After running at the circuit’s shortest track, the Monster Energy Cup Series travels to Texas Motor Speedway for some fast speeds with the AAA Texas 500.

Forty one teams brought cars to the track for 40 spots.

Timmy Hill has withdrawn from the race; the remaining 40 drivers will start the race. David Ragan made an off road excursion through the grass and got a bit airborne after getting loose on the track. There is significant damage to his car.

After three rounds of qualifying, with a time of 26.93 seconds Ryan Blaney wins the pole and will bring the field to green

The starting lineup for the AAA Texas 500:
Ryan Blaney
Clint Bowyer – in the playoffs
Kevin Harvick – in the playoffs
Aric Almirola – in the playoffs – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustment
Brad Keselowski
Denny Hamlin
Kurt Busch – in the playoffs
Joey Logano – in the playoffs
William Byron – moved to the back of the field for inspection issues
Kyle Busch Joey Logano – in the playoffs
Paul Menard
Erik Jones
Martin Truex Jr – in the playoffs – moved to the back of the field with an engine change
Ryan Newman
Trevor Bayne
Chase Elliott – in the playoffs
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Alex Bowman
Daniel Suarez – moved to the back of the field for an engine change
Jamie McMurray
Chris Buescher – moved to the back of the field for an engine change
Kyle Larson
Jimmie Johnson – moved to the back of the field or inspection issues
Ty Dillon
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Dillon
David Ragan
Regan Smith
Michael McDowell
Bubba Wallace
Matt DiBenedetto – moved to the back of the field for a transmission change
Landon Cassill
Ross Chastain
Parker Kligerman
J.J. Yeley
Kyle Weatherman
Corey LaJoie
Reed Sorenson
Joey Gase
David Starr

In pre-race inspection Jimmie Johnson failed the inspection process twice and was moved to the back of the field. William Byron also failed pre-race inspection, but after failing three times, he not only was moved to the back of the field, but has had his car chief Todd Dervich suspended from the race.

Stages one and two of the race are 85 laps each with stage three lasting 164 laps for a total of 334 laps around the mile and a half track. The drivers cannot complete any of the stages on a single fuel run.

After a rain storm moved through the area overnight NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 30. Drivers may come down pit road prior to the competition caution but cannot add fuel to their cars.

Pole sitter Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front for the lead of the race. Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer made contact on the start but the track stayed green. Denny Hamlin’s car is smoking with a possible tire rub.

The top five are Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Clint Bowyer.

Lap six Ryan Blaney has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick with Brad Keselowski a second and a half back.

Lap 10, Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race with Kevin Harvick a half second behind.

Denny Hamlin brings his car down pit road to address the tire rub

Clint Bowyer is slowed on the track and brings his car down pit road with a tire issue

Lap 12, the top five are Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 21, leader Ryan Blane has encountered slower traffic; as a result, Kevin Harvick has closed the gap to Blaney to a mere car lengths.

Denny Hamlin had to make a second trip down pit road and is now three laps down.

Lap 25, the top five are Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch with 27 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 29, Kevin Harvick is challenging Ryan Blaney for the lead.

Clint Bowyer’s team is reporting that Bowyer is still smelling smoke and will have to come down pit road during the competition caution to address the issue.

Lap 31, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Taking only two tires, Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road; Kt Busch, Erik Jones, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Martin Truex Jr also took only two tires. Ryan Blaney in sixth is the first car to take four tires.

Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, and Michael McDowell were all caught speeding on pit road.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 37 and gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney.

Ryan Blaney gets around Erik Jones to take over fourth.

Lap 40, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kurt Busch; Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ryan Blaney, and Erik Jones round out the top five. There are 27 cars on the lead lap with all 40 cars on the track.

Lap 44, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead on Kurt Busch to nearly two seconds with Ricky Stenhouse Jr nearly three seconds back; Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick is beginning to runaway with it, on lap 54 he has pulled out to a lead of over two and a half seconds on Kurt Busch with 27 cars still on the lead lap.

Lap 57, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones.

Lap 61 Kevin Harvick has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Kurt Busch; Joey Logano Ryan Blaney, and Erik Jones round out the top five. There are 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 71, Kevin Harvick holds on to his lead of over two seconds on Kurt Busch; Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Lap 73, Erik Jones gets around Joey Logano for fourth.

Lap 74, the top five are Kevin Harvick by over two and a half seconds Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, and Joey Logano.

With nine laps remaining in stage one, Clint Bowyer is the only driver who is not in the top 10. After a tire issue, he is in 30th place – two laps down.

Lap 78, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Kurt Busch with Ryan Blaney in thrid nearly three seconds back; Erik Jones and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 80, Erik Jones passes Ryan Blaney for third.

Kevin Harvick wins stage one for his 17th stage win this season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Paul Menard
Chase Elliott
Aric Almirola

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Devin Harvick wins the race off of pit road with Kurt Busch in second.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the inside lane on lap 92 and gets side by side with Kurt Busch. On lap 93, Kevin Harvick finally gets out in front for the lead as a battle ensues for second place.

Lap 95 the top five are Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Erik Jones, and Ryan Blaney with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 97, the caution flag comes out when William Byron and Jimmie Johnson make contact and get loose.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 101 and goes side by side with Joey Logano before taking over the lead.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Erik Jones.

Lap 105, Kevin Harvick has just a quarter second lead on Joey Logano with Kurt Busch Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr rounding out the top five.

Lap 108, Kevin Harvick’s lead is not a half a second on Joey Logano with Kurt Busch a second and a half back.

Lap 110, Kevin Harvick is slowly increasing his lead on Joey Logano; which is now approaching a second.

Lap 113, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr..

Lap 119, Kevin Harvick has led 86 laps so far.

Lap 120, the Top five are Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr.

There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 123, Kevin Harvick has a second and a half lead on Joey Logano with Kurt Busch over four seconds back.

Lap 126, Erik Jones is the first driver to come down pit road for a green flag pit stop.

Lap 128 Kevin Harvick has increased hos lead on Joey Logano to over two seconds with 25 cars on the lead lap.

NBC Sports reporters announce that NASCAR mistakenly sent Jimmie Johnson to the back of the field after failing inspection only twice. Johnson qualified in the 23rd spot.

Lap 132, more drivers come down pit road for their green flag pit stops.

Kevin Harvick makes his green flag pit stop and hands the lead over to Joey Logano.

Martin Truex Jr is reporting a vibration, the crew says that all of the lug nuts were tight.

Lap 139, Joey Logano has a lead of over three seconds on Kurt Busch with Alex Bowman in third over 10 seconds back.

Lap 144, Kyle Busch made an unscheduled stop on pit road for a vibration.

Lap 147, Joey Logano has a lead of over five seconds on Kurt Busch with Ricky Stenhouse Jr over 12 seconds back in third.

The top five are Joey Logano Kurt Busch Ricky Stenhouse Jr Alex Bowman, and Austin Dillon.

Lap 151, Kurt Busch brings his car down pit road, but Joey Logano has yet to make a pit stop.

Lap 152, Joey Logano has a lead of over 10 seconds on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Lap 152 Joey Logano finally makes his pit stop.

Alex Bowman becomes the new leader of the race with Austin Dillon in second and Bubba Wallace in third.

The top five are Alex Bowman, Bubba Wallace, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 162, Kevin Harvick has retaken the lead of the race with Jimmie Johnson in second nearly a second and a half back; Ryan Blaney is in third over four seconds back.

The top five are, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano.

Five laps remain in stage two Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly five seconds on Ryan Blaney.

Clint Bowyer had a team member come over the wall too soon and has to make a pass through penalty.

Winning his 18th stage win, Kevin Harvick sweeps the stages at Texas.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Erik Jones
Kurt Busch
Daniel Suarez
Chase Elliott

A number of drivers took only two tires and as a result beat leader Kevin Harvick off of pit road. Kevin Harvick was the first driver off of pit road with four fresh tires.

Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski bring the field down for the green flag start of stage three and go side by side before Brad Keselowski takes the lead of the race.

The top five are Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick.

Kurt Busch takes second with Ryan Blaney in third, Joey Logano falls to fourth.

Lap 181, Brad Keselowski is in the lead with Ryan Blaney a second and a half behind; Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 191, the skies are getting darker, Brad Keselowski holds on to the lead of the race and Ryan Blaney is in second; Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, and Kevin Harvick in fifth.

Kevin Harvick gets around Kurt Busch to take fourth place.

Twenty seven laps into stage three Brad Keselowski has a third of a second lead on Ryan Blaney with Joey Logano in third.

Lap 201, Brad Keselowski has a half second lead on Ryan Blaney with Joey Logano in third; Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch round out the top five with 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 212, Brad Keselowski has a lead of nearly a second on Ryan Blaney with Kevin Harvick in third nearly three seconds back.

Lap 215, the top five are Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Marti Truex Jr.

Lap 218, Kevin Harvick has closed his gap on leader Brad Keselowski to under two seconds.

Ryan Blaney’s team is reporting possible overheating issues but the next round of pit stops are not too far away.

Lap 223, there are only 17 cars on the lad lap.

Lap 225, Daniel Suarez brings out the caution flag when he gets into the wall after a flat tire.

Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 231 and takes the lead with Kevin Harvick in second;Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

The NBC Sports crew announce that Kevin Harvick says that he might have a loose wheel.

Lap 234, Joey Logano has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick with Ryan Blaney in third; Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski round out the top five with 16 cars on the lead lap.

Martin Truex Jr reports that he also thinks that he has a loose wheel.

Lap 238, Joey Logano is slowly increasing his lead on Kevin Harvick; the lead is now over half a second for Logano

Lap 242, Kevin Harvick has closed the lap on Joey Logano to under half a second.

Martin Truex Jr is reporting that the vibration is getting worse.

Lap 244, Kevin Harvick has cut the gap on leader Joey Logano to a third of a second..

Clint Bowyer brings his car down pit road for fuel.

Lap 246, Kevin Harvick has cut the lead on Joey Logano to a quarter of a second.

Martin Truex Jr brings his car donw pit road on lap 248.

Kevin Harvick has closed the gap on leader Joey Logano to just a tenth of a second.

Martin Truex Jr was caught driving through too many pit stall on the way to his pit box.

Lap 252, Kevin Harvick has caught Joey Logano and is on his bumper challenging for the lead.

Brad Keselowski brings his car down pit road.

Lap 255, Kevin Harvick gets around Joey Logano for the lead.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola.

Lap 260, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Ryan Blaney with Joey Logano in third over two and a half seconds back.

Lap 263 the top five are Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, and Aric Almirola. There are only 14 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 268, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds on Ryan Blaney; with Joey Logano Aric Almirola, and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five.

Lap 271, Kevin Harvick’s lead is now over three seconds on Ryan Blaney with Joey Logano over five seconds behind.

Lap 274, Kevin Harvick is running away with the race there are only 14 cars on the lead lap with a lead of over three seconds on Ryan Blaney.

Lap 277, Kyle Busch is on pit road for a green flag pit stop. The teams will have to make one more pit stop before the end of the race.

Lap 280, the top five are Kevin Harvick Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano Aric Almirola, and Kurt Busch.

Green flag pit stops have begun.

Kevin Harvick makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Joey Logano.

Joey Logano makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Chris Buescher.

Jimmie Johnson is the new leader with Kevin Harvick in second 13 seconds back.

Denny Hamlin’s team was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Lap 287 the top five are Jimmie Johnson Kevin Harvick Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Aric Almirola.

Lap 291 Kevin Harvick is eleven seconds behind leader Jimmie Johnson who has yet to make his pit stop.

Lap 294, Jimmie Johnson makes his green flag pit stop. Kevin Harvick is the new leader with Ryan Blaney four seconds back.

Lap 297, David Starr brings out the caution flag when he gets loose on the track and spins out.

Several drivers stayed out on the track, but some drivers have come down pit road for service.

Lap 302, Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart and goes side by side with Ryan Blaney before Kevin Harvick gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson and Joey Logano.

Thirty to go and Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Ryan Blaney with Kurt Busch a second back.

The caution flag comes out when Matt DiBenedetto gets into the wall and squashes up his car with 28 laps to go in the race.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down f r the green flag restart with only 24 laps remaining in the race but it is Ryan Blaney who gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Ryan Blaney Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson Joey Logano and Kurt Busch.

With 21 laps to go, Ryan Blaney has a lead of only two tenths of a second on Kevin Harvick with Kyle Larson over a second back.

Nineteen to go, Ryan Blaney holds on to the lead of the race by less than two tenths of a second.

With 17 laps to go Kevin Harvick gets around Ryan Blaney for the lead of the race.

There are 16 laps to go and Kevin Harvick has already pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Ryan Blaney.

Fourteen to go, Kevin Harvick now has a lead of over a second on Ryan Blaney with Kyle Larson nearly three seconds back.

Twelve to go Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to a second and a half over Ryan Blaney.

Ten to go, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Ryan Blaney.

Nine to go Kevin Harvick’s lead is now over two seconds over Ryan Blaney.

Seven to go, Ryan Blaney has closed the gap to under two seconds on leader Kevin Harvick.

Five to go Kevin Harvick has again pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Ryan Blaney with Kyle Larson over four seconds back in third.

The caution flag come out with just three laps remaining in the race when Joey Gase gets into a crash. Daniel Suarez also has some damage to his car.

The caution flag means that the race will end with an overtime finish.

Kevin Harvick takes the outside lane and brings the field down for the overtime start of the race with Kevin Harvick umping out in front for a big lead.

Kevin Harvick takes the white flag.

Kevin Harvick gets his eighth win of the 2018 season…and a spot in the championship four at Homestead. Harvick led 177 of the 334 laps in the race.

The unofficial results of the AAA Texas 500:
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Erik Jones
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Kurt Busch
Aric Almirola
Martin Truex Jr
Austin Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Brad Keselowski
Paul Menard
Alex Bowman
Jimmie Johnson
William Byron
Kyle Busch
Ryan Newman
Jamie McMurray
AJ Allmendinger
Trevor Bayne
Ty Dillon
Chris Buescher
David Ragan
Bubba Walace
Clint Bowyer
Regan Smith
Daniel Suarez
Michael McDowell
Denny Hamlin
Parker Kligerman
Ross Chastain
Reed Sorenson
Kyle Weatherman
Landon Cassill
J.J. Yeley
Joey Gase
Matt DiBenedetto
David Starr
Corey LaJoie

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