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Race Capsule

Texas Motor Speedway
  • What:

    Race 34 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX

  • When:

    November 6, 2005 3:40 pm EST

  • Laps:


  • Track Length:

    1.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    501.00 miles

  • Purse:


Drivers to Watch

Ryan Newman Despite claiming his sixth consecutive pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway, finished 23rd to match his worst finish through the first seven "Chase" races; fell two spots to fifth in the standings, 107 points off the pace; Edwards also is 107 points back but is fourth by virtue of winning more races this season; was the last driver to clinch a spot in this year's 10-race championship run and opened the "Chase" with his first win of the season in New Hampshire; has run 10th or better five times in the "Chase" and climbed as high as second in the standings following a fourth in Talladega on October 2; with seven poles this season, has clinched at least a share of a the most on the circuit for the fourth straight season; won the pole here in April before running 16th; his lone top-10 in four career starts on this track was one of his circuit-high eight victories in 2003.
Jeff Gordon Four-time series champion has begun to click with new crew chief Steve Letarte, winning two weeks ago in Martinsville and running second to Edwards last week in Atlanta; is within 42 points of Jamie McMurray for the top spot among drivers not eligible for the championship; in his last race with Robbie Loomis as crew chief, ran 30th in Richmond on September 10 to end his chances of making the "Chase"; tied for third on the circuit with four checkered flags this season, with the most recent triumph clinching the constructors' title for Chevrolet; has as many finishes of 30th or worse (12) as top-10s this season after recording at least 20 top-10s each of the last 10 seasons; has recorded four top-fives in nine career starts here.
Matt Kenseth The 2003 series champion ran fifth in Atlanta for his fourth top-five during the "Chase"; has finished 35th, 26th and 12th in the other "Chase" races, however, and is 155 points off the pace and seventh in the standings; is one of four different Roush Racing drivers with a win on this track, taking this checkered flag here in April 2002; has only one other top-10 in six career starts here, a sixth in 2003; ran eighth on this 1 1/2-mile track in April and ranks fourth among championship-eligible drivers with a 15.333 average finish here; ranks tied for fifth on the circuit with 10 top-fives despite not recording his first until the season's 15th event.
Greg Biffle Ran seventh last week in Atlanta to climb a spot to third in the standings, 75 points off the pace with three races remaining; is ranked highest among the five Roush Racing drivers; was his 19th top-10 of the season and fourth during the "Chase"; tied with Tony Stewart for the circuit lead with five checkered flags this season, including a dominating win here in April; led a career-high 219 laps during the spring race despite having to switch to a backup car and start from the rear of the field following a crash in practice; had finished 28th and 31st in his only two previous starts on this 1 1/2-mile track.
Mark Martin The four-time series runner-up is tied for the lead among championship-eligible drivers with four top-fives during the "Chase"; ended a 57-race victory drought in Kansas last month and ran third last week in Atlanta to climb a spot to sixth in the standings, 143 points off the pace; his only results outside the top 10 during the "Chase" have been disastrous as he finished 41st after an early wreck in Talladega on October 2 and 34th due to brake problems in Martinsville two weeks ago; in his penultimate season, the 46-year-old has recorded 17 top-10s and 10 top-fives; recorded a win here in April 1998 among his four top-10s in nine starts here; finished 20th here this spring.
Jimmie Johnson Remained second in the standings despite running 16th last week in Atlanta but fell from 15 points behind Stewart to 43 off the pace; was only his second finish outside the top 10 during the "Chase" and first since a pair of accidents led to a 31st in Talladega on October 2; is in a familiar position after finishing each of the last two seasons second in the standings; recorded four wins, a sixth and a second over the final six events of last season to pull within eight points of Kurt Busch last year in the closest standings finish in stock car racing history; is tied with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Gordon for third on the circuit with four checkered flags this season, including wins at Dover and Charlotte during the "Chase"; has run in the top 10 in each of his four starts here, including a third in April, and his 6.5 average finish is tops among all championship-eligible drivers.
Tony Stewart The 2002 series champion ran ninth in Atlanta last week and widened his lead over Johnson from 15 points to 43; has collected 45 bonus points during the "Chase," more than any other driver; has run in the top 10 in all but two of the last 19 events, a span that includes each of his five victories this season; leads the circuit with 16 top-fives and 23 top-10s, including five during the "Chase"; has four top-10s, including an eighth in April 2004, in seven career starts here; engine troubles contributed to a 31st-place finish here in April among a slow start to the season that included as many top-fives (3) as finishes of 29th or worse through the first 14 races; climbed from 10th in the standings in mid-June to the top spot in the standings after 12 of the last 13 races: "I probably would've skipped the first half of the season because it was miserable, but we kept digging and that's the thing I'm probably most proud of. The struggles we had early in the season built character for our team and really brought us closer. This has just been a year where our team has been the strongest amongst each other. The results the last half of the season have shown that."
Carl Edwards Completed a season sweep in Atlanta last week by leading 83 of the final 84 laps and 115 in all; was his third victory in what has been an impressive first full season on the circuit; is tied with Ryan Newman for fourth in the standings at 107 points off the pace but holds the tiebreaker over Newman with more victories; ranks fourth on the circuit with 11 top-fives, including three in the last five races; since finishing 19th in New Hampshire to begin the "Chase," has run in the top 10 in all but one of the last six events to climb five spots in the standings; finished 19th in his first premier series race here in April.