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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Texas Race Info

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 4, 2018 in Ft. Worth, TX
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:16 pm/et

Sections on this page:
Television | Radio/Streaming | Schedule | Track/Race Info | Race Rundown
Qualifying / Practice / Entry Info | Weather Links | Tire Notes | Odds


TELEVISION COVERAGE

NASCAR America: TBA on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green: 2:30pm/et on NBC
Television Race Coverage: NBC, 3:00pm/et

Practices:
Friday, November 2, 2:00-2:55pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, November 3, 12:30-1:25pm/et, TV-CNBC;
Saturday, November 3, 3:00-3:50pm/et, TV-NBCSN

Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, November 2 at 7:00 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: None

In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Pit Reporters: Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
TBA

TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page


RADIO COVERAGE

Performance Racing Network (PRN)
SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

ONLINE STREAMING

NBC Sports - Live
Radio: PRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)

Scanner-Frequencies


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, November 1
6:00 PM-8:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Friday, November 2
10:00 AM-7:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 PM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
1:00 PM-1:55 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
6:00 PM (7:00 PM/ET) MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Saturday, November 3
10:00 AM-5:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM-12:25 PM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
2:00 PM-2:50 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, November 4
8:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM (3:00 PM/ET) MENCS RACE (334 LAPS, 501 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

Texas Motor Speedway Track News, Stats & Links page

April 2018: see the Texas Race Info page
November 2017: see the Texas Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Ret. U.S. Army Major Ed Pulido
Command to start engines: Ret. U.S. Army Major Ed Pulido
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: U.S. Marine Mark Geist
Color Guard: Euless Police Department
Invocation: Bret Shisler, Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries
National Anthem: Air National Guard Band of the Southwest
Flyover: 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland, Oregon

Sunday Texas Notebook: Truex undergoes trial by fire but doesn't get badly burned; Kyle Busch survives difficult Texas race with good points cushion; It's all or nothing for Chase Elliott at Phoenix.
[More](11-4-2018)

Saturday Texas Notebook: Chase Elliott will have to shake off disappointing effort in time trials; Carl Edwards inducted into Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame; After tough run at Texas, Grant Enfinger pins hopes on Phoenix.[More](11-3-2018)

Friday Texas Notebook: Martinsville still hurts, but Truex is maintaining focus at Texas; Aric Almirola back in must-win situation at Texas; Christopher Bell trying to look ahead after Kansas fiasco.[More](11-2-2018)

What to Watch for: Texas Motor Speedway: Logano Punches Ticket; Playoff Odds Shift at Martinsville; Harvick Not So Happy on the Bubble?; Could Controversy Travel to Texas?; Chase Elliott Tries to Bounce Back at Texas; Who's Hot and Who's Not - Texas.[More](11-2-2018)

Texas Motor Speedway weekend preview: Truex looking for redemption this week; XFINITY is up for grabs; It's go time in Trucks.[More](11-1-2018)

A look at many news, notes, and story lines across all three NASCAR national series at Texas, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Texas Motor Speedway

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 Motor Speedway page


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

Kevin Harvick advances to Playoff finale with authoritative win at Texas: This time, there was no late-race glitch to interrupt Kevin Harvick's domination of a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Streaking away from pole winner Ryan Blaney during an overtime restart on Lap 336, Harvick won Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with the utmost of authority, sweeping the stages and leading a race-high 177 laps on the way to his series-best eighth victory of the season and a guaranteed spot in the Nov. 18 Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
[More](11-4-2018)

Kevin Harvick won the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. The win is his 8th win of 2018, 2nd win at Texas and 45th career win. He dominated much of the race, winning the first two stages and leading 177 laps.
Pole winner #12-Blaney finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #20-Jones, #42-Larson, #9-Elliott, #41-Busch, #10-Almirola, #78-Truex, Jr., and #3-Dillon.
The race ended under an overtime finish after a caution with three laps to go for an accident.
There were 16 lead changes among 7 drivers and 8 cautions for 37 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 150.558mph.
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).

Where the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Playoff drivers finished at Texas:
#4-Kevin Harvick, 1st
#22-Joey Logano, 3rd
#9-Chase Elliott, 6th
#41-Kurt Busch, 7th
#10-Aric Almirola, 8th
#78-Martin Truex, Jr., 9th
#18-Kyle Busch, 17th
#14-Clint Bowyer, 26th

MENCS at Texas
- Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas): 2nd driver to qualify for Championship 4; qualified for Championship 4 in 4 of 5 years with format (only driver to do so, but Kyle Busch could join him)
- Harvick: 8th win of season (extends career high); 3rd driver in series history to win at least 8 races in a season after turning 42
- Harvick: snaps 10-race winless streak (had won 7 of first 23 races of season)
- Harvick: 13th career playoff race win (trails only Jimmie Johnson's 29, 2 ahead of Tony Stewart in 3rd)
- Harvick: 15th career win on a 1.5-mile track; ties Tony Stewart for 3rd all-time (behind Jimmie Johnson's 28, Jeff Gordon's 17)
- Harvick: 4th time this season sweeping stages and race; all other drivers have combined to do so 3 times (twice by Martin Truex Jr., once by Kyle Busch)
- Ryan Blaney (Penske): finished 2nd; 8th top-5 finish this year (doubles previous career high, entered season with 8 career top 5s in 90 career starts)
- Joey Logano (Penske): finished 3rd; 4th top 5 in last 5 races, 6th straight top-10 finish
(ESPN Stats & Info)

Race Fast Facts - Texas
Kevin Harvick (P) won the 14th Annual AAA Texas 500, his 45th victory in 644 Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his eighth victory and 27th top-10 finish in 2018.
This is his second victory and 20th top-10 finish in 32 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Ryan Blaney (second) posted his third top-10 finish in eight races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 16th top-10 finish in 2018.
Joey Logano (P) (third) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 21 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
William Byron (16th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kevin Harvick (P) leads the point standings by 15 points over Kyle Busch (P).
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(11-4-2018)

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings:
AFTER HARVICK'S PENALTY
[after Texas - race 2 of 3 in the Round of 8, 8 of 10 in the Playoffs]
1) #22-Joey Logano, Martinsville win
2) #18-Kyle Busch, 4128, +28
3) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 4125, +25
4) #4-Kevin Harvick, 4103, +3
Currently outside the top 4 to advance to the Championship race:
5) #41-Kurt Busch, 4100, -25
6) #9-Chase Elliott, 4086, -39
7) #10-Aric Almirola, 4068, -57
8) #14-Clint Bowyer, 4052, -73

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings:
BEFORE HARVICK'S PENALTY
[after Texas - race 2 of 3 in the Round of 8, 8 of 10 in the Playoffs]
1) #4-Kevin Harvick, Texas win
2) #22-Joey Logano, Martinsville win
3) #18-Kyle Busch, 4128, +28
4) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 4125, +25
Currently outside the top 4 to advance to the Championship race:
5) #41-Kurt Busch, 4100, -25
6) #9-Chase Elliott, 4086, -39
7) #10-Aric Almirola, 4068, -57
8) #14-Clint Bowyer, 4052, -73
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (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):
#4-Harvick, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#12-Blaney, 9pts
#78-Truex, Jr., 8pts
#2-Keselowski, 7pts
#22-Logano, 6pts
#10-Almirola, 5pts
#20-Jones, 4pts
#41-Busch, 3pts
#19-Suarez, 2pts
#9-Elliott, 1pt

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):
#4-Harvick, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#41-Busch, 9pts
#20-Jones, 8pts
#12-Blaney, 7pts
#78-Truex, Jr., 6pts
#22-Logano, 5pts
#18-Busch, 4pts
#21-Menard, 3pts
#9-Elliott, 2pts
#10-Almirola, 1pt

Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap back during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #38-Ragan, 24th
Caution 2: #38-Ragan (2), 24th
Caution 3: #42-Wallace, 25th
Caution 4: #37-Bueshcer, 23rd
Caution 5: None, #19-Suarez caused the caution.
Caution 6: #78-Truex, Jr., 9th
Caution 7: #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 11th
Caution 8: #18-Busch, 17th

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 rear: #78-Truex, Jr. (engine change), #19-Suarez (engine change), #37-Buescher (engine change) #32-DiBenedetto (transmission change), #24-Byron (failed pre-race inspection), #48-Johnson (failed pre-race inspection), #10-Almriola (unapproved body modifications after inspection).

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 40 cars running, pit stalls 23, 26, 43, and 44 are not in use.
Pole winner #12-Blaney chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole winner #14-Boywer 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 #2-Keselowski, who starts 5th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(11-3-2018)

Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pitstalls
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Second Practice Speeds
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 1 Speeds
Crew Rosters
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

See the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

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:
#17-Stenhouse, Jr. 192.349
#41-Busch 192.075
#78-Truex, Jr. 191.884
#21-Menard 191.782
#20-Jones 191.632
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 25 drivers): #4-Harvick 190.512
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(11-3-2018)

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:
#10-Almirola 193.854
#18-Busch 193.805
#14-Bowyer 193.771
#2-Keselowski 193.555
#11-Hamlin 193.403
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 18 drivers): #4-Harvick 192.022
slowest: #97-Starr 180.192 & #51-Gase 179.336
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Second Practice speeds page (pdf) (11-3-2018)

Ryan Blaney wins pole as Fords dominate Texas qualifying Ryan Blaney may have exited the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, but that doesn't mean the desire to win has left the driver of the No. 12 Team Penske Ford. Running the fastest lap of the day in the final round of Friday's knockout qualifying session at Texas Motor Speedway, Blaney sped around the 1.5-mile track in 26.932 seconds (200.505 mph) to earn the top starting spot for Sunday's AAA Texas 500.[More](11-2-2018)

#12-Ryan Blaney won the Busch pole for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with speed of 200.505mph for his 3rd pole of 2018, 1st at Texas and 5th of his career. Blaney has never won a race from the pole.
#14-Boywer will start 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #10-Almirola, #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #41-Busch, #22-Logano, #24-Byron, #18-Busch, #21-Menard, and #20-Jones.
#22-Logano was fastest in the second round with a speed of 200.267mph, will start 8th.
#12-Blaney was quickest in the first round with a speed of 199.682mph, will start on the pole
Driver(s) who will miss the race: None, #66-Hill withdrew.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(11-2-2018)

Where the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Playoff drivers will start at Texas:
#14-Clint Bowyer, 2nd
#4-Kevin Harvick, 3rd
#10-Aric Almirola, 4th
#41-Kurt Busch, 7th
#22-Joey Logano, 8th
#18-Kyle Busch, 10th
#78-Martin Truex, Jr., 13th
#9-Chase Elliott, 16th

Texas Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Ryan Blaney won the Pole Award for the 14th Annual AAA Texas 500 with a lap of 26.932 seconds, 200.505 mph.
This is his fifth pole in 124 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his third pole and 23rd top-10 start in 2018.
This is his first pole in eight races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Clint Bowyer (P) (second) posted his 15th top-10 start of 2018 and his 10th in 26 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick (P) (third) posted his 11th top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 25th in 34 races this season.
William Byron (ninth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(11-2-2018)

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.
#22-Logano 200.267
#4-Harvick 199.498
#41-Busch 199.483
#20-Jones 199.042
#18-Busch 198.954
the rest of the top 12: 11 24 12 14 21 2 10
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 78 31 6 9 17 88 19 1 37 42 48 13
(11-2-2018)

First Round of Qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 15 scheduled minutes.
#12-Blaney 199.682
#4-Harvick 199.152
#18-Busch 198.624
#41-Busch 198.522
#14-Bowyer 198.384
the rest of the top 24: 10 24 20 22 1 2 37 78 48 17 21 19 31 11 88 9 13 42 6
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 3 38 95 47 34 43 32 00 15 96 23 99 72 7 51 97
Drivers who will miss the race: None, #66-Hill withdrew
(11-2-2018)

Coverage of Qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7:00pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 7:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)

Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 15 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 #23-Yeley.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #10-Almirola.
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).(11-2-2018)

First 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:
#12-Blaney 198.238
#4-Harvick 198.456
#41-Busch 198.136
#11-Hamlin 198.136
#10-Almirola 197.904
most laps run: #51-Gase, 19 laps.
No drivers ran 10 or more consecutive laps.
slowest: #97-Starr 181.519 & #51-Gase 179.617.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds (pdf) (11-2-2018)

Entry List for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 41 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: #6-Bayne, #7-Sorenson, #23-Yeley, #51-Gase, #66-Hill, #72-LaJoie, #96-Kligerman, #97-Starr, #99-Weatherman.
Drivers required to make the race on time are: #7-Sorenson, #66-Hill, #96-Kligerman, #97-Starr, #99-Gase. One driver will not 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 Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Texas Goodyear Tire Notes See complete tire information for the race weekend across all series on the [Goodyear Tire Notes - Texas Motor Speedway page.(10-30-2018)


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction
Texas Race Preview by Micah Roberts

Bovada Sportsbook:
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

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