2013 AAA Texas 500 Preview:
Check back next fall for a preview of the 2013 AAA Texas 500.
2012 AAA Texas 500 Results:
Jimmy Johnson took the checkered flag with a time of 3:41:30.
AAA TEXAS 500 RACE EXPERIENCE:
Track: Texas Motor Speedway
Location: Forth Worth, Texas
Race: Texas Motor Speedway Fall Sprint Cup Race
First Run: November 6, 2005 (as Dickies 500)
Previous Names: Dickies 500, LoneStar 500
The AAA Texas 500 is a pivotal stop on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, held at the famed Texas Motor Speedway, which is one of the most unique racing venues in the sport. The first Texas 500 took place in 2005, but a Sprint Cup event has been held each year from 1997 through 2004 and two each year from 2005 onward. The 501-mile race has become a major test of endurance for NASCAR drivers, and the race could prove to be pivotal in the points standings as drivers try to work their way up to gain a spot in the Chase. It is traditionally held over the first weekend of November and has become a highlight on the NASCAR calendar as the sport heads into the holiday season.
In 2005 during the inaugural AAA Texas 500, Carl Edwards won the very first race in his Ford stock car with the Roush Racing team. In successive years, Jimmy Johnson and Tony Stewart would win the title, and including Edwards are the only drivers to have won the race multiple times in their careers. Oddly enough, racers in the AAA Texas 500 have not fared well when starting from the pole position. Only one driver has managed to win, Kasey Kahne in 2006, after starting with the top spot in the field, while 17 of the 23 races at Texas Motor Speedway have been decided by a driver running from a top-10 starting position.
One of the most notable features of the race that has changed in recent years is the race's transition from an afternoon to a night race. Beginning in 2011, the time of the race was changed to the early evening, so spectators could watch the race under the lights and provide a wonderful primetime opportunity for NASCAR. This has dramatically enhanced the profile of the race and has also helped improve attendance numbers as well.
As the Sprint Cup Series begins to wind down as the holiday season approaches, the AAA Texas 500 has gained steam as a hidden gem on the NASCAR calendar. The event combines unique Texan charm and the "Great American Raceway" into a tantalizing package that comes conveniently at the time of year when the points rankings are more important than ever. With drivers vying for their chance at a Sprint Cup title, the AAA Texas 500 is sure to be a late-season treat for NASCAR fans.
Texas Motor Speedway Fall Sprint Cup Race Previews
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