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2018 AAA Texas 500

The 2018 AAA Texas 500 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race that was held on November 4, 2018, at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Contested over 337 laps -- extended from 334 laps due to an overtime finish, on the 1.5 mile (2.4 km) intermediate quad-oval, it is the 34th race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, eighth race of the Playoffs, and second race of the Round of 8.

2018 AAA Texas 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 34 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date November 4, 2018 (2018-11-04)
Location Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 337 laps, 505.5 mi (808.8 km)
Scheduled Distance 334 laps, 501 mi (801.6 km)
Average speed 150.558 miles per hour (242.300 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Team Penske
Time 26.932
Most laps led
Driver Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Laps 177
Winner
No. 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Nielsen Ratings 1.4/1.5 (Overnight)[11]
Radio in the United States
Radio PRN
Booth Announcers Doug Rice and Mark Garrow
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
00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet
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
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Reed Sorenson (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota
24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell 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 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Joey Gase (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford
66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
96 Parker Kligerman (i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
97 David Starr (i) Obaika Racing Toyota
99 Kyle Weatherman StarCom Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

First practiceEdit

Ryan Blaney was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 27.139 seconds and a speed of 198.976 mph (320.221 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 27.139 198.976
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 27.210 198.456
3 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 27.254 198.136
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

Ryan Blaney scored the pole for the race with a time of 26.932 and a speed of 200.505 mph (322.682 km/h).[13]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 27.043 27.182 26.932
2 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 27.220 27.188 26.969
3 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 27.115 27.068 27.008
4 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 27.251 27.277 27.030
5 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 27.361 27.273 27.064
6 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.488 27.162 27.101
7 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 27.201 27.070 27.070
8 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 27.302 26.964 26.964
9 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.273 27.181 27.126
10 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.187 27.142 27.142
11 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 27.428 27.262 27.262
12 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.276 27.130 27.130
13 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 27.396 27.278
14 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.451 27.283
15 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.544 27.312
16 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.506 27.316
17 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.425 27.329
18 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.505 27.336
19 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.441 27.356
20 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 27.313 27.358
21 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 27.364 27.399
22 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 27.538 27.437
23 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.418 27.449
24 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 27.519 27.479
25 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 27.550
26 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.646
27 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 27.661
28 95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 27.728
29 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 27.767
30 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 27.778
31 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 28.066
32 00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 28.148
33 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 28.228
34 96 Parker Kligerman (i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 28.256
35 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 28.381
36 99 Kyle Weatherman StarCom Racing Chevrolet 28.598
37 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 28.598
38 7 Reed Sorenson (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 28.785
39 51 Joey Gase (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford 29.496
40 97 David Starr (i) Obaika Racing Toyota 29.784
Did not qualify
41 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 0.000
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Aric Almirola was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 27.856 seconds and a speed of 193.854 mph (311.978 km/h).[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 27.856 193.854
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.863 193.805
3 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 27.868 193.771
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 28.074 seconds and a speed of 192.349 mph (309.556 km/h).[15]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.074 192.349
2 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.114 192.075
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 28.142 191.884
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 85

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 10
2 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9
3 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8
4 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 7
5 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 6
6 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 5
7 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4
8 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 3
9 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2
10 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 85

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 10
2 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 9
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 8
4 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 7
5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 6
6 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 5
7 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4
8 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 3
9 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2
10 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports 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 337 20
2 1 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 337 31
3 8 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 337 45
4 12 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 337 25
5 22 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 337 32
6 16 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 337 34
7 7 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 337 42
8 4 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 337 35
9 13 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 337 42
10 26 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 337 27
11 17 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 337 26
12 5 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 337 32
13 11 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 337 27
14 18 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 337 23
15 23 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 337 22
16 9 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 337 21
17 10 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 337 24
18 14 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 335 19
19 20 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 335 18
20 25 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 335 17
21 15 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 335 16
22 24 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 335 15
23 21 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 335 14
24 27 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 335 13
25 30 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 335 12
26 2 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 334 11
27 28 95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 332 10
28 19 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 332 11
29 29 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 331 8
30 6 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 331 7
31 34 96 Parker Kligerman (i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 329 0
32 33 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 326 0
33 38 7 Reed Sorenson (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 326 0
34 36 99 Kyle Weatherman StarCom Racing Chevrolet 323 3
35 32 00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 321 0
36 35 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 321 0
37 39 51 Joey Gase (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford 317 0
38 31 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 300 1
39 40 97 David Starr (i) Obaika Racing Toyota 287 0
40 37 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 269 1
Official race results

† Kevin Harvick was penalized 40 points and the win is encumbered due to a spoiler infraction post-race.[16]

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 16 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 8 for 37
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 21 minutes and 27 seconds
  • Average speed: 150.558 miles per hour (242.300 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, Two–time Texas winner Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and 2000 Texas winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the call in the 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: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Color-commentator: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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
Turns 1 & 2: Rob Albright
Turns 3 & 4: Pat Patterson
Brad Gillie
Brett McMillan
Wendy Venturini
Steve Richards

Standings after the raceEdit

  • after the race Kevin Harvick was issued a L1 penalty after the race, his win will not count and he is deducted 40 points as well as his crew and car chief are ejected

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 5, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Texas Motor Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. October 30, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 2, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Starting Lineup". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 2, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  6. ^ "Second Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 3, 2018. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 3, 2018. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "AAA Texas 500 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 4, 2018. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. November 5, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. November 5, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "Final Texas TV ratings". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  12. ^ DeGroot, Nick (November 2, 2018). "Ryan Blaney leads Friday's lone Cup practice at Texas". Motorsport.com. Fort Worth, Texas: Motorsport Network. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  13. ^ Hawkins, Stephen (November 2, 2018). "Blaney 200-mph Texas pole; all 4 Stewart Haas cars in top 7". Associated Press. Fort Worth, Texas: AP Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  14. ^ Utter, Jim (November 3, 2018). "Almirola leads the way in Saturday's first Texas practice". Motorsport.com. Fort Worth, Texas: Motorsport Network. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  15. ^ Utter, Jim (November 3, 2018). "Ricky Stenhouse Jr. tops Kurt Busch in final practice at Texas". Motorsport.com. Fort Worth, Texas: Motorsport Network. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  16. ^ "No. 4 team assessed L1-level penalty, docked 40 points". The Official Site Of NASCAR. Retrieved November 7, 2018.


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