NASCAR AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Prerace Notes

By Brian Berg Jr.
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR returns to Texas Motor Speedway for the AAA Texas 500. Here is some news and notes since qualifying on Friday.

Carl Edwards won the pole for the race. He will lead the field to green. Carl Edwards also leads all active NASCAR drivers in race wins at Texas with three. Can he win again?

Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson lead all active drivers in the driver ratings for Texas Motor Speedway. They are also tied in the standings for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Can they continue their great runs at Texas and continue their neck in neck battle for the Championship?

Matt Kenseth was the fastest in final practice he will start the race in the sixth position. Jimmie Johnson was sixteenth fastest in final practice but he will start the race in third.

In the Camping World Truck Series race on Friday Night Ty Dillon led almost every lap flag to flag in a race where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series interlopers were not a factor.

Unlike the Truck race the Cup Series interlopers dominated the Nationwide Series Race. Brad Keselowski won the race. Kyle Busch was the only Cup driver to falter after he blew an engine during the race.

During the Nationwide Series race many race teams reported extreme tire wear on the right side tires. This will be a focus during the prerace and throughout the race as the teams and drivers try to figure out how the Cup cars with their higher horsepower affect them. All three series run the same tires at Texas.

As of this no teams have made unapproved changes to their cars and will have to start the race in the back.

The weather is expected to be as good as it can be for racing, 67 degrees and no chance of rain.

If you can’t get to Texas Motor Speedway the race will be broadcast on ESPN starting at 2 PM ET. If you turn the race on the TV and it is not on don’t worry you are an hour early you forgot to fall back from Daylight Savings time.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for

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