AAA Texas 500: Race, Qualifying, & Practice

Published on November 7th, 2012

Jimmie Johnson celebrates his win in Victory Lane.

Jimmie Johnson dominated the track at Texas this weekend. Walking away with not only Friday’s Pole, but Sunday’s big win, and the maximum amount of chase points. Leading for 168 laps and taking the win after a Green White Checkered restart, Johnson proved he isn’t going down easy and Keselowski will have to try harder if he wants to pass him in the Chase.

That’s not to say that Brad Keselowski isn’t giving Jimmie a run for his money. Keselowski and the number 2 team came in second at Texas, racing Johnson hard at the finish, even leading the pack for a while. After Texas, Keselowski remains second in the Chase standings only -7 points behind Jimmie Johnson.

Kyle Busch took a 3rd place finish on Sunday and it almost seems like a moot point. For the first time in a long time Kyle isn’t even in the chase. Matt Kenseth’s  4th place finish boosted him up 3 spots in the Chase to 5th place. Hamlin and Truex both didn’t have such a great night, both dropping two spots in the Chase standings.

Unless something dramatic happens in the next two races and Johnson and Brad completely blow it, the odds of anyone else like Clint Bowyer or Kasey Kahne catching up are unlikely. Kahne had a bad night in Texas after a late wreck, but held onto his 4th place Chase position. Bowyer is really the wild card. All he needs is Brad or Jimmie to have a bad race and to take the lead.  It’s racing so anything could happen, but with only 2 races left, odds are it’s unlikely. So it’s just a question now if Brad can top Jimmie.

 

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