NSCS: AAA Texas 500 Preview – Texas Motor Speedway

Photo Credit: Texas Motor Speedway

Information:

Date: Sunday – November 6th, 2011
Time: 3 PM ET
Location: Texas Motor Speedway
Distance: 334 Laps/501 Miles
Broadcast: TV – ESPN
Radio – PRN (Performance Racing Network)/Sirius XM Ch. 90

Weather:

High: 73°F – Low: 59°F
Start Time: 73°F
End of Race: 69°
Chance of Rain: 40%
Wind: From S at 14 mph

Fantasy Racing Picks:

Target: Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle, Mark Martin, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth
Avoid: David Reutimann, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Newman
Analysis: Biffle led 224 laps last November and finished fifth. Kurt Busch has raced far better than his finishes indicate. Matt Kenseth will be on his ‘A’ game, after he dominated here earlier in the season.
Bargain: Paul Menard got his first career top-10 at the track last November. Texas is Bobby Labonte’s home state, giving him added motivation to do better.

Preview Notes:

-Seven down and three to go, as the Chase heads to the Lone Star State of Texas this weekend.

-Carl Edwards’ lead has dwindled down to just eight after having a 14-point lead prior to Martinsville. Tony Stewart’s win last week, coupled with Edwards’ ninth-place finish, boosted the three-time winner in this year’s Chase to second on the points list, while Matt Kenseth, who held the second position, fell to fifth after finishing 31st.

-The points spread among Edwards and Stewart is the closest with three races three races to go in the season since the inception of the Chase in 2004.

-Not to be overlooked is Kevin Harvick, who sits in third, 21 points behind. Harvick has five top-10′s in the seven races and has recorded five consecutive top-10s in this race.

-Last season, Denny Hamlin took over the points lead from Jimmie Johnson in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship after winning the AAA Texas 500 in a wild day of racing at Texas Motor Speedway.

-Texas Motor Speedway: The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas was on April 6, 1997. There have been 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one per season 1997 through 2004 and two races per year since 2005. Four drivers have competed in all 21 Texas races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin. Matt Kenseth started 31st en route to his victory at Texas in 2002, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started.

-The pole sitter has never won this race and in the 21 previous races at Texas Motor Speedway, only once has the top position crossed the finish line first (Kasey Kahne, April 2006). 15 of the 21 races have been won from a top-10 starting position.

Next Up: Phoenix International Raceway

Entry List: 

#00 David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL) Toyota/Aaron’s Dream Machine

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Dodge/Miller Lite

#4 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Toyota/Red Bull

#5 Mark Martin (Batesville, AR) Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com/Carquest

#6 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/UPS My Choice

#7 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Dodge/Speed Energy/Mapei

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/DeWalt

#11 * Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Office

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Toyota/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil 1

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/Scotch Blue

#17 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Ford/Crown Royal

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M’s

#20 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Toyota/Home Depot

#21 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire

#22 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Dodge/AAA

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Quaker State

#29 Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Rheem

#30 David Stremme (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Inception Motorsports

#31 Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA) Chevrolet/Caterpillar

#32 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Ford/Street King

#33 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Chevrolet/Cheerios/Hamb. Helper

#34 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/TBA

#35 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Chevrolet/Big Red

#36 Geoffrey Bodine (Chemung, NY) Chevrolet/Luke & Associates

#37 To Be Announced Ford/Max Q Motorsports

#38 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Ford/Long John Silver’s

#39 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#42 Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia) Chevrolet/Target

#43 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Ford/Best Buy/Immortals

#46 Scott Speed (Manteca, CA) Ford/Green Stuff Absorbant

#47 Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX) Toyota/Wounded Warrior Project

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe’s

#51 Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA) Chevrolet/Security Benefits

#55 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Ford/Ingersoil Rand

#56 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts

#66 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Toyota/HP Racing

#71 Andy Lally (Northport, NY) Ford/TRG Motorsports

#177 Robby Gordon (Orange, CA) Dodge/Speed Energy

#277 T.J. Bell (Reno, VA) Ford/TRG Motorsports

#78 Regan Smith (Cato, NY) Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing

#83 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Red Bull

#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/TBA

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat’l Guard

#95 David Starr (Houston, TX) Ford/Advocare

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Aflac

Past Winners: 

2010 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 140.456 m.p.h.
2009 Kurt Busch, Dodge, 147.137 m.p.h.
2008 Carl Edwards, Ford, 144.219 m.p.h.
2007 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 131.219 m.p.h.
2006 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 134.891 m.p.h.
2005 Carl Edwards, Ford, 151.055 m.p.h. (race record)

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