THE RACE: AAA Texas 500
TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #34 of 36
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race #8 of 10
Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017 in Ft. Worth, TX
Title Sponsor: AAA
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16 pm/et
NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: 1:30pm/et NBCSN
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 2:00pm/et
Friday, November 3, 1:00 pm - 2:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, November 4, 3:00 pm - 3:55 pm/et, TV-CNBC;
Saturday, November 4, 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm/et, TV-CNBC
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, November 3 at 6:15 pm/et, Live coverage on NBC Live App. TV-NBCSN DELAYED until 11:30pm/et;
re-air scheduled: none
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, November 6 at 2:30 pm/et on NBCSN
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Friday, November 3
9:30 AM-7:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 PM-1:25 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
5:15 PM (6:15 PM/ET) MENCS QUALIFYING
Saturday, November 4
12:30 PM-9:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
2:00 PM-2:55 PM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
4:00 PM-4:50 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Sunday, November 5
7:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
12:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM (2:00 PM/ET) MENCS RACE (334 LAPS, 501 MILES)
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Track Length: 1.5 Mile (334 laps = 501 miles)
Race Length: 500 Miles (1) 500 Miles (2)
Width: 80 feet in turns 1 & 2
Width: 60 feet in turns 3 & 4
Banking in Corners 1 and 2: 20 degrees
Banking Corners 3 and 4: 24 degrees
Banking on Dogleg: 5 degrees
Banking on Backstretch: 5 degrees
Frontstretch: 2,250 feet
Backstretch: 1,330 feet
Pit Road: 45 pit stalls for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Pace Car Speed: 55mph
Grandstand Seating Capacity: 112,522 [138,122, 146,000 & 159,000]
First Race: April 6, 1997 - Interstate Batteries 500
Stages: 1 ends lap 85, 2 at lap 170, race finish is lap 334 (OT possible)
Grand Marshal: Sixty AAA emergency roadside assistance technicians
Command to start engines: AAA technicians
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: HGTV's Chip Gaines
Color Guard: Air Force Honor Guard
Invocation: Bret Chiseler with Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries
National Anthem: Air National Guard Band of the Southwest
Flyover: 4 x F16s from 457th Fighter Squadron
Texas Sunday Pre-Race Schedule (eastern time)
2:00 pm: Intro Presentation of Colors by: Air Force Honor Guard
2:00 pm: Pledge of Allegiance: Local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts
2:00 pm: Invocation by: Bret Chiseler with Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries
2:01 pm: National Anthem by: Air National Guard Band of the Southwest
2:02 pm: Fly by: 4 x F16s from 457th Fighter Squadron
2:07 pm: Command to start engines by: AAA Emergency Roadside Technicians
2:16 pm: Start of the "AAA Texas 500″ (334 Laps, 501 Miles)
Sunday Texas Notebook: Denny Hamlin had a good day at Texas - just not good enough; Keselowski recovers nicely to stay above Playoff cut line; Johnson endured a crushing day at Texas.[More](11-5-2017)
Saturday Texas Notebook: Kurt Busch describes "incredible sensation" of 200 mph lap; Earnhardt Jr. joins Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame; Some eye-opening numbers in Playoffs' Round of 8.[More](11-4-2017)
Friday Texas Notebook: Close call at Martinsville still galls Chase Elliott; Fuel system issues curtail Jimmie Johnson's practice; Texas Motor Speedway honors Dale Earnhardt Jr.; Richard Petty Motorsports announces new partner.[More](11-3-2017)
What to Watch For: Texas: Truex Owns 1.5-Mile Tracks; Kyle Busch Picks Up 3rd Playoff Win; Is Jimmie Johnson in Trouble?; Elliott After Martinsville Drama; Variety of Winners in XFINITY Series; Who's Hot and Who's Not.[More](11-2-2017)
Texas Weekend Preview: Elliott eyes rebound opportunity at Texas; XFINTIY Playoffs leader Allgaier wants Texas Playoffs win; Rhodes wants win at Texas.[More](11-2-2017)
A look at many new, notes and story lines for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Texas
A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Texas, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Texas page
Kevin Harvick won the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of 2017, 1st win at Texas and 37th career win. He passed #78-Truex, Jr with 9 laps remaining and pulled away to win by 1.5 second.
The win assures that Harvick will run for the championship at Homestead.
#78-Truex, Jr finished 2nd and locked himself into the championship race at Homestead on points.
#11-Hamlin finished 3rd followed by #20-Kenseth, #2-Keselowski, #22-Logano, #21-Blaney, #24-Elliott, polesitter #41-Busch, and #77-Jones.
#78-Truex Jr. leads the driver points over #18-Busch by 50 points.
Stage 1 was won by #4-Harvick, who won.
Stage 2 was won by #42-Larson, finished 37th.
There were 29 lead changes among 13 drivers and 8 cautions for 40 yellow flag laps. There was a 10 minute, 29 second red flag for track cleanup with 50 laps to go after an accident by #42-Larson.
The average speed of the race was: 143.234mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Kevin Harvick wins at Texas with late-race pass, advances to Championship 4: Martin Truex Jr. isn't invincible after all. Kevin Harvick put a serious dent in Truex's sense of invulnerability on Sunday afternoon, passing Truex with nine laps left in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and pulling away to win by 1.580 seconds. In beating this year's unrivaled master of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' 1.5-mile intermediate speedways, Harvick earned a spot in the Nov. 19 Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which Harvick won the first title contested under an elimination format in 2014.[More](11-5-2017)
MENCS at Texas
- Kevin Harvick: clinches spot in Championship Four at Homestead; 1st career MENCS win at Texas
- Harvick: 12th career playoff win; breaks tie with car owner Tony Stewart for 2nd all-time behind Jimmie Johnson (29)
- Harvick: has won on 21 different Cup Series tracks, only active tracks where he's failed to win at Kentucky and Pocono
- Harvick: 37th career Cup Series win ties Bobby Isaac for 21st all-time
- Harvick: entered race 4th in playoff standings (+3 to cutoff)
- Harvick: was eliminated in Round of 8 last season; advanced to Championship 4 in 3 of 4 years with this format (tied with Kyle Busch for most)
- Martin Truex Jr.: finished 2nd; was passed for lead with 10 laps to go; led race-high 107 laps; clinches spot in Championship Four
- Brad Keselowski: finished 5th; was a lap down earlier in race, leads 5 drivers racing for final spot
- Jimmie Johnson: finished 27th; 8th in playoff standings; won at Texas earlier this season
- Johnson: 21-race winless streak is tied for the 2nd-longest of his Cup Series career
(ESPN Stats & Info)
2017 MENCS Playoff Drivers Finish Positions at Texas
[by standings before Texas (started)]
#78-Martin Truex Jr., (7) 2nd
#18-Kyle Busch, (5) 19th
#2-Brad Keselowski, (10) 5th
#4-Kevin Harvick, (3) WON
#48-Jimmie Johnson, (9) 27th
#11-Denny Hamlin, (2) 3rd
#21-Ryan Blaney, (8) 7th
#24-Chase Elliott, (36) 8th
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Leaderboard:
[after Texas, race 34 of 36 for the season, 8 of 10 in Playoffs, 21 of 3 in Round of 8]
1) #4-Kevin Harvick, 1 WIN (A)
2) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 WIN (A)
3) #78-Martin Truex Jr., IN ON POINTS +76
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, +19
these drivers would not advance to the Championship Round
5) #11-Denny Hamlin, -19
6) #21-Ryan Blaney, -22
7) #24-Chase Elliott, -49
8) #48-Jimmie Johnson, -51
(A) automatically advances to Championship Race
See full standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 170) of the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway (lap 170/334):
#78-Truex, Jr., 7pts
Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 85) of the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway (lap 85/334):
#78-Truex Jr., 9pts
#3-Dillon, 2 pts
Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 12th
Caution 2: #2-Keselowski, 5th
Caution 3: #88-Earnhardt, Jr., 35th
Caution 4: #18-Busch, 19th
Caution 5: #17-Stenhouse, Jr. (2), 12th
Caution 6: #5-Kahne, 11th
Caution 7: #41-Busch, 9th
Caution 8: #47-Allmendinger, 16th
See the starting lineup for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the back: #27-Menard (driver change); #33-JEarnhardt (transmission change)
NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (23,26,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole sitter #41-Busch chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #11-Hamlin took pit stall 2.
#4-Harvick, who starts 3rd, took the 14th stall, with an opening in front of it..
The final pit stall was taken by #48-JOhnson, who starts 9th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(11-4-2017)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Cumlative Race Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
Happy Hour (final) practice for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex, Jr., 190.617
slowest: #33-Earnhardt 180.204 & #66-Starr 180.198
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 23 drivers): #42-Larson 189.145mph
notes: no accidents or incidents
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (11-4-2017)
First Saturday practice for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
slowest: #33-Earnhardt 179.736 & #66-Starr 179.319
best 10 consecutive lap ave #42-Larson 189.152
notes: no accidents or incidents
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Practice 2 speeds page (pdf) (11-4-2017)
Kurt Busch won the Coors Light pole for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with speed of 200.915mph, a new track record. It is his 1st pole of 2017, 2nd at Texas and 22nd of his career. Busch has won 1 time from the 21 previous poles.
#11-Hamlin will start 2nd followed by ##4-Harvick, #77-Jones, #18-Busch, #19-Suarez, #78-Truex, Jr., #21-Blaney, #48-Johnson, #2-Keselowski, #42-Larson, and #17-Stenhouse, Jr.
#77-Jones was fastest in the second round with a speed of 200.022mph, will start 4th.
#4-Harvick was fastest in the first round with a speed of 199.882mph, will start 3rd.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 were entered for 40 spots.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(11-3-2017)
2017 MENCS Playoff Drivers Starting Positions at Texas
[using current playoff standings]
#78-Martin Truex Jr., 7th
#18-Kyle Busch, 5th
#2-Brad Keselowski, 10th
#4-Kevin Harvick, 3rd
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 9th
#11-Denny Hamlin, 2nd
#21-Ryan Blaney, 8th
#24-Chase Elliott, 34th
Kurt Busch takes Texas pole in record time: A driver without a signed contract for 2018 won the pole position for Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a record lap - giving a timely birthday present to his crew chief. In the final round of Friday's knockout qualifying session, Kurt Busch covered the 1.5-mile distance in 26.877 seconds (200.915 mph) to top the previous record lap of 200.111 mph posted by Tony Stewart in 2014.[More](11-3-2017)
Texas Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kurt Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 13th Annual AAA Texas 500 with a lap of 26.877 seconds, 200.915 mph.
This is his 22nd pole in 610 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and 13th top-10 start in 2017.
This is his second pole in 30 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Denny Hamlin (P) (second) posted his 22nd top-10 start of 2017 and his eighth in 24 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick (P) (third) posted his ninth top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 23rd in 34 races this season.
Erik Jones (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Busch's lap (26.877 seconds, 200.915 mph) set the track record.
Second Round of Qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#78-Truex, Jr. 199.527
the rest of the top 12: 18 19 21 48 2 42 17;
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 1 10 3 47 88 43 5 14 27 34 95 38
First Round of Qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 24: 18 21 42 19 78 47 48 1 88 5 3 17 38 43 10 27 14 95 34;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 31 37 13 32 72 7 51 33 66 6 22 24 20 15 23 83
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 40 entered
Coverage of Qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 3, 2017 at 6:15pm/et.
Television (TV): Live on NBC Sports App. TV - NBCSN, delayed at 11:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.
Qualifying Order for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #47-Allmendinger.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(11-3-2017)
Friday practice for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
#78-Truex Jr 198.954
slowest: #33-JEarnhardt 184.792, #66-Starr 178.577
most laps run: #7-Gase, 34 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap average (of 3 drivers): #14-Bowyer 190.653.
Notes: Daniel Hemric was in the #27. He will also qualify the car tonight. Menard remained at home due to the birth of his second child this week. Menard will drive Sunday.
#48-Johnson had a fuel issue. The team had to replace the fuel cell and he missed most of the practice. He was 19th fastest.
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(11-3-2017)
Entry List for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #7-Gase*, #15-Sorenson, #23-LaJoie, #33-JEarnhardt, #51-Ray Black, Jr.*, #66-Long*, #83-Gaulding*
Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Martinsville(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 11 sets for race;
Xfinity: 8 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4688; Right-side -- D-4718
Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm);
Right-side -- 88.62 in. (2,251 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 25 psi; Left Rear -- 25 psi;
Right Front -- 56 psi; Right Rear -- 52 psi
Storyline - Tire Set-up and Track Prep Key for Texas: Texas Motor Speedway went through a repave before its NASCAR event in April, and while that is always a challenge for all competitive stakeholders, the event was a great success. The reason repaves are a concern in racing is the tremendous amount of grip new asphalt creates. Grip increases speeds, which generates heat in the tires, and extreme heat is the enemy of performance and durability. Another challenge of a repave is the smoothness of the surface. When a track is that smooth, there is not enough abrasion to wear tires. That leads to two important situations - (1) if a tire does not shed rubber, much of the heat generated stays inside that tire, and (2) with limited wear, the track surface does not take rubber as quickly and that makes it more difficult to have multiple racing grooves. That is where the speedway comes into play - dragging tires on the track before the race weekend even begins to "rubber-in" the surface and help advance the work on those multiple grooves.
"While the timing of Texas' repave did not leave enough time for us to test there before the spring race, we did have the advantage of knowing what the track surface was going to be like because it was the same asphalt mix that Kentucky used last year," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "While repaves are a challenge, we were able to bring a tire set-up that matched up well with that asphalt. The speedway also did a great job preparing the surface by dragging tires before we arrived for the race. They are working on the surface again in advance of this weekend, even expanding the grooves they developed in April. Everyone's efforts - Goodyear's, the speedway's and NASCAR's - are all critical in creating the right environment for great racing."
Notes: While teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Texas this week will run the same right-side tire code (D-4718), teams in the Cup and Xfinity Series will run a different left-side code (D-4688) than those in the Camping World Truck Series . . . Cup and Xfinity teams ran the same combination of left- and right-side tires at this track in April . . . while Texas is the only track at which these teams run this right-side tire, they have run this left-side at Kentucky the last two seasons . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Texas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship