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DATE: Sunday, Nov. 3
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 122,377 (grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 9th
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 3 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Nov. 1/4:40 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (finished 1)
LAPS: 334
MILES: 501
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2013 (196.299 mph)
RACE RECORD: Greg Biffle, 2012 (160.577 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jimmie Johnson16Clint Bowyer4
2Brad Keselowski87Dale Earnhardt Jr19
3Kyle Busch38Kurt Busch18
4Matt Kenseth109Kevin Harvick23
5Tony Stewart510Greg Biffle2
2012 AAA Texas 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 136.117 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 41 mins., 30 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.808 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 49 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 20 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (191.076 mph)
Past AAA Texas 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
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)
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. 27)
SITE: Martinsville Speedway -- Martinsville, Va.
MILES: 263
LAPS: 500
WINNER: Jeff Gordon
RUNNER-UP: Matt Kenseth
THIRD: Clint Bowyer
FOURTH: Brad Keselowski
FIFTH: Jimmie Johnson
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (finished 7)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 44 mins., 21 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 70.337 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.605 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 17 for 111 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 15 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: D. Hamlin 1-2; J. Johnson 3-24; Ky. Busch 25-36; M. Kenseth
37-110; J. Johnson 111-174; J. Burton 175-179; J. Johnson
180-216; M. Kenseth 217-237; C. Bowyer 238-281; J. Gordon
282-338; D. Hamlin 339-350; C. Bowyer 351-366; M. Kenseth
367-367; E. Sadler 368-373; M. Kenseth 374-479; J. Gordon
480-500.
AAA Texas 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Time Warner Cable
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/MAC Tools
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Office
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Geico
14Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Snickers
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/AAA
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Quaker State
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Swan Energy
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/U.S. Chrome
33Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Boot Barn
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/safercar.gov
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Accell Construction
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Outback Steakhouse
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot Oilfield Serv.
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Farmland
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Clorox
48 *Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Dallas Convention
55Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/NEMCO-JRR
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/7-Eleven
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Aflac
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish last eight years)
Driver20052006200720082009201020112012
Jimmie Johnson52Won1538914Won
Brad Keselowski---------193533242
Kyle Busch214461132---3
Matt Kenseth312293244
Clint Bowyer---51947796
Dale Earnhardt Jr861420252577
Kurt Busch108841Won24308
Kevin Harvick16310756139
Greg Biffle203533585510
Joey Logano---------401943711
Ryan Newman253452812201612
Martin Truex Jr1514381438813
Jeff Gordon149721337614
Carl EdwardsWon1526Won3919216
Denny Hamlin71029172Won2020
Kasey Kahne423318243313325
Mark Martin2223412431929
 
Mover of the Week
Greg Biffle - started 33 and finished 9
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Matt Kenseth
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 5
 
NOTES:
The AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is the 34th race on the 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule. It's also the eighth in the 10-race Chase.

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.

There have been 25 Sprint Cup races held at Texas, including one event per season from 1997-2004 and two each year since.

Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin are those drivers who have competed in the previous 25 races at Texas. Burton won the inaugural Sprint Cup race at this track on April 6, 1997. He drove for Roush Fenway Racing at the time. All four drivers are on the entry list for this weekend's event there.

Carl Edwards holds the record for most wins at Texas with three. Greg Biffle, Burton, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart have two victories each there. Johnson won at this track one year ago.

Two drivers have scored a season-sweep at Texas: Carl Edwards (2008) and Denny Hamlin (2010). Kyle Busch won the spring race there in April.

Kenseth and Johnson, currently tied for the lead in the Chase point standings, share the record for most top-10 finishes at Texas with 15 each. Kenseth's 12 top-five finishes is tops among all drivers there.

Jack Roush has the most car owner wins at Texas with nine, followed by Rick Hendrick and Joe Gibbs with four each.

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

Brad Keselowski and Trevor Bayne are those drivers competing in this weekend's race that made their Sprint Cup debuts at Texas. Keselowski started 37th and finished 19th in his Cup debut on Nov. 2, 2008. Bayne started 28th and finished 17th in his maiden start on Nov. 7, 2010.

Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are those drivers who won their first Sprint Cup races at Texas. Burton's maiden win in the series came in the inaugural event there in '97. Earnhardt scored his first victory on April 2, 2000. It came in his 12th start.

Two drivers who are entered for this race claimed their inaugural poles in Sprint Cup at Texas: Martin Truex Jr. (November 2007) and David Ragan (April 2011).

Ryan Newman holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Texas. Newman took the checkered flag there on March 30, 2003 when he was 25 years, 3 months and 22 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.

Round 9 in the championship Chase is the Nov. 10 AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Kevin Harvick is the defending race winner.

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As of October 29, 2013, at 03:11 PM ET