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AAA Texas 500

Texas Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #34 of 36
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race 8 of 10

Sunday, November 3, 2019
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:18pm/et
Laps/Stages: 334 laps total. Stages end on laps: 85/170/334


TELEVISION / RADIO / STREAMING

Television Coverage: Time 3:00pm/et, NBC and streamed at NBC Sports Live (available with participating TV provider login) 
Radio Coverage (over the air and streaming): Performance Racing Network (PRN) / SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR (available with subscription)


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

On track schedule

Practices:
Friday, November 1, 3:05-3:55pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Friday, November 1, 5:05-5:55pm/et, TV-NBC Sports App.

Qualifying: Saturday, November 2 at 7:05pm/et, TV-CNBC/NBC Sports App.

Complete Event Schedule (times local to the track)

Thursday, October 31
6:00 PM-8:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Friday, November 1
11:00 AM-7:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
2:05 PM-2:55 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:05 PM-4:55 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, November 2
1:30 PM-7:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
6:05 PM (7:05 PM/ET) MENCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (SINGLE VEHICLE / ONE LAP ALL POSITIONS)

Sunday, November 3
10:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (NASCAR XFINITY SERIES GARAGE AREA)
1:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM (3:00 PM/ET) MENCS RACE (STAGES 85/170/334 LAPS = 501 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Links to race, practice, qualifying results (in pdf): (will be added as available)
Penalty Report
Contingency Awards
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Crew Rosters
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List


RACE RUNDOWN….News & Links

Kevin Harvick punches Championship 4 ticket with Texas-sized victory: For Kevin Harvick, Texas is the new Phoenix. Overcoming a pit road penalty for a tire placed in his pit box too early, Harvick took control of the AAA Texas 500 as the sun set on Texas Motor Speedway and won his third straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at the 1.5-mile track in Cowtown. Locked into the Championship 4 race two weeks hence at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Harvick can now breathe easy heading into the final Round of 8 race at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, a track where Harvick has nine wins and a current streak of 12 top-10 finishes—but where Harvick struggled uncharacteristically in the spring while running ninth under the new 2019 rules package.[More](11-3-2019)

#4-Kevin Harvick won the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. The win is his 4th win of 2019, 3rd win at Texas and 49th career win. The win locks him into the Championship race at Homestead.
#10-Almirola finished 2nd followed by #41-Suarez, #22-Logano, #88-Bowman, #19-Truex, Jr., #18-Busch, #12-Blaney, #1-Busch, and #20-Jones.
#4-Harvick started from the pole and led 119 laps.  He overcame a pit road penalty to take the lead with 80 laps remaining, only giving up the lead briefly during green flag pit stops.
Stage 1 was won by #4-Harvick. Stage 2 was won by #10-Almirola.
Playoff drivers having issues:
#9-Elliott hit the wall on lap 8. He lost 6 laps pitting for repairs and finished 32nd
#11-Hamlin spun through the infield grass on lap 80. He damaged the front end of the car but was able to continue with an ill-handling car. He finished 28th.
There were 26 lead changes among 11 drivers and 11 cautions for 56 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 133.759mph.
See race details at: Race Results (pdf), Drivers Points Standings, Owners Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report

Where the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff drivers finished at Texas:
#4-Kevin Harvick, 1st
#22-Joey Logano, 4th
#19-Martin Truex, Jr., 6th
#18-Kyle Busch, 7th
#12-Ryan Blaney, 8th
#42-Kyle Larson, 12th
#11-Denny Hamlin, 28th
#9-Chase Elliott, 32nd

Race Fast Facts – Texas
Kevin Harvick (P) won the 15th Annual AAA Texas 500, his 49th victory in 680 Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his fourth victory and 24th top-10 finish in 2019.
This is his third victory and 22nd top-10 finish in 34 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Aric Almirola (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 18 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2019.
Daniel Suarez (third) posted his second top-10 finish in six races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Daniel Hemric (16th) was the highest finishing rookie. Martin Truex Jr. (P) leads the point standings by 20 points over Kyle Busch (P).
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(11-3-2019)

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings after Texas:
[Race 2 of 3 in the Round of 8, 8 of 10 in the Playoffs]
1) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. 4133, locked in to Championship race
2) #4-Kevin Harvick 4113, locked in to Championship race
3) #18-Kyle Busch 4113, +22
4) #22-Joey Logano 4111, +20
outside the top 4
5) #11-Denny Hamlin 4091, -20
6) #42-Kyle Larson 4088, -23
7) #12-Ryan Blaney 4088, -23
8) #9-Chase Elliott 4033, -78
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.

To the rear: None reported.

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway have been made.
Pole winner #4-Harvick chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #20-Jones took the 14th stall, with an opening in front of it.
#11-Hamlin, starts 3rd and chose the 24th stall.
The final stall was taken by #41-Suarez, who starts 7th.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart.(11-2-2019)

QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Kevin Harvick speeds to pole for Texas Playoff race: Kevin Harvick took the first step toward getting back on the right side of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff cut line, winning the pole for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Harvick, who trails fourth-place Joey Logano by 14 points entering the second race of the Round of 8, toured the 1.5-mile track in 28.465 seconds (189.707 mph) to win his second Busch Pole Award at Texas, his series-best sixth of the season and the 31st of his career.[More](11-2-2019)

#4-Kevin Harvick won the Busch pole for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with speed of 189.707mph for his 6th pole of 2019, 2nd at Texas and 31st of his career.
#20-Jones will start 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #1-Busch, #88-Bowman, #10-Almirola, #41-Suarez, #2-Keselowski, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., and #95-DiBenedetto.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(11-2-2019)

Where the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff drivers will start at Texas:
#4-Kevin Harvick, 1st
#11-Denny Hamlin, 3rd
#22-Joey Logano, 11th
#18-Kyle Busch, 12th
#42-Kyle Larson, 13th
#9-Chase Elliott, 14th
#12-Ryan Blaney, 15th
#19-Martin Truex, Jr., 17th

Texas Motor Speedway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kevin Harvick (P) won the Pole Award for the 15th Annual AAA Texas 500 with a lap of 28.465 seconds, 189.707 mph.
This is his 31st pole in 680 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his sixth pole and 22nd top-10 start in 2019.
This is his second pole in 34 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Erik Jones (second) posted his 10th top-10 start of 2019 and his third in seven races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Denny Hamlin (P) (third) posted his 12th top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 22nd in 34 races this season.
Daniel Hemric (16th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(11-2-2019)

Happy Hour (final) practice for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#10-Almirola 188.561
#11-Hamlin 188.350
#14-Bowyer 188.258
#4-Harvick 187.905
#1-Busch 187.761
Slowest: #51-Bilicki 180.180 & #66-Hill 171.065mph.
Most laps run: #42-Larson, 62 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 29 drivers): #14-Bowyer 187.267mph.
Notes: No issues during the session other than a brief caution for the #66 car stalled on track.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(11-1-2019)

First practice for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#14-Bowyer 188.679
#1-Busch 188.574
#11-Hamlin 188.324
#17-Stenhouse, Jr. 187.565
#20-Jones 187.559
Slowest: #51-Bilicki 179.922 & #15-Nemechek 178.171mph.
Most laps run: #9-Elliott, 44 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 18 drivers): #14-Bowyer 186.702mph.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds (pdf).(11-1-2019)

Inspection at Texas: Cars will be impounded after qualifying at Texas on Saturday. The starting lineup is official at the conclusion of qualifying.

Entry List for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Nemechek, #27-Chastain, #51-Bilicki, #52-Smithley, #53-Yeley, #66-Hill, #77-Houff, #96-Kligerman.
Since 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf).


RACE AND TRACK NEWS AND LINKS

Sunday Texas Notebook

Saturday Texas Notebook

Friday Texas Notebook

Weekend Preview: Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR National Series News & Notes – Texas

Statistical Advance: Analyzing the AAA Texas 500

April 2019: see the Texas Race Info page
November 2018: see the Texas Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Actress Caitlin McGee
Command to start engines: Caitlin McGee
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: Bedford Police Department
Invocation:  Brett Shisler, Texas Racewa Misistries
National Anthem: Marine Forces Reserve Band
Flyover: 4 F-16s from the 64th Aggressor Squadron


WEATHER

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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Goodyear Fast Facts — Texas