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NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Prerace Notes

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race is tonight.  The NRA 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway will be Saturday April 13th 2013.  Here is some information that has happened since qualifying.

The National Rifle Association has sponsored this race, although there is some controversy over whether or not it is appropriate for them to sponsor after recent tragedies involving guns there is no rule in place by NASCAR to prevent it.  It is not expected that there will be mention of this perceived controversy during the telecast.

Kyle Busch earned the pole for this race by breaking Brian Vickers track record.  He will lead the field to green followed by his brother Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, Marcos Ambrose, Martin Truex Jr.

Qualifying for the race occurred earlier in the day than the race will be run.  This may have affected some of the team’s performance as they had the cars prepared for the race which will be run at night.  Expect some cars that qualified up front to drop and some that qualified poorly to move up.

Kevin Harvick blew an engine in final practice and will have to relinquish his 29th qualifying position and start the race at the end of the field per the NASCAR rule book.

Friday in the Nationwide Series race, tires were very important.  They have significant fall off in speed after a few laps.  This was apparent when Kasey Kahne got new tires and over ten cars kept their old tires.  He was able to easily drive up to first place in a couple laps. Alas, he wasn’t able to stay there because the Nationwide teams are limited on the number of tires they can get.

Kyle Busch won the Nationwide race and will be attempting to sweep all the races at Texas.

Greg Biffle was the winner of this race last year and will start the race a disappointing 35th.

The Sprint Cup Series uses the same tires but there is no limit.  Expect the teams to put tires on at every pit stop.

The NRA 500 from Texas Motor Speedway will be televised live on Fox  starting at 7 PM ET

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com.

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