."
    Q) DID YOU HAVE ANY WARNING WHATSOEVER?
    Gordon: "It is hard to say. I drove around to come in the garage area, and sometimes that will do that. It didn't give me enough of a warning, that is for sure. I was going down the front straightaway and I felt the car move around a little bit. That was odd. But, the wind was buffeting and blowing so strong, the cars are moving around anyway. Just before I got to turn one, I felt it go down. I did everything I could to slow it down. I even had time to come on the radio and say 'Ut oh'. Well, I might have not said that, I said something else. I knew I was going to hit the wall. It is so unfortunate. This Drive to End Hunger No. 24 team has done such an amazing job. I am so proud of them to get us where we are. You just can't have things like this happen if you are going to make a run at a championship or battle with those guys. We had a great race car. We just didn't take off good on the restarts, but once we got going by eight to 10 laps into it, boy were we really strong."(Team Chevy)(11-3-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver a lap down
    Caution 2: #38-Gilliland, 26th
    Caution 3: #83-Reutimann, 28th
    Caution 4: #27-Menard, 15th
    Caution 5: #27-Menard(2), 15th
    (11-3-2013)


    ESPN.com's Racecast - Live Coverage and Chat
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    Watch the race LIVE online at WatchESPN
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    Fantasy NASCAR Chat with Mark Garrow / the Guru at 12:00pm/et on Sunday
    Ask in-race reporter #2-Brad Keselowski


  • Race Coverage of the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, November 3, 2013.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 3:00 pm/et; 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-Air: ESPN2, Monday, November 4 at 1:00am/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #99-Edwards chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #2-Keselowski took pit stall 14, with an opening in front of it.
    #48-Johnson, who starts 3rd, took the 43rd and final pit stall.
    #20-Kesenth, who starts 6th, too the 34th pit stall, with an opening behind it.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(11-2-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    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 and practice speeds 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 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #20-Kenseth 189.434
    #2-Keselowski 189.434
    #27-Menard 189.175
    #18-Busch 188.930
    #56-Truex, Jr. 188.818
    slowest: #36-Yeley 180.044 & #7-Blaney 179.838.
    No speed listed: #87-Nemechek.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Texas Practice 3 Speeds page (pdf).(11-2-2013)

  • First Saturday practice for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #15-Bowyer 188.422
    #18-Busch 188.350
    #2-Keselowski 188.107
    #56-Truex, Jr. 187.878
    #16-Biffle 187.859
    slowest: #7-Blaney 180.204 & #32-Hill 179.922. No speed: #98-McDowell & #35-Wise.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Texas Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(11-2-2013)

  • Edwards wins Texas pole: #99-Carl Edwards won the pole for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with speed of 196.114mph for his 2nd pole of 2013 and 13th of his career.
    #2-Keselowski is on the outside pole, followed by #48-Johnson, #27-Menard, #18-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #24-Gordon, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., and #9-Ambrose.
    With only 43 cars at the track, everyone made the race.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results, qualifying order, pole progression on the Texas Starting Lineup - Qualifying Page.(11-1-2013)

  • Starting positions for the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers at Texas:
    [listed by driver points position before the race]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, 6th
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3rd
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 8th
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick, 19th
    5) #18-Kyle Busch, 5th
    6) #15-Clint Bowyer, 26th
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 7th
    8) #16-Greg Biffle, 18th
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 31st
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 1st
    11) #39-Ryan Newman, 13th
    12) #22-Joey Logano, 12th
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 11th
    (11-1-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Texas:
    Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 9th Annual AAA Texas 500 with a lap of 27.535 seconds, 196.114 mph.
    This is his 13th pole in 335 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and 18th top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in 18 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Brad Keselowski (second) posted his 15th top-10 start of 2013 and his fourth in 11 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 14th top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 21st in 34 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-1-2013)

  • Friday practice for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #56-Truex, Jr. 195.298
    #48-Johnson 194.791
    #99-Edwards 193.840
    #17-Stenhouse, Jr. 193.791
    #18-Busch 193.673
    slowest: #87-Nemechek 183.362 & #7-Blaney 180.409.
    notes: Qualifying is scheduled for this afternoon at 4:40pm/et and will be shown on ESPN2.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Texas Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(11-1-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 1, 2013 at 4:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 4:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network(PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #22-Logano.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #9-Ambrose.
    Fastest in Friday practice, #56-Truex, Jr., is scheduled to qualify 21st.
    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.(11-1-2013)

  • Entry List for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #21-Bayne, #30-Kligerman, #32-Hill, #33-Dillon, #47-Labonte, #51-Larson. Since only 43 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Texas Entry List

  • For the 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 Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Martinsville, race 33 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2294
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2294
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 2267, -27
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 2266, -28
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2258, -36
    6) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2239, -55
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2238, -56
    8) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2236, -58
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 2219, -75
    10) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2218, -76
    11) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2209, -85
    12) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2188, -106
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2170, -124
    See unofficial drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the unofficial owner points standings on the Unofficial 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-861. Last Raced: Atlanta (finished 35th). Backup Chassis: PRS-854. Last Raced: Backup at several races.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-809 for Sunday's race at Texas. Kahne has driven this chassis three times this season and averaged a finish of 7.3. Notably, Kahne recorded a third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and a seventh-place result at Michigan International Speedway in August. Most recently, he qualified fourth and finished 12th driving this chassis at Chicagoland Speedway in September.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 team will bring chassis No. 842 to Texas. The team last ran the chassis at Chicagoland Speedway where they brought home a 15th-place finish.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-805: Chassis No. 10-805 was used for the first time in July at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 33rd and finished 30th. It was then used in September at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., where Patrick started 23rd and finished 20th. The last time Chassis 10-805 was in action was Oct. 12 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 35th and finished 20th
    #14-Mark Martin: Chassis No. 14-827: This is a brand-new racecar that has never turned a wheel on the racetrack, but it has been wind-tunnel tested numerous times.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis No. 777 raced at Indianapolis, Atlanta, Dover and Charlotte.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-817 Last ran Michigan  finished 1st. Backup Chassis: RK-859 Last ran Indy  finished 24th
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK- 860  last ran at Chicago - finished 8th. 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-853. Last Raced: Richmond (finished 22nd). Backup Chassis: PRS-842. Last Raced: Bristol (finished 5th).
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot chassis No. 427 at Texas Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Kansas Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Pocono Raceway. It was also utilized in a two-day test session at Texas last week.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 431 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the AAA Texas 500. Harvick drove this RCR-prepared machine to Victory Lane at Kansas Speedway and to a sixth-place result at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 372 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized four times this season at Bristol Motor Speedway in March, Kentucky Speedway in June, Michigan International Speedway in August and Atlanta Motor Speedway in September.
    #33-Austin Dillon: will pilot chassis No. 418 in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Dillon drove this Chevrolet SS to a 19th-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September, a 26th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and an 11th-place finish at Michigan International Speedway in June. This former No. 27 entry was also driven by teammate Paul Menard to a 13th-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and a 17th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-727 debuted at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May 2012, when Newman finished 14th. The chassis made its last start of the 2012 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where Ryan Newman and the No. 39 team recorded a third-place finish. Chassis No. 39-727 was outfitted with a Chevrolet SS body over the winter and was raced again at Charlotte, this time in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, where Newman finished 13th. Then, the No. 39 team utilized Chassis 39-727 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in August, where Newman was in position for a top-10 finish until he was caught up in a multi-car incident on lap 448, resulting in heavy damage that would see Newman finish the race 21st. Chassis 39-727 underwent repairs and visited the wind tunnel in August in preparation for the 500-mile race at Charlotte in October, where Newman led twice for two laps en route to recording an eighth-place finish.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The No. 43 team has prepared chassis No. 843. The team brought this chassis to Texas earlier this year and brought home a seventh-place finish.
    #47-Bobby Labonte: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Johnson will drive a chassis No. 797 at Texas. Chassis No. 824 serves as the backup.
    #55-Elliott Sadler: 783 battled for the lead with Vickers behind the wheel before mechanical issues ended the race early at Chicagoland Speedway.
    #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. 88-716. Earnhardt has raced this chassis five times this year: Auto Club Speedway in March, Kansas Speedway in April, the All-Star Race in May and Michigan International Speedway in June and August.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK- 831 Last ran at October Texas test. RK  861 Last ran at Kansas.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(10-31-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup and Nationwide);
    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Camping World Truck)

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 7 sets for the event;
    Camping World Truck: 6 sets for the event

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,275, Right-side -- 1,375;
    Nationwide: Left-side  575, Right-side -- 575;
    Camping World Truck: Left-side -- 375, Right-side -- 375

  • 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 all three NASCAR series in action at Texas this week will run the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that all of these teams ran at Texas earlier this season -- Sprint Cup and Nationwide in April and Camping Wold Truck in June . . . Truck teams have run this same tire set-up at Texas since 2011 . . . in the Cup and Nationwide Series, they have run this left-side tire code (D-4392) at Texas since 2011, though it was just paired with this right-side tire code (D-4418) this season . . . while this right-side code is unique to Texas, this left-side code is also run by NASCAR teams at Chicagoland (all three series), Darlington (Sprint Cup and Nationwide) and Homestead (all three series) in 2013 . . . 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.


Race / Cup Odds

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Next Race: AAA Texas 500

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