The AAA Texas 500 is a pivotal stop on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule as it falls into the Chase for the Sprint Cup end of season. Because of this, the race has become one of the most important races to NASCAR fans. 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. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for NASCAR AAA Texas 500 race tickets.
2016 NASCAR AAA Texas 500 Race Preview
The 2016 AAA Texas 500 starts its engines on November 6th, 2016 at Texas Motor Speedway. The AAA Texas 500 is the 8th race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and tensions will be high as favorites Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie Johnson will once again be the favorite to bring home the 2016 AAA Texas 500 crown, after winning the previous 4 editions of the race. Johnson will be looking for his 6th AAA Texas 500 title, which would improve on his already record number of victories at the race. But don't expect defending Spring Cup Champion Kyle Busch to go out without a fight, as he looks to put himself in position for another chance at the title. 2016 AAA Texas 500 tickets are on sale now.
Check out our Texas Motor Speedway Sprint Cup Race Preview History page for previews of previous races.
The AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Address: 3545 Lone Star Circle, Ft. Worth, Texas, 76177
The NASCAR AAA Texas 500 is held at Texas Motor Speedway (also known as TMS) in Fort Worth, Texas every November. 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.
There are two main seating options; pit side and backstretch. The pit side is the main grandstand area and consists of pit side upper and pit side lower, with pitside lower the closest to the action and pit side uppers providing a better view of the entire track. Pit side lower is indicated on the map with “PL” which pit side upper is show with “PU”. Sections 429 through 448 are on turn 4 where you will get an oncoming view of the cars as they come off turn 3 and into 4. Sections 101-128 & 401-428 are the main straight-a-way and the start finish line. Sections 129 through 149 cover turn 1 where you can see the cars turn away into turn 1 and around into turn 2. With all the sections above, the lower the number, the closer you are to the center of the stretch. The higher number sections are closer to the turns.
NASCAR Race Schedule in Texas
Texas hosts a total of 2 races during the NASCAR season. The first is the NRA 500, run in April at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The second is the AAA Texas 500 held much later in the season schedule. Both races as held at Texas Motor Speedway over the course of a race weekend.
AAA Texas 500 Event Guide
Is there anything I can’t bring into Texas Motor Speedway?
No glass, strollers, umbrellas, skate boards, scooter or roller blades are allowed. Coolers are allowed but can’t be larger than 14” x 14” x 14” also only one cooler per ticket holder is permitted in the grandstands and YES you can bring alcoholic beverages into the grandstand area.
Can I rent scanners at the AAA Texas 500?
Yes, there are scanners available for rent at different merchants around the raceway.