Wednesday, February 10, 2016

THIS WEEK'S RACE

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AAA Texas 500

Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth, Texas

When: 3 p.m.

TV/Radio: ESPN/WNPV (1440-AM), WDSD (94.7-FM)

Race course: 1.5-mile oval

Race distance: 334 laps/501 miles

2009 winner: Kurt Busch

2009 polesitter: Jeff Gordon

Track qualifying record: Brian Vickers, 196.235 mph (Nov. 3, 2006)

Forecast: sunny, 72 degrees

Track facts: Last year's Texas race was the Busch brothers show: Kurt passed Kyle with three laps to go for the win. Kurt led 89 laps; Kyle led 232. Denny Hamlin finished second, Matt Kenseth was third . . . Hamlin won this year's spring race at Texas . . . Carl Edwards (three) has the most wins at Texas. Jeff Burton is a two-time winner at the track . . . Jeff Gordon last won at Texas in April 2009 . . . Martin Truex Jr.'s sixth place at Talladega was his best finish since an eighth at Michigan in August. Truex is 20th in points.

Wins: Denny Hamlin, 7; Jimmie Johnson, 6; Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, 3 each; Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, 2 each; Ryan Newman, David Reutimann, Juan Pablo Montoya, 1 each.

SPRINT CUP STANDINGS

Through 33 of 36 races

Behind

Prv. Pts. leader

1. Jimmie Johnson. . . 1 6149 -

2. Denny Hamlin. . . 2 6135 -14

3. Kevin Harvick. . . 3 6111 -38

4. Jeff Gordon. . . 5 5942 -207

5. Kyle Busch. . . 4 5919 -230

6. Carl Edwards. . . 6 5902 -247

7. Tony Stewart. . . 7 5832 -317

8. Matt Kenseth. . . 10 5825 -324

9. Kurt Busch. . . 9 5799 -350

10. Jeff Burton. . . 8 5797 -352

11. Greg Biffle. . . 11 5788 -361

12. Clint Bowyer. . . 12 5782 -367

THE REMAINING RACES

Sunday, Nov. 14: Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, Avondale, Ariz. (3 p.m., ESPN; 2009 winner: Jimmie Johnson)

Sunday, Nov. 21: Ford 400, Homestead, Fla. (1 p.m., ESPN; 209 winner: Denny Hamlin)

- Bill Fleischman

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