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Out Front with Miss Coors Light: AAA Texas 500
Miss Coors Light, Amanda Mertz, chats with AAA Texas 500 Coors Light Pole Award winner, Brad Keselowski, about his No. 2 Ford, which was fastest in all three rounds of qualifying.
Best in-car audio from the AAA Texas 500
Check out some on the best radio chatter from the AAA Texas 500 , as Jimmie Johnson claims his 5th win of the 2015 campaign and Joey Logano looks to climb out of a Texas -sized hole.
Stats advance: Analyzing the AAA Texas 500
A statistical look ahead to the second race of the Eliminator Round RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Statistical Advance: Analyzing the AAA Texas 500 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 27, 2014) – Below is a look at the Eliminator 8 – and beyond – at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas going into the AAA Texas 500 on November 2. ESPN’s coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET and the race is scheduled for 3 p.m. TEXAS -SPECIFIC STATISTICS 1 - Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.3 2014 Rundown · Four wins, 13 top fives, 21 top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 10.1 · Led 24 races for 873 laps Texas Motor Speedway Outlook: · One win, nine top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 17.2 in 27 races · Average Running Position of 13.9, 10th-best · Driver Rating of 92.3, ninth-best · 323 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most · 4,067 Laps in the Top 15 (63.9%), eighth-most 2 - Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 85.4 2014 Rundown · Four top fives, 15 top 10s · Average finish of 13.0 · Led 7 races for 41 laps Texas Motor Speedway Outlook: · One win, three top fives, five top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 19.1 in 22 races · Average Running Position of 20.1, 22nd-best · Driver Rating of 73.1, 21st-best · 1,479 Green Flag Passes, second-most 3 - Joey Logano (No. 22 AAA Insurance Ford) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.9 2014 Rundown · Five wins, 16 top fives, 21 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 11.3 · Led 21 races for 976 laps Texas Motor Speedway Outlook: · One win, four top fives, four top 10s · Average finish of 18.4 in 12 races · Average Running Position of 19.3, 20th-best · Driver Rating of 77.1, 19th-best 4 - Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.8 2014 Rundown · 12 top fives, 20 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 13.3 · Led 19 races for 470 laps Texas Motor Speedway Outlook: · Two wins, 13 top fives, 17 top 10s · Average finish of 8.3 in 24 races · Series-best Average Running Position of 9.4 · Series-best Driver Rating of 106.1 · 353 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most · 1,448 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 173.587 mph, second-fastest · Series-high 5,045 Laps in the Top 15 (79.3%) · 742 Quality Passes, second-most 5 - Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.9 2014 Rundown · One win, six top fives, 15 top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 14.9 · Led 15 races for 286 laps Texas Motor Speedway Outlook: · Two wins, five top fives, nine top 10s · Average finish of 10.8 in 17 races · Average Running Position of 12.4, sixth-best · Driver Rating of 93.8, seventh-best · 179 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most · 1,380 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 173.154 mph, 10th-fastest · 3,931 Laps in the Top 15 (69.0%), 10th-most · 742 Quality Passes, second-most 6 - Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 81.4 2014 Rundown · Two wins, seven top fives, 13 top 10s · Average finish of 14.7 · Led 11 races for 135 laps Texas Motor Speedway Outlook: · Three wins, six top fives, eight top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 15.5 in 19 races · Average Running Position of 12.4, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 96.9, sixth-best · 361 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most · 1,240 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 173.402 mph, fourth-fastest · 4,573 Laps in the Top 15 (71.9%), fifth-most · 716 Quality Passes, fifth-most 7 - Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.4 2014 Rundown · Six wins, 14 top fives, 17 top 10s; five poles · Average finish of 13.5 · Led 26 races for 1,518 laps Texas Motor Speedway Outlook: · One top five, three top 10s · Average finish of 19.5 in 12 races · Average Running Position of 18.1, 18th-best · Driver Rating of 78.8, 18th-best · 164 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most 8 - Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.3 2014 Rundown · Three wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s; eight poles · Average finish of 14.0 · Led 24 races for 1,817 laps Texas Motor Speedway Outlook: · Three top fives, 11 top 10s · Average finish of 13.6 in 23 races · Average Running Position of 16.0, 15th-best · Driver Rating of 83.3, 14th-best · 1,461 Green Flag Passes, third-most · 3,706 Laps in the Top 15 (58.2%), 12th-most · 685 Quality Passes, seventh-most 9 - Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Toyota) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.2 2014 Rundown · One win, eight top fives, 14 top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 16.8 · Led 15 races for 453 laps Texas Motor Speedway Outlook: · One win, seven top fives, eight top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 13.4 in 18 races · Average Running Position of 10.8, third-best · Driver Rating of 102.2, fourth-best · 353 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most · Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 173.610 mph · 4,448 Laps in the Top 15 (73.8%), sixth-most · 641 Quality Passes, 10th-most 10 - AJ Allmendinger (No. 47 Clorox Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 70.7 2014 Rundown · One win, two top fives, five top 10s · Average finish of 19.9 · Led 5 races for 68 laps Texas Motor Speedway Outlook: · Two top 10s · Average finish of 21.7 in 11 races · Average Running Position of 22.1, 28th-best · Driver Rating of 68.5, 25th-best 11 - Dale Earnhardt Jr . (No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.5 2014 Rundown · Four wins, 12 top fives, 18 top 10s · Average finish of 12.5 · Led 16 races for 379 laps Texas Motor Speedway Outlook: · One win, four top fives, 13 top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 15.0 in 24 races · Average Running Position of 13.1, ninth-best · Driver Rating of 90.4, 10th-best · 216 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most · 1,346 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 173.243 mph, eighth-fastest · 4,624 Laps in the Top 15 (72.7%), fourth-most · 736 Quality Passes, fourth-most 12 - Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Red Vest Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.5 2014 Rundown · Three wins, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 15.2 · Led 16 races for 1,119 laps Texas Motor Speedway Outlook: · Three wins, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 9.5 in 22 races · Average Running Position of 11.4, fourth-best · Driver Rating of 103.6, second-best · Series-high 522 Fastest Laps Run · Average Green Flag Speed of 173.393 mph, fifth-fastest · 4,666 Laps in the Top 15 (73.3%), third-most · 681 Quality Passes, eighth-most 13 - Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ortho Fire Ant Killer Ford) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 78.7 2014 Rundown · Three top fives, 10 top 10s · Average finish of 16.0 · Led 7 races for 110 laps Texas Motor Speedway Outlook: · Two wins, eight top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 14.7 in 21 races · Average Running Position of 12.0, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 102.2, third-best · 473 Fastest Laps Run, second-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 173.543 mph, third-fastest · 4,797 Laps in the Top 15 (75.4%), second-most · Series-high 784 Quality Passes 14 - Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.0 2014 Rundown · One win, three top fives, 11 top 10s · Average finish of 17.1 · Led 12 races for 218 laps Texas Motor Speedway Outlook: · One win, five top fives, six top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 17.7 in 20 races · Average Running Position of 14.9, 13th-best · Driver Rating of 85.4, 13th-best · 223 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most · 1,398 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most · 3,957 Laps in the Top 15 (62.2%), ninth-most · 688 Quality Passes, sixth-most 15 - Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.6 2014 Rundown · One win, six top fives, nine top 10s · Average finish of 19.9 · Led 13 races for 204 laps Texas Motor Speedway Outlook: · One win, three top fives, 12 top 10s · Average finish of 16.3 in 23 races · Average Running Position of 15.3, 14th-best · Driver Rating of 86.5, 12th-best · 193 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most · 1,451 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most 16 - Aric Almirola (No. 43 Farmland Ford) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 72.6 2014 Rundown · One win, two top fives, seven top 10s · Average finish of 21.5 · Led 5 races for 23 laps Texas Motor Speedway Outlook: · One top 10 · Average finish of 19.6 in seven races · Average Running Position of 21.4, 24th-best · Driver Rating of 68.2, 26th-best The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2014 Eliminator 8 at Texas Motor Speedway Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating 1 Jeff Gordon 27 2 1 9 12 6 17.2 92.3 2 Ryan Newman 22 2 1 3 5 3 19.1 73.1 3 Joey Logano 12 0 1 4 4 1 18.4 77.1 4 Matt Kenseth 24 0 2 13 17 0 8.3 106.1 5 Denny Hamlin 17 0 2 5 9 0 10.8 93.8 6 Carl Edwards 19 1 3 6 8 4 15.5 96.9 7 Brad Keselowski 12 0 0 1 3 0 19.5 78.8 8 Kevin Harvick 23 0 0 3 11 1 13.6 83.3 * – Based on last 19 races at Texas Motor Speedway (2005 – 2014). Texas Motor Speedway: History · Construction on Texas Motor Speedway began in 1995. · The first NASCAR national series race at TMS was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on April 5, 1997 – won by Mark Martin . · The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was on April 6, 1997 – won by Jeff Burton . · The track underwent a repave between the 2001 and 2002 seasons. · In 2011, the spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was moved from Sunday to Saturday night under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway . · Texas Motor Speedway hosted its first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on November 6, 2005 – won by Carl Edwards. Notebook · There have been 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway , one NSCS event from 1997 - 2004 and two races per year since 2005. · 138 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas ; 111 in more than one. · Jeff Gordon is the only drive to have made all 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway . · Jeremy Mayfield was the first Coors Light pole winner, in 1998 with a speed of 185.906 mph. The inaugural Coors Light pole at Texas Motor Speedway in 1997 was cancelled due to weather conditions. · 19 drivers have Coors Light poles at Texas , led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon , Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr. with two each. · Two drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Texas Motor Speedway : Bobby Labonte (2003 and 2004) and Ryan Newman (2005 sweep). · Youngest Texas Coors Light pole winner: Brian Vickers (11/05/2006 – 23 years, 0 months, 12 days). · Oldest Texas Coors Light pole winner: Bill Elliott (4/08/2002 – 46 years, 6 months, 0 days). · 18 different drivers have won at Texas Motor Speedway , led by Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson with three each. · Seven drivers have multiple wins at Texas Motor Speedway : Carl Edwards (three), Jimmie Johnson (three), Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton , Denny Hamlin , Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart each have two. · Roush Fenway Racing leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in wins at Texas Motor Speedway with nine; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with five and Joe Gibbs Racing with four. · Three of the 27 (11.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole; Kasey Kahne (2006), Jimmie Johnson (2012) and Kyle Busch (2013). · The third-place starting position is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Texas Motor Speedway , producing more wins than any other starting position (five) – most recent: Jimmie Johnson (fall 2013). · Six of the 27 (22.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the front row: three from the pole and three from second-place. · 21 of the 27 (77.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position. · Four of the 27 (14.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20. · The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Texas Motor Speedway is 31st, by Matt Kenseth in 2002. · Youngest Texas winner: Joey Logano (03/30/2003 – 23 years, 10 months, 14 days). · Oldest Texas winner: Dale Jarrett (04/01/2001 – 44 years, 4 months, 6 days). · Jimmie Johnson leads the series in runner-up finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with five; followed by Matt Kenseth with four. · Matt Kenseth leads the series in top-five finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 13; followed by Jimmie Johnson with 10. · Matt Kenseth leads the series lead in top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 17; followed by Jimmie Johnson with 16 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 13. · Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 8.818. Johnson is the only active driver with an average starting position at Texas in the top 10. · Two active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top 10 at Texas : Matt Kenseth (8.250) and Jimmie Johnson (9.455). · There have been three NSCS green-white-checkered finishes at Texas Motor Speedway : fall 2006 (334/339), spring 2008 (334/339), and fall 2012 (334/335). · Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions twice in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway ; the inaugural event in 1997 and spring 2007. The race has never been rain shortened. · Casey Mears has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway without posting a DNF (20). · Jeff Burton (4/06/1997) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (4/02/2000) won their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career race at Texas Motor Speedway . · David Ragan (4/09/2011) and Martin Truex Jr. (11/04/2007) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Texas Motor Speedway . · 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski (11/02/2008) and Trevor Bayne (11/07/2010) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Texas Motor Speedway . · Two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Texas Motor Speedway : Carl Edwards (2008 sweep) and Denny Hamlin (2010 sweep). · 11 of the 12 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who have won at Texas Motor Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Texas in his first appearance; Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman won in their second appearance at TMS. · Jeff Gordon competed at Texas Motor Speedway 16 times before winning in the spring of 2009; the longest span of any the 12 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners. · Only three of the 12 winning drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Texas Motor Speedway : Jeff Gordon (16) Kyle Busch (15) and Kurt Busch (13). · Kevin Harvick and Joe Nemechek lead the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 23 each. · Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway was the (4/4/2004) race won by Elliott Sadler with a MOV of 0.028 second ahead of Kasey Kahne . · Two female drivers have made NSCS starts at Texas Motor Speedway : Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date Danica Patrick 24 27 4/7/2014 Danica Patrick 30 25 11/3/2013 Danica Patrick 42 28 4/13/2013 Danica Patrick 32 24 11/4/2012 Shawna Robinson 16 36 4/8/2002 · Tony Stewart leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Laps Led at Texas Motor Speedway with 801 laps led in 24 starts. · Jeff Gordon leads all active NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers in Laps Completed at Texas Motor Speedway with 7,990 laps. · One NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has won at Texas Motor Speedway in two different manufacturers: Jeff Burton (1997 – Ford; 2007 – Chevrolet) NASCAR in Texas · There have been 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among three tracks in the state of Texas . Track Name City NSCS Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth 27 Texas World Speedway College Station 8 Meyer Speedway Houston 1 · 80 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Texas . · 10 drivers from Texas have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series. Six of the nine Texas native NASCAR winners have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Driver NSCS NNS NCWTS Terry Labonte 22 11 1 Bobby Labonte 21 10 1 A.J. Foyt 7 0 0 Billy Wade 4 0 0 Bobby Hillin Jr 1 2 0 Johnny Rutherford 1 0 0 Chris Buescher 0 1 0 James Buescher 0 1 6 David Starr 0 0 4 Colin Braun 0 0 1 MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Keselowski heads final Sprint Cup practice at Texas
RELATED: Final practice results " Pit stall assignments " 10-lap averages Brad Keselowski soared to the top of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leaderboard in final practice Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway . Keselowski claimed the top perch with a best lap of 190.685 mph in the Team Penske No. 2 Ford. He'll start fourth in Sunday's AAA Texas 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) after a solid effort in Friday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying on the 1.5-mile track. Martin Truex Jr . -- like Keselowski, a contender who saw his championship hopes fizzle in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs' previous round -- was second-fastest in the 50-minute session. He turned a best lap of 189.787 mph in the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota. Kyle Busch , a winner at the Fort Worth track in April, shook off an eventful Friday to post the third-fastest lap in Saturday's final practice. His Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota clocked a 189.753 mph lap to secure his spot as the fastest of the eight remaining Chase contenders. Fellow Chaser Joey Logano was fourth-best (189.707 mph) in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford with rookie Chase Elliott (189.447) completing the top five. The remaining Chase drivers and their rank in final practice: Carl Edwards (eighth), Kurt Busch (10th), Jimmie Johnson (15th), Denny Hamlin (18th) and Matt Kenseth (19th). Of those, only Johnson -- on the strength of his Martinsville victory last weekend -- has clinched a berth in the Championship 4 Nov. 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Austin Dillon , who landed his third career Sprint Cup pole in Friday qualifying, was 11th-fastest in final practice. Blaney tops Saturday's early practice ( Practice 2 results ) Ryan Blaney led Saturday's first Sprint Cup Series practice at Texas Motor Speedway , notching a top speed of 188.515 mph. The Wood Brothers Racing driver put up his fastest time on his first lap out of 31 runs. AJ Allmendinger was second-fastest to Blaney with a speed of 188.508 mph. Ricky Stenhouse Jr . (187.846 mph), Casey Mears (187.826 mph) and Paul Menard (187.572 mph) completed the top five, respectively. The fastest Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver was Joey Logano , coming in as ninth-fastest at 187.026 mph. Chase contender and 2014 Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick -- who was quickest in Friday's practice -- was 30th-fastest today (183.761 mph). Defending series champion and two-time Texas victor Kyle Busch hit the wall in yesterday's opening practice and was forced to a backup No. 18 Toyota. Busch came in at 23rd-fastest (184.704 mph). Jimmie Johnson , a six-time winner at the Lone Star State track and the winner of the last four fall races at Texas , was 16th-fastest (185.810 mph). Johnson's win last weekend at Martinsville has already put the Hendrick Motorsports driver in the Chase's Championship 4. Polesitter for Sunday's AAA Texas 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBC) Austin Dillon was 25th-fastest (184.150 mph).
Harvick a chart-topper in Texas , leads first practice
RELATED: Practice 1 results " Chase Grid " Preview Show: Texas Kevin Harvick scooted to the top spot in opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice Friday at Texas Motor Speedway . Harvick powered the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet to a best lap of 196.685 mph on the 1.5-mile track. He'll seek his first Texas win in Sunday's AAA Texas 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM). The event is the second of three events in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs' Round of 8. Carl Edwards was second-fastest in early preparation for Sunday's 500 -miler, pushing the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota to a best lap of 196.278 mph. Edwards was just ahead of Gibbs teammate Matt Kenseth , third-fast in the JGR No. 20 Toyota at 195.929 mph. Joey Logano was fourth-fastest in the 85-minute session as Chase title contenders swept the first four spots on the leaderboard. Rookie Ryan Blaney completed the top five. Defending series champion Kyle Busch , a two-time Texas winner who took the checkered flag at the Fort Worth track in April, crashed early in the session, forcing his Joe Gibbs Racing team to a reserve No. 18 Toyota. Busch was in the midst of his first lap at speed when the car pitched sideways into the Turn 4 retaining wall. MORE: Busch set for backup Busch returned to the track with 25 minutes left in opening practice, mustering the 22nd-fastest lap among the 40-car field. Jimmie Johnson , a six-time Texas winner who has won the track's fall race four straight years, was just 33rd-fastest in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet. Johnson prevailed last weekend at Martinsville to clinch a berth among the Championship 4 field for the Nov. 20 finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Sprint Cup Series is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. ET. </p>
Heads up: Texas weekend
RELATED: Complete schedule for Texas Here are the hot topics, trending news and key story lines to get you ready for this weekend's races at Texas Motor Speedway . WEATHER A mix of sun and rain is forecasted for the Texas tripleheader. Friday and Saturday appear to have identical forecasts with both days projecting a high near 74. Sunday will be partly sunny with a high of 72. KEY TIMES Sprint Cup Series: The first practice will be Friday at 12:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App), with another pair of practices coming Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET (CNBC/NBC Sports App) and 1:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App). Coors Light Pole Qualifying is at 6:45 p.m. ET Friday (NBC Sports App, will air tape delayed on NBCSN at 10:30 p.m. ET). Sunday's main event, which is the second race in the three-race Round of 8, begins at 2 p.m. ET (NBC/NBC Sports App) XFINITY Series: The first practice is Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBCSN Sports App) with final practice later that day at 5 p.m. ET (NBC Sports App, will air tape delayed on NBCSN at 12 a.m. ET). Saturday is a busy day for the field with Coors Light Pole Qualifying beginning at 11:45 a.m. ET (CNBC/NBC Sports App) ahead of the 300-mile race (3 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App), which is the second in the Round of 8 of the XFINITY Series Chase. Camping World Truck Series: A pair of Thursday practices were rained out so the series gets on track Friday morning for one hour from 10 a.m. ET to 11 a.m. ET. The second race of the Round of 6 of the Camping World Truck Series Chase is Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1 with Keystone Light Pole Qualifying just before at 3:45 p.m. ET (FS1). CATCH DRIVERS LIVE We'll stream every driver press conference in the Martinsville media center at NASCAR.com/presspass . Some highlights are three of the Joe Gibbs Racing quartet on Friday and XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series Chase contenders on both Friday and Saturday. Click here for a full schedule. LAST TIME -- Despite being eliminated from the Chase two weeks earlier, Jimmie Johnson proved he was still one tough competitor after earning his sixth win at Texas Motor Speedway during 2015's AAA Texas 500 . "Six-Time" only led for a total of six circuits, including the final four after taking the lead from Brad Keselowski on Lap 331 -- and never looking back. Johnson has won the last four Chase races at the 1.5-mile track. -- Speaking of Keselowski, the Team Penske wheelman dominated the Texas event, topping the board for 312 laps and breaking the record for the most laps led at the track. Keselowski was still vying for a Chase spot at Homestead and the win would have earned him a berth; he ultimately came up short in making the Championship 4. YOU SHOULD KNOW • Jimmie Johnson : The winningest Texas driver returns to the track fresh off his Martinsville victory. Although Johnson is already locked into the Championship 4, a win here could leave the seven other contenders scrambling at Phoenix's elimination race. • This is the second of three races in the Round of 8, before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field is cut to the Championship 4 for the Homestead-Miami Speedway finale. • With all four Joe Gibbs Racing drivers still in contention for the 2016 championship, will we start to see teammates battle one another for wins instead of working together? With only two races remaining before the finale, anything is possible.
'Baddest man' Chuck Norris welcomes Texas Chase opportunity
(Photo credit: Chuck Norris Facebook ) FORT WORTH, Texas -- Chuck Norris is so beloved, treasured and adored that the actor and martial arts expert has internet memes, Twitter handles and fan clubs dedicated to honoring his very existence. According to the hugely popular and always creative Chuck Norris Facts website: "The Bermuda Triangle used to be the Bermuda Square until Chuck Norris roundhouse kicked one of the corners off.'" Another entry promises, "Chuck Norris can believe it's not butter.'" And of course, "Chuck Norris knows the last digit of pi." There are clever memes picturing Norris. MORE: Chuck Norris and NASCAR -- all the memes you need "When Chuck Norris does push-ups, he doesn't push himself up, he pushes the earth down," says one. "When Google has a question, they Norris it," suggests another. The popularity and fondness bestowed on Norris is much appreciated by the actor, who lives near Houston and will be trackside Sunday to introduce the eight Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers prior to the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway . It will truly be a mutual appreciation between NASCAR’s biggest stars and one of America's most treasured celebrities. "I'm looking forward to introducing the drivers and being with the NASCAR fans, plus I haven't seen (track president) Eddie Gossage and (Speedway Motorsports Chairman) Bruton Smith in years so this will be a great opportunity to get re-acquainted," Norris said. "I used to go out to the track often when I lived in Dallas filming the Walker, Texas Ranger series. The Norrises just love speed. I used to race off-road and then I did the powerboat racing for a few years. We're into all this racing stuff." Gossage thought it was the ultimate "natural" idea to invite Norris to introduce the Chase drivers prior to Sunday's race. "The thinking was, introducing the eight baddest drivers because they're still in the Chase you need the baddest man on the planet," Gossage said. "And with all the internet facts and memes it was obvious that has t o be Chuck Norris. The fact he's a friend and a Texan and been here a number of times, that’s an easy one to put together." For all of his work on television, in movies and as one of the most accomplished American martial arts experts, the 76-year old Norris is still genuinely amazed at the warm reception he receives everywhere he goes. And he has a good sense of humor about the cult-like following that has developed worldwide with the memes and fan clubs. "It’s interesting," Norris allowed with a laugh. "These Chuck Norris facts have reconnected me with the young people again. There’s a young college kid that sent me the first three Chuck Norris facts and I read them. "The first one I ever read was: 'They wanted to put Chuck Norris on Mount Rushmore but the granite wasn't tough enough.' It's been 10 years since I saw that one." "And," he recalled, "I did two tours in Iraq to shake hands with the troops and I did that with over 40,000 soldiers because they were bugging their commanders to shake my hand after hearing these Chuck Norris facts. "Every time one of them came over to shake my hand, he'd tell me a Chuck Norris fact. And then I'd go to the commode and Chuck Norris facts were written on the wall. I thought, 'I can't get away from these things.'" Nor does he really want to. His popularity and decades long work in his first love, martial arts, along with his well-received work in television shows like the long-running Walker, Texas Ranger and movies such as Delta Force and Missing in Action make Norris one of the most recognizable faces in the world. And he is using that support and following to continue his great work with the KickStart Kids Foundation he formed in 1992. The program is truly the heart of his commitment to giving back. He and his wife Gena chair the foundation, which has worked with at-risk children and proudly helped graduate over 85,000 since the organization began. For the next week the Norries are selling "Chuck Yeah" t-shirts at represent.com/chuckyeah to raise money for their KickStart Foundation. "I'm a huge NASCAR fan and my son Eric has been driving in NASCAR for years, so we thought this would be a great opportunity," Norris said. "This race gives me the opportunity to help our fundraiser for the Kick Start program. Most of these kids have gone on to college and been successful in their own right." So for this weekend, Norrises intensity comes with a wide smile and proud heart. "I just love going out there and meeting these drivers," Norris said. "They are just down-to-earth guys and they have great values. Those are the kind of guys I like to be around." And it's definitely a mutual feeling.
Texas Sprint Cup Series action delayed due to rain
RELATED: Live weather updates " Weekend schedule " Chase Grid The start of the second race in the Round of 8 of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup was delayed for nearly six hours following an early bout of rain at Texas Motor Speedway and surrounding areas. The AAA Texas 500 's green flag was scheduled for 2:04:30 p.m. ET (NBC, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), and the skies opened just after the national anthem. The green flag fell just before 8 p.m. ET after a lengthy track-drying process. Once the track dried, Richard Childress Racing 's Austin Dillon led the field to green after scoring his third career Sprint Cup Series pole during Friday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series contender Joey Logano lined up alongside Dillon in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Going into today's 500 -miler, Jimmie Johnson -- the defending race winner -- is the only Chaser with a secured spot in the Championship 4. The Joe Gibbs Racing trio of Denny Hamlin , Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch currently sit above the cutoff line while Logano, Kevin Harvick , Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards are below it. Next Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway marks the cutoff in the Round of 8 in which four drivers will be eliminated from the Chase ahead of the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20. Wet weather impacted the track schedule earlier in the week when two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practices were washed out on Thursday due to rain. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Kyle Busch's day goes south at Texas
RELATED: 'Rowdy' reflects on time spent with 'Smoke' FORT WORTH, Texas -- An issue early in Friday's opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice sent Kyle Busch to the garage and his team to the hauler to unload the backup No. 18 Toyota. The defending Sprint Cup Series champion made contact with the outside wall on his first lap around the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway layout. Damage to the right front of the Joe Gibbs Racing entry was significant. It took approximately one hour for the backup entry to be sufficiently prepped. Busch quickly posted the 10th-fastest lap when he was finally able to return to the track. "We got into turn three and the car felt great, loaded up really good, got back to the throttle and then got to the bumps that are over there in (Turns) 3 and 4," Busch said afterward. The car "felt like it bottomed out a little bit," he said, "and kind of got me up the track and then from there the whole car just kind of came out of the track and I got loose and couldn't get it checked up or slowed down before it slapped the wall. "Speeds are really high here at Texas and when you lose that grip, typically it happens in a hurry and (it) just kind of got away from me there. I wish that I would have had maybe taken it a little easy, but I really wasn't even trying that hard to be honest with you. Just kind of a shock that that happened." Because the incident took place prior to qualifying, Busch won’t be required to drop to the rear of the field prior to the start of Sunday's AAA Texas 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). "I don't think I have ever crashed on the first lap of getting out there on the race track before," he said. "We've right-sided cars before here or there and I always had a running joke with one of our guys at the body shop that comes to the race track on Sundays … anytime he has to put a right side wrap on a car, it meant good things. Going to a backup car, I don't think it is going to hurt us any." By the end of practice, he had slipped to 22nd in the rundown. He's a two-time winner at Texas in the Sprint Cup Series, and won here earlier this year. He's finished no worse than fourth in his last four Texas starts, and six of his last seven. "Didn't even get a lap on that thing but all in all I know that I've got a great group of guys that will dig in as deep as they need to in order to make sure we do everything that we can to prepare it to get ourselves back to where we need to be for being competitive here this weekend," he said.
Edwards surges to Texas win, lands Homestead berth
RELATED: Race results " Updated Chase Grid SHOP: Edwards gear Carl Edwards secured a waterlogged victory Sunday night at Texas Motor Speedway , taking control late in a rain-shortened AAA Texas 500 to clinch a shot at his first Sprint Cup Series title in the NASCAR season finale. Edwards' Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota permanently took the lead in the 258th of 293 laps, a figure shortened from the original 334-lap distance by an evening rain shower. He benefited from an ultra-fast final pit stop and led 36 laps in his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory of the season, the 28th of his career and his fourth on the 1.5-mile Fort Worth track. Edwards' victory locked up an automatic berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs' Championship 4 finale Nov. 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Jimmie Johnson -- the Martinsville winner last weekend -- is the only other driver among the eight remaining Chase hopefuls who has clinched a title shot.