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Nov 05

Johnson outlasts Keselowski for Texas win

No. 48 team extends Chase points lead to seven with two races remaining

Jimmie Johnson - photo © John Harrelson - Getty Images for NASCAR

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

The haymaker Jimmie Johnson delivered Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway turned out to be an eight-point swing.Taking advantage of a late caution and four fresh tires to Brad Keselowski’s two, Johnson pulled away from Keselowski in a green-white-checkered-flag finish to win the AAA Texas 500 and tighten his grip on a possible sixth Sprint Cup Series championship.

Johnson finished .808 seconds ahead of Keselowski, the race runner-up, and increased his lead in the standings to from two points to seven. The victory was Johnson’s fifth of the season, his second at Texas and the 60th of his career. For the second straight week, Johnson won a Chase for the Sprint Cup race from the pole.

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NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES OFFICIAL RACE REPORT No. 34
8TH ANNUAL AAA TEXAS “500”
TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Fort Worth, TX – November 4, 2012
1.5-Mile Oval
334 Laps – 501 Miles Purse: $6,969,209


Fin

Str

Car

     

Series

Bonus

Driver

   

Leader

 

Pos

Pos

No

Driver Team

Laps

Points

Points

Rating

Winnings

Status

Times

Laps

1

1

48

Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet

335

48

5

146.8

$492,086

Running

7

168

2

8

2

Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge

335

43

1

125.2

353,830

Running

5

75

3

3

18

Kyle Busch Snickers Toyota

335

42

1

125.2

268,143

Running

4

80

4

10

17

Matt Kenseth Ford EcoBoost Ford

335

41

1

96.8

246,021

Running

1

1

5

21

14

Tony Stewart Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet

335

39

0

84.5

212,935

Running

   

6

4

15

Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota

335

38

0

113.3

180,149

Running

   

7

19

88

Dale Earnhardt Jr National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet

335

37

0

90.7

148,085

Running

   

8

18

78

Kurt Busch Furniture Row Chevrolet

335

36

0

89.6

155,493

Running

   

9

23

29

Kevin Harvick Rheem/Budweiser Chevrolet

335

35

0

83.5

168,971

Running

   

10

2

16

Greg Biffle 3M Ford

335

34

0

105.7

128,560

Running

   

11

6

20

Joey Logano Home Depot/redbeacon.com Toyota

335

33

0

95.6

121,585

Running

   

12

36

39

Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet

335

33

1

79.8

155,443

Running

2

6

13

5

56

Martin Truex Jr Carlyle Tools by NAPA Toyota

335

31

0

101.3

134,249

Running

   

14

16

24

Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet

335

30

0

100.8

148,021

Running

   

15

14

43

Aric Almirola Farmland Ford

335

29

0

82.2

141,221

Running

   

16

9

99

Carl Edwards Aflac Ford

335

28

0

83.7

145,051

Running

   

17

17

22

Sam Hornish Jr (i) Shell Pennzoil Dodge

335

0

0

72.5

142,785

Running

   

18

24

1

Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet

335

26

0

67.0

132,543

Running

   

19

22

31

Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet

335

25

0

68.4

139,210

Running

   

20

12

11

Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota

335

24

0

75.1

143,051

Running

   

21

20

13

Casey Mears GEICO Ford

335

23

0

57.4

116,343

Running

   

22

7

21

Trevor Bayne (i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford

335

0

0

64.0

99,810

Running

1

4

23

38

93

Travis Kvapil Dr.Pepper Toyota

335

22

1

58.3

121,943

Running

1

1

24

32

10

Danica Patrick (i) GoDaddy.com Chevrolet

335

0

0

61.4

99,210

Running

   

25

13

5

Kasey Kahne Hendrickcars.com/Great Clips Chevrolet

334

19

0

90.6

107,185

Running

   

26

41

83

Landon Cassill Burger King Toyota

333

18

0

46.4

125,755

Running

   

27

27

27

Paul Menard Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet

332

17

0

49.8

106,585

Running

   

28

33

34

David Ragan CertainTeed/31-W Ford

331

16

0

41.2

109,668

Running

   

29

11

55

Mark Martin Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota

329

15

0

82.0

97,710

Accident

   

30

31

95

Scott Speed B&D Electrical/TWD Ford

328

14

0

44.7

96,000

Running

   

31

42

32

Ken Schrader Federated Auto Parts Ford

328

13

0

37.8

105,560

Running

   

32

15

9

Marcos Ambrose Mac Tools Ford

310

12

0

70.5

124,743

Accident

   

33

29

47

Bobby Labonte Wounded Warrior Project Toyota

284

11

0

49.4

111,682

Running

   

34

25

42

Juan Pablo Montoya Huggies Chevrolet

279

10

0

48.4

123,926

Running

   

35

30

38

David Gilliland Long John Silver’s Ford

225

9

0

46.0

93,460

Engine

   

36

26

51

AJ Allmendinger Phoenix Construction Chevrolet

107

8

0

54.6

101,510

Accident

   

37

35

26

Josh Wise # MDS Transport Ford

41

7

0

33.5

94,530

Vibration

   

38

37

98

Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford

37

6

0

34.5

92,803

Overheating

   

39

40

36

Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet

37

5

0

31.9

89,900

Brakes

   

40

43

87

Joe Nemechek (i) AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota

33

0

0

28.8

89,700

Vibration

   

41

34

19

Mike Bliss (i) Plinker Tactical/MCM Elegante Toyota

32

0

0

28.6

89,475

Brakes

   

42

28

37

J.J. Yeley MaxQWorkForce.com Chevrolet

10

2

0

29.6

89,275

Overheating

   

43

39

91

Reed Sorenson Plinker Tactical/MCM Elegante Toyota

6

0

0

27.4

89,561

Electrical

   

# Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender.
Bonus Points: includes winner, lap leader & most laps led points
(i) = Ineligible for driver points in this series

Failed to qualify: (3) #33 Stephen Leicht; #79 Kelly Bires; #30 David Stremme
Race Comments: Before an estimated attendance of 146,000, Jimmie Johnson won the AAA Texas 500, his 60th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 41 minutes, 30 seconds AVERAGE SPEED: 136.117 mph MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.808 second(s)
COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD: Jimmie Johnson (191.076 mph. 28.261 secs.)
3M LAP LEADER: Jimmie Johnson (168 Laps)
AMERICAN ETHANOL GREEN FLAG RESTART AWARD: Jimmie Johnson
DIRECTV CREW CHIEF OF THE RACE: Kyle Busch (crew chief Dave Rogers)
FREESCALE “WIDE OPEN”: Matt Kenseth
MAHLE CLEVITE ENGINE BUILDER OF THE RACE: Hendrick Engines (#48)
MOBIL 1 OIL DRIVER OF THE RACE: Kyle Busch
MOOG STEERING AND SUSPENSION PROBLEM SOLVER OF THE RACE: Matt Kenseth (crew chief Jimmy Fennig, 0.448 seconds)
NASCAR SPRINT CUP LEADER BONUS: Jimmie Johnson ($10,000 ++)
USG IMPROVING THE FINISH: Ryan Newman (24 places)
++Rollover money awarded at year’s end, amount not included in race winnings.
Caution Flags: 9 cautions for 49 laps. [Beneficiary in Brackets] 101-104 (Debris [22]); 110-118 (Car #51 Accident Frontstretch [None]); 120-128 (42, 47, 21 Accident Frontstretch [31]); 186-190 (Debris [1]); 224-227 (Debris [21]); 276-280 (Debris [21]); 311-315 (Car #9 Accident Turn 1 [31]); 322-326 (Debris [31]); 331-333 (Car #55, 99 Accident Frontstretch [13]).
Lap Leaders: 20 lead changes among 7 drivers. Johnson 1-48, Newman 49-50, Johnson 51-101, Newman 102-105, Keselowski 106-118, Johnson 119-165, Ky. Busch 166, Kenseth 167, Bayne 168-171, Kvapil 172, Johnson 173-190, Ky. Busch 191-223, Keselowski 224, Ky. Busch 225-235, Keselowski 236-276, Ky. Busch 277-311, Johnson 312, Keselowski 313-326, Johnson 327, Keselowski 328-333, Johnson 334-335.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES TOP 12
Driver

Points

Wins

1 – Jimmie Johnson

2339

(5)

2 – Brad Keselowski

2332

(5)

3 – Clint Bowyer

2303

(3)

4 – Kasey Kahne

2281

(2)

5 – Matt Kenseth

2267

(3)

6 – Jeff Gordon

2267

(1)

7 – Denny Hamlin

2266

(5)

8 – Tony Stewart

2259

(3)

9 – Martin Truex Jr

2259

(0)

10 – Greg Biffle

2256

(2)

11 – Kevin Harvick

2238

(0)

12 – Dale Earnhardt Jr

2188

(1)

 

COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD
Driver

Poles

 
Jimmie Johnson

4

 
Kasey Kahne

4

 
Mark Martin

4

 
Denny Hamlin

3

 
Greg Biffle

3

 
Jeff Gordon

2

 
Marcos Ambrose

2

 
Juan Pablo Montoya

2

 
Matt Kenseth

1

 
Tony Stewart

1

 
Martin Truex Jr

1

 
Dale Earnhardt Jr

1

 
Kyle Busch

1

 
Carl Edwards

1

 
Joey Logano

1

 
AJ Allmendinger

1

 

 

SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Driver

Points

 
Stephen Leicht

97

 
Josh Wise

73

 

 

MANUFACTURERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
Manufacturer

Points

Wins

Chevrolet

231

13

Toyota

201

10

Ford

167

6

Dodge

149

5

 

3M LAP LEADER AWARD
 

Car#

Points

Jimmie Johnson

48

8

Denny Hamlin

11

5

Kyle Busch

18

4

 

AMERICAN ETHANOL GREEN FLAG RESTART AWARD
 

Car#

Points

Jimmie Johnson

48

7

Denny Hamlin

11

4

Greg Biffle

16

3

 

DIRECTV CREW CHIEF OF THE YEAR AWARD
 

Car#

Points

Darian Grubb

11

6

Matt Puccia

16

6

Dave Rogers

18

5

 

FREESCALE “WIDE OPEN” AWARD
 

Car#

Points

Greg Biffle

16

6

Matt Kenseth

17

4

Denny Hamlin

11

3

 

MAHLE CLEVITE ENGINE BUILDER OF THE YEAR AWARD
 

Car#

Points

Hendrick

48

378

Penske

2

284

TRD

11

273

 

MOBIL 1 OIL DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARD
 

Car#

Points

Denny Hamlin

11

11

Kyle Busch

18

8

Tony Stewart

14

5

 

MOOG STEERING AND SUSPENSION PROBLEM SOLVER OF THE YEAR AWARD
 

Car#

Points

Steve Addington

14

5

Chad Johnston

56

4

Steve Letarte

88

4

 

USG IMPROVING THE FINISH AWARD
 

Car#

Points

Tony Stewart

14

5

Jeff Gordon

24

3

Carl Edwards

99

3

NEXT EVENT: November 11, 2012 – 25th Annual AdvoCare 500, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, AZ (312 Miles) (312 Laps)
NOTE: The above figures are based upon team winnings and include racing purse and cash contingency awards by participating manufacturers. (11/5/2012)

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES DRIVER LEADERS
Race #34: 8TH ANNUAL AAA TEXAS “500” Race Date: 11/4/2012

POS

Driver

Points

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Money Won

1

JIMMIE JOHNSON

2339

34

5

18

24

$7,900,347

2

BRAD KESELOWSKI

2332

34

5

13

22

5,988,615

3

CLINT BOWYER

2303

34

3

9

22

5,183,109

4

KASEY KAHNE

2281

34

2

11

18

4,517,176

5

MATT KENSETH

2267

34

3

13

19

7,287,365

6

JEFF GORDON

2267

34

1

10

17

5,661,272

7

DENNY HAMLIN

2266

34

5

13

16

6,610,109

8

TONY STEWART

2259

34

3

12

16

6,348,865

9

MARTIN TRUEX JR.

2259

34

0

7

18

5,067,439

10

GREG BIFFLE

2256

34

2

11

19

5,441,578

11

KEVIN HARVICK

2238

34

0

4

12

5,408,909

12

DALE EARNHARDT JR.

2188

32

1

10

19

4,996,185

13

KYLE BUSCH

1048

34

1

11

18

6,161,955

14

RYAN NEWMAN

969

34

1

4

12

5,055,265

15

CARL EDWARDS

965

34

0

3

13

5,100,898

16

PAUL MENARD

938

34

0

1

8

3,883,940

17

JOEY LOGANO

918

34

1

2

12

3,880,693

18

MARCOS AMBROSE

892

34

1

3

8

4,562,037

19

JEFF BURTON

827

34

0

2

6

4,929,345

20

JAMIE MCMURRAY

823

34

0

0

3

4,357,282

21

ARIC ALMIROLA

803

34

0

1

3

4,540,239

22

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA

762

34

0

0

2

4,282,722

23

BOBBY LABONTE

724

34

0

0

2

3,933,418

24

REGAN SMITH

713

32

0

1

4

3,766,501

25

KURT BUSCH

664

33

0

1

3

3,844,797

26

MARK MARTIN

638

22

0

4

9

2,703,638

27

DAVID RAGAN

598

34

0

1

2

3,477,586

28

TRAVIS KVAPIL

595

33

0

0

1

3,415,785

29

DAVID GILLILAND

586

34

0

0

0

3,359,105

30

CASEY MEARS

575

34

0

0

0

3,370,088

31

LANDON CASSILL

562

34

0

0

0

3,981,095

32

A J ALLMENDINGER

453

21

0

1

3

2,958,285

33

DAVE BLANEY

387

32

0

0

0

2,795,979

34

DAVID REUTIMANN

359

23

0

0

0

2,123,493

35

BRIAN VICKERS

250

8

0

3

5

774,435

36

DAVID STREMME

220

26

0

0

0

2,322,968

37

MICHAEL MCDOWELL

178

28

0

0

0

2,334,716

38

J J YELEY

157

23

0

0

0

1,847,760

39

KEN SCHRADER

139

12

0

0

0

1,117,485

40

JOSH WISE

136

28

0

0

0

2,201,135

41

SCOTT SPEED

124

17

0

0

0

1,387,953

42

STEPHEN LEICHT

117

14

0

0

0

1,256,280

43

MICHAEL WALTRIP

94

4

0

0

1

396,472

44

TERRY LABONTE

94

4

0

0

0

582,995

45

TONY RAINES

71

7

0

0

0

788,728

46

SCOTT RIGGS

54

19

0

0

0

1,434,405

47

BRENDAN GAUGHAN

50

4

0

0

0

354,559

48

BORIS SAID

34

2

0

0

0

167,290

49

BILL ELLIOTT

14

2

0

0

0

196,098

50

HERMIE SADLER III

13

1

0

0

0

80,610

51

MIKE OLSEN

11

1

0

0

0

81,735

52

ROBBY GORDON

11

3

0

0

0

405,300

53

MIKE SKINNER

10

4

0

0

0

340,850

54

KELLY BIRES

9

3

0

0

0

222,024

55

TOMY DRISSI

6

1

0

0

0

76,242

56

STACY COMPTON

5

1

0

0

0

64,225

57

DAVID MAYHEW

4

1

0

0

0

72,625

58

PATRICK LONG

2

1

0

0

0

61,555

59

SAM HORNISH JR.(i)

0

18

0

1

1

2,334,055

60

TREVOR BAYNE(i)

0

15

0

0

2

1,715,982

61

RICKY STENHOUSE JR.(i)

0

3

0

0

0

450,220

62

TIMMY HILL(i)

0

4

0

0

0

325,675

63

DANICA PATRICK(i)

0

9

0

0

0

978,875

64

MIKE BLISS(i)

0

17

0

0

0

1,356,454

65

AUSTIN DILLON(i)

0

1

0

0

0

88,285

66

ROBERT RICHARDSON JR.(i)

0

2

0

0

0

184,578

67

ELLIOTT SADLER(i)

0

1

0

0

0

305,788

68

JOE NEMECHEK(i)

0

30

0

0

0

2,469,094

69

REED SORENSON(i)

0

19

0

0

0

1,463,722

70

T J BELL(i)

0

5

0

0

0

453,510

71

JASON LEFFLER(i)

0

4

0

0

0

313,877

72

JASON WHITE(i)

0

1

0

0

0

76,610

73

COLE WHITT(i)

0

5

0

0

0

395,747

74

CHRIS COOK(i)

0

2

0

0

0

134,035

75

KENNY WALLACE(i)

0

0

0

0

0

24,838

76

MIKE WALLACE(i)

0

0

0

0

0

23,900

77

JEFF GREEN(i)

0

0

0

0

0

0

78

TIM ANDREWS(i)

0

0

0

0

0

0

79

BRIAN SIMO

0

0

0

0

0

0

80

MARK GREEN

0

0

0

0

0

0

(i) = Ineligible for driver points in this series

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES OWNER LEADERS
Race #34: 8TH ANNUAL AAA TEXAS “500” Race Date: 11/4/2012

POS

Car #

Owner

Points

Starts

Wins

Top5

Top10

Attempts

1

48

JEFF GORDON

2339

34

5

18

24

34

2

2

ROGER PENSKE

2332

34

5

13

22

34

3

15

ROB KAUFFMAN

2303

34

3

9

22

34

4

5

LINDA HENDRICK

2281

34

2

11

18

34

5

17

JOHN HENRY

2267

34

3

13

19

34

6

24

RICK HENDRICK

2267

34

1

10

17

34

7

11

J D GIBBS

2266

34

5

13

16

34

8

14

MARGARET HAAS

2259

34

3

12

16

34

9

56

MICHAEL WALTRIP

2259

34

0

7

18

34

10

16

JACK ROUSH

2256

34

2

11

19

34

11

29

RICHARD CHILDRESS

2238

34

0

4

12

34

12

88

RICK HENDRICK

2231

34

1

10

20

34

13

18

JOE GIBBS

1048

34

1

11

18

34

14

55

BILL JENKINS

982

34

0

7

15

34

15

39

TONY STEWART

969

34

1

4

12

34

16

99

JACK ROUSH

965

34

0

3

13

34

17

27

RICHARD CHILDRESS

938

34

0

1

8

34

18

20

JOE GIBBS

918

34

1

2

12

34

19

9

RICHARD PETTY

892

34

1

3

8

34

20

22

WALTER CZARNECKI

834

34

0

2

4

34

21

31

RICHARD CHILDRESS

827

34

0

2

6

34

22

1

FELIX SABATES

823

34

0

0

3

34

23

43

RICHARD PETTY

803

34

0

1

3

34

24

78

BARNEY VISSER

777

34

0

1

4

34

25

42

CHIP GANASSI

762

34

0

0

2

34

26

47

TAD GESCHICKTER

724

34

0

0

2

34

27

51

JAMES FINCH

633

34

0

1

2

34

28

93

THOMAS UEBERALL

621

34

0

0

1

34

29

34

BOB JENKINS

598

34

0

1

2

34

30

38

BRAD JENKINS

586

34

0

0

0

34

31

13

BOB GERMAIN

575

34

0

0

0

34

32

83

THOMAS UEBERALL

562

34

0

0

0

34

33

10

TOMMY BALDWIN

482

34

0

0

0

34

34

32

FRANK STODDARD JR.

471

34

0

0

0

34

35

36

ALLAN HEINKE

397

34

0

0

0

34

36

21

GLEN WOOD

325

15

0

0

2

15

37

33

RICHARD CHILDRESS

244

25

0

0

0

34

38

30

KEVIN BUCKLER

222

27

0

0

0

34

39

98

MIKE CURB

190

31

0

0

0

34

40

26

JERRY FREEZE

161

29

0

0

0

34

41

249

JAY ROBINSON

150

17

0

0

0

25

42

87

ANDREA NEMECHEK

149

30

0

0

0

34

43

195

BOB LEAVINE

121

15

0

0

0

16

44

23

ROBERT RICHARDSON SR.

80

21

0

0

0

30

45

119

RANDY HUMPHREY

68

19

0

0

0

27

46

6

JOHN HENRY

41

2

0

0

0

2

47

132

FRANK STODDARD JR.

27

1

0

0

0

1

48

12

ROGER PENSKE

26

1

0

0

0

1

49

74

VICKIE COMPTON

22

7

0

0

0

11

50

37

LARRY GUNSELMAN

21

8

0

0

0

18

51

191

MARK SMITH

18

10

0

0

0

13

52

179

ARCHIE ST HILAIRE

14

6

0

0

0

10

53

7

ROBBY GORDON

11

3

0

0

0

5

54

97

ANDREA NEMECHEK

9

2

0

0

0

3

55

50

STEVE TURNER

7

1

0

0

0

1

56

52

KELLY OWEN

3

1

0

0

0

3

57

173

SCOTT GUNDERSON

0

1

0

0

0

2

58

109

BRACK MAGGARD

0

0

0

0

0

1

59

140

MICHAEL HILLMAN

0

0

0

0

0

1

60

0

STEVEN SCHARR

0

0

0

0

0

1

source: nascar.com