NOTE: This post is a recap of what happened in spring 2017 at Texas

Texas Top Ten Starters

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Ryan Blaney
  3. Clint Bowyer
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Jamie McMurray
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Matt Kenseth
  9. Ryan Newman
  10. Kurt Busch

Texas Full Starting Lineup

Texas Pre-race Notes

This was the first race on the reconfigured/repaved Texas. That means prior track history is now irrelevant.

Drivers who started in the back: Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Trevor Bayne, Reed Sorenson, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Timmy Hill and Derrike Cope.

Stage #1 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 85): 21,78,1,4,2,42,14,17,22,18

Stage #2 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 170): 21,48,1,42,24,41,4,2,88,78

Texas Race Notes

Big Moment: When the race started Austin Dillon was in the garage area. He had some sort of trailing arm failure. On lap 12 he finally got out on the track.

Kevin Harvick who won the pole selected the low-line. He led the opening 15 laps.

Notable Moment: On lap 11 Reed Sorenson and Jeffrey Earnhardt wrecked.

During the lap 15 restart Ryan Blaney passed Kevin Harvick for the lead. He then led the next 17 laps.

Running order on lap 19: 21,4,22,14,2,17,95,31,34,20 … 47,78,42,1,13,77,37,24,7,10,83 … 5,18,6,11,88,48,41,18,6,43 … 19,38,27,72,23,51,55,15,33,3

Running order on lap 30 during the competition caution: 21,4,22,2,14,17,20,78,42,1 … 95,31,47,34,13,47,77,24,5,7 … 48,41,18,11,32,10,83,88,19,43 … 27,6,38,72,23,51,55,15,3,33

During the competition caution on pit road Chris Buescher who was 16th was spun. He didn’t get any damage but it cost him a ton of track position.

During the competition caution Kyle Larson got a pit penalty.

Running order on lap 48: 21,4,14,22,2,17,78,1,20,5 … 47,41,95,88,13,10,18,48,42,24 … 19,77,6,37,11,43,31,27,7,23

Dale Earnhardt Jr. who was in 10th on lap 65 was happy with his handling.

Running order on lap 66: 21,4,78,14,1,2,22,17,5,88 … 42,18,48,20,24

Running order on lap 73: 21,78,4,1,14,2,22,17,42,5 … 88,18,48,24,20,47,13,47,41,77 … 95,11,10,43,19,6,31,27,7,34

Kyle Larson’s car was phenomenal. He had no trouble passing cars and bouncing back from his pit penalty.

Stage #1 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 85): 21,78,1,4,2,42,14,17,22,18

On lap 99 Jamie McMurray thought he had a loose wheel. He was in 4th at the time. He wanted to ride it out for a little bit.

Running order on lap 100: 21,4,78,1,2,42,14,48,24,22 … 41,88,17,13,77,6,37,5,47,20 … 43,10,18,31,11,19,95,27,7,83 … 34,38,72,32,23,51,55,15,3,33

Cole Pearn, Martin Truex Jr.’s crew chief liked the 78 because he was able to maintain his pace good over long runs.

Running order on lap 129: 21,1,48,88,14,5,42,4,24,78 … 2,41,37,18,6,11,22,20,17,43 …. 77,10,47,31,13,95,27,7,19,72 … 34,83,38,32,23,55,15,3,51,33

Running order on lap 144: 21,48,1,88,42,24,4,18,14,2 … 5,41,78,37,17,6,22,43,20,10 … 13,47,11,77,95,19,31,27,7,72 … 34,38,83,32,23,55,15,3,51,33

Running order on lap 157: 21,48,1,24,42,88,4,18,2,78 … 41,14,37,17,5,22,6,43,13,10 … 20,47,11,77,19,31,27,95,7,32 … 72,34,38,83,23,55,15,3,51,33

There was a late caution near the end of Stage #2 and nearly everyone pitted except Blaney, Johnson, McMurray, Elliott and Larson.

Stage #2 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 170): 21,48,1,42,24,41,4,2,88,78

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