2016 AAA Texas 500
The 2016 AAA Texas 500 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on November 6, 2016, 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 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, eighth race of the Chase and second race of the Round of 8. This would also turn out to be Carl Edwards 28th and final career victory.
|Race 34 of 36 in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
|Date||November 6, 2016|
|Location||Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas|
Permanent racing facility|
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
|Distance||293 laps, 439.5 mi (703.2 km)|
|Scheduled Distance||334 laps, 501 mi (801.6 km)|
|Average speed||134.541 miles per hour (216.523 km/h)|
|Driver||Richard Childress Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Joey Logano||Team Penske|
|No. 19||Carl Edwards||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte|
|Radio in the United States|
|Booth Announcers||Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini|
|Turn Announcers||Rob Albright (1 & 2) and Pat Patterson (3 & 4)|
- 1 Report
- 2 First practice
- 3 Qualifying
- 4 Practice (post-qualifying)
- 5 Race
- 6 Media
- 7 Standings after the race
- 8 References
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.
|1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford|
|3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet|
|5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford|
|7||Regan Smith||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet|
|10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet|
|11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Chevrolet|
|14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet|
|15||Clint Bowyer||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|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||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|21||Ryan Blaney (R)||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford|
|22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford|
|23||David Ragan||BK Racing||Toyota|
|24||Chase Elliott (R)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|26||Dylan Lupton (i)||BK Racing||Toyota|
|27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|30||Josh Wise||The Motorsports Group||Chevrolet|
|31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|32||Joey Gase (i)||Go FAS Racing||Ford|
|34||Chris Buescher (R)||Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|38||Landon Cassill||Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet|
|42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford|
|44||Brian Scott (R)||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford|
|46||Michael Annett||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet|
|48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|55||Reed Sorenson||Premium Motorsports||Toyota|
|78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota|
|83||Matt DiBenedetto||BK Racing||Toyota|
|88||Alex Bowman (i)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|93||Ryan Ellis (i)||BK Racing||Toyota|
|95||Michael McDowell||Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing||Chevrolet|
|Official entry list|
Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 27.455 and a speed of 196.685 mph (316.534 km/h). Kyle Busch went to a backup car after hitting the wall exiting turn 4 on his first lap in practice. He said afterwards that he "got into Turn 3 and the car felt good. It loaded really well, but we got back into the throttle and got to the bumps and it bottomed me out a little bit. It got me up the track. From there the whole car just kind of came off the track. I couldn't get it checked up or slowed down in time before it slapped the wall. Speeds are really high here at Texas and when you lose that grip, it happens in a hurry and it got away from me. I wish I would have taken it a little easier but I wasn't even trying that hard to be honest so it was a shock that it happened."
|1||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||27.455||196.685|
|2||19||Carl Edwards||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||27.512||196.278|
|3||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||27.561||195.929|
|Official first practice results|
Austin Dillon scored the pole for the race with a time of 28.081 and a speed of 192.301 mph (309.478 km/h). He said afterwards that he couldn't "be happier for RCR and everybody back at the shop. A lot of hard work and effort goes on. We missed the Chase by just two feet. We want to prove that we can win a race by the end of this year. This is big for us. I thought I messed up the lap, truthfully. I got a lot of good speed off of (Turn) 2, but Turn 3 I turned in and missed my corner, but it worked out. Proud of these guys and everybody back home."
Joey Logano, who qualified second, said he "didn’t think it would be anywhere close to the pole" after he "got done with that last run," and that he "didn’t have a very good run in (turn) 2 at all; I missed the bottom. And then realizing how close you were to the pole afterward is the most frustrating part of it, especially after last week.
Kyle Busch's crew chief Adam Stevens, who took the No. 18 car to the garage for a water leak after advancing into the second round, said he thought the leak was "a byproduct of pounding the fence before we even completed a lap in practice. In our hurry to change the motor and all the drivetrain afterwards, apparently we didn’t get the lower radiator hose completely clamped on the water neck out of the block and proceeded to dump all the water out of it on pit road after our first run. We’re going to start 24th and get after them from there.”
|1||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||27.960||27.979||28.081|
|2||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||27.797||27.982||28.087|
|3||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||27.855||27.826||28.099|
|4||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||28.095||28.231||28.106|
|5||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||27.952||28.237||28.131|
|6||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||28.007||28.020||28.195|
|7||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||28.062||28.208||28.216|
|8||21||Ryan Blaney (R)||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||28.027||28.202||28.232|
|9||19||Carl Edwards||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||27.977||27.844||28.274|
|10||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||27.981||28.173||28.340|
|11||24||Chase Elliott (R)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||27.863||28.093||28.357|
|12||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||27.941||28.163||28.487|
|13||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||28.118||28.238|
|14||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||28.055||28.244|
|15||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||28.138||28.265|
|16||88||Alex Bowman (i)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.132||28.288|
|17||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||27.957||28.298|
|18||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||28.012||28.335|
|19||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.071||28.493|
|20||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||28.243||28.542|
|21||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||28.121||28.623|
|22||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||28.134||28.742|
|23||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||28.090||281.286|
|24||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||27.827||0.000|
|25||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||28.251|
|26||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||28.308|
|27||15||Clint Bowyer||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.312|
|28||95||Michael McDowell||Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing||Chevrolet||28.343|
|29||44||Brian Scott (R)||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||28.372|
|30||34||Chris Buescher (R)||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||28.374|
|31||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.389|
|32||7||Regan Smith||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||28.435|
|33||83||Matt DiBenedetto||BK Racing||Toyota||28.436|
|34||38||Landon Cassill||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||28.561|
|35||93||Ryan Ellis (i)||BK Racing||Toyota||28.648|
|36||23||David Ragan||BK Racing||Toyota||28.778|
|37||46||Michael Annett||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.903|
|38||55||Reed Sorenson||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||29.316|
|39||32||Joey Gase (i)||Go FAS Racing||Ford||29.660|
|40||30||Josh Wise||The Motorsports Group||Chevrolet||29.877|
|Official qualifying results|
|1||21||Ryan Blaney (R)||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||28.645||188.515|
|2||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||28.646||188.508|
|3||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||28.747||187.846|
|Official second practice results|
|1||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||28.319||190.685|
|2||78||Martin Truex, Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||28.453||189.787|
|3||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||28.458||189.753|
|Official final practice results|
The start of the race was delayed for nearly six hours due to rain. The aged surface compounded the drying time. Austin Dillon led the field to the green flag at 7:56 p.m. under yellow flag conditions as the track surface was still not completely dry. The race went green at lap 7. Dillon was no match for Joey Logano who beat him on the restart to take the lead. The second caution of the race flew on lap 29. It was a scheduled competition caution.
The race restarted on lap 34. Green flag stops started on lap 73. Logano pitted from the lead on lap 76 and handed it to Dillon. He pitted the next lap and gave the lead to Denny Hamlin. He pitted the next lap and handed the lead to Kyle Busch who pitted the same lap on the next trip by, and the lead cycled back to Logano.
The third caution flew on lap 109 for Brian Scott spinning out in turn 4.
The race restarted on lap 116. Debris on the backstretch, a piece of hose, brought out the fourth caution on lap 117. The piece of debris punched a hole through the front bumper of Busch's car.
The race restarted on lap 121. The fifth caution flew on lap 143 for Paul Menard spinning in turn 3. Adding to his drama, a tire appeared to "explode" in his stall when it was something related to the inner liner. “When a car spins it generally flat spots the tires, which is exactly what happened here,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of race tire sales. “It flat spotted both front (tires). The damage that was done to the left front as he drove around the race track looked like it partially unseated the inner liner. So it was actually the inner liner that let go on pit road. It wasn’t the tire itself. The tire was already down.”
The race restarted on lap 149. Green flag stops commenced on lap 188. Logano pitted on lap 189 and the lead cycled to Martin Truex Jr.
He and Edwards were fighting for the lead when both decided to pit on lap 224 and Chase Elliott took over the lead. He pitted the following lap and the lead cycled back to Truex.
The race restarted with 74 to go. A three-car wreck on the frontstretch involving Dillon, Casey Mears and Scott brought out the seventh caution with 72 to go. Dillon said afterwards that Harvick "sucked down on my door tighter than anybody had all night. He knew how tight he was at my door, that’s why I slid up in front of him. He didn’t check (up). He had the opportunity to. He didn’t like it that the silver spoon kid was outrunning him tonight, so we’ll be alright. We’ve got two weeks left. We just want to come out and win a race.” Harvick said after the race that "there was no intent there. I like racing with Austin. I like everything that they do. There was no reason [to hit him]. I was running seventh [or] sixth. He slid up and got loose and I hit the back of him."
The race restarted with 64 to go. Rain brought out the eighth caution with 45 to go. The race was red-flagged with 41 to go, declared official a few minutes later and Edwards was declared the winner.
Edwards said in victory lane that he "actually enjoyed [the race]. Obviously this is what we had to do. The guys got me off pit road first and that's what won it for me. We've got a shot at the championship at Homestead and that's all we wanted."
Logano, who led a race high of 178 laps, said to come "that close to winning and [leading] the most laps, second stings. That's our goal every week, is to win. Anything short of that is a failure. I feel like we were so close to that today. But ultimately, we did gain some points. We're in right now. We were out going into this race. So, you know, we did the best we could as far as leading laps and getting that bonus point, or those two bonus points with the most laps led as well. But we didn't get the win part. That would have been nice."
|1||9||19||Carl Edwards||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||293||44|
|2||2||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||293||41|
|3||12||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||293||39|
|4||11||24||Chase Elliott (R)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||293||38|
|5||24||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||293||37|
|6||3||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||293||35|
|7||7||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||293||34|
|8||31||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||293||33|
|9||17||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||293||33|
|10||18||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||293||31|
|11||19||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||293||30|
|12||8||21||Ryan Blaney (R)||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||293||29|
|13||16||88||Alex Bowman (i)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||293||0|
|14||4||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||293||27|
|15||5||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||293||26|
|16||20||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||293||25|
|17||14||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||293||24|
|18||25||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||292||23|
|19||15||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||292||22|
|20||10||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||292||21|
|21||30||34||Chris Buescher (R)||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||292||20|
|22||21||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||292||19|
|23||28||95||Michael McDowell||Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing||Chevrolet||291||18|
|24||22||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||291||17|
|25||27||15||Clint Bowyer||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||291||16|
|26||32||7||Regan Smith||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||291||15|
|27||29||44||Brian Scott (R)||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||291||14|
|28||6||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||290||13|
|29||34||38||Landon Cassill||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||290||12|
|30||26||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||289||11|
|31||23||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||288||10|
|32||37||46||Michael Annett||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||287||9|
|33||36||23||David Regan||BK Racing||Toyota||287||8|
|34||33||83||Jeffrey Earnhardt (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||285||7|
|35||38||55||Reed Sorenson||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||285||6|
|36||39||32||Joey Gase (i)||Go FAS Racing||Ford||280||0|
|37||1||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||262||5|
|38||35||93||Ryan Ellis (i)||BK Racing||Toyota||261||0|
|39||13||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||260||2|
|40||40||30||Josh Wise||The Motorsports Group||Chevrolet||257||1|
|Official race results|
- Lead changes: 8 among different drivers
- Cautions/Laps: 8 for 37
- Red flags: 1
- Time of race: 3 hours, 16 minutes and 0 seconds
- Average speed: 134.541 miles per hour (216.523 km/h)
NBCSN will cover the race on the television side. Rick Allen, two–time Texas winner Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will have the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast handle pit road on the television side.
|Booth announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lead announcer: Doug Rice
Announcer: Mark Garrow
Announcer: Wendy Venturini
|Turns 1 & 2: Rob Albright
Turns 3 & 4: Pat Patterson
Standings after the raceEdit
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