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The 2017 AAA Texas 500 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race which was held on November 5, 2017, 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 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, eighth race of the Playoffs, and second race of the Round of 8.

2017 AAA Texas 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 34 of 36 in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
AAA Texas 500 logo.jpg
Date November 5, 2017 (2017-11-05)
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)
Average speed 143.234 miles per hour (230.513 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Stewart-Haas Racing
Time 26.877
Most laps led
Driver Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
Laps 107
Winner
No. 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Dale Jarrett, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte
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)

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.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
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 Ford
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Joey Gase (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota
24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Paul Menard* Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Ray Black Jr. (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
66 David Starr (i) MBM Motorsports Chevrolet
72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
83 Gray Gaulding (R) BK Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list
  • Daniel Hemric filled in for Menard for Qualifying, First and Second Practices as Menard and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their second child that week.

First practiceEdit

Ryan Blaney was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 27.009 seconds and a speed of 199.933 mph (321.761 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 27.009 199.933
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.109 199.196
3 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 27.111 199.181
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

Kurt Busch scored the pole for the race with a time of 26.877 and a speed of 200.915 mph (323.341 km/h).[12]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 27.099 27.047 26.877
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.181 27.010 26.917
3 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 27.016 27.015 26.949
4 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 27.142 26.997 26.956
5 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.221 27.090 26.966
6 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.355 27.133 27.055
7 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 27.362 27.064 27.077
8 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 27.321 27.138 27.084
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.427 27.158 27.173
10 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 27.164 27.159 27.207
11 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 27.332 27.228 27.253
12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.499 27.301 27.262
13 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 27.451 27.315
14 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 27.547 27.322
15 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.497 27.337
16 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 27.403 27.346
17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.460 27.350
18 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 27.521 27.374
19 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.474 27.397
20 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 27.598 27.477
21 27 Daniel Hemric (i) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.554 27.520
22 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 27.644 27.601
23 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 27.643 27.807
24 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 27.509 27.810
25 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.671
26 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 27.725
27 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet 27.846
28 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 27.849
29 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 28.143
30 7 Joey Gase (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 28.717
31 51 Ray Black Jr. (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 28.861
32 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 28.876
33 66 David Starr (i) MBM Motorsports Chevrolet 29.704
34 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 0.000
35 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 0.000
36 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 0.000
37 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 0.000
38 15 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 0.000
39 23 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota 0.000
40 83 Gray Gaulding (R) BK Racing Toyota 0.000
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Kurt Busch was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 28.159 seconds and a speed of 191.768 mph (308.621 km/h).[13]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.159 191.768
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.256 191.110
3 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 28.262 191.069
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

Denny Hamlin was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 28.203 seconds and a speed of 191.469 mph (308.139 km/h).[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.203 191.469
2 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 28.293 190.860
3 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 28.318 190.691
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

Race resultsEdit

Stage resultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 85

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 10
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 9
3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8
4 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 7
5 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 6
6 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 5
7 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4
8 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 3
9 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2
10 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 85

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 10
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9
3 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 8
4 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 7
5 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 6
6 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 5
7 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3
9 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 2
10 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1
Official stage two results

Final stage resultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 164

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 3 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 334 59
2 7 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 334 51
3 2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 334 47
4 35 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 334 40
5 10 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 334 32
6 8 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 334 42
7 36 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 334 30
8 34 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 334 35
9 1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 334 38
10 4 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 334 34
11 19 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 334 26
12 12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 334 25
13 15 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 334 27
14 6 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 334 24
15 18 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 334 22
16 16 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 334 21
17 14 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 333 20
18 13 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 333 19
19 5 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 333 18
20 25 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 333 17
21 23 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 333 16
22 26 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 333 15
23 21 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 332 14
24 27 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet 332 13
25 28 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 332 12
26 22 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 331 11
27 9 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 331 10
28 37 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 330 9
29 29 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 330 8
30 24 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 329 7
31 38 15 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 325 6
32 30 7 Joey Gase (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 322 0
33 32 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport - The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 322 4
34 31 51 Ray Black Jr. (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 305 0
35 17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 304 2
36 20 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 303 1
37 11 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 282 18
38 33 66 David Starr (i) MBM Motorsports Chevrolet 237 0
39 39 23 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota 227 1
40 40 83 Gray Gaulding (R) BK Racing Toyota 159 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 13 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 8 for 40
  • Red flags: 1 for 10 minutes and 29 seconds
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 29 minutes, 52 seconds
  • Average speed: 143.234 miles per hour (230.513 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBCSN covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen and Dale Jarrett had the call in the regular booth for the race. Two–time Texas winner Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte had the call in the NBC's Stock Car Smarts Booth for the race. Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color Commentator Dale Jarrett
Stock Car Smarts Booth Analyst: Jeff Burton
Stock Car Smarts Booth Analyst: Steve Letarte
Dave Burns
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

PRN had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

PRN
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
Brad Gillie
Brett McMillan
Jim Noble
Steve Richards

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2017 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 5, 2016. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "Texas Motor Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. October 31, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 3, 2017. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  5. ^ "Qualifying Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 3, 2017. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  6. ^ "Second Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 4, 2017. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 4, 2017. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  8. ^ "AAA Texas 500 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  9. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. November 6, 2017. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  10. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. November 6, 2017. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  11. ^ Spencer, Lee (November 3, 2017). "Ryan Blaney leads opening Texas practice with near 200mph lap". Motorsport.com. Fort Worth, Texas: Motorsport Network. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  12. ^ Hawkins, Stephen (November 3, 2017). "Kurt Busch, 4 other drivers top 200 mph in Texas qualifying". Associated Press. Fort Worth, Texas: AP Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  13. ^ Utter, Jim (November 4, 2017). "Kurt Busch fastest in Saturday's first Cup practice at Texas". Motorsport.com. Fort Worth, Texas: Motorsport Network. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  14. ^ Spencer, Lee (November 4, 2017). "Denny Hamlin tops final Cup practice at Texas". Motorsport.com. Fort Worth, Texas: Motorsport Network. Retrieved November 4, 2017.


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