Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Sunday’s race was the AAA Texas 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, TX. This was the 34th race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and the 8th race in the chase for the Sprint Cup. This race started late in the afternoon and finished under the lights.
To bring you up to date, 19 Elliott Sadler starts from the pole position with a speed of 195.397 mph and 27.636 seconds. This was his first pole in four years. Next to Sadler is 16 Greg Biffle. 36 J. J. Yeley, 81 Scott Riggs, 46 Michael McDowell, 64 Jeff Green, 23 Josh Wise and 92 Brian Keselowski failed to make the race. 21 Trevor Bayne makes his Sprint Cup debut. This is the tightest battle for the Title since the chase was started, and three drivers now have a chance to win it all. 48 Jimmie Johnson, 11 Denny Hamlin and 29 Kevin Harvick.
So, here we go! 19 Sadler chooses the inside and they race side by side for the lead. 16 leads the first lap by a nose. 99 Carl Edwards gets by 19 for second. 6 David Ragan and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya race side by side for fourth. (The top four-16, 99, 19, 6 are all Fords.) 17 Matt Kenseth and 39 Ryan Newman battle for position and 17 takes the spot. 31 Jeff Burton drives under 2 Kurt Busch. 00 David Reutimann and 2 battle side by side for twelfth and 2 keeps the spot.
The first caution comes out for 87 Joe Nemechek. The engine blows and there is much smoke, he gets into his own oil and smacks the wall. Everyone pits. 48 had to back up to get out of his pit stall, as 11 had him pinched in. 98 Paul Menard hit a tire out of the 48 crew’s hands and it rolls out into the infield. There was no penalty as the tire was knocked out by another car. 37 Dave Blaney gets back onto the lead lap. 7 Robby Gordon stays out a lap to lead, then pits.
16 comes out of the pits first and chooses the outside for the restart. 16 and 99 battle for the lead. 19 gets loose. 2, running high, smacks the wall. 11 gets a vibration after getting into 47 Marcos Ambrose to get by. 33 Clint Bowyer gets by 19. 5 Mark Martin gets by 99 for second. 48 drives around 19 for fifth. 29 drives around 42. 29 and 14 Tony Stewart battle for position and 29 takes the spot.
The second caution comes out on lap 43 for debris. 7 Robby Gordon gets back on the lead lap. 39 cars are now on the lead lap. 11 had to back up to get out of his pit stall as 82 Scott Speed had him pinched in. 5 leads out of the pits. 99 and 16 battle for second with 16 getting the position. 16 takes the lead. 31 is having trouble and pits. 39 makes a pit stop to tighten his seat belt.
The third caution comes out during the commercial. 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. gets into the wall. 31 Jeff Burton gets his lap back. Newman takes the wave around to get back onto the lead lap, as he has already pitted. 5 spins the tires on the restart and 16 pulls away. 18 Kyle Busch and 48 get by 33. 18 has debris on his grill and 33 gets by for fourth. 5 takes the lead. 48, 11 and 29 are third, fourth and fifth. And a round of Green Flag Pitting starts. 48 and 11 led a lap. 48 has a long pit stop.
The fourth caution comes out on lap 132 when 56 Martin Truex, Jr. slides into the wall and down into the infield. 7 Robby Gordon is again the Lucky Dog and gets back onto the lead lap. 20 Joey Logano comes out of the pits first with 16 right behind. 20 and 16 battle for the lead and 16 takes the lead. 48 gets around 29 and 33. 11 has trash on the grill and 48 gets by for fifth.
The fifth caution comes out again for 56 who blew a tire and smacked the wall. 17 Kenseth gets back onto the lead lap. 48 has another long stop. 20 chooses the inside for the restart. 20 and 16 race side by side for the lead and 16 takes the lead. The sixth caution comes out for spinning 18. (9 Aric Almirola may or may not have have tapped 18.) 18 pits and has to speed out of the pits to stay on the lead lap. He is caught for speeding and has to come back in, where he is held a lap. He gives the official at his pit an obscene gesture and gets penalized two more laps. 42 Montoya gets back onto the lead lap. 29 gets by 5 for fourth.
The seventh caution comes out for 56 into the wall again. At the caution, 31 and 24 Jeff Gordon get together and get hung up, putting both of them into the wall. 31 then goes down the track into the inside wall. Gordon gets out of his car and instead of getting into the ambulance by his car, he walks down the track to confront Burton. Gordon pushes Burton and they get into a fist fight before officials can get between them. Burton admits guilt and says the cars got hooked and stuck together. They have to share the ambulance to the care center. Now the 24 pit crew will pit for the 48 team.
00 and 16 battle for the lead side by side for a long time, but 00 can’t complete the pass. Green Flag Pitting starts again. 29 and 17 lead. 38 David Gilliland leads. After it all, 16 is back in the lead. 29 and 00 battle for second and 29 takes the spot. 33 is “stupid loose” and starts another round of Green Flag Pitting. 31 is back on the track with his 31 painted on. 11 drives around 29 for second.
The eighth caution comes out for debris with 35 laps to go. 26 Patrick Carpentier gets back onto the lead lap. 29 leads out of the pits and it is now sunset. 16 doesn’t have second gear. 5 stays out to lead. 11 takes the lead. 17 gets by 5 for second. 29 scrubs the wall trying too hard. 29 and 00 battle, but 00 can’t complete the pass. 48 gets by 00 and 98. 48 gets by 29 for seventh and 29 bumps 48.
The ninth caution comes out when 26 gets a flat tire and looses control of the car. 9 Aric Almirola gets his lap back. The top six stay out. 29 takes two tires and comes out of the pits first. 17 and 11 battle for the lead. 17 takes the lead and almost gets into the wall. 11 takes the lead back.
And 11 Denny Hamlin wins the AAA Texas 500. He won at this track in April. This is his eighth win this year. And he takes over the point lead. There were thirteen different leaders.