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 2016 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #8 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Race: Sunday, November 6, 2016 in Ft. Worth, TX

Title Sponsor: AAA

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race: NBC - 1:30 pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: NBC, 2:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast

  • Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood

  • Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:30am/et on FoxSports1

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: (NASCAR 120)
    Monday, November 7 at 7:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski.com's TV Listings Page

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, November 3
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, November 4
8:30 AM-7:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM-12:55 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
5:45 PM (6:45 PM/ET) NSCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Saturday, November 5
7:30 AM-4:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
9:30 AM-10:25 AM NSCS 2ND PRACTICE
12:30 PM-1:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, November 6
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:20 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM (2:00 PM/ET) NSCS RACE (334 LAPS, 501 MILES)

NSCS = NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

  • Texas Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, November 6th: (eastern time)
    12:00pm: Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
    1:05pm: Driver introductions
    1:48pm: Presentation of Colors: 2nd Battalion 354th Regiment 95th Division, Grand Prairie, Texas
    1:48pm: Invocation by: Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries Chaplain; Dr. Roger Marsh
    1:49pm: National Anthem by US Army 1st Cavalry Division Band
    1:56pm: "Drivers, start your engines" by actor Dennis Quaid
    2:04pm: Green Flag, AAA Texas 500 (334 laps / 501 miles) @NBCSN @PRNlive @SiriusXMNASCAR eastern time (NASCAR.com)

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, November 4, 12:30pm - 1:55pm/et, TV-NBCSN
    Saturday, November 5, 10:30 - 11:25am/et, TV-CNBC

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, November 5, 1:30 - 2:20pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, November 4 at 6:45 pm/et, TV-NBC Sports AP (No live national TV. Coverage on select regional sports networks, including CSN Bay Area and CSN Mid Atlantic.), re-air scheduled 10:30pm/et on NBCSN.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

no longer being reported

TRACK NEWS & LINKS

  • 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
    Total Permanent Seating: 128,655
    Total Estimated Capacity: 181,655
    Pit Road: 45 pit stalls for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Opened: 1997

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Actor Dennis Quaid
    Command to start engines: Wendy Sabin, AAA Texas
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister
    Color Guard: 2nd Battalion 354th Regiment 95th Division, Grand Prairie, Texas
    Invocation: Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries Chaplain; Dr. Roger Marsh
    National Anthem: US Army 1st Cavalry Division Band
    Flyover: F-4 Phantoms

  • April 2016: see the Texas Race Info page

  • November 2015: see the Texas Race Info page

  • April 2016 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 138.355mph, started 15th

  • November 2015 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 137.490mph, started 8th

  • 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: Joey Logano, 23 years, 10 months, and 13 days, 4/7/2014

  • April 2016 Pole Winner: #19- Carl Edwards, 194.609mph, finished 7th

  • November 2015 Pole Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 196.929mph, finished 2nd

  • Track Qualifying Record: #14-Tony Stewart, 200.111, 10/31/2014 (2nd round qualifying)

  • 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

  • Who's Hot and Who's Not - Texas Edition:
    HOT
    " Jimmie Johnson: won 3 of last 4 Texas races (won last 2 Chase races); 6 wins at Texas are 3 more than any other driver
    " Kyle Busch: 2 wins, 6 finishes of 4th or better in last 7 Texas races (won earlier this year)
    " Kevin Harvick: finished 2nd and 3rd in Texas Chase race in last 2 seasons
    " Joey Logano: top-5 finishes in 5 of 7 Texas races since joining Team Penske
    " Brad Keselowski: 6 top 10s in last 8 Texas races (none in first 8 career starts at track)
    NOT
    " Matt Kenseth: 19.7 Avg finish, 0 top 10s in last 3 Texas races (5.9 Avg finish, 13 top 10s in previous 15 Texas races)
    " Denny Hamlin: no finish better than 7th, 15.8 Avg finish in his last 10 Texas races
    " Kurt Busch: has not had top-5 finish at Texas in his last 12 races there (last was in April 2010)
    (ESPN Stats & Info)

  • Texas Track Notes & History:
    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.
    (NASCAR)

  • Texas Pole Notes & Facts:
    Jeremy Mayfield was the first Coors Light pole winner (1998) at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 185.906 mph. The inaugural Coors Light pole at Texas Motor Speedway in 1997 was cancelled due to weather conditions.
    22 drivers have Coors Light poles at Texas, led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Carl Edwards 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).
    David Ragan (4/09/2011) and Martin Truex Jr. (11/04/2007) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Three of the 31 (9.6%) 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).
    Six of the 31 (19.3%) 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.
    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 (six) - most recent: Jimmie Johnson (fall of 2014).
    24 of the 31 (77.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Four of the 31 (12.9%) 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.
    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 the spring race of 2007. The actual race has never been rain shortened, but was postponed to Monday in 2014 due to weather.
    (NASCAR)

  • Texas Driver Notes & Facts:
    151 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas; 120 in more than one.
    Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in starts at Texas Motor Speedway with 30. Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart lead all active drivers with 27 Texas starts each.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 8.500.
    Johnson is the only active driver that has made more than one start at Texas with an average starting position inside the top 10.
    Six drivers have made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career start at Texas Motor Speedway: Adam Petty (2000), Jay Sauter (2002), Brad Keselowski (2008), Trevor Bayne (2010), David Starr (2011) and Parker Kligerman (2013).
    18 different drivers have won at Texas Motor Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with six victories; including five of the last eight races.
    Eight drivers have multiple wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (six), Carl Edwards (three), Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart each have two.
    One NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has won at Texas Motor Speedway in two different manufacturers: Jeff Burton (1997 - Ford; 2007 - Chevrolet)
    Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (2014 Chase race and 2015 sweep), Carl Edwards (2008 sweep) and Denny Hamlin (2010 sweep).
    Jeff Burton (4/06/1997) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (4/02/2000) won their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career race at Texas Motor Speedway.
    11 of the 12 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. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Texas in his first appearance; Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman won in their second appearance at TMS.
    Only two of the 12 active winning drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Texas Motor Speedway: Kyle Busch (15) and Kurt Busch (13).
    Kevin Harvick leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 27.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the series in runner-up finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with five; followed by Matt Kenseth with four.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-five finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 14; followed by Matt Kenseth (13) and Kyle Busch with 10.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 20; followed by Matt Kenseth (17).
    Two active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish inside the top 10 at Texas: Jimmie Johnson (8.269) and Matt Kenseth (9.519).
    Casey Mears has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway without posting a DNF (24).
    Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Laps Led at Texas Motor Speedway with 1,023 laps led in 26 starts.
    Two female drivers have made NSCS starts at Texas Motor Speedway: Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick
    (NASCAR)

  • Texas Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one NSCS event from 1997 - 2004 and two races per year since 2005.
    Roush Fenway Racing leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in wins at Texas Motor Speedway with nine; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with eight and Joe Gibbs Racing has five.
    Four different manufacturers have won a NSCS race at Texas, led by Ford and Chevrolet (12 each); followed by Toyota (four) and Dodge (three).
    There have been five NSCS finishes at Texas Motor Speedway that have gone to overtime.
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway is the (4/4/2004) race won by Elliott Sadler with a MOV of 0.028 over second-place Kasey Kahne.
    (NASCAR)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Texas:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson............... 107.8
    #20-Matt Kenseth............... 104.9
    #18-Kyle Busch............... 102.9
    #19-Carl Edwards............... 97.6
    #16-Greg Biffle............... 96.4
    #24-Chase Elliott............... 94.9
    #14-Tony Stewart............... 94.3
    #88-Jeff Gordon............... 93.5
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr............... 93.2
    #78-Martin Truex Jr ............... 91.7
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (23 total) among active drivers at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Texas warnings/fines announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2016.
    Todd Gordon, the crew chief for #22-Joey Logano, was fined $10,000 for lug nut(s) not properly installed after the race.
    #4-Harvick(2), #14-Stewart(3), #19-Edwards(1), #78-Truex Jr.(1), failed template inspection three times, pre-qualifying, written warning and loss of 15 minutes practice time.
    #47-Allmendinger (2) Failed LIS three times, pre-qualifying, written warning and loss of 15 minutes practice time
    #3-Dillon(3), #23-Ragan(3), failed LIS twice, pre-race, written warning.
    #3-Dillon(3), #16-Biffle(0 - served in Texas), failed LIS twice, pre-qualifying, written warning.
    #6-Bayne(0; penalty served in Texas), #11-Hamlin(0; penalty served in Texas), #18-Busch(2), #20-Kenseth(1), #41-Busch(1), #83-DiBenedetto(2), failed template inspection twice, pre-qualifying, written warning.
    () -- total current warnings.
    See the Texas Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(11-9-2016)

  • Edwards wins at Texas: #19-Carl Edwards won the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 4th win at Texas and 28th career win. Edwards took the lead under pit stops on lap 258 and lead the final 36 laps. The race was called at 11:13pm/et with 293 laps complete after of rain hit the track and NASCAR determined it would at least 2 hours to dry the track.
    #22-Logano finished 2nd, followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #24-Elliott, #18-Busch, #4-Harvick, #20-Kenseth, #5-Kahne, #11-Hamlin, and #31-Newman.
    Pole sitter #3-Dillon ran near the front for much of the race but spun late, then made contact with the outside wall a short time later. He had to go to the garage and finished 37th.
    The start of the race was delayed by nearly 6 hours. It rained just before engines were scheduled to be fired at 2:04pm/et. Cooler temperatures and moisture required an extended amount of time to dry the track. Engines were fired at 7:13pm/et and the race finally started under green/yellow conditions at 7:56pm/et. Six laps were run until the green flag was shown.
    The only Chase drivers that did not finish on the lead lap was #41-Busch. he finished 20th.
    There were 12 lead changes among 8 drivers and 8 cautions for 37 yellow flag laps.
    Average race speed: 134.541mph
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Texas Race & Points Report (pdf).(11-6-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Texas Motor Speedway:
    Carl Edwards won the 12th Annual AAA Texas 500, his 28th victory in 443 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    With the victory, Edwards clinches a spot in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, joining Jimmie Johnson.
    This is his third victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his fourth victory and 13th top-10 finish in 24 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    With the victory, Edwards moves into a tie with Kurt Busch and NASCAR Hall of Famer Rex White for 26th on the all-time series wins list.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 17 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 24th top-10 finish in 2016.
    Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 23 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Chase Elliott (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(11-6-2016)

  • Finishing positions of the 2016 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers at Texas:
    (by Chase standings before the race)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 11th
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin, 9th
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth, 7th
    4) #18-Kyle Busch, 5th
    5) #22-Joey Logano, 2nd
    6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 6th
    7) #41-Kurt Busch, 20th
    8) #19-Carl Edwards, WON
    (11-6-2016)

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Round of 8:
    [after Texas, race 34 of 36, Chase race 8 of 10]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson*,[4 wins], 4074 (won Martinsville)
    2) #19-Carl Edwards,[3 wins], 4049 (won Texas)
    3) #22-Joey Logano,[2 wins], 4074, +1 ahead of 5th
    4) #18-Kyle Busch,[4 wins], 4074, +1
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth,[2 wins], 4073, -1 behind 4th
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin,[3 wins], 4072, -2
    7) #4-Kevin Harvick,[4 wins] 4056, -18
    8) #41-Kurt Busch,[1 win], 4040, -34
    * will advance to the Championship Round by winning a Round of 8 race
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Texas Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Unofficial Top 25 in 2016 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
    [after Texas, race 34 of 36]
    (using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick (C7), 1083
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski (EC), 1056, -27
    3) #22-Joey Logano (C3), 1051, -32
    4) #18-Kyle Busch (C4), 1030, -53
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin (C6), 1017, -66
    6) #41-Kurt Busch (C8), 991, -92
    7) #78-Martin Truex Jr. (EC), 985, -98
    8) #19-Carl Edwards (C2), 975, -108
    9) #48-Jimmie Johnson (C1), 959, -124
    10) #20-Matt Kenseth (C5), 942, -141
    11) #24-Chase Elliott (EC), 904, -179
    12) #3-Austin Dillon (EC), 871, -212
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 866, -217
    14) #42-Kyle Larson (EC), 852, -231
    15) #31-Ryan Newman, 850, -233
    16) #1-Jamie McMurray (EC), 841, -242
    17) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 773, -310
    18) #21-Ryan Blaney, 764, -319
    19) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 743, -340
    20) #6-Trevor Bayne, 728, -355
    21) #10-Danica Patrick, 655, -428
    22) #16-Greg Biffle, 642, -441
    23) #27-Paul Menard, 620, -463
    24) #43-Aric Almirola, 618, -465
    25) #14-Tony Stewart (EC), 597, -486
    27) #34-Chris Buescher (EC), 515, -568
    (C# = chase driver and current Chase position)
    (EC = chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
    (11-6-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: None. Race started under green-yellow.
    Caution 2: #55-Sorenson, 35th
    Caution 3: #27-Menard, 28th
    Caution 4: #47-Allmendinger, 17th
    Caution 5: #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 16th
    Caution 6: #31-Newman, 31st
    Caution 7: #41-Busch, 20th
    Caution 8: #47-Allmendinger (2), 17th
    (11-6-2016)

  • Weather could be an issue at Texas: The National Weather Service forecast for Texas Motor Speedway today is: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 72. East southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
    Tonight: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a low around 61. East southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
    NASCAR_WXMAN on Twitter says, "Still keeping with racing odds of 70% today with possible delays of rain/storms... Lot of "Nowcasting" this afternoon but think we can race"
    See more weather links on the Texas race page - weather links section.(11-6-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, November 6, 2016.
    Television (TV): NBC at 2:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 1:30 pm/et; green flag approx. 2:16pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, November 7 at 7:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway have been made.
    With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (23, 26, 43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
    Pole sitter #3-Dillon chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took pit stall 2, the next stall behind Dillon.
    #4-Harvick, who starts 3rd took pit stall 14, with an opening in front of it.
    The final pit stall was taken by #2-Keselowski, who starts 4th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Pit Stop Times
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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

  • Happy Hour (final) practice of the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 50 minutes, the top-five, slowest & notes:
    #2-Keselowski 190.685
    #78-Truex Jr. 189.787
    #18-Busch 189.753
    #22-Logano 189.707
    #24-Elliott 189.447
    slowest: #32-Gase 174.995 & #30-Wise 174.548. No speed: #55-Sorenson
    best 10 consecutive lap ave (of 34 drivers): #78-Truex, Jr. 184.413mph
    See fastest speeds, laps run and best 10 consecutive lap aves on the Texas Final Practice speeds page (pdf).(11-5-2016)

  • First Saturday practice of the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest & notes:
    #21-Blaney 188.515
    #47-Allmendinger 188.508
    #17-Stenhouse Jr. 187.846
    #13-Mears 187.826
    #27-Menard 187.572
    slowest: #30-Wise 169.19 & #32-Gase 174.267
    best 10 consecutive lap ave: #19-Edwards, 183.137mph
    TV coverage was on CNBC.
    Happy Hour (final) practice is scheduled for 1:30pm/et TV-NBCSN.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and best 10 consecutive lap aves (26 drivers) on the Texas Practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(11-5-2016)

  • Austin Dillon wins Texas pole: #3-Austin Dillon won the Coors Light pole for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with speed of 192.301mph for his 2nd pole of 2016, 1st at Texas and 3rd of his career.
    #22-Logano will start 2nd, followed by #4-Harvick, #2-Keselowski, #42-Larson, #27-Menard, #20-Kenseth, #21-Blaney, #19-Edwards, #41-Busch, #24-Elliott, and #78-Treux, Jr.
    #4-Harvick was fastest in the 2nd round with a speed of 194.063mph and will start 3rd.
    #22-Logano was fastest in the first round at 194.266mph. He starts 2nd.
    Did not qualify: None. 40 teams were entered.
    See round-by-round qualifying results on the Texas qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Texas Starting Lineup page (pdf).(11-4-2016)

  • Where the 2016 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers will start at Texas:
    [listed by driver points position]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 19th
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin, 17th
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth, 7th
    4) #18-Kyle Busch, 24th
    5) #22-Joey Logano, 2nd
    6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 3rd
    7) #41-Kurt Busch, 10th
    8) #19-Carl Edwards, 9th
    (11-4-2016)

  • Texas Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
    Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 12th Annual AAA Texas 500 with a lap of 28.081 seconds, 192.301 mph.
    This is his third pole in 119 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and 10th top-10 start in 2016. His first of the season came at Auto Club Speedway.
    This is his first pole in eight races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his 25th top-10 start of 2016 and his ninth in 17 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 18th in 34 races this season.
    Ryan Blaney (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(11-4-2016)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #4-Harvick 194.063
    #19-Edwards 193.938
    #3-Dillon 193.002
    #22-Logano 192.981
    #27-Menard 192.719
    the rest of the top 12: 24 78 41 21 20 2 42;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 13 47 1 88 11 31 48 17 43 10 14 18
    (11-4-2016)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #22-Logano 194.266
    #18-Busch 194.056
    #4-Harvick 193.861
    #24-Elliott 193.805
    #78-Truex, Jr. 193.264
    the rest of the top 24: 42 11 3 19 41 27 31 21 47 20 48 14 2 13 42 88 10 1 17;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 16 6 15 95 44 34 5 7 83 38 93 23 46 55 32 30.
    Drivers who will miss the race: None, only 40 teams entered.
    (11-4-2016)

  • Friday practice for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 85 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #4-Harvick 196.685
    #19-Edwards 196.278
    #20-Kenseth 195.929
    #22-Logano 195.574
    #21-Blaney 195.397
    Best 10 consecutive lap ave (of 2 drivers): #24-Elliott 181.325.
    slowest: #55-Sorenson 181.592 & #30-Wise 176.292. 37 drivers have been on track.
    most laps run: #24-Elliott 30 laps.
    Notes: #18-Busch hit the wall on his first lap out on track. The team will have to go to a backup car.
    Qualifying is scheduled for 6:45pm/et. There will be no live TV coverage. NBC will stream it online and on the NBC Sports app. There will be tape delayed coverage on NCBSN at 10:30pm/et.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and best 10 consecutive lap avg on the Texas Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(11-4-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 4, 2016 at 6:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBC Sports App (no live TV), 6:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 10:30pm/et on NBCSN

  • Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
    " Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
    " Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
    " Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
    There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

  • Qualifying Order for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted. 40 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #4-Harvick.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #46-Annett.
    The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
    After the first round, the cars line up by speed.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Texas Qualifying Order Page (pdf).

  • Entry List for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Joey Gase, #55-Sorenson*, #83-DiBenedetto, #93-Ryan Ellis, #95-McDowell.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #55-Sorenson, #93-Ellis
    The team of #98-Cole Whitt has withdrawn. Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race, 40 is the maximum.
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts, then owners pts): #93-Ellis*.
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Texas Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and format, see Jayski.com's 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

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Round of 8:
    [after Martinsville, race 33 of 36, Chase race 7 of 10]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson*,[4 wins], 4044 (won Martinsville)
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin,[3 wins], 4039, +6 ahead of 5th
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth,[2 wins], 4039, +6
    4) #18-Kyle Busch,[4 wins], 4037, +4
    5) #22-Joey Logano,[2 wins], 4033, -4 behind 4th
    6) #4-Kevin Harvick,[4 wins] 4021, -16
    7) #41-Kurt Busch,[1 win], 4019, -18
    8) #19-Carl Edwards,[2 wins], 4005, -32
    * will advance to the Championship Round by winning a Round of 8 race
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Martinsville Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Unofficial Top 25 in 2016 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
    [after Martinsville, race 33 of 36]
    (using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick (C6), 1048,
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski (EC), 1029, -19
    3) #22-Joey Logano (C5), 1010, -38
    4) #18-Kyle Busch (C4), 993, -55
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin (C2), 984, -64
    6) #41-Kurt Busch (C7), 970, -78
    7) #78-Martin Truex Jr. (EC), 946, -102
    8) #19-Carl Edwards (C8), 931, -117
    9) #48-Jimmie Johnson (C1), 929, -119
    10) #20-Matt Kenseth (C3), 908, -140
    11) #3-Austin Dillon (EC), 866, -182
    12) #24-Chase Elliott (EC), 866, -182
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 833, -215
    14) #42-Kyle Larson (EC), 826, -222
    15) #31-Ryan Newman, 819, -229
    16) #1-Jamie McMurray (EC), 819, -229
    17) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 749, -299
    18) #21-Ryan Blaney, 735, -313
    19) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 718, -330
    20) #6-Trevor Bayne, 717, -331
    21) #10-Danica Patrick, 638, -410
    22) #16-Greg Biffle, 619, -429
    23) #27-Paul Menard, 607, -441
    24) #43-Aric Almirola, 599, -449
    25)#14-Tony Stewart (EC), 587, -461
    28)#34-Chris Buescher (EC), 495, -553
    (C# = chase driver and current Chase position)
    (EC = chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
    (10-30-2016)

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  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 12 sets for the race

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4684; Right-side -- D-4686

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.24 in. (2,216 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.35 in. (2,244 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation (Sprint Cup):
    Left Front -- 19 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi;
    Right Front -- 53 psi; Right Rear -- 49 psi

  • Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire set-up at Texas this week . . . teams in all of these series have also run this same tire set-up at Chicagoland earlier this season, and will run it again at Homestead in two weeks . . . in both Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck, this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires they ran at Texas earlier this season . . . this right-side tire code (D-4686) employs Goodyear's multi-zone tread technology, which combines two distinct tread compounds on the same tire -- the outboard 10 inches of the tread (Traction Zone) features a compound that is designed for grip, while the inboard two inches of the tread (Endurance Zone) is toughened to enhance durability on the part of the tire sees the most heat and takes the most abuse . . . 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.

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