AAA Texas 500 Tag

By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor FORT WORTH, Texas — With one race left before the Chase for the Sprint Cup Round of 8 is cut down to four, Kurt Busch finds himself in a not-so-favorable spot — last in the Chase Grid. After finishing 15th-or-better in every Chase event through the Rounds of 16 and 12, Busch has now racked up back to back finishes of 20th-or-worse to start the Round of 8. After his latest finish, a 20th place effort in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway,Read More
By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter & NASCAR Contributor FORT WORTH, Texas — Austin Dillon’s chances for a possible win from pole in tonight’s rain-delayed AAA Texas 500 came to a screeching halt following a crash on lap 264. Dillon ran inside the top five for much of the race’s opening 250 laps and managed to lead a total of six laps in his No. 3 Realtree/Bad Boy Chevrolet, although five of those were scored when the race started under green/yellow conditions. Following a routing green flag pitstop for tires and fuel, DillonRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief FORT WORTH, Texas – Kevin Harvick’s eventful evening that included a tangle with polesitter Austin Dillon, ended with a sixth-place finish in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The 1.5-mile oval has been plagued with bad weather on race weekends recently and Sunday proved to be no different, but once the event got underway, Harvick, who qualified third, looked like a contender for the win in the early stages. However, the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion lost pace to the Toyota’s of MartinRead More
By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor FORT WORTH, Texas — If Kyle Busch goes on to win his second-consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, likely the AAA Texas 500 weekend at Texas Motor Speedway will be remembered as a huge reason why. On possibly the most trying week of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team’s season, Busch dug deep and showed the tenacity of a champion as he gutted out a top-five finish. Busch’s week went sour before it even started. In the first practice of the weekend, Busch slammed intoRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Contributor For much of the first half of Sunday’s rain-delayed AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Joey Logano looked to be untouchable, but when all was said and done, the driver of the No. 22 Ford came up just short as he finished second on Sunday night. After starting on the outside of the front row, Logano got the jump on polesitter Austin Dillon when the green flag flew at lap six, pulling away from the field with ease to lead the next 25 lapsRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service FORT WORTH, Tex. – Back from the dead. With a Lazarus act that was delayed and then shortened by rain, Carl Edwards revived his moribund championship hopes the only way he could—with a victory in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Last in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings after a hard crash and a 36th-place finish last week at Martinsville, Edwards took the lead under caution on Lap 257 when his crew dashed off an 11-second pit stop. EdwardsRead More
By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor FORT WORTH, Texas — Brad Keselowski is a Sprint Cup Series champion, and he is one of the best drivers in the sport today. He is also usually one of the most outspoken drivers when it comes to doctors deciding whether drivers will be able to race. After Matt DiBenedetto was not cleared to race in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 after a crash in Saturday’s Xfinity Series event, Keselowski took to Twitter to question NASCAR’s concussion protocol. Keselowski’s lashing out all began when DiBenedetto tweeted that heRead More
By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor FORT WORTH, Texas — After a crash on lap 130 of Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt DiBenedetto has been placed in concussion protocol. As a result, DiBenedetto will sit out Sunday’s AAA Texas 500, while he recovers from injuries sustained Saturday. BK Racing has announced via Twitter, that Jeffrey Earnhardt, who drove for the team a few weeks ago at Talladega, will be behind the wheel of the No. 83 ZAK ToyotaRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief FORT WORTH, Texas — Brad Keselowski went to the top of the timesheets during final practice on Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway. The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion set a time of 28.319 (190.685 mph) around the 1.5-mile oval, bettering Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch. Truex scored the best 10-lap average of all drivers at 184.413 mph. Here are where the Chase competitors ranked in final practice: 3. Kyle Busch 4. Joey Logano 8. Carl Edwards 10. Kurt Busch 15. Jimmie Johnson 18.Read More
By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor FORT WORTH, Texas — Usually with three races remaining in the season, the remaining Chase drivers dominate every practice session, every qualifying round and every race. In Saturday morning’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway though, Ryan Blaney led a slew of unexpected drivers who topped the speed charts. Blaney turned a lap of 188.515 mph, and he was followed by AJ Allmendinger, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Casey Mears and Paul Menard. The fastest single lap any ChaseRead More