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Tire changes and refueling at the 2006 Dickies 500
The AAA Texas 500 is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. The inaugural race took place on November 6, 2005. The race is held on the first weekend in November each year; TMS has expressed interest in changing the date, which is also the opening weekend of deer hunting season in Texas.
The race was acquired as a result of the Ferko lawsuit, which forced NASCAR to relinquish the sport's fourth major, the Mountain Dew Southern 500 and in the process end its Grand Slam, as the Southern 500 was one of the four races that made it up.
This race has been derisively referred to as the Francis Ferko 500, mostly by traditionalist fans upset by the demise of the Southern 500.
This race is featured in the 2006 film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby where on the last lap Ricky Bobby spins out with Jamie McMurray and McMurray continues but Bobby puts the car in reverse and wins backwards. The filming was actually at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the wall painted to look like Texas.
The race has always started in the late afternoon, gone through sunset and twilight, and ended under the lights at night. It is not considered a night event.
Past winners 
Multiple winners (drivers) 
Multiple winners (manufacturers) 
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Memorable races 
- 2008: Carl Edwards win makes him the first driver to sweep both races at Texas and the first 3-time winner at TMS.
- 2010: Denny Hamlin became the second driver to sweep both races at Texas when he won the Samsung Mobile 500 and the AAA Texas 500. Also, around mid-race, a shoving match occurred when Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon crashed in turn 2.
- 2012: The first 100 laps of the race went green, combine that with the last 234 laps of the April 2012 race that went green, means a total of 334 consecutive laps were run caution free, a full scheduled race at Texas. Jimmie Johnson's 60th Sprint Cup win, and also Chevrolet's 700th win.
Television broadcasters 
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