AAA Texas 500
Texas Motor Speedway - Fort Worth, TX
Sunday, November 2, TBA ET
Jimmie Johnson wins. Brad Keselowski second. Johnson maintains points lead.
White flag: Jimmie Johnson pulling away. Brad Keselowski trying to hold off Kyle Busch.
Green-white-checkered first attempt: Jimmie Johnson clears Brad Keselowski on the outside.
Radio chatter on Lap 333: Crew chief Brian Pattie: "Get aggressive, make sure you're ready man."
Lap 332: Denny Hamlin's car is steaming and he's on pit road.
CAUTION 9 - Lap 331: Mark Martin spins off Turn 4 after contact with Carl Edwards as cars packed together.
Lap 328: Kyle Busch is pushing Jimmie Johnson for second.
Lap 326: Jimmie Johnson gets past Brad Keselowski for the lead. Brad Keselowski comes up and makes contact, Jimmie Johnson moves up the groove and out of the lead.
Lap 326: RESTART - Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson lead the field.
Radio chatter on Lap 326: Brad Keselowski: "You guys hae done an awesome job, I'll do my best."
Lap 324: Greg Biffle, Danica Patrick, Ryan Newman, Casey Mears, Aric Almirola, Carl Edwards, Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Travis Kvapil, Trevor Bayne, Landon Cassill, Jeff Gordon pit.
Radio chatter on Lap 324: Jimmie Johnson: "Red flag it, let's red flag it NASCAR."
Radio chatter on Lap 324: Crew chief Steve Letarte: "One more good restart here and we'll have a good finish." Dale Earnhardt Jr. is fifth.
Lap 324: Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson will lead the field to the green on the restart.
Radio chatter on Lap 321: Crew chief Chad Knaus: "You're going to blow by him like he's standing still."
Radio chatter on Lap 321: Crew chief Chad Knaus: "Shake that off, now is your opportunity."
CAUTION 8 - Lap 320: Kasey Kahne hits the wall.
Lap 319: Kyle Busch is less than half a second back - and has Jimmie Johnson on his bumper.
Lap 319: Brad Keselowski is holding the edge despite changing only two tires.
Lap 316 - Restart: Brad Keselowski holds the lead through the start.
Radio chatter on Lap 314: Crew chief Chad Knaus: You're going to have 19 laps to go, eyes forward."
Lap 313: Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch will lead the field on the restart. Jimmie Johnson will restart third.
Radio chatter on Lap 312: Spotter Joey Meier tells Brad Keselowski: "Remember the previous restarts."
Radio chatter on Lap 312: Crew chief Chad Knaus: "(Expletive) race now, dude."
Lap 312: Leaders pit. Brad Keselowski takes two tires; Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson take four.
Radio chatter on Lap 312: Roger Penske: Great work, great work
CAUTION 7: Lap 311: Marcos Ambrose crashes.
Radio chatter on Lap 309: Crew chief Chad Knaus tells Jimmie Johnson they were actually going faster when they were saving fuel.
Lap 308: Jimmie Johnson is on the bumper of Kyle Busch and challenging for the lead.
Lap 308: Brad Keselowski passes Matt Kenseth for fourth.
Radio chatter on Lap 307: Crew chief Brian Pattie just tells Clint Bowyer "plenty good on fuel, plenty good."
Lap 306: Kyle Busch is maintaining his lead over Jimmie Johnson.
Lap 303: Jimmie Johnson is now three-tenths of a second behind leader Kyle Busch.
Lap 301: Brad Keselowski passes Dale Earnhardt Jr. for fifth.
Radio chatter on Lap 300: Clint Bowyer closing in on Jimmie Johnson. Spotter Brett Griffin: "You're two-tenths faster than the leader."
Lap 299: Clint Bowyer, in third, is now the fastest on the track.
Radio chatter on Lap 297: Crew chief Dave Rogers: "You're doing good. ... maintain it."
Lap 296: Kyle Busch is holding his lead over Jimmie Johnson. Can he end run of Chasers winning the Chase races?
Lap 294: Brad Keselowski is up to sixth.
Lap 289: Jimmie Johnson is just four-tenths of a second behind Kyle Busch.
Lap 287: Kyle Busch has a six-tenths of a second lead over Jimmie Johnson. Brad Keselowski is eighth.
Lap 286: Jimmie Johnson, in second, is the fastest car on the track.
Radio chatter on Lap 283: Smoke coming off of Kasey Kahne's car.
Lap 282: Restart - Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson lead the field to the green.
Radio chatter on Lap 280: Crew chief Paul Wolfe tells Brad Keselowski not to worry about saving fuel, worry about passing cars. They are ninth on the restart.
Radio chatter on Lap 279: Crew chief Chad Knaus tells Jimmie Johnson they're "shy on fuel." Knaus tells Johnson the 2 of Brad Keselowski has a problem. "Let's try to take advantage of it on the restart." He comes back and says it's the 18 of Kyle Busch. However, Knaus tells Johnson he's four laps short on fuel.
Radio chatter on Lap 278: Brad Keselowski: "My fault. I don't know why but I can't stop without locking up the fronts. I see the box, it just won't stop."
Radio chatter on Lap 278: From Brad Keselowski's radio: "Stay cool guys, stay cool..."
Radio chatter on Lap 277: The only thing that concerns Brad Keselowski right now is his water temperature. The team reminds Brad Keselowski to stop short because of Danica
Patrick. He lost significantly on the stop.
Lap 276: Leaders will pit.
CAUTION 6 - Lap 275: Debris.
Radio chatter on Lap 272: Brad Keselowski: Water temp is 250 degrees.
Lap 271: Jeff Gordon pits with an issue. He thinks it was a right front tire.
Lap 271: Lee Spencer reports that only all small patch of the backstretch entering Turn 3 has sun on it.
Lap 271: Not only is Brad Keselowski seeking his first win at Texas, but he's also chasing his first top-10 finish in a Cup race at the track.
Lap 267: Brad Keselowski has a half-second lead over Jeff Gordon.
Lap 265: Juan Pablo Montoya pits.
Radio chatter on Lap 264: Brad Keselowski: "Should I manage the gap or keep going?"
Lap 262: Jeff Gordon is just four-tenths of a second behind Brad Keselowski. Jimmie Johnson is 2.3 seconds behind the leader.
Radio chatter on Lap 259: Spotter Joey Meier tells Brad Keselowski they need about 20 more laps before they pit.
Lap 258: Jeff Gordon is about four car lengths behind Brad Keselowski now.
Lap 256: Jimmie Johnson passes Kyle Busch for third.
Lap 252: Jeff Gordon looms just seven-tenths of a second behind Brad Keselowski. Meanwhile his teammate Jimmie Johnson, in fourth, is suddenly turning the fastest laps.
Radio chatter on Lap 251: Brad Keselowski asks what's the gap between him and the 24 of Jeff Gordon.
Lap 250: Jeff Gordon takes second from Kyle Busch. As the sun is setting, his car is picking up speed.
Radio chatter on Lap 249: Brad Keselowski: "Is the 48 falling back?" Spotter Joey Meier: "They're not 100 percent. He's not putting up a fight with anyone that catches him that's for sure."
Lap 248: Jeff Gordon, now in third, runs the fastest lap on the track.
Radio chatter on Lap 246: Jimmie Johnson says he needs more straightaway speed. "The higher I go, the looser I get."
Lap 244: Jeff Gordon passes Jimmie Johnson for third.
Radio chatter on Lap 244: Kyle Busch says he's too tight in the center.
Lap 244: Brad Keselowski's lead is now more than a second over Kyle Busch.
Lap 241: Jeff Gordon is looking to pass Jimmie Johnson for third.
Lap 240: Brad Keselowski, in clean air and at the front, is the fastest car on the track.
Lap 236: Brad Keselowski swings to the outside of Kyle Busch in a battle for the race lead. He clears Kyle Busch to take the spot.
Radio chatter on Lap 235: Spotter Brett Griffin to Clint Bowyer: "It's that time of day when you were bad ass yesterday, make it work."
Lap 234: Brad Keselowski continues to put the heat on Kyle Busch at the front of the field.
Lap 233: Brad Keselowski is looking to the inside of Kyle Busch down the backstretch.
Lap 229: Brad Keselowski blew the doors off Jimmie Johnson on the Turn 3 exit
Lap 228: Restart - Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson lead the field to the green.
Radio chatter on Lap 226: Clint Bowyer: "A half round of wedge is all you did?"
Radio chatter on Lap 226: Crew chief Paul Wolfe: "The 10 is not doing us any favors. She wasn't up front like they told me she would be."
Lap 226: Kyle Busch wins the race off pit road. Jimmie Johnson, in the first pit stall, comes off second.
Radio chatter on Lap 225: Dave Rogers: "Did you say fix entry or exit?" Kyle Busch: "Both!"
Lap 225: Leaders pit.
Radio chatter on Lap 223: Brad Keselowski: "It was pretty good right there..."
CAUTION 5 - Lap 223: Debris.
Lap 223: Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch continue to battle for the lead, Kyle Busch pulls ahead.
Lap 222: Kyle Busch is really feeling the heat from Brad Keselowski, who is to his inside. The pair are side by side.
Lap 221: Kyle Busch's lead is down to .251 of a second.
Radio chatter on Lap 219: Crew chief Brian Pattie: "Pay attention to the track as it starts cooling down."
Radio chatter on Lap 218: Brad Keselowski's water temperature is 255.
Lap 213: Kyle Busch continues to lead, with Brad Keselowski seven-tenths of a second back. Jimmie Johnson, in third, is a full two seconds behind Busch. But the sun is setting - and things could start to change soon.
Lap 212: Greg Biffle passes Kasey Kahne for sixth.
Radio chatter on Lap 211: Leader Kyle Busch wants an air pressure adjustment on the front next time and a wedge adjustment.
Lap 210: Brad Keselowski, in second, just ran the fastest lap on the track.
Radio chatter on Lap 208: Crew chief Chad Knaus: "Straight and smooth, you'll get him."
Jimmie Johnson: "It doesn't feel that bad."
Radio chatter on Lap 206: Spotter Brett Griffin to Clint Bowyer: "Hey man, the No. 2 is making your practice line work through (Turns) 3 and 4."
Radio chatter on Lap 205: Crew chief Brian Pattie to Clint Bowyer: P5, fastest car.
Lap 203: Lee Spencer reports that crew chief changes on the Nos. 9, 10 and 31 are a factor this week. The drivers with new crew chiefs: Marcos Ambrose, Danica Patrick and Jeff Burton are ninth, 23rd and 26th, respectively.
Lap 202: Kyle Busch continues to set the fastest pace and to slowly pull away from Brad Keselowski.
Lap 201: Kyle Busch continues to set the pace. He just ran the fastest lap on the track - and has a seven-tenths of a second lead over Brad Keselowski.
Radio chatter on Lap 194: After Kyle Busch took the lead, Brad Keselowski said, "That guy is good."
Lap 193: Kyle Busch is trying to break the trend of Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers winning the Chase races.
Lap 191: Restart - Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch lead the field to the green. Kyle Busch takes the lead while Brad Keselowski slips around Johnson for second.
Radio chatter on Lap 190: When Clint Bowyer is told there are still 144 laps remaining, he replies, "Good gawd."
Radio chatter on Lap 190: Denny Hamlin's team is concerned that his No. 11 has a tire rub.
Radio chatter on Lap 189: Clint Bowyer pitted early during the last round of stops because he feared he had a tire going down. The team confirmed his earlier suspicions.
Lap 188: Jimmie Johnson wins the race off pit road by having the first pit stall. Kyle Busch is second off pit road. Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr. and Jeff Gordon follow. Trackbar adjustment for Brad Keselowski.
Lap 187: Leaders pit.
Radio chatter on Lap 187: Clint Bowyer says that whatever adjustment the team made on the last stop removed all of his rear grip
Radio chatter on Lap 185: Brad Keselowski wants his car looser and asks the crew to go back on adjustment.
CAUTION 4 - Lap 185: Debris in Turn 1.
Radio chatter on Lap 184: Clint Bowyer: "Loose into the corner early." He is running fifth.
Lap 183: While Jimmie Johnson has just an eight-tenths of a second lead over Brad Keselowski, he is 6.2 seconds ahead of Jeff Gordon, in third.
Lap 181: Jimmie Johnson runs the fastest lap on the track.
Lap 178: Brad Keselowski, in second, is now just .446 of a second behind Jimmie Johnson.
Lap 177: Brad Keselowski, in second, is the fastest on the track.
Lap 176: Jimmie Johnson's lead over Brad Keselowski is three-tenths of a second.
Lap 175: Paul Menard pits.
Lap 173: Trevor Bayne pits from lead, Jimmie Johnson takes over point.
Lap 172: Jimmie Johnson leads the group of drivers that have already pitted.
Lap 168: Danica Patrick pits; Trevor Bayne now leads.
Lap 167: Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray and Matt Kenseth pit.
Radio chatter on Lap 166: Clint Bowyer says he's pretty loose.
Lap 166: Jimmie Johnson pits.
Lap 165: Brad Keselowski pits. Joey Logano and Jeff Burton also pit.
Lap 164: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards pit.
Lap 163: Aric Almirola, Mark Martin and Kasey Kahne pit.
Lap 162: Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle and Marcos Ambrose pit
Lap 161: Martin Truex Jr., Juan Pablo Montoya pit.
Lap 160: Clint Bowyer pits from third for four tires and fuel.
Lap 158: Ryan Newman pits. The team makes a chassis adjustment.
Radio chatter on Lap 158: Pit stops soon. Crew chief Paul Wolfe asks Brad Keselowski what he needs. "A tear off, nothing else."
Radio chatter on Lap 156: Jimmie Johnson doesn't like the balance on entry. Chad Knaus says, "We can fix that."
Radio chatter on Lap 152: Clint Bowyer: "When he goes down there, he disappears." Spotter Brett Griffin: "Yeah, he's really good down there." Bowyer: "I can't see the wall at all."
Lap 149: Jimmie Johnson's lead is now more than two seconds over Brad Keselowski.
Radio chatter on Lap 145: Crew chief Chad Knaus says you got the guys behind you moving around a little bit, you might want to explore some options.
Lap 143: Jimmie Johnson has a 1.4-second lead over Brad Keselowski.
Lap 141: Martin Truex Jr., in fifth, is the fastest on the track that lap.
Lap 138: Clint Bowyer, in third, is the fastest on the track.
Lap 136: Jimmie Johnson has a 1.1-second lead over Brad Keselowski.
Radio chatter on Lap 134: Kyle Busch: "You can't see anything off of Turn 4."
Lap 133: Jimmie Johnson is the fastest on the track.
Lap 131: Jimmie Johnson is trying to pull away from Brad Keselowski once more. The track is partly in shadow now, changing it for the teams.
Radio chatter on Lap 129: Tony Stewart: "It would be nice of them to get the framework out of the grass. It’s either going to go through someone’s windshield or up in the stands.”
Bob Jeffers: "That’s Montoya’s by the way."
Lap 129: Jimmie Johnson jumps in front of Brad Keselowski to hold the lead.
Lap 129 - RESTART: Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski lead the field.
Lap 122: Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski will once more lead the field to the green, through Johnson will be the leader this time.
Lap 121: Matt Kenseth also pits with damage. Paul Menard pits.
Radio chatter on Lap 120: Bobby Labonte: "Just normal Texas."
CAUTION 3 - Lap 119: Bobby Labonte's car is smoking; Juan Pablo Montoya has significant damage. Trevor Bayne's car also has damage.
Lap 119: Bobby Labonte and Juan Pablo Montoya both smoking - caution is out.
Lap 119: RESTART - Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson will lead the field to the green. It's a battle of the Chase leaders.
Lap 118 - RESTART - Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson will lead the field to the green. Restart is waved off while waiting on the jet dryer.
Radio chatter on Lap 115: Clint Bowyer: The sun is starting to be a problem off of (Turn) 4. The windshield is dirty ... That two-ton jetdryer, that big red one, will about blow the car off the ground.
Radio chatter on Lap 113: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is having issues with the splitter hitting the track. He is currently running 20th.
Radio chatter on Lap 112: Carl Edwards is told that AJ Allmendinger sends his apologies. Edwards says it's alright, he was doing ok with what he had to work with.
Lap 110: Several drivers are pitting. Mark Martin, in 10th, is the highest in the field. Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Marcos Ambrose, Sam Hornish Jr., Casey Mears, Kurt Busch, Travis Kvapil, Kevin Harvick, Danica Patrick, Carl Edwards, Trevor Bayne, Bobby Labonte, Jamie McMurray and Matt Kenseth also pit.
Radio chatter on Lap 110: "How bad is it AJ?" Allmendinger: "It's killed."
Lap 110: AJ Allmendinger does not make it all the way back to the garage before his crash.
CAUTION 2 - Lap 109: AJ Allmendinger crashes out of Turn 3. Major damage to his car.
Lap 108: Ryan Newman, who stayed out, is falling back through the field.
Lap 106: Brad Keselowski takes the lead. Now he has a bonus point as well.
Lap 105 - RESTART: Ryan Newman and Brad Keselowski lead the field.
Lap 103: Ryan Newman stayed out and is the race leader. He and Brad Keselowski will lead the field on the restart.
Radio chatter on Lap 102: Greg Biffle asked for four tires, crew thought he asked for "a pair." Dropped from third to ninth.
Lap 101: Leaders are pitting; Brad Keselowski takes two tires - and the lead among those pitting.
Radio chatter on Lap 100: Jimmie Johnson says his car was "freer" landing and in the center.
Radio chatter on Lap 99: Brad Keselowski's tires look better than they did on the first run.
CAUTION 1 - Lap 99: Debris
Lap 98: Martin Truex Jr., in fifth, just ran the fastest lap on the track.
Lap 97: Jimmie Johnson has a 3.7-second lead over Brad Keselowski.
Lap 96: Juan Pablo Montoya bounces off the wall; no caution.
Lap 95: After the round of pit stops, Jimmie Johnson has the lead with Brad Keselowski second.
Lap 94: Ryan Newman gives up the lead to pit.
Lap 93: Jimmie Johnson's crew is on: 12.9-second stop.
Lap 92: Leader Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch pit.
Lap 91: Brad Keselowski, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears among those pitting.
Lap 90: Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr. and Jeff Gordon pit.
Lap 89: Kurt Busch pits.
Lap 89: Brad Keselowski takes second from Greg Biffle.
Lap 88: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Trevor Bayne, Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, Kasey Kahne among those pitting.
Lap 88: Brad Keselowski is challenging Greg Biffle for third.
Lap 87: Carl Edwards, Landon Cassill and Marcos Ambrose pit.
Lap 86: Jeff Burton, Mark Martin pit.
Lap 86: Watch out for Clint Bowyer! He passes Greg Biffle for second.
Lap 85: Paul Menard, Kurt Busch, Travis Kvapil pit.
Lap 84: Jimmie Johnson laps AJ Allmendinger; 22 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 83: Jimmie Johnson has a five-second lead on the field.
Lap 82: Sam Hornish Jr. pits.
Radio chatter on Lap 79: Spotter Earl Barban: "Real nice work man, lots of patience. Nothing out back."
Lap 79: Sam Hornish Jr. gets lapped by Jimmie Johnson as well. It's early in the race, but there's already only 23 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 78: Juan Pablo Montoya gets lapped.
Lap 78: Bobby Labonte pits.
Lap 77: Not only is Jimmie Johnson simply outpacing the field with leading the most laps, but he's now the fastest car on the track.
Lap 74: Danica Patrick and Casey Mears are lapped. There are 26 cars remaining on the lead lap.
Lap 73: Jimmie Johnson is just outrunning the field. Brad Keselowski, his closest contender in the Chase, is now running fourth.
Radio chatter on Lap 70: Kevin Harvick: "I hope we can get to the pit stop without wrecking. It won't (expletive) turn getting into the corner and you can touch the gas up off because it's sideways still. We have no idea what we're doing, I just realized." He is running 21st.
Lap 68: Jimmie Johnson continues to pull away from the field, now leading by more than three seconds.
Radio chatter on Lap 64: Kyle Busch asks for a tear off. He is currently running eighth.
Radio chatter on Lap 61: Spotter Brett Griffin to Clint Bowyer: "Nobody's making anything work but the bottom through (Turns) 3 and 4."
Lap 60: Jimmie Johnson continues to pull away from the field, though Clint Bowyer, in third, is the fastest on the track.
Lap 58: Jimmie Johnson is the fastest driver on the track. His lead over Greg Biffle is now more than two seconds.
Radio chatter on Lap 56: Spotter Earl Barban asks Jimmie Johnson how his car's behaving: "Much better, we're pretty close here."
Lap 54: Jimmie Johnson has a lead of more than a second.
Lap 53: After the first round of green-flag pitstops, Jimmie Johnson has the lead. Greg Biffle is second, followed by Mark Martin, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch.
Lap 51: Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle are side by side for the lead. Johnson takes the spot.
Lap 50: Ryan Newman pits.
Lap 48: Ryan Newman, who has not pitted, takes the lead.
Lap 48: Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski pit.
Lap 48: Brad Keselowski will make a two-tire stop when he pits.
Lap 47: Denny Hamlin pits.
Lap 46: Martin Truex Jr., Trevor Bayne among those pitting.
Lap 45: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Carl Edwards among those pitting.
Lap 44: Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, AJ Allmendinger, Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch among those pitting.
Lap 43: Juan Pablo Montoya, Mark Martin, Danica Patrick and Landon Cassill pit.
Lap 42: Jamie McMurray, Kevin Harvick, Marcos Ambrose, Scott Speed pit. Harvick gets a track-bar adjustment.
Lap 40: Jimmie Johnson has a lead of more than three seconds.
Lap 38: Paul Menard pits.
Radio chatter on Lap 37: Crew chief Chad Knaus tells Jimmie Johnson he's halfway through his fuel run.
Radio chatter on Lap 36: Spotter Joey Meier tells Brad Keselowski that every line in the corner is being used. Meier: "Leader has been doing most of his passing on the bottom."
Lap 36: Bobby Labonte pits
Lap 34: Clint Bowyer has moved into fourth, with Brad Keselowski following him in fifth.
Lap 32: The right front tire blows on Sam Hornish Jr.'s car. He is heading to pit road.
Lap 32: Jimmie Johnson now has a lead of more than 2.2 seconds over Kyle Busch.
Lap 29: Clint Bowyer is now on the move, looking inside of Martin Truex Jr. for fifth. While the teammates battle each other, Brad Keselowski ready to pounce.
Lap 27: Brad Keselowski is now looking to the inside of Clint Bowyer in the corners. The Blue Deuce is hooked up today. He is running sixth.
Radio chatter on Lap 25: Greg Biffle tells the crew that his water temperature is 230 and that the balance is a little free. He is running third.
Lap 23: Leader Jimmie Johnson just ran the fastest lap on the track.
Lap 22: Brad Keselowski to the inside of Carl Edwards for sixth.
Lap 21: Jimmie Johnson laps Joe Nemechek.
Radio chatter on Lap 20: Denny Hamlin: "Loose into (Turn) 1, tight everywhere else
Radio chatter on Lap 19: Tony Stewart: "Entry and exit has calmed down since there's rubber on the track, still tight in the center." He is currently running 20th.
Radio chatter on Lap 17: Spotter Brett Griffin to Clint Bowyer: "You get pointed better when you straddle the seam between (Turns) 3 and 4."
Lap 15: Brad Keselowski, second in the standings, is running seventh on the track at this point. He enters the race just two points behind points leader - and race leader - Jimmie Johnson.
Lap 13: Kyle Busch just ran the fastest lap on the track - but made up virtually no ground on leader Jimmie Johnson.
Lap 11: Greg Biffle, in third, is the fastest on the track.
Lap 8: Jimmie Johnson already has a lead of more than a second over second-running Kyle Busch. Although he did not make the Chase, Busch has been pushing the frontrunners throughout the segment.
Lap 6: Drivers are looking for the lines that are best to run right now. This track will change dramatically over the course of the race.
Radio chatter on Lap 4: Spotter Joey Meier tells Brad Keselowski that Kasey Kahne drives into both corners a lot deeper.
Lap 3: Jimmie Johnson holds the lead as the field already lines up single file on the track.
3:21 p.m. ET: Green flag! Jimmie Johnson immediately jumps ahead of Greg Biffle to hold the lead on the first lap. There's another point for the championship leader.
Prerace radio chatter: Crew chief Chad Knaus: "One at a time man, one at a time..."
Prerace radio chatter: Team owner Roger Penske: "We got three races to go before they crown a champion. Let’s get what we can get here and be happy." Brad Keselowski: "Yes sir, I really want that victory. I’m really going for it today and I appreciate you coming out here."
Jimmie Johnson is ready to lead the field to the green. In 18 starts at Texas, he has one win. He has 13 top-10 finishes, eight of them top fives, for an average finish of 9.722 at the track.
Engines are fired - the teams are rolling out onto the track. Will today's race have a major impact on the Chase for the Sprint Cup? Stay tuned ...
Lee Spencer reports that Brandon Hopkins is the new rear tire changer on the No. 15 team of Clint Bowyer.
Kevin Harvick's team was busy prior to the race after the driver's car was damaged during the prerace ceremony - by a skydiver.
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