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THE RACE: AAA Texas 500

TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #34 of 36 for the 2010 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #8 of 10
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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  • Race: Sunday, November 7, 2010 in Fort Worth, TX

  • Title Sponsor: AAA

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:19pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Countdown: ESPN - 2:00pm/et

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

  • In the Booth: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dr. Jerry Punch. Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch
    On-track studio: Allen Bestwick, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham, Tim Brewer

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, Novemer 8 at 2:30am/et on ESPN2
    Wednesday, October 10 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
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  • This Week - Performance Racing Network (PRN) and XM Sirius Satellite

    • goprn.com

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    • Co-Anchors: Mark Garrow, Doug Rice

    • Garage/Pit Reporters: Steve Richards, Brett McMillan, Pat Patterson

    • Turn Announcers: Rob Albright, Brad Gillie


Practice Dates/Times/Television coverage

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  • Practices:
    Friday, November 5, 1:00 - 2:30pm/et, TV-SPEED at 3:00pm/et via delay
    Saturday, November 6, 9:45 - 10:30 pm, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, November 6, 11:00am-12:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, November 5, 2:00 pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, November 5 at 4:40 pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at PRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Hamlin wins at Texas: #11-Denny Hamlin won the AAA 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for his 8th win of 2010 and the 16th win of his career, with the win Hamlin takes the points lead. #17-Kenseth finished second followed by #5-Martin, #20-Logano, #16-Biffle, #29-Harvick, #33-Bowyer, #6-Ragan, #48-Johnson and #98-Menard. #21-Trevor Bayne finished 17th in his Sprint Cup debut. Pole sitter #19-Sadler finished 23rd with no laps led.
    A couple of 'interesting' incidents during the race included #18-Kyle Busch getting held and penalized 2 laps for "unsportsmanlike conduct" after making an "inappropriate gesture" when he was penalized for speeding exiting pit road and brought in for a penalty around lap 146. Another one was when #24-Gordon & #31-Burton wrecked during the yellow on lap 192 when Burton got into Gordon, both drivers got out of their cars, Gordon bypassed his ambulance and approached Burton and pushed Burton and they kind of got in to some fisticuffs on the backstretch before getting separated by track workers. Burton afterwards took blame for the incident, said he couldn't see well with the sun and glare and got into Gordon's car, causing both th hit the wall.
    After Gordon was taken out of the race, his crew was sent to the #48-Johnson pits to 'assist' as the #48 pit crew has been losing spots each pit stop.
    There were 33 lead changes among 13 drivers and 9 cautions for 40 yellow flag laps. The attendance was reported at 156,000, last year the attendence was 167,000.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs are ESPN2, Sunday, November 8 at 2:30am/et; and SPEED, November 10 at 12:00pm/et.
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Texas Race Results/Awards page.(11-7-2010)

  • Texas Notes and Facts:
    • Denny Hamlin won the Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, his 16th series victory in his 185th start. It was eighth win in 2010, most of all drivers, and he swept Texas' two races this season. It was his fifth superspeedway victory in 2010, most of all drivers. Hamlin climbed from second to first in points with a 33-point lead over Jimmie Johnson and 59-point lead over third-place Kevin Harvick. The points leader after race No.8 in the Chase has gone on to win the championship every year (2004 -2009).
    • This was the 88th series win for Joe Gibbs Racing, ranking eighth all-time. It was the team's 11th win in 2010 (Hamlin with eight, Kyle Busch with three). It was the team's third win at Texas (Hamlin two, Tony Stewart one).
    • Hamlin's win was Toyota's 12th of 2010 and second win at Texas in as many races. The top 10 consisted of four Fords, four Chevrolets and two Toyotas.
    • Matt Kenseth (finished second) tied his best finish in 2010 (Atlanta); Kenseth has scored seven top-10 finishes in his last eight Texas races.
    • Mark Martin (third) has scored top-10 finishes in the last four Texas races.
    • Joey Logano (fourth) scored his fourth straight top-10, finishing seventh at Charlotte, sixth at Martinsville, fifth at Talladega and fourth at Texas.
    • Greg Biffle (fifth) has posted top-10 finishes in his last five Texas races, the longest current streak. Biffle led 224 laps in the race, the most he has led in a series race in his career.
    • Harvick (sixth) has posted top-10 finishes in his last three Texas races.
    • Johnson finished ninth in his 325th career series race.
    • Four drivers have competed in all 20 races at Texas: Jeff Burton (36th) , Jeff Gordon (37th), Bobby Labonte (30th) and Martin.
    • The 33 lead changes in the race is a record at Texas. The previous record was 29 (twice).(ESPN)(11-8-2010)

  • Finishing Positions for the Chase drivers at Texas:
    [by points standings before race]:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 9th
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin, WON takes points lead
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 6th
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 37th
    5) #18-Kyle Busch, 32nd
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 19th
    7) #14-Tony Stewart, 11th
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2nd
    9) #2-Kurt Busch, 24th
    10) #31-Jeff Burton, 36th
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, 5th
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer. 7th
    (11-7-2010)

  • Race Fast Facts - Texas:
    #11-Denny Hamlin won the AAA Texas 500, his 16th victory in 185 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his eighth victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2010.
    This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 11 races at Texas Motor Speedway. Hamlin won here in the spring and is the second driver (Carl Edwards, 2008) to sweep both Sprint Cup races at TMS.
    #17-Matt Kenseth (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 17 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2010.
    #5-Mark Martin (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 20 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    #11-Denny Hamlin leads the point standings by 33 points over Jimmie Johnson. Kevin Harvick is 59 points behind in third.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-7-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Texas, race 34 of 36, Chase Race 8 of 10]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin [8 wins], 6325
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 6288, -37
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 6266, -59
    4) #99-Carl Edwards, 6008, -317
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth, 6000, -325
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 5994, -331
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 5986, -339
    8) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 5959, -366
    9) #16-Greg Biffle [2 wins], 5953, -372
    10) #33-Clint Bowyer [1 win], 5928, -397
    11) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 5887, -438
    12) #31-Jeff Burton, 5852, -473
    (Bowyer without 150 pt penalty 6078, -274 would be 4th)
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(11-7-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver 'Classic' Points Standings:
    [after Texas, race 34 of 36....the OLD way]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick 4959
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 4659 -300
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin 4607 -352
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon 4487 -472
    5) #18-Kyle Busch 4451 -508
    6) #99-Carl Edwards 4435 -524
    7) #14-Tony Stewart 4369 -590
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth 4346 -613
    9) #31-Jeff Burton 4242 -717
    10) #2-Kurt Busch 4207 -752
    11) #33-Clint Bowyer 4149 -868
    12) #16-Greg Biffle 4120 -810
    13) #5-Mark Martin 4107 -839
    14) #1-Jamie McMurray 4091 -852
    15) #39-Ryan Newman 3986 -985
    16) #20-Joey Logano 3974 -973
    (11-7-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Texas:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The spread from 35th to 36th is 101 points with two races to go.
    33) #34-Kvapil/Front Row, 2448, +110
    34) #37-Blaney/Front Row, 2442, +104
    35) #71-Gaughan/TRG: 2439, 101 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Gilliland/Front Row: 2338, -101 points out of the top 35
    37) #26-TBA/Latitude43: 2231, -208
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(11-7-2010)

  • Penalty Report - Texas:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #21, Pre-Race to the rear, Tail End , Transmission
    #87, 12 Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #2, 44 Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Tail End
    #6, 60 Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come In
    #56, 133 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area, Tail End
    #56, 151 Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #18, 159 Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #18, 159 Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Held 1 Lap, Tried to save lap
    #18, 160 Verbal abuse to a NASCAR official, Held 2 Laps, Obscene Gesture
    #56, 190 Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #24, 190 Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #31, 190 Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #26, 193 Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #26, 195 Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Tail End
    #26, 195 Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
    #10, 302 Outside half of the pit box tire violation
       /Team member not in contact with the outside tires, Tail End
    #26, 328 Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #26, 328 Commitment Line Violation, Tail End
    (NASCAR Statistics)(11-7-2010)

  • Pit Road Times
    Texas Motor Speedway
    AAA Texas 500
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics
    Sun, November 07, 2010 @ 06:20 PM Central

    Car# Pit Stops Driver Laps Time Total Seconds Avg Seconds
    5 9 Mark Martin 334 05:05.7 305.658 33.962
    16 10 Greg Biffle 334 05:40.5 340.536 34.054
    20 10 Joey Logano 334 05:41.2 341.162 34.116
    98 10 Paul Menard 334 05:41.4 341.420 34.142
    11 10 Denny Hamlin 334 05:45.5 345.539 34.554
    48 10 Jimmie Johnson 334 05:50.1 350.076 35.008
    39 10 Ryan Newman 334 05:53.1 353.060 35.306
    14 10 Tony Stewart 334 05:56.8 356.805 35.681
    00 11 David Reutimann 334 06:09.9 369.864 33.624
    29 11 Kevin Harvick 334 06:11.1 371.077 33.734
    43 10 A J Allmendinger 334 06:11.6 371.553 37.155
    33 11 Clint Bowyer 334 06:22.5 382.478 34.771
    99 11 Carl Edwards 334 06:24.4 384.401 34.946
    1 11 Jamie McMurray 334 06:36.7 396.678 36.062
    47 11 Marcos Ambrose 334 06:37.8 397.832 36.167
    17 12 Matt Kenseth 334 06:57.5 417.467 34.789
    21 11 Trevor Bayne 334 07:11.3 431.267 39.206
    78 12 Regan Smith 334 07:20.9 440.874 36.740
    6 13 David Ragan 334 07:48.0 468.025 36.002
    9 13 Aric Almirola 334 08:54.7 534.743 41.134
    83 13 Kasey Kahne 334 09:11.9 551.933 42.456
    77 12 Sam Hornish Jr. 334 09:43.5 583.529 48.627
    10 10 Bobby Labonte 333 06:33.4 393.417 39.342
    38 10 David Gilliland 333 06:42.3 402.272 40.227
    19 12 Elliott Sadler 333 06:53.0 412.975 34.415
    42 11 Juan Pablo Montoya 333 06:55.6 415.555 37.778
    88 11 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 333 06:56.5 416.543 37.868
    82 11 Scott Speed 333 07:20.1 440.146 40.013
    13 12 Casey Mears 333 08:29.4 509.439 42.453
    26 12 Patrick Carpentier 333 10:36.0 635.989 52.999
    2 14 Kurt Busch 333 11:40.6 700.583 50.042
    12 12 Brad Keselowski 332 07:36.7 456.725 38.060
    18 13 Kyle Busch 332 08:49.3 529.286 40.714
    71 10 Andy Lally 331 06:31.0 391.014 39.101
    7 11 Robby Gordon 240 08:28.0 507.965 46.179
    31 8 Jeff Burton 192 59:34.1 3574.062 446.758
    24 6 Jeff Gordon 190 03:28.2 208.151 34.692
    56 10 Martin Truex Jr. 188 09:55.0 594.992 59.499
    66 1 Mike Bliss 45 00:53.3 53.259 53.259
    09 1 Landon Cassill 35 00:25.3 25.323 25.323
    34 3 Travis Kvapil 25 01:18.3 78.309 26.103
    37 3 Dave Blaney 23 01:33.1 93.075 31.025

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #37-Blaney, 42nd
    Caution 2: #7-Gordon, 35th
    Caution 3: #31-Burton, 36th
    Caution 4: #56-Truex Jr., 38th
    Caution 5: #17-Kenseth, 2nd
    Caution 6: #42-Montoya, 28th
    Caution 7: none awarded
    Caution 8: #26-Carpentier, 31st
    Caution 9: #9-Almirola, 21st
    (11-7-2010)

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Texas (or seemed to)?
    41st: #34-Kvapil, 25 laps run
    40th: #09-Cassill, 35 laps
    39th: #66-Bliss, 45 laps
    with NASCAR's new rule of the first non-crashed car out of the race to be inspected, it would be the #34 this week
    (only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(11-7-2010)

  • Pit Stall Selections - Texas: The selections of pit stalls for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #19-Sadler chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #16-Biffle took pit stall 14, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
    #99-Edwards, who starts 3rd took the 13th pit stall, the first stall with an opening in behind of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #9-Almirola, who starts 13th.
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(11-6-2010)

  • Race Coverage of the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, November 7, 2010.
    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 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, November 8 at 2:30am/et
    SPEED, Wednesday, November 10 at 12:00pm/et

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Live from Texas: The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship continues Sunday, Nov. 7, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for 500 miles at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. NASCAR Countdown kicks off ESPN’s telecast at 2:00pm/et with the race telecast presented by GoDaddy.com at 3:00pm/et. The green flag is scheduled for 3:16 pm. Marty Reid will call the action with analysis by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch. NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Allen Bestwick with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.

  • ESPN Radio Raceday Airs Saturday, Sunday: Each weekend morning, ESPN Radio’s RaceDay starts its engines at 6:00am/et with host Pat Patterson anchored from Daytona Beach, Fla. Patterson also originates the broadcast from several racetracks with key races during the season. On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, ESPN Radio’s RaceDay listeners get an hour of news, previews and analysis, as well as profiles and interviews with NASCAR’s biggest names and newsmakers and the involvement of listeners via calls and e-mails. A list of ESPN Radio affiliates can be found at www.espnradio.com.

  • Lowest-finishing, non-wrecked car to be inspected: NASCAR has instituted a new postrace inspection policy for Sprint Cup races in which the first car out of the race that is not involved in an accident will be held for teardown, much like the cars that currently finish in the top five. That meant that Aric Almirola’s #09 Phoenix Racing’s Chevy was thoroughly inspected after the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race. His engine was taken to be torn down later this week at the NASCAR R&D center in Concord, NC. The policy is expected to impact the start-and-park teams – teams that typically bring a car but don’t have funding to run the entire event. These teams often are not in the top 35 in owner points, so they are required to qualify on speed. The new policy means it is likely that one of the cars that qualify on speed for every race will end up getting torn down. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said Sunday the move was not to discourage start-and-park teams. “We’re just expanding our inspection process and making sure that everybody feels like everybody is on the same playing field, that’s all,” Pemberton said. “It’s all about making sure that the guys who get beat that don’t make the race understand that the guys who get in the race, for the most part, are doing everything right.” The move could cost these teams money, as they will have to pay for an engine rebuild that they might not have needed if they didn’t run many laps. Pemberton said the engine might not be torn down weekly but acknowledged it could cost teams $30,000 for a rebuild. That could lead to those teams racing more instead of risking the cost of a rebuild. Or it could lead to those teams not showing up if they can’t afford to have the motor rebuilt.(SceneDaily)(3-1-2010)

  • NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing 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 new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR), see rules and notes on my Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)

  • Jayski's - 2010 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
    (pole and 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)


NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
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  • Happy Hour practice: for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top 5 and slowest:
    #18-Busch 188.180
    #6-Ragan 187.728
    #56-Truex Jr. 186.955
    #2-Busch 186.858
    #78-Smith 186.787
    Slowest: #09-Cassill 180.270 and #37-Blaney 180.656
    22 drivers made 10-lap runs, the best average:
    #19-Sadler 183.685
    #43-Allmendinger 183.483
    #48-Johnson 183.395
    See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Texas Practice Speeds Page.(11-6-2010)

  • Happy Hour Practice Results for the Chase drivers at Texas:
    [by current points standings]:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 10th fastest overall
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin, 24th
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 20th
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 9th
    5) #18-Kyle Busch, 1st
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 14th
    7) #14-Tony Stewart, 17th
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth, 31st
    9) #2-Kurt Busch, 4th
    10) #31-Jeff Burton, 35th
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, 18th
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 27th
    (11-6-2010)

  • Saturday's 1st practice: for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 45 of 45 scheduled minutes, the top 5 and slowest:
    #18-Busch 189.228
    #99-Edwards 188.475
    #56-Truex Jr. 187.669
    #39-Newman 187.169
    #31-Burton 187.162
    Slowest: #09-Cassill 179.140 and #37-Blaney 179.970
    15 drivers made 10-lap runs, the best average:
    #18-Busch 185.528
    #99-Edwards 184.999
    #20-Logano 184.782
    See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Texas Practice Speeds Page.(11-6-2010)

  • Sadler wins pole at Texas: #19-Elliott Sadler won the Coors Pole for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 195.397mph for his 1st pole of 2010 and 8th of his career, Sadler's last pole came at Talladega in May 2006. #16-Biffle will start 2nd followed by #99-Edwards, #42-Montoya, #6-Ragan, #2-Busch, #33-Bowyer, #78-Smith, #5-Martin and #43-Allmendinger.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #21-Bayne, #10-BLabonte, #38-Gilliland, #87-Nemechek, #13-Mears, #26-Carpentier, #66-Bliss and #09-Cassill.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (6): #81-Riggs, #36-Yeley, #46-McDowell, #64-Green, #23-Wise and #92-Keselowski.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Texas Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(11-5-2010)

  • Starting Spots for the Chase drivers at Texas:
    Only four of the 12 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10 for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, the starting spots for the 12 chasers:
    [by current points standings]:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, starts 17th
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin, 30th
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 26th
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 15th
    5) #18-Kyle Busch, 29th
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 3rd
    7) #14-Tony Stewart, 11th
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth, 19th
    9) #2-Kurt Busch, 6th
    10) #31-Jeff Burton, 16th
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, 2nd
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 7th
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(11-5-2010)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Texas:
    Elliott Sadler won the Coors Light Pole Award for the AAA Texas 500 with a lap of 27.636 seconds, 195.397 mph.
    This is his eighth pole in 427 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2010. Sadler's last pole came on May 1, 2006 at Talladega Superspeedway.
    This is his first pole in 18 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Greg Biffle (second) posted his 15th top-10 start of 2010 and his seventh in 14 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Carl Edwards (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 13th in 34 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-5-2010)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 5, 2010 at 4:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED 4:30pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) only on NASCAR.com
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted. 49 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done.
    The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #00-Reutimann.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #18-Busch.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #64-Green with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #87-Nemechek.
    See the full qualifying order on the Texas Qualifying Page.(11-5-2010)

  • Friday practice: for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top 5 and slowest:
    #16-Biffle 193.340
    #99-Edwards 192.836
    #42-Montoya 192.321
    #17-Kenseth 192.308
    #19-Sadler 192.055
    Slowest: #92-Keselowski 180.862 and #23-Wise 184.508
    #12-Keselowski spun off turn 4 early in practice and the team pulled out the back-up.
    See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Texas Practice Speeds Page.(11-5-2010)

  • Texas practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #21-Trevor Bayne, 16th fastest
    #10-Bobby Labonte [PC], 21st
    #36-J.J. Yeley, 24th
    #66-Mike Bliss, 33rd
    #38-David Gilliland, 34th
    #13-Casey Mears, 36th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 38th
    #09-Landon Cassill, 39th
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #46-Michael McDowell, 41st
    #64-Jeff Green, 43rd
    #26-Patrick Carpentier, 44th
    #81-Scott Riggs, 47th
    #23-Josh Wise, 48th
    #92-Brian Keselwoski, 49th
    (11-4-2010)

  • Some Chassis selections for Texas Motor Speedway:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and the #1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boat team will bring chassis #1016 to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis has been used twice this season at the second Fontana event and second Atlanta event. McMurray captured the pole position at Fontana and has a best finish of 15th at Atlanta.
    #2-Kurt Busch and his Steve Addington-led “Blue Deuce” team will be racing their “PRS-728” Miller Lite Dodge Charger at Texas this weekend. This is the same chassis that the team debuted in the May 30 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Busch and crew posted a dominant win. Busch started from the outside pole and went on to lead 12 times for 252 laps in winning that race and sweeping the spring races at CMS (also won the Sprint All-Star Race the week earlier). Busch named the winning car “Vortex” several days after the big win as a tribute to sponsor Miller Lite’s special packaging and the color scheme used on their winning Dodge Charger. This car has been raced only once since then, when Busch drove it from a 14th-place start to a 10th-place finish in the July 25 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    #5-Mark Martin: crew chief Alan Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-624 for Sunday's race. This chassis never has been raced or tested.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-711 is a brand new chassis. Backup: RK-620 last ran Vegas – finished 23rd. The Mesquite Feeder Department (SLIC 7519) has been selected as the Maximum Center for the November 7 race in Texas as part of UPS’s Center Recognition Program. The Mesquite Feeder Department will have its number on the C-post of David Ragan’s UPS Ford throughout the weekend.
    #9-Aric Almirola: The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 293 for this weekend’s event. This particular Ford Fusion was last utilized at California Speedway where the team qualified in the fifth position and finished the event in fourth place.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: and the FedEx Racing team will unload Chassis JGR 291 this weekend in Texas. This car is a brand new entry from Joe Gibbs Racing. Chassis JGR 279 will serve as the backup this weekend. The #11 FedEx Office Camry will carry the number 0381 on the B-posts this weekend in recognition of the FedEx Office North Tollway team. The group is currently rated as the most improved center team in the annual FedEx Office President's Club program, which recognizes champion results in customer service, sales performance, and profit. Starting with this weekend’s visit to Texas, select FedEx delivery vehicles will carry a special decal showing the company’s support for the #11 FedEx Racing team’s ongoing Chase for the Sprint Cup campaign. The decal will be featured on a total of 600 vehicles in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Phoenix and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale markets.
    #12-Brad Keselowski: The #12 Penske Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-720 during Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Keselowski drove this chassis to a 19th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in August
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-564 debuted at Texas last November, where it qualified fourth and finished sixth. The 2009 season finale at Homestead marked the car’s second career start. There, it qualified fifth and led twice for 43 laps but finished 22nd-place finish. It saw action during the off-season when it was used for a Goodyear tire test at Texas Jan. 19-20. It returned to competition in February at Auto Club Speedway where it started 16th and finished ninth. It returned to Texas in April for its fourth career start, where it qualified on the pole and led five times for 74 laps before a late-race accident relegated it to a 32nd-place finish. It was repaired and fitted with a new body for the series’ June stop at Michigan, where it qualified 17th and finished fifth. It sat idle until it returned to Michigan in August, qualifying fourth and leading three times for 36 laps before finishing sixth. The October race at Auto Club it delivered Stewart’s 39th career Sprint Cup win and his first at the track.. The same car returns to action this weekend at Texas.
    #16-Greg Biffle: crew chief Greg Erwin on Texas: “We are taking the car that we won with at Pocono to Texas this weekend."
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-707 (last run at Fontana) at Texas, Kenseth will pilot the #17 Crown Royal Black Ford Fusion.
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 283 will make its second-ever start in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas. In its first start in the September Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Busch started ninth and finished ninth.
    #19-Elliott Sadler: The #19 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 280 for this weekend’s event. This particular Ford Fusion was last utilized at Auto Club Speedway where Sadler qualified in the second position and finished inside the top 15. Prior to that, Sadler ran it at Indianapolis.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: is scheduled to pilot Chassis No. 318 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, this Chevy made its debut last month at Kansas Speedway, where Harvick led 16 laps and finished third. He then followed that up with an eighth-place finish two weeks later at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race Chassis No. 329 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Caterpillar Chevy that will be put through its first paces this weekend.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will race Chassis No. 324 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new in 2010, this Chevy made its debut last month at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., where Bowyer finished second after leading four times for 40 laps. After a two-race hiatus, the familiar Cheerios/Hamburger Helper paint scheme will return to the #33 Chevy for the remaining three races of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
    #39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-609 will make its third appearance of the season this weekend at Texas. The car made its first appearance at Indianapolis in July, finishing 17th. The car’s second start came at Auto Club Speedway, just last month where in the last 13 laps of the 200-lap contest he raced from 16th to fifth by the time the checkered flag waved.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Brian Pattie and the #42 Lysol team are bringing chassis #1003 to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. The #42 team has used this chassis four times this season scoring three top-10 qualifying positions of fourth (Auto Club, Oct.), ninth (Atlanta, Sept.) and 10th (Chicagoland). Montoya has placed finishes of ninth (Atlanta), 14th (Auto Club) and 16th (Chicagoland) with this chassis.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 288 for this weekend’s event at Texas. This is the same car the team utilized in the most recent race at Dover where Allmendinger qualified on the front row and finished inside the top 10. This Ford Fusion was also run at Michigan, Chicago and Pocono.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will pilot chassis No. 623 in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race. He has only driven that car once – to a third-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October. Johnson finished third in backup chassis No. 580 at Auto Club Speedway in October.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the #88 engineers will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-625 for this weekend's race at Texas. This is a new chassis that has not been raced or tested.
    #98-Paul Menard: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the #98 RPM crew have prepared chassis No. 556 for this weekend’s event. This is the same Ford Fusion that the team ran at Chicagoland and the most recent event at Dover. Menard finished inside the top 10 in both of those events.
    #99-Carl Edwards: The #99 Aflac team will unload No. RK-705 at Texas this weekend. This Ford Fusion most recently raced at Dover in September where it started 10th and finished fifth. It was a new car at Dover.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(11-4-2010)

  • The Entry List for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 49 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #09-Landon Cassill(2009 race winner as owner)(2000 Champ)(/28)
    #10-Bobby Labonte (2000 past Champ) (50/2)
    #13-Casey Mears (38/33)
    #21-Trevor Bayne(45/11)
    #23-Josh Wise (62/1)
    #26-Patrick Carpentier (2009 race winner as owner)(37/33)
    #36-J.J. Yeley (40/33)
    #38-David Gilliland (36/33)
    #46-Michael McDowell (42/33)
    #64-Jeff Green (46/21)
    #66-Mike Bliss (44/33)
    #81-Scott Riggs (53/2)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (41/33)
    #92-Brian Keselowski (55/3)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 26,09,10,38,13,36,87,46
    missing the race would be [6]: #'s 66,64,21,92,81,23
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Texas Entry List.(11-1-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Texas:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. With the #38 team missing the race, the #71 team is now 116 points ahead of the #38, up from 47 pts ahead of 36th entering Talladega.
    33) #37-Blaney/Front Row, 2405, +148
    34) #7-Gordon/RGM, 2387, +130
    35) #71-Lally/TRG: 2373, 116 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Gilliland/Front Row: 2257, -116 points out of the top 35
    37) #26-Carpentier/Latitude43: 2156, -217
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(10-31-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 33 of 36, Chase Race 7 of 10]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 6149
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin [7 wins], 6135, -14
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 6111, -38
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 5942, -207
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 5919, -230
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 5902, -247
    7) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 5832, -317
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth, 5825, -324
    9) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 5799, -350
    10) #31-Jeff Burton, 5797, -352
    11) #16-Greg Biffle [2 wins], 5788, -361
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer [2 wins], 5782, -367
    (Bowyer without 150 pt penalty 5932, -217 would be 5th)
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-31-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver 'Classic' Points Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 33 of 36....the OLD way]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick(x), 4804
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson(x), 4516, -288
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon(x), 4435, -369
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin(x), 4417, -387
    5) #18-Kyle Busch(x), 4384, -420
    6) #99-Carl Edwards(x), 4329, -475
    7) #14-Tony Stewart(x), 4239, -565
    8) #31-Jeff Burton(x), 4187, -617
    9) #17-Matt Kenseth(x), 4171, -633
    10) #2-Kurt Busch(x), 4116, -688
    11) #33-Clint Bowyer(x), 4003, -801
    12) #1-Jamie McMurray, 3976, -828
    13) #16-Greg Biffle(x), 3955, -849
    14) #5-Mark Martin, 3937, -867
    15) #39-Ryan Newman, 3883, -921
    16) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 3866, -938
    (x) chase drivers
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-31-2010)

  • What happens if qualifying gets canceled/rained out?
    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Last Years Sprint Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - ALL Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] with Owners points as the tie breaker, if still tied then by best finish
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)

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  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: Teams outside the top 35 in owners points will qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.

  • 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

  • How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings (not drivers points).

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Sprint Cup Series [NSCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
    The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Sprint Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
    If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Sprint Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
    Through the first five races of the season for the Sprint Cup, the top 35 in the NSCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Sprint Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Sprint Cup: See my 2010 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • How Chase Drivers have done at Texas:
    1 - Jimmie Johnson (#48 Lowe's Chevy)
    · One win, seven top fives, 10 top 10s
    · Average finish of 10.1 in 14 races
    2 - Denny Hamlin (#11 FedEx Toyota)
    · One win, four top fives, seven top 10s
    · Average finish of 9.6 in 10 races
    3 - Kevin Harvick (#29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevy)
    · Three top fives, seven top 10s
    · Average finish of 12.9 in 15 races
    4 - Jeff Gordon (#24 DuPont Chevy)
    · One win, seven top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
    · Average finish of 15.9 in 19 races
    5 - Kyle Busch (#18 M&M's Toyota)
    · Four top fives, five top 10s
    · Average finish of 14.7 in 11 races
    6 - Carl Edwards (#99 Aflac Ford)
    · Three wins, three top fives, four top 10s
    · Average finish of 17.5 in 11 races
    7 - Tony Stewart (#14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy)
    · One win, four top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
    · Average finish of 13.4 in 17 races
    8 - Matt Kenseth (#17 Crown Royal Black Ford)
    · One win, seven top fives, 10 top 10s
    · Average finish of 9.9 in 16 races
    9 - Kurt Busch (#2 Operation Home Front/Miller Lite Dodge)
    · One win, three top fives, 10 top 10s
    · Average finish of 13.1 in 15 races
    10 - Jeff Burton (#31 CAT Chevy)
    · Two wins, three top fives, nine top 10s
    · Average finish of 15.1 in 19 races
    11 - Greg Biffle (#16 3M Ford)
    · One win, three top fives, six top 10s
    · Average finish of 20.1 in 13 races
    12 - Clint Bowyer (#33 Cheerios Chevy)
    · Two top fives, four top 10s
    · Average finish of 15.3 in nine races
    (11-3-2010)

  • April 2010 Pole Sitter: #14-Tony Stewart, 191.327mph, finished 32nd

  • November 2009 Pole Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 191.117 mph, finished 13th

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

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

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

  • April 2010 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 146.230mph, started 29th

  • November 2009 Race Winner: #2-Kurt Busch, 147.137mph, started 3rd

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

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

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

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

  • Most Wins: 3 - Carl Edwards

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

  • Most Top 5s: 7 - Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth

  • Most Top 10s: 11 - Mark Martin

  • Most Cautions: 12 - 4/2/2000 and 11/5/2006

  • Fewest Cautions: 5 - 11/2/2008 and 11/8/2009

  • Most Caution Laps: 73, 4/6/1997

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 26, 11/2/2008 and 11/8/2009

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 11/6/2005 & 11/2/2008

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 29 - twice, most recently 4/5/1998

  • Most Lead Changes: 29 - 4/2/2000 & 4/19/2010

  • Most Leaders: 17 - 4/2/2000

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 11/8/2009

  • Fewest Leaders: 4 - 11/8/2009

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 9 - Ford; 6 - Chevy; 3 - Dodge; 1 - Toyota

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 [of 334] - Jeff Burton 4/15/2007

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 278 [of 334] - Tony Stewart, 11/5/2006

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: #17-Matt Kenseth, 2000, started 31st

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 29: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 30: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 31: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 11 of 19
  • Races won from the top 10: 14 of 19

  • At Texas Motor Speedway:
    · Construction began in 1995.
    · The first NASCAR race was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on April 5, 1997.
    · The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was on April 6, 1997.
    · There have been 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one per season from 1997 through 2004 and two races per year since 2005.
    · Four drivers have competed in all 19 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin.
    · Jeremy Mayfield was the first pole winner, in 1998. Qualifying for the inaugural race in 1997 was canceled.
    · Jeff Burton won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
    · 13 drivers have scored poles, led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bobby Labonte, Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon with two.
    · 16 drivers have won races, led by Carl Edwards, with three. Jeff Gordon won at Texas for the first time, last season. Gordon has won at every track he has run except Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    · 14 of 19 races have been won from a top-10 starting position. Only one has been won from the pole (Kasey Kahne in 2006).
    · Matt Kenseth started 31st en route to his victory at Texas in 2002, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started. Denny Hamlin started 29th in his win earlier this season.
    · Both Jeff Burton (1999) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) scored their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Texas.
    · Six of the last eight races have had a margin of victory under one second. Last November’s race had an MOV of 25.686 seconds, the largest since the inception of electronic timing and scoring in 1993.
    · Denny Hamlin (9.6) and Matt Kenseth (9.9) are the only active drivers to average a top-10 finish.
    · Roush Fenway Racing leads all owners in victories, with seven.
    · There has been one season sweep, by Carl Edwards in 2008. Edwards is looking to break a 69-race winless drought. Jeff Gordon’s last win came at Texas, 62 races ago.

  • Pole Winners at Texas
    4/2010: Tony Stewart, #14 Chevy, 191.327 mph, finished 32nd
    11/2009: Jeff Gordon (2), #24 Chevy, 191.117 mph, finished 13th
    4/2009: David Reutimann, Toyota, 190.517, finished 11th
    11/2008: Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 188.469, finished 2nd
    4/2008: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2), #88 Chevy, 190.907, finished 12th
    11/2007: Martin Truex Jr., #1 Chevy, 193.105, finished 3rd
    4/2007: none, rained out
    11/2006: Brian Vickers, #25 Chevy, 196.235, finished 27th [record]
    4/2006: Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 190.315, finished 1st
    11/2005: Ryan Newman (@), #12 Dodge, 192.947, finished 25th
    4/2005: Ryan Newman, #12 Dodge, 193.882, finished 16th
    2004: Bobby Labonte (2), #18 Chevy, 193.903, finished 25th
    2003; Bobby Labonte, #18 Chevy, 193.514, finished 37th
    2002: Bill Elliott, #9 Dodge, 194.224, finished 9th
    2001; Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 190.678, finished 8th
    2000: Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 192.137, finished 8th
    1999: Kenny Irwin Jr, #28 Ford, 190.154, finished 15th
    1998: Jeremy Mayfield, #12 Ford, 185.906, finished 23rd
    1997: none, rained out

  • Race Winners at Texas
    4/2010: Denny Hamlin, #11 Toyota, 146.230mph, started 29th
    11/2009: Kurt Busch, #2 Dodge, 147.137mph, started 3rd
    4/2009: Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 145.372, started 2nd
    11/2008: Carl Edwards (3), #99 Ford, 144.219, started 16th
    4/2008: Carl Edwards (2), #99 Ford, 144.814, started 2nd
    11/2007: Jimmie Johnson, #48 Chevy, 131.219, started 8th
    4/2007: Jeff Burton (2), #31 Chevy, 143.359, started 2nd
    11/2006: Tony Stewart, #20 Chevy, 134.891, started 8th
    4/2006: Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 137.943, started 1st
    11/2005: Carl Edwards, #99 Ford, 151.055, started 30th
    4/2005: Greg Biffle, #16 Ford, 130.055, started 5th
    2004: Elliott Sadler, #38 Ford, 138.845, started 19th
    2003: Ryan Newman, #12 Dodge, 131.517, started 3rd
    2002: Matt Kenseth, #17 Ford, 142.453, started 31st
    2001: Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 141.804, started 3rd
    2000: Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 131.152, started 4th
    1999: Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 144.276, started 4th
    1998: Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 136.771, started 7th
    1997: Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 125.111, started 5th

  • By the Numbers for Texas:
    1 – number of Sprint Cup wins from the pole at Texas Motor Speedway; four wins from the front row (from the pole, Kasey Kahne, 4/9/06)
    4 – number of drivers that have completed in all 19 Sprint Cup races at TMS (Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte and Jeff Gordon)
    4 of the 12 drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup have yet to win in 2010 (Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth)
    5 – fewest ServiceMaster Clean cautions for a Sprint Cup race at TMS (two times, most recent 11/8/09)
    7 of the 33 Sprint Cup races this season have been extended beyond the scheduled distance following a late ServiceMaster Clean caution
    8 – number of ServiceMaster Clean jet dryers scheduled for service at TMS this weekend; two already released with favorable weather forecast
    12 – most ServiceMaster Clean cautions for a Sprint Cup race at TMS (three times, most recent 11/4/07)
    12 different Sprint Cup race winners in 2010
    13 different pole winners in the 19 Sprint Cup races at TMS
    15 – most ServiceMaster Clean cautions for a Sprint Cup race this season (Martinsville, 10/24/10)
    16 different race winners in 19 Sprint Cup races at TMS
    17 different Sprint Cup pole winners in 2010
    120 minutes – approximate time it takes for the ServiceMaster Clean jets to dry the 1.5-mile TMS oval
    Sprint Cup
    129 of 241 ServiceMaster Clean cautions in the first 33 Sprint Cup races this season were for accidents, 44 for debris and 32 for spins
    241 ServiceMaster Clean cautions in the first 33 Sprint Cup events this season; 289 after 33 races last year
    1,219 of 9,765 laps completed in the first 33 Sprint Cup races this year have been under a ServiceMaster Clean caution; 1,367 of 7,981 after 33 races last year
    1,693.010 of 13,324.008 miles completed this season in the 33 Sprint Cup races have been under a ServiceMaster Clean caution; 1,884.070 of 12, 893.891 after 33 races last year.(ServiceMaster)(11-5-2010)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-David Reutimann Aaron's Outdoors Mossy Oak #00 Team Schemes Page
    #2-Kurt Busch Operation Homefront none...yet
    #5-Mark Martin Carquest #5 Team Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Mapei/Menards none...yet
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Office #11 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot #14 Team Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Red Cross #16 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya Lysol #42 Team Schemes Page
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger Valvoline #43 Team Schemes Page
    #47-Marcos Ambrose Tom Thumb/TD> #47 Team Schemes Page
    #56-Martin Truex Jr. NAPA / Susan G Komen #56 Team Schemes Page
    #71-Andy Lally TaxSlayer.com #71 Team Schemes Page
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr. AAA #77 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page
    #98-Paul Menard Menard's / Quaker State #98 Team Schemes Page

  • Special scheme for Kurt Busch at Texas: #2-Kurt Busch is driving his special “Operation Homefront” edition of the Miller Lite Dodge that is named “Vortex” in this weekend’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Confusing? Busch explains: “The car we won the All-Star Race with already had a name. So when we came back the very next weekend to claim the big win in the Coke 600, we decided to name that car ‘Vortex.’ It was a fitting tribute to our sponsor’s special bottle and the color scheme we began running at the All-Star Race. It really took a life of its own, with even media guys talking about us having ‘Vortex power’ out there. So, not to sound confusing , but we’ll have ‘Vortex’ out at Texas this weekend with a full-blown Operation Homefront color scheme on our Miller Lite Dodge,” Busch chuckled.(TRPR)(11-7-2010)

  • Last race of the season for Carquest: The red, blue and white Carquest Auto Parts car will make its final appearance of the season on the #5 Chevy at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Carquest Auto Parts will return to the hood of the #5 Chevy for eight races in 2011 (HMS), see images of the 2010 car on the #5 Team Schemes page.(11-4-2010)

  • Biffle to run Red Cross scheme at Texas: This weekend Greg Biffle will be driving the #16 American Red Cross Ford Fusion for the second time this season. The American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces will honor active duty and veteran military through the “Salute to the Troops” Pre-Race Concert with the legendary Willie Nelson. In addition, Lee Ann Womack will also represent the American Red Cross as the Grand Marshall of the AAA Texas 500. Fans can visit the display in the Midway on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Blood donors who join Red Cross Racing by visiting www.redcrossracing.com can report their blood donations and get Donor Rewards points. These points can be exchanged for cool prizes or can be donated back to the Red Cross to help support Service to the Armed Forces programs. Fans can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to support the lifesaving work of the Red Cross (RFR/Red Cross Racing), see images of the scheme on the #16 Team Schemes page.(11-4-2010)

  • Lysol colors on the #42: Juan Pablo Montoya and the #42 team will carry new colors this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, shades of blue displaying the Lysol brand across its Chevrolet. Lysol is a brand name of disinfectant household cleaners distributed by Reckitt Benckiser. It is marketed for cleaning, disinfecting food surfaces and odor removal. The name is used on aerosol sprays, pre-saturated tissues and liquid solution (EGR).(11-4-2010)

  • Lally Ready for Texas in the #71 in TaxSlayer.com Chevy: Andy Lally will drive the TRG Motorsports #71 TaxSlayer.com Chevy at this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Lally will be making his sixth NSCS start of the year at Texas on Sunday. Lally returns to the site of his first NASCAR start which took place in the Camping World Truck Series (CWTS) in 2007 behind the wheel of a TRG Motorsports Chevy. He is also coming off of a 20th place finish in last weekend's CWTS race at Talladega. The team is 35th in owner's points which will guarantee Lally a start on Sunday. TRG would also like to thank Anderson's Maple Syrup and Adobe Road Winery for their support.(TRG Motorsport), see images of the scheme on the #71 Team Schemes page.(11-4-2010)

  • Truex Jr. to run special NAPA Signature scheme: #56-Martin Truex Jr. and NAPA are again joining Susan G. Komen for the Cure to honor breast cancer victims, survivors and supporters during this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. Over 2,400 fan-submitted names of breast cancer survivors and supporters adorn Truex’s #56 NAPA Signature Toyota. The paint scheme culminates a three-week NAPA Know How Facebook campaign where fans made a minimum contribution of $5.60 to place a pink-lettered name on the Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota. Names in white signified a donation of $560 or more. The project raised $51,000. NAPA raised addition funds with the sale of NAPA All Out for the Cure limited edition hats [sold out] at participating NAPA Auto Parts stores and AutoCare Centers. Truex and NAPA Auto Parts will present a $250,000 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure during Sunday’s 1:00 pm NASCAR Race Day on SPEED broadcast. Truex will host Marcia Potter Dluhy of McKinney, Texas on Sunday. She is a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed in 2007 with Stage 2 breast cancer. She’s been in remission for two years. Her name is on the NAPA Signature Toyota (MWR)(11-3-2010)

  • Special scheme for Kurt Busch: Miller Lite is announced a $100,000 donation to Operation Homefront, an organization that helps troops in need. Miller Lite Racing, in its third year of supporting to the organization, is also encouraging consumers to donate and send thank-you postcards to military members. “Operation Homefront does an incredible job of driving awareness to the needs of military members and their families,” said Grant Leech, vice president of marketing for Miller Lite. “The men and women of our armed services, and their families, make incredible sacrifices every day. All of us at Miller Lite are proud to show our appreciation, and we hope everyone who enjoys the great taste of Miller Lite will also make a contribution to Operation Homefront.”
    Consumers can visit www.MillerLite.com/vets to make a donation and visit participating Miller Lite retailers to write thank-you postcards, which will then be sent to local Operation Homefront chapters. Additionally, the # 2 Miller Lite Dodge, driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title contender Kurt Busch, will feature a special Operation Homefront paint scheme for each race between October 3 and November 7, including a full-car takeover for the November 7 Texas race. “The Operation Homefront paint scheme shows the racing world that Miller Lite is a strong supporter of the military,” said Busch. “And on a personal level, I’m proud to drive this car. I’m hoping to revisit Victory Lane several times in it, just as I did in Texas last year. And I hope all the fans of the Blue Deuce will chip in, too.”(Tom Roberts PR)(10-1-2010)

  • Sponsor debut for Newman at Vegas: While Ryan Newman embarks on his 299th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, he will also celebrate an important first for his #39 Stewart-Haas Racing team. Sunday’s Shelby American will be the first of nine races where new sponsor Tornados, a brand of family owned Ruiz Foods, will adorn the #39 Chevy as the team’s primary sponsor (SHR) at the following races:
    Las Vegas - 2/28
    Atlanta - 3/7
    Phoenix - 4/10
    Charlotte - All Star Race - 5/22
    Daytona - 7/3
    Michigan - 8/15
    Auto Club Speedway - 10/10
    Martinsville - 10/24
    Texas - 11/7
    See a schedule of races for Tornados on my #39 Team News & Links page and images of the scheme on my #39 Team Schemes page.(2-24-2010)

  • Carquest returns to sponsor #5 team: Carquest Auto Parts has extended its relationship with Hendrick Motorsports and the #5 Chevy driven by Mark Martin through the 2011 NASCAR season. The two-year pact will showcase Carquest with primary sponsor placement in eight points races annually beginning in 2010. When its red, white and blue shield is not on the hood, Carquest will maintain a significant presence on the #5 Chevys as a major associate sponsor. "Carquest is pleased to be an eight-race primary sponsor of Mark Martin and the #5 team for the 2010 NASCAR season," said Temple Sloan III, president and CEO of General Parts/Carquest Auto Parts. "In our eight years as a partner of Hendrick Motorsports we have enjoyed many successes, and this year has been tremendous. As the Official Auto Parts supplier to Hendrick Motorsports we are proud to have Mark, Alan Gustafson (crew chief) and the team partnering with us. Winning is the goal our team strives for every day, both on the track and in our stores." For more information about Carquest, visit www.Carquest.com.(Hendrick Motorsports)
    The CARQUEST Auto Parts #5 Impala is scheduled to race in 2010 at:
    Martinsville in March
    Charlotte in May
    New Hampshire in June
    Daytona in July
    Bristol in August
    Atlanta in September
    California in October and
    Texas in November.
    See an image of the scheme on my #5 Team Schemes page.(11-13-2009)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


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: Lee Ann Womack representing the American Red Cross
    Command to start engines: Lee Ann Womack
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Dr. Roger Marsh, Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: Foreigner's Kelly Hansen
    Military Flyover: B-52 Bomber, 93rd Bomb Squadron, Barksdale AFB

  • For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

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

  • November 2009: see my Texas Race Info page

  • April 2010: see my Texas Race Info page


  • Texas Ranger to drive pace car at TMS: American League Cy Young contender C.J. Wilson, who helped guide the Texas Rangers to the organization’s first World Series appearance, will get the rare opportunity courtesy of Texas Motor Speedway to drive the official pace car that will lead the 43-car field to the green flag for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
    Honored race guests traditionally get the opportunity to ride in the lead pace car or drive a secondary pace vehicle, but NASCAR has granted Texas Motor Speedway special permission to allow Wilson to drive the 2011 “No Limits” Chevrolet Camaro that will lead the Sprint Cup Series field to the green flag. NASCAR’s long-time pace car driver Buster Auton is scheduled to provide Wilson with a mandatory on-track orientation prior to Sunday’s Chase for the Sprint Cup race. For tickets to the AAA Texas 500, visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500.(TMS)(11-5-2010)

  • Willie Nelson to head pre-race show at Texas: Country music icon Willie Nelson will serve as the headliner for the American Red Cross “Salute Our Troops” Pre-Race Show prior to the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 7, at Texas Motor Speedway. Nelson will perform a 45-minute concert featuring his legendary songs on the frontstretch stage beginning at 12:30 pm/ct. Nelson’s performance will be the feature act of the 2˝-hour pre-race show leading up to the 2:00pm/ct green flag of the AAA Texas 500, the eighth race in the 10-event Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Fans can enjoy the concert right in front of the stage by purchasing a special $79 “mosh pit” ticket that allows fans to enjoy the best vantage point in the facility for the concert, Sprint Cup Series driver introductions and all the American Red Cross “Salute Our Troops” Pre-Race Show festivities. A AAA Texas 500 grandstand ticket must be accompanied with a “mosh pit” ticket. To purchase “mosh pit” tickets for the American Red Cross “Salute Our Troops” Pre-Race Show featuring Willie Nelson or tickets to the AAA Texas 500, visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500.(TMS)(11-3-2010)

  • Dallas Morning News sponsroing TMS qualifying: The Dallas Morning News will sponsor qualifying for NASCAR’s three premier series – Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series – during the Nov. 4-7 AAA Texas 500 race week at Texas Motor Speedway. The Dallas Morning News Qualifying Days will be held Thursday, Nov. 4, and Friday, Nov. 5, as part of the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR triple-header weekend featuring the eighth race in the 10-event Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. It will mark the first time that The Dallas Morning News has sponsored qualifying for the fall NASCAR event, but the newspaper also has been a qualifying sponsor of April’s Samsung Mobile 500. Leading up to the November race weekend, The Dallas Morning News will offer a coupon in the newspaper for free admission to the WinStar World Casino 350k qualifying on Nov. 4 as well as a $10 discount coupon for the Nov. 5 combination ticket featuring Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series qualifying, and the WinStar World Casino 350k Camping World Truck Series race that evening. The Dallas Morning News subscribers also will receive additional benefits and discounts from Texas Motor Speedway.(TMS)(11-3-2010)

  • Texas reduces tix prices, adds benefits for 2011: Texas Motor Speedway is coupling double-digit savings from the previous year with an array of new benefits for fans purchasing the 2011 “No Limits” season-ticket package that is highlighted by a pair of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and an IZOD IndyCar Series event. Fans can secure a season-ticket package for 10 days of race action starting as low as $270 and carrying a savings from 10 to 16 percent (depending on seating selection) from 2010 season-ticket pricing. In addition to the savings, season-ticket holders will receive perks such as 50% off pit passes, $1 off all 2011 concession stand items and a free pass to the “No Limits Garage Party” – an exclusive pre-race celebration for PSL and season-ticket holders only prior to Texas Motor Speedway’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in April and November.
    The “No Limits Garage Party,” taking place in the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage, will feature an array of entertainment such as live music, free food and beverage, giveaways, live radio broadcasts, appearances by NASCAR drivers and “The Great American Ladies!”, and many more surprises to come. The 2011 garage parties will be held prior to the Samsung Mobile 500 on Saturday, April 9, and the AAA Texas 500 on Sunday, Nov. 6. Fans can get season-ticket information and more by visiting the “No Limits” Virtual Garage featuring “The Great American Sweethearts!”, who explain various benefits when users click or type in commands at www.texasmotorspeedway.com. Season-ticket packages can be purchased by calling (817) 215-8500 or visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS)(11-3-2010)

  • Trained monkeys will sell race programs at Texas: Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage has decided to monkey around with the promotion of the redesigned "No Limits" program cover and special insert that can be found in AAA Texas 500 souvenir program. Gossage is enlisting the help of Miki and Rocky, trained capuchin monkeys, to sell the race programs throughout the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR triple-header race weekend. The monkeys will make their first public appearance Friday, Nov. 5, from 2:30-4 p.m. CT at the infield Hot Rod Café. They will return and be stationed on the concourse at Gate 4 on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the start of the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge and Sunday, Nov. 7, from Noon-2 p.m. before the start of the Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500. Fans cannot miss the capuchin monkeys, as they will be decked out in their Texas Motor Speedway "No Limits" attire. Miki and Rocky will be accompanied by trained handlers as they distribute programs and collect money. Fans will have the opportunity to take photos with the duo as they sell programs throughout the weekend. If fans cannot make it by Gate 4, they can stop by and purchase their souvenir race program at all the gates, both inside the concourse and outside on the midway for $10.(TMS)(10-31-2010)

  • Foreigner's Kelly Hansen to Sing National Anthem at AAA 500: Kelly Hansen, lead vocalist of the classic rock band Foreigner, returns to the Texas Motor Speedway on November 7 to perform the National Anthem for the AAA Texas 500, the eighth race in the 10-event chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. Foreigner previously headlined the Samsung Mobile 500 pre-race show held at the Texas Motor Speedway in 2009.Hansen's upcoming performance bolsters an impressive NASCAR weekend that also includes a superstar-studded Asphalt Chef culinary competition to be held November 6 at the Texas Motor Speedway's Lone Star Tower clubhouse. The Asphalt Chef celebrity pairings are: Hansen with Western urban cuisine pioneer and restaurateur Tim Love; Food Network Iron Chef Mario Batali with four-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ Jimmie Johnson, and Food Network host Guy Fieri with 2004 Sprint Cup Series champ Kurt Busch. ABC-TV/ESPN NASCAR pit reporter Dave Burns will offer play-by-play commentary. The Asphalt Chef judging panel includes Texas Rangers starting pitcher Tommy Hunter; NASCAR Sprint Cup driver/owner Michael Waltrip; local chef Dean Fearing, and NBC-Dallas sports director Newy Scruggs.(PR)(10-29-2010)

  • AAA to sponsor Texas fall race: AAA Texas will serve as the title sponsor of the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway through 2014 as part of one of the most comprehensive race entitlement packages in the sport. The five-year agreement between AAA Texas and Texas Motor Speedway will showcase the title sponsorship of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the eighth event in the prestigious 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and also feature official and exclusive status as well as unique branding opportunities at the world-class motorsports facility. The centerpiece of the deal, formerly known as the Dickies 500, will be re-titled the AAA Texas 500 and makes its debut under the new name on Sunday, Nov. 7. The AAA Texas 500 will headline that NASCAR triple-header weekend at Texas Motor Speedway and this year’s race will mark the sixth running of the Sprint Cup Series event that debuted in 2005. AAA members will enjoy special benefits at Texas Motor Speedway events, including special offers on event tickets and “AAA Fast Lanes,” special spectator entrances where fans with AAA membership cards can avoid the lines at the entry gates with exclusive access to express lines into the facility. Also, AAA will provide shuttle buses and trams to help fans more easily move around the massive Texas Motor Speedway during major event weekends. In addition to the race entitlement, AAA Texas will be the Official Auto Club and Insurance Company of Texas Motor Speedway. No financial terms of the five-year agreement were disclosed.
    Individual tickets for the AAA Texas 500 will go on sale Wednesday, April 28, and will be available by calling (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com. Information about AAA at www.AAA.com.(TMS)(3-1-2010)

  • Texas race times pushed back two hours: Texas Motor Speedway received approval from NASCAR to move the start times of its two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for the upcoming season to be consistent with the Western Region start times. The Samsung Mobile 500 on April 18 and the Lone Star 500 on Nov. 7 will now have 2:00 pm Central Time starts, moving both races ahead two hours from their originally announced 12 noon CT times. The move was a result of Texas Motor Speedway petitioning NASCAR on behalf of its fans requesting a later start time as well as potential logistical issues posed by the earlier start. “On behalf of our fans, we greatly appreciate NASCAR, along with television broadcast partners FOX (Samsung Mobile 500) and ESPN (Lone Star 500), hearing their collective voice and making the time changes to better suit their wishes and needs,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. “NASCAR has made it clear that they are going to a ‘back to basics’ approach, and accommodating their promoters on behalf of their fans as well as avoid some potential logistical issues defines that new approach.”
    The time change for both races will complement NASCAR’s move to uniform start times for all its races this season. NASCAR is just shifting Texas Motor Speedway from an “Eastern/Central Region” designation to a “Western Region” one, where it joins Infineon Raceway (California), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Nevada), Auto Club Speedway (California) and Phoenix International Raceway (Arizona) for standardized 3:00pm/et (2:00pm/ct) starts. The remaining Sprint Cup races in the “Eastern/Central Region” (with the exception of night races) will begin at 1:00pm/et (12Noon/ct). Tickets for the Samsung Mobile 500 and Lone Star 500 race weekends are available by calling (817) 215-8500 or visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS)(2-4-2010)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Track News/Rumors - Texas Motor Speedway


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

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

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side – 1,500, Right-side – 1,500;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575;
    Camping World Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4398

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.1 in.; Right-side -- 88.2 in.

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

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

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 50-55 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Texas this weekend, 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 tire combination that teams in all three series ran at Texas earlier this season . . . in addition, this is the same tire set-up that these teams ran at Chicagoland in 2010 . . . Cup, Nationwide and Truck teams will also run this left-side tire code (D-4392) with a different right-side code at Homestead in two weeks . . . 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.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Bobby Labonte driving for Stavola Labonte at Texas: After a strong performance at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Stavola Labonte Racing announced that Bobby Labonte will return to the wheel of the #10 Gander Mountain Chevy team at the Texas Motor Speedway. Labonte will compete in the AAA Texas 500 this weekend. It is the last of three races for the team in 2010 as they prepare for 2011 with driver and co-owner Terry Labonte. Bobby Labonte finished 22nd in his first start for the team co-owned by his brother Terry and winning car owner Billy Stavola. Labonte will be making his 20th start at the speedway where he has two poles and three top-five finishes.(Stavola Labonte Racing/Breaking Limits)(11-1-2010)

  • Wise driving for R3 at Texas: R3 Motorsports has entered this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with Josh Wise as their driver. Wise, who has competed mostly in the NASCAR Nationwide Series ranks the past four seasons, will be making his first NSCS qualifying effort with the team. This will be the second Cup attempt by R3 Motorsports in 2010, which is fielding the #23 North Texas Pipe Toyota at TMS. Leading the team's NSCS effort will be veteran racer Walter Giles, who has been the crew chief for R3 Motorsports #23 Chevy in the Nationwide Series ranks the past few weeks.(R3 Motorsports)(11-1-2010)

  • Bayne could make Sprint Cup debut at Texas: UPDATE: Roush Fenway Racing is working on having Trevor Bayne make his Sprint Cup debut next month, most likely at Texas Motor Speedway. Bayne possibly could end up in the #21 Ford of Wood Brothers Racing, although Roush Fenway could field a fifth car for Bayne since he is a rookie. By running Texas, the 19-year-old Bayne would be in a good position for approval for the 2011 Daytona 500. He is approved for any Cup race the remainder of this year except for Talladega. "I know if I were to run the Cup race next year [at Daytona], it would be something I would have to be approved for," Bayne said Saturday at Auto Club Speedway in California. "That would be a process that could include that, but I don't know what the ultimate plan is yet. We have talked about running a Roush car at Texas, but I don't know [what will happen]." Bayne is ninth in the Nationwide Series standings. He signed with Roush Fenway last week after starting the year with Diamond-Waltrip Racing. He will run the rest of the Nationwide Series season for Roush Fenway and full time in 2011 with likely select Cup races.(SceneDaily)(10-9-2010)
    UPDATE: When 19-year-old Trevor Bayne drives onto Texas Motor Speedway for qualifying for the Texas 500, it will not only be his Sprint Cup debut, but he will add his name to an elite list of drivers who have driven the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford. Bayne, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., will join the likes of David Pearson, A.J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough, Curtis Turner and Glen Wood - the team founder - who also made his first Cup start in the family's familiar #21 at Martinsville, Va., in 1953. Bayne, like many young drivers over the years who have gotten the opportunity to go Cup racing, found himself in a position where the stars somehow lined up just right for him. He signed with Roush Fenway Racing just a few weeks ago. Not long afterward, the Wood Brothers suddenly found themselves without a crew chief. They turned to their old friend and fellow Ford team owner Jack Roush, who agreed to send veteran crew chief Donnie Wingo their way. As Roush had originally planned to run Bayne at Texas, with Wingo as his crew chief, the logical move was to have Bayne make his Cup debut in the Wood's #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford. Bayne's start at Texas means the Wood Brothers' regular driver Bill Elliott will step aside for the weekend and mentor the young driver. Elliott said he will be at the track to offer Bayne any assistance he can. Elliott, who will return to the #21 for the season finale at Homestead, said he's glad to be a team player at Texas.(Wood Brothers)(10-28-2010)

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