First Time Winner in Texas at the AAA Texas 500

Capping off the triple header weekend, the Monster Energy Cup Series runs the AAA Texas 500 from the Texas Motor Speedway.

AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Race Logo

The JPG format of the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

Texas was the site where Dale Earnhardt Jr won his first Cup race. On his last visit to the track, Texas Motor Speedway presented Junior with the racing pylon cube with the position and his car number on it; along with a number of other gifts including a horse and a baby stroller for the newest Earnhardt on the way.

As qualifying is ready to begin, several teams are still trying to get their cars through the inspection process.

Paul Menard’s wife delivered their second child on Wednesday; as a result, Paul is taking a little time off for Dad duty. Xfinity Series regular Daniel Hemric is sitting in for Paul Menard this week.

With only five minutes remaining in the first round of qualifying, only half of the drivers have taken to the track.

Not able to get through tech inspection in time, Chase Elliott did not make a qualifying run and will start the race at the back of the field. Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Trevor Bayne, Reed Sorenson, Corey LaJoie, and Gray Gaulding also failed to make a qualifying lap.

After three rounds of qualifying, Kurt Busch won the pole with a new track record speed of 26.877 seconds. Driving over 200mph, Kurt Busch ran the fastest speeds ever on a mile and a half track. Starting on the front row alongside Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin also broke the old track record with a time of 26.917 seconds.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 – Qualifying

FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 03: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, poses with the pole award rifle after qualifying in the pole position for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

The starting lineup for the AAA Texas 500:
Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Erik Jones
Kyle Busch
Daniel Suarez
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Jimmie Johnson
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Larson
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr
Jamie McMurray
Danica Patrick
Austin Dillon
AJ Allmendinger
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Aric Almirola
Kasey Kahne
Clint Bowyer
Daniel Hemric
Landon Cassiss
Michael McDowell
David Ragan
Ryan Newman
Chris Buescher
Ty Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Cole Whitt
Joey Gase
Ray Black Jr
Jeffrey Earnhardt
David Starr
Chase Elliott
Matt Kenseth
Joey Logano
Trevor Bayne
Reed Sorenson
Corey LaJoie
Gray Gaulding

Paul Menard returns to the track after the birth of his daughter. Daniel Hemric stood in for Menard in his absence. As a result of the driver change, Paul Menard will have to move to the back of the field at the start of the race.

Stages one and two of the race are 85 laps each with stage three lasting 164 laps.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Kurt Busch getting out in front as drivers move around behind them. Denny Hamlin passes Kurt Busch for the lead.

Brad Keselowski brings his car down pit road with a flat tire. Kyle Busch also brings his car down pit road with damage to the front right of his car.

Lap six Denny Hamlin is in the lead of the race with Eirk Jones in second and Kurt Busch in third.

Lap nine Denny Hamlin has a lead of over half a second on Erik Jones.

Lap 15 Denny Hamlin has a lead of nearly a second on Erik Jones with 37 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 22 Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race.

Lap 25 Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Erik Jones with 30 cars on the lead lap. Al 40 drivers are still on the track.

Lap 30, Denny Hamlin continues ot lead the race but Erik Jones has closed the gap to a quarter of a second behind Hamlin.

Jimmie Johnson is reporting a very tight condition and is dropping back in the field.

Lap 40 Denny Hamlin has increased his lead to over a second on Erik Jones. Kyle Larson passes Erik Jones for second place. There are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 43 the top three are Deny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, and Erik Jones.

Lap 44 Kyle Larson has closed the gap to under half a second behind leader Denny Hamlin.

Lap 47 Kyle Larson is less than two tenths of a second behind Denny Hamlin.

Kyle Larson passes Denny Hamlin for the lead of the race.

Lap 48 Kevin Harvick passes Denny Hamlin for second place.

The top five are Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, and Erik Jones.

Lap 54 drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Leader Kyle Larson brings his car down pit road for service giving the lead over to Austin Dillon

Chase Elliott is now the leader.

Michael McDowell takes over the lead.

Michael McDowell and Ryan Newman are the only drivers who have yet to make a pit stop. Kyle Larson is in third and Kevin Harvick is in fourth.

David Ragan was caught speeding on pit road.

Michael McDowell comes down pit road for service. Ryan Newman is in the lead as the only driver yet to make a pit stop.

Once Ryan Newman brings his car down pit road, green flag pit stops have cycled through and Kyle Larson retakes the lead of the race with Kevin Harvick in second and Martin Truex Jr in third.

Lap 67 Kyle Larson has a quarter second lead on Kevin Harvick.

Jimmie Johnson makes an unscheduled trip down pit road with reports of a bad vibration.

Lap 69, there are only 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 76 Kevin Harvick passes Kyle Larson to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 80 Kevin Harvick is in the lead with Martin Truex Fr in second and Denny Hamlin in third. There are 17 drivers on the lead lap.

It is a hot day in Texas and in car temperatures are over 100 degrees.

Kevin Harvick wins stage one.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 – Practice

FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 03: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Mobil 1 Ford, practices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Matt Kenseth
Ryan Blaney
Austin Dillon
Daniel Suarez

Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road…by about a foot over Kevin Harvick.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 92 but looses the lead to Kevin Harvick when he gets loose and moves up the track.

The first caution flag for an on track incident comes out on lap 94 when Daniel Suarez gets loose and makes contact with Kasey Kahne. Brad Keselowski is the “lucky dog”.

Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road for more repairs to his damaged car.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 99 but it is Kyle Larson who takes over the lead of the race.

Lap 101 Kyle Larson is in the lead with Kevin Harvick in second and Joey Logano in third. All 40 drivers are still on the track.

Lap 105 Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly a second on Kevin Harvick.

Lap 108 there are 26 cars on the lead lap. Kyle Larson has a lead of over a second on Kevin Harvick.

Lap 118 Kyle Larson is in the lead, Kevin Harvick is in second; followed by Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five.

Lap 129 Kyle Larson has a lead of over two seconds on Kevin Harvick. Jimmie Johnson is right in front of Kyle Larson and in danger of going three laps down.

Lap 132 Kyle Larson passes Jimmie Johnson, putting the seven tie champion three laps down.

Lap 134 the top three are Kyle Larson by over two seconds, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 136 the teams are preparing to service the drivers with a second round of green flag pit stops.

Lap 139 Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of four seconds on Kevin Harvick.

Lap 143 Joey Logano begins the cycle of green flag pit stops. There are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Joey Logano was caught speeding on pit road.

Matt Kenseth is in the lead with Dale Earnhardt Jr in second as green flag pit stops continue to cycle through.

Some drivers only took two tries on their pit stops.

When Matt Kenseth makes his pit stop, Dale Earnhardt Jr takes over the lead of the race. Not quite rim riding, Junior is running higher than any other driver.

Kasey Kahne takes over the lead of the race.

Once Kasey Kahne makes his pit stop, Kyle Larson will retake the lead after green flag pit stops have cycled through. There are only 16 cars on the lead lap.

With only five laps remaining in stage two Kyle Larson has a lead of over two seconds on Kevin Harvick with Erik Jones in third.

Kyle Larson wins stage two.

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Denny Hamlin is reporting an issue with his car.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Kurt Busch
Matt Kenseth
Erik Jones
Austin Dillon

Taking only two tires, Martin Truex Jr leads the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin had a loose wheel.

Clint Bowyer had a leak that needed repaired and caused a slow pit stop.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three but it is Matt Kenseth who gets out in front for the lead of the race after staying out on the track.

Lap 179 Matt Kenseth is in the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second and Erik Jones in third.

Lap 196 Landon Cassill brings out the caution flag after he gets loose and spins out.

Matt Kenseth brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 186 with Martin Truex Jr taking the lead of the race.

The top three are Martn Truex Jr, Matt Kenseth, and Kevin Harvick. There are 22 cars on the lead lap with only one car out of the race – Gray Gaulding.

Lap 196 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over half a second on Matt Kenseth.

Lap 202 Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Kevin Harvick in second and Matt Kenseth in third with 22 cars on the lead lap.

With 130 laps remaining in the race, Texas Motor Speedway has set a record for the hottest temperature at the track with 92 on November 5. Temperatures in the cars are over 120 degrees.

Lap 206 Marttin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly two seconds over Kevin Harvick.

Lap 209 Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to nearly two and a half seconds on Kevin Harvick with 21 cars on the lead lap. Neither Truex or Harvick have ever won a race in Texas.

Lap 218 Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race has a two second lead over Kevin Harvick.

Chase Elliott is reporting a loose condition and has lost several spots on the track.

Matt Kenseth begins the next cycle of green flag pit stops on lap 225. The drivers will have to make one more pit stop before the end of the race.

Martin Truex Jr comes down pit road giving the lead over to Kevin Harvick.

Jamie McMurray takes over the lead of the race.

Kyle Busch is the new leader.

Lap 230 Kyle Busch leads the race followed by Joey Logano and Aric Almirola.

As pit stops cycle through, there are only nine cars on the lead lap. Michael McDowell spins out and brings out the caution flag.

Joey Logano has a broken mirror. The crew gave him some tape to repair the mirror.

Several drivers take the wave around to get back on the lead lap.

Matt Kenseth brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 239 but it is Martin Truex Jr who gets out in front for the lead.

On lap 240 Matt Kenseth retakes the lead.

Lap 241 Ray Black Jr brings out the caution flag when he spins out.

A few drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Dale Earnhardt Jr’s car is in the garage with left front hub issues. Since it is a mechanical issue, Junior’s team can make repairs.

Choosing the inside lane, Matt Kenseth brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 246 but it is Martin Treux Jr who gets out in front first to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 248 Martin Truex Jr is pulling away from Matt Kenseth with a lead of a quartr of a second. Kevin Harvick is in third.

Lap 250 Martin Truex Jr has a lead just under half a second on Matt Kenseth with 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 254 Martin Truex Jr continues to increase his lead over Matt Kenseth with Kevin Harvick in third.

Ryan Blaney gets very loose but saves the car with tire smoking and the track stays green.

Lap 259 Martin Truex Jr’s lead over Matt Kenseth is now over half a second.

With 69 laps remaining in the race, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race with Matt Kenseth in second and Kevin Harvick in third.

Ray Black Jr spins out for a second time and brings out the caution flag on lap 270. With 65 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are now within their fuel window. Kurt Busch is the “lucky dog”.

Taking only two tires Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road. Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne also took only two tires and come in second and third.

Matt Kenseth lost four spots on pit road.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with 60 laps remaining in the race. Hamlin and Joey Logano are side by side for the lead. Denny Hamlin gets out in front for the lead.

Kyle Busch is on pit road with a flat tire.

With only 54 laps remaining in the race, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Martin Truex Jr in second and Joey Logano in third.

Kyle Larson spins out and hit the wall with a flaming car; bringing out the caution flag.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500

FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 05: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet, is involved in an on-track incident during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

NASCAR has red flagged the race to check the wall for damage and to get the track cleaned up.

After a 10 minute red flag condition, NASCAR has displayed the caution flag and the drivers are again moving around the track.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 46 laps remaining in the race. After a side by side battle, Martin Truex Jr gets out in front for the lead of the race.

With 44 laps remaining in the race Martin Truex Jr is the leader with Denny Hamlin in second and Joey Logano in third. Cars are getting three wide on the track.

Forty laps to go, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin with Joey Logano in third over a second behind.

Only 30 laps remaining in the race with Martin Truex Jr in the lead with Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick battling it out for second place.

With 28 laps to go Kevin Harvick passes Denny Hamlin for second. Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over a second on Kevin Harvick.

Twenty-five to go and Martin Truex Jr’s lead is down to less than a second on Kevin Harvick.

After Martin Truex Jr got caught up in lapped traffic, Kevin Harvick has caught up to Truex.

Fifteen to go and Martin Truex Jr has a lead of less than half a second on Kevin Harvick.

Twelve to go, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is still three tenths of a second on Kevin Harvick.

Ten to go and Martin Truex Jr wobbles. Kevin Harvick pounces and passes Truex for the lead.

Eight to go, Kevin Harvick’s lead is over half a second on Martin Truex Jr.

Five to go, Kevin Harvick as a led of over a second on Martin Truex Jr.

Three to go, Kevin Harvick is on a big to win his first ever Cup race at Texas.

Kevin Harvick takes the white flag with a lead of over two seconds on Martin Truex Jr.

Kevin Harvick wins the AAA Texas 500 for his first Texas win…and a guaranteed spot in the championship four in Miami.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500

FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 05: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Mobil 1 Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The unofficial results of the AAA Texas 500:
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Matt Kenseth
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Kasey Kahne
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Austin Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Aric Almirola
AJ Allmendinger
Danica Patrick
Jamie McMurray
Kyle Busch
Ryan Newman
Michael McDowell
Chris Buescher
Paul Menard
Ty Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Landon Cassill
Jimmie Johnson
Trevor Bayne
Cole Whitt
David Ragan
Reed Sorenson
Joey Gase
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Ray Black Jr
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Clint Bowyer
Kyle Larson
David Starr
Corey LaJoie
Gray Gaulding


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