AAA Texas 500

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AAA Texas 500
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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Venue Texas Motor Speedway
Location Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Corporate sponsor American Automobile Association (AAA Texas regional club)
First race 2005
Distance 501 miles (806 km)
Laps 334 (Stage 1: 85
Stage 2: 85
Stage 3: 164)
Previous names Dickies 500 (2005–2009)
Most wins (driver) Jimmie Johnson (5)
Most wins (team) Hendrick Motorsports (5)
Most wins (manufacturer) Chevrolet (7)
Circuit information
Surface Asphalt
Length 1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Turns 4
Tire changes and refueling at the 2006 Dickies 500

The AAA Texas 500 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The inaugural race took place on November 6, 2005. The race has always started in the late afternoon, gone through sunset and twilight, and ended under the lights at night, much like the Coca Cola 600 in May, but it is not considered a night event. 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, but it was actually shot at the identically shaped Charlotte Motor Speedway with the wall painted to look like Texas.

Past winners[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
2005 November 6 99 Carl Edwards Roush Racing Ford 334 501 (806.281) 3:19:00 151.055 Report
2006 November 5 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 339* 508.5 (818.351) 3:46:11 134.891 Report
2007 November 4 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 334 501 (806.281) 3:49:05 131.219 Report
2008 November 2 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 334 501 (806.281) 3:28:26 144.219 Report
2009 November 8 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 334 501 (806.281) 3:24:18 147.137 Report
2010 November 7 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 334 501 (806.281) 3:34:01 140.456 Report
2011 November 6 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 334 501 (806.281) 3:16:51 152.705 Report
2012 November 4 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 335* 502.5 (808.695) 3:41:30 136.117 Report
2013 November 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 334 501 (806.281) 3:18:05 151.754 Report
2014 November 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 341* 511.5 (823.179) 3:52:05 132.239 Report
2015 November 8 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 334 501 (806.281) 3:38:38 137.49 Report
2016 November 6 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 293* 439.5 (707.306) 3:16:00 134.541 Report
  • 2006, 2012, & 2014: Race extended due to a NASCAR Overtime finish. 2014 took two attempts.
  • 2016: Race shortened due to rain.

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
5 Jimmie Johnson 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
3 Carl Edwards 2005, 2008, 2016
2 Tony Stewart 2006, 2011

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
5 Hendrick Motorsports 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
3 Joe Gibbs Racing 2006, 2010, 2016
2 Roush Fenway Racing 2005, 2008

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
7 Chevrolet 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
2 Ford 2005, 2008
Toyota 2010, 2016
1 Dodge 2009

Memorable races[edit]

  • 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 won, for his 60th NASCAR Cup Series win, and also Chevrolet's 700th win.
  • 2013: Johnson's second consecutive fall win makes him Texas Motor Speedway's second 3-time winner, putting him in a tie with Carl Edwards.
  • 2014: Johnson took his third straight win in the fall race, leading 191 of 341 laps. On a green-white checkered restart, Brad Keselowski tried to go three-wide and made contact with Jeff Gordon, cutting Gordon's left rear tire and causing him to spin in turn 4. Gordon lost a lap and finished 29th while Keselowski finished third. Tempers boiled over, escalating into a post-race brawl on pit road between Keselowski, Gordon, and their pit crews that was apparently instigated by Kevin Harvick.
  • 2015: In the 2015 running, Jimmie Johnson grabbed his fourth straight win in the fall race. Brad Keselowski led 312 of 334 laps(a track record). Dale Earnhardt, Jr. tagged the wall with his right-rear corner. This affected the handling of his car and he began to fall back through the field. He spun in the turn 3 apron on lap 167, Kevin Harvick made an unscheduled stop with 53 laps to go for a flat right-rear tire. He fell to 20th–place in the running order and down a lap. Carl Edwards kicked off the final cycle of pit stops with 38 laps to go. Keselowski hit pit road with 37 laps to go and the lead cycled to Harvick. Denny Hamlin was tagged for speeding on pit road and was forced to serve a drive-through penalty. On 16-lap older tires, he was no match for Keselowski as he was passed with ease with 35 laps to go.
  • 2016: Originally scheduled to be broadcast on NBC, the 2016 running was moved to NBCSN due to inclement weather, Carl Edwards grabbed the win after the race was called for inclement weather.

Television broadcasters[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2005 NBC Bill Weber Benny Parsons
Wally Dallenbach
2006
2007 ABC Jerry Punch Rusty Wallace
Andy Petree
2008 Dale Jarrett
Andy Petree
2009
2010 Marty Reid
2011 Allen Bestwick
2012
2013
2014
2015 NBC Rick Allen Jeff Burton
Steve Letarte
2016 NBCSN*
2017 NBCSN

2016: Originally scheduled to be broadcast on NBC, the race was moved to NBCSN due to rain delay.

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