Kevin Harvick won the 13th Annual AAA Texas 500 & his ticket to the final at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Credit: 352724(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Mobil 1 Ford, celebrates winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Starting from 3rd Place Car 4 Kevin Harvick Mobil 1 Ford won the 13th Annual AAA Texas 500, his 37th win in 608 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races. This is his 2nd win & 21st Top 10 finish in 2017. This is his 1st win & 18th Top 10 finish in 30 races at Texas Motor Speedway. 2nd Place Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota, started from 7th place posted his 14th Top
10 finish in 25 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 24th Top 10 finish in 2017. 3rd Place Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota, started from 2nd place posted his 12th top-10 finish in 24 races at Texas Motor Speedway.

Credit: 352732 (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Mobil 1 Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

4th Place Car 20 Matt Kenseth XFINITY Team USA Toyota, started from 35th place followed by 5th place Car 2 Brad Keselowski Wurth Ford, started from 10th place. 6th Place Car 21 Ryan Blaney (P) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, started from 8th place followed by 7th place Car 22 Joey Logano AAA Ford, started from 36th place. 8th Place Car 24 Chase Elliott Hooters Chevrolet,
started from 34th place followed by 9th place Car 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, started from pole. Lastly in the Top 10 was Car 77 Erik Jones # Sport Clips Toyota, in 10th place, started from 4th place was the highest finishing rookie. Martin Truex Jr. (P) leads the point standings by 50 points over Kyle Busch (P).

Credit: 352721(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, lead the field past the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The race had 8 Cautions for 40 Laps: 1st Caution on lap 87 for Stage 1 Conclusion. 2nd Caution on lap 94 for Car 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips/Justice League Chevrolet and Car 19 Daniel Suarez # ARRIS Toyota Crash in Turn 2. 3rd Caution on lap 172 for Stage 2 Conclusion. 4th Caution on lap 181 for Car 34 Landon Cassill Love’s Travel Stops/SpeedCo Ford Spin in Turn 1. 5th Caution on lap 234 for Car 95 Michael McDowell Rohto Jolt Eyedrops Chevrolet Spin in Turn 2. 6th Caution on lap 242 for Car 51 Ray Black II Scuba Life Chevrolet Crash in Turn 2. 7th Caution on lap 270 for Car 51 Ray Black II Scuba Life Chevrolet Spin in Turn 2. 8th Caution on lap 284 for Car 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet Crash in Turn 2 [Red: 10:29].

Credit: 352729(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Wurth Ford, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The race had 27 Lead Changes among 13 drivers: Lap Leaders: 0; D. Hamlin (P) 1-46; K. Larson 47-53; A. Dillon 54; C. Elliott (P) 55; M. McDowell 56-59; R. Newman 60; K. Larson 61-69; K. Harvick (P) 70-88; D. Hamlin (P) 89-91; K. Harvick (P) 92-97; K. Larson 98-143; M. Kenseth 144-154; D. Earnhardt Jr. 155-157; K. Kahne 158-160; K. Larson 161-172; K. Harvick (P) 173; M. Kenseth 174-184; M. Truex Jr. (P) 185-225; K. Harvick (P) 226-227; K. Busch (P) 228-234; J. Logano 235; M. Truex Jr. (P) 236-238; M. Kenseth 239-245; M. Truex Jr. (P) 246-271; D. Hamlin (P) 272-287; M. Truex Jr. (P) 288-324; K. Harvick (P) 325-334. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): M. Truex Jr. (P) 4 times for 107 laps; K. Larson 4 times for 74 laps; D. Hamlin (P) 3 times for 65 laps; K. Harvick (P) 5 times for 38 laps; M. Kenseth 3 times for 29 laps; K. Busch (P) 1 time for 7 laps; M. McDowell 1 time for 4 laps; D. Earnhardt Jr. 1 time for 3 laps; K. Kahne 1 time for 3 laps; J. Logano 1 time for 1 lap; C. Elliott (P) 1 time for 1 lap; A. Dillon 1 time for 1 lap; R. Newman 1 time for 1 lap.

Credit: 352728 (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images) Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide/Justice League Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Stages:
Stage #1 Top Ten: 4,78,11,42,41,77,20,21,3,19
Stage #2 Top Ten: 42,4,21,78,24,11,41,20,77,3

Credit: 352727(Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images) Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Mobil 1 Ford, leads Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kevin Harvick won the race over Martin Truex Jr. with a Margin of Victory: 1.580 Seconds. This win advances Harvick to Championship 4 final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kevin Harvick said: “Damn, it’s good to be in Victory Lane here in Texas, I knew I had a really good car. I knew I had to do something different. I started driving a whole lot deeper in (Turn) 1 – a whole lot deeper. I started doing that earlier in the race, but I was afraid I didn’t have the brakes to continue to do that all day. So I waited until the end and was able to get on the outside of Martin (off Turn 2) and got him loose and brushed across the back of him and was able to get by on the outside down there.”

Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota also clinched his place at Homestead on points, leaving Texas 57 points ahead of 5th place finisher Brad Keselowski, who is 4th place in points.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Number 34
Unofficial Race Results for the 13Th Annual Aaa Texas 500 – Sunday, November 5, 2017
Texas Motor Speedway – Fort Worth, TX – 1.5 Mile Paved Total Race Length – 334 Laps – 501 Miles

Finish Start Car Driver Team Laps Status
1. 3. Car 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Mobil 1 Ford 334 Running
2. 7. Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota 334 Running
3. 2. Car 11 Denny Hamlin (P) FedEx Office Toyota 334 Running
4. 35. Car 20 Matt Kenseth XFINITY Team USA Toyota 334 Running
5. 10. Car 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Wurth Ford 334 Running
6. 8. Car 21 Ryan Blaney (P) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 334 Running
7. 36. Car 22 Joey Logano AAA Ford 334 Running
8. 34. Car 24 Chase Elliott (P) Hooters Chevrolet 334 Running
9. 1. Car 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford 334 Running
10. 4. Car 77 Erik Jones # Sport Clips Toyota 334 Running
11. 19. Car 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips/Justice League Chevrolet 334 Running
12. 12. Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford 334 Running
13. 15. Car 3 Austin Dillon Winter in PyeongChang Chevrolet 334 Running
14. 6. Car 19 Daniel Suarez # ARRIS Toyota 334 Running
15. 18. Car 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 334 Running
16. 16. Car 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet 334 Running
17. 14. Car 10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental $10M for Veterans Ford 333 Running
18. 13. Car 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevrolet 333 Running
19. 5. Car 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M’s Caramel Toyota 333 Running
20. 25. Car 31 Ryan Newman Grainger Chevrolet 333 Running
21. 23. Car 95 Michael McDowell Rohto Jolt Eyedrops Chevrolet 333 Running
22. 26. Car 37 Chris Buescher Bush’s Chili Beans Chevrolet 333 Running
23. 21. Car 27 Paul Menard Atlas/Menards Chevrolet 332 Running
24. 27. Car 13 Ty Dillon # GEICO Military Chevrolet 332 Running
25. 28. Car 32 Matt DiBenedetto Can-Am/Kappa Ford 332 Running
26. 22. Car 34 Landon Cassill Love’s Travel Stops/SpeedCo Ford 331 Running
27. 9. Car 48 Jimmie Johnson (P) Lowe’s Chevrolet 331 Running
28. 37. Car 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 330 Running
29. 29. Car 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 330 Running
30. 24. Car 38 David Ragan TheHouse.com Ford 329 Running
31. 38. Car 15 Reed Sorenson Low T Centers Chevrolet 325 Running
32. 30. Car 7 * Joey Gase(i) DonateLifeTexas.org Chevrolet 322 Running
33. 32. Car 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt hulu Chevrolet 322 Running
34. 31. Car 51 * Ray Black II(i) Scuba Life Chevrolet 305 Running
35. 17. Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide/Justice League Chevrolet 304 Running
36. 20. Car 14 Clint Bowyer Rush Truck Centers/Mobil Delvac 1 Ford 303 Running
37. 11. Car 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet 282 Accident
38. 33. Car 66 * David Starr(i) Moore Freight Service Chevrolet 237 Accident
39. 39. Car 23 Corey LaJoie # Dr Pepper Toyota 227 Engine
40. 40. Car 83 * Gray Gaulding # Earthwater Toyota 159 Engine

Race Comments: Prior to the green flag, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: No. 33 (transmission change) and No. 27 (driver change). Failed to Qualify: N/A.
Caution Flags: 8 for 40 laps. Lead Changes: 27 among 13 drivers.

American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Martin Truex Jr, #78. Coors Light Pole Award: Kurt Busch, #41 200.915 mph. Ingersoll Rand Power Move: Kevin Harvick, #4 2 positions. Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Toyota Racing Development (TRD), #11. Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Kevin Harvick, #4. Moog Go the Extra Mile: Brad Keselowski, #2 crew chief Paul Wolfe, 0.298 seconds. Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap: Denny Hamlin, #11. Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Erik Jones, #77.
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Next Race: Nov. 12, 2017 – Phoenix Raceway

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