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The 2015 AAA Texas 500 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on November 8, 2015, at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Contested over 334 laps on the 1.5 mile (2.4 km) intermediate quad-oval, it was the 34th race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, eighth race of the Chase and second race of the Eliminator Round. Jimmie Johnson won the race, his fifth of the season. Brad Keselowski finished second. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-five.

2015 AAA Texas 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Race 34 of 36 in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2015 AAA Texas 500 logo.png
Date November 8, 2015 (2015-11-08)
Location Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 334 laps, 501 mi (801.6 km)
Weather Clear blue skies with a temperature of 64 °F (18 °C); wind out of the northeast at 8 mph (13 km/h)
Average speed 137.490 mph (221.269 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Team Penske
Time 27.421
Most laps led
Driver Brad Keselowski Team Penske
Laps 312
Winner
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte
Nielsen Ratings 2.6/5 (Overnight)[9]
2.7/6 (Final)[10]
4.6 Million viewers[10]
Radio in the United States
Radio PRN
Booth Announcers Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini
Turn Announcers Rob Albright (1 & 2) and Pat Patterson (3 & 4)

Keselowski won the pole for the race and led a race high of 312 laps on his way to a runner-up finish. The race had 15 lead changes among eight different drivers, as well as nine caution flag periods for 47 laps.

This was the 75th career victory for Johnson, fifth of the season, sixth at Texas Motor Speedway and eighth at the track for Hendrick Motorsports. The win moved him up to 12th in the points standings. Chevrolet left Texas with a 63–point lead over Toyota in the manufacturer standings.

The AAA Texas 500 was carried by NBC Sports on the broadcast NBC network for the American television audience. The radio broadcast for the race was carried by the Performance Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Texas Motor Speedway, the track where the race was held.

Texas Motor Speedway is a speedway located in the northernmost portion of the U.S. city of Fort Worth, Texas – the portion located in Denton County, Texas. The track measures 1.5 miles (2.4 km) around and is banked 24 degrees in the turns, and is of the oval design, where the front straightaway juts outward slightly. The track layout is similar to Atlanta Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway (formerly Lowe's Motor Speedway). The track is owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., the same company that owns Atlanta and Charlotte Motor Speedways, as well as the short-track Bristol Motor Speedway.

Jeff Gordon entered with an eight–point over Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr.[11] Kevin Harvick entered fourth 10–points back.[12] Carl Edwards entered fifth 17–points back.[13] Brad Keselowski entered sixth 34–points back.[14] Kurt Busch entered seventh 36–points back.[15] Joey Logano entered eighth 38–points back.[16]

Driver suspensionEdit

On the Tuesday after the 2015 Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, NASCAR suspended Matt Kenseth for two races for his role in the incident that took out Joey Logano.[17] According to NASCAR Executive Vice-President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell, Kenseth "eliminated the No. 22 car’s opportunity to continue to compete in the race. Additionally, we factored aspects of safety into our decision, and also the fact that the new Chase elimination format puts a premium on each and every race. These actions have no place in NASCAR.”[18] Shortly after the announcement, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that they would appeal the decision and "challenge the severity of the penalty which is believed to be inconsistent with previous penalties for similar on-track incidents. There will be no further comments from JGR personnel during the appeal process."[19]

On the Thursday before this weekend's race, the National Motorsports Appeals Panel upheld the original penalty levied by NASCAR.[20] Later that day, National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer Bryan Moss upheld the two race suspension, but amended the probation penalty to conclude on December 31 instead of in six months.[21]

Erik Jones drove in place of Kenseth this weekend.[22] He said that being "part of that next wave that people think [of] is pretty cool and a pretty big honor. I never thought I’d be in that position. A few years ago, I kind of wondered where is my opportunity going to come from, where is my spot going to be in the sport? But everything works out at the end of the day, and it’s working out more and more every day.”[23]

Hauler fireEdit

On the Thursday before the race, the hauler carrying the primary and backup cars for HScott Motorsports's Michael Annett caught fire on Interstate 20 west of Longview, Texas.[24] A team spokesperson said nobody was injured and the team sent a spare hauler from their shop in Spartanburg, South Carolina.[25] However, it was unable to make it to the track prior to the garage opening at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time Friday, so Annett used the backup car of teammate Justin Allgaier to race this weekend.[25] The spare cars served as both drivers' backups.[25]

Entry listEdit

The entry list for the AAA Texas 500 was released on Monday, November 2 at 12:21 p.m. Eastern time. Forty-five cars were entered for the race. All but Ryan Blaney and Michael McDowell were entered in the previous week's race at Martinsville. Joey Gase returned to the seat of the No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford. Brian Scott returned to the seat of the No. 33 Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet. Reed Sorenson drove the No. 62 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet. With Kenseth being parked by NASCAR, Erik Jones made his second career Sprint Cup Series start in the No. 20 Toyota.[26]

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski (PC3) Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick (PC1) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Tony Stewart (PC4) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney (i) Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota
24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
26 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Joey Gase (i) Go FAS Racing Ford
33 Brian Scott (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet
34 Brett Moffitt (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford
38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford
40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet
41 Kurt Busch (PC5) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson (PC2) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
62 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford
98 Ryan Preece Premium Motorsports Ford
Official initial entry list
Official final entry list
Key Meaning
(R) Rookie
(i) Ineligible for points
(PC#) Past champions provisional

First practiceEdit

Brad Keselowski was the fastest in the first and only practice session with a time of 27.403 and a speed of 197.059 mph (317.136 km/h).[27] The other two practice sessions scheduled on Saturday were cancelled because NASCAR had difficulties drying the track due to a combination of overnight rain, high humidity and weepers (water seeping out of the surface of the track which happens largely at tracks with older asphalt surfaces).[28]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 27.403 197.059
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.492 196.421
3 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.516 196.249
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

 
Brad Keselowski scored the pole for the race.

Brad Keselowski won the pole with a time of 27.421 196.929 mph (316.927 km/h).[29] He said that his "Wurth Ford Fusion has been really good since we unloaded. Very similar to where we were at Kansas - really fast in practice and really fast in qualifying. But we just need that to stay with us in the race and we didn't get that in Kansas."[30] He also joked that his team will "have the first pit stall and we get to keep it this time. We are really excited about the race Sunday.”[30] Kevin Harvick, who qualified second, said that he practically "ran the same speed in all three rounds there. Didn’t quite have the raw speed in the first round, but this is a racetrack where you want the car to keep going as long as you can. Felt like we had a good start to our race trim practice today and going to have a good spot to start on Sunday.”[30] Kyle Busch, who qualified third, said that while his team doesn't "need to win...we would love to win. I feel like this is a good opportunity for us to have a really good day and for us to score a victory. We come to every race trying to win and this one’s no different. I hope that Texas will bode well for us and we can score that win. If not, a solid top-five finish is exactly what we need. That’s where we need to be at the end of the day and carry on that momentum and go into Phoenix and hope for another solid day there.”[30] Joey Logano, who qualified fourth, said while he doesn't "think we are bad in race trim...I do think we have a little bit of work to do there, so I am anxious to get at that tomorrow and get to work on it and find a little bit more speed for Sunday."[30] Erik Jones, who qualified sixth driving in place of the suspended Matt Kenseth, said that his qualifying run was "a really good effort for us. We made the final round at Kansas as well so it’s cool to make the final round in both our starts. We’ll see where it goes from here, obviously we’ve got a long ways to go yet for Sunday – 500 miles. This definitely helps everybody’s confidence a little bit for that.”[30] Martin Truex, Jr., who qualified 23rd, said that his car "never really clicked in qualifying trim today and that's why we're starting in the middle of the pack. But we've been there before and fought our way to the front. As I keep on saying this team never quits. We're always working hard to find the right combination and I am hopeful that our car will perform better in race trim during tomorrow's two practice sessions."[30]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 27.234 27.348 27.421
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.526 27.475 27.552
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.395 27.540 27.591
4 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 27.375 27.457 27.633
5 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 27.418 27.601 27.644
6 20 Erik Jones (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.492 27.613 27.650
7 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.377 27.530 27.694
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.494 27.571 27.708
9 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.416 27.593 27.740
10 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.399 27.630 27.767
11 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.555 27.640 27.934
12 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.561 27.632 28.361
13 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.581 27.644
14 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 27.418 27.646
15 55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 27.596 27.667
16 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.524 27.672
17 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 27.572 27.718
18 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.535 27.744
19 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.433 27.755
20 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.504 27.810
21 33 Brian Scott (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 27.612 27.810
22 14 Tony Stewart[N 1] Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.375 27.819
23 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 27.608 27.835
24 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 27.558 27.883
25 21 Ryan Blaney (i) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 27.618
26 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.622
27 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 27.645
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.670
29 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.672
30 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 27.730
31 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 27.743
32 9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 27.746
33 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 27.911
34 26 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 27.988
35 34 Brett Moffitt (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.030
36 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 28.060
37 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 28.077
38 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 28.085
39 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.185
40 23 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota 28.193
41 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.236
42 98 Ryan Preece[N 2] Premium Motorsports Ford 28.318
43 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 28.483
Failed to qualify
44 32 Joey Gase (i) Go FAS Racing Ford 28.329
45 62 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 28.744
Official qualifying results

RaceEdit

First halfEdit

StartEdit

Under clear blue Texas skies, Brad Keselowski led the field to the green flag at 2:21 p.m. After the first 10 laps, he pulled to a second and a half lead over Kevin Harvick. The first caution of the race flew on lap 11 for a single–car wreck in turn 4. Halfway down the backstretch, the left-rear tire on Joey Logano's car went flat. He couldn't control the car rounding turn 3 and spun out.[33] The damage to his fender was significant and he went a number of laps down while his crew tried to repair it.[33] Eventually, crew chief Todd Gordon told him to take the car to the garage.[33] Logano said afterwards that the left-rear tire "just blew apart off of Turn 2. [It] came apart and shredded everything inside the car. It did a lot more damage than just the tire blowing apart."[34] He also said that this race "was a must-win situation as well. If we finished second today we would be in the same boat going into Phoenix. I feel great about our chances at Phoenix. It has been a great race track for us in the past. I felt like this track was a great one for us as well. It is unfortunate that we finished how we did.”[35]

The race restarted on lap 18. Harvick and Keselowski dragged raced down the front stretch with the former take the lead on lap 19. The second caution of the race flew on lap 25 for a single-car wreck in turn 1. Ryan Blaney suffered a right-front tire blowout and slammed the wall in turn 1 and would go on to finish 43rd.[36] Because this happened a lap before the scheduled competition caution, NASCAR race control decided to treat this as the competition caution. This meant teams could refuel the cars. Matt DiBenedetto opted not to pit and assumed the lead. He pitted the next lap and handed the lead back to Keselowski. A. J. Allmendinger was tagged for an uncontrolled tire and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field. Aric Almirola was tagged for having too many crew members over the wall and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field. Denny Hamlin took his car to the garage for issues with his fuel pump.[37]

The race restarted on lap 30. The third caution of the race flew on lap 36 for a single-car incident in turn 1. Rounding the front stretch, Harvick's left-rear tire went down and he dove down onto the apron.[38] After the race, crew chief Rodney Childers said that the car "had that left-rear go down and automatically you panic and think it was self-inflicted like maybe we didn’t have enough air in it, that kind of thing. As soon as I got down off the (pit) box, I saw a piece cut right in the tread. It was probably out of one of the cars that was tore up earlier."[39]

The race restarted on lap 42. Kyle Busch edged Keselowski for the lead the next lap, but he lost it to the No. 2 car the next lap. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made an unscheduled stop for a flat right-front tire. The fourth caution of the race flew on lap 51 for a single-car spin on the front stretch. Exiting turn 4, Tony Stewart got loose and spun out into the grass. Keselowski exited pit road with the lead. Almirola was tagged again for having too many crew members over the wall and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.[37]

The race restarted on lap 58. Debris on the front stretch brought out the fifth caution of the race on lap 100. The debris was a shredded left-rear tire from Kyle Larson's car.[37]

Second quarterEdit

The race restarted on lap 107. Ryan Newman made an unscheduled stop at lap 146 after cutting down his left-rear tire exiting turn 2. This left debris on the backstretch and brought out the sixth caution of the race on lap 149. Kasey Kahne was tagged for speeding on pit road and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.[37]

The race restarted on lap 155. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. tagged the wall with his right-rear corner. This affected the handling of his car and he began to fall back through the field. He spun in the turn 3 apron and brought out the seventh caution of the race on lap 167.[40] A. J. Allmendinger was tagged for an uncontrolled tire and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.[37]

Second halfEdit

HalfwayEdit

The race restarted on lap 173. Debris in turn 2 brought out the eighth caution of the race on lap 196. The debris came from the shredded right-rear tire of Trevor Bayne's car. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was tagged for having too many crew members over the wall and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field. Joey Logano was tagged for speeding on pit road and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.[37]

The race restarted on lap 204. Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards kicked off a cycle of green flag stops with 84 laps to go. Brad Keselowski pitted with 83 laps to go and handed the lead to Jimmie Johnson. He pitted the next lap and the lead cycled back to Keselowski.[37]

Fourth quarterEdit

 
Jimmie Johnson, seen here at the 2015 Daytona 500, scored his 75th victory at Texas.

Kevin Harvick made an unscheduled stop with 53 laps to go for a flat right-rear tire. He fell to 20th–place in the running order and down a lap. Carl Edwards kicked off the final cycle of pit stops with 38 laps to go. Keselowski hit pit road with 37 laps to go and the lead cycled to Harvick. Denny Hamlin was tagged for speeding on pit road and was forced to serve a drive-through penalty. On 16-lap older tires, he was no match for Keselowski as he was passed with ease with 35 laps to go.[37]

Debris in turn 2 brought out the ninth caution of the race with 24 laps to go. The debris was a shredded right front tire from Erik Jones.[37]

The race restarted with 18 laps to go. Martin Truex, Jr. edged out Keselowski to take the lead with 17 to go, but Keselowski took it back the next lap. Jimmie Johnson kept the pressure on him for the next 12 laps. He took the lead with three laps to go and scored his 75th career win.[41]

Post-raceEdit

Driver commentsEdit

After the race, Johnson said that he "just kept pressure on him (Keselowski). I could see that he was really tight and that was the first I had seen him that vulnerable all day. I just kept the pressure on him, kept searching for line. He saw me coming on the top and protected it. I just kept trying to put pressure on him hoping for a mistake. He got real loose off of Turn 2 and I had a big run down the backstretch and drove it in really far into Turn 3 hoping to hear clear. Once I did I knew I was home free.”[42]

Keselowski said that Johnson's "car had mega turn that last run and I couldn’t keep the turn and it kept pushing real bad. I did everything I could to hold him off but he was way faster that last run."[43] Despite sitting 19–points out of the fourth–place Chase cutoff, he said he wasn't "sure exactly how to feel about it at the moment. The 48 car had so much speed them last 10 laps. Maybe I'll change my mind [but] I don't know what I would have done differently or could have done differently. There's always something you can do better. But not knowing what that might be at this moment makes it a little bit easier to digest."[44]

Following a third–place finish, Harvick said that his team has "had to overcome things week after week after week. I guess those are character-building moments as you go through those weekend, but we’ve managed to survive and advance and that’s what we’ve got to do next week.”[45] With the next race being Phoenix, he also said that the track is "definitely a good place for us to go. It’s been very successful but that doesn’t mean we’re going to go there and run good this time. We’ve got to go and try and have our ducks in a row. We’ve done a good job managing the Chase so far with all the adversity we’ve had. We’ve only really had one smooth weekend, so we’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing and hopefully the smooth weekend is the next week and the week after.”[46]

Kyle Busch said of his fourth–place finish that it ended up being "a really good day for us. Obviously, just being able to run our own race and to perform the way we did, I felt like it was pretty good. I wish we had a little bit faster car on the short runs for sure. I think that was kind of where we lost most of our time here today. Once things got single filed out, spread out, our car was a little better on the long runs. At least we did have some speed in our car on one side of the run where we could make up some ground and maintain our position on the racetrack. Can’t say enough on Adam Stevens, everyone on the team did a great job. Our Toyota Camry was awesome. TRD did a great job with the engines. Look forward to Phoenix next week, maintaining our position. If we can go out there and win, sure, we’d love to win.”[47]

After finishing seventh, Kurt Busch said that his race "was good, hard fought battle with limited practice. We had to go with our best effort to get the set-up. We battled through it. It just wasn’t the winning car we needed to try to advance. The way that we had been running we knew we could get close to fifth. We got seventh today so we will take it.”[48]

Following an eighth–place finish, Martin Truex, Jr. said that he "thought we had a shot at it (the win) and the right-front wheel started shaking real bad and got tight. It's a damn shame. It's a good run. ... We had a really good race car."[49] Sitting fourth in the standings six–points back of the lead, he said it certainly helped that "[t]he 2 didn't win the race...I was cheering for Jimmie Johnson pretty hard. We did what we needed to do. It would have been nice to have those five or six spots -- that's five or six points next week. It could be the difference. But we'll just have to wait and see and we'll go race hard again."[49]

Speaking on a ninth–place finish, Jeff Gordon – who's locked into the championship race following his win at Martinsville the week before – said he "thought we learned a lot this weekend. I think we certainly know that our cars are fast because our teammate won. Congrats to him. I think that's awesome he beat the No. 2 (Brad Keselowski). That is spectacular, I'm going to give him a big hug for that. At the same time I think that we were here to execute and push hard, try to win, but also to just learn what we could. I thought we learned some stuff."[50]

Following a 12th–place finish in only his second career Sprint Cup Series start, Erik Jones – who also finished fourth in the Xfinity Series race the previous day and won the Camping World Truck Series race two days prior – said that he was "ready to take the day off. I don’t think I’ve ever run more than two races – a Truck and Xfinity race – in more than one weekend. At this point, I’m feeling fine, but I can definitely feeling it coming on. I’ll be worn out tonight.”[51] He also said that he wished his car "could have been a little stronger there at the end. We had that right front go down and it tore the nose up pretty good, so kind of took us out of a shot at a top-10. To still come home 12th is a good day for us. We worked hard all day to really keep the thing balanced and good and strong.”[51]

Race resultsEdit

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 8 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 334 47
2 1 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 334 44
3 2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 334 42
4 3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 334 41
5 13 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 334 39
6 10 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 334 38
7 7 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 334 37
8 23 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 334 37
9 18 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 334 35
10 27 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 334 34
11 26 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 334 33
12 6 20 Erik Jones (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 334 0
13 20 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 334 31
14 21 33 Brian Scott (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 334 0
15 14 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 334 29
16 11 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 334 28
17 30 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 334 27
18 24 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 334 26
19 12 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 333 25
20 16 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 333 24
21 28 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 333 23
22 19 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 333 22
23 15 55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 333 21
24 32 9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 332 20
25 36 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 331 0
26 17 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 330 18
27 39 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 330 17
28 43 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 330 16
29 41 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 329 16
30 35 34 Brett Moffitt (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 329 14
31 37 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 329 13
32 40 23 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota 329 12
33 34 26 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 329 0
34 33 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 328 10
35 38 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 328 9
36 42 98 Ryan Preece Premium Motorsports Ford 326 8
37 5 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 304 7
38 9 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 304 6
39 29 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 296 5
40 4 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 268 4
41 31 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 236 3
42 22 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 52 2
43 25 21 Ryan Blaney (i) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 26 0
Official AAA Texas 500 results

Race statisticsEdit

  • 15 lead changes among 8 different drivers
  • 9 cautions for 47 laps
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 38 minutes, 38 seconds
  • Average speed: 137.490 mph (221.269 km/h)
  • Jimmie Johnson took home $462,976 in winnings
Lap Leaders
Laps Leader
1-17 Brad Keselowski
18-26 Kevin Harvick
27 Matt DiBenedetto (R)
28-41 Brad Keselowski
42 Kyle Busch
43-53 Brad Keselowski
54 David Gilliland
55 J. J. Yeley (i)
56-251 Brad Keselowski
252-253 Jimmie Johnson
254-297 Brad Keselowski
298-299 Kevin Harvick
300-316 Brad Keselowski
317 Martin Truex, Jr.
318-330 Brad Keselowski
331-334 Jimmie Johnson
Total laps led
Leader Laps
Brad Keselowski 312
Kevin Harvick 11
Jimmie Johnson 6
Kyle Busch 1
Martin Truex, Jr. 1
David Gilliland 1
J. J. Yeley (i) 1
Matt DiBenedetto (R) 1

Race awardsEdit

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, two–time Texas winner Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast handled pit road on the television side.

NBC
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Dave Burns
Mike Massaro
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

PRN had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini called the race from the booth when the field was racing down the frontstretch. Rob Albright called the race from atop the turn 2 condo when the field was racing through turns 1 and 2. Pat Patterson called the race from atop the turn 4 suites when the field was racing through turns 3 and 4. Brad Gillie, Brett McMillan, Jim Noble and Steve Richards handled pit road on the radio side.

PRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Doug Rice[52]
Announcer: Mark Garrow[52]
Announcer: Wendy Venturini[52]
Turns 1 & 2: Rob Albright[52]
Turns 3 & 4: Pat Patterson[52]
Brad Gillie[52]
Brett McMillan[52]
Jim Noble[52]
Steve Richards[52]

Standings after the raceEdit

NoteEdit

  1. ^ Tony Stewart started from the rear of the field for missing driver introductions.[31]
  2. ^ Ryan Preece started from the rear of the field after changing engines.[32]

ReferencesEdit

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