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

Texas Top Ten Starters

  1. Kurt Busch
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Kevin Harvick
  4. Erik Jones
  5. Kyle Busch
  6. Daniel Suarez
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Ryan Blaney
  9. Jimmie Johnson
  10. Brad Keselowski

Texas Full Starting Lineup

Texas Pre-race Notes

Paul Menard started in the back (driver change, he missed qualifying)

Jeffrey Earnhardt started in the rear after changing his transmission

Stage #1 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 85): 4,78,11,42,41,77,20,21,3,19

Stage #2 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 170): 42,4,21,78,24,11,41,20,77,3

Texas Race Notes

Denny Hamlin who qualified 2nd started in the high-line. He led the opening 46 laps.

Big Moment: On lap two Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch came to pit road. They had contact with each other right at the start. Kyle Busch got a lot more damage than Brad Keselowski. This dropped Keselowski one lap down and Kyle Busch two laps down. Busch was missing a good amount of sheet metal near his right front nose area.

Running order on lap 13: 11,77,41,4,21,19,78,42,1,17 … 3,88,5,48,10,20,14,24,47,95 … 31,22,37,43,34,6,13,72,27,38 … 32,15,83,23,7,66,33,51,2,18.

Running order on lap 29: 11,77,41,4,42,21,78,19,1,17 … 3,20,88,5,24,48,10,14,22,47 … 95,31,37,43,34,6,27,13,38,32

Early in the race Johnson’s car was tight and he was falling back a little. On lap 31 he was in 16th.

Running order on lap 39: 11,77,42,4,41,21,78,19,20,1 … 88,317,5,24,48,10,14,22,47 … 95,31,37,43,34,27,6,13,38,32

On lap 40 Paul Menard who started in the rear of the field was lapped.

On lap 47 Kyle Larson passed Denny Hamlin for the lead.

Around lap 50 the first green flag pit cycle begun.

During green flag pit stops which were still occurring on lap 60 David Ragan was caught speeding on pit road.

Running order on lap 63: 42,4,78,11,41,77,21,20,3,19 … 5,1,24,88,48,22,17,14,10,18 … 47,37,43,95,31,6

Notable Moment: On lap 68 Jimmie Johnson had a vibration and made an unexpected pit stop. This dropped him two laps down. He was running in 15th shortly before his problem.

On lap 70 Kevin Harvick passed Kyle Larson for the lead.

Running order on lap 76: 4,78,11,41,42,77,20,21,3,19 … 5,24,1,88,22,14,17,10,47,37 …. 43,31,95,6,27,13,2,34,48,32 … 18,72,38,15,23,83,33,7,66,51

Stage #1 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 85): 4,78,11,42,41,77,20,21,3,19

During the Stage caution Denny Hamlin was the first driver off pit road and he got the lead. He got out of the race groove almost as soon as the race went green and feel back about 8 positions.

Notable Moment: On lap 93 Daniel Suarez and Kasey Kahne spun. They were both running around 10th at the time. They didn’t get any notable damage.

On lap 99 during a restart Kyle Larson passed Kevin Harvick for the lead.

Running order on lap 100: 42,4,22,21,41,3,78,11,24,77 … 20,1,88,17,14,43,47,10,95,37 … 27,31,19,2,13,5,6 (first driver off the lead lap),18,34,32 … 48,38

Running order on lap 116: 42,4,22,21,41,3,78,11,24,77 … 20,1,88,14,43,17,47,37,10,2 … 5,95,31,19,27,13,18 (first driver off the lead lap),6,34,32 … 48,38

Kyle Larson had a 2.4 second lead over Harvick on lap 130.

Running order on lap 130: 42,4,21,41,22,78,3,11,24,77 … 20,1,14,88,43,17,47,10,5,2 … 37,31,19,95,27,13,18,6,32,48 … 38,72,34,15,23,83,33,7,66,51

Around lap 130 Jimmie Johnson got lapped under green. He was now 3 laps down.

Around lap 143 a green flag pit cycle begun.

Notable Moment: On lap 143 Joey Logano was caught speeding on pit road. Prior to his problem he was running around 5th.

Running order on lap 150: 20,88,5,37,95 (all the drivers above this point didn’t pit yet during the pit cycle),42,4,21,24,78 … 18 (Didn’t pit yet),11,41,3,1,77

Running order on lap 162: 42,4,21,24,78,11,41,18 (didn’t pit yet),20,3 … 77,1,14,17,15,43,10,88,5,47 … 19,22,37,95,27,31,13,48,6,32

Stage #2 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 170): 42,4,21,78,24,11,41,20,77,3

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