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AAA Texas 500

Status: Final Texas Motor Speedway

Race Capsule

Texas Motor Speedway
  • What:

    Race 34 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX

  • When:

    November 4, 2012 3:16 pm EST

  • Laps:

    334

  • Track Length:

    1.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    501.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $6,969,209

Drivers to Watch

Jimmie Johnson Johnson climbed into first place in the standings after Martinsville following four weeks in second place. He leads former points leader Brad Keselowski by two points and third-ranked Clint Bowyer by 26 points.
Greg Biffle Biffle climbed back into the top 10, gaining two points to move from 11th to ninth, after Martinsville. He trails points leader Jimmie Johnson by a distant 69 points, eighth-ranked and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Matt Kenseth by four points and leads 10th-ranked Tony Stewart by two points.
Kyle Busch 13th, 69 points ahead of 14th-place Carl Edwards.
Clint Bowyer Bowyer moved up one place to third in the standings following Martinsville. He is 26 points behind series leader Jimmie Johnson and 24 points behind second-ranked Brad Keselowski, and leads fourth-ranked Kasey Kahne by three points.
Martin Truex Jr. Truex fell one spot in the standings, from sixth to seventh, after Martinsville. He trails points leader Jimmie Johnson by 63 points, is nine points behind sixth-ranked Jeff Gordon, and leads eighth-ranked Matt Kenseth by two points.
Joey Logano 17th, 121 points out of 13th place. Gained one spot last week.
Brad Keselowski After leading the Sprint Cup points standings for the previous four weeks, Keselowski fell to second place in the rankings, two points behind new points leader Jimmie Johnson and 24 points ahead of third-ranked Clint Bowyer.
Carl Edwards 14th, 69 points out of 13th place.
Matt Kenseth Kenseth climbed one spot, from ninth to eighth, after Martinsville. He trails points leader Jimmie Johnson by 65 points and seventh-ranked Martin Truex Jr. by three points and leads ninth-ranked Greg Biffle, his teammate, by four points.
Mark Martin 26th, 383 points out of 13th place. Lost one spot last week.
Denny Hamlin Hamlin fell from third to fifth place in the standings after a disastrous run of bad luck at Martinsville. Hamlin trails points leader Jimmie Johnson by 49 points (he was only 20 points behind then leader Brad Keselowski coming into Martinsville, is 14 points behind fourth-ranked Kasey Kahne and leads sixth-ranked Jeff Gordon by five points.
Kasey Kahne Kahne moved up one spot in the standings after Martinsville, from fifth to fourth. He trails new points leader Jimmie Johnson by 29 points and third-ranked Clint Bowyer by three points and leads fifth-ranked Denny Hamlin by 14 points.
Aric Almirola 21st, 232 points out of 13th place.
Marcos Ambrose 18th, 126 points out of 13th place. Lost one spot last week.
Jeff Gordon Gordon climbed two spots in the standings after Martinsville, up to sixth place. He trails Hendrick Motorsports teammate and new Sprint Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson by 54 points, is five points behind fifth-ranked Denny Hamlin and leads seventh-ranked Martin Truex Jr. by nine points.
Sam Hornish Jr. His team stands 21st in the car owner point standings.
Kurt Busch 25th, 378 points out of 13th place. Gained one spot last week.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12th, 140 points out of first place.
Tony Stewart Stewart suffered the biggest drop of any driver in the standings after Martinsville, falling from seventh to 10th. The defending Sprint Cup champion fell from 47 points behind the series leader heading into Martinsville to 71 points after the race, all but ending his hopes to repeat as champion. He trails the new points leader, Jimmie Johnson, by 71 points and ninth-ranked Greg Biffle by two points and leads 11th-ranked Kevin Harvick by 17 points.
Jeff Burton 19th, 204 points out of 13th place.
Kevin Harvick 11th, 88 points out of first place. Lost one spot last week.
Jamie McMurray 20th, 209 points out of 13th place.
Paul Menard 16th, 85 points out of 13th place.
Bobby Labonte 24th, 293 points out of 13th place.
Ryan Newman 14th, 70 points out of 13th place.