Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500

November 6, 2016
2:00 pm

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Race: AAA Texas 500

Place: Texas Motor Speedway

Date and Time: Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. ET

Tune-in: NBC, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 501 miles (334 laps)

What to Watch For: Jimmie Johnson goes for his fifth straight fall win at Texas as he attempts to tie NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty with a record seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. … Drivers try to move into the top four of a Chase Grid led by Johnson (clinched berth in Championship 4 with win at Martinsville), followed by Denny Hamlin (six points above Joey Logano on the cutoff line), Matt Kenseth (+6), Kyle Busch (+4), Joey Logano (-4), Kevin Harvick (-16), Kurt Busch (-18) and Carl Edwards (-32). … Joe Gibbs Racing, which has Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards still alive in the Chase, and Stewart-Haas Racing, which has Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch remaining, attempt to become the first teams ever to put multiple drivers in the Championship 4. … Past Texas winners not in the Chase – Greg Biffle (two victories) Tony Stewart (2), Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman – try to spoil a Championship 4 bid with a victory on Tuesday. Since the new Chase format was implemented in 2014, four of 27 races have been won by non-Chase-eligible drivers (Jimmie Johnson: Texas 2014, Texas 2015; Dale Earnhardt Jr.:  Martinsville 2014, Phoenix 2015). … Kevin Harvick attempts to register his first win in 27 starts at Texas after logging two runner-ups and a third-place showing in his last four races there.

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