|Race 34 of 36 in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
|Date||November 7, 2010|
|Location||Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas|
Permanent racing facility|
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
|Distance||334 laps, 501 mi (806.3 km)|
|Weather||A high temperature of 71.6 °F (22.0 °C); wind speeds reaching up to 17.26 miles per hour (27.78 km/h).|
|Average speed||140.456 miles per hour (226.042 km/h)|
|Driver||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing|
|No. 11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree|
The 2010 AAA Texas 500 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on November 7, 2010, at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Contested over 334 laps, it was the thirty-fourth race during the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and the eighth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The race was won by Denny Hamlin of the Joe Gibbs Racing team. Matt Kenseth finished second, and Mark Martin clinched third.
There were nine cautions and thirty-five lead changes among fourteen different drivers throughout the course of the race. It was Hamlin's eighth win in the 2010 season, and his second at Texas Motor Speedway. The result moved him to first in the Drivers' Championship, 33 points ahead Jimmie Johnson in second. Chevrolet maintained its lead in the Manufacturers' Championship, 40 ahead of Toyota and 91 ahead of Ford, with two races remaining in the season. A total of 156,000 people attended the race.
Texas Motor Speedway is one of ten intermediate to hold NASCAR races; the others are Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Homestead Miami Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway. The standard track at Texas Motor Speedway is a four-turn quad-oval track that is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long. The track's turns are banked at twenty-four degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is five degrees. The back stretch, opposite of the front, also has a five degree banking. The racetrack has seats for 191,122 spectators.
Before the race, Jimmie Johnson led the Drivers' Championship with 6,149 points, and Denny Hamlin stood in second with 6,135 points. Kevin Harvick followed in third with 6,111 points, 169 ahead of Jeff Gordon and 192 ahead of Kyle Busch in fourth and fifth. Carl Edwards with 5,902 was seventy points ahead of Tony Stewart, as Matt Kenseth with 5,825 points, was twenty-six ahead of Kurt Busch, and twenty-eight in front of Jeff Burton. Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer was eleventh and twelfth with 5,788 and 5,788 points. In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 245 points, forty-five points ahead of their rival Toyota. Ford, with 152 points, was twenty-three points ahead of Dodge in the battle for third. Kurt Busch was the race's defending champion.
Practice and qualifying
Three practice sessions will be held before the Sunday race — one on Friday, and two on Saturday. The first session lasted 90 minutes, while the second session lasted 45 minutes. The third and final practice session lasted 60 minutes. During the first practice session, Biffle, for the Roush Fenway Racing team, was quickest ahead of Edwards in second and Juan Pablo Montoya in the third position. Kenseth was scored fourth, and Elliott Sadler managed fifth. Regan Smith, Paul Menard, Martin Truex Jr., Johnson, and A. J. Allmendinger rounded out the top ten quickest drivers in the session.
Forty-nine cars were entered for qualifying, but only forty-three were able to race because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure. Sadler clinched his eighth pole position during his career, with a time of 27.363, his first since May, 2006 at Talladega Superspeedway. He was joined on the front row of the grid by Biffle. Edwards qualified third, Montoya took fourth, and David Ragan started fifth. Johnson, one of the drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, qualified seventeenth, while Hamlin was scored thirtieth. The six drivers that failed to qualify for the race were J. J. Yeley, Scott Riggs, Michael McDowell, Jeff Green, Josh Wise, and Brian Keselowski. Once the qualifying session completed, Sadler commented, "I’m feeling Superman today! I could sit here and say it is me, or this or that, but [crew chief] Todd Parrott is the man. He can do so much as a crew chief. He is good for me from the mental side and we have been qualifying so much better here the last six weeks or so... that is a really fast lap for me. I got all I can get out of it."
On the next morning, Kyle Busch was quickest in the second practice session, ahead of Edwards and Truex in second and third. Ryan Newman was fourth quickest, and Burton took fifth. Stewart, Montoya, Kurt Busch, Bowyer, and Biffle followed in the top-ten. Other drivers in the chase, such as Hamlin, was eighteenth, and Harvick, who was thirty-first. During the third, and final practice session, Kyle Busch, with a fastest time of 28.696, was quickest. Ragan and Truex followed in second and third with times of 28.765 and 28.884 seconds. Kurt Busch managed to be fourth fastest, ahead of Smith and Sam Hornish Jr. Sadler was scored seventh, Menard took eighth, Gordon was ninth, and Johnson took tenth.
The race, the thirty-fourth out of a total of thirty-six in the season, began at 3:00 p.m. EST and was televised live in the United States on ESPN. Prior to the race, weather conditions were dry with the air temperature around 69 °F (21 °C). Dr. Roger Marsh, of Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries, began pre-race ceremonies, by giving the invocation. Next, rock singer Kelly Hansen of Atlantic recording artists Foreigner performed the national anthem, and singer Lee Ann Womack gave the command for drivers to start their engines. During the pace laps, Trevor Bayne had to move to the rear of the grid because of changing transmissions.
At the start, Sadler maintained his lead ahead of Biffle. On the following lap, Biffle took the first position away from Sadler, as Montoya maintained fourth. Hamlin, who started the race twenty-eighth, had fallen to thirtieth by the fifth lap. Ragan took over the third position, while his teammate Edwards claimed second on the sixth and eighth laps respectively. On the twelfth lap, the first caution was given because Joe Nemechek's car was putting oil and debris on the track after the engine in his car failed and he slid into the wall. All the front runners made pit stops during the caution. At the lap 17 restart, Biffle remained the leader, ahead of Sadler and Edwards in second and third. Within four laps, Johnson had moved to ninth. On lap 23, Sadler lost third to Mark Martin. The next lap, Dave Blaney's car began smoking, though the caution did not come out; Blaney would take his car to the garage five laps later.
Kurt Busch hit the wall on lap 25, falling to 36th. Johnson continued moving up the field, having advanced to fifth by lap 42. On lap 43, the second caution was given for debris. Martin came off of pit road the leader, followed by Edwards, Kyle Busch, and Biffle. The green flag came back out on lap 47; two laps later, Biffle claimed the lead from Martin. Newman made an unscheduled pit stop on lap 55 as his seatbelt had come undone. The third caution was given three laps later when Hornish hit the turn 3 and 4 wall. Biffle maintained the lead on the restart, followed by Martin, Sadler, Bowyer, and Johnson. Kyle Busch both passed Sadler on lap 65, then passed Bowyer for third four laps later while his teammate Johnson moved into fourth. By lap 74, Sadler had fallen to eighth. Kyle Busch was passed by Johnson and Bowyer on laps 77 and 80 respectively.
Martin, meanwhile, began to close on Biffle, trimming his lead to 0.6 seconds on lap 91. On lap 97, Martin made the pass for the lead. Green flag pit stops began eight laps later when Martin made a pit stop, handing the lead back to Biffle. The lead changed hands a few times while pit stops were being made, with Martin cycling back to the lead on lap 113. About 20 laps after Martin reclaimed the lead, Truex spun into the infield, bringing out the fourth caution. Joey Logano was first off of pit road and led the field on the restart. Biffle took the lead from Logano two laps after the restart. Between laps 144 and 148, Johnson moved from ninth to sixth, passing Bowyer, Harvick, and Kyle Busch. Truex brought out the fifth caution on lap 151, this time for cutting a right-front tire.
|1||19||Elliott Sadler||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||27.636||195.397|
|2||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||27.885||193.652|
|3||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||27.886||193.646|
|4||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||27.910||193.479|
|5||6||David Ragan||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||27.918||193.424|
|6||2||Kurt Busch||Penske Racing||Dodge||27.925||193.375|
|7||33||Clint Bowyer||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||27.933||193.320|
|8||78||Regan Smith||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||27.948||193.216|
|9||5||Mark Martin||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||27.954||193.174|
|10||43||A. J. Allmendinger||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||27.966||193.092|
|11||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||27.968||193.078|
|12||98||Paul Menard||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||28.012||192.775|
|13||9||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||28.037||192.603|
|14||39||Ryan Newman||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||28.071||192.369|
|15||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.126||191.993|
|16||31||Jeff Burton||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||28.127||191.986|
|17||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.134||191.939|
|18||00||David Reutimann||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||28.141||191.891|
|19||17||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||28.142||191.884|
|20||20||Joey Logano||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||28.159||191.768|
|21||56||Martin Truex Jr.||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||28.162||191.748|
|22||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.163||191.741|
|23||82||Scott Speed||Red Bull Racing Team||Toyota||28.173||191.673|
|24||83||Kasey Kahne||Red Bull Racing Team||Toyota||28.184||191.598|
|25||1||Jamie McMurray||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||28.189||191.564|
|26||29||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||28.190||191.557|
|27||77||Sam Hornish Jr.||Penske Racing||Dodge||28.194||191.530|
|28||21||Trevor Bayne||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||28.259||191.090|
|29||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||28.264||191.056|
|30||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||28.277||190.968|
|31||10||Bobby Labonte||Stavola Labonte Racing||Chevrolet||28.295||190.846|
|32||47||Marcos Ambrose||JTG Daugherty Racing||Toyota||28.297||190.833|
|33||38||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||28.391||190.201|
|34||87||Joe Nemechek||NEMCO Motorsports||Toyota||28.403||190.121|
|35||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Toyota||28.463||189.720|
|36||12||Brad Keselowski||Penske Racing||Dodge||28.476||189.633|
|37||26||Patrick Carpentier||Latitude 43 Motorsports||Ford||28.533||189.255|
|38||66||Mike Bliss||Prism Motorsports||Toyota||28.541||189.202|
|39||7||Robby Gordon||Robby Gordon Motorsports||Toyota||28.594||188.851|
|40||71||Andy Lally||TRG Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.628||188.626|
|41||34||Travis Kvapil||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||28.825||188.626|
|42||37||Dave Blaney||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||28.825||185.663|
|43||09||Landon Cassill||Phoenix Racing||Chevrolet||28.572||188.996|
|44||36||J. J. Yeley||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||28.621||188.673|
|45||81||Scott Riggs||Whitney Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.624||188.653|
|46||46||Michael McDowell||Whitney Motorsports||Chevrolet||28.746||187.852|
|47||64||Jeff Green||Gunselman Motorsports||Toyota||28.851||187.169|
|48||23||Josh Wise||R3 Motorsports||Toyota||29.041||185.944|
|49||92||Brian Keselowski||K-Automotive Motorsports||Dodge||29.658||182.076|
|1||30||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||334||190|
|2||19||17||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||334||175|
|3||9||5||Mark Martin||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||170|
|4||20||20||Joey Logano||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||334||165|
|5||2||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||334||165|
|6||26||29||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||334||155|
|7||7||33||Clint Bowyer||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||334||146|
|8||5||6||David Ragan||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||334||142|
|9||17||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||143|
|10||12||98||Paul Menard||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||334||134|
|11||11||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||334||130|
|12||32||47||Marcos Ambrose||JTG Daugherty Racing||Toyota||334||127|
|13||24||83||Kasey Kahne||Red Bull Racing Team||Toyota||334||124|
|14||10||43||A. J. Allmendinger||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||334||121|
|15||18||00||David Reutimann||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||334||118|
|16||25||1||Jamie McMurray||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||334||115|
|17||28||21||Trevor Bayne||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||334||112|
|18||27||77||Sam Hornish Jr.||Penske Racing||Dodge||334||109|
|19||3||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||334||106|
|20||14||39||Ryan Newman||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||334||103|
|21||13||9||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||334||100|
|22||8||78||Regan Smith||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||334||97|
|23||1||19||Elliott Sadler||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||333||94|
|24||6||2||Kurt Busch||Penske Racing||Dodge||333||91|
|25||22||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||333||88|
|26||35||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Toyota||333||90|
|27||23||82||Scott Speed||Red Bull Racing Team||Toyota||333||82|
|28||4||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||333||79|
|29||33||38||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||333||81|
|30||31||10||Bobby Labonte||Stavola-Labonte Racing||Chevrolet||333||73|
|31||37||26||Patrick Carpentier||Latitude 43 Motorsports||Ford||333||75|
|32||29||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||332||67|
|33||36||12||Brad Keselowski||Penske Racing||Dodge||332||64|
|34||40||71||Andy Lally||TRG Motorsports||Chevrolet||331||66|
|35||39||7||Robby Gordon||Robby Gordon Motorsports||Toyota||240||63|
|36||16||31||Jeff Burton||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||192||55|
|37||15||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||190||52|
|38||21||56||Martin Truex Jr.||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||188||49|
|39||38||66||Mike Bliss||Prism Motorsports||Toyota||45||51|
|40||43||09||Landon Cassill||Phoenix Racing||Chevrolet||35||43|
|41||41||34||Travis Kvapil||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||25||40|
|42||42||37||Dave Blaney||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||23||37|
|43||34||87||Joe Nemechek||NEMCO Motorsports||Toyota||12||34|
Standings after the race
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