Race Day Preview: The NRA 500 at Texas

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They do everything bigger in Texas and NASCAR abides by that saying. Every time the Sprint Cup Series enters the Lone Star State, the Texas Motor Speedway puts on the biggest and greatest show that they are able to. Texas usually draws the biggest crowds and the fans never leave disappointed.  When NASCAR moved the Texas April Race to a night race a few years back, the racing action increased tremendously. Without a doubt, tonight’s NRA 500 will be quite the show and anything can and will happen.

Race Info Needed for Fans

Race Start Time- 6:46 PM CT/ 7:46 PM EST

Race Distance- 334 Laps, 501 Miles

Race Day Weather- Clear to partly cloudy skies tonight with a low of 57 F and a 10% chance of rain

TV Race Broadcast- FOX

Radio Race Broadcast- PRN

Last Year’s Race Winner- Greg Biffle

Starting Lineup- http://turn4racingnews.com/2013/04/12/starting-lineup-for-the-nra-500-at-texas/

Race Preview- http://turn4racingnews.com/2013/04/10/nra-500-preview/

Race Day Headlines

-Jimmie Johnson will be looking for his second straight Texas victory, his second straight win this season since he won at Martinsville last week, and his third victory of the season.

-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be attempting to get back up to the points lead after having a disappointing Martinsville.

-Kyle Busch will look to sweep the weekend after he won the Nationwide Race last night. If he is able to do so, it would be the second straight weekend where he has won both the Nationwide and Cup races.

-Brad Keselowski will be chasing redemption after getting beat out last November at Texas by Jimmie Johnson.

-Tony Stewart is in need of a good run to improve his point’s position.

-This is the first night race of the season.

-Last year’s Spring Texas Race only had two cautions and you’ll need to watch to see if that could possibly happen again tonight.

Drivers to watch out for: Brad Keselowski, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards.

Practice/Qualifying Notes: Kevin Harvick will start the race at the rear of the field after having to change engines. Brothers, Kyle and Kurt Busch will be leading the field to green tonight.

Race Picks

Tyson- Kyle Busch

Alanis- Matt Kenseth

Fan Race Picker (@ScottHutzler) – Jeff Gordon

Garrett- Marcos Ambrose

Jason- Brad Keselowski


Tonight’s race on the mile and a half Texas track may feature more action than it has in the past. With the Gen 6 car, we saw an exciting battle for the win at the only mile and a half track we’ve gone to this season at Las Vegas and another thrilling finish could be in-store for tonight’s race. Jimmie Johnson could really prove he’s the best this season by winning his third race of the season, but the other 42 drivers in the field do not want that to happen. A Saturday Night at Texas could only mean good things. Great racing and one heck of a party are the two things that will likely go down tonight at the Texas Motor Speedway.

By Jason Schultz


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