NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Full Race – 2014 AAA Texas 500


LORD, WE ALSO COME WITH HEAVY
HEARTS, HOWEVER. WE ASK YOU LET YOUR HAND OF
COMFORT REST UPON THE FAMILY OF JIM SAUGHTER.
BE WITH THEM AS THEY MOVE THROUGH THEIR TIME OF GRIEF.
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR NATION AND THE FREEDOMS WE ENJOY.
WE PRAY YOU’LL WATCH OVER US IN TODAY’S RACE.
IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY IT, AMEN.>>HERE TO PERFORM OUR NATIONAL
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[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE].>>THAT WAS COOL.
WE’VE SEEN SOME REALLY GOOD RACES HERE, TOO.
>>I TELL YOU ONE THING, I GOT A FEELING THAT WHAT WE SEE EARLY
IN THIS RACE IS NOT WHAT WE’RE GOING TO SEE LATE IN THIS RACE
AS THESE CARS RACE OFF IN DARKNESS.
I THINK THE CHASSIS ARE GOING TO CHANGE.
THE TRACK CONDITION WILL BE DIFFERENT.
I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHO GETS THE BEST HANDLE ON THIS RACETRACK AS
WE GET LATE INTO THE NIGHT.>>YEAH.
GOING FROM TALLADEGA TO MARTINSVILLE, WE’RE BACK TO
1 1/2. THAT MEANS TRACK POSITION, TRACK
POSITION, TRACK POSITION. YOU HAVE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE ON
PIT ROAD AND THE RESTARTS. YOU CAN’T SPIN THOSE TIRES.
YOU HAVE TO MAINTAIN AND STAY OUT OF THE DIRTY AIR.
>>BRAD AND I BROUGHT UP SOME PAINFUL PATRIOT MEMORIES FOR
ALLEN BESTWICK, IF YOU CAN HANDLE THE DUTIES AND TOSS IT
OVER.>>HOW ABOUT THE TEAM THAT’S
GOING TO LEAD THIS RACE TODAY, ALLEN BESTWICK, ANDY PETREE AND
DALE JARRETT, GUYS, TAKE IT AWAY.
>>RUSTY, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.
WE’RE READY TO RACE HERE IN TEXAS.
A RACE THAT IN THE PAST FEW YEARS HAS GIVEN US SOME REALLY
TERRIFIC FIGHTS FOR THE WIN BETWEEN CHASE CONTENDERS.
NO REASON TO EXPECT WE WON’T SEE THAT AGAIN TODAY.
>>NO. CERTAINLY YOU’LL EXPECT THAT.
LOT OF REASON. THESE ARE THE TEAMS THAT ARE
PERFORMING BEST THIS TIME OF YEAR.
THE CHAMPIONSHIP CALIBER DRIVERS REALLY STEP UP.
TOUGH RACETRACK, FAST RACETRACK AND WE’VE SEEN GREAT BATTLES.
JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS BEEN IN A NUMBER OF THOSE BATTLES AND HE
WILL PROBABLY BE IN THE MIX TODAY.
HE COULD BE THE DRIVER THAT WINS THIS AND KEEPS ANOTHER CHASE
DRIVER FROM MOVING ON TO THE NEXT ROUND.
BUT I EXPECT TO SEE GREAT BATTLE AT THE END OF THIS SHOW.
>>YEAH. THIS TRACK AT TEXAS AT THIS TIME
OF YEAR HAS ALWAYS BEEN WHEN THE INTENSITY COMES UP.
BUT ESPECIALLY THIS YEAR WITH THIS ELIMINATOR ROUND RIGHT NOW,
THIS RACE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT.
THERE WILL BE A LOT OF INTENT RACING AND LOT OF GUYS WITH
PRESSURE TO GET THAT W.>>ON APRIL 7th HERE, CAUTION
SET UP A GREEN WHITE CHECKERED FINISH.
PIT STRATEGY JUST BEFORE THAT. JEFF GORDON TAKING TWO TIRES AND
JOE BY LOGANO THE LEADER TAKING FOUR AND PASSING JEFF GORDON ON
THE FINAL LAP. WE MAY SEE SOME OF THAT AGAIN
TODAY.>>THIS IS A TOUGH RACETRACK.
REALLY FAST. IT GIVES UP GRIP REALLY QUICKLY.
THE TIRES GO AWAY. IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO MAKE
THOSE LAST-MINUTE STRATEGY DECISIONS WITH THESE TIRES.
>>YEAH. AS A DRIVER, YOU REALLY WANT
YOUR CREW CHIEF TO BE ON TOP OF THAT BECAUSE AS ANDY POINTED
OUT, IT’S A TOUGH RACETRACK, FAST RACETRACK AND ESPECIALLY
THAT WAY AT THE END OF THIS RACE WHEN EVER THE TRACK IS GOING TO
BE AT ITS VERY BEST TEMPERATURE WISE FOR THESE DRIVERS.
LONG, LONG TOUGH 500 MILES FOR THESE DRIVERS TO GET THEMSELVES
IN A POSITION TO TRY TO WIN.>>AND GET IN A POSITION TO TRY
TO STAY CHAMPIONSHIP ELIGIBLE. TWO DRIVERS REALLY HAVE
DESPERATE CIRCUMSTANCES. KEVIN HARVICK AND KESELOWSKI
AFTER THE MISFORTUNE LAST SUNDAY.
>>WE HAVE SOMEBODY NOW. WE HAVE THE 4 CAR OF KEVIN
HARVICK. HE WAS A FAVORITE TO MAKE THAT
FINAL FOUR. NOW HE’S IN TROUBLE.
HE GOT KNOCKED OUT BECAUSE OF INADVERTENT MISTAKE.
>>THEY HAD THEIR PROBLEMS TOWARDS THE END OF THE RACE,
ALSO IN A TOUGH POSITION POINTS WISE.
WE’VE SEEN HIM STEP UP ALREADY AT TALLADEGA WITH THAT VICTORY
THAT HE NEEDED TO MOVE ON. CAN HE DO IT HERE TODAY?
THEY HAVE A TOUGH WEEKEND AT THIS MOMENT, BUT CAN HE STEP UP?
WE KNOW HE HAS THE TALENT TO DO IT.
>>A LOT TO LOOK FORWARD TO. OVER 500 MILES AT THE VERY FAST
TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY. THE DRIVERS ARE GETTING BUCKLED
AND AND THE COMMAND TO START ENGINES IS COMING UP.
>>Announcer: NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES AT TEXAS IS SPONSORED
BY — FED RATED AUTO PARTS. AND IN PART BY SPRINT.
IT’S THE BEST VALUE IN WIRELESS. AND NATIONWIDE.
NATIONWIDE IS ON YOUR SIDE.>>>AS PART OF THE WHOLE WILD
ASPHALT CIRCUS PRE- RACE SHOW AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, THE HARLEM
GLOBETROTTERS PUT ON A VERY LONG AND ALWAYS FUN SHOW DOWN IN THE
AREA WHERE THE SEASON TICKETHOLDERS WERE.
THE TROTTERS ARE GATHERED TRACK SIDE NOW TO GIVE THE COMMAND TO
START ENGINES.>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HERE TO
START TODAY’S RACE, THEY BEGIN THEIR 2015 WORLD TOUR ON
DECEMBER 26th, LET’S GIVE A BIG TEXAS WELCOME TO THE WORLD MOST
FAMOUS BASKETBALL TEAM, THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS.
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE].>>HEY, EVERYBODY!
LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED! DRIVERS, START YOUR ENGINES!
>>FIRED UP.>>WE’RE READY.
>>FIRED UP HERE, BUD.>>ALL RIGHT.
>>FIRE IT UP.>>NOW THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING
ABOUT.>>THAT’S THE WAY TO GET IT
STARTED.>>HOPEFULLY JUST THE BEGINNING
OF A LONG, FUN AFTERNOON HERE IN TEXAS AS THESE DRIVERS AND TEAMS
GET READY TO GO 500 MILES IN RACE EIGHT.
OUR ESPN IN-RACE REPORTER STARTS ON POLE POSITION TODAY.
MATT KENSETH THE FORMER CHAMPION LOOKING TO RACE HIS WAY INTO THE
FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND AT HOMESTEAD, MIAMI SPEEDWAY.
WE’LL TALK WITH MATT ON THE PACE LAPS COMING UP NEXT.
MM>>>BACK LIVE TEXAS MOTOR
SPEEDWAY ON A 70 DEGREE SOMEWHAT OVERCAST DAY HERE IN FT. WORTH.
NO FORECAST OF RAIN AT ALL, AND IT HAS BEEN A BIT BREEZY
THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND. THOSE ARE THE CONDITIONS FOR
TODAY’S NASCAR SPRINT CUP. AS THE CARS GET READY TO ROLL
OFF, WE CHECK DOWN WITH JAMIE LITTLE ON PIT ROAD.
>>WELL, AL, BRAD KESELOWSKI HAS SIX WINS ON THE SEASON, BUT IT
DOESN’T MATTER. THEY DON’T COUNT IN THIS ROUND
OF THE CHASE. THANKS TO A MECHANICAL FAILURE
LAST WEEK AT MARTINSVILLE, HE FINDS HIMSELF AT THE BOTTOM OF
THAT CHASE GRID. NOW HE COULD HAVE AN UPHILL
BATTLE TODAY. HE’S NEVER WON A RACE AT THIS
TRACK. HE STARTS BACK IN 26th.
HE IS CONFIDENT HE HAS THE CAR TO GET TO THE FRONT.
DOC PUNCH?>>I KNOW HALLOWEEN HAS PASSED.
HERE ARE SOME SCARY NUMBERS FOR KEVIN HARVICK.
HE SITS DEAD LAST EIGHTH IN THE CHOICE POINTS.
28 POINTS BACK OF THE CUTOFF. HE HAS NEVER WON A CUP RACE HERE
IN TEXAS, AND HIS ENTIRE CAREER, SPANNING SOME 23 RACES HERE, HE
HAS LED A TOTAL OF SIX LAPS IN A CUP CAR HERE.
BY THE WAY, THIS PAST APRIL, HE FINISHED 42nd WITH A BLOWN
ENGINE. BASED ON HISTORY THIS COULD BE A
FRIGHTENING DAY FOR THE 4 CAR.>>SOME MAY BE SURPRISED THAT
CARL EDWARDS IS STILL IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP PICTURE, BUT THIS
MAY BE PLAYING RIGHT INTO THE HANDS OF THE 99 TEAM.
YOU SEE EDWARDS HAS WON SEVEN TIMES AT THE NEXT THREE TRACKS,
INCLUDING THREE TIMES RIGHT HERE AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY.
SO ON PERFECT TEXAS STYLE, EDWARDS ISN’T JUST ALIVE, HE’S
ALIVE AND KICKEN’. DAVE BURNS?
>>DENNY HAMLIN RAN HERE WELL IN APRIL.
STARTED SIXTH. LED 20 LAPS.
BUT DRIVER ERRORS ON PIT ROAD SEALED HIS FATE FINISHING 13th.
TODAY THEY START IN 20th POSITION BUT DARIAN GRUB ASSURED
ME THEY COULD RACE TO THEIR POTENTIAL.
IF THEY DO AND DENNY KEEPS IT CLEAN ON PIT ROAD, HE COULD
LEAVE HERE THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER.
ALN?>>DAVE, THANKS.
AS THE CARS ROLL OUT ON THE FIRST OF THE PACE LAPS TODAY, WE
LOOK AT THE STANDINGS ENTERING TODAY IN THE CHASE FOR THE
NASCAR SPRINT CUP AND SEE HOW TIGHTLY BUNCHED THEY ARE AT THE
TOP OF THE PACK WITH THOSE FIVE DRIVERS GATHERED WITHIN SEVEN
POINTS. MATT KENSETH, ONE OF TWO DRIVERS
WHO HAS NOT YET WON THIS YEAR BUT HE COULD WIN TODAY AT A
PLACE HE HAS WON BEFORE AND HE STARTS ON POLE POSITION.
HE IS OUR IN-RACE REPORTER.>>MATT, YOU GOOD TO TALK?
>>I GOT YOU, DALE.>>MATT, HEY, WE HAD A LOT OF
YOUR FANS WRITE IN WITH QUESTIONS AND CHOSE ONE FROM LOS
ANGELES. BEING THAT YOU’RE ONLY TWO
POINTS ABOVE THE CHASE CUTOFF AND TWO DRIVERS ARE GUARANTEED
TO ADVANCE ON POINTS, YOU TAKE A MORE CONSERVATIVE THIS RACE OR
GO ALL OUT FOR THE WIN?>>SAME AS ALWAYS.
GO ALL OUT FOR THE WIN. GOING TO HOMESTEAD WITH A SHOT
AT A CHAMPIONSHIP IS TO GET A WIN.
SO, YOU KNOW, IT’S GOOD TO START THE WEEKEND BEING ON THE POLE.
WE HOPE WE HAVE A GOOD BALANCE TODAY AND WE CAN KEEP OUR DOLLAR
GENERAL TOYOTA UP FRONT.>>MATT, AS WE HAD SOME
CONVERSATIONS OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS HERE, YOU KEEP
TELLING ME THAT AS TEST SESSIONS GO ON AND YOU IMPROVE THIS RACE
CAR AND FIND THE SPEED THAT YOU NEED, YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE
GETTING CLOSER TO GETTING THAT VICTORY.
HAVE YOU GOT THINGS WHERE YOU THINK YOU NEED THEM TO WIN WITH
THIS 20 CAR TODAY?>>YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE TO HAVE
EVERYTHING GO RIGHT. CERTAINLY WE SHOWED THE SPEED ON
FRIDAY. WE’RE ALL PLEASANTLY SURPRISED
THAT WE HAVE THAT. WE KNOW IT’S THERE.
WE GOT TO WORK ON GETTING THE CORNER BALANCE AS GOOD AS WE
CAN. KEEP UP WITH THE RACETRACK.
TRY TO MAKE GOOD DECISIONS AND JUST TRY TO EXECUTE.
HOPEFULLY WE CAN RACE THOSE COUPLE CARS.
>>THANKS FOR TALKING WITH US. WE LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING TO
YOU LATER ON. ANDY WILL TALK TO YOUR CREW
CHIEF, JASON RADCLIFFE.>>HEY, JASON.
ANDY PETREE UP IN THE BOOTH. DO YOU HAVE US?
>>I GOT YOU, ANDY.>>JASON, SEVEN WINS WITH YOU
AND MATT TOGETHER IN YOUR FIRST SEASON LAST YEAR, A SOLID YEAR
THIS YEAR, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE.
STILL LOOKING FOR THE FIRST WIN. HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO GET THAT
W BEFORE WE GET TO HOMESTEAD YOU GUYS TRY TO WIN THIS
CHAMPIONSHIP?>>I MEAN, IT’S VERY IMPORTANT.
ESPECIALLY HERE AT TEXAS WE KNOW WHAT THAT WOULD MEAN.
THIS GROUP WORKS HARD EACH AND EVERY WEEK.
THAT’S OUR GOAL. BUT HERE IN TEXAS, IT WOULD HAVE
A LITTLE EXTRA, YOU KNOW, BONUS, THERE’S SEVEN OTHER GUYS THAT
HAVE THE SAME INTENTIONS AS WE DO.
BUT A VICTORY HERE TONIGHT WOULD LOCK US INTO THAT FINAL FOUR AND
OBVIOUSLY BE A GOOD STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR OUR
CHAMPIONSHIP HUNT.>>WELL, GOOD LUCK.
YOU HAVE A CAR ON THE POLE WITH GOOD SPEED.
GOOD LUCK AND THANKS FOR TALKING TO US.
>>ALL RIGHT, MAN. THANK YOU.
HAVE A GOOD NIGHT.>>JASON RATCLIFF AND HIS
DRIVER, MATT KENSETH. OUR IN-RACE REPORTERS TODAY.
CHECK OUT THE HIGH GREAT DEFINITION WE HAVE FOR YOU TO
TAKE YOU INSIDE THE ACTION. WE’RE RIDING TODAY.
BRAD KESELOWSKI HAS OUR FORD ECHO BOOST CAMERA.
>>I CAN TRULY SAY THE EAGLE HAS LANDED.
WE NEED A SHOT ON THAT ONE.>>YES, IT DID.
>>KEVIN HARVICK HAS OUR OUTBACK STEAK HOUSE TODAY.
DENNY HAMLIN HAS A SUNOCO ON BOARD.
AND THE ALWAYS ENTERTAINING CLINT BOWYER WITH THE 5-HOUR
ENERGY CAMERA.>>LET’S HAVE A GOOD DAY.
WHAT Y’ALL SAY, HOLLA?>>BE A GOOD ONE.
>>STEAK DINNER?>>I GOT A STEAK DINNER.
HOLLA.>>BOWYER READY TO GO.
MATT KENSETH HAS OUR TOYOTA ON BOARD FOR POLE POSITION.
JOEY LOGANO, HAS THE AAA ON BOARD.
JEFF GORDON IS CARRYING THE SPRINT CAMERA AND RYAN NEWMAN
HAS THE QUICKEN LOANS ON BOARD. REMINDER THAT THIS AAA TEXAS 500
HAS ENHANCED COVERAGE FOR YOU AVAILABLE AT
NASCAR.COM/RACEBUDDY. ALL THE HIGH DEFINITION ON BOARD
VIEWS AND CHAT ROOMS AND MORE YOU CAN FIND THERE.
AND OUR AERIAL COVERAGE TODAY IS PROVIDED BY GOODYEAR.
EVERYTHING THEY LEARN MAKING TIRES FOR THE GRUELING DEMAND OF
NASCAR INSPIRES WHAT ROLLS INTO YOURS.
GOODYEAR, THE OFFICIAL TIRE OF NASCAR.
SO, 500 MILES ON THIS 1 1/2 TRACK.
334 LAPS. 38 TO 55 LAPS OR SO FOR PIT
WINDOW. INTERESTING TWIST ON THIS ONE IS
THAT WE ALWAYS SEEM TO GET THE LATE YELLOW.
A CAUTION AFTER LAP 300 IN THREE OF THE LAST FOUR RACES HERE AT
TEXAS. HE JUST MIGHT AT THE END.
>>MIGHT HAVE TO KEEP YOUR NAME IN THE MIDDLE UNTIL YOU GET
THERE.>>SO MATT KENSETH, JEFF GORDON
ON THE FRONT ROW. JIMMIE JOHNSON, WHO EVERYBODY
THINKS IS THE FAVORITE TO WIN TODAY INSIDE OF ROW NUMBER TWO
AND THE BIG STORY, BRAD KESELOWSKI STARTING BACK IN 26th
POSITION, DANICA PATRICK HAS HAD TO DROP TO THE END OF THE FIELD.
HER TEAM CHANGED A TRANSMISSION THIS MORNING.
READY TO RACE AT TEXAS. MATT KENSETH, JEFF GORDON ON THE
FRONT ROW. AND WE’RE GREEN.
[CAR ENGINE SOUNDS]>>YOU THINK SOME OF THOSE CARS
ARE RIDING HIGH, JUST WAIT A LITTLE WHILE.
>>I CAN’T GET OVER THE VISUAL PART OF THE SPEED HERE.
I KNOW THAT QUALIFYING OVER 200 MILES PER HOUR, BUT WHEN THEY
STARTED THIS THING, MAN, THIS IS UNREAL HOW FAST THESE CARS ARE
GOING.>>KENSETH LEADS.
GORDON SECOND. KIRK BUSH THIRD.
TONY STEWART WHO DID THAT 200 MILES AN HOUR LAP IN QUALIFYING,
IT WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE THREE QUALIFYING ROUNDS.
HE DIDN’T GET POLE POSITION. TONY RUNNING IN FOURTH.
HAD A BIG SLIP ON TURN TWO. CLOSED IN ON AND CHALLENGED BY
JIMMIE JOHNSON.>>HE HAD TO GET OUT OF THE
THROTTLE OR HIT THE WALL IN TURN TWO.
THOUGHT HE WAS GOOD IN PRACTICE. HAPPY WITH HIS RACE CAR THINKING
HE WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIN THIS RACE THIS EVENING.
>>I DON’T KNOW IF HE NICKED THE WALL, HE NICKED IT SLIGHTLY.
I DON’T SEE ANY SCUFFS ON THE SIDE.
>>I THINK HE HAD TO GET OUT OF THE GAS COMPLETELY AND THAT COST
HIM THAT ONE SPOT.>>TOUGH CORNER WHEN YOU EXIT
OFF OF TURN TWO. THAT BANKING REALLY FLATTENS
OUT. YOU DON’T HAVE THAT GRADUAL PART
OF THAT. HE’S LOSING ANOTHER SPOT THERE
TO KEVIN HARVICK. STRUGGLING LITTLE BIT WITH THAT
HANDLING WITH 14 RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING.
>>GOT A LONG RACE TO GET IT FIGURED OUT.
>>WE TALKED ABOUT THAT TRACK POSITION.
SORRY, ANDY. BUT YOU DON’T WANT TO GIVE THAT
UP AT ANY TIME, EVEN THOUGH IT IS 500 MILES AND A LONG, LONG
AFTERNOON AND EVENING, YOU WOULD RATHER NOT PUT YOURSELF IN THAT
POSITION ESPECIALLY EARLY ON.>>WHAT HAPPENS IS THE RACETRACK
WILL GIVE UP GRIP. THEY GIVE UP SPEED.
THE CARS ARE STARTING TO SLIP AROUND LATER.
>>LOOK AT THE LINE KYLE BUSCH IS TAKING.
>>HE DID THAT RIGHT OFF THE BAT.
HE WENT UP THERE AND STARTED WORKING THAT LINE.
>>I THINK THIS MIGHT BE A CONSERVATIVE ISSUE WITH THE
TIRES RIGHT NOW. THAT’S JUST SOMETHING I THINK
KYLE HAS FOUND OUT OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF DAY AND NIGHT RACING
HERE THAT HE MIGHT WANT TO DO THAT EARLY ON TO CONSERVE HIS
TIRES LITTLE BIT AND NOT PUT HIMSELF IN A BAD POSITION.
WE HAVE HAD A FEW TIRE ISSUES OVER THE WEEKEND.
>>THAT COULD GO BOTH WAYS. THAT UPPER GROOVE IS NOT AS
CLEAN. COULD BE MORE GREENER.
AND WEAR THE TIRES MORE IN THE FIRST RUN.
I WOULD BE LITTLE BIT NERVOUS ABOUT RUNNING THAT LINE, AT
LEAST UNTIL SOMEBODY PUT SOME RUBBER DOWN UP THERE.
>>JIMMIE JOHNSON CHALLENGING KURT BUSCH FOR THIRD PLACE.
IT’S BEEN FUN DOWN IN THE GARAGE AREA.
THE ASSOCIATES WEAR THE RED VESTS, TALL 48 TEAM HAD THE RED
VESTS DOWN IN THE GARAGE AREA WORKING ON THE CAR.
JIMMIE HAD ONE ON THIS MORNING DOING HIS APPEARANCES AND SO ON.
AND AGAIN, THIS 48, WHO WON THIS RACE THE LAST TWO YEARS, VERY
MUCH CONSIDERED A FAVORITE BY HIS COMPETITORS AFTER
YESTERDAY’S FINAL PRACTICE.>>HE WAS JUST REALLY STRONG
WITH SPEED AND LONGEVITY WITH THAT CAR.
SAW A LITTLE WIGGLE RIGHT THERE.>>41 KURT BUSCH, THE FIRST
WEEKEND OF THE CREW SWAP. STEWART-HAAS RACING EXCHANGING
THE ROAD CREWS AND CREW CHIEFS OF DANICA PATRICK AND KURT
BUSCHS TEAM, SO TONY GIBSON, CELEBRATING A 50th BIRTHDAY.
>>YEAH. I TALKED TO TONY QUITE A BIT IN
THE GARAGE AREA. THEY SWITCHED SOME OF THE CARS.
THESE ARE CARS THAT DANICA PATRICK WAS RACING.
WHAT KIND OF CHANGES DID YOU HAVE TO MAKE?
THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IS THE DASH.
DANICA HAS A DIFFERENT DASH FOR HER TO BE ABLE TO REACH THE
SWITCHES AND SO FORTH. THEY SWITCHED THE SPONSOR LOGOS.
THEY’RE VERY SIMILAR.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON IS CAREER OF
KURT IN THIRD SPOT. MATT KENSETH ONLY LED FIVE LAPS
IN THE ENTIRE CHASE THE FIRST SEVEN RACES BEFORE TODAY.
HE’S DOUBLED THAT NOW. STARTING ON POLE POSITION, GOT A
LITTLE EXTRA PASSENGER ON THE GRILL OPENING OF THAT TOYOTA.
WE’LL KEEP AN EYE ON THAT. KENSETH THE EARLY LEADER IN
TEXAS.>>>THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
FROM TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ON THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN
NOVEMBER. OUR TELECAST TODAY PRESENTED BY
FEDERATED AUTO PARTS. THERE’S THE LEAD BY MATT KENSETH
OVER JEFF GORDON BY SEVEN OR EIGHT CAR LENGTHS.
KEVIN HARVICK ON THE MOVE. GOT BY KURT BUSCH TO TAKE FOURTH
PLACE AND HAS CLOSED QUICKLY ON JIMMIE JOHNSON TO CHALLENGE FOR
THIRD.>>THE ONLY REASON TO THINK THAT
HARVICK IS NOT GOING TO BE PART OF THE MIX HERE.
HIS 1 1/2 PROGRAM HAS BEEN ALL ABOUT BEING GOOD ON THE LONGER
RUNS, ALONG WITH HAVING THE SPEED TO GET THE JOB DONE.
WE’VE SEEN HIM BE RIGHT IN THE MIX OF MANY OF THESE RACES.
EVEN THOUGH THIS PROBABLY HASN’T BEEN STATISTICALLY ONE OF HIS
BEST RACE TRACKS OVER THE YEARS, I LOOK FOR HIM TO BE RIGHT THERE
TONIGHT WHEN IT COMES TIME TO TAKE THE CHECKERED FLAG.
>>THE LAST 1 1/2 RACETRACK WE RAN WAS THREE WEEKS AGO IN
CHARLOTTE AND KEVIN HARVICK WAS THE ONE SPRAYING THE CHAMPAGNE
AT THE END OF THE NIGHT. OR IN THIS CASE, IN THE
DEFERENCE TO HIS SPONSOR IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN A LOT OF
BUDWEISER GOING AROUND.>>THIS 4 TEAM HAS BEEN THE
STANDARD FOR SPEED ALL SEASON LONG.
IT’S JUST PUTTING THE RACE TOGETHER THAT THEY’RE HOPING
THEY CAN DO TODAY.>>UPDATE ON THE 4 FROM DOC.
>>THE CAR STAYED IN THE GARAGE QUITE A BIT THIS MORNING.
THEY WERE DOING LAST-MINUTE ADJUSTMENTS.
NOW EARLY ON, THE TEAM WAS LOOKING — WATCHING THE ESPN
MONITOR AND TRYING TO SEE THE FRONT OF THE CAR.
I THINK THEY WERE CONCERNED THE SPOTTERS SAID THAT MAYBE THE
SPLITTER — THAT’S THE YELLOW FRONT ON THE BOTTOM OF THE CAR
WAS ON THE RACETRACK. BASED ON THE LINE HE WAS RUNNING
IN THREE AND FOUR. THEY WATCHED AND WATCHED AND
WATCHED DIDN’T SEE THE SPLITTER HITTING.
HEY, EVEN IF IT IS HITTING, HE’S FAST.
WE’RE JUST GOING TO LEAVE IT ALONE.
>>ALL RIGHT. SO KEVIN HARVICK NOW TRYING THE
HIGH LINE WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LAP TRAFFIC THERE TO ENCOUNTER.
THERE IS RODNEY CHILDERS. KEVIN SAID AFTER THE MISFORTUNE
THEY HAD IN MARTINSVILLE. WE HAVE TWO RACETRACKS WE CAN
WIN ON, BOTH TEXAS AND PHOENIX.>>LET’S GO BACK TO THE SPLITTER
THING. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT’S REALLY
CRITICAL IS GETTING IT AS LOW AS YOU CAN WITHOUT IT TOUCHING THE
RACETRACK. IT’S SPEED DEPENDENT.
YOU HAVE TO KEEP IT OFF THE RACETRACK AT THE HIGHEST SPEEDS.
ONCE THE SPEEDS SLOW DOWN, THERE’S A FINE LINE THERE WHERE
YOU MIGHT LET IT HIT THE GROUND A LITTLE BIT, REALLY FAST LAPS
AFTER A RESTART, ONLY PROBLEM WITH THAT IS IT COMES DOWN TO A
SHORT RUN AND YOU HAVE THE SPLITTER HITTING THE GROUND, IT
CAN REALLY HURT YOU.>>THIS TEAM AND KEVIN HARVICK
IN PARTICULAR AS THE DRIVER, KNOWING HOW GOOD HE IS AT
PHOENIX NEXT WEEK, TAKES A LITTLE PRESSURE OFF OF TODAY.
AND HE CAN KIND OF RELAX AND GO RUN AND KIND OF FEEL LIKE HE CAN
GO AFTER IT AND GIVE IT ALL. HE HAS TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF A
CHANCE AT AT THE END TO TRY TO GET INTO VICTORY LANE TODAY, HE
CAN DO THAT. NOTHING GUARANTEED JUST BECAUSE
HE WON A LOT LATELY AT PHOENIX, BUT YOU HAVE TO FEEL LIKE THAT
YOUR CHANCES ARE REALLY, REALLY GOOD THERE FOR THAT TO POSSIBLY
HAPPEN AND IT’S PROBABLY GOING TO TAKE A WIN FOR HIM TO MOVE
ON.>>TALKED ABOUT KEVIN IN
PHOENIX. FIVE-TIME WINNER INCLUDING
EARLIER THIS YEAR.>>YEAH.
I MEAN, LIKE YOU SAID, THERE WAS NO GUARANTEE, THOUGH.
THAT’S WHY THE PRESSURE IS REALLY ON THIS TEAM TODAY TO GET
A WIN AND NOT HAVE TO USE THAT LITTLE ACE IN THE HOLE SO TO
SPEAK WHEN THEY GET THERE NEXT WEEK.
>>CHANGE FOR POSITION, RYAN NEWMAN AROUND MARTIN TRUEX JR.
NEWMAN INTO THE TOP TEN, TRUEX BACK TO 11th.
REALLY TOUCHING STORY IN “USA TODAY” ON MARTIN’S LONG-TIME
GIRLFRIEND AND HER FIGHT WITH OVARIAN CANCER AND ALL THEY’RE
GOING THROUGH AND WHAT IT MEANS AND HOW MUCH THEY’RE DEDICATED
IN STILL SUPPORTING CHILDREN’S CANCER.
THE EFFORT TO SUPPORT THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM CANCER,
CHILDREN THAT ARE. AND CERTAINLY OUR BEST WISHES,
ALWAYS AND THOUGHTS, OUT TO SHERRY.
>>YEAH. IT WAS A GREAT STORY AND REALLY
PUT A WONDERFUL LIGHT ON THE JOB THAT THEY DO.
AND MARTIN AND SHERRY BOTH DOING A LOT OF REALLY GOOD THINGS AWAY
FROM THE RACETRACK.>>BIG RUN FOR KYLE BUSCH OFF
TURN TWO. AND HE’LL PICK UP THE 11 SPOT ON
TRUEX. THIS 78 TEAM HAS CERTAINLY COME
ON STRONG IN THE LATTER PART OF THIS SEASON AND BEGUN TO GET A
LITTLE MOMENTUM GATHERED UP FOR THE START OF NEXT YEAR.
>>YEAH. IT’S BEEN NICE TO SEE THEM.
FINDING SOME THINGS AFTER WORKING TOGETHER AND FIGURING
OUT KIND OF WHAT THEY NEEDED. AND I THINK AS MUCH AS ANYTHING,
JUST FIGURING OUT THE CARS WITH THE NEW RULES THIS YEAR BECAUSE
IT WAS SUCH A BIG CHANGE FOR THEM.
>>MORE ON TRUEX FROM JAMIE.>>WELL, I TALKED TO HIS CREW
CHIEF THIS MORNING AT LENGTH AND ASKED HIM ABOUT THE RESURGENCE
LATELY, THE LAST MONTH SPECIFICALLY.
AND HE SAID WE’RE BASICALLY ALL SPEAKING THE SAME LANGUAGE NOW.
WE’RE UNDERSTANDING BETTER WHAT MARTIN NEEDS IN HIS CAR TO GO
FAST. AND HE’S UNDERSTANDING OUR PART
AND OUR ROLE IN HOW WE MAKE THE CAR BETTER.
AND HE SAID THE WAY THEY UNLOADED THIS WEEKEND IS ABOUT
THE BEST THEY’VE EVER UNLOADED AND THEY BARELY TOUCHED ON THE
CAR IN PRACTICE. IT’S BEEN THAT GOOD.
THEY’RE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND THE TEAM AS A
WHOLE VERY HAPPY WITH WHERE THEY’RE GOING FROM HERE.
>>SO, MARTIN TRUEX RUNNING IN 12th PLACE.
JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS RUN JEFF GORDON DOWN FOR THE RUNNER-UP
SPOT.>>JOHNSON HAS PRETTY MUCH BEEN
THE ONE DRIVER THAT HAS STAYED RIGHT ON THE BOTTOM OF THE
RACETRACK PRETTY MUCH THIS ENTIRE RUN HERE TO START THE
RACE. AS HE MOVES TO THE MIDDLE WHEN I
SAY THAT.>>ALWAYS.
>>RIGHT AROUND THE BOTTOM.>>SO GORDON HANGING ON TO
SECOND FOR NOW.>>>THEY’RE BOTH CHASING MATT
KENSETH A TWO-TIME SPRINT CUP SERIES WINNER HERE AT TEXAS
MOTOR SPEEDWAY. LOOKING TO LOCK HIMSELF INTO THE
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND WITH A LONE STAR WIN TODAY.
>>>RACE EIGHT IN THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP LIVE AT
TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY THIS AFTERNOON.
NEXT WEEKEND, IT’S ON TO THE DESERT SOUTHWEST AND THE NASCAR
NATIONWIDE SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP WHERE CHASE ELLIOTT COULD CLINCH
THE CROWN AT PHOENIX. SEE IT ON ESPN SATURDAY
AFTERNOON AT 3:30. NEXT SUNDAY, CHASE RACE NUMBER
NINE WHERE WE DETERMINE THE FOUR WHO WILL COMPETE IN THE
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND. OUR TELECAST IS PRESENTED BY
QUICKEN LOANS. IT’S THE QUICKEN LOANS RACE FOR
HEROES 500 FROM PHOENIX, ESPN NEXT SUNDAY AT 2:00 P.M. EASTERN
TIME. KEVIN HARVICK, WINNER OF THREE
OF THE LAST FOUR. AS YOU WATCH MATT KENSETH NOW,
WHO HAS JUST TAKEN OVER AS THE ALL-TIME LAP LEADER HERE AT
TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY WITH THOSE LAPS THAT HE’S LED TODAY, HE
SURPASSED TONY STEWART AS THE DRIVER WHO HAS LED MORE LAPS
HERE THAN ANYONE ELSE. SECOND PLACE HAS CHANGED HANDS.
KEVIN HARVICK IS NOW THE CLOSEST TO MATT KENSETH.
FUNNY HOW THAT ALWAYS HAPPENS. AND HE GOT BOTH JIMMIE JOHNSON
AND JEFF GORDON IN ONE SHOT OFF OF TURN NUMBER TWO, A COUPLE OF
LAPS AGO.>>PRETTY SPECTACULAR AS JIMMIE
JOHNSON WAS TRYING TO TAKE THE SECOND SPOT FROM JEFF GORDON,
HARVICK GOT A HUGE RUN FROM THE TOPSIDE, CLEARED BOTH OF THEM
FROM FOURTH TO SECOND.>>24 CLEAR, ALL CLEAR.
>>48 KIND OF LOST A LITTLE BIT OF THAT DOWN FORCE OR WHATEVER
TRYING TO RUN UP UNDERNEATH OF JEFF GORDON AND HAD TO CHECK UP.
NOW HARVICK IS RUNNING IN SECOND POSITION.
HE’S GOT A WAYS TO GO TO CATCH KENSETH.
2.7 SECONDS IS THE GAP FROM FIRST TO SECOND.
SO KENSETH THERE, STILL WITH THE TRASH ON THE NOSE OF HIS CAR,
BUT NOTHING BEING REPORTED IN AS A CONCERN FOR THAT RACE TEAM.
AND YOU LOOK ALL THE WAY BACK TO FIND BRAD KESELOWSKI IN 22nd
PLACE. HE STARTED 26th.
REALLY HASN’T MADE VERY MUCH FORWARD PROGRESS BUT STILL VERY
EARLY IN THIS RACE.>>LIKE THE NATIONWIDE RACE,
FOUR GUYS ARE NOT RUNNING THE BOTTOM AT THREE AND FOUR AND
RUNNING ONE AND TWO RIGHT NOW. ABOUT FIVE OR SIX OF THEM OFF
THE BOTTOM OF THREE AND FOUR, JUST TWO OR THREE IN ONE AND
TWO.>>SPOTTER JOEY MEYER GIVING
INFORMATION TO HIS DRIVER ON WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE DOING.
AS OFF OF TURN FOUR DANICA PATRICK MAKES AN UNSCHEDULED PIT
STOP HERE AT LAP 37.>>I SAW HER GET REALLY HIGH
GOING INTO TURN THREE, ALMOST HIT THE WALL IN THE MIDDLE OF
THREE AND FOUR.>>WOW.
LOOK AT THE TIRE MARKS OFF OF THAT 4 CAR WHEN HE’S TRYING TO
AVOID RUNNING INTO DANICA.>>WATCH HER.
ALL CLEAR.>>LOOKING LIKE SHE MIGHT HAVE
HAD A TIRE GOING DOWN OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, JUST
COULDN’T GET THE CAR TURNED ON THE EXIT OF THE CORNER THERE.
>>SOMETHING WRONG.>>YEAH.
>>AND THAT DEFINITELY HAD TO CHECK UP.
SO PATRICK, WHO HAD JUST BEEN LAPPED BY THE LEADER, MATT
KENSETH, NOW IS OVERTAKEN A SECOND TIME WITH A GREEN-FLAG
PIT STOP AND IS TWO LAPS DOWN IN 43rd PLACE.
KASEY KAHNE, SOMEONE VERY HIGH ON ANDY PETREE’S LIST ON PEOPLE
TO WATCH TODAY.>>YEAH.
THE RACE IN ATLANTA, I JUST THINK THAT KENNY FRANCIS AND
KAHNE DO SUCH A GOOD JOB AT THESE TRACKS THAT ARE FAST AND
GIVE UP GRIP LIKE THIS ONE DOES AND THE ONE IN ATLANTA, THEY
WERE ABLE TO GET THAT WIN THERE TO GET INTO THE CHASE IN THE
BEGINNING PART. I THINK THEY HAVE A REALLY GOOD
CAR TODAY.>>CLINT BOWYER IS IN, DAVE.
>>HE DROVE FROM 24th TO 15th ON THAT FIRST RUN.
THIS IS A SCHEDULED STOP. THEY WILL CHANGE FOUR TIRES.
CAR IS PRETTY GOOD FOR HIM. NAVIGATING THAT TRAFFIC, FULL OF
SUNOCO FUEL AND GONE.>>YEAH.
IT’S A LITTLE BIT EARLY ON THE FUEL PART OF IT, BUT I EXPECT TO
SEE A LOT OF SHORT PITTING BECAUSE OF THE TIRES GIVING UP A
LOT OF SPEED.>>SO WE’LL SEE WHERE THINGS
CYCLE OUT FOR CLINT WHO NEEDS THIS TO STAY GREEN UNTIL
EVERYBODY MAKES A PIT STOP WITHOUT A YELLOW FLAG COMING
OUT. MM
>>>SO MATT KENSETH HAS LED ALL OF THE LAPS SO FAR.
WE’RE THROUGH 50 MILES HERE AT TEXAS PRESENTED BY FEDERATED
AUTO PARTS.>>>CAUTION HAS JUST COME OUT
HERE AT TEXAS. JOSH WISE POPPED THE WALL OFF OF
TURN NUMBER TWO. AS ILLUSTRATED HERE.
>>SEE THE CAR REALLY GET SIDEWAYS THERE.
TRIES TO CORRECT IT BUT HARD INTO THE OUTSIDE WALL.
>>AND SO THE FIRST YELLOW AT A BAD TIME FOR CLINT BOWYER.
GOOD TIME FOR EVERYBODY ELSE TO MAKE A PIT STOP AND GET A LOOK
AT THOSE TIRES. VINCE.
>>JIMMIE JOHNSON SAYS IT’S SNUG INTO THREE BUT OTHERWISE IT’S
GENERALLY LOOSE EVERYWHERE ELSE. FOUR TIRE CHANGE FOR JIMMIE
JOHNSON AND TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT AND SUNOCO FUEL.
DOC?>>GORDON SAYING THE CAR IS
STARTING TO GET LOOSE OFF OF TURN TWO.
TAIL WIND. GO ONE ROUND UP ON THE TRACK BAR
AND TAPE ON THE GRILL. KEVIN HARVICK IS IN.
I’M TIGHT IN THE CENTER AND LOOSE OFF.
IT WILL BE A FOUR TIRE CHANGE FOR HARVICK AND AIR PRESSURE.
JAMIE?>>MATT KENSETH LED ALL THE LAPS
SO FAR. LITTLE FREE OFF.
HE NEEDS A BETTER TURN. FOUR TIRES AND CHASSIS
ADJUSTMENT AND HE WILL MAINTAIN THE LEAD.
ALLEN?>>JEFF GORDON GOING TO LOSE A
TON OF SPOTS ON THAT PIT STOP. SIX OF THEM.
>>WATCH THE RIGHT FRONT HERE ON JEFF’S STOP.
>>IT MAY HAVE HAD A LUG NUT OR SOMETHING HANGING UP THERE ON
THE HUB. THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY
DIDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT. MM
>>RESTART COMING UP. MM
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JEFF GORDON LOST SIX POSITIONS ON HIS PIT STOP.
WE SHOWED YOU THE PROBLEM AND A LITTLE FURTHER DIAGNOSIS SHOWS
IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN TIME WELL SPENT.
>>YEAH. TAKE A LOOK AT THE RIGHT FRONT.
NOW, THEY HAD A LUG NUT THAT CAME AND WAS STUCK ON THE TOP OF
THE STUDS. WATCH HOW QUICKLY SCOTT THINKS
HE TAKES THE TIRE OFF. CLEARS THE LUG NUT.
PUTS A TIRE BACK ON. THAT COULD HAVE BEEN A VERY
COSTLY PIT STOP AND ONLY COST HIM A FEW EXTRA SECONDS AND SIX
SPOTS. LET’S LISTEN TO THE RADIO AND
HEAR WHAT JEFF HAD TO SAY.>>I HAD A LUG NUT STICK UP
THERE ON THE HUB CAP. WE HAD TO PULL OFF.
SORRY ABOUT THAT.>>IT HAPPENS.
>>AND WE’RE ALWAYS SOMETIMES POINTING THE FINGER WHEN THESE
GUYS MAKE A MISTAKE. WE SHOULD GIVE A CALL TO SCOTT
BECAUSE HE DID A GREAT JOB CLEARING THE LUG NUT QUICKLY AND
IT NOT BEING MORE OF A FACTOR THAN IT WAS.
ALLEN?>>I CAN TELL YOU, THAT WAS A
REAL HEADS-UP MOVE. WE SAW A PROBLEM WITH THE 4 CAR.
THEY HAD SOMETHING SIMILAR TO THIS AT DOVER WHERE THEY WERE
CHANGING FOUR TIRES UNDER GREEN. ONE LUG NUTS GOT CAUGHT UP UNDER
THE WHEEL AND BLEW A SCREW OUT. THAT WAS A HEADS-UP MOVE TO SEE
THAT AND HAVE THE — YOU KNOW, JUST MOXIE TO BE ABLE TO STOP
WHAT HE WAS DOING AND GET IT OFF OF THERE.
>>JEFF GORDON BACK TO TENTH POSITION FROM FOURTH AND DOUBLED
UP THERE ON THAT OUTSIDE LANE FOR THE RESTART.
MATT KENSETH WITH JIMMIE JOHNSON TO HIS OUTSIDE COMING BACK TO
THE GREEN.>>I TELL YOU, I’VE SEEN
SOMETHING TODAY FROM THAT 20 CAR, MATT KENSETH ON THE INITIAL
START AND THAT RESTART. THAT CAR TAKES OFF, I THINK
THEY’VE GOT SOMETHING UNDER THE HOOD THAT THEY HAVEN’T SHOWN ALL
YEAR. HE ACTUALLY OUTPOWERED THE CARS
ON THE START.>>WELL, IT’S BEEN SOMETHING
THAT THIS TEAM HAS BEEN LOOKING FOR, THAT LITTLE EXTRA THEY
COULD GET FROM TOYOTA. LOT OF RACING HERE.
HARD RACING WE’RE SEEING THREE WIDE ON THIS RESTART.
>>THERE’S ANOTHER TOYOTA. THAT 11 CAR OF HAMLIN.
>>KASEY KAHNE AND HE IS ONE TO WATCH TODAY, RACING WITH JOEY
LOGANO FOR THIRD PLACE.>>LOGANO MADE A BIG MOVE TO THE
OUTSIDE OF THE KEVIN HARVICK ON THE RESTART TO TAKE THAT THIRD
SPOT AWAY.>>SO KAHNE TO THIRD.
LOGANO TO FOURTH. HARVICK FIFTH.
HERE WE GO FOR SIXTH. KURT BUSCH TO THE INSIDE OF RYAN
NEWMAN. AND THROUGH.
NICE JOB BY BRIAN VICKERS TEAM ON THE ROUND OF PIT STOPS.
GET HIM UP A COUPLE OF SPOTS. NOW VICKERS THERE TO TRACK DOWN
NEWMAN AND SEE IF HE CAN GRAB THE SEVENTH POSITION AWAY.
>>I THINK THIS 55 CAR HAS BEEN RUNNING THINGS FOR TOYOTA OVER
THE LAST THREE OR FOUR WEEKS. WE SEE THEM QUALIFYING A LOT
BETTER. THE TEAM MIGHT FIND A LITTLE
SOMETHING, BUT LOT OF TIMES IN QUALIFYING YOU SEE THAT
HAPPENING BECAUSE THEY’RE GETTING MORE UNDER THE HOOD AND
I THINK IT’S PROVEN OUT BECAUSE HE REALLY HASN’T HAD ANY
PROBLEMS. THEY’VE BEEN ABLE TO INCORPORATE
THAT INTO OTHERS INCLUDING MATT KENSETH’S TOYOTA.
>>YOU CAN SEE THAT WITH KENSETH BEING ON THE POLE.
JUST WATCHING HIS RESTARTS, SOMETHING I HAVEN’T SEEN OUT OF
THESE CARS THIS YEAR.>>THAT OUTSIDE LANE FRONT
ROW –>>I UNDERSTAND THAT.
THERE IS THAT. THERE IS A LANE ADVANTAGE —
>>YEAH.>>BUT I IT REALLY LOOKED LIKE
HE OVERPOWERED IT ON THAT START.>>DENNY HAMLIN, WHO STARTED
THIS RACE BACK IN 20th PLACE UP TO 12th.
>>IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THAT LANE
CHOICE IS WHEN YOU SEE MATT KENSETH MAYBE ON THE OUTSIDE AND
SOMEBODY ELSE CONTROLLING IT, THEN YOU GET —
>>YEAH, EXACTLY. TALK ABOUT DENNY HAMLIN WHO SAID
THAT HE FELT LIKE HE WOULD HAVE TO RUN TOP FIVE AT EACH ONE OF
THE LAST RACES TO HAVE A SHOT AT THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
SO DENNY TRYING TO PICK HIS WAY TOWARD THE TOP FIVE.
TONY STEWART NEXT AHEAD OF HIM FOR 11th PLACE.
AFTER MATT PUT A LITTLE BIT OF A GAP ON JIMMIE JOHNSON ON THE
RESTART, JIMMIE HAS TRACKED HIM DOWN AND HUNTING THE RACE LEAD.
>>THIS 48 WAS LAST IN FIELD IN PRACTICE AND IS SHOWING IT NOW.
MATT USED THAT POLE POSITION AND CLEAN AIR TO MAINTAIN THE LEAD
FOR QUITE A FEW LAPS.>>NEW LEADER, 48.
>>SO FIRST LEAD CHANGE OF THE RACE AS JIMMIE JOHNSON, WINNER
OF THIS RACE THE LAST TWO YEARS, GOES TO THE NUMBER ONE SPOT HERE
AT THE CONCLUSION OF LAP 54. GOOD RUN OFF OF FOUR.
MATT BACK TO HIS BACK BUMPER.>>EARLIER IN THE RACE JEFF
GORDON POKED UP TO MATT’S BACK BUMPER AND MATT MOVED UP A LANE
AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME AND THAT’S REALLY WHEN HE DROVE OFF.
WE’LL SEE IF THAT WORKS OUT HERE.
MATT HAS ALREADY MOVED UP SOME.>>AND JIMMIE MOVED TO THAT
EXACT SPOT ON THE RACETRACK.>>IMAGINE THAT.
HE DIDN’T WIN SIX CHAMPIONSHIPS BY JUST LOOKING OUT THE FRONT.
>>HOW ABOUT THE 48, VINCE?>>THEY LIKE THAT RACE CAR.
IT WAS LITTLE TOO FREE DURING THE FIRST RUN.
THEY MADE A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT, SNUG IT UP.
AND CHAD KNAUS HAVE BEEN UPDATING JIMMIE WHEREON THE
FASTER CARS HAVE BEEN RUNNING AND JIMMIE TRYING TO TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF THAT AS WELL. HE REALLY LIKED THE RACE CAR ALL
WEEKEND LONG. IT’S BEEN GOOD AGAIN HERE TODAY.
JAMIE?>>THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT THE
20 CAR AND WHAT THEY’RE SEEING IN IT.
JASON RATCLIFF SAID THEY BUILT THIS CAR LIKE ALL THE OTHERS AND
THEY RACED IT THREE TIMES AND IT’S NEVER FINISHED OUTSIDE THE
TOP FIVE. THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT THIS
CAR, IT’S VERY RESPONSIVE TO CHANGE.
SO ON THE FIRST RUN, MATT WAS JUST A BIT FREE.
THEY MADE A TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT.
HE HAS BEEN PRETTY HAPPY WITH IT.
EVEN THOUGH HE RELINQUISHED THE LEAD TO JIMMIE JOHNSON.
THEY LOVE THIS CAR. THEY’RE HOPING IT IS AS GOOD AT
THE END AS IT HAS BEEN SO FAR.>>THANK YOU, JAMIE.
NOW TO JIMMIE JOHNSON, THE ONLY DRIVER WHO HAS BEEN IN THE CHASE
EVERY YEAR THE FORMAT HAS EXISTED.
HE WON A RACE IN EVERY CHASE EXCEPT THIS ONE SO FAR.
>>>HERE AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, SECOND LEADER OF THE
DAY’S RACE. OUR TELECAST PRESENTED BY
FEDERATED AUTO PARTS. JIMMIE HAS BEEN OUT IN FRONT FOR
THE LAST TEN. KENSETH BEFORE THAT.
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>>I KNEW THERE WAS SOMETHING THERE YOU WERE GOING TO TIE THAT
TO.>>USUALLY IS.
>>SO, AS YOU NOTICE THESE CARS GOING AROUND THE RACETRACK, THEY
ALWAYS SEEM AFTER THE FIRST PIT STOP IN THE RACE A LITTLE BIT OF
METAL JUST IN FRONT OF THE RIGHT REAR TIRE, THE SIDE SKIRT ON THE
CAR. EVERYBODY GIVES THAT A TUG.
OBVIOUSLY IT HELPS AERODYNAMICALLY AND ALL THE
TEAMS DO IT ON THEIR PIT STOP. JIMMIE JOHNSON’S THERE A LITTLE
BIT. HERE IS A LOOK AT KEVIN
HARVICKS.>>YOU SEE THAT RIGHT THERE.
THIS IS SOMETHING THEY DON’T ALLOW THEM TO DO BEFOREHAND.
AFTER THE RACE STARTS, THE TEAMS WILL REACH DOWN THERE AND PULL
IT OUT AND IT DOES MAKE MORE DOWN FORCE AND SIDE FORCE.
THEY SEEM TO ALLOW THEM TO DO IT.
YOU LOOK AT RYAN NEWMAN’S CAR, THE SIDE SKIRT IS BROKEN AWAY.
THEY MUST HAVE A BIG GAP PULLING ON THIS ONE.
MAYBE HE GRABBED IT TOO HARD. IT’S STICKING WAY OUT THERE
TODAY.>>SO WE’LL KEEP AN EYE ON THAT
FOR NEWMAN.>>YEAH.
WE TALKED TO NASCAR ABOUT THAT. THEY SEE THIS, TOO.
THERE’S NO WAY THEY CAN REALLY REGULATE IT.
THEY JUST KIND OF LET IT GO. THAT’S WHY YOU SEE THOSE SIDE
SKIRTS STICKING OUT ALMOST ALWAYS ON EVERY CAR AFTER THE
FIRST PIT STOP.>>AGAIN, NEWMAN’S MAYBE JUST
BROKEN RIGHT AWAY FROM THE SIDE THERE.
RYAN TRYING TO TAKE SIXTH PLACE AWAY FROM KURT BUSCH AND DOING
SO THERE. SO NEWMAN HAVING ANOTHER SOLID
RUN IN THE EARLY GOING HERE AT TEXAS.
BEEN A BIG TOPIC OF CONVERSATION WITH NEWMAN AND KENSETH
ADVANCING ON AND CAN A DRIVER WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP WHO HASN’T
WON A RACE? AND HOW WILL FANS REACT?
FIRST THING IS, HISTORICALLY NO ONE IS EVER — NO MATTER WHAT
THE CHAMPIONSHIP SYSTEM, NO ONE IS EVER WON THE SPRINT CUP
SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP WITHOUT WINNING LEAST ONE RACE DURING
THE COURSE OF THE SEASON. I DON’T SEE IT HAPPENING.
AS TOUGH AS THIS COMPETITION IS, I’LL SEE DENNY HAMLIN RUN TOP
FIVE. I’LL RAISE IT MORE.
YOU HAVE TO WIN. YOU MAY HAVE TO WIN HOMESTEAD TO
WIN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP.>>IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN
AGAIN THIS YEAR. NOBODY I DON’T THINK CAN WIN
THIS CHAMPIONSHIP WITHOUT WINNING.
THAT’S NOT SAYING THAT IT WON’T BE RYAN NEWMAN OR MATT KENSETH.
I THINK THEY CAN WIN HOMESTEAD AND WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP, BUT
THAT’S ABOUT WHAT IT’S GOING TO TAKE.
IF THEY DON’T HAVE A WIN BY THE TIME THEY GET TO THE LAST RACE,
IF THEY’RE GOING TO WIN IT, THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO WIN THE
CHAMPIONSHIP AND FIND A WAY TO WIN THE RACE.
>>YOU HAVE TO HAVE THREE OTHER OUTSTANDING DRIVERS AND TEAMS
THAT YOU HAVE TO BEAT AT HOMESTEAD TO WIN THE
CHAMPIONSHIP WHICH MORE THAN LIKELY MEANS YOU HAVE TO WIN
THAT RACE. VERY POSSIBLE THAT THIS 31 OR
THE 20 COULD WIN HERE TODAY ERASE THAT POSSIBILITY.
>>FOUR TIMES IN THE HISTORY THERE HAS BEEN A CAR THAT HAD
ONE WIN AND WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP, BUT I DON’T THINK
SO YOU CAN WIN NO RACES AND WIN IT.
WE’LL SEE. AND IT COULD HAPPEN.
MATHEMATICALLY OBVIOUSLY IT COULD BUT I DON’T THINK IT WILL.
>>KEVIN HARVICK BY JOEY LOGANO THERE TO PICK UP FOURTH PLACE.
JEFF GORDON TRYING TO RALLY BACK FROM THE PIT PROBLEM EARLIER.
JUST TOOK SEVENTH AWAY FROM KURT BUSCH.
REMEMBER GORDON LOST SIX POSITIONS ON HIS PIT STOP WHEN
THEY HAD THE LUG HANG ON TOP OF THE HUB AND TOOK A MINUTE TO
PEEL IT AWAY BEFORE IT CAUSED DAMAGE AFTER THE TIRE WAS
ININSTALLED AND HE DROVE AWAY.>>IF JEFF GORDON WINS THE
CHAMPIONSHIP, THEY’LL LOOK BACK ON THAT ONE MOMENT RIGHT THERE
AS BEING ONE KEY THING THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO SAVE SOMETHING
THERE THAT COULD HAVE COST THEM A BIG-TIME PROBLEM.
THAT WAS A HEADS-UP MOVE TO GET THAT LUG NET OFF THAT HUB.
>>LITERALLY SHORT-TERM PAIN FOR LONG-TERM GAIN THERE.
>>SO, NEW SECOND PLACE RUNNER BEHIND LEADER JIMMIE JOHNSON AS
KASEY KAHNE HAS MOVED UP TO THE NUMBER TWO SPOT.
THERE HE IS IN THE 5 CAR. AND DAVE, AFTER STARTING BACK IN
14th, HE HAS IT MOVING FORWARD.>>TALKED TO ENGINEER CHRIS
SPALDING THIS MORNING WHO SPENT A COUPLE DAYS IN HOMESTEAD THIS
WEEK WITH CHASERS AND NON-CHASERS ALIKE.
THIS TEAM FOUND SOME THINGS THERE.
THE DAYS WERE LONG. MAN, WE WERE TIRED.
BUT WHEN THEY APPLY WHAT THEY LEARN HERE, IT’S WORKED VERY,
VERY WELL FOR KASEY AND HE HAS DRIVEN THAT CAR TO THE FRONT.
>>USUALLY KASEY ON THESE KINDS OF TRACKS WAITS UNTIL LATER IN
THE RACE TO MAKE THAT MOVE TO THE FRONT.
I HOPE HE’S NOT DOING IT TOO SOON.
>>NEVER KNOW. MAYBE HE DIDN’T SET HIS CLOCK
BACK TODAY SO HE’S ON A DIFFERENT —
>>THAT COULD BE IT.>>HE THINKS IT’S LATER IN THE
AFTERNOON AND IT’S TIME TO GET TO THE FRONT.
>>THAT COULD BE IT.>>THAT’S FUNNY.
KASEY KAHNE UP TO SECOND. KASEY IS THE BIGGEST MOVER IN
THE RACE SO FAR. BRAD KESELOWSKI, PICKING HIS WAY
THROUGH A LITTLE BIT. BUT KASEY GAINING THE MOST
POSITIONS IN THE EARLY GOING. GOT 1.9 SECOND OF DEFICIT TO
THAT MAN, JIMMIE JOHNSON, WINNER OF THIS RACE THE LAST TWO YEARS.
LOOKING TO MAKE A STATEMENT IN THE CLOSING RACES OF 2014.
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>>DALE JR. RUNNING IN NINTH PLACE AS JIMMIE JOHNSON LEADS
AND OUR INTEREST IS PEEKED BY KEVIN HARVICK CLOSING ON MATT
KENSETH TO RACE HIM FOR THIRD POSITION.
HARVICK HAD A GOOD RUN ON KENSETH OFF TURN TWO LAST LAP.
PERHAPS YOU’LL GET A CHUCKLE OUT OF THIS.
>>I’M EXPECTING MATT TO WAIVE HIM BY.
YEP.>>AND NOW SIDE BY SIDE WITH
SOME LAP TRAFFIC IN FRONT OF THEM.
>>JASON RATCLIFF, MATT’S CREW CHIEF, I WOULD SAY LET HIM GO
FOR NOW.>>YOU DON’T WANT TO GIVE THE
IDEA THAT, HEY, I’M NOT GOING TO RACE YOU.
EVEN THOUGH WE HAD OUR ISSUES AND IT WAS A MISTAKE THAT I
MADE, YOU’RE STILL GOING TO HAVE TO RACE ME.
THIS IS A RACE. WE’RE BOTH AFTER THE SAME THING
AND THAT’S TO GET TO THE CHECKERED FLAG FIRST HERE TODAY.
I’M NOT GOING TO BE INTIMIDATED BY YOU.
>>SO THIRD PLACE CHANGES HANDS. KEVIN HARVICK UP TO THIRD.
MATT KENSETH BACK TO FOURTH.>>THAT’S EXACTLY WHY I WOULD
HAVE SAID, JUST LET HIM GO. THE DRIVER IS NOT GOING TO WANT
TO DO THAT. HE IS NOT GIVING UP.
>>TWO CAN PLAY THIS GAME, TOO. HE GOT TO THE BACK BUMPER OF
HARVICK, GOT HIM LOOSE AND NOW HARVICK IS STRUGGLING TO GET OFF
THE CORNER.>>I DON’T KNOW IF I WOULD POKE
THAT BEAR TOO MANY MORE TIMES.>>EVERYBODY LOOKS AT MATT
KENSETH AS BEING A NICE, MILD MANNERED GUY.
YOU DON’T WANT TO RILE HIM INSIDE THIS RACE CAR EITHER.
>>THAT SOUNDS LIKE FROM EXPERIENCE.
>>WE HAD OUR ISSUES. WE WORKED THEM OUT.
BUT, YEAH. I CAN JUST POINT THAT OUT TO
YOU, DON’T THINK THAT THIS IS A GUY THAT’S JUST GOING TO LET
THINGS GO, TOO.>>SO KENSETH WHO LED THE FIRST
53 LAPS OF THIS ONE, SLIDING BACK TO FOURTH POSITION.
THE NEXT CAR BEHIND HIM IS JEFF GORDON WHO WORKED HIS WAY BACK
TO FIFTH. CHECKING IN ON KESELOWSKI.
>>HE GAINED 11 SPOTS SO FAR AND HE’S BEEN TALKING TO HIS
SPOTTER, JOEY MEYER WHO IS ALSO HIS PILOT.
THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT THE WIND DIRECTION.
YOU CAN SEE OUR CAMERAS BOUNCING AROUND.
THE WINDS HAVE REALLY PICKED UP. BRAD SAYING TO THE TEAM HE FEELS
REALLY INCONSISTENT THIS RUN AND NOW HE JUST SAID HE HAS A
VIBRATION IN THE RIGHT FRONT, SO HIS TEAM IS UP ON THE WALL.
ALL THEIR HELMETS ARE ON AND READY JUST IN CASE BRAD DECIDES
TO DART DOWN PIT ROAD.>>NOT A GOOD PLACE FOR A
VIBRATION BUT THE RIGHT FRONT IS THE WORST.
>>SEE HIM WITH THE RIGHT HAND ON THE STRAIGHT AWAY REACHING
DOWN TO THE SHIFTER AREA AND ACTUALLY BEHIND THAT.
I’M NOT SURE IF HE GOT A BRAKE ADJUSTMENT THERE OR WHAT.
>>IT COULD HAVE SOMETHING THERE.
SOMETIMES TOO YOU CAN KIND OF PUT YOUR HAND TO GET A FEEL OF
MAYBE WHERE IT IS. IS THIS A TIRE ISSUE THAT’S
GOING THIS. IS THIS SOMETHING THAT’S RELATED
TO THE DRIVE SHAFT REAR END. YOU WOULDN’T THINK THAT WOULD
HAPPEN HERE, BUT YOU NEVER KNOW. SOMETIMES YOU CAN FEEL THE FLOOR
PLAN OF THE CAR. YOU CAN FEEL THAT THROUGH THAT.
>>VERY INTERESTING. SO KESELOWSKI IN 15th AND WE’LL
KEEP AN EYE ON HIM. HERE IS JEFF GORDON ON THE
RALLY. UP TO FOURTH PLACE AROUND MATT
KENSETH.>>THIS CAR HAS BEEN REALLY,
REALLY SOLID. WE EXPECT HIM TO MAKE A LITTLE
ADJUSTMENT FROM THE FIRST RUN, EVEN THOUGH HE WAS REALLY GOOD
THEN. DRIVING UP FROM TENTH UP INTO
THE FOURTH SPOT NOW.>>BEEN ABOUT 40 LAPS SINCE THE
LAST ROUND OF PIT STOPS. BEGINNING TO SEE SOME TRICKLE ON
TO THE PIT LANE HERE. DANICA PATRICK IS ON AND OFF PIT
ROAD. WE’LL SEE WHEN SOME OF THE
FRONT-RUNNERS BEGIN TO SLOW AND COME IN.
>>THE TIRE WEAR IS HIGH HERE. I CHEWS THESE TIRES UP.
I’M SURE GUYS WILL BE VERY SENSITIVE TO THAT.
THEY FEEL SOMETHING FUNNY, THEY’LL GET ON IN HERE AND
CHANGE TIRES.>>AS IT RELATES TO KESELOWSKI,
IF YOU KNOW THAT’S THE CONCERN, YOU DON’T WANT TO BRING OUT THE
CAUTION. YOU DON’T WANT TO BE THE ONE,
YOU FIGURE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO.>>LOOKING UP AHEAD OF JIMMIE
JOHNSON, A CAR THAT IS STILL IN THE CHASE.
CARL EDWARDS NOT TOO FAR AHEAD OF HIM THAT COULD POSSIBLY BE
GOING A LAP DOWN HERE SOON.>>IT’S ALL THE WAY BACK IN 25th
PLACE.>>SEE HIM RIGHT THERE, NEXT CAR
IN FRONT OF STENHOUSE WHO IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF JIMMIE.
>>TONY STEWART ON TO PIT LANE AND LOOKED LIKE A REALLY SLOW
APPROACH TO THE PIT ROAD, TOO, VINCE.
>>THE CAR IS JUST GETTING UP OUT OF THE TRACK MORE AND MORE,
FEELS LIKE IT’S MAYBE TRIPPING OFF THE CORNER, SO NOT IN THE
RACETRACK AT ALL. GOING TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT
CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT AND STRUGGLE ON THE RESTART.
THEY RESTARTED IN 11th AND LOST SPOTS THAT RUN.
NOW THE 41 OF KURT BUSCH, CAR IS A LITTLE TIGHT ON ENTRY AND A
LITTLE LOOSE OFF. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME HE WORKED
WITH CREW CHIEF TONY GIBSON ALTHOUGH THEY DID TESTS.
THAT’S A BIG HELP FOR THEM IN THE FAMILIARITY CATEGORY.
TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT AND WEDGE ADJUSTMENT, FOUR TIRES, SUNOCO
FUEL AND AIR. JAMIE?
>>BRAD KESELOWSKI AS I REPORTED HE HAD A SMALL VIBRATION IN THE
RIGHT FRONT. HE WILL BE VERY RELIEVED TO GET
THE TIRES OFF. THEY MADE A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT.
IT WILL BE FOUR TIRES HERE. YOU SAID THE TRACK IS DEFINITELY
FREEING UP THERE. THEY’RE TRYING TO STAY AHEAD OF
THAT TRACK. JOSH?
>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. COMING IN AND HIS QUOTE WAS, I HATE THIS
CAR. ALL WEEKEND WE’VE HAD PROBLEMS.
BUT NOT HAVING ANY REAR SECURITY OFF OF TURN TWO.
HE SAID I DEALT WITH IT ALL WEEKEND.
THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT, RIGHT REAR, FOUR
TIRES AND GET IT FULL OF FUEL. JAMIE?
>>LOGANO WAS TOLD HIS TIRES LOOKED GOOD AFTER THE FIRST PIT
STOP. THEY WERE CONCERNED AFTER THE
NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE YESTERDAY.
VINCE?>>CHAD KNAUS SAID, HOW IS YOUR
CAR? I QUOTE, JIMMIE SAID, PRETTY
DAMN GOOD. FOUR TIRES AND NO CHANGES.
>>HARVICK LEADS.>>DENNY HAMLIN SAID MY CAR IS
REAL TIGHT WHEN ASKED ABOUT FIVE LAPS AGO.
HE’LL GET A WEDGE ADJUSTMENT, FOUR TIRES AND A FILLING OF
FUEL. JAMIE?
>>MATT KENSETH, HIS CAR IS VERY RESPONSIVE TO CHANGE.
THEY WENT DOWN ON THE TRACK BAR LAST TIME.
MATT SAID HE GOT TOO TIGHT. THEY MADE ANOTHER ADJUSTMENT.
THEY PUT TAPE ON THE GRILL AND FOUR TIRES.
DOC?>>HERE IS KEVIN HARVICK.
LOOSE OFF THE CENTER. FIXED THE EXIT.
I NEED HELP. 24 CAR JEFF GORDON SAID I’M
REALLY LOOSE GUYS. HARVICK, GORDON LEFT.
HARVICK IS AWAY.>>RYAN NEWMAN TIGHT INTO THREE
BUT NOT AS TIGHT AS LAST RUN SO THEY WERE GAINING ON HIM.
SEE THE SIDE SKIRTED THERE. THE WHOLE TEAM WAS CHECKING THAT
OUT ON OUR CAMERAS. LOOKS LIKE IT’S STILL THERE.
IT’S GOING TO STAY THERE. NOTHING THEY CAN DO ABOUT IT AT
THIS POINT.>>AND PROBABLY WON’T UNTIL
THEY’RE TOLD TO. SO CYCLE OF PIT STOPS IS
COMPLETE. JIMMIE JOHNSON IS BACK TO THE
RACE LEAD. KASEY KAHNE LOOKED LIKE HE LOST
A LOT OF GROUND ON THE CYCLE OF STOPS.
OUR TELECAST PRESENTED BY FED RATED AUTO PARTS.
FROM TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, JUST ABOUT 150 MILES INTO THE RACE.
>>>AT THE 150 MILE MARK OF THE AAA TEXAS 500, JIMMIE JOHNSON IS
THE RACE LEADER OVER THAT RACE FOR SECOND.
HARVICK PASSED HIM TO TAKE UP THE RUNNER UP SPOT.
ONE CAUTION IN THE RACE SO FAR AND THREE DIFFERENT LEADERS,
JIMMIE JOHNSON, KEVIN HARVICK AND MATT KENSETH.
MATT KENSETH’S TEAM KNOCKING OFF 11.4 AS THE GIBBS CREWS CONTINUE
TO BE IMPRESSIVE ON PIT LANE. STAY CONNECTED FOR THE CHASE TO
THE SPRINT CUP, SPRINT FAMILY SHARE PACK.
20 GIGABYTES OF HIGH SPEED DATA TO SHEA AND UNLIMITED TALK AND
TEXT. SO IF HARVICK IS SECOND AND
KENSETH IS THIRD AND JEFF GORDON IS FOURTH AND JOEY LOGANO IS
FIFTH AND DALE EARNHARDT JR. IS SIXTH AND RYAN NEWMAN IS
SEVENTH, WHERE IS KASEY KAHNE WHO WAS SECOND BEFORE THE PIT
STOPS? HE IS NOW BACK IN EIGHTH.
DAVE BURNS CAN EXPLAIN WHY.>>PIT LANE IS NEVER AN EASY
PLACE. THESE GUYS TRAIN HARD BUT YOU
NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU MIGHT JUST FIND SOMETHING ON PIT ROAD THAT
MAKES YOU A LITTLE BIT SLIPPERY. FULLER COMING AROUND THE REAR
STUMBLES AS HE COMES AROUND AND THAT COSTS THEM TIME ON THE PIT
STOP. KASEY WAS CONFUSED AS TO WHY
UNDER GREEN FLAGS THEY CAN’T JUST GET IT DONE.
>>I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S TO DIFFICULT ABOUT AN AVERAGE STOP?
LIKE JUST BE [BLEEP] AVERAGE.>>WHEN HE LOOKS BACK AND IS
ABLE TO TALK TO THE GUYS, HE’LL UNDERSTAND.
BUT RIGHT NOW A FRUSTRATED DRIVER WHO LOST TRACK POSITION.
>>THANKS, DAVE. CARL EDWARDS, CHAMPIONSHIP
CONTENDER, ABOUT TO BE LAPPED BY THE LEADER, JIMMIE JOHNSON, CARL
RUNNING BACK IN 24th PLACE.>>YEAH.
HE FOLLOWED HARD TO TRY TO STAY IN FRONT OF JIMMIE JOHNSON
THERE. HE CAME IN AT THE SAME TIME
JOHNSON DID. WAS STILL IN FRONT OF HIM.
BEFORE THE LAST GREEN FLAG STOPS.
HELD HIM OFF FOR ABOUT TEN LAPS. BUT REALLY STRUGGLING HERE,
VINCE.>>YEAH.
IT’S DISAPPOINTING FOR THIS TEAM BECAUSE THEY FELT LIKE THEY’VE
BEEN PRETTY GOOD THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND IN PRACTICE, BUT CARL
WAS — WHEN I SPOKE WITH HIM BEFORE THE RACE, WAS REALLY
CURIOUS TO SEE HOW THE CAR WOULD REACT IN RACE CONDITIONS.
AND IT’S JUST BEEN WAY TOO LOOSE.
LOOSE IN AND LOOSE OFF. NO SECURITY, NO DRIVE-OFF.
JUST HAVEN’T HAD THE GRIP THAT THEY NEED AND YOU SEE THE
RESULT, THEY ARE FALLING WAY BACK.
>>THAT’S TYPICAL. YOU SEE JEFF GORDON TAKING THE
THIRD SPOT FROM MATT KENSETH HERE.
BUT TYPICALLY YOU HAVE A LOOSE RACE CAR AT THE HIGH SPEEDS.
YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE CAR UNDERNEATH YOU.
THE TIRES WILL HOLD YOU FOR A LITTLE BIT.
THAT’S WHY HE WAS ABLE TO STAY OUT IN FRONT OF JIMMIE JOHNSON
THERE. ONCE THAT GRIP STARTS GOING
AWAY, THEN YOU HAVE YOUR HANDS FULL.
>>SO BIG DEFICIT FOR CARL EDWARDS, AS YOU SEE ON THE THIRD
LINE OF DATA AT THE TOP OF THE SCREEN THERE AS THEY RUN NOW TO
DIG OUT OF TO TRY TO FIND A WAY THROUGH TO HOMESTEAD WHERE HE’LL
BE EVENED UP WITH WHOEVER ELSE MAKES IT THROUGH AND HAVE A SHOT
AT WINNING A CHAMPIONSHIP. RYAN NEWMAN, JOEY LOGANO, FIFTH
AND SIXTH PLACE. LOGANO THE WINNER HERE BACK IN
APRIL, BUT REALLY HAVEN’T SEEN JOEY GET UP THERE AND CONTEND
FOR THE TOP TWO OR THREE SPOTS SO FAR.
I KNOW IT’S EARLY, BUT SO FAR WE HAVEN’T.
>>I WOULDN’T COUNT HIM OUT. PRACTICE HAS BEEN THAT WAY.
HE’S BEEN AVERAGE. HE QUALIFIED TENTH, WHICH IS NOT
BAD. I THINK THAT BY THE TIME THIS
RACE IS OVER, TODD GORDON HIS CREW CHIEF AND HIM ARE ON THE
SAME PAGE. THEY’LL HAVE THIS CAR TUNED UP.
>>IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE THAT.
WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THROUGH THE WHOLE WEEKEND, I
THINK THAT THEY’RE GOING TO BE SATISFIED MAYBE TODAY AND WHEN
THIS FINISHES THIS EVENING WITH ANOTHER TOP FIVE FINISH WHICH
WOULD PUT THEM IN A REALLY, REALLY GOOD SPOT.
JUST HAVEN’T SEEN THE SPEED AND THE HANDLING IN THIS CAR TO BE
ABLE TO GO UP THERE AND MESS WITH THE CHEVROLETS THAT ARE
RUNNING UP FRONT RIGHT NOW.>>AS MUCH AS WE TALKED ABOUT
THE INTENSITY AND THE PRESSURE AND SO ON THAT THESE TEAMS HAVE
BEEN FACING, TALKED ABOUT THE TALLADEGA RACE THE LAST RACE IN
THE PRIOR ROUND AS BEING SUCH A WILD CARD, BUT THERE ARE A LOT
OF PEOPLE ALREADY REALLY EDGY ABOUT THE PHOENIX RACE NEXT
SUNDAY. THE HIGH SPEEDS, THE DIFFICULTY
OF THAT RACETRACK, THE CONGESTION ON THE RESTARTS AND
SO ON AND JUST WITH AS TALLADEGA, MAYBE NOT QUITE TO
THAT EXTREME, BUT PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO LEAVE THEIR FATE TO
CHANCE NEXT SUNDAY IF THERE’S ANY WAY THEY CAN FIND A WAY TO
NOT AND THAT MEANS WINNING HERE IN TEXAS TODAY.
>>YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE YOURSELF IN THAT POSITION, BUT
IT’S ONLY GOING TO HAPPEN FOR ONE PERSON AT THE MOST.
THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING HERE RIGHT NOW, JIMMIE JOHNSON IS
TRYING TO MAKE IT WHERE THAT PERSON IS NOT EVEN GOING TO HAVE
THAT OPPORTUNITY. BUT IT’S GOING TO BE A TOUGH,
TOUGH RACE TALKING TO THE DRIVERS THAT WERE OUT THERE
TESTING AND EVERYTHING. THE TRACK IS SLICK WITH THE TIRE
COMBINATION THAT THEY HAVE. THEY REALLY FEEL LIKE THAT IT
COULD BE A VERY INTENSE, LONG RACE THAT NEXT SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
>>HEARD THE WORD EVENTFUL USED TO DESCRIBE IT.
>>YES.>>THAT’S NEXT WEEKEND OUT IN
PHOENIX. SATURDAY, WE HAVE COVERAGE OF
THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE WHERE CHASE ELLIOTT COULD
BE CROWNED CHAMPION. ESPN 3:30 EASTERN TIME SATURDAY.
THEN NEXT SUNDAY, THE QUICKEN LOANS RACE FOR HEROES 500.
RACE NINE IN THE CHASE. THE ONE THAT’S GOING TO
DETERMINE WHICH FOUR DRIVERS GO TO HOMESTEAD IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND. ESPN2:00 P.M. EASTERN NEXT
SUNDAY FROM PHOENIX. GREAT TO SEE THE ANNOUNCEMENT
EARLIER TODAY THAT THE GRAND STAND TICKETS FOR PHOENIX ARE
SOLD OUT. CONGRATULATIONS.
STILL PLENTY OF SEATING ON THE HILLSIDE.
THAT IS CERTAINLY A GREAT PLACE TO WATCH A RACE FROM PHOENIX.
IT SHOULD BE A SPECTACULAR WEEKEND NEXT WEEKEND IN THE
VALLEY OF THE SUN. JOEY LOGANO, KASEY KAHNE, DALE
EARNHARDT JR. SIXTH, SEVENTH AND EIGHTH PLACES.
TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO CATCH THIS MAN.
JIMMIE JOHNSON LED THE MOST LAPS NOW IN THIS ONE.
STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO AT TEXAS.
>>>JIMMIE JOHNSON THE LEADER AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, THE NASCAR
SPRINT CUP SERIES PRESENTED BY FEDRATED AUTO PARTS ON ESPN
TODAY. JIMMIE OUT IN FRONT FOR 61 OF
THE 116 LAPS THAT HAVE BEEN RUN AFTER MATT KENSETH LED THE
OPENING 53, HARVICK LED AFTER THAT.
GOODYEAR INSPIRES WHAT ROLLS INTO YOURS.
GOODYEAR THE OFFICIAL TIRE OF NASCAR.
AND A REMINDER THAT NASCAR.COM/RACEBUDDY HAS THE
ENHANCED COVERAGE TODAY. THE HIGH DEPTH VIEWS THE CHAT
ROOMS AND MORE AT NASCAR.COM/RACEBUDDY.
IT WAS A YEAR AGO IN THIS RACE THAT JIMMIE JOHNSON LED 255 OF
334 LAPS IN SCORING A RATHER DOMINATING WIN.
IT’S EARLY BUT HE’S SHOWING THAT SAME KIND OF MUSCLE TODAY FOR
SURE.>>HE IS CERTAINLY STRONG.
HE LOOKS IN HIS MIRROR BUT HE PROBABLY SEES A CAR COMING AT
HIM. HARVICK IS GETTING CLOSER.
BUT STILL GOT A SECOND AND A THIRD TO GO BEFORE HE’LL GET
THERE. UP TO SPEED AND CHECK ON SOME OF
THE TOP RUNNERS, HERE IS VINCE.>>WELL, JIMMIE ADMITS IT HASN’T
BEEN MUCH FUN THE PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS, BUT NOW THE PRESSURE IS
OFF. THEY’VE BEEN ELIMINATED FROM THE
CHASE AND JUST WANT TO HAVE SOME FUN IN THE FINAL WEEKS AND END
THE YEAR STRONG. THEY HAVEN’T REALLY HAD THE
SPEED DURING MUCH OF THE COURSE OF THIS SEASON THAT WE’VE BEEN
ACCUSTOM TO SEEING OUT OF THE 48.
CERTAINLY SEEMS LIKE THEY’VE GOT IT TODAY.
THAT CAR HAS BEEN BAD FAST THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE
AFTERNOON. DOC?
>>BACK BEHIND HIM IS KEVIN HARVICK.
THERE IS THE 4 CAR FOR HAPPY HARVICK.
RIGHT NOW NOT VERY HAPPY. SAYING I’M HOLDING ON, QUOTE.
THIS CAR IS VERY, VERY FREE. YOU SEE HIM TRYING TO HANG ON TO
THE CAR, BOBBLES THERE GOING BY DANICA PATRICK.
HARVICK DOESN’T HAVE GOOD NUMBERS HERE.
ONE NUMBER MAY HELP HIM, TODAY IS 500th CAREER SPRINT CUP
START. MATT KENSETH AND RICHARD PETTY
BOTH WON IN THEIR 500th RACE. MAYBE HE CAN DO IT TODAY.
NOW, BACK BEHIND HIM WHEN THIS WEEKEND BEGAN, JEFF GORDON SAID,
YOU KNOW WHAT, HE SAID THE CHEMISTRY THE COMMUNICATION I
HAVE WITH ALLEN GUSTAFSSON HAS HIS CONFIDENCE AT AN ALL-TIME
HIGH. HE SAID I KNOW WE AS A TEAM ARE
GOING TO MAKE THE RIGHT MOVES AND RIGHT ADJUSTMENTS.
THE LAST STOP, GUSTAFSSON PUT A HALF ROUND OF WEDGE IN AND WHAT
WAS A LOOSE RACE CAR IS NO LONGER.
RIGHT NOW JEFF GORDON HAS A ROCK.
HERE IS JAMIE.>>MATT KENSETH BEHIND HIM
STARTED ON POLE FOR JUST THE SECOND TIME THIS YEAR LED 53
LAPS TODAY. RATCLIFF HIS CREW CHIEF TOLD ME
THIS MORNING THIS IS ONE OF HARDEST PLACES AS CREW CHIEF TO
KEEP UP WITH THE TRACK AND ADJUST.
YOU DON’T WANT TO ADJUST TOO MUCH.
YOU SEE THE HAND ON HIS HEAD RIGHT THERE.
MATT HAS BEEN BOTH TIGHT AND LOOSE TODAY.
AS THE 31 OF RYAN NEWMAN TUCKS TO THE INSIDE OF THE 20.
MATT RIGHT NOW HANGING ON. THE CAR NOT TERRIBLE.
RYAN NEWMAN WHO JUST MOVED AROUND HIM IN FRONT, THEY’VE
BEEN WORKING ON THE CAR TO GET IT BETTER AS WELL.
THEY ARE SO FIRED UP ABOUT BEING IN THIS POSITION IN THE CHASE AS
THE LONE RCR CAR GOING FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP, ALL THEIR
TEAMMATES HAVE RALLIED AROUND THE 31, REALLY BEEN TESTING
DIFFERENT THINGS ON THE CARS TO HELP THEM BE BETTER AND GIVE
THEM THE BEST CHANCE AT A CHAMPIONSHIP.
DOC?>>HOW ABOUT LAST WEEK’S WINNER
AT MARTINSVILLE, THE 11-TIME MOST POPULAR DRIVER, DALE
EARNHARDT JR.? I WAS TOLD BY STEVE LeTARTE,
JUNIOR HAS DRIVEN THIS CAR FOUR TIMES THIS YEAR.
BOTH TIMES HE WON IT. HE DROVE IT AT CALIFORNIA EARLY
IN THE YEAR, RUNNING UP FRONT. HAD A LEFT FRONT TIRE.
HE DROVE THIS CAR THE LAST TIME LEADING AT KANSAS, CAUGHT A
RIGHT FRONT TIRE. RIGHT NOW JUNIOR SAYS IT IS
VERY.>>Reporter: TIGHT MIDDLE AND
HURTING HIM GETTING OFF.>>AFTER LOSING SIX SPOTS ON PIT
ROAD, KAHNE HIMSELF IS BETTER. THE CAR NOT SO MUCH.
TIGHT AROUND THE BOTTOM. NO DRIFT IN THE RACE CAR.
SO HIS RUN TO THE FRONT IS STALLED IN EIGHTH.
>>AND JOEY LOGANO RIGHT BEHIND HIM.
TALKING TO HIS CREW CHIEF SAID, WE HAVE FIVE WINS ON THE YEAR,
BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER AT THIS POINT IN THE CHASE.
THEY GO OUT THE WINDOW. AS A RESULT, TODD SAID HIS SLEEP
HABITS ARE DETERIORATING AT THIS POINT IN THE YEAR.
HE SAID I’M GETTING 3:00 A.M. E-MAILS AND THAT’S JUST PART OF
THE STRESS OF TRYING TO MAKE IT THROUGH, MAKE IT TO HOMESTEAD TO
HAVE A CHANCE. JOEY RIGHT NOW STARTS OUT LOOSE
AND GETS TIGHT AS THEY GO. VINCE?
>>KURT BUSCH, THE FIRST TIME THAT BUSCH HAS WORKED WITH HIS
CREW CHIEF TONY GIBSON, YOU THINK THEY MIGHT HAVE
CONSERVATIVE EXPECTATIONS. NOT THE CASE.
THEY CAME IN HERE BELIEVING THEY COULD WIN.
DESPITE THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE ONLY WORKED TOGETHER A COUPLE
DAYS AT HOMESTEAD ON A TEST. THEY LIKE THE CHEMISTRY THEY
HAD. THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD HAVE A
CAR THAT COULD CONTEND TODAY. THEY HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO.
KURT IS STILL TIGHT IN AND LOOSE OFF.
THE 55 OF VICKERS LIKES THE ENTRY AND EXIT A LOT BETTER ON
THIS LAST RUN AFTER THEY MADE A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT ADJUSTMENT ON
THE CAR BEFORE IN THE PREVIOUS PIT STOP.
VICKERS RAN HERE WELL IN APRIL. HE FINISHED FOURTH.
I TALKED TO HIM BEFORE THE RACE, HE SAID I THINK WE HAVE
SOMETHING TO WORK WITH TODAY. DAVE?
>>NUMBER 11 HAS BEEN SOLID TODAY.
HE HASN’T MOVED ANY FAR FORWARD. THEY GOT BETTER WITH THEIR
ADJUSTMENT BUT THE EXIT OF THE CORNER, SNAPPY.
THAT’S CONCERNING TO DENNY. VINCE?
>>WELL THE 42 OF LARSON, LARSON HAS BEEN SO QUIET TODAY.
AT ONE POINT THEY RADIOED INTO HIM JUST TO MAKE SURE HE IS
STILL AWAKE. HE HAS SAID HARDLY ANYTHING BUT
THEY HAVE MOVED UP A FEW SPOTS. THEY WERE VERY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT
THIS BEING THE KIND OF TRACK KYLE LIKES.
MULTIPLE GROOVES AND RUNNING UP ON THE HIGH LINE.
JAMIE?>>KESELOWSKI WAS HOPING FOR A
SUNNY, WARM DAY FOR THIS CAR ON THIS TRACK.
THAT HASN’T BEEN THE CASE. HIS CAR IS UNSTABLE AND WON’T
TURN. AS I REPORTSED, HE THOUGHT HE
HAD A LOOSE RIGHT FRONT WHEEL. HE HAD A VIBRATION BUT INDEED IT
WAS NOT LOOSE. ALLEN?
>>ALL RIGHT, JAMIE. THANKS.
BRAD RUNNING IN THE 13th POSITION.
JIMMIE JOHNSON THE RACE LEADER. STILL A LONG WAY TO GO HERE IN
TEXAS.>>>PRETTY GOOD CHASE SHAPING UP
AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY AT THE ONE THIRD MARK OF THIS RACE.
JIMMIE JOHNSON BEING TRACKED DOWN BY KEVIN HARVICK AND JEFF
GORDON CLOSING ON THE BOTH OF THEM.
JUST OVER A HALF SECOND BEHIND, BUT ALL OF THEM SLIDING REAR END
OFF OF TURN TWO THERE.>>NOW, COMING UP ON THE WINDOW
FOR ANOTHER ROUND OF GREEN FLAG PIT STOPS.
KESELOWSKI AND AMBROSE MAKE A MOVE HERE.
ALMIROLA WAS JUST ON TO PIT LANE AS WAS DANICA PATRICK.
SO GOT THE RACE AND THE LEAD ON ONE SIDE AND THE PIT STOPS ON
THE OTHER. JAMIE?
>>AND BRAD KESELOWSKI SAYING HE’S INCONSISTENT AND THE CAR IS
UNSTABLE. IT WON’T TURN.
HE WANTS SOME HELP TO FIX THIS CAR, BUT ACTUALLY RIGHT NOW I
HAVEN’T HEARD A DRIVER WHO SAYS HE’S VERY HAPPY WITH THE CAR.
THERE’S THE CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT FOR THE 2 AS THEY WORK ON THE
LEFT SIDE IT WILL BE FOUR TIRES AND FULL OF SUNOCO FUEL.
>>THANK YOU, JAMIE. JEFF GORDON AROUND HARVICK FOR
SECOND PLACE. WHILE JIMMIE JOHNSON TRIES TO
PUT CLINT BOWYER A LAP DOWN. BOWYER FIGHTING HARD TO STAY ON
THE LEAD LAP AND 18th PLACE, BUT IT’S NOT GOING TO WORK THERE.
AND MORE PIT STOPS INCLUDING DALE JR.
DOC?>>REMEMBER I TOLD YOU JUNE
JUROR SAID THE CAR IS TIGHT SENDER AND REALLY HURTING OUR
TIME GETTING OFF THE CORNER. MAKE A TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT THE
LAST TIME, MAKE A RIGHT REAR ADJUSTMENT AGAIN.
CHASSIS WISE. ONE ROUND, RIGHT SIDES TIRES ON,
LEFT SIDE GOING ON. FULL OF SUNOCO FUEL.
JAMIE?>>AND JOEY LOGANO SAYS HE’S
FREE AND TIGHT LANDING ON BOTH ENDS OF THE RACETRACK.
HE NEEDS A LITTLE BIT OF HELP BUT NOW THEY’LL TAKE FOUR TIRES.
TIRES ARE AT A PREMIUM HERE. THEY FILLED HIM UP.
DOC, BACK TO YOU?>>KYLE BUSCH HAD HIS HANDS
FULL. HE ALREADY HAD CONTACT WITH THE
WALL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE CAR.
HE’S A LAP DOWN. HANG ON, BUDDY.
DO THE BEST YOU CAN AND HANG ON. MAJOR CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT.
JAMIE?>>KENSETH SAYS THE CAR DOESN’T
WANT TO TURN. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO ASK FOR AT
THIS POINT. FOUR TIRES ONCE AGAIN.
BACK TO VINCE.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON A LITTLE LOOSE
GETTING BACK TO THROTTLE SO THEY MADE A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT.
FOUR TIRE CHANGE. SUNOCO FUEL.
DOC?>>KEVIN HARVICK, SAID IT’S
LOOSE OUT HERE. THEY’LL GO A ROUND RIGHT REAR,
RIGHT SIDE TIRES. LOOKS TO BE A GOOD PIT STOP SO
FAR. LEFT FRONT, LEFT REAR.
>>DENNY HAMLIN FELL BACK TO 12th.
THAT WILL BE A WEDGE ADJUSTMENT FOR DENNY.
FOUR TIRES AND SUNOCO FUEL FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER
HAMLIN. DOC?
>>JEFF GORDON SAID I’M STILL LOOSE OFF BUT I CAN’T AFFORD TO
BE ANY TIGHTER ON LANDING. LOOKS LIKE IT’S AIR PRESSURE
ONLY. NOT LOOKING AT A WRENCH.
LEFT SIDE TIRES. SO FAR PIT STOP WAS FLAWLESS.
LEFT FRONT ON AND GORDON OKAY.>>LOT OF THE DRIVERS SAYING
THEY’RE LOOSE BUT THE 31 HAS BEEN ON THE TIGHT SIDE.
BY DESIGN, THAT WAS THEIR PLAN. HE HAD TRASH ON THE GRILL.
>>McMURRAY HAS A LOOSE RACE CAR ALL DAY TODAY.
HE’LL GET A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT, FOUR TIRES AND SUNOCO FUEL AND
SEND HIM BACK ON HIS WAY.>>PAUL MENARD FINISHES THE
CYCLE OF GREEN FLAG STOPS HERE WITH THIS VISIT TO THE PIT LANE.
DAVE?>>PRETTY GOOD RUN FOR HIM.
HE WAS 14th BEFORE ANYONE STARTED PITTING.
GOOD INTO THE CORNER, TIGHT CENTER HE WANTED WORK ON.
CHASSIS AND AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT TO HELP THIS 27 CAR.
>>SO THAT BRINGS THINGS BACK AROUND TO JIMMIE JOHNSON AS THE
RACE LEADER, LOOKING FOR KEVIN HARVICK.
THERE HE IS BACK THERE, SLICING HIS WAY THROUGH SOME OF THE LAP
TRAFFIC. HARVICK GOT CAUGHT BEHIND A
COUPLE OF LAP CARS LEAVING PIT ROAD AND LOST HIM GROUND TO
JIMMIE.>>>BACK AT TEXAS MOTOR
SPEEDWAY. THEY LOOK FOOTBALL AROUND HERE.
>>YEAH, THEY DO. ANDREW LUCK AND THE COLTS VISIT
ELI MANNING AND THE GIANTS. THOSE TWO QUARTERBACKS HAVE
NEVER FACED OFF DURING THE REGULAR SEASON.
TOMORROW NIGHT ON ESPN, ALSO AVAILABLE ON WATCH ESPN.
“MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL.” BACK AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY,
JIMMIE JOHNSON PUTTING A WHOOPING ON THE FIELD HERE
INSIDE THE QUICKEN LOANS ESPN PIT STUDIO, I’M NICOLE WITH
RUSTY AND BRAD. YOU WERE WATCHING GREEN FLAG PIT
STOPS, YOU MAY NOTICE THERE’S A KEYWORD TO THE DAY.
THAT IS LOOSE. RUSTY, TELL ME WHY IF TEAMS
AREN’T ABLE TO CONTROL IT NOW, THEY CAN BE IN DEEP TROUBLE
LATER.>>THEY CAN.
RIGHT HERE IN THE CENTRAL TIME ZONE THE SUN WILL SET AROUND
5:37 P.M. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN, AS THIS
TRACK TEMPERATURE COOLS DOWN, THESE CARS HAVE A TENDENCY TO
GET LOOSE AS THE TRACK TEMPERATURE GETS COOLER.
IT’S GOING TO GET COOLER AND COOLER.
RIGHT NOW WE’RE HEARING JUST TONS OF TALK, BRAD, ABOUT LOOSE
RACE CARS.>>WE REALLY ARE.
THAT GOES BACK TO BRAD KESELOWSKI TALKING EARLIER ABOUT
WANTING TO SEE THE CAR GET SLICK.
WELL, HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE HEAT.
THIS IS GOING TO GET SLICK BECAUSE THESE RACE CARS ARE
GOING TO GET LOOSER AND LOOSER AND HARDER TO DRIVE.
WE COULD SEE THE GUYS PREPARE FOR THAT RUN REALLY WELL.
>>ON THE FLIP SIDE OF HAVING A LOOSE RESTART, JIMMIE JOHNSON IS
HAPPY WITH HIS CAR. WITH ABOUT 92 REASONS WHY.
>>HE’S NOT LOOSE.>>WHAT DOES HE HAVE TO DO TO
MAINTAIN THAT CAR?>>CHAD KNAUS IS SMART ENOUGH TO
KNOW THAT HE HAS A GOOD CAR THAT SEEMS TO BE SUCKING UP ALL THE
TRACK TEMPERATURE PROBLEMS AND ISSUES AND IS LOOKING GOOD RIGHT
NOW. I SEE CHAD REALLY KEEPING UP
WITH IT. BUT THE ONE THING JIMMIE HAS
GOING FOR HIM RIGHT NOW, HE HAS A FAST CAR UNDER MANY CHANGING
CONDITIONS. SO I BELIEVE HE’S IN PRETTY GOOD
SHAPE. BUT MY — WHAT I NEED TO TELL
EVERYBODY IS, STAY ADJUSTING THESE CARS.
STAY UP WITH THE TRACK. THAT’S THE BIG, BIG THING THAT
IF YOU DON’T DO THAT, THAT CAN GET YOU IN BIG TROUBLE LATE IN
THE RACE.>>LOOKS LIKE ALL OF THE CHASERS
HAVE DONE THAT SO FAR. ALL OF THE CHASERS EXCEPT
EDWARDS ARE INSIDE THE TOP 11.>>LOT OF DISAPPOINTED PEOPLE IN
THE 99 CAMP.>>ABSOLUTELY.
NO DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE 48 CAMP.
2.7 SECOND LEAD ON HARVICK. IT WAS 1.3 SECONDS BEFORE THE
PIT STOPS OVER JEFF GORDON, WHO IS THE SECOND PLACE RUNNER.
AND NOW GORDON IS CATCHING HARVICK AGAIN TO TRY AND RECLAIM
THE RUNNER UP POSITION. HERE ARE MATT KENSETH AND RYAN
NEWMAN RACING FOR FOURTH AND FIFTH.
THE TWO GUYS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP THAT HAVE YET TO WIN THIS
YEAR, BUT BOTH RUNNING UP IN THE TOP FIVE IN THIS RACE AND
SHOWING A LOT OF STRENGTH.>>ONCE AGAIN, IF THEY’RE ABLE
TO MAINTAIN THAT — YOU TAKE THAT SECOND SPOT FROM KEVIN
HARVICK, BUT AS KENSETH AND NEWMAN ARE ABLE TO DO THAT, THEY
WILL BE IN GREAT SHAPE HEADING INTO PHOENIX NEXT WEEKEND.
>>HARVICK FALLING BACK TO THIRD NOW AND LOSING A LITTLE GROUND
TO THE RACE LEAD.>>[BLEEP] GOING SIDEWAYS.
COMING OFF THE GROUND. SIDEWAYS.
I’M HORRIBLE LOOSE.>>10-4, BUD.
>>YEAH. THERE’S MORE FRUSTRATING THING
THAN AROUND HERE. THIS RACETRACK BEING SO FAST, WE
SAW THAT QUALIFYING LAP OVER 200 MILES AN HOUR, EVEN THOUGH
THEY’RE NOT DOING THAT, STILL EXTREMELY FAST AROUND HERE.
IF YOU’RE OFF JUST A LITTLE BIT, SPECIALLY THAT LOOSE SIDE — YOU
CAN SEE HARVICK BATTLING THAT RACE CAR.
YOU CAN’T GO. IF YOU TRY TO GO FASTER, YOU’LL
CREATE A WORSE SITUATION BY CRASHING THE CAR.
>>YOU CAN SEE HIM REALLY WORKING THE STEERING WHEEL.
ONE REASON YOU CAN TELL IS THAT INTENSITY IN HIS VOICE.
>>NOT EVEN HALF WAY YET HERE. RYAN NEWMAN GOES AROUND THE
OUTSIDE OF MATT KENSETH TO TAKE FOURTH PLACE.
TEMPERATURE HAS DROPPED ABOUT TWO DEGREES, AIR TEMPERATURE
SINCE THE START OF THE RACE. WE’LL SEE HOW MUCH MORE IT DOES
DROP.>>I’VE BEEN IMPRESSED WITH THIS
1 TEAM. STEADY IMPROVEMENT.
LUKE LAMBERT IS ONE OF THE SHARPEST YOUNG CREW CHIEFS IN
THE GARAGE AREA. I THINK HE AND NEWMAN ARE
STARTING TO GELL.>>THEY HAVE A GOOD
RELATIONSHIP. I HAVE TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF
RESPECT FOR IN THIS SHORT PERIOD OF TIME BEING A CREW CHIEF UP
HERE IN THE CUP SERIES, OUTSTANDING JOB.
HAD SOMEONE LIKE RYAN NEWMAN, THE EXPERIENCE THAT HE HAS AND
THE UNDERSTANDING OF IT, THEY ARE JUST REALLY, REALLY A GOOD
TEAM AND THAT’S SHOWING UP HERE. THEY COULD FIND THEMSELVES AT
HOMESTEAD BATTLING FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP THERE.
>>WHEN I TALKED TO LUKE, HE WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY’VE BEEN
CONSISTENT AND BEING RIGHT THERE AND HE GRINS WHEN WE TALK ABOUT
IT.>>IT’S LIKE, HEY, I’M NOT
CHANGING ANYTHING. WE’RE GOING TO KEEP JUST STAYING
ON OUR DEAL. IT MIGHT BE THAT WE HAVE A CAR
GOOD ENOUGH TO WIN, BUT WE’RE GOING TO TRY GETTING SOLID
FINISHES. WE THINK IT WILL TAKE US ALL THE
WAY.>>SO RYAN NEWMAN, A 17-TIME
WINNER IN HIS NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES CAREER, LOOKING FOR HIS
FIRST THIS YEAR AND LOOKING FOR A WAY TO GET INTO THE
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND IN A COUPLE OF MORE WEEKS.
MM>>>COMING UP ON HALFWAY HERE AT
TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN RACE EIGHT OF THE CHASE FOR THE
NASCAR SPRINT CUP. OUR TELECAST PRESENTED TODAY BY
FEDERATED AUTO PARTS. A CLEAN AND GREEN RACE SO FAR
WITH JUST ONE CAUTION IN LAP 42 WHEN JOSH WISE POPPED THE WALL.
ALL GREEN FLAG RACING AND ALMOST ALL JIMMIE JOHNSON LEADING THE
RACE. TO ILLUSTRATE A COUPLE OF
THINGS, YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT BREATHING EASIER GOING INTO
PHOENIX NEXT WEEK. AT ONE POINT PER POSITION EVEN
IF THEY HAVE THE KIND OF DAYS THEY’RE HAVING NOW FOR GORDON
AND NEWMAN AND THESE KIND OF GUYS, THAT STILL ISN’T BREATHING
VERY EASY AT PHOENIX, IS IT?>>I HOPE I SAID EASIER.
BECAUSE THERE WILL BE NOTHING EASY ABOUT TRYING TO POINT YOUR
WAY NEXT WEEK. THERE ARE DRIVERS THAT YOU CAN
SEE THE EXPERIENCE IN THE FIRST THREE IN PARTICULAR THAT
UNDERSTAND THAT SITUATION TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.
>>THE OTHER GUY TO THINK ABOUT IS KEVIN HARVICK, WHO AS HE
RACES NOW IS IN THIRD POSITION ON THE TRACK BUT IS STILL 24
POINTS OUT OF A PLACE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND I THINK I’M
USING YOUR WORDS HERE, ANDY, WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT
EARLIER, ILLUSTRATES THE MOUNTAIN HE HAS TO CLIMB TO TRY
TO GET IN.>>HE IS NOT GOING TO HAVE THE
OPPORTUNITY HE HAS TO WIN TODAY OR NEXT WEEK AT PHOENIX.
I KNOW THEY FEEL THE PRESSURE. THEY’VE HAD A CAR AT TIMES TODAY
THAT LOOKS LIKE IT’S A WINNING RACE CAR, BUT RIGHT NOW I DON’T
THINK HE DOES. I THINK THEY HAVE TO ADJUST ON
IT SOME.>>SO HARVICK RUNNING IN THIRD
PLACE. FOUR SECONDS BEHIND JIMMIE
JOHNSON. SO THERE IS JIMMIE JOHNSON WHO
HAS LED NOW 109 OF 166 LAPS TODAY.
HALFWAY NEXT TIME BY AND INTERESTING TO HEAR THIS ON THE
RADIO A MINUTE AGO.>>GREAT JOB, JIMMIE.
RUNNING ABOUT .2 FASTER THAN THAT.
CAN YOU GO FASTER THAN THAT?>>NOT REALLY.
DON’T WANT TO BE TOO ABUSIVE.>>WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP YOU
OUT? [INAUDIBLE].
>>NOW IS IT JUST ME OR IS THE TONE OF THAT CONVERSATION VASTLY
DIFFERENT THAN THE ONE WE PICKED UP IN CHARLOTTE WHEN THEY WERE
STRUGGLING TO TRY TO STAY IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP?
>>I WOULD HAVE TIE AGREE 100%. AMAZING WHAT A CAR OUT FRONT
WILL — HOW MUCH IT CHANGES YOUR TONES.
EVEN THOUGH IT MIGHT NOT BE PERFECT RIGHT NOW, THAT WAS VERY
CIVIL CONVERSATION THAT THEY HAD THERE AND WE COULD PLAY THAT
VERSUS A LOT OF THE WORDS BEING CUT OUT THAT WERE USED IN
CHARLOTTE IN TRYING TO LISTEN TO THE CONVERSATION.
>>BUT STILL THE SAME CONVERSATION.
>>YES.>>WANT TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW
TO MAKE YOUR CAR BETTER.>>JIMMIE SAID WE HAVEN’T HAD
MUCH FUN IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS.
WE’VE ALWAYS PERFORMED BETTER WHEN WE’RE HAVING FUN AND MAKE
BETTER DECISIONS IN THAT SPACE. HE SAID WE’RE TRYING TO ENJOY
THESE LAST FEW RACES AND GET READY FOR NEXT SEASON.
THEY’RE HAVING THE MOST FUN TODAY.
>>WELL, WHICH ONE COMES FIRST, RUNNING GOOD AND HAVING FUN OR
HAVING FUN AND THEN RUN GOOD? ANYBODY CAN HAVE FUN WHEN YOU’RE
OUT IN FRONT.>>YEAH.
WE HAVE SUCH HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR THIS DRIVER AND THIS TEAM
AND WHAT THEY SHOULD ACCOMPLISH. WHEN THEY’RE NOT DOING THAT,
THEN WE THINK THE VERY WORST AND WE TRY TO — EVERYBODY STARTS
JUMPING ON THE FENCE. WELL, THIS WILL BE IT FOR CHAD
AND JIMMIE. YOU HEAR A CONVERSATION LIKE
THEY HAD IN CHARLOTTE THE FRUSTRATIONS COMING OUT, THAT’S
GOT TO BE IT. THEY CAN’T WORK TOGETHER
ANYMORE. THAT COULDN’T BE FURTHER FROM
THE TRUTH. YOU SOMETIMES MAKE THEM MORE
DETERMINED. YOU CAN’T POSSIBLY WIN ALL THE
TIME. THE WINNINGEST DRIVER IN THIS
NASCAR SERIES, RICHARD PETTY, WON 200 TIMES BUT I THINK HE
LOST OVER 1,000 TIMES. YOU CAN’T ALWAYS DO THAT.
AND SO IT’S NOT GOING TO BE ALL ROSY EVERY TIME.
YOU CAN SEE THE CHAMPIONSHIP CALIBER THEY ARE TO COME BACK
AND IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS AND BE DOMINANT ONCE AGAIN.
>>I STILL THINK IT’S FUN TO SEE CHAD WEARING THAT RED VEST.
SO A DOMINANT DAY SO FAR FROM JIMMIE, BUT WE’RE JUST ACROSS
HALFWAY IN THE AAA TEXAS 500 AND JEFF GORDON IS REELING THEM IN
IN THESE LAST FEW LAPS, LITTLE BITS AT A TIME, BUT HE HAS
CLOSED THE GAP JUST A LITTLE. SIX-TIME RACING FOURTH TIME AT
TEXAS.>>>CAUTION FOR DEBRIS AT TEXAS
ENDING A 129-LAP STRETCH OF GREEN FLAG RACING, WENT THROUGH
TWO-ROUNDS OF GREEN FLAG PIT STOPS AND NOW WE’LL DO ONE UNDER
THE YELLOW FLAG.
DOWN TO JUST 14 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP AND HERE THEY ARE, VINCE.
>>JIMMIE JOHNSON SAYS HE LOST THE ABILITY TO HOOK THE CORNER
LIKE HE WAS ABLE TO DO EARLIER. THEY GOT TOO TIGHT CENTER.
TRACK BAR AND WEDGE AND FOUR TIRES AND FUEL.
>>JEFF GORDON IS TIGHT LANDING IT OFF.
CAN’T MOVE UP. THEY’LL PUT THE AIR PRESSURE
BACK WHERE IT WAS. HALF ROUND ON THE TRACK BAR.
HARVICK, VERY LOOSE TRYING TO HANG ON.
CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT. FOUR TIRE.
>>NEWMAN WAS RUNNING FIFTH. TIGHT IN AND FREE ON EXIT.
REALLY GOOD. THAT’S THE FIRST TIME I’VE HEARD
THAT TODAY. RYAN NEWMAN VERY HAPPY WITH THE
CAR. FILLED HIM WITH UP FUEL, FOUR
TIRES, GREAT STOP.>>JEFF GORDON’S CREW GAVE IT A
GOOD RUN, BUT JIMMIE JOHNSON WON THE RACE OFF PIT ROAD BY THAT
MUCH. OKAY.
BY THIS MUCH. ABOUT HALF A CAR LENGTH.
SO ACROSS HALFWAY HERE AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY TODAY.
TIME FOR ESPN’S NASCAR NON-STOP.>>Announcer: NASCAR SPRINT CUP
SERIES AT TEXAS PRESENTED BY FEDERATED AUTO PARTS.
BY CHEVROLET. FIND NEW ROADS.
AND BUY MOUNTAIN DEW.>>BENT THROUGH THE FIRST HALF
OF THE RACE WITH JUST ONE FLAG AND NOW JIMMIE JOHNSON IS THE
RACE LEADER. OUR IN-RACE REPORTER MATT
KENSETH RUNNING FIFTH.>>HEY, MATT,DALE JARRETT, GOOD
TO TALK.>>GO AHEAD.
>>HEY, MATT, JUST WONDERING ABOUT YOUR RACE CAR, SAW YOU
LEAD A LOT THERE AT THE VERY BEGINNING.
TRACK CHANGE. HOW IS YOUR CAR?
>>WE’RE TRYING TO GET IT. TOOK OFF PRETTY GOOD WITH A
CLEAN TRACK AND THEN AS WE RUBBERED UP, WE BASICALLY GOT
TIGHT. JUST TRYING TO GET THE FRONT
TIRES WORKING HERE A LITTLE BIT BETTER FOR THE LAST HALF OF THE
RACE.>>YOU EXPECT THIS TRACK TO DO
MUCH CHANGING HERE IN THE LATER PORTIONS AS IT GETS COOLER?
>>I THINK IT WILL. I’M HOPING TO FREE BACK UP.
>>THANKS FOR TALKING. GOOD LUCK.
>>MATT KENSETH RUNNING FIFTH AS WE GET THE ONE TO GO.
JIMMIE JOHNSON, THE LEADER, WILL HAVE JEFF GORDON TO HIS OUTSIDE
FOR THIS RESTART.>>SO EARLY ON THAT RUN, HARVICK
STRUGGLED. NEWMAN WAS MEDIUM BEHIND HIM.
MATT IS MEDIUM. YOU TWO UP FRONT ARE THE BEST
TWO LONG-RANGE CARS. I THINK YOU WERE BETTER THAN HIM
LONG RANGE ON THAT RUN.>>YEAH.
THEY’RE PROBABLY LOOSE OFF THESE GUYS.
>>THE SPOTTER OFFERING HIS OBSERVATIONS TO JEFF.
>>THEY’RE STRUGGLING LOOSE OFF. HE’S PAYING ATTENTION.
YOU GUYS KIND OF LOOK FOR THE WEEK SPOT OF THE COMPETITION.
SOUNDED LIKE HE’S PRETTY COMFORTABLE WITH HIS CAR ON THE
EXIT OF THE CORNER. MAYBE IF ANYTHING, LITTLE BIT ON
THE TIGHT SIDE.>>JEFF STARTED ON THE OUTSIDE
OF THE ROW. HAD TROUBLE STAYING WITH MATT
KENSETH FROM THAT OUTSIDE FRONT ROW SPOT.
THEY JUST WAIVED OFF THE RESTART.
IT WILL BE ANOTHER LAP OF CAUTION BEFORE WE GO BACK GREEN
FLAG RACING. TO RETRIEVE WHATEVER THAT IS.
PIECE OF THAT BARE BOND TAPE THAT CAME OFF THE CAR.
>>YOU DON’T WANT THAT ON THE GRIP.
SOMETIMES THAT ATTACHES TO ALUMINUM OR PIECE OF METAL.
>>SO ONE TO GO AGAIN HERE AND IT WILL BE JOHNSON AND GORDON.
HARVICK AND NEWMAN. KENSETH AND JUNIOR THE FIRST
THREE ROWS FOR THE RESTART HERE. WE’RE EXPECTING THE TEMPERATURE
TO DROP ANOTHER MAYBE TWO DEGREES OF AIR TEMPERATURE
BETWEEN NOW AND THE CHECKERED FLAG.
SO IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO TRACK THAT.
VINCE IS WITH CHAD KNAUS NOW.>>BEEN A STRONG EFFORT FROM THE
48 HERE TODAY. HOW HAS THE TRACK BEEN CHANGING
AS THE RACE IS PROGRESSING, CHAD?
>>DEFINITELY HAD A LOT OF RUBBER LAYING DOWN ALL THE WAY
AROUND THE RACETRACK, SO IT’S EFFECTING THE ENTRY AND THE
EXIT. YOU CAN SEE THEM SLIPPING AND
SLIDING. THAT’S EXCITING.
WE HAVE A GREAT SEAT FOR THAT. IT’S MAKING YOUR CARS TIGHT
GETTING INTO THE CORNER DOWN TO THE CENTER.
IT’S CHANGING AN AWFUL LOT. IT WILL CHANGE MORE.
WE HAVE TO SEE.>>LIKE THE RED VEST, BY THE
WAY.>>THANK YOU.
IT’S PRETTY AWESOME. WE’RE SUPPORTING 260,000 LOWE’S
EMPLOYEES. WE’RE HONORING ALL OF YOU AND
FOR ALL YOU’VE DONE FOR US THROUGHOUT THE YEARS.
>>WELL DONE.>>JAMIE?
>>KESELOWSKI IS RUNNING IN THE 12th POSITION.
HE HAD SOMETHING ON THE FRONT END OF HIS CAR.
HE SAID HE HAD A VIBRATION AND THEY DIDN’T FIND A LOOSE WHEEL.
THE LAST TWO TIMES THEY TOOK THE TIRES OFF, THE RIGHT FRONT IS
SHOWING CORDING. IT’S THE WORST THEY HAVE SEEN.
SO THEY’RE KEEPING AN EYE ON THE 2 CAR.
>>THAT’S NOT GOOD.>>YEAH, THAT’S NOT.
DEFINITELY DON’T WANT TO SEE THAT.
WE KNOW WHAT COMES AFTER THAT.>>WAIVED OFF ANOTHER LAP OF THE
RESTART. HERE WE GET THE ONE TO GO SIGNAL
FOR A THIRD TIME AND SEE IF THAT’S THE CHARM.
>>THAT’S A LONG GREEN FLAG STRETCH.
THAT WAS 129 LAPS. THAT’S WITHIN 11 LAPS OF THE
LONGEST GREEN FLAG STRETCH WE’VE HAD THIS SEASON.
DOVER WE HAD 140 LAPS OF GREEN. ALL OF THIS COMES TRUE WHAT
THESE DRIVERS AND CREW CHIEFS WERE EXPECTING THIS RACETRACK TO
DO. YOU HAVE TO THINK THAT JEFF
GORDON IS IN A REALLY, REALLY GOOD SPOT.
HIS CAR IS KIND OF WHERE HE WANTS IT RIGHT NOW, LITTLE BIT
TO THE SNUG SIDE I’LL CALL IT. EVERYBODY ELSE STRUGGLING WITH
IT LOOSE. IF HIS CAR GETS LOOSER, HE’LL BE
OKAY. THE OTHERS WILL STRUGGLE AND
FIGHT MORE.>>DOC?
>>JEFF GORDON, HOW LOOSE HARVICK WAS.
KEVIN USED WORDS LIKE BOUNCING SIDEWAYS, HORRIBLE LOOSE.
HADN’T HEARD HIM SAY SOMETHING LIKE THAT ALL RACE.
RODNEY CHILDERS WHO LIKES TO MAKE SUBTLE CHANGES OPTED TO
TAKE A HUGE SWING THIS LAST STOP.
1 1/2 ROUNDS OUT OF THE RIGHT REAR ON WEDGE TO TIGHTEN UP
HARVICK TO GET HIM MORE TIGHTER AND GET HIM BACK TO WHERE HE CAN
DRIVE IT UP IN THE MIDDLE AND UP OFF IT.
>>YOU HEAR HARVICK TALK ABOUT HOW BAD HIS CAR IS.
THERE’S ONLY THREE CARS BETTER THAN HIM.
>>THAT BLISTERING SPEED AND FRANTIC ACTION THAT COMES WITH
THE FRESH TIRES HERE AT TEXAS, LAST LAP JUST RUN AT 192 MILES
AN HOUR BY THE RACE LEADER, JIMMIE JOHNSON, ALL THE WAY
AROUND THIS 1 1/2 TRACK. MATT KENSETH, RYAN NEWMAN.
THIS IS FOR FOURTH PLACE. KURT BUSCH THERE 41 IN THE MIX
ALSO.>>TALK ABOUT THAT SPEED, THAT’S
ONLY GOING TO INCREASE HERE AS THE TEMPERATURE GOES DOWN ON THE
RACETRACK. THAT’S WHAT THEY DEAL WITH IN
TRYING TO NEGOTIATE AND KEEP UP WITH THE RACETRACK, ADJUST THEIR
CARS TO THAT. SOMETIMES ADJUST YOUR DRIVING
STYLE TO THAT.>>THAT COLDER AIR IS LITTLE
MORE DENSE AND THAT DOWN FORCE DISTRIBUTION FRONT TO REAR ON
THE CAR REALLY GAINS A LITTLE BIT MORE FRONT DOWN FORCE WHICH
MAKES THE CARS FREER WHEN IT GETS COOLER.
JUST MAKING MORE POWER.>>BRAD KESELOWSKI, RACING PAUL
MENARD FOR 12th AND 13th PLACE. KESELOWSKI GIVING UP THAT SPEED
TO MENARD. AGAIN, THE CONCERNS HE SAW ON
THE REPORT FROM JAYNY A MINUTE AGO AFTER THE LONG GREEN FLAG
RUN WITH THE VIBRATION AND THE TIRE AND SO ON ON THIS 2 CAR.
AND THEN 190 SOMETHING MILES AN HOUR, THAT’S CERTAINLY NOT A
CONCERN YOU WANT TO BE HAVING.>>STILL SEE BRAD REACHING DOWN
BESIDE THE SEAT. I DON’T KNOW IF HE HAS AN AIR
VALVE ON ONE OF THE DUCTS OR SWITCH.
HE’S OPERATING EVERY LAP ON THE STRAIGHTAWAY.
SAW IT EARLIER. HE WAS TALKING ABOUT A VIBRATION
THAT HE MIGHT BE TRYING TO DIAGNOSE THAT.
DOING SOMETHING. HE’S WORKING ON THE CAR ON EVERY
LAP.>>DOWN OUT OF THE VIEW OF THE
CAMERA. BRAD AND HIS TEAM WERE ONE OF
THE FIRST THAT WERE ACTIVELY WORKING THE SWITCHES FOR THE
VENTS AND FANS UP ON THE DASH BOARD.
AS RACE TEAMS ALWAYS ARE, THEY WANT TO PUT IT SOME PLACE ELSE
THEY CAN’T SEE WHAT THEY’RE DOING.
>>WE ALMOST COULDN’T SEE IT. BUT WE COULD SEE HIM WORKING.
>>SO BRAD NOT HAVING THE KIND OF DAY HE WAS HOPING FOR HERE AT
TEXAS. HE WAS IN THE HUNT FOR THE WIN
AT THE APRIL RACE BEFORE THE PIT STOP BEFORE THE GREEN WHITE
CHECKERED FINISH WHERE HE GOT CAUGHT FOR SPEEDING ON PIT ROAD.
HAD TO GO BACK OF THE LINE FOR THE LAST TWO-LAP SPRINT.
>>I WOULDN’T COUNT HIM OUT JUST YET.
HE’S STILL ON THE LEAD LAP. STILL A LONG WAY TO GO.
>>DENNY HAMLIN GIVING UP SPOTS TO AUSTIN DILLON AND PAUL MENARD
SLIDING BACK. 11 CAR NOT HANDLING AS WELL
SINCE THE RESTART THAT HE WOULD LIKE.
>>>JUST ABOUT TO HIT 300 MILES IN THE AAA TEXAS 500 AT TEXAS
MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN FT. WORTH. NASCAR.COM HAS UPDATES ON YOUR
LATEST NASCAR INFORMATION AND JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS RECLAIMED THE
LEAD HE GAVE UP EARLIER IN THE RACE.
REMEMBER WHEN I SAID MATT KENSETH TOOK OVER THE MOST LAPS
LED. HE TOOK THAT FROM JIMMIE JOHNSON
WHO NOW RECLAIMED THAT BY BASICALLY LEADING SINCE HE TOOK
THE LEAD FROM MATT AT LAP 54. MATT LED THE FIRST 53 FROM HOME.
JEFF GORDON THREE. KEVIN HARVICK LED TWO DURING
EXCHANGES OF GREEN FLAG PIT STOPS.
OTHER THAN THAT, IT’S BEEN ALL 48.
>>I REALLY WANT TO WATCH THIS. HE IS ABLE TO STRETCH OUT AFTER
HE GETS NEW TIRES ON THIS CAR AND WE’LL BE ABLE TO SEE GORDON
THE LAST TIME UNDER THE GREEN WAS ABLE TO RUN THE 48 DOWN OR
START RUNNING HIM DOWN. THEY’VE GAINED ON HIM BUT
HAVEN’T GOT TO PASS HIM YET.>>JUST 16 LAPS INTO THIS GREEN
FLAG RUN. MOST LAPS LED, CHECK ON THAT
BROUGHT TO YOU BY SPRINT, JIMMIE OUT IN FRONT FOR 140 OF THE 198
COMPLETED IN TODAY’S RACE. STAY CONNECTED TO THE CHASE FOR
THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP WITH THE SPRINT FAMILY SHARE PACK.
20 GIGABYTES OF HIGH SPEED DATA TO SHARE AND UNLIMITED TALK AND
TEXT. GO TO SPRINT.COM/DATASHARE.
THERE’S THE GAP FIRST TO SECOND AT 300 MILES.
JIMMIE JOHNSON TO JEFF GORDON. JEFF NIBBLING ON THE LEAD A
LITTLE BIT. SO THAT RADIO TRAFFIC WE HEARD
WITH JEFF GORDON’S FATHER, TALKING ABOUT LONG-RUN CARS AND
SO ON, NOW THAT WE’VE TIPPED 15, 17 LAPS ON THIS SET OF TIRES,
MAYBE A LITTLE BIT OF ADVANTAGE TO THE 24 STARTING TO KICK IN
JUST A LITTLE BIT OF ONE.>>MAYBE ABOUT A TENTH, TENTH
AND A HALF ON JEFF GORDON’S CAR. WHEN JOHNSON IS ABLE TO PULL
THAT SECOND, SECOND AND A HALF, IT’S KIND OF HARD TO CLOSE THAT
AND MAKE THE PASS FOR THE LEAD. JEFF HADN’T REALLY BEEN ABLE TO
DO THAT YET.>>TALKING ABOUT PHOENIX NEXT
WEEK AND HOW NERVE WRECKING THAT WILL BE.
JEFF GORDON WAS ONE WHO HAD A CONVERSATION IN MARTINSVILLE
LAST WEEK TOLD ME THAT THEY HAD A GREAT TEST AT PHOENIX AND THEY
FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE A GREAT CAR AND A GREAT CHANCE TO WIN THAT
RACE, BUT HE WAS ONE THAT SAID AS NERVE WRACKING AS TALLADEGA
WAS, IF THERE’S ANY WAY YOU CAN AVOID IT, YOU DON’T WANT TO GO
TO PHOENIX NEXT SUNDAY AND EITHER, A, HAVE TO WIN OR, B, BE
RIDING THAT POINT BUBBLE LIKE THAT UP AND DOWN ALL DAY BECAUSE
ONE FLAT TIRE, ONE MISSED LUG NUT, SOMEBODY JAMS UP A RESTART
LATE IN THE RACE, SOMETHING HAPPENS AND YOUR WHOLE SEASON’S
PICTURE TAKES A TURN ALL AT ONCE.
>>WE TALKED TO HIM ON THURSDAY ON THE WAY OUT HERE AND HE WAS
TELLING ME THAT A RESTART BEING IN THE WRONG LANE ON A RESTART
LATE IN THAT RACE CAN TAKE YOU FROM MOVING ON TO BATTLE FOR A
CHAMPIONSHIP TO RIGHT OUT OF THE CONTENTION.
AND HE WAS VERY CONCERNED. HE REALLY WANTED TO GET IT DONE.
HE WAS VERY DETERMINED TO TRY TO GET IT DONE TONIGHT.
>>I ALSO THINK THAT THERE’S A LITTLE ADVANTAGE TO BEING ABLE
TO FOCUS ON THE HOMESTEAD RACE AND NOT HAVE TO FOCUS ON THAT
LAST RACE AT PHOENIX TO TRY TO MAKE IT DOWN THERE.
IF ONE OF THESE TOP EIGHT OR THESE EIGHT GUYS CAN MAKE THE
CUT, I THINK IT GIVES THEM A LITTLE ADVANTAGE.
THAT ONE WEEK TO PREPARE FOR HOMESTEAD.
>>TRUEX AND HAMLIN RACING FOR 13th AND 14th.
WE SAW DENNY GIVE UP A FEW SPOTS IN THE OPENING LAPS OF THIS RUN.
BY THE WAY, BRIAN VICKERS IS THE LAST CAR ON THE LEAD LAP.
HE GOT THE FREE PASS AT THE LAST CAUTION SO BRIAN IS IN 15th
PLACE. CHECK IN ON THE 11 AND SEE
WHAT’S GOING ON. DAVE?
>>NOTHING BUT A LOOSE RACE CAR, ALLEN.
HE LOST THOSE SPOTS AFTER THE RESTART, HE WAS FRUSTRATED OVER
THE RADIO. BUT RIGHT NOW THE CAR IS TOO
FREE FOR DENNY.>>WE’VE HEARD THAT STORY.
>>SEEMS TO BE THE CONSENSUS TODAY.
THE DRIVERS THAT ARE STRUGGLING, THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE FIGHTING.
GORDON’S CAR PROBABLY IS A LITTLE TIGHT AND LOTS OF
PROBLEMS THERE.>>THAT’S GOING TO BE A CAUTION.
MICHAEL ANNETT HITS THAT TIRING CASING.
>>YELLOW IS OUT. CARCUS.
>>CARCUS.>>IT LOOKS LIKE HE’S BEEN
AGAINST THE WALL YET AGAIN. YOU CAN SEE HE HAD DAMAGE
EARLIER. YOU CAN SEE THE TIRES AND ALL
THE LETTERS RUBBED OFF ON THIS SET ALSO.
>>SHOULD I WRITE DOWN IN MY NOTES THE REASON FOR THAT
CAUTION BEING CARCUS?>>WELL, THERE IT IS.
>>KYLE WAS RUNNING A COUPLE LAPS DOWN IN 21st PLACE WHEN HIS
PROBLEMS CONTINUED. I STARTED TO MENTION KYLE WON
FRIDAY NIGHT’S CAMPING WORLD RACE AND YESTERDAY’S NATIONWIDE
RACE HAS BEEN FOR THE TRIPLE NOT GOING WELL TODAY, THOUGH.
TALK ABOUT LOOSE RACE CARS, WATCH JIMMIE’S HANDS.
>>WHOA. WOW.
THAT WAS EXCITING.>>YEAH.
>>LOOSE, EXTREMELY.>>AND THEIR PIT BOX IS LIKE THE
NUMBER ONE PIT BOX COMING INTO THE PIT, SO CHAD HAD A GOOD LOOK
AT THAT.>>AND THERE’S YOUR CARCUS.
PIT ROAD OPEN HERE. VINCE?
>>THIS 48 TEAM HAS BEEN SPOT ON IN THE PITS TODAY.
YOU SAW THAT LOOSE RACE CAR AT THAT TIME.
JIMMIE SAYS DESPITE THE FACT THAT IT STARTED OFF AMAZING, IT
REALLY SWUNG TIGHT ON ENTRY, SO THAT’S THE CHASSIS ADJUSTMENTED
THEY’LL MAKE TO TRY TO HELP IT. FOUR TIRES AND FUEL.
DOC?>>STILL TIGHT IN, TIGHT THROUGH
THE CENTER, FREE OFF THE EXIT. LOOKING TO PULL THE RUBBER OUT.
KEVIN HARVICK, FOUR TIRES, FUEL TRACK BAR.
HE SAID STILL LOOSE.>>MATT KENSETH SAID HE DIDN’T
LOVE IT BUT THE BALANCE WAS LITTLE BETTER THAT TIME.
HE WANTS A TEAR OFF. SUNOCO FUEL.
FOUR TIRES. HE’S DOWN AND AWAY BEHIND THE
48.>>YEAH.
BIG GAIN THERE FOR KENSETH AND COMPANY.
AND THE SCORING AT THE PIT EXIT LINE.
48, 20. I’LL GET CLARIFICATION ON THAT
24-4.>>THAT WAS CLOSE.
>>IT SURE WAS.>>BACK AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
LIVE UNDER THE YELLOW FLAG WITH JIMMIE JOHNSON HOLDING THE LEAD
ON THIS EXCHANGE OF PIT STOPS. THE CAUTION COMING OUT WHEN KYLE
BUSCH HAD A RIGHT REAR TIRE FLAT AND LEFT DEBRIS ON THE RACETRACK
FROM THAT TIRE. TONIGHT ON “SPORTSCENTER,” IT
WILL BE LAURYN HILL’S FIRST AND PERHAPS FINAL COLLEGE BASKETBALL
GAME, BUT HER MISSION’S ONLY BEGINNING.
TOM RINALDI IS SHARING THE INSPIRING MESSAGE AND A MOVING
MESSAGE OF TRIUMPH IN THE MIDST OF THE TRAGEDY.
TONIGHT AT 11:00 P.M. EASTERN ON ESPN.
THAT GAME WAS THIS AFTERNOON. IT WILL BE A MUST-SEE STORY.
AND THAT IS LATE TONIGHT ON “SPORTSCENTER.”
SO, GETTING READY FOR THE DOUBLE UP SIGNAL.
HERE ON A RESTART, HAVING SOME CARS TAKE A WAIVE AROUND, GET A
QUICK CAUTION AND GET BACK IN THE CYCLE OF THINGS.
NONE WILL GET BACK ON THE LEAD LAP OF THE CARS YOU SEE PASSING
THE PACE CAR. FREE PASS AT THE CAUTION WAS
JAMIE McMURRAY WHO IS BACK ON THE LEAD LAP IN 16th LAP.
>>JEFF HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT BEING TIGHT.
YOU MADE SOME ADJUSTMENTS, BUT STILL FREE OFF.
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO FIX THAT?>>YOU KNOW, IT’S JUST ALWAYS A
CHALLENGE. THE TRACK CONDITIONS CHANGE,
WHERE WE’RE AT ON THE TRACK AND THE TRAFFIC ARE DIFFERENT AND
WE’RE RACING DIFFERENT CARS. JIMMIE HAD A LOT OF FRONT END
SPEED AND WE HAVE TO WORK ON THAT.
EVERYBODY IS DRIVING GOOD. CHEVY IS DOING A GREAT JOB AND
JEFF IS DOING A GREAT JOB. JUST TRY TO GET IT BETTER EVERY
STOP.>>ALL RIGHT.
CHECK IN WITH JAMIE.>>JASON RATCLIFF ON THE 20 PIT
STOP. YOU GAINED TWO SPOTS.
HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE BALANCE OF THIS CAR TO AGAIN BENEFIT YOU
GUYS OR NOT SO MUCH AS IT COOLS OFF IN THE CLOSING LAPS?
>>WELL, YOU KNOW, WE TOOK OFF ROHL GOOD THERE.
MATT WAS REALLY HAPPY WITH THE CAR.
SEEMED LIKE THE SECOND STOP IT GOT AWAY FROM US.
LOST A HANDLE ON IT. WE THINK WE FOUND SOME SPEED
AGAIN. THE PIT CREW HAS BEEN DOING A
NICE JOB. I LIKE WHERE WE’RE SITTING.
WE SHOULD GET A DECENT READ ON WHERE YOUR CAR IS AT.
YOU CAN FEEL IT COOLING OFF. I LIKE WHERE WE’RE SITTING.
WE HAVE BEEN CHASING A LITTLE BIT AND A LOT IS THE WIND AS
WELL. BUT WE’RE IN GOOD SHAPE RIGHT
HERE.>>WE’RE GOING GREEN.
>>KEVIN HARVICK STRUGGLING. ANDY, I KNOW YOU WANTED TO SEE
MATT KENSETH RESTART ON THE OUTSIDE LANE TO MAKE A BETTER
JUDGMENT OF WHERE YOU THOUGHT HE STOOD ON THAT LAUNCH.
>>YEAH. WELL, IT DID LOOK LIKE THAT
INSIDE LANE HAS AN ADVANTAGE, BUT I THOUGHT MATT HELD UP
PRETTY GOOD ON THE OUTSIDE, EVEN WITH THAT — LIKE I SAY, MAYBE A
DIRTIER LANE. LOOKS LIKE THEY HAVE MORE STEAM
UNDER THE HOOD OF THESE TOYOTAS.>>YOU JUST DON’T WANT TO
RESTART OUT THERE. PART OF WHAT WE’RE SEEING, TOO,
IS SOME OF THESE DRIVERS UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY DON’T
WANT TO PUT THEMSELVES IN THAT POSITION TO RACE THE GUY THAT’S
IN THIRD SO THEY GIVE A LITTLE BIT AND TRY TO GET DOWN IN THERE
IN BEHIND THE LEADER. THEY KNOW THAT THEY’RE NOT GOING
TO GET THE LEAD FROM THAT SECOND SPOT.
>>SO JOHNSON AND GORDON ONE AND TWO GETTING AWAY FROM THIS RACE
FOR THIRD, FOURTH AND FIFTH, OFF OF TURN TWO, ACTUALLY ALL THE
WAY THROUGH TURNS ONE AND TWO ON THAT FIRST LAP OF THE RESTART.
KEVIN HARVICK REALLY HAD A HANDFUL WITH THAT 4 CAR.
>>ALMOST LIKE THAT HE PICKED UP SOME STUFF ON HIS TIRES AND
NEEDED IT CLEANED OFF BECAUSE HE DROVE OFF INTO ONE THERE IT
DIDN’T DO ANYTHING HE WAS WANTING.
HE IS TRYING TO BATTLE HIS WAY BACK NOW.
THEY DID MAKE SOME BIG ADJUSTMENTS.
MAYBE SOMETHING THEY DID WITH LOWER PRESSURE MADE THE HITTER
SPLIT IS ONE THING I COULD THINK OF THAT THAT COULD BE AN ISSUE
WITH HIM.>>WATCH KEVIN HERE IN THAT
OUTSIDE LANE.>>I HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT THAT
WAS PART OF IT. WHEN HE HIT THE BUMP THAT’S
THERE THAT GOES FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP OF THE TRACK WHERE
THE TUNNEL IS DOWN IN ONE AND TWO, ONCE THAT DOES, THAT’S LIKE
IT’S LIFTING THE FRONT TIRES OFF.
>>YEAH. THOSE OTHER CARS WERE CUTTING
HIM ANY SLACK EITHER. READY TO POUNCE.
>>I DON’T BELIEVE IT’S THEIR JOB TO.
>>NO, SIR. ONE THING THAT’S COST HIM IS HE
REALLY LOST TOUCH WITH THE FRONT TWO.
GORDON IS REALLY UP TRYING TO TAKE THE LEAD AWAY NOW.
>>NEW LEADER, JEFF GORDON. OR AT LEAST WILL BE WHEN HE
COMES BACK AROUND.>>NICE AND SMOOTH.
117 TO GO.>>IT’S AMAZING.
IT’S TAKEN HIM THIS LONG FOR THE 24 TO GET THE LEAD.
LOOKS LIKE HE’S HAD KIND OF THE BEST CAR OVERALL WHEN YOU LOOK
AT THE FULL RUN ALL DAY LONG, BUT JIMMIE HAS THAT SHORT-RUN
SPEED WAS ABLE TO KEEP THE SPEED FOR SO LONG.
>>LITTLE LIFE OUT OF THE 22 CAR HERE AS WE GET TOWARD THE LATER
STAGES OF THE RACE. JOEY LOGANO UP TO FOURTH PLACE,
PRESSURING MATT KENSETH FOR THIRD.
>>WE’VE SEEN THIS A LOT FOR LOGANO AND GORDON, MAKING GOOD
ADJUSTMENTS. REALLY GOOD COMBINATION BETWEEN
THE TWO OF THEM. FINDING THEMSELVES UP IN THE MIX
AT THE END OF A LOT OF THESE
RACES.>>TALKED ABOUT PENSKE POWER HOW
ON THE MILE AND A HALF TRACKS JOEY AND HIS TEAMMATE BRAD
KESELOWSKI HAVE BEEN SO STRONG AND DONE SO MUCH WINNING THIS
SEASON. THERE IS LOGANO UP TO THIRD
PLACE IN PURSUIT OF WHAT WOULD BE A SEASON SWEEP HERE AT TEXAS
IF HE CAN TAKE HOME THE TROPHY AGAIN TODAY.
>>WE HAD THAT CONVERSATION LITTLE EARLIER IN THE RACE HOW
THIS 22 WAS JUST KIND OF AVERAGE, STRUGGLED A LITTLE BIT
IN PRACTICE AND NOT REALLY SHOWN MUCH, BUT THAT CONFIDENCE, THIS
TEAM, WE’RE GOING TO BE PART OF THE MIX BEFORE THIS IS OVER
TODAY.>>CHECKING THE GRILL AND THE
FRONT END OPENING ON THE 4 CAR OF KEVIN HARVICK.
>>SOMETHING ON THE GRILL?>>YEAH, WE GOT A PIECE.
WE CATCH THE 22 OR THE 41 UP THERE.
WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO.>>SEE IF WE CAN GET THAT
CLEANED OFF, DOC.>>TRYING TO GET THAT TRASH
CLEANED OFF TO HELP IT BALANCE.>>RODNEY JUST TOLD HIM, YOU
CANNOT GET THAT WATER TEMPERATURE OVER 290.
KEEP AN EYE ON THE GAUGE. BACK IN APRIL THEY BLEW AN
ENGINE AND FINISHED 42nd. THEY CAN ILL AFFORD TO HAVE THAT
HAPPEN. HE’S TRYING TO GET THE DEBRIS
OFF. ALSO WITH ONE EYE ON THE WATER
TEMPERATURE.>>LOOKS LIKE IT COULD POSSIBLY
BE A PIECE OF TAPE. THAT’S KIND OF THE STICKY SIDE
ON UP AGAINST THE GRILL THERE. THAT WON’T COME OFF EASY.
>>WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE BALANCE.
YOU HEARD HIM SAY ON THE RADIO, THAT WOULD HELP THE BALANCE TO
GET IT OFF. ANY TAPE OR DEBRIS ON THE GRILL
DOES PUT MORE DOWN FORCE ON THE GRIP.
>>THERE IT WENT.>>GOT IT OFF.
>>NICE JOB BY HARVICK.>>I THINK IT’S OFF.
>>WELL, HE HAD TO WORK HARD RIGHT THERE TO GET THE RIGHT
POSITION TO GET AS CLOSE AS HE COULD TO THE 20 CAR.
>>AND AGAIN, RACING AROUND MATT KENSETH.
>>NOW YOU CAN FORGIVE MATT. HE HELPED HIM OUT RIGHT THERE.
>>JUST TRYING TO GET SOME TRASH OFF THE GRILL.
>>AND RADIO TO MATT THERE FROM THE SPOTTER SAYING HE’S NOT
MESSING WITH YOU. HE’S JUST TRYING TO GET TRASH
OFF THE GRILL.>>IT’S AMAZING.
I KNOW WE TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE, HOW IN THIS SPORT IT
ALWAYS HAPPENS, TANGLE WITH SOMEBODY ONE WEEK — THERE’S
SOMETHING LAYING ON THE BACK STRETCH OR THE FRONT STRETCH
RATHER TOWARD TURN ONE –>>THEY HAVE TO GET THAT OFF THE
TRACK. LOOKS LIKE IT MIGHT BE A SIDE
SKIRT –>>THERE’S THE CAUTION.
>>CAUTION IS OUT FOR DEBRIS, TURN ONE.
>>THAT’S A PRETTY BIG PIECE. STAY LOW.
>>ONE OF THOSE FORD GRILLS THE DECORATIVE PIECE THAT GOES IN
THE NOSE INSERT ON THE FORD GRILL.
SO SOMEBODY IS MISSING ONE.>>LOOKS LIKE IT MIGHT BE CARL
EDWARDS. YEP, CAME OFF OF THE 99 CAR
RIGHT THERE.>>THAT’S A PROBLEM AND SO
YELLOW FLAG OUT TO PICK IT UP AGAIN.
JUST PITTED AT LAP 206. 13 LAPS OF GREEN FLAG RACING.
>>SEE A LOT OF FOUR-TIRE TRACKS RIGHT HERE.
>>OKAY.>>KYLE LARSON GETS THE FREE
PASS. 17th PLACE CAR COMING BACK
AROUND. DOES ANYBODY TRY AND STEAL SOME
TRACK POSITION?>>NO.
>>>I DON’T THINK SO. I THINK TIRES ARE JUST TOO
VALUABLE.>>HERE THEY ARE.
VINCE?>>VERY FEW COMPLAINTS FROM
JIMMIE JOHNSON TODAY BUT THE ONE THING HE HAS MENTIONED THE LAST
COUPLE OF STOPS HE NEEDS HELP WITH IS JUST HELP IN THE CENTER
OF THE CORNER GETTING THE CAR TO TURN.
SET AND TURN. SO CHAD KNAUS GIVES HIM A
CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT TO TRY TO HELP.
FOUR FRESH GOODYEARS. DOC?
>>JEFF GORDON’S CAR HAD BEEN TIGHT.
IT WILL BE FOUR TIRES THERE. MEANWHILE, KEVIN HARVICK SAYS
YOU HAVE TO TIGHTEN ME UP. STILL LOOSE.
ADJUSTMENT ON CAR HARVICK TO GET IT TIGHTER.
>>LOGANO SAID HE WAS GOOD ON EXIT TO HELP HIM GET THE TRACK
POSITION AND MOVE INTO SECOND. FOUR TIRE STOP AND THEY FILLED
HIM UP FOR THE 22.>>I SAID YOU WEREN’T GOING TO
SEE ANY STRATEGY, BUT LOOKS LIKE WE DID SEE SOME FROM DENNY
HAMLIN. SEE HOW IT WORKS OUT FOR HIM.
>>I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT PUTTING TWO TIRES ON A CAR THAT’S NOT
HANDLING WELL.>>WE’LL FIND OUT.
DENNY HAMLIN WILL BE THE NEW LEADER HERE AT TEXAS MOTOR
SPEEDWAY.>>>IN FT. WORTH, RACE NUMBER
EIGHT IN THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP AT TEXAS MOTOR
SPEEDWAY LOOKING DOWN ON THIS BEAUTIFUL FACILITY FROM OUR
AERIAL COVERAGE PROVIDED BY GOODYEAR.
EVERYTHING THEY LEARN MAKING TIRES FOR THE GRUELING DEMANDS
OF NASCAR INSPIRES WHAT ROLLS INTO YOURS.
GOODYEAR THE OFFICIAL TIRE OF NASCAR.
DOUBLED UP FOR THE RESTART. DOWN TO DAVE BURNS.
>>DENNY HAMLIN TOOK TWO RIGHT SIDE TIRES ON THE SPIT STOP.
DARRION GRUB SAID I WOULD ONLY DO TWO IF I WAS DESPERATE.
I GAVE HIM A KNOWING LOOK DURING THIS CAUTION AND HE JUST KIND OF
ROLLED HIS EYES AT ME. THEY WILL GET A BONUS POINT FOR
LEADING A LAP HERE BUT THEY HAVE NOT RUN ANY HIGHER THAN NINTH
TODAY. THEY’RE THROWING THE LONG BOMB
AT THE END TO SEE WHAT DENNY CAN DO.
>>GREG BIFFLE, TONY STEWART TOOK WAIVE AROUNDS TO GET BACK
ON THE LEAD LAP AND SEE HOW THIS SHAKES OUT FOR DENNY HAMLIN AS
WE GO BACK GREEN.>>COULD BE THE ONLY SCENARIO
WHERE THE OUTSIDE LANE IS GOOD WHEN THE INSIDE CAR ONLY HAS TWO
TIRES.>>THAT SIX PLACES AND A LAP AS
JEFF GORDON GOES BACK TO THE LEAD.
KENSETH AND LOGANO FOR SECOND. JIMMIE JOHNSON RIGHT BEHIND
THEM. THREE WIDE THERE.
KENSETH BAILED ON THAT.>>AND I CAN’T BLAME HIM.
>>NO, DIDN’T SEE MUCH FUTURE IN THAT.
>>TROUBLE IN TURN FOUR. THAT WAS KASEY KAHNE THAT GOT
INTO BRAD KESELOWSKI WITH A SLIDE UP THE RACETRACK.
THEY ALL GET AWAY WITH IT. AND WE STAY UNDER GREEN.
WATCH FIVE AND TWO.>>KASEY GOT LOOSE CHASING UP
INTO THE SIDE OF KESELOWSKI. BRAD DOES A GOOD JOB KEEPING OUT
OF THE WALL.>>HE’LL BE LUCKY HE DIDN’T CUT
THE LEFT REAR TIRE DOWN.>>INSIDE.
>>SO THAT COULD HAVE BEEN A BIG PROBLEM FOR BRAD KESELOWSKI,
STILL ELIGIBLE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
BUT HE GETS AWAY WITH IT AND RUNS IN 15th PLACE.
>>YEAH. DENNY HAMLIN RIGHT THERE ON THE
INSIDE. HE STARTED ON THE POLE ON THIS
RESTART AFTER TAKING TWO TIRES. HE WAS RUNNING NINTH BEFORE THEY
PITTED. HE’S NOW LENGTH AND LOSING MORE.
IT WILL BE TOUGH FOR HIM TO STAY ON LEAD LAP IF IT GOES VERY
LONG.>>THAT’S JUST HOW MUCH FRESH
RUBBER IS WORTH HERE.>>YOU HAVE TO REALLY QUESTION
THAT CALL FROM DARIAN GRUB. THEY WERE IN A DECENT POSITION
WITH AN AVERAGE CAR, NOT A GREAT CAR.
THIS PUTS YOU IN A REALLY BAD SPOT IF IT GOES GREEN.
>>SECOND PLACE HERE. JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS BROKEN FREE
OF THE TRAFFIC AND NOW GOES BY JOEY LOGANO.
JIMMIE HAD THE MISFORTUNE OF THE GUY BEING LINED UP BEHIND DENNY
HAMLIN ON THAT GREEN FLAG AND HAD TO WAIT FOR AN OPENING TO
MOVE UP INTO THE OUTSIDE LANE AND BEHIND HIM.
AND FOR FOURTH PLACE.>>THEY CAN’T GET AWAY FROM EACH
OTHER, CAN THEY?>>IT’S EVERY RESTART FOR SURE.
>>ALL DAY LONG.>>MAYBE THEY HAVE HARVICK’S CAR
TIGHTENED UP FOR HIM. SEE HOW THAT PROGRESSES.
IF HE IS ABLE TO CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD THROUGHOUT THIS
RUN.>>SO JEFF GORDON AND JIMMIE
JOHNSON BACK TO FIRST AND SECOND IN THIS ONE.
FOR A LONG TIME IT WAS 24 CHASING 48.
JUST BEFORE THE YELLOW JEFF WENT BY AND IT WAS 48 CHASING 24 AS
IT IS NOW.>>THAT’S THE INTERESTING THING.
WE FREED IT UP AND I WASN’T VERY GOOD BUT I WAS ROLLING THE
BOTTOM AND I STUCK TO IT AND THAT’S WHERE WE STARTED GAINING
ON ALL THOSE GUYS. AND EVER SINCE THEN I WAS USING
THE BOTTOM AND DOING IT SUCCESSFULLY UNTIL THIS LAST
ROUND AND IT DIDN’T WORK.>>OBVIOUSLY THE CALM, QUIET
TRANSMISSION THAT CAME IN UNDER THE CAUTION.
JIMMIE JOHNSON ALSO TRIED TO SIZE UP WHERE HE STANDS VERSUS
THE COMPETITION.>>JIMMIE, ONE THING I WAS JUST
SITTING HERE WATCHING, LOOKS LIKE THE 24 CONSISTENTLY EXITS
TURN FOUR LOWER THAN MOST PEOPLE.
I DON’T KNOW IF THERE’S FRESHER ASPHALT MAYBE.
SOMETHING TO LOOK IN LATER AS WE GO.
>>CHAD KNAUS WITH THAT FIRST PIT BOX AT THE ENTRANCE TO PIT
ROAD OFF OF TURN FOUR. SO TALKING ABOUT THE VIEW HE HAS
OF THE CARS COMING OFF THE CORNER AND SOMETHING HE OBSERVED
FROM THERE.>>YEAH.
COULD BE THE FACT THAT JIMMIE IS HAVING TO CHASE THE BACK END OF
THE CAR OFF THE CORNER AND MAYBE NOT EVEN ABLE TO RUN DOWN WHERE
JEFF IS. I CAN TELL YOU SINCE THAT
TRANSMISSION, THAT WAS DONE, WHICH WE HEARD WENT BACK PRIOR
TO THE LAST CAUTION, JIMMIE JOHNSON HASN’T BEEN AS GOOD AS
THIS 24 IF HE’S TRYING TO DO THAT.
I’VE SEEN HIM RUN LOWER TRYING TO GET OFF THE CORNER THERE.
SO BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF JIMMIE GOES BACK TO WHAT HE HAD,
TRYING TO MAKE THAT SPEED ESPECIALLY AT THE BEGINNING OF
THE RUN.>>HEARD FROM MATT KENSETH’S
CREW CHIEF, JASON RATCLIFF ABOUT WHERE THEIR CAR STOOD.
MATT IS SLIDING BACK. NEWMAN WENT BY HIM TO PICK UP
FOURTH PLACE AND KICK THE 20 BACK TO SIXTH.
>>THAT 31 OF NEWMAN, THEY’RE NOT GOING AWAY, ARE THEY?
THEY’RE GOING TO KEEP STAYING RIGHT THERE WITHIN STRIKING
DISTANCE TO TRY TO POINT THEIR WAY INTO THAT FINAL.
ALL THE RCR CARS ARE RUNNING PRETTY WELL.
THROW IN THE 78, THAT’S AN RCR CAR AND ENGINE CUSTOMER.
THEY’RE ALL ON TOP OF 11.>>NEWMAN IN FIFTH.
MENARD IN SEVENTH. DILLON IN 11th.
AND TRUEX, AS YOU MENTIONED, RUNNING IN 10th POSITION.
96 LAPS TO GO. TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY.
JEFF GORDON OUT IN FRONT IN RACE EIGHT IN THE CHASE FOR THE
NASCAR SPRINT CUP. CAN HE GET A HUGE VICTORY IN
ANOTHER HOUR OR SO?>>>NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
ACTION FROM TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY PITTING UNDER YELLOW.
FOR JIMMIE JOHNSON, SAYS THE CAR IS A LITTLE BIT FREER OFF.
NO CHANGES. LITTLE AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT,
FOUR TIRES, DOC?>>JEFF GORDON FOUR TIRES AND
FUEL. VERY IMPORTANT TO BEAT 48 OFF
PIT ROAD. HARVICK NEEDS TO BE TIGHTENED
UP. LEFT SIDE TIRES ON THE 4 CAR.
>>JOEY LOGANO SAID IT DIDN’T FEEL MUCH BETTER.
THEY MADE A TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT THEN.
THEY’RE TRYING A WEDGE ADJUSTMENT.
FOUR TIRES ME’S DOWN 14 SECONDS.>>LEAD CHANGE ON THE PIT STOPS.
JIMMIE JOHNSON BACK AROUND. JEFF GOURD ON THE THE NUMBER ONE
SPOT. CAUTION FOR DEBRIS IN TURN FOUR.
WATCH THE FRONT END OF MATT KENSETH’S CAR.
BANG. WHATEVER IT WAS, HE HIT IT.
AND THAT’S THE REASON FOR YELLOW FLAG NUMBER FIVE.
91 LAPS TO GO AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY.
>>NHRA TOP FUEL DRIVER TONY SCHUMACHER WAS ALREADY IN
RAREFIED AYR. THE 77th OF HIS SET THE STAGE
FOR THE SERGE TO SORE HIGHER. TONY SCHUMACHER WINS WORLD TITLE
NUMBER EIGHT.>>DOUBLED UP FOR THE RESTART
HERE AT TEXAS IN THE AAA TEXAS 500 THAT WILL COME WITH 88 LAPS
TO GO. JIMMIE JOHNSON NOW THE CONTROL
CAR FOR THE RESTART GOT OUT OF PIT ROAD AHEAD OF JEFF GORDON.
>>HEY, DID HE MAKE MUCH TIME UP ON US GETTING TO HIS BOX THERE?
>>OH, YEAH. HE’S COMING STRONG TO HIS BOX.
HE ACTUALLY WENT INSIDE OF US COMING TO THE LINE.
>>HE HAS A PRETTY GOOD ADVANTAGE.
>>THAT FIRST PIT STALL THAT PIT IN AND JIMMIE JOHNSON TRYING TO
TAKE EVERY ADVANTAGE HE CAN AND IT GOT HIM THE LEAD AND NOW AS
THE CONTROL CAR ON THE RESTART, JEFF GORDON FORCED TO THE
OUTSIDE LANE BY JIMMIE.>>THAT 48 CREW DID A NICE JOB,
TOO. THAT WAS THE SECOND PIT STOP
THERE.>>KEVIN HARVICK LOOK INSIDE OF
KENSETH, FORCES GORDON THREE WIDE!
GETTING A LITTLE INTENSE HERE.>>LAPS ARE WINDING DOWN.
IT’S GOING TO ONLY PICK UP FROM HERE.
KESELOWSKI 2, VICKERS 55. THAT’S 13th AND 14th.
A.J. ALLMENDINGER IS ON THE LEAD LAP AND GOT THE FREE PASS ON THE
CAUTION. ANET, ALLGAIER TOOK WAIVE
AROUNDS TO GET BACK ON THE LEAD LAP.
22 ON THE LEAD LAP.>>HARVICK HAS A SNIFF OF THE
LEAD LAP.>>HARVICK UP TO SECOND ON THE
SHUFFLE.>>DANICA PATRICK OFF THE PACE
BACK STRAIGHTAWAY. SOMETHING DRAGGING.
>>AND IN THE FENCE.>>YEP.
>>THAT HAS HER RIGHT FRONT DOWN.
>>WE STAY UNDER GREEN.>>I HAVE TO THINK IN THIS
SITUATION JEFF GORDON IS PROBABLY A BIG FAN OF JIMMIE
JOHNSON, TRY TO MAYBE HOLD THIS 4 CAR OFF AND NOT BE ABLE TO
PUNCH AND TAKE IT TO HOMESTEAD. I THINK JEFF WOULD HAVE TO
BELIEVE THAT THE 4 CAR IS IN THE FINAL.
THAT HAS TO BE ONE OF HIS BIGGEST COMPETITORS.
>>WE’RE NOT GOING TO YELLOW FLAG EITHER, I DON’T BELIEVE.
HERE IS FOURTH PLACE. GORDON EASILY BY KENSETH.
1.6 SECONDS TO MAKE UP FOR JEFF TO CATCH JIMMIE JOHNSON.
>>THERE’S A CAUTION.>>DEBRIS FROM TURN NUMBER TWO.
PERHAPS FROM THE 10 CAR.>>ALL RIGHT.
NOW, THIS IS GOING TO POSE A LITTLE BIT OF A PROBLEM.
THEY’VE ONLY BEEN A LITTLE LAP SINCE THEY CHANGED TIRES.
SHE’S SHEDDING PARTS. SHE WENT INTO THE WALL PRETTY
HARD.>>AND SO YELLOW FLAG NUMBER SIX
COMES OUT AND BRINGS JEFF GORDON RIGHT BACK UP TO KEVIN HARVICK
AND JIMMIE JOHNSON. KEVIN POKED THE NOSE UNDER MATT
KENSETH GOING INTO TURN ONE ON THE LAST RESTART.
KENSETH WAS ALREADY INSIDE JEFF GORDON.
MATT HAD FOR ALL THE PRIOR CONVERSATIONS AND MORE HAD TO
MOVE UP A LITTLE BIT AND GIVE KEVIN SOME ROOM OR KEVIN IS
GOING TO TAKE IT.>>HE WAS TAKING IT ANY WAY,
KEVIN WAS.>>THAT FORCED GORDON OUT WIDE
AND HAD TO CHECK UP AND DROPPED HIM BACK.
>>THEY HAVE ENOUGH TIRES TO COME TO PIT ROAD AGAIN?
>>I THINK SO. WE HAD A REALLY LONG RUN OF
ABOUT 130 LAPS, 129 LAPS EARLY IN THE RACE.
THAT ACTUALLY SAVED A FEW SETS OF TIRES.
>>UP TO THE PIT CREWS TO DECIDE THIS AGAIN.
>>LET’S DO IT. COME ON.
>>ALMOST EVERYBODY PITTED. KESELOWSKI STAYS OUT.
VINCE?>>THEY MADE THE CALL LATE, JUST
FOUR TIRES, NO CHANGES FOR JIMMIE JOHNSON.
HE SAYS THE CAR IS PRETTY GOOD FOR HIM ON EXIT.
DOC?>>JEFF GORDON SAID LITTLE BIT
STUD LANDING BUT NOT BAD AT ALL. HE’LL PUT TIRES ON AND GAS.
THE 4 CAR, HARVICK, NO ADJUSTMENT PREVIOUS TIME.
HALF AROUND IN THE LEFT REAR THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT FOR THE 4
CAR. FOUR TIRES AND FUEL.
JAMIE?>>MATT KENSETH SAID HE’S TOO
TIGHT, COULDN’T CARRY MOMENTUM INTO THE CORNER.
SO THEY DECIDED TO COME IN. THEY FOLLOWED THE LEADERS IN.
FOUR-TIRE STOP FOR MATT. THEY’LL FILL HIM UP WITH FUEL.
LITTLE BIT LONGER STOP THAN WE’RE USED TO SEEING.
MUST HAVE HAD A SLOWER PROBLEM ON THE RIGHT SIDE.
18 SECONDS FOR THE 20.>>THAT WAS A DISASTER.
>>WOW.>>FOR MATT KENSETH AND COMPANY.
ANOTHER LOOK AT THAT
COMING UP. KESELOWSKI STAYS OUT AND TAKES
THE LEAD.>>>WELCOME BACK TO TEXAS MOTOR
SPEEDWAY. OUR RACE TODAY PRESENTED BY
FEDRATED AUTO PARTS. BRAD KESELOWSKI ON A STRATEGY
PLAY IS OUT FRONT RIGHT NOW. HELLO TO YOU FROM
THE PIT
STUDIO, I’M NICOLE WITH RUSTY AND BRAD.
TIME TO GET CAUGHT UP ON WHAT’S HAPPENED SO FAR.
A NUMBER OF CHASERS HAD INTERESTING DAYS OR INTERESTING
CALLS ON PIT ROAD. THIS IS THE 5-HOUR ENERGY RAPID
RECAP. WE START WITH PIT ROAD STRATEGY
FROM DENNY HAMLIN.>>YEAH.
I DIDN’T LIKE THAT STRATEGY AT ALL, BUT HE HAD TO DO SOMETHING.
HE CAME IN AND PUT TWO TIRES ON THE NUMBER 11 CAR.
HE GOT OUT FIRST, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, THEY HAVE RELINED UP ON
THAT RESTART AND THOSE TWO TIRES DID NOT WORK.
HE WENT TO THE BACK OF THE PACK REAL FAST.
IN FACT, I THINK HE LOST SIX POSITIONS AND TWO LAPSE.
>>FROM 14th TO 1st WITH THE PIT CALL, BACK TO 14th IN ABOUT 10
LAPS.>>IT WAS THE WRONG CALL.
THAT CAR HAD BEEN STRONG ALL DAY.
TRYING TO TAKE THE CHANCE, WASN’T THE THING TO DO.
KASEY KAHNE GOT INTO KESELOWSKI, SLIDES UP THE RACETRACK.
KESELOWSKI IS CHARGING AS HARD AS HE CAN TO GET TO THE FRONT.
KASEY GOT INTO HIM.>>PIT STOPS FROM MATT KENSETH,
DISASTROUS STOP. 18 SECONDS.
>>BAD STOP. BIG PROBLEM ON THE RIGHT FRONT
CORNER. LUG NUT FELL OFF.
SOMEHOW IT JAMMED UP THE RIGHT FRONT TIRE WORKING REALLY HARD
TO GET IT FIXED. MATT IS FRUSTRATED RIGHT THERE.
AT THAT POINT THEY’RE HOPING THEY COULD HAVE CALLED THAT OFF
TO JUST A RIGHT SIDE TIRE STOP, BUT THE LEFT REAR LUG NUT WAS
OFF. HE HADDED TO GO FOR FOUR TIRES.
THAT PUT HIM WAY BACK AN 18 SECOND PIT STOP PUT MATT KENSETH
BACK TO 18th. BIG LOSS.
>>HE HAD BEEN RUNNING FOURTH. BRAD KESELOWSKI HAS NOT BEEN THE
STRONGEST CAR ALL DAY. WE SAW WHAT HAPPENED WHEN HAMLIN
CAME IN AND TOOK TWO TIRES. WHAT DO WE EXPECT FROM
KESELOWSKI NOW THAT HE DIDN’T STOP AT ALL?
>>IT WILL BE THE SAME THING. HE HASN’T HAD THE SPEED THAT HE
THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO HAVE THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
THAT CAR HAS NOT BEEN UP TO SNUFF WHAT WE’RE USED TO SEEING
OUT OF THE 2 CAR. HE WILL STRUGGLE UP FRONT.
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.
MAYBE YOU GET TO COME DOWN PIT ROAD.
YOU HAVE TO GAMBLE.>>I AGREE WITH BRAD.
THE CAR IS JUST OFF TODAY. I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE MUCH, MUCH
BETTER. HOLDING OFF THAT 48 CAR.
HE IS A NON-CHASER TRYING TO SPOIL THE PARTY.
I BELIEVE THE 2 CAR IS NOT AS GOOD AS HE NEEDS TO BE.
>>JAMIE LITTLE?>>NICOLE, WE SHOWED THE
REACTION WITH THE ON-BOARD CAMERA AND MATT KENSETH.
THIS IS WHAT HE SAID ON THE RADIO.
>>I DIDN’T WANT TO TALK OVER YOU I WISH I COULD HAVE CALLED
IT OFF TO TWO.>>I COULDN’T.
HE HAD THE LEFT REAR LUG NUTS.>>OKAY.
I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON BACK THERE.
ALL RIGHT.>>AND WHAT WAS HAPPENING ON
THAT RIGHT FRONT, A LUG NUT FELL OFF AND GOT WEDGED IN THE HUB.
SO YOU SAW THE GUY, HE DID HIS BEST, GOT IT BACK ON.
TOOK TOO LONG. MATT CAME IN FOURTH, HE IS
RESTARTING 18th. ALLEN?
>>ALL RIGHT, JAMIE. THANKS.
SAME SITUATION WE SAW FOR JEFF GORDON EARLIER IN THE RACE.
BUT COST MATT KENSETH A LOT OF GROUND AT A CRITICAL POINT IN
THE COMPETITION. SENT HIM ALL THE WAY BACK TO
18th PLACE FROM 4th AS WE GET READY TO RESTART WITH WHAT WILL
BE 76 LAPS TO GO. DOC?
>>RODNEY MAKING THE CALL FOR KEVIN HARVICK.
RODNEY, KEVIN SAY THE CAR HAS BEEN LOOSE AND FREE ALL DAY.
HOW CLOSE ARE YOU TO BEING ABLE TO RUN WITH THE 48 AND 24?
>>YEAH. WE JUST MISSED OUR BALANCE
LITTLE BIT FOR TODAY. BEEN TOO FREE.
KEVIN HAS DONE A GOOD JOB AND GUYS HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB ON PIT
ROAD. HOPEFULLY WE CAN KEEP ADJUSTING
AND HAVE SOMETHING FOR THE 48 AT THE END.
>>GETTING CLOSER FOR THE 4 CAR.>>FOR BRAD KESELOWSKI IN THE 2
CAR, HE WILL BE THE LEADER ON THIS RESTART AFTER NOT PITTING
UNDER THIS YELLOW FLAG.>>JUST DO OUR BEST.
ALL WE CAN HOPE FOR IS FOR A BUNCH OF CAUTIONS.
GUYS ONLY HAVE TWO MORE SETS LEFT.
WE’LL HAVE ONE EXTRA AT THIS POINT.
>>PAUL WOLFE WITH SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND IF WE DO GET A
BUNCH OF CAUTIONS IN THESE FINAL 76 LAPS.
JIMMIE JOHNSON OR JEFF GORDON, WHO IS GOING TO BE SECOND AND
THE FIRST ONE TO TRY AND CHALLENGE THE 2?
>>YEAH. I THINK GORDON IS GOING TO WIN
OUT ON THAT BATTLE DOWN ON THE BOTTOM SIDE.
HARVICK LOOKING TO TAKE THE THIRD SPOT.
I’M PRETTY IMPRESSED WITH THE 2 CAR ABLE TO HOLD THE LEAD FOR A
LAP. SEE HOW LONG HE CAN HOLD IT.
>>YOU WONDER IF THE SNIFF OF CLEAN AIR TRANSFORMS THE
HANDLING OF THIS 2 CAR IN SOME SIGNIFICANT WAY?
>>IT HAS TO. HE HAS EIGHT GREEN FLAG LAPS
MORE ON HIS TIRES THAN THESE OTHER CARS AND HE’S NOT BEEN
THAT GOOD OF CAR TODAY.>>YOU MIGHT HAVE A COMBINATION
OF THE CLEAN AIR THAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT AND THEN THE
CONDITIONS MAYBE CHANGING TO HIS LIKING NOW FOR HIS CAR.
I THINK THE CLEAN AIR PROBABLY HAS WAY MORE TO DO WITH IT THAN
ANYTHING ELSE AT THIS POINT. I’M IMPRESSED HOW WELL HE’S
PERFORMED TO THIS POINT IN THE RUN.
>>KURT BUSCH, DENNY HAMLIN. THIS IS ALL THE WAY BACK FOR
13th AND 14th. GREG BIFFLE THERE ALSO
CHALLENGING FOR A SPOT. AFTER THE WAIVE AROUND WORKED
OUT FOR THE BIFF A LITTLE WHILE AGO.
GORDON GOING TO TRY THE HIGHER LINE NOW, SEE IF HE CAN GET A
RUN AT KESELOWSKI.>>WE TALKED ABOUT THE
DIFFERENCE WE SEE THE 2 CAR WHO HAS BEEN OUTSIDE OF THE TOP TEN
MOST OF THE DAY, UP THERE RIGHT AROUND THAT, BUT THEN YOU TAKE
MATT KENSETH WHO HAS BEEN IN THE TOP FIVE MOST OF THE DAY RESTART
WAY BACK THERE, WHERE HE IS RUNNING, 20th RIGHT NOW.
DOESN’T LOOK LIKE HE CAN PASS HARDLY ANYBODY.
>>ACTUALLY LOST FOUR — TWO SPOTS SINCE THE RESTART, KENSETH
DID. KESELOWSKI ACTUALLY RAN THE
FASTEST LAP OF ANYONE IN THE FIELD LAST TIME BY.
>>CARRIES OFF.>>YEAH.
THAT’S JUST REALLY IMPRESSIVE. THOSE EXTRA LAPS ON THE TIRES F
HE CAN HOLD ON FOR ABOUT 10 OR 15 LAPS HERE, EVEN IF GORDON
PASSES HIM, HOLD ON TO SECOND OR THIRD THIS WILL HOLD OUT TO A
HUGE ADVANTAGE.>>DRIVE AWAY BY TWO.
HE’S COMING BACK TO THE CENTER. WHEN HE RUNS THAT MIDDLE LANE
AND BY 1 AND HE HAS MOMENTUM, HE’LL BE IN TIGHT.
BOTTOM LANE, BOTTOM LANE INSIDE.>>NOW, NASCAR RACE CONTROL HAS
JUST INFORMED ITS OFFICIALS DOWN ON PIT ROAD TO INFORM CREW
CHIEFS THEY MAY HAVE THE OPTION TO GO TO GOODYEAR AND MOUNTAIN
AN EXTRA SET OF TIRES. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE ON
HOWEVER MANY ARE AVAILABLE. I DON’T KNOW THE NUMBER THAT ARE
AVAILABLE, BUT I’LL BET THERE’S A LOT OF CREW CHIEFS SENDING
GUYS SCURRYING TO THE TIRE SHOP RIGHT NOW.
>>THAT’S SIGNIFICANT. THEY HAVE CHANGED A LOT OF
TIRES. MOST OF THE TEAMS HAVE TWO SETS
LEFT. BUT IF WE SEE A RASH OF YELLOW,
THESE TEAMS WILL WANT MORE TIRES.
LOOKS LIKE GORDON HAS A RUN NOW.>>STAYING EVEN WITH YOU.
>>I AM SO IMPRESSED WITH THIS TWO CAR HOW HE IS ABLE TO HOLD
OFF GORDON SO LONG.>>DRIVE YOUR GUTS OUT.
HANG TIGHT LEFT SIDE.>>JEFF ACTUALLY LED THAT LAST
LAP BY A SMIDGE. I DON’T THINK HE’S GOING TO LEAD
THIS ONE.>>THE LONGER THEY RUN, THE MORE
EQUAL THEY’LL BECOME ON THESE TIRES.
I’LL BET YOU COULD HAVE POLLED THE CREW CHIEFS ON PIT ROAD, HOW
LONG DO YOU THINK THE 2 CAR WILL LEAD STAYING OUT?
NOT ONE OF THEM WOULD HAVE GAVE HIM MORE THAN ONE LAP.
>>YEAH.>>PRETTY AMAZING.
>>WE’VE SEEN HIM DO SOME AMAZING THINGS, THOUGH.
>>LOOK AT THE TIRE GUYS.>>THEY’RE HAVING A SALE DOWN AT
GOODYEAR. SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED, THOUGH.
>>THE TEAMS KEEP TIRES AND WHEELS.
GOODYEAR KEEPS AND THEY’LL HAVE SETS DOWN THERE ON RACKS AND SO
ON. AS THESE GUYS SHOW UP, THEY’LL
GET TIRED MOUNTED UP AND THE TIRE BUSTERS WILL BE BUSY INSIDE
THE GARAGE THERE WHICH IS TUCKED DOWN BEHIND THE PIT LANE JUST
OFF THE EXIT OF TURN FOUR. AS KURT BUSCH AND JAMIE McMURRAY
RACE FOR A SPOT. THAT WILL BE 11th AND 12th.
McMURRAY GOT A FREE PASS AT LAP 205.
NOT THE DAY THAT McMURRAY OR KYLE LARSON WERE HOPING OR
FIGURING TO HAVE HERE AT TEXAS. MURRAY RUNNING IN 12th.
LARSON IS DOWN IN 18th.>>CERTAINLY NOT EITHER ONE OF
THEM. LOOK JUST AHEAD OF THEM, THE 3
CAR OF AUSTIN DILLON HAS MADE NICE GAINS OVER THE LAST FEW
WEEKS. I’VE SEEN A LOT MORE STRENGTH
OUT OF THAT 3 CAR. THE WHOLE ORGANIZATION IS
GETTING BETTER. THIS YOUNG DRIVER IS GETTING
MORE ACCLIMATED TO THIS RACING AND DOING A NOOSE JOB.
COMPLETING A LOT OF LAPS. GETTING A LOT FASTER ON A WEEKLY
BASIS ESPECIALLY AT THE END OF THESE RACES.
>>IT IS COMPANY WIDE. THIS 3 CAR LOOKS REALLY GOOD
TODAY, DAVE.>>HE DOES.
D.J. MENTIONED THE LAPS COMPLETED.
HE LEADS THAT CATEGORY IN THE SERIES WITH 99.75 OF ALL
POSSIBLE LAPS COMPLETED THIS YEAR.
GILL MARTIN TALKED TO ME ABOUT THAT A FEW WEEKS AGO.
HE SAID IT’S NOT REAL SEXY. HE HASN’T WON A RACE, LED A LOT
OF LAPS, BUT IF WE DON’T LET HIM BE ON THE TRACK, FINISH ALL
THOSE LAPS, THEN HIS SECOND YEAR BECOMES ANOTHER ROOKIE YEAR.
HE HAS TO BE OUT THERE RUNNING LOGGING LAPS.
AUSTIN DILLON IS DOING THAT AS HE GETS BY JUNIOR.
>>DALE JR. THERE FOR EIGHTH PLACE TRYING TO FIGHT BACK AND
SEE IF HE CAN RALLY BACK AROUND AUSTIN DILLON, BUT IT’S GOING TO
BE DILLON WHO WILL TAKE THAT SPOT AND NOW TRY AND DRIVE AWAY
IF HE CAN.>>WE’RE IN THIS WINDOW NOW IF
THE CAUTION COMES OUT, EVERYBODY WILL PROBABLY COME AND GET FOUR
TIRES AGAIN. LOOK, THIS 2 CAR IS STILL OUT
FRONT. IT WILL BE A HUGE ADVANTAGE FOR
HIM TO HAVE MADE THAT CALL AND STAY OUT.
>>HARVICK AND JOHNSON CLOSED IN ON JEFF GORDON AND BRAD
KESELOWSKI.>>YEAH.
THE CONDITIONS CHANGING HAVE BROUGHT A LOT MORE PEOPLE IN THE
MIX RIGHT NOW. THIS WILL BE A DIFFERENT RACE
THAN WHAT WE SAW AND WHAT WE WERE KIND OF ANTICIPATING
BESIDES A COUPLE DRIVERS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW THEY WERE
GOING TO BEAT THIS 48 CAR, JIMMIE JOHNSON.
NOW WE HAVE A HOST OF THEM THAT WILL BE RIGHT THERE.
>>THEY DROVE AROUND THE OUTSIDE OF JOHNSON THERE.
>>THE WAY THAT THE LAP CARS KIND OF PRESENTED THEMSELVES IN
THE CORNER, I THINK IT TOOK AWAY THE LINE JIMMIE WAS HOPING TO
RUN IN THE TURN AND LOOKED LIKE HE HESITATED FOR A MINUTE.
THAT’S JUST ME LOOKING, NOT HAVING DRIVEN A CAR HERE AT
TEXAS. BUT THAT IS SURE WHAT IT LOOKED
LIKE.>>NOT SURE OF THE ADJUSTMENTS
THEY MADE WITH 48. OTHERS ABLE TO MAKE THEIR CALL A
LITTLE BETTER. GORDON IS GOING TO START
PRESSING THIS 2 CAR HARDER. HE LOOKS IN HIS MIRROR AND SEES
THAT HE HAS HARVICK KIND OF ON THE CHARGE.
LITTLE BOBBLE OUT OF THE 2 CAR.>>GOT A RUN HERE.
>>TONIGHT’S WITH GORDON’S EXPERIENCE, WE KNEW IT WAS A
MATTER OF TIME. YOU SIT BACK AND WAIT AND KNOW
THE MORE YOU RUN, THE BETTER POSITION YOU’LL BE IN.
NOW HE’LL BE ABLE TO TAKE THE LEAD.
HARD TO BEAT EXPERIENCE AND A LOT OF TALENT PUT TOGETHER.
>>YEAH. GOOD CAR.
SO JEFF GORDON BACK OUT IN FRONT.
STILL, REMARKABLE RESULT FOR KESELOWSKI SO FAR WITH PAUL
WOLFE’S CALL TO STAY OUT FROM 12th POSITION AND TAKE THE LEAD
ON TIRES THAT HAD A FEW LAPS ON THEM.
WE’LL SEE HOW THAT PLAYS INTO THE OUTCOME OF THE RACE AS WE
STILL HAVE 58 LAPS TO GO. JEFF GORDON IN SEARCH OF ANOTHER
WIN AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY HAS THE RACE LEAD.
>>>WANT TO SEE A CHAMPIONSHIP DAY ALMOST GO AWAY IN THE BLINK
OF AN EYE, CLOSE CALL FOR JEFF GORDON A MINUTE AGO.
RAN UP ON REED SORENSON WHO RAN UP ON DANICA PATRICK.
THE RUBBER AND THE BITS THAT LAY ON THE TRACK WERE FLYING BUT
JEFF GORDON HUNG ON TO IT AND AVOIDED ANY MAJOR CONTACT.
>>YOU WANT TO KNOW SOMETHING THAT’S BETTER THAN THAT, I
LOOKED AT THE LAP TIME, HIS LAP TIME WAS QUICKER THAN HARVICK’S.
>>IT’S BEEN SO LONG AGO IT’S ALMOST HARD REMEMBER BUT
REMEMBER ON THE LAP 43 PIT STOPS WHEN JEFF LOST SIX POSITIONS
FROM FOURTH TO TENTH WHAT HAD, WHAT WAS POSSIBLY A RACE-SAVING
MOMENT BY HIS FRONT TIRE CHANGER.
>>SCOTT, YOU SEE HOW HE PULLED THAT TIRE BACK OFF AFTER THEY
PUT IT ON BECAUSE THERE WAS A LUG NUT SITTING UP ON TOP OF THE
HUB. BY MAKING THAT MOVE, IT KEPT
THEM FROM HAVING A PROBLEM LATER THAT COULD HAVE TAKEN THEM OUT
OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP.>>AND THE ENTIRE JEFF GORDON
TEAM NOMINATED AS OUR GOODYEAR SUPERIOR PERFORMERS TODAY HERE
IN TEXAS. CAUTION IS OUT.
WE BELIEVE FOR DEBRIS OFF OF TURN NUMBER TWO AND IT IS THE
SEVENTH YELLOW FLAG AND A HUGE BREAK FOR BRAD KESELOWSKI.
>>YES, YES IT IS. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT’S REALLY
GOING TO PAY OFF THAT MOVE THAT THEY MADE BY KEEPING HIM ON THE
RACETRACK THE LAST CAUTION. HE WAS ABLE TO STAY IN THIRD
PLACE AND NOW HE CAN COME IN WITH DECENT LEADERS.
>>LOOK AT THE WRINKLE IN THE REAR QUARTER PANEL OF A.J.
ALLMENDINGER’S CAR.>>I WOULDN’T GO BY THAT.
MOST OF THE TEAM’S PULLING THE LEFT SIDE OUT.
LOOKS LIKE HE HAD A TIRE GO DOWN, THE LEFT REAR IS FLAT.
>>YEP. GOT IT TO PIT ROAD.
>>CLEAR. GOOD JOB, BUD.
>>CAUTION BECAUSE NOW THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO MAKE IT UP WITH A
GOOD PIT STOP, BUT TO HAVE A GREAT CREW AND A PIT STALL DOWN
THERE, NUMBER ONE.>>SO PIT ROAD OPEN HERE.
IT WILL BE 48 LAPS TO GO. AND BRAD KESELOWSKI FROM 12th TO
THE LEAD, HE ONLY FELL BACK TO THIRD AND NOW COMES DOWN PIT
ROAD HEADS UP WITH THESE OTHERS. HE HASN’T BEEN AROUND MUCH ALL
RACE WRONG, VINCE.>>THIS 48 PIT CREW HAS BEEN
SPOT ON ALL DAY. THEY NEED A MONEY PIT HERE.
FOUR TIRES AND SUNOCO FUEL, DOC.>>JEFF GORDON SAID IT’S TIGHT.
DID THEY MAKE A MAJOR CHANGE? NO.
KEVIN HARVICK SAID FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY WE ARE TIGHT.
BUT I HATE TO TELL YOU TO FREE IT UP.
I DON’T WANT IT TOO FREE.>>WHAT A BREAK FOR THE 2 CAR.
THEY WERE GETTING READY TO COME IN AND PIT RIGHT WHEN THE
CAUTION FELL. BRAD IS SAYING THE CAR IS FREE
AND MANAGEABLE. ALMOST RAN INTO THE BACK OF HIS
TEAMMATE THERE, ALLEN.>>LOOK AT THAT.
JIMMIE JOHNSON’S TEAM AND JEFF GORDON’S TEAM, JEFF GOT PINCHED
IN TRAFFIC TRYING TO COME OUT OF HIS PIT STALL, HAD TO HESITATE
TO KEEP FROM HITTING THE 48 AND THAT ALLOWS HARVICK TO SLIDE IN
FRONT OF HIM ALSO.>>I’LL TELL YOU, BIG TRAFFIC
JAM AT THE END OF PIT ROAD. ALL COMING OUT AT THE SAME TIME.
>>GO, GO, GO, GO. ONE, ONE, ONE, ONE.
>>SPEED 4. SPEED 4.
YEP.>>SO THE LEAD GOES BACK INTO
THE HANDS OF JIMMIE JOHNSON. WATCH JEFF GORDON LEAVING HIS
PIT STALL AFTER HIS STOP.>>THINGS GOT REALLY TIGHT FOR
HIM. LOOKED LIKE THE 48 WAS PROBABLY
GOING TO BEAT HIM OUT ANY WAY BECAUSE HE HAD THE MOMENTUM
COMING. JEFF HAD TO GET OUT OF THE
THROTTLE, I THINK HE SAW THEN, I WOULD RATHER BE THIRD THAN
SECOND ANY WAY. LET’S NOT GET CAUGHT SPEEDING.
>>THAT’S AN INTERESTING POINT, TOO, ISN’T IT?
SHOULD BE AN INTERESTING RESTART COMING UP FROM HERE IN TEXAS.
>>>NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES AT TEXAS IS PRESENTED BY FEDRATED
AUTO PARTS. FOR THE BEST SERVICE KNOWLEDGE
PARTS AND PEOPLE, VISIT YOUR FEDRATED AUTO PARTS STORE.
AND IN PART BY SPRINT. INTRODUCING THE SPRINT FAMILY
SHARE PACK. IT’S THE BEST VALUE IN WIRELESS.
AND NATIONWIDE. NATIONWIDE IS ON YOUR SIDE.
>>ABOUT 15 MINUTES AWAY FROM SUNSET HERE AT TEXAS MOTOR
SPEEDWAY. IT’S TIME FOR US TO GET YOU
CAUGHT UP IT’S 5-HOUR ENERGY RAPID RECAP.
>>I THOUGHT IT WAS A MARGINAL MOVE AT BEST BECAUSE WE SAW
DENNY HAMLIN STRUGGLE ON TWO TIRES.
BRAD TOOK NO TIRES AND ABLE TO HOLD OFF THE FIELD.
I THINK PIT ROAD MIGHT HAVE BIT HIM.
>>ENDED UP IN THIRD WHEN THE NEXT CAUTION CAME OUT.
TRAFFIC JAM.>>YEAH.
YOU SEE BRAD KESELOWSKI GET TRAPPED BEHIND HIS TEAMMATE,
JOEY LOGANO LEAVING PIT ROAD. NOW HE’S BACK TO SIXTH RIGHT
NOW. IT WILL BE A TOUGH ONE.
>>DIDN’T TAKE ADVANTAGE LIKE I THOUGHT HE WOULD.
>>BRAD, I JUST SAW THE LIGHTS COME ON AT THE SPEEDWAY HERE.
IT’S STARTING TO GET DARK. I THINK THIS LAST PIT STOP IS
KEY RIGHT NOW. THE CARS COULD ALL MAKE IT ON
FUEL THE VERY END. IT WILL BE TIGHT, BUT THEY COULD
MAKE IT.>>THAT’S BIG.
>>ALN?>>GOT 24 ON THE LEAD LAP AS WE
GET DOUBLED UP FOR THE RESTART. THE TRACK TEMPERATURE BEGINNING
TO DROP AS THE SUN BEGINS TO SET.
AND 44 CRUCIAL LAPS LEFT TO GO IN THIS ONE.
ANYBODY’S GUESS WHO IS GOING TO WIN IT.
>>THAT’S RIGHT. THIS WILL BE EXCITING.
>>THIS WILL BE A FRANTIC RESTART.
>>JOHNSON, HARVICK, GORDON. GORDON COULDN’T KEEP THAT LANE
CLOSED OUT TO KEEP HARVICK TRAPPED ON THE OUTSIDE.
>>IT MADE HARVICK’S CAR A LOT BETTER, ABLE TO TIGHTEN IT UP.
ANOTHER STORY BACK IN THERE NOW, MATT KENSETH UP TO SEVENTH SPOT.
HIS CREW GAINED HIM EIGHT SPOTS. WENT IN 16th CAME OUT EIGHTH.
THAT’S A BIG RALLY FROM THE PROBLEM THEY HAD EARLIER.
>>SEE BY THAT BIG MOVE MATT KENSETH IS PLUS TEN ON THE
CUTOFF. BUT A LOT OF RACING LEFT TO GO
IN THIS ONE. SEE WHAT KIND OF NUMBERS THEY’RE
PUTTING UP HERE JUST AFTER THIS RESTART WITH THE TEMPERATURES
STARTING TO COOL OFF.>>WHAT’S IMPRESSIVE IS THAT
MINIMUM SPEED. OVER 170 MILES AN HOUR.
>>YOU SEE RIGHT THERE, HARVICK NEVER COMING ALL THE WAY OUT OF
THE THROTTLE EITHER. LOOK AT THAT.
JUST KEEPING ENOUGH TO KEEP IT PULLING RIGHT THERE AND IT WOULD
GET RIGHT BACK TO IT. COOLING DOWN UNDER FRESH TIRES
ALLOWS HIM TO DO. FOR JIMMIE JOHNSON, DOMINANT IN
THIS RACE, LED 174 LAPS. WHEN JEFF GORDON GOT BACK HIM ON
LAP 217 WHEN GORDON FIRST GOT BY HIM, JIMMIE WASN’T ABLE TO
REALLY STAY THERE AND CHALLENGE FOR THE LEAD, BUT NOW SOME MORE
ADJUSTMENTS ON THIS CAR AND THE CHANGING TRACK CONDITIONS SOON
ON, LOOK AT THE GAP HE’S PUT ON HARVICK AND ON JEFF IN THE FEW
LAPS OF RACING WE’VE DONE HERE.>>I WILL GO BACK AND POINT ON
TOO AFTER A SUGGESTION FROM HIS CREW CHIEF, HE IS NOT —
>>OPEN. TROUBLE.
IT IS OUT THE CAUTION. YES.
>>CAUTION IS OUT.>>POPPED THE WALL GOOD.
AND LEFT A LOT OF BITS AND PIECES BEHIND.
THE YOUNG 22-YEAR-OLD IN JUST HIS SIXTH CAREER START IN THE
NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES AND THAT RACE CAR IS A MESS.
>>HEARD ANDY WITH THIS WHAT WE SAW OUT OF THE 2 CAR, THAT HAS
CHANGED A LOT OF CREW CHIEF’S MINDS WHAT THEY DO?
>>THEY DID GET TO SEE HIM STAY OUT THERE EIGHT GREEN FLAG LAPS
ON THIS TIRE. ONLY RUN FIVE GREEN FLAG LAPS
NOW. YES.
I THINK A LOT OF CREW CHIEF LEARNED FROM THAT.
I THINK YOU’LL SEE MORE STAY OUT THIS TIME.
>>LOOK AT ALL THAT.>>MY GOODNESS.
HE IS LEAVING A LOT OF STUFF BEHIND.
TAKE A WHILE TO CLEAN UP THERE.>>AND THAT’S THE OTHER PART OF
IT. LAP COUNT.
38 TO GO. IF THEY USE UP EIGHT, TEN
CLEANING THIS UP, AND JUST MIGHT, THE URGENCY GROWS.
>>THIS IS GOING TO BE A TOUGH CALL FOR THE CREW CHIEFS.
WE TALKED ABOUT THAT WHEN WE STARTED THE RACE.
THIS IS ONE OF THOSE TRACKS WHERE IT’S A FOUR-TIRE DEAL IF
YOU RUN 20 LAPS. THESE SHORT RUNS, PUTS A LITTLE
PRESSURE ON MAKING THIS CALL.>>DECISION TIME IS HERE.
>>WE SEE MATT STAYING OUT, LOT OF THEM STAYING OUT THIS TIME.
>>JIMMIE JOHNSON SAID HE COULD USE A LITTLE HELP IN THE SENDER.
FOUR TIRES FOR JIMMIE JOHNSON. HIS PIT CREW HAS BEEN SO GOOD
THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE DAY.
SEE WHAT THEY CAN DO ON THIS ONE.
DOC?>>JEFF GORDON LIKES HIS CAR.
GOING TO BE FOUR TIRES, FUEL, NO CHANGES.
HARVICK SAID WE’RE TIGHT. THE CAR WILL BE GOOD IF WE CAN
EVER GET A LONG RUN.>>LOGANO SAYS NOT BAD, LITTLE
ON THE FREE SIDE. A WEDGE ADJUSTMENT HERE TO HELP
THAT CAR. FOUR TIRES AND THEY’LL FILL HIM
UP WITH FUEL AND WIPE THAT GRILL.
HE IS STILL THERE. THEY’RE TAKING TIME.
PACK IT FULL OF FUEL. PROBLEM ON THE LEFT REAR.
THEY’RE WAITING, WAITING, LOOKING AT THAT LEFT REAR.
HE IS STILL ON PIT ROAD. THE 22 LOGANO HAS ISSUES.
YOU SEE THE FRUSTRATION THERE. FINALLY HE’S DOWN AND AWAY.
>>BAD TIME TO HAVE A BAD STOP.>>COULDN’T HAVE BEEN WORSE TO
MAKE THAT UP. OH, DEAR.
>>OH. THIS IS SO PAINFUL.
>>ONE, TWO –>>THREE LUG NUTS LOOKED LIKE
MAYBE CAME OFF.>>WOW.
JAMIE, THAT’S TOUGH.>>THIS WAS A GLUED UPSET OF
TIRES. THE GUYS HAD GLUED THE LUGS.
THEY JUST TOLD ME THEY USED A DIFFERENT GLUE AND DIDN’T HAVE
ENOUGH TIME TO ADHERE, SO THEY WERE ALL FALLING OFF AS THEY’RE
TELLING THE NEWS RIGHT THERE TO TO CREW CHIEF TODD GORDON.
>>THAT’S ONE OF THE PROBLEMS. WE HEARD GOODYEAR AND NASCAR
DECIDED TO GIVE THEM AN EXTRA SET OF TIRES.
THEY RUN DOWN TO GET THEM. ONLY GOT A LITTLE BIT OF TIME
FOR THE GLUE TO SET. I’VE EXPERIENCED IT WITH WET
GLUE, ALMOST 100% CHANCE THOSE THINGS WILL FALL OFF.
>>COOLER TEMPERATURES MAKES IT WORSE.
>>YEP.>>WATCHING TO SEE HERE WHERE
LOGANO COMES BACK AROUND IN THE SCORING AS HE CROSSES THE STRIPE
WITH THE FEW PEOPLE THAT DIDN’T PIT AND THE DISASTROUS PIT STOP,
JOEY LOGANO GOES FROM FOURTH PLACE TO 23rd.
>>HE’S GOT SOME GROUND TO MAKE UP BECAUSE HE IS 12 POINTS
BEHIND THE FOURTH PLACE GUY IN POINTS RIGHT NOW, WHICH IS RYAN
NEWMAN.>>SO EIGHT DRIVERS DID NOT PIT
UNDER THIS YELLOW FLAG. SEVEN MAKE IT DIDN’T PIT AND
KYLE LARSON WAS FIRST OFF THE PIT LANE.
CHECK THE STANDINGS HERE AND WHERE SOME OF THE CHASERS ARE
RUNNING.>>THAT’S GOING TO CHANGE HERE.
GO BACK TO GREEN. BUT I’M TELLING YOU, MATT
KENSETH AND HIS TEAM, THAT MIGHT BE A CALL.
THEY GOT ENOUGH PEOPLE BETWEEN THEM IF THEY SHOULD GO GREEN,
THIS CAR MIGHT BE GOOD ENOUGH TO — HE MIGHT BE ABLE TO COME
OUT FRONT.>>MATT IS OUR ESPN IN-RACE
REPORTER. STARTED FIRST, RUNNING FIRST
NOW.>>HEY, MATT, DALE JARRETT, GOOD
TO TALK?>>YEAH.
>>HEY, PRETTY GOOD CALL THERE. LOOKS LIKE RIGHT NOW WHAT ARE
YOUR THOUGHTS AS WE GET TOWARDS THE END OF THIS RACE?
>>WELL, THE THING I LOVE ABOUT JASON HE MAY GO DOWN, BUT HE’LL
GO DOWN SWINGING. YOU KNOW, WE WEREN’T GOING TO
DRIVE WITH WHAT WE HAD. COULD SEE IT WOULD BE AN
EXTENDED CAUTION, SO THE 2 CAR DID EARLIER.
WE ROLLED THE DICE AND GET OUT FRONT HERE AND HANG ON TO WHAT
WE COULD GET. HOPEFULLY GET AWAY AND IT STAYS
GREEN. SEE WHAT HAPPENS.
NEW TIRES MEAN A LOT TODAY SO DOES CLEAN AIR.
WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.>>WE TALK A LOT ABOUT HOW GOOD
THE PIT CREWS ARE AT JOE GIBBS RACING AN UNCHARACTERISTICALLY
YOU HAD AN ISSUE THAT SENT YOU BACK IN THE PACK BUT THEN THEY
COME BACK AND MAKE YOU UP EIGHT SPOTS.
YOU HAVE TO LOVE WHAT THOSE GUYS DO FOR YOU.
>>YEAH. WITHOUT THEM I WOULD LOOK PRETTY
BAD. SO THEY MADE ME LOOK GOOD EVERY
WEEK. I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THAT
ONE STOP, BUT JUST HAD A KILLER STOP THERE AND GOT US MOST OF
OUR TRACK POSITION BACK. SO, YOU KNOW, WE GOT IN THE
BACK, WE WERE IN TROUBLE. SO IT WAS GOOD PIT STOP AND GOOD
CALL HERE TO LEAST GIVE ME A CHANCE.
>>THANKS FOR TALKING. GOOD LUCK IN THE LAST 30 LAPS.
>>THANK YOU, SIR.>>MATT KENSETH NOW RUNNING IN
THE LEAD AFTER STAYING OUT FROM SEVENTH POSITION AND MOVING TO
THE NUMBER ONE SPOT. THE GUYS WHO DID NOT PIT, BUSCH,
VICKERS, STEWART, BUSCH AND AANETTE.
KYLE LARSON TOOK RIGHT SIDE TIRES.
HE IS THE FIRST OFF PIT ROAD. THERE YOU SEE BEHIND A COUPLE OF
LAP CARS. THEN IT WILL BE JIMMIE JOHNSON,
HARVICK, GORDON THE GUYS THAT HAVE DOMINATED UP FRONT THIS
RACE. VERY INTERESTING.
>>IF THIS THING GOES GREEN, I THINK IT GIVES MATT A GOOD
CHANCE OF WINNING. THE RACETRACK HAS SO MUCH MORE
GRIP NOW. WE’VE GOTTEN TO THAT POINT THAT
THE TRACK TEMP HAS REALLY COOLED DOWN.
NOT A LOT OF LAPS ON THE TIRES. PERFECT STRATEGIC ALL OF THESE
CARS TO STAY OUT. DENNY HAMLIN THERE IN FOURTH
COULD BE HIS SHOT TO GET SOMETHING OUT OF HERE.
>>HOW ABOUT KYLE BUSCH. WENT TWO LAPS DOWN AT ONE POINT.
UP THERE IN SIXTH PLACE.>>I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT KIND
OF ACTION YOU WANT TO GET ON WHETHER THIS STAYS GREEN TO THE
FINISH.>>THAT’S DEFINITELY A GAMBLE.
>>YOUR WORD ACTION COULD BE THE KEYWORD THERE.
>>I SAID IF IT HAPPENED TO GO GREEN.
>>THEY ARE COMING TO ONE TO GO. SO WE’LL HAVE 32 LAPS OF RACING
LEFT IN THIS ONE AT TEXAS, GIVE OR TAKE A FEW FOR POTENTIAL
OVERTIME. THEN OF COURSE IT’S ON TO
PHOENIX TO SEE WHO GETS THE FOUR SPOTS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND
THAT’S NEXT SUNDAY HOMESTEAD MIAMI SPEEDWAY WRAPS UP THE
YEAR. WE’LL CROWN A CHAMP IN TWO
WEEKS. JOIN US AT THE RACETRACK.
YES THE GRAND STAND IN PHOENIX IS SOLD OUT.
THEY HAVE PLENTY OF ROOM ON THE HILLSIDE.
IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TO HOMESTEAD MIAMI SPEEDWAY, IT’S
THE PERFECT VENUE FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP.
I DO LIVE IN SOUTH FLORIDA. I CAN TELL YOU THE WEATHER IS IN
THE 80s. THE PALM TREES ARE SWAYING IN
THE BREEZE AND IT WILL BE A WAIL OF A RACE TO SEE WHO BRINGS HOME
THIS YEAR’S TROPHY. TONY STEWART IS GOING TO PIT
HERE. AFTER STAYING OUT EARLIER.
>>THAT’S A LITTLE PUZZLING.>>WELL, MUST HAVE FELT
SOMETHING WITH HIS RACE CAR THAT DIDN’T FEEL RIGHT AFTER THINGS
GOT SLOWED DOWN. COULD HAVE RUN OVER STUFF.
>>THERE’S PLENTY OF STUFF TO RUN OVER.
>>YES. AND JOEY LOGANO BACK IN THE
SOUP. AS THE TEAM GOES TO WORK ON A
REVISED MANNER OF ATTACHING LUG NUTS TO THE NEW SETS OF TIRES.
JAMIE?>>LOT OF WORK GOING ON TO GET
THE LUG NUTS ON. WE SAW WHAT HAPPENED.
AT THIS POINT, DO YOU THINK YOU GUYS CAN FIGHT BACK AT ALL AND
KNOWING THAT THEY’RE GLUING UP ANOTHER SET AND IT COULD HAPPEN
AGAIN.>>WE’LL ADDRESS THE ISSUE DOWN
HERE. JOEY IS AWESOME AT GIVING THEM
FOUR TIRES AND LETTING THEM BE AGGRESSIVE.
WE HAVE 30 SOME LAPS TO GO. WE’LL GET ALL WE CAN.
>>THAT’S ALL THEY CAN DO RIGHT NOW IS BE AGGRESSIVE, ALLEN.
>>ALL RIGHT, JAMIE. INSIDE THE FINAL 50 MILES.
AND A RESTART COMING UP. CARL EDWARDS FREE PASS BACK ON
TO THE LEAD LAP WITH THIS CAUTION.
HERE WE GO.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON, JEFF GORDON
TO THE HIGH SIDE MAKING TIME.>>INSIDE LANE GOT BOTTLED UP
WHEN VICKERS SLIPPED. NOW THEY’RE DOUBLE WIDE IN FRONT
OF CARS WITH FRESH TIRES. KURT BUSCH TO THE OUTSIDE OF
MATT KENSETH LOOKING FOR THE RACE LEAD!
>>ONE THING MATT DIDN’T WANT AND WASN’T COUNTING ON I THINK
HE THOUGHT HE COULD GET AWAY THERE.
KURT BUSCH GOT OTHER IDEAS.>>KURT LED THAT LAP.
>>KENSETH LOOSE.>>JOEY LOGANO FLAT TIRE
POSSIBLY.>>OH, YEAH.
>>KEEP DIGGING.>>MIGHT BE ABLE TO SAVE IT.
>>GO TO THE BOTTOM HERE. HOLD OFF.
>>CAUTION FOR LOGANO.>>THERE IT IS CAUTION, GET
TURNED AROUND HERE.>>RIGHT REAR IS DOWN.
>>DID WE HIT ANYTHING?>>WE DIDN’T HIT ANYTHING BUT
IT’S COMING APART.>>RIGHT SIDES ONLY.
>>ONE OF THE DRIVERS ON A LOT OF FOLKS’ GRID AS BEING IN THAT
CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTET, JOEY LOGANO, WITH SOME LATE PROBLEMS
HERE IN TEXAS. THE PROBLEMS ON PIT ROAD AND
THEN THE SPIN FROM 24th PLACE.>>FINE.
BODY IS FINE.>>JAMIE?
>>WELL, I GOT TO SAY THIS IS SOMETHING YOU DON’T SEE IN THE
SPRINT CUP SERIES, PUTTING SCUFFED TIRES ON A RACE CAR AT
THE END OF A RACE, RIGHT SIDES ONLY RIGHT NOW IS WHAT TODD
GORDON JUST CALLED FOR. TIRE CHANGERS WITH A HANDFUL OF
LUG NUTS JUST IN CASE THEY NEED IT BECAUSE THESE, OF COURSE, HAD
TO BE GLUED ON AS WELL AND THAT’S ALL THEY HAVE RIGHT NOW.
MEANWHILE, THEY HAVE A SET HERE THAT THEY JUST GLUED UP HOPING
THAT THAT WILL STICK IF THEY GET IN THIS SITUATION ONCE AGAIN.
>>CLEAR UP, CLEAR UP. INSIDE.
>>INSIDE.>>RIGHT HERE IS FLAT, GLOVE
DOWN HERE.>>KEEP DIGGING.
RUN TO THE BOTTOM HERE.>>SOMETHING OBVIOUSLY WRONG.
MY QUESTION IS WAS THERE SOME CONTACT SOMEWHERE ON THE RESTART
THAT MIGHT HAVE CUT DOWN THE RIGHT REAR ON THAT 24 CAR.
WE’LL GO BACK AND SEE WHAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO SEE, BUT JOEY
LOGANO WITH SOME LATE-RACE MISFORTUNE HERE IN TEXAS THAT HE
NOW HAS TO TRY TO RALLY FROM. YOU STOP AND THINK ABOUT WHAT
THIS CHASE HAS BEEN FOR LOGANO AND THE FINISHES THAT HE’S HAD
AND HOW STEADY AND ROCK SOLID HE’S BEEN, FOURTH, FIRST,
FOURTH, FIRST, FOURTH THE 11th AT TALLADEGA AND FIFTH LAST WEEK
AT MARTINSVILLE.>>YEAH.
THEY’VE BEEN AS STEADY A TEAM AS THERE HAS BEEN IN THE CHASE.
THEY’RE WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT. THE BIG ISSUE THEY’LL HAVE HERE,
OBVIOUSLY THEY PITTED BEFORE PIT ROAD WAS OPEN.
HAD TO DO THAT. SO THEY’LL BE BEHIND ALL THE
CARS.>>I’M NOT SURE ABOUT THAT.
I THINK I SAW A GREEN LIGHT AT THE END OF THE PIT ROAD WHEN HE
PITTED.>>THE GREEN LIGHT CAME OUT
BEHIND HIM.>>WATCH THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE
CAR HERE. SEE IF HE HAS SOME CONTACT.
>>THERE. THAT’S MARCOS AMBROSE IN THE
NINE. MAYBE WITH ALL THOSE FLARED
FENDERS AND WHATNOT, THAT WAS JUST ENOUGH TO GET THE RIGHT
REAR ON THE 22.>>HE STILL MIGHT HAVE SOME
CLEARANCE ISSUES. JUST LOOK AT THE RIGHT SIDE.
I HOPE THEY DON’T HAVE ANOTHER TIRE RUB.
>>THEY WILL BE COMING TO ONE TO GO.
SO THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES FOR THESE DRIVERS WHO WOULD HOPE TO
BE CHAMPION TODAY HERE AT TEXAS. JEFF GORDON WITH THE PROBLEM
EARLIER ON THE PIT STOP THAT COST HIM A LITTLE BIT OF TRACK
POSITION. CARL EDWARDS JUST NOT REALLY
RUNNING WELL ALL DAY. KESELOWSKI ALMOST GOT TAKEN OUT
EARLIER IN THE RACE. BIG SAVE THERE WHEN KASEY KAHNE
HAD TROUBLES AND SLID UP INTO THE 2.
MATT KENSETH TRYING TO RALLY NOW AFTER A SIMILAR PROBLEM TO
GORDON’S AND NOW LOGANO BACK IN TRAFFIC AFTER A PIT STOP PROBLEM
THEN CONTACT BACK IN THE TRAFFIC THAT CUT DOWN THE TIRE AND
CAUSED THE SPIN.>>FEEL LIKE WE HAVE HAD A LIST
AT LEAST THAT LONG EVERY WEEK OF ISSUES STARTING BACK AT CHICAGO.
>>ONE TO GO HERE.>>THERE’S THE TEAM PENSKE CARS.
THEY’VE BEEN SO SOLID THIS YEAR.>>GOT TO GO.
AND GOT TO GO FAST. SEE WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IN THE
LAST 26 LAPS OF THIS ONE AND THEN OF COURSE THERE’S PHOENIX
NEXT WEEK TO TRY TO FIGHT A WAY IN.
AND LOGANO MAKING HIS THIRD OR FOURTH PIT STOP HERE UNDER THIS
CAUTION AND ANDY, THERE’S THE –>>THEY NEED IT RIGHT UP TOP
THERE. THEY NEED CLEARANCE LITTLE MORE.
I THINK MAYBE THEY HAVE IT NOW. I THINK THEY WERE GOING TO HAVE
A PROBLEM IF THEY DIDN’T COME IN.
LOOKED LIKE IT ALREADY SHINED UP THE TIRE FROM RUBBING.
SEEING KURT BUSCH IS THE LEADER FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY CHOOSE
THE OUTSIDE LANE. OF COURSE THAT’S WHERE HE TOOK
THE LEAD FROM AFTER THAT LAST RESTART.
VERY INTERESTING, THOUGH. THAT’S THE FIRST TIME WE’VE SEEN
THAT ALL WEEKEND. EVEN YESTERDAY AND THE
NATIONWIDE RACE. EVERY ONE OF THE LEADERS TAKING
THAT BOTTOM LANE.>>YOUR RESTART ORDER COMING
PAST YOU. JEFF GORDON ALL THE WAY BACK IN
10th PLACE AFTER THE SCRAMBLE AND SHUFFLE.
>>LOOKED LIKE A LITTLE CONTACT BETWEEN THE 20 AND 41.
LITTLE SMOKE OUT OF KURT BUSCH.>>YEP.
>>COMING FROM THAT CONTACT OR NOT.
>>JIMMIE JOHNSON LOOKING FOR SECOND.
>>LEFT SIDE.>>KURT SAID GOT HIT ON THE LEFT
REAR. HOPE IT’S NOT CUT.
>>JOHNSON TO SECOND. HARVICK TO THIRD.
JEFF GORDON TRYING TO MAKE HIS WAY THROUGH.
AROUND DENNY HAMLIN FOR FIFTH PLACE GOES JEFF.
MATT KENSETH LED THE FIRST 53 LAPS FROM POLE THEN JIMMIE
JOHNSON WENT BY HIM AND DOMINATED THE MIDDLE STAGES OF
THE RACE. GORDON GOT BY JOHNSON AND HAD
THE STRONGER CAR UNTIL THE FIELD GOT SHUFFLED UP THROUGH A SERIES
OF LATE CAUTIONS, PIT STOPS, PIT STRATEGY AND SO ON.
GORDON TRYING TO TAKE FOURTH PLACE FROM KENSETH WHILE JOHNSON
IS UP ON KURT BUSCH FOR THE RACE LEAD.
>>YEAH. MATT KENSETH NOW JUST TRYING TO
MANAGE A FINISH HERE. THINGS DIDN’T WORK OUT THE WAY
THEY WERE HOPING, BUT IF THEY COULD GET A TOP FIVE, TOP SEVEN
FINISH THEY WOULD BE IN PRETTY GOOD SPOT IN POINTS.
>>JIMMIE TRYING TO GAS IT UP ON THE OUTSIDE DIDN’T HOLD
TRACTION.>>THEM RACING LIKE THAT IS
ALLOWING HARVICK TO CLOSE IN NOW.
>>AND GORDON TRYING TO CLOSE IN ON ALL THREE OF THEM.
>>BIG RUN BY JOHNSON THERE.>>THAT’S IMPRESSIVE KURT BUSCH
TRYING TO HOLD HIM OFF THERE. KASEY KAHNE IN THE GRASS.
CAUTION IS OUT.>>COMING RIGHT OUTSIDE.
>>ANOTHER CAR WITH SMOKE AND DAMAGE, MARCOS AMBROSE UP IN
TURNS ONE AND TWO. DON’T KNOW IF HE GOT A PIECE OF
THAT, BUT YELLOW FLAG, NUMBER TEN HERE AT TEXAS.
I WOULD SAY THE ANSWER IS YES.>>YES.
>>I THINK THESE TWO GOT TOGETHER COMING OFF OF TURN
FOUR.>>AMBROSE SLIDING.
KASEY KAHNE GOT LOOSE AND HE TRIED TO CORRECT IT THERE.
>>JUMPED UP INTO AMBROSE.>>WHAT STARTED OUT AS A
PROMISING DAY FOR KASEY KAHNE IS NOT FINISHING THAT WAY BY ANY
MEANS.>>THE FIRST HALF OF THE RACE IS
MUCH BETTER THAN THE SECOND HALF HAS BEEN.
>>ALL RIGHT, CREW CHIEF.>>MAN, I DON’T KNOW.
>>19 LAPS TO GO COMING BACK AROUND.
GOT 26 OF THEM ON THE LEAD LAP. WHAT DO YOU DO?
>>WELL, AGAIN, JUST HAVE THESE SHORT RUNS.
>>IT’S SUCH AN EASY QUESTION TO ASK.
>>IT IS.>>WHAT DO YOU THINK, JIMMIE, ON
TIRE STRATEGY HERE?>>I HAVE NO EARTHLY IDEA HERE.
>>YEP. I MEAN, I KIND OF LIKE STAYING
OUT FOR JIMMIE. THAT WILL KEEP A LOT OF PEOPLE
ON THE RACETRACK. HE CAN PASS THE 41.
>>HERE THEY ARE.>>OH, DECISION TIME.
>>HARVICK FROM THIRD. LOT OF THEM CAME, TOO.
>>GORDON STAYED OUT.>>LOT MORE CAME THAN I THOUGHT.
VERY INTERESTING. DAVE?
>>DENNY HAMLIN’S CAR WAS TIGHT. GRUB THEY THOUGHT TOGETHER THEY
COULDN’T STAY OUT TOGETHER. FOUR TIRES FOR DENNY AND SLIGHT
AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT.>>WE HAVE ONE SET OF TIRES
LEFT. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?
>>MIGHT AS WELL USE THEM. NO FUEL AT ALL.
JAMIE?>>MATT KENSETH DESPERATELY
NEEDED SOME TIRES HERE. THEY MADE A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT
AS WELL, PUT FOUR TIRES ON IT AND FILLED HIM UP.
PUT TWO IN AS WELL. YOU SEE THE NINE STILL SITTING
ON PIT ROAD, GUYS.>>JAMIE McMURRAY, FIRST OFF THE
PIT LANE. AND THE JEOPARDY MUSIC PLAYS
HERE AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY. 19 LAPS TO GO.
>>>GOING TO HAVE 17 LAPS TO GO HERE AT TEXAS.
THE FIELD DOUBLED UP FOR THE RESTART.
KURT BUSCH, JIMMIE JOHNSON, JEFF GORDON, A.J. ALLMENDINGER,
STEWART, DILLON, LOGANO, MICHAEL ANNETT DID NOT PIT.
TOP EIGHT, McMURRAY RIGHT SIDE TIRES.
FIRST OFF THE PIT LANE IN NINTH. KENSETH, HAMLIN AND HARVICK BACK
THROUGH 12th PLACE. JUSTIN ALLGAIER FREE PASS BACK
ON THE LEAD LAP, 27 OF THEM. READY TO GO.
YOUR GUESS IS AS GOOD AS MINE.>>SHOULD BE FUN TO WATCH.
>>LOOK AT HARVICK ON THE INSIDE.
>>TRYING TO RUN THROUGH ON THE FRESHER TIRES.
JIMMIE JOHNSON TO THE RACE LEAD. JEFF GORDON SECOND.
>>THEY’RE FOUR WIDE COMING THROUGH THE TRI-OVAL.
>>KENSETH AND NEWMAN IN THE MIDDLE.
NEWMAN HAS A RUB.>>THAT’S RUBBING PRETTY GOOD.
>>IT’S THE LEFT REAR.>>COULD BE A HUGE MOMENT FOR
THE DRIVER WHO STARTED THE DAY SECOND IN POINTS.
>>HAVE A TIRE RUB THROUGH ONE AND TWO, DON’T SEE IT THROUGH
THREE AND FOUR. I DO SEE IT ON THE EXIT OF FOUR.
>>LEFT REAR. LEFT REAR.
>>HARD TO IMAGINE THAT WILL MAKE IT FOR 15 MORE LAPS FOR
RYAN NEWMAN. LET’S HOPE THAT IT DOES.
>>WITH ALL THAT SLIDING AROUND AND BANGING AROUND BACK THERE,
DON’T YOU TO LEAVE HIM OUT?>>TROUBLE, TROUBLE!
>>ON THE BACK STRETCH. KASEY KAHNE, AGAIN.
CAUTION NUMBER 11. ANOTHER BIG RESET.
AND WHAT A DISASTROUS DAY FOR KASEY KAHNE.
>>LIKE HE DIDN’T REALIZE IF THAT’S THE 21 CAR ON THE
OUTSIDE. TREVOR BAYNE, HE WAS MOVING TO
THE INSIDE ON THE INSIDE AND DIDN’T REALIZE THERE WAS A CAR
ON THE OUTSIDE. THAT’S GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE
WHILE. LOOKED LIKE THE RIGHT FRONT
FENDER JAMMED IN ON THE TIRE FOR KASEY.
HE CAN’T STEER IT HERE.>>PIT ROAD OPENED HERE FOR LEAD
LAP CARS.>>I THINK THE STRATEGY HAS KIND
OF BEEN SET. LOOKS LIKE THAT’S THE 47 OF
ALLMENDINGER MAKING A STOP, BUT MOST OF THESE GUYS HAVE TO STAY
OUT NOW.>>NEWMAN HAS TO COME IN.
>>YEAH.>>IS THAT KENSETH FOLLOWING HIM
DOWN?>>HE HAS DAMAGE.
THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN WHERE SOME OF THAT SMOKE —
>>THEY GOT TOGETHER HARVICK WENT TO THE INSIDE OF THEM.
>>GREG BIFFLE, AUSTIN DILLON, JUSTIN ALLGAIER, MICHAEL ANNETT.
JAMIE?>>SEE THE RIGHT FRONT ON THE 20
THERE, NO GOODYEAR LOGO AT ALL. TIRE RUB.
THE 31 IS PUTTING LEFT SIDE SCUFF TIRES ON.
THEY DIDN’T HAVE ANY NEW TIRES READY TO PUT ON THIS RACE CAR.
MEANWHILE THE 20, THEY’RE PULLING THOSE FENDERS OUT MAKING
SURE IT ALL LOOKS GOOD. BIG EVENT FOR TWO CHASERS RIGHT
NOW JUST ON THE VERGE OF MAKING IT IN TO HOMESTEAD.
>>SO NEWMAN AND KENSETH TANGLING THERE.
>>YEAH. LOOKED LIKE NEWMAN MOVED DOWN
INTO KENSETH. THAT’S WHAT PUT THEM FOUR WIDE.
I DON’T KNOW IF NEWMAN GOT LOOSE AND HAD TO CHASE HIS CAR DOWN
THERE.>>SO THAT’S BIG FOR BOTH OF
THEM. THEY’LL BE WAY BACK IN TRAFFIC
AND HEAR WHAT HAPPENED TO MATT KENSETH.
IT WAS TREVOR BAYNE. HE CAME ACROSS.
DID I SAY KENSETH? I MEANT KASEY KAHNE, BUT THEY’RE
BOTH ON MY MIND. BECAUSE THEY’RE INVOLVED IN THE
ACTION HERE LATE IN THE RACE.>>>TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY OUR
NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES COVERAGE TODAY PRESENTED BY
FEDRATED AUTO PARTS UNDER CAUTION TODAY WITH JUST 12 LAPS
TO GO. SPEEDWAY ALL LIT UP FOR THE
FINISH OF THIS ONE. OUR AERIAL COVERAGE PROVIDED BY
GOODYEAR. GOODYEAR, THE OFFICIAL TIRE OF
NASCAR. BOY, HAD BEEN ENOUGH UPS AND
DOWNS AND TWIST AND TURNS IN THE LAST 100 LAPS OF THIS ONE TO
FILL UP, WELL, TWO PAGES OF NOTES SPECIFICALLY.
AND NOW WE GET SET FOR WHAT MAY OR MAY NOT BE A TEN-LAP DASH TO
THE CHECKERED FLAG WITH JIMMIE JOHNSON LEADING AND JEFF GORDON
RUNNING SECOND.>>ARE.
>>>>GOT TO GET A START. NOT ENOUGH LAPS FOR HIM TO GET
TO YOU.>>HE TALKS ABOUT SOMEBODY
GETTING TO HIM. TALKING ABOUT THE GUYS ON TIRES.
IF HE CAN GET BY JIMMIE JOHNSON, FEELS LIKE HE WILL HAVE A CHANCE
TO WIN IT, GOOD CHANCE.>>THIS RACE HAD SOME MASSIVE
GREEN FLAG RUNS EARLIER IN IT. ONE THAT LASTED 129 LAPS, WHICH
IS ABOUT A THIRD OF THE RACE. AND NOW YELLOW FEVER.
>>I THINK WE’VE BEEN AVERAGING ABOUT FIVE LAP RUNS FOR THE LAST
LITTLE WHILE.>>THIS IS MADDENING FOR THOSE
DRIVERS THAT ARE TRYING TO WORK THEIR WAY IN TO HOMESTEAD,
WHETHER IT’S WIN THIS RACE OR BY POINTS, YOU KNOW, YOU HAD A
WHILE BACK WE HAD HARVICK AND GORDON UP THERE AND JUST WITH
EACH ONE OF THESE, YOU REALIZE THAT IT’S ONLY PUTTING YOU IN
ANOTHER POSITION THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO BE IN.
NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT EXCEPT RACE HARD.
>>GOING TO GET THE ONE TO GO HERE SO WE’LL HAVE A RESTART
WITH NINE LAPS TO GO. AND WHAT A TWISTED PICTURE.
>>YEAH. REMEMBER WHEN DENNY HAMLIN WAS
FAR OUTSIDE THE CUTOFF THERE?>>YEAH.
>>HOW ABOUT JOEY LOGANO WHEN HE WAS OUTSIDE —
>>YEAH.>>JUST, WHAT, 20 MINUTES AGO.
>>AGAIN WHAT IT MEANS FOR A WIN.
IF JIMMIE JOHNSON WINS, THEN THAT MEANS THERE’S GOING TO BE
AT LEAST THREE PLACES ON POINTS AVAILABLE FOR THE HOMESTEAD
FINALE. AND THOSE ARE SO TIGHTLY BUNCHED
TOGETHER AS YOU CAN SEE. BUT IF JEFF GORDON OR HARVICK
CAN GET UP THERE AND WIN OR DENNY HAMLIN, THEY’RE THROUGH.
AND THAT PUTS EVEN MORE PRESSURE ON SOME OF THESE OTHER GUYS AT
PHOENIX NEXT WEEK.>>AND EVEN BRAD KESELOWSKI.
HE IS STILL UP THERE. HE’S FIFTH.
>>SO, THE CARS THAT PITTED, MATT KENSETH AND RYAN NEWMAN,
PRINCIPALLY ARE WAY BACK IN TRAFFIC.
NEWMAN IS 21st FOR THE RESTART. KENSETH IS 25th.
RICKY STENHOUSE GOT THE FREE PASS ON THE CAUTION BACK ON THE
LEAD LAP. SO WE’VE GOT 27 CARS ON THE LEAD
LAP AND THE REAL STORY AT THE FRONT OF FIELD, CAN JEFF GORDON
GET GOING IN THE OUTSIDE LANE. CAN HE GET BACK DOWN BEHIND
JIMMIE JOHNSON IF HE CAN’T GET AROUND HIM IN FRONT OF KURT
BUSCH AND HAVE A SHOT AT RACING HIM.
GORDON’S CAR HAS BEEN BETTER THAN JOHNSON’S ON THE LONGER
RUNS.>>THIS ISN’T CONSIDERED A LONG
RUN. HIS BEST OPTION IS GOING TO BE
SOMEHOW TRY TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO GET HIS BEST RESTART AND GET
TO JIMMIE JOHNSON’S BUMPER AND TRY TO LOOSEN HIM UP HERE IN THE
LAST TEN LAPS.>>OH AND BY THE WAY, WE MAY NOT
BE DONE WITH THE YELLOW FLAG EITHER.
HAD A GREEN/WHITE CHECKERED FINISH IN THE RACE BACK IN
APRIL. HERE IS YOUR RESTART ORDER.
WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT? WE’LL FIND OUT TOGETHER.
JOHNSON AND GORDON ON THE FRONT ROW, PACE CAR IS OFF.
GORDON GETTING A BIG PUSH FROM TONY STEWART.
SEE IF THAT HELPS HIM.>>JAMIE McMURRAY THREE WIDE.
>>HERE COMES HARVICK WITH THOSE TIRES.
>>GORDON BIG RUN! JEFF GORDON TO THE RACE LEAD OFF
TURN TWO! KURT BUSCH TO THE INSIDE OF
JOHNSON. KESELOWSKI THROUGH, THREE WIDE
ON THE BOTTOM! KESELOWSKI AND KURT BUSCH FOR
THIRD PLACE. KEVIN HARVICK RIGHT THERE WITH
BRAD. KESELOWSKI THIRD.
HARVICK FOURTH. THEY’VE GOT TO PASS JIMMIE
JOHNSON AND FIND A WAY TO CATCH JEFF GORDON.
IF THE YELLOW DOESN’T COME OUT, THAT WILL BE AWFULLY TOUGH.
>>I’LL GUARANTEE YOU JEFF GORDON GOES ON TO WIN THIS THAN
HE WILL THANK TONY STEWART WHEN EVER HE GETS THAT OPPORTUNITY,
PROBABLY IN VICTORY LANE IF HE DOES THAT.
THAT WAS THE PUSH THAT GOT HIM UP BESIDE AND KEPT HIM BESIDE
THE 48 TO STAY RIGHT THERE DOWN IN ONE AND TWO AND MADE A HUGE
RUN.>>HARVICK COULDN’T MAKE IT
STICK, STILL BACK THERE RACING WITH KESELOWSKI.
>>TO HAVE ANY CHANCE, HE REALLY NEEDED TO MAKE THAT PASS RIGHT
THEN.>>THIS IS CLOSE.
AND IT’S ALL HELPING JEFF GORDON GET AWAY.
>>YOU SEE HARVICK IS GIVING IT EVERYTHING HE HAS TO GET TO THE
BUMPER OF THE 2 CAR AND LOOSEN HIM UP.
>>MATT KENSETH AND RYAN NEWMAN HAVEN’T MADE ANY PROGRESS.
JOEY LOGANO IS 13th. DENNY HAMLIN IS EIGHTH.
NEWMAN IS 20TH. KENSETH IS 22nd.
FOUR LAPS TO GO. CLINT BOWYER WITH A SLIDE OFF
TURN FOUR AND HE’S INTO THE WALL.
FRONT STRAIGHTAWAY. CAUTION FLAG IS OUT.
>>THE YELLOW IS OUT.>>HE GOT YOU IN THE LEFT REAR.
>>WOW. YOU CAN SEE IT ON HIS FACE.
IF WE COULD SEE JEFF GORDON’S FACE, WE WOULD SEE THE SAME
THING THAT ALLEN GUSTAFSSON WAS SHOWING RIGHT THERE.
>>THINGS GOT TIGHT IN TRAFFIC BACK IN THE PACK.
CLINT BOWYER GOT TURNED A LITTLE SIDEWAYS, SLAPPED THE OUTSIDE
WALL HARD OFF OF TURN NUMBER FOUR, NOT ONCE, BUT TWICE.
>>LOOKED LIKE BOWYER MIGHT HAVE HAD TO CHECK UP JUST A LITTLE
BIT TO STAY OUT OF PAUL MENARD AND THEN GOT TAPPED FROM THE
LEFT REAR.>>ALL CLEAR, STILL.
>>OUTSIDE PROTECT THE BOTTOM. LOOKING LOW INSIDE.
INSIDE. INSIDE.
YOU’RE FINE. STILL LINED UP INSIDE.
LINED UP INSIDE. KEEP IT UP THERE.
KEEP IT UP THERE. KEEP IT UP THERE.
YOU’RE ALMOST OUT.>>ON THE TOP.
STAY ON THE TOP. STILL GREEN.
STILL GREEN.>>SO YELLOW FLAG NUMBER 12
EQUALING THE TRACK RECORD. PIT ROAD OPEN HERE.
DON’T SEE ANY OF THESE FRONT-RUNNERS BEING TAKERS.
THERE’S SO MANY CARS ON THE LEAD LAP.
>>YOU CAN’T — IF YOUR UP FRONT, YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO COME
DOWN RIGHT NOW. JEFF GORDON, WE TALKED ABOUT THE
RESTART OF HIS LIFE AT INDIANAPOLIS I BELIEVE THAT
WAS –>>YEAH.
>>WHAT IS KURT BUSCH DOING?>>COMING DOWN I BELIEVE, ISN’T
HE?>>KURT HAD FALLEN BACK TO 10th
PLACE, HE WILL BE THE FIRST ONE TO COME IN.
VINCE?>>WHAT A DAY IT’S BEEN FOR THE
41, KURT BUSCH, IN HIS FIRST RACE WITH THE NEW CREW CHIEF
TONY GIBSON. THEY’VE HAD ISSUES IN TH EPITS,
THEY HAVE BEEN AT THE FRONT, THEY GAMBLED TO STAY OUT ALL IN
ALL A SOLID DAY FOR THE 41. FOUR TIRES AND AWAY.
>>VERY FEW COMING IN.>>SO SETTING UP FOR A LITTLE
EXTRA RACING. GREEN/WHITE CHECKERED COMING UP
AS WE GO DOWN TO THE PIT STUDIO.>>I SAID IN TALLADEGA I WAS
CHECKING MY HEART RATE BECAUSE I WAS SO NERVOUS.
I FEEL A LITTLE BIT LIKE IT’S THE SAME THING.
>>IT’S CRAZY RIGHT NOW. THIS IS GOING TO BE THE MOST
INCREDIBLE RESTART WE’VE SEEN IN A LONG TIME.
I KNOW THAT TEAM HENDRICK WANTS THAT 24 CAR TO LOCK HIM IN.
I TELL YOU WHAT, JIMMIE JOHNSON WANTS THAT WIN REAL BAD, TOO.
YOU HAVE KESELOWSKI BACK THERE. YOU HAVE HARVICK JUST ALL OVER
HIM. STAY TUNED BECAUSE I REALLY
THINK THAT THIS RESTART IS SOMETHING WE’RE GOING TO
REMEMBER FOR A LONG TIME.>>IT MIGHT BE THE BEST ONE
WE’VE SEEN ALL YEAR.>>JEFF IS FORTUNATE.
HE GOT A GREAT PUSH ON THE LAST RESTART.
HE HAS TO REALLY GET THE RESTART OF HIS LIFE IN ORDER TO KEEP UP
WITH THAT 48.>>CAN’T IMAGINE HE’LL GET ANY
HELP FROM KEVIN HARVICK.>>BRAD KESELOWSKI, PROBABLY
NOT.>>NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.
>>IF YOU’RE JIMMIE JOHNSON AND YOU KNOW WHAT’S ON THE LINE FOR
YOUR TEAMMATE, JEFF GORDON, HOW DO YOU APPROACH THIS RESTART?
>>I STILL THINK YOU HAVE TO GO FOR THE WIN.
I DON’T THINK YOU CAN CONCENTRATE ON THAT.
I THINK BY RACING AS HARD ADDS YOU POSSIBLY CAN, TRYING TO WIN
THIS RACE, IT WILL ALLOW 24 TO DO HIS BEST.
YOU TRY TO HELP HIM IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM, IT CAN MESS YOU
UP.>>YEP.
JUST CHECKING. HEART RATE IS ELEVATED.
IT’S NOT NORMAL.>>ALL RIGHT,SIR, NICOLE.
ONE TO GO HERE. SO LOOK AT THE LAST RESTART,
JEFF GORDON CHOOSE THE OUTSIDE?>>HE DID.
I WAS JUST LOOKING. I CAN’T BELIEVE WHAT I’M SEEING.
>>WOW. HERE IS THAT PUSH FROM TONY
STEWART YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT D.J.
>>YEAH. YOU CAN SEE THE HUGE PUSH TO
ALLOW HIM TO STAY BESIDE THE 48. AS THEY GOT DOWN HERE, YOU CAN
SEE HE GETS DOWN ON THE QUARTER PANEL JUST A LITTLE BIT.
JIMMIE NOT ABLE TO GET BACK TO THE GAS.
JEFF GETS A HUGE RUN. JEFF THINKS BECAUSE OF THAT
THAT’S WHY HE CHOSE THAT. HE IS IN CONTROL OF THE RESTART
HERE.>>YEAH.
GOT TO BE.>>WONDER IF HE CAN COUNT ON A
PUSH FROM KEVIN HARVICK.>>HE CAN COUNT ON KEVIN GOING
THREE WIDE. BUT IT MIGHT BE FOUR WIDE
BECAUSE I THEY 2 CAR HAS THE SAME KIND OF THOUGHTS HERE ON
THIS START.>>TALKED ABOUT INTENSITY, WHAT
IT MEANS.>>YEP.
>>WHAT IT CAN MEAN.>>AND OF COURSE FOR JIMMIE
JOHNSON, IT’S JUST A TROPHY. IT’S ANOTHER RACE WIN.
>>HERE WE GO, BEAST MODE, LET’S GO.
>>HARVICK MAY PUSH THIS 24. THAT’S HIS BEST SHOT.
GET BY THERE AND JUST THE TWO OF THEM, HE GET BY THE 48, THAT
GIVES HIM THE BEST OPPORTUNITY. HE MAY TRY TO PUSH THE 24.
>>GREEN/WHITE CHECKERED. ATTEMPT NUMBER ONE.
CONTACT GORDON AND KESELOWSKI!>>DOWNSIDE ALSO.
>>KESELOWSKI TO THE OUTSIDE OF JOHNSON FOR THE RACE LEAD!
>>ALL CLEAR. ALL CLEAR.
>>JEFF GORDON MAY HAVE A FLAT TIRE.
YEAH, HE DOES.>>GORDON IS SPINNING.
TURN FOUR.>>SPINNING HERE.
>>WE’LL HAVE ANOTHER ATTEMPT AT A GREEN/WHITE CHECKERED.
>>WHO WAS THE LEADER RIGHT THERE WHEN THAT CAUTION CAME?
2 OR THE 48?>>THEY’LL LET US KNOW.
BUT TALK ABOUT A DISASTROUS TURN OF EVENTS FOR JEFF GORDON.
>>COME ON DOWN HERE GET FOUR TIRES.
>>THAT WAS SOME CONTACT WITH BRAD KESELOWSKI.
>>SO JIMMIE JOHNSON WILL BE THE RACE LEADER.
JEFF GORDON IS ON PIT ROAD.>>GO, GO, GO, GO GO!
JUST GO! AND JEFF GORDON MIGHT LOSE A LAP
HERE ON THIS PIT STOP.>>GO, GO, GO, GO, GO, GO.
>>HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO GO WITH THAT FLAT TIRE ON THE LEFT SIDE.
TO TRY AND STAY AHEAD OF JIMMIE JOHNSON.
>>I DON’T THINK HE MADE IT.>>HAVE TO CHECK.
I’M NOT SURE WHY THEY WENT TO THE RIGHT SIDE FIRST.
>>YEAH. JEFF DID NOT BEAT THE LEADER TO
THE SCORING LINE AT THE END OF PIT ROAD, SO HE IS GOING TO HAVE
TO STOP. HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO GET IN
LINE BETWEEN 48 AND 2 AND THEN HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO PIT AGAIN
ANY WAY. JEFF HAS LOST A LAP AND GOING TO
GO TO THE END OF THE LINE FOR PITTING TOO SOON AND IT’S A BIG
DISASTER FOR JEFF GORDON ON THE GREEN/WHITE CHECKERED HERE IN
TEXAS.>>I REALLY BELIEVE, HATE TO
SECOND GUESS SOMEONE, I REALLY BELIEVE IT WAS THAT CHOICE HE
MADE TO GO TO THE OUTSIDE. BRAD KESELOWSKI WAS READY TO GO,
THOUGH. YOU CAN SEE THE CONTACT IS WHAT
CUT THE LEFT REAR TIRE.>>THREE WIDE.
>>WOW.>>MATT KENSETH MUST HAVE SEEN A
LOT THAT HE DIDN’T LIKE, TOO. HE JUST BARELY AVOIDED.
>>THE BIG MISTAKE WAS NOT CHANGING THE LEFT SIDE TIRES
FIRST AND TRY TO STAY ON THE LEAD LAP.
THAT’S GOING TO COST THEM DEARLY.
>>THERE IS KENSETH JAMIE.>>HE HAD THE DAMAGE EARLIER.
SO THEY JUST TOLD HIM, WE DON’T HAVE ANY NEW TIRES.
MATT SAID, WELL, THAT’S BAD NEWS.
LOT OF THESE GUYS, REMEMBER, THEY’RE PUTTING LUG NUTS ON OLD
TIRES WITH JUST A FEW LAPS ON. THEY’RE CHECKING THE DAMAGE
THERE. NOT MANY CHASE DRIVERS UNSCATHED
AFTER TONIGHT’S EVENTS.>>ALL RIGHT.
GOOD TO GO.>>SO CONTACT BETWEEN BRAD
KESELOWSKI AND JEFF GORDON. RACING WITH JIMMIE JOHNSON FOR
THE LEAD AFTER THE GREEN/WHITE CHECKER RESTART.
RESULTS A FLAT TIRE AND SPIN ON THE 24 AND KESELOWSKI WILL FIND
HIMSELF ALONG JOHNSON FOR THE GREEN/WHITE CHECKERED.
>>WHEN YOU WENT THREE DOWN.>>GOT A BETTER RUN THAN HE DID.
IT’S JUST RACING.>>HERE IS ANOTHER LOOK.
>>SEE KESELOWSKI JUST HAS A HUGE RUN.
GORDON LEAVES THE DOOR OPEN JUST A LITTLE BIT THERE.
IT WAS JUST A LITTLE OPEN AND BRAD MADE IT A LOT WIDER.
THE WAY THIS THING HAS DEVELOPED, IT’S REALLY TIGHTENED
THE WHOLE FIELD THE TOP EIGHT. JUST FROM JEFF GORDON WHO IS
HOLDING ON THE THAT FOURTH SPOT BACK TO HARVICK IN EIGHTH.
THERE’S ONLY EIGHT POINTS NOW. I’M SITTING HERE LOOKING AT CARL
EDWARDS WHO AT ONE TIME WAS TWO LAPS DOWN IN THIS RACE.
>>AND HE’S EIGHTH.>>UNBELIEVABLE.
>>JOEY LOGANO IS UP TO 11th. RYAN NEWMAN BACK IN 20th.
KENSETH 27th. GORDON 29th.
AND KESELOWSKI HAS A CHANCE FOR ANOTHER WIN LIKE HIS VICTORY AT
TALLADEGA COMING BACK FROM DIFFICULTIES EARLIER IN THE
RACE.>>I’M LIKE NICOLE.
MY HEART RATE IS UP.>>SECOND ATTEMPT AT A
GREEN/WHITE CHECKERED.>>SEEN KESELOWSKI DO SOME
INCREDIBLE THINGS IN THESE SITUATIONS.
CAN HE DO IT ONCE AGAIN?>>BY THE WAY, DON’T FORGET
ABOUT KYLE BUSCH WHO HAS COME BACK FROM DIFFICULTIES EARLIER
AND RUNS THIRD.>>RIGHT SIDE OF THAT THING IS
MANGLED.>>DO WE SETTLE IT HERE OR GO TO
A THIRD ATTEMPT IN OVERTIME? McMURRAY ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE
APRON. THIS IS FOR THE RACE LEAD COMING
TO THE WHITE FLAG. HARVICK REALLY GOT THE 2 CAR
LOOSE RIGHT THERE. OH, HE’S GOING TO TURN HIM.
NOPE. HE SAVED IT.
>>WHITE FLAG! LAST LAP.
HARVICK GETS BY KESELOWSKI. BUT UNLESS THERE’S A SLIP, HE’S
NOT GOING TO HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO CATCH JIMMIE.
A FRANTIC FINISH AND FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW, JIMMIE
JOHNSON WINS THE CHASE RACE IN TEXAS!
>>GREAT JOB! CONGRATULATIONS, GUYS.
AWESOME DAY OUT HERE. AWESOME DAY.
JIMMIE, YOU DROVE YOUR ASS OFF, MAN.
>>YEAH, BUDDY. THANK YOU.
>>I’LL TELL YOU, HE DID. HE WASN’T THE ONLY ONE.
THAT WAS SOME DRIVING RIGHT THERE.
>>WOW. THAT WAS INTENSE.
WHAT A RACE. SO FOR JIMMIE JOHNSON, HIS FIRST
WIN IN 18 RACES.>>RED VEST DAY, BABY.
RED VEST.>>AND HIS FOURTH WIN OF THIS
SEASON. AGAIN, HE WINS THIS RACE AT
TEXAS FOR THE THIRD-STRAIGHT YEAR.
KESELOWSKI FINISHES THIRD. HARVICK IS SECOND.
EDWARDS NINTH. HAMLIN TENTH.
LOGANO 12th. NEWMAN 15th.
KENSETH 25th AND GORDON 29th.>>WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE
POINTS, JIMMIE JOHNSON CELEBRATE, WHAT AN UNBELIEVABLE
DAY WE’LL SEE NEXT WEEK IN PHOENIX WITH EVERYBODY IN THE
MIX.>>THAT JUST PUT THEM ALL RIGHT
BACK IN IT. EVERYBODY.
SEE JEFF GORDON PROBABLY NOT VERY HAPPY WITH THE 2 CAR THERE
MAYBE. MAY HAVE A TALK WITH HIM.
>>I BELIEVE HE WANTS TO HAVE A CONVERSATION AND HAVE IT RIGHT
NOW. [SCREAMING]
[SCREAMING]>>AS YOU SAW RIGHT IN THE
MIDDLE OF THAT IS OUR JAMIE LITTLE.
>>WELL, BRAD IS A LITTLE BEAT UP, SPITTING BLOOD OUT AND I SEE
BLOOD AROUND YOUR FOREHEAD. WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON WHAT
HAPPENED WITH JEFF GORDON?>>YOU KNOW, WE’RE JUST RACING
FOR THE WIN. I DIDN’T WRECK HIM.
JUST RACED HIM HARD. HE LEFT A HOLE AND, YOU KNOW,
EVERYTHING YOU WATCH IN RACING YOU LEAVE A HOLE YOU’RE SUPPOSED
TO GO FOR IT. IT CLOSED BACK UP.
WE MADE CONTACT. YOU KNOW, I DON’T WANT TO RUIN
ANYONE’S DAY. I WANTED TO WIN THE RACE.
THAT WAS OUR OPPORTUNITY. AND JUST DIDN’T COME TOGETHER.
>>BRAD, WE KNOW THAT YOU’RE FIERCE ON THE RACETRACK, BUT
WE’RE SEEING THIS BUBBLING OVER RACE AFTER RACE NOW.
DO YOU THINK THAT THIS IS A FAIR WAY TO DEAL WITH THINGS ON
TRACK?>>WELL, I MEAN, I DON’T SEE —
I’VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT OF RIVALRIES.
I GOT A LITTLE BLOOD ON ME RIGHT NOW.
YOU KNOW, I’VE BEEN ROUGHED UP AND PUT IN THE GRAND STANDS AND
WRECKED AND DONE ALL THAT STUFF. I’M STILL HERE FIGHTING.
IT’S NOT GOING TO CHANGE THE WAY I RACE.
I RACE WITH 100% INTENSITY.>>DO YOU THINK THAT NASCAR
SHOULD LET THIS BE SATLED BETWEEN YOU GUYS AND STAY OUT OF
IT AT THIS POINT?>>I’M TOO CLOSE TO THE FIRE TO
MAKE THOSE DECISIONS. I DO KNOW THAT IT’S MY JOB TO
RACE 100%. AND THAT’S WHAT I DID TODAY.
DIDN’T WRECK ANYONE, BUT I CERTAINLY RACED HARD.
AND THAT’S NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF.
>>THANKS, BRAD FOR YOUR TIME. LET’S GO TO DOC.
>>WE ARE WITH JEFF DOWN HERE IN RICK HENDRICK COMING UP TO GIVE
JEFF A HUG AND TALK TO HIS DRIVER.
HE KNOWS HOW DISAPPOINTED JEFF IS GIVEN THE FACT THAT JEFF —
TAKE US THROUGH THE FINAL RESTART THERE IN THE CONTENT.
>>YEAH. YOU KNOW, WE WERE SITTING THERE
ON OLDER TIRES. SPUN THE TIRES LITTLE BIT BUT
GOT A DECENT START. YOU KNOW, WE WENT DOWN INTO ONE
AND I JUST WANTED TO GET THE OUTSIDE OF THE 48 AND OUT OF
NOWHERE I JUST GOT SLAMMED WITH THE 2 AND IT CUT MY LEFT REAR
TIRE. HE IS JUST A DIP [BLEEP].
THE WAY HE RACES, I DON’T KNOW HOW HE HAS EVER WON A
CHAMPIONSHIP AND I’M SICK AND TIRED.
THAT’S WHY EVERYBODY IS FIGHTING AND RUNNING DOWN.
YOUR EMOTIONS ARE HIGH. THAT WAS A HUGE, HUGE RACE FOR
US. WE HAD THE CAR.
WE HAD THE POSITION. SO PROUD OF MY TEAM.
I’M PROUD OF JIMMIE FOR WINNING THAT RACE AND NOT LETTING THAT
LITTLE — YOU KNOW WHAT WIN THAT RACE.
OH MY GOSH.>>THE CONFLICT WITH BRAD ON PIT
ROAD YOU CAME OUT AND PULLED ON TO PIT ROAD TO TALK TO HIM.
TELL US ABOUT WHAT THE CONVERSATION WAS.
>>YOU CAN’T HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH HIM.
I MEAN, HE BEATS HIS OWN DRUM. GETS HIMSELF IN THIS POSITION
HIMSELF AND HE HAS TO PAY THE CONSEQUENCES.
YOU KNOW, I’M GOING TO RACE HIM THE SAME WAY HE RACES ME BUT
THAT KIND OF STUFF JUST UNCALLED FOR AND I’M NOT GOING TO STAND
FOR IT.>>WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES AS
FAR AS WITH HIM AND SHOULD NASCAR GET INVOLVED OR IS THIS
BETWEEN YOU TWO?>>TO THEM I’M SURE IT’S JUST A
RACING INCIDENT, BUT TO ME IT’S JUST A BUNCH OF CRAP.
I MEAN, THE KID IS JUST DOING STUFF WAY OVER HIS HEAD AND
THAT’S JUST UNCALLED FOR. YOU ARE RACING FOR A WIN AND A
CHAMPIONSHIP. YOU DON’T GO SLAM SOMEBODY AND
CUT THEIR LEFT REAR TIRE. IF THAT’S WHAT IT TAKES, THEN NO
PROBLEM. I CAN DO THE SAME THING BACK TO
HIM.>>JEFF GORDON, HIS SIDE OF THE
STORY. LET’S GO TO DAVE BURNS.
>>STANDING BY WITH KEVIN HARVICK, WHO HAS WITNESSED
ANOTHER BRAWL FOLLOWING A RACE HERE.
THIS TIME ONLY FROM SECOND POSITION.
TALK ABOUT TRYING TO PUSH THROUGH THE TWO THERE AT THE END
AND TRYING TO WIN THIS RACE.>>YEAH.
JUST TRYING TO DO ALL YOU COULD DO AND OBVIOUSLY IT WAS A NO
HOLDS BAR WITH THE TWO. HE WAS IN BULLDOZE MODE.
PROUD OF OUR TEAM. FOUGHT ALL DAY.
LOT HAPPENED AT THE END OF THIS RACE AND WE WERE ABLE TO PUT
OURSELF BACK IN THE HUNT.>>AGAIN, SEEING THE EMOTION
AFTER THE RACE LIKE THIS, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU, KEVIN,
ABOUT HOW THIS CHASE IS BEING PLAYED?
>>IT’S BEING PLAYED ROUGH. YOU KNOW, IT’S JUST ONE OF THOSE
DEALS WHERE EVERYBODY IS TRYING TO GET EVERYTHING THEY CAN AND
YOU JUST DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN DO TO DO THE BEST YOU CAN FOR
YOUR TEAM.>>ALL RIGHT.
10-4. KEVIN HARVICK FINISHING SECOND
HERE TONIGHT.>>AND WHILE ALL THAT’S BEEN
GOING ON, JIMMIE JOHNSON DID THE BURNOUTS AND HAS DRIVEN INTO
VICTORY LANE. OUR VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW
PRESENTED BY 5-HOUR ENERGY. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE].
>>WITH ALL THE EMOTION THAT HAS BEEN SPILLING OVER AFTER THE
CHECKERED FLAG, I CAN ASSURE THERE’S A LOT OF EMOTION IN SIDE
THIS TEAM RIGHT. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU,
JIMMIE?>>GOOD JOB, BUDDY.
>>ABSOLUTELY. JUST STAY — IT’S A TESTAMENT TO
THIS TEAM AND THE FACT THAT WE’LL NEVER GIVE UP.
WE’LL ALWAYS KEEP FIGHTING. WE’RE NOT IN THE CHASE.
WE’RE NOT WHERE WE WANT TO BE. FIGHTING FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
BUT GREAT DAY TODAY HERE WITH THIS RED VEST LOWE’S CHEVROLET.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT WORK IN THE STORES
AND WEAR THAT VEST EACH AND EVERYDAY.
IT WAS JUST A CHASE THAT WAS TOUGH FOR US BUT TO REDEEM
OURSELVES HERE AND COME OUT WITH A VICTORY, IS REALLY, REALLY
COOL. LAST WEEK IN HOMESTEAD WHEN WE
WERE TESTING, WE FOUND SOME SPEED WE’VE BEEN MISSING AND
FOUND COMFORT IN THE CAR AND GOT IT RIGHT.
HAD A GREAT TEST THERE. BROUGHT THAT HERE AND OLD RED
GOT IT DONE.>>YOU’VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT OF
THE SIX CHAMPIONSHIPS. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF SOME OF THE
THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON AND THE EMOTIONS AND THE FIGHTING AND
ALL OF THE EXTRACURRICULARS THAT ARE GOING ON DURING THE COURSE
OF THIS CHAMPIONSHIP RUN?>>YEAH.
IT’S INTENSE. I MEAN, EMOTIONS RUN HIGH.
WHEN SOMEBODY DOES YOU WRONG, YOU KNOW F YOU DON’T HAVE A
CHANCE TO REPAY THEM ON THE RACETRACK, LIKE MOST BRING IT
INTO THE GARAGE AREA AND DO SOMETHING WITH IT THERE.
EMOTIONS ARE HIGH. IT’S WHAT WE’RE ALL IN A
POSITION TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP AND THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS.
SO, I’M SURE IT WAS HIGHLY ENTERTAINING TODAY.
CAN’T WAIT TO GO BACK AND WATCH THE TAPE.
BUT ONCE AGAIN, JUST SO PROUD OF EVERYBODY, HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS,
GREAT CAR, GREAT ENGINE. LOWE’S CHEVROLET, THIS IS A
FANTASTIC DAY. KOBALT TOOLS AS WELL.
>>JIMMIE JOHNSON WINS AT TEXAS.>>SO LOOKING BACK AT SOME OF
THE EMOTIONS THAT BOILED OVER HERE AFTER THE RACE, JUST A
SMALL LITTLE DETAIL THAT IS WORTH NOTING, WATCH BRAD
KESELOWSKI THERE AND FROM THE LEFT SIDE OF THE GROUPING —
THAT WAS HARVICK. JAMIE LITTLE IS RIGHT IN THE
MIDDLE OF IT, TOO.>>A FEW WEEKS AGO, DIDN’T
REALLY CLASSIFY THAT AS A FIGHT. I THINK THAT BEEN CLOSER MORE TO
WRESTLING AND PEOPLE DISAGREEING, BUT THAT WAS AN
ALL-OUT FIGHT RIGHT THERE. THERE WILL BE SOME BUMPS AND
BRUISES ON THAT ONE FROM A LOT OF FOLKS’ PART.
>>THERE WERE A LOT OF PUNCHES THROWN IN THAT ONE.
>>WE ALL KNEW AND JUST AS JIMMIE WAS POINTING OUT, WITH
THIS FORMAT, THAT ALL OF THIS WAS GOING TO RAMP UP THE
PRESSURES AND EVERYTHING THAT WAS GOING TO TAKE PLACE ON THE
RACETRACK.>>THE DRIVERS AND TEAMS WHOSE
CARS ARE BACK IN THE GARAGE AREA AFTER THE RACE WATCHING OUR
TELECAST EARLIER AND SEEING WHAT HAPPENED.
SO, CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS HEADED TO THE FINAL RACE OF THE
ELIMINATOR ROUND WHERE FOUR WILL BE ELIMINATED.
LOOK AT THIS. HOW CLOSE COULD IT BE FOR THAT
ELIMINATION SPOT? AND OF COURSE, IF SOMEBODY WINS
AT PHOENIX THAT’S A CHAMPIONSHIP ELIGIBLE DRIVER, THAT CHANGES
THAT WHOLE PICTURE ALSO. SO THERE WILL BE DESPERATE
PEOPLE AT PHOENIX RACING FOR THE WIN.
>>THIS IS MUST-SEE. I’M GLAD WE’LL BE THERE AND BE A
PART OF IT.>>SO “SPORTSCENTER” IS COMING
UP NEXT. RICKY CRAVEN IN OUR ESPN STUDIOS
READY TO CONTINUE THE COVERAGE OF A WILD NIGHT IN TEXAS.
>>>NEXT WEEKEND, SATURDAY THE NATIONWIDE SERIES CHASE ELLIOTT
COULD BE CROWNED CHAMPION AND NEXT SUNDAY THE FINAL RACE OF
THE ELIMINATOR ROUND FROM PHOENIX.
BOTH ON ESPN NEXT WEEKEND. JIMMIE JOHNSON WINS TONIGHT, BUT
THEY’LL ALL BE TALKING ABOUT GORDON, KESELOWSKI AND HARVICK
POST RACE.

99 comments on “NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Full Race – 2014 AAA Texas 500”

  1. Jeriat Gillum says:

    Oh my God, they actually showed OUR skyline and not Dallas'… 

  2. bmike2521 says:

    'Murica

  3. BlueFlag Alpha says:

    CLINT BOWYER DOESNT WRECK ITSELF
    SO WHY NASCAR THREW OUT THE FUCKING CAUTION!!!!!!???
    AND CAUSE SOME DRIVERS TO LOSE MOMENTUM!!!!!

  4. BlueFlag Alpha says:

    EVENTHOUGH IM 24 FAN

    AND A BARD BRAD HATERS
    BUT BOTH DRIVERS DID SOMETHING WRONG
    GORDON IN THE OUTSIDE LANE
    OPEN SOME ROOM FOR BRAD
    BRAD AGRESSIVELY SQUEEZE IN
    GORDON TRIED TO BLOCK IT BUT ITS TOO LATE
    WHAT THE FUCK IS HIS SPOTTER DOING??????!!!!!!

  5. ian zhou says:

    I love how they include the brawl in this video

  6. Sabbath bassdude says:

    Beat Keselowski, Harvick, and Logano at Phoenix, Gordon. We're counting on you for this championship

  7. Kenneth Rinderhagen says:

    time 17:30 Brad 26th Position Danica Patrick starting at the end because of transmission change  

  8. rusty wallace says:

    Did i see something that nobody else (NASCAR) seen ? Was'nt Johnson ahead of Jeff on that restart at the line,

  9. Karl Stenbeck says:

    good race! you have to watch the anthem, the flyover and the start your engines if youre a true fan. the eagle landing on the guys arm is a total plus! rusty, dale and wally are awesome and jeff burton will be around soon we hope. i didnt see darrell waltrip, must be saving him for the championship. also didnt hear a lot of allmendingers this race either. notice near the end of the race all the cars have their blades out and jeff looked like he moved down on keselowski to protect johnson or just himself and jeff was pissed he ended up in 29th. watch every race from 2014 and tell me this isnt a good season!

  10. Mac And Cheese says:

    They should have different chases like the champion chase top 12 drivers and runner up 13th to 24th and so on

  11. Baba Yaga says:

    That last restart I watch with Jeff Gordon at least 20 times Brad Keselowski what the fuck is you talkin about there was a hole I did not see anything especially a hole big enough for your stupid ass car SMDFH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Jay Wilkins says:

    Brad is awesome, he isn't going to lay down and roll over for anyone, the problem with most of these guys is they don't like to be raced and he races them 100% every lap. Fans have been bitching the last 10 years that drivers are not more aggressive and don't show any emotions then when someone comes along like that they get all pissed!

  13. Jimmy Dean says:

    This was Gordon's fault

  14. Steve B says:

    new chase format sucks…. if anyone of the 8 drivers win the next race, Gordon has to hope the three drivers ahead of him all finish outside the top 10 (very unlikely)….. this is WWE, not motorsport…

  15. Clay wells says:

    Jeff Gordon you're a baby. He raced you clean. You went down on him, he didn't come up on you. He did what  any driver who wanted to win would have done. I've watched the clip three times. You came down on  him dip-mongus

  16. Clay wells says:

    Nascar made the racing too safe. Look how empty the stands are. Before the Car of Tomorrow those stands were packed with 160,000 fans. Oh yeah, look how pussy Harvick was just like the pussy that he is. Has he ever fought someone face to face? Pushing people in the back? Coward.

  17. BombasticLove87 says:

    Commentators said it, Jeff Gordon's mistake was picking the outside line and for messing up the pit stop to be a lap down. 

  18. Emmanuel Alvarado says:

    It's like they new shit was going down.

  19. bkaOutdoors says:

    fuck you brad you horse teeth dip shit

  20. Chechi De La Rocha says:

    The irony in the commentary is so hilarious, when they said that harvick can give Jeff a push to helped him, he did when the brawl happen LOL

  21. R. Allan Foster says:

    I can not thank NASCAR enough for putting the replay of the races on you/tube, if they hadn't I would have never been able to watch them, THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH!

  22. R. Allan Foster says:

    I hope they put the whole season up to watch this winter, that would be awesome.

  23. Karl Stenbeck says:

    "change my tires!" " but the race is over…" " just change 'em!"
    jeff gordon almost pulled the famous move from days of thunder! his guys were goona do the lefts but he was like "screw it! gotta go!"

  24. Karl Stenbeck says:

    spits out red gatorade, not blood. looks like it but watch again you can tell

  25. wizzjo1nt5 says:

    NASCAR sure didn't waste any time throwing that yellow for Clint scraping the wall did they.

  26. Emmanuel Alvarado says:

    The Great Clips crew were fuckin people up in the foreground. Haha

  27. budwar65 says:

    not really Jeffs fan, but he is Hendrick………

  28. Yan Espinosa says:

    I love both, Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon but I lost my respect for Brad for doing what he did to Gordon. I'm sorry, I don't feel the same anymore. He's a dick! #Team24

  29. Yan Espinosa says:

    Bro, always will be a Team99 Fan ❤️

  30. michael touse says:

    good job jeff

  31. Hadès Azazel says:

    Contrairement à beaucoup d'entre vous moi je trouve ce systhème de chase completement nul (et je pèse mes mots) . En début de saison on nous a dit que c'était fait pour revaloriser les victoires, et on se retrouve avec 8 pilotes dont 2 n'ayant aucune victoire! ou est les mieux là dedans? si c'était pour stopper Jimmie Johnson, fallait lui laisser le pace car comme voiture de course, comment peut on raisonnablement élire un champion sur une seule course, alors qu'il y en a 36 au chamionnat? (plus 2 hors championnat). 2 éxemples  que sa n'est pas un chase équitable. Johnson éliminer à Talladéga sortie par un autre pilote, saison terminée, Pire Kyle Busch (2è du classement aussi à Talladéga, sortie par Biffle, lui aussi saison terminée) ou est la logique? même Gordon c'est fait sortir par Keselowski au Kansas (lui il lui reste 1 chance). Pour une justice, éspérons que se soit Logano le champion cette année, mais faut changer se truc merdique. Fallait laisser tous les points marqués dans la saison, en enlevevant la + mauvaise course de chacun par éxemple, mais sa, sa n'est + du sport auto mais 1 loterie, c'est bien triste que la Nascar en soit arrivé là. (Chris du fan club Nascar 67).

  32. babaloo42 says:

    That wasn't as bad a move as it sounded like on the radio.
    Gotta love Harvick bringing people together. He's a people person.

  33. MichaelMyers87 says:

    Fuckin stupid as hell. Gordon legit had the race won, with 5 laps to go. Until bullshit happened, in the forms of Clint Bowyer & Brad Keselowski. Fuck em both, but especially Brad. Brad SEEN Gordon going down to the inside, he should've know at least 1 of em would've wrecked: If he tried squeezing thru while Gordon was going down to the inside.

    The way Brad's been wrecking people left and right all 2014 season long, he should be fired. Or at least have to sit out the entire 2015 Sprint Cup Season.
     

  34. Joseph Pasquini says:

    Fuck Brad

  35. Role Playing Garchomp says:

    I was there that day.

  36. ian zhou says:

    What a race, great race, a fight broke out and my favorite driver won the race:)

  37. Paulo Paim says:

    Fight in 4:11:30

  38. Daniel Blackwell says:

    im a jeff gordon and dale jr fan but brad klesowski like i used to like brad before he wrecked gordon but now i hate him h was about to win that race but i still don't know why jeff picked the outside that was just dome i don't know what he was thinking

  39. Daniel Blackwell says:

    jeff was about to win the race i mean

  40. Daniel Blackwell says:

    for the new chase im going for lagono and harvick 

  41. Greg Stephens says:

    Still don't see what Brad did so wrong here?

  42. TooSweetVlogger says:

    How many times has Jeff Gordon looked like he was gonna cruise to victory and lose the race thanks to Clint Bowyer?

  43. Santiago Machado says:

    Is there a need to name the fuel brand every time a driver pits? -_-

  44. carlsberg grebslac says:

    Nascar stole this win from Gordon in an effort to boost ratings. Cautions were thrown this post-season that had no business being called, and this was one of them. Way to destroy your own credibility, Nascar. The empty grandstands are a clear indicator that you are going in the right direction by exchanging pure racing for scripted drama.

  45. Rich N Michelle says:

    I just hope someone listened to Bowyer's radio…. That's twice he was the caution that changed the chase, and he is no friend of Jeff Gordon.

  46. Hadès Azazel says:

    Bon au final je trouve que Kevin Harwick fait un très beau champion 2014 (comme l'aurait était Logano). J'aurais voulu voir Newman champion juste pour voir la tête des instances de la Nascar. (Comme il l'a dit lui même le champion est celui qui marque le + de points, pour sa il a était bon, pour ce qui est du panache c'est autre chose, sauf peut être à Miami ou il a fait la course de sa saison) bref décidément je n'aime pas ce format qui n'a aucune logique. Faut dire que cette année pour la F1 ils ont aussi doublé les points sur la dernière course, mais sa n'a rien changé, les courses sont parfaites pour faire la sièste et être en forme pour regarder la Nascar les dimanches soir.

  47. Sam Daily says:

    JOHNSON,,The best driver in the last 20 years!,,,,,,,,

  48. Vectoze says:

    Who care what happened, Jeff pretty much kicked Brad's ass in that fight..

  49. GimmeLeather says:

    Jimmie turning under Kenseth at the 2:34:00 restart was sweet.  

  50. AllaboutheWaves says:

    When Gordon got out of his car, you can hear someone in the background saying "BEAT HIS ASS" LMAO

  51. Ryan Harris says:

    I don't understand that they can lap someone on a mile long track!
    An they should ad A more pant screen check my channel

  52. -Beastlington the Bard- says:

    why did harvick's team start the fight? i noticed one of the crew members pushed keselowski that sparked it.

  53. UnitedHooligansTV says:

    BK had a hole,Gordon's the real dipshit

  54. 2dModder | classic name! | says:

    17:47 Beginning of teh r4c3

  55. Adolf hitler says:

    #48 that's my boy!

  56. Rhys Macdonald says:

    Heya. Amazing Effort! festive cattle !

  57. Daniel Carter says:

    I'm a Denny Hamlin fan….and I was absolutely ecstatic to see Jeff Gordon kick BK's ass.

    Altogether, this was the best race I've ever watched, and best chase. I love this new format!

  58. austin blayney says:

    Man when that last caution came out we had NO idea what was to come next

  59. PalmPotatoe Gaming Channel says:

    +Andrew Allan Brad was so dumb he tried three wide then hits 24 on purpose since at that he was points leader that and Newman nudging Larson out to get in the fast 4

  60. Steven Dunlap says:

    I got to go to this race. Not a bad first one. 😂

  61. Chad Lykins says:

    The race that ended Gordon's chances at No. 5.

    Still a difficult ending to watch knowing how well Gordon finished the season.

  62. WestCoastFishing says:

    I lost Brad Keselowski's respect after this race, I appreciate his fierce competitiveness but he made a stupid fucken move

  63. WestCoastFishing says:

    This race showed Kevin Harvick's respect for Jeff Gordon as he tried to wreck keselowski coming to the final lap

  64. Alex Knight says:

    As a Gordon fan, I can finally watch this video with a big smile on my face!

  65. DaveyMurray1 says:

    It's funny how everybody calls Jeff a pussy. Yet Jeff has been a part of the vast majority of fights in NASCAR in the last ten years or so.

  66. Jacob Bayers says:

    Fuck Gordon thank god Kyle won Busch won the championship

  67. Jacob Bayers says:

    And fuck harvick he started it

  68. Jacob Bayers says:

    Just shows that Gordon is an old fart and is not competitive like Brad is

  69. Tommy Reynolds says:

    it is so sad that Gordon left

  70. AlextheSportsFan says:

    I punched a wall when this happened. it was worth the hell raising in my house and saying we'd need a drywall contractor after all the wall punching.

  71. ConPop Shitokey says:

    The best part of the whole coverage was Hamlin and Kenseth's teams watching the fight on the tv.

  72. Sandy Kam says:

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  73. Josh colm diaz says:

    the race that end the drive for five jeff gordon your 2014 nascar champion

  74. Josh colm diaz says:

    Jeff Gordon Is your ture 2014 Nascar sprint cup champion

  75. Josh colm diaz says:

    Jeff Gordon Is your ture 2014 Nascar sprint cup champion

  76. Bobba Rockersons says:

    I had the privilege to attend my first nascar race and to see My man Mr. 6 time win it but damn what a race with Gordon and brad at the end

  77. Aerosolarium says:

    Man, during the fight Keselowski just got grabbed by some guy and went under. Harvick fan here, but why did he have to do that?

  78. trevor phipps vlogs says:

    dude i was at this race in brad interbiew my seats were right behind him the crowd lost there shit when his face came on the big screens for that interbiew

  79. the most pointless channel on youtube says:

    now jeff knows how it feels when someone takes away your chance at a championship

  80. WhiteStoner 420 says:

    I was thinking Jeff Gordon was going to win the race but that sucks

  81. BlueBird 228 says:

    2:22:02 HOLY CRAP DAT SOUND IS PURE LOVE

  82. BlueBird 228 says:

    Gordon & Keslowski are having a not so friendly talk and then Kevin Harvick comes out of no where and pushed brad. woooooooooooow

  83. alpha 24 says:

    I went to this race and was excited when My favorite Nascar Driver was leading. I never got to see him win a race at Texas and it would have been great to see him win! Too bad The 2 car wrecked him Jeff probably would have won the championship that year if he did win!

  84. Carter Courtney says:

    4:15:00 Jeff Gordon Interview

  85. Sami Joseph Yahya says:

    Just when your favorite driver has only one win at your home track is kinda sad

  86. Cole says:

    4:09:00 Final Restart

  87. Sean Conner says:

    2:27:33 Lol

  88. Austin LaPlante says:

    I feel so bad for Jamie Little right there…

  89. The Tech From Heaven says:

    Cars running glued to the top, drivers struggling with loose, fast and happy cars, this used to be Real Racetrack © but the repave ruined it. Lets see how the 2019 package looks here

  90. Wholetthebirdouts says:

    Hendrick best season in years

  91. Tyman101 says:

    I myself am a Jeff Gordon fan and I won’t even be bias here, but if you watch the replay you can not argue with me on this one but Jeff did not come down In front of Brad on that restart.

  92. dalejr183 says:

    Harvick The Instigator pushed Brad from behind after the race on pit road

  93. Jordan Fugate says:

    Poor Jamie Little was caught up right in the middle of that brawl

  94. E93 Sports says:

    i wonder how Jeff Gordon felt when he saw the replay and saw Kevin Harvick shoving Brad Keselowski.

  95. sideslick1024 says:

    I'm struggling to understand what Gordon thought was gonna happen when he left that giant hole for Brad in the middle open, lmao.

    It's 2 laps to go to the finish, and the winner automatically advances to the final-4. Of course he's gonna go for the gap, you dolt!

  96. Chris Johnson says:

    Post race penalties: Kenny Francis (Kasey Kahne's crew chief) & Alan Gustafson (Jeff Gordon's crew chief) were fined $50,000 each & placed on probation for the next 6 races

  97. Hidden Secrets says:

    He barely even hit the wall. There was no reason for a caution.

  98. Kirie Motoba says:

    MOSHI MOSHI 📞 AYAYA RUNNING LOW ON CUTIES 📞 AYAYA NEED BACKUP 📞 AYAYA ARIGATO 📞 AYAYA

  99. hyperactive216 says:

    Kezlowski is a pussy. Always has been.

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