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DATE: Sunday, Nov. 2
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 112,552 (grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 10th
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 3 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Oct. 31/6:45 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (finished 37)
LAPS: 334
MILES: 501
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kevin Harvick, April 2014 (198.282 mph/set in round 1 of 3)
RACE RECORD: Greg Biffle, 2012 (160.577 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jimmie Johnson36Brad Keselowski2
2Dale Earnhardt Jr77Denny Hamlin14
3Joey Logano128Kevin Harvick19
4Matt Kenseth69Ryan Newman13
5Kasey Kahne1110Clint Bowyer26
2013 AAA Texas 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 151.754 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 18 mins., 5 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 4.390 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 26 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 28 among 10 drivers
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (196.114 mph)
Past AAA Texas 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Jimmie Johnson (3) -- Chevrolet -- 151.754 mph
2012 -- Jimmie Johnson (1) -- Chevrolet -- 136.117 mph
2011 -- Tony Stewart (5) -- Chevrolet -- 152.705 mph
2010 -- Denny Hamlin (30) -- Toyota -- 140.456 mph
2009 -- Kurt Busch (3) -- Dodge -- 147.137 mph
2008 -- Carl Edwards (16) -- Ford -- 144.219 mph
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson (8) -- Chevrolet -- 131.219 mph
2006 -- Tony Stewart (8) -- Chevrolet -- 134.891 mph
2005 -- Carl Edwards (30) -- Ford -- 151.055 mph
Past AAA Texas 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Carl Edwards -- 37
2012 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1
2011 -- Greg Biffle -- 5
2010 -- Elliott Sadler -- 23
2009 -- Jeff Gordon -- 13
2008 -- Jeff Gordon -- 2
2007 -- Martin Truex Jr -- 3
2006 -- Brian Vickers -- 27
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 25
Last Race Results
RACE: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 (Oct. 26)
SITE: Martinsville Speedway -- Martinsville, Virginia
MILES: 263
LAPS: 500
WINNER: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Gordon
THIRD: Ryan Newman
FOURTH: Tony Stewart
FIFTH: Joey Logano
POLE WINNER: Jamie McMurray (finished 16)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 43 mins., 7 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 70.725 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.344 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 15 for 105 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 24 among 11 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. McMurray 1-8; M. Kenseth 9-9; J. McMurray 10-77; D. Gilliland
78-78; J. McMurray 79-84; J. Gordon 85-167; J. McMurray 168-169;
J. Gordon 170-191; D. Earnhardt Jr 192-204; M. Kenseth 205-205;
D. Earnhardt Jr 206-212; J. Logano 213-256; J. Allgaier 257-260;
T. Stewart 261-274; J. Logano 275-290; D. Hamlin 291-296; D.
Earnhardt Jr 297-313; Ku. Busch 314-334; J. Gordon 335-358; D.
Hamlin 359-420; C. Bowyer 421-453; D. Earnhardt Jr 454-491; J.
Gordon 492-492; T. Stewart 493-496; D. Earnhardt Jr 497-500.
AAA Texas 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Dow
4Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
7Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Cypress HQ
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Office
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Ortho Fire Ant Killer
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/EcoPower Oil
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/AAA Insurance
23Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Speed Stick Gear
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Richmond
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Ford/24/7 E-Cigs
33Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Dockside Logistics
36Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Accell Construction
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Love's Travel Stops
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Farmland
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Clorox
48 *Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's Red Vest
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Dallas Convention
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Brett Moffitt (Grimes, IA)Toyota/RoyalTeakCollection.com
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/Zak Products
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Diet Mountain Dew
95Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Tommy Williams Drywall
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Provident Metals
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Aflac
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Jimmie Johnson52Won1538914WonWon
Dale Earnhardt Jr8614202525772
Joey Logano---------4019437113
Matt Kenseth3122932444
Kasey Kahne4233182433133255
Brad Keselowski---------1935332426
Denny Hamlin71029172Won20207
Kevin Harvick163107561398
Ryan Newman2534528122016129
Clint Bowyer---5194779610
Greg Biffle20353358551012
Kyle Busch214461132---313
Kurt Busch108841Won2430817
Kyle Larson------------------------23
Carl EdwardsWon1526Won391921637
Jeff Gordon14972133761438
Tony Stewart6Won1116611Won5---
 
Mover of the Week
Dale Earnhardt Jr. - started 23 and finished 1
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Joey Logano
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kevin Harvick) - finished 33
 
NOTES:
The AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is the 34th race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule. It's also the second of three events in the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Construction of Texas Motor Speedway began in 1995. This 1.5-mile racetrack has 24 degrees of banking in all four turns and 5 degrees of banking on the front and back straightaways. The length of the frontstretch is 2,250 feet, and the backstretch measures 1,330 feet.

There have been 27 Sprint Cup races held at Texas, including one event per season from 1997-2004 and two each year since.

Jeff Burton won the inaugural Cup Series race at this track on April 6, 1997.

Jeff Gordon is the only driver who has competed in each of the previous 27 races at Texas.

Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson share the record for most victories at this track with three each. Johnson has won the last two fall (Chase) races there.

Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Burton have two wins each at Texas. Burton is not competing in this weekend's race.

Two drivers have scored a season-sweep at this track: Edwards (2008) and Hamlin (2010). Joey Logano won the spring race there in April.

Kenseth currently holds the record for most top-five finishes (13) and top-10s (17) at Texas.

Jack Roush has the most car owner wins at this track with nine, followed by Rick Hendrick with five.

The race winner at Texas has started from the pole position three times: Kasey Kahne (April 2006), Johnson (November 2012) and Kyle Busch (April 2013).

The closest margin of victory in a Sprint Cup race at Texas occurred in April 2004 when Elliott Sadler beat Kahne to the finish line by just 0.028 seconds.

Two drivers on the entry list for this weekend's race made their Sprint Cup debuts at this track: Brad Keselowski (Nov. 2, 2008) and Trevor Bayne (Nov. 7, 2010).

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the only driver entered in this race that scored his first career Cup victory at Texas (April 2, 2000). Burton's first win in the series came there as well (1997 inaugural race).

Two drivers claimed their maiden poles at this track: Martin Truex Jr. (November 2007) and David Ragan (April 2011).

Logano holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Texas. He took the checkered flag there on April 7, 2014 when he was 23 years, 10 months and 14 days old. When Dale Jarrett was 44 years, 4 months and 6 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on April 1, 2001.

The third and final race in the Eliminator Round of the Chase is the Nov. 9 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Kevin Harvick won last year's event there.

10/28 15:43:31 ET

As of October 28, 2014, at 03:44 PM ET