The Monster Energy Cup Series travels to Texas Motor Speedway and the AAA Texas 500 for race two in the round of eight.

Martin Truex Jr has cemented his spot in the championship round in two weeks at Homestead-Miami; who will join him in the final four?

After single car qualifying, Kevin Harvick put his number four Stewart-Haas Racing car on the pole and will bring the field to green.

The starting line up for the AAA Texas 500:
Kevin Harvick
Erik Jones
Denny Hamlin
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Aric Almirola
Daniel Suarez
Brad Keselowski
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Matt DiBenedetto
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Daniel Hemric
Martin Truex Jr
William Byron
Ty Dillon
Chris Buescher
Austin Dillon
Bubba Wallace
Jimmie Johnson
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Newman
David Ragan
Michael McDowell
Ryan Preece
John Hunter Nemechek
Parker Kligerman
Paul Menard
Landon Cassill
Corey LaJoie
JJ Yeley
Ross Chastain
Garrett Smithley
Quin Houff
Joe Nemechek
Josh Bilicki
Timmy Hill

Stages one and two of the race are 85 laps each with stage three lasting 164 laps around the mile and a half track. The drivers can run around 60 laps on a single fuel load; they cannot complete a single stage without making a pit stop.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of the race. Harvick and Erik Jones go side by side for the first lap before Harvick finally gets out in front for the lead.

Lap four, Kevin Harvick has a lead of just under half a second on Erik Jones with Aric Almirola in third.

Lap seven, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to over a second on Erik Jones with Aric Almirola in third; Daniel Suarez and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

The first caution flag comes out on lap nine when Chase Elliott slams into the wall. Chase is in a must win situation to stay in the playoffs.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 13 and goes side by side with Erik Jones until Harvick finally gets out in front on lap 15.

The caution flag comes out on lap 15 for debris on the track – a sign was torn from the fence.

A few drivers come down pit road for service.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 20 and gets out in front of Daniel Suarez for the lead with Aric Almirola in third.

Lap 24, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Aric Almirola with Daniel Suarez in third; Denny Hamlin and Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five.

Lap 27, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to a second and a half on Aric Almirola.

Lap 31, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Aric Almirola with Daniel Suarez, Denny Hamlin, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr rounding out the top five.

Lap 40, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly two seconds on Aric Almirola; Daniel Suarez, Denny Hamlin and Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five. Moving up over 15 spots, Jimmie Johnson is in sixth place.

Lap 44, Corey LaJoie brings out the third caution flag when he gets into the wall.

Taking fuel only Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road with Aric Almirola coming out in second after taking fuel only as well.

Erik Jones nad Clint Bowyer bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 48 with the two drivers going side by side. Clint Bowyer takes the lead with Erik Jones in second and Martin Tuex Jr in third; Kevin Harvick and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

Lap 53, Clint Bowyer had a near half second lead on Erik Jones with Kevin Harvick in third.

The caution flag comes out when Brad Keselowski and Ricky Stenhuse Jr get into a wreck that sends Stenhouse into the wall.

A afew drivers come down pit road for service.

Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 63 and jumps out in front for the lead after a push from Martin Truex Jr. Kevin Harvick makes it three wide as he comes down on the inside to take second place.

Lap 66, Kevin Harvick challenges team mate Clint Bowyer for the lead; so far Bowyer holds him off.

Lap 71, Clint Bowyer is in the lead with Kevin Harvick right behind him in second.

Corey LaJoie brings out the caution flag again after getting into the wall for the fifth caution flag of the race so far.

With the end of stage one only a handful of laps away, several drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag restart with 10 laps remaaining in stage one. Clint Bowyer jumps out in front for the lead with Kyle Busch in second and Kevin Harvick in third.

Lap 79, Clint Bowyer has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick with Kyle Busch in third.

The caution flag comes out on lap 81 after Denny Hamlin gets loose and makes a run through the grass tearing up the front of his car. The sixth caution of the stage, a new record has been set for caution flag in a single stage.

Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag restart for a one lap shootout to end stage one. Kevin Harvick gets past Bowyer for the lead and the stage one win for his sixth stage win of the year.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kevin Harvick
Clint Bowyer
Kyle Larson
Alex Bowman
Kyle Busch
Austin Dillon
Kurt Busch
Ryan Preece
Ryan Blaney
Daniel Hemric

Taking only two tires, Ryan Blaney wins the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin’s team continues to work on his car and make repairs after his run through the grass.

Alex Bowman and Aric Almirola bring the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 96 with Alex Bowman taking the lead.

Lap 98, Alex Bowman leads the race with Jimmie Johnson a tenth of a second back.

Lap 99, Jimmie Johnson challenges team mate and leader Alex Bowman for the lead. Lap 100 Jimmie Johnson is the new leader; Alex Bowman, Aric Almirola, Erik Jones, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Lap 104, Jimmie Johnson has a half second lead on Aric Almirola with Erik Jones in third; Alex Bowman and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Lap 107, Jimmie Johnson is still the leader but Aric Almirola has closed the gap to less than half a second.

Lap 116, Jimmie Johnson has a near half second lead on Aric Almirola with Daniel Suarez in third over a second back. There are 31 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 119, the top five are Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, and Alex Bowman.

Lap 123, Jimmie Johnson has a lead of over half a second on Aric Almirola with Daniel Suarez in third over a second and a half back.

Lap 127, with 31 green flag laps, it is the longest green flag run of the day so far.

Jimmie Johnson has increased his lead to nearly a second on Aric Almirola.

Lap 135, drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops; Jimmie Johnson has a lead of nearly a second on Aric Almirola.

Lap 138, Aric Almirola has caught up to leader Jimmie Johnson and is challenging Johnson for the lead. Lap 139, Aric Almirola passes Jimmie Johnson for the lead as they encounter lapped traffic.

Lap 146, leader Aric Almirola brings his car down pit road for fuel; Daniel Suarez is the new leader.

Daniel Suarez brings his car down pit road, Erik Jones is the new leader.

Erik Jones comes down pit road, William Byron is the new leader.

Lap 153, leader William Byron brings his car down pit road, Kurt Busch is the new leader.

Lap 163, Kyle Busch is in the lead, he has yet to make his pit stop, with Aric Almirola in second 18 seconds back.

Lap 164, Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road for three seconds worth of fuel – enough to finish the stage. Aric Almirola takes the lead.

Aric Almirola wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Aric Almirola
Erik Jones
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
Daniel Suarez
Kyle Busch
William Byron

Taking fuel only, Daniel Suarez wins the race off of pit road.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 178 with Byron and Danield Suarez going side by side.

Lap 180, Daniel Suarez is in the lead with William Byron in second and Jimmie Johnson in third. There are 22 cars on the lead lap with four cars out of the race.

After a caution filled stage one, there were no caution flags during stage two.

Lap 184, Daniel Suarez has a third of a secon lead on William Byron.

Lap 185, Jimmie Johnson passes William Byron for second place.

Lap 186, Jimmie Johnson gets loose and gets into the wall, bringing out the caution flag.

A few drivers bring their cars down pit road for fuel and adjustments.

Kevin Harvick’s team was charged with a penalty on pit road for equipment over the wall too soon.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag restart. Kevin Harvick is in 22nd place.

Lap 191, Garrett Smithley and David Ragan get into a wreck and bring out the tenth caution flag of the race.

After starting the race in the middle of the afternoon, it will finish under the lights. Early Sunday morning Standard Time took effect which means that the sun will be setting an hour earlier than it did on Saturday night.

William Byron and Daniel Suarez bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 197 with Daniel Suarez getting a push to get the lead.

Lap 200, the top five are Daniel Suarez, Aric Almirola,, Kurt Busch, William Byron, and Erik Jones.

Aric Almirola passes Daniel Suarez for the lead on lap 202.

Jimmie Johnson is out of the race after failing to make the minimum speed.

Lap 205, Aric Almirola has a two tenths of a second lead on Daniel Suarez; Kurt Busch William Byron, and Erik Jones round out the top five. There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 216, Aric Almirola has a one second lead on Daniel Suarez with William Byron in third; Kurt Busch and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick restarted the race in 22nd palce but on lap 224, he has made it back to the top 10. Harvick reports that his car is coming alive as the temperatures begin to cool down.

Lap 229, Aric Almirola has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Kurt Busch with Daniel Suarez in third; Kyle Larson and Erik Jones round out the top five.

The drivers will have to begin making pit stops soon.

Lap 238, Aric Almirola still has the lead with a lead of over two seconds on Kurt Busch.

Kyle Larson begins the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Lap 242, Bubba Wallace spins out and brings out the caution flag – the eleventh of the race. There were several drivers on pit road when the caution flag came out including leader Aric Almirola.

Taking only two tires, Ryan Newman wins the race off of pit road.

Aric Almirola was on pit road when the caution flag came and did not lose a lap; in fact, he is the leader of the race and brings the field down for the restart on lap 249.

Lap 250, Daniel Suarez challenges Aric Almirola for the lead but so far Almirola has held Suarez off.

Lap 251, Kevin Harvick easily passes Daniel Suarez for second and sets his sights on leader Aric Almirola.

Lap 255, Kevin Harvick challenges Aric Almirola for the lead as the two battle for the top spot. Lap 256, Kevin Harvick is back out in front of the field with SHR going one – two – three.

Kyle Busch and Daniel Suarez battle for the third spot with Kyle Busch finally taking third place on lap 261.

Lap 263, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Aric Almirola with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 271, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly a second on Aric Almirola with Kyle Busch in third.

The track is now under the lights.

There are only 21 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Larson is reporting an issue with the splitter, saying that it is vibrating and about to break.

Lap 275, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Aric Almirola; Kyle Busch is in third.

Lap 281, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to nearly three seconds on Aric almirola with Kyle Busch in third over seven seconds back.

Lap 283, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Daniel Suarez.

Lap 292, Kevin Harvick is running away with the race, he has a lead of over three and a half seconds on Aric Almirola; Kyle busch is in third.

Kyle Larson reports that his vibration is getting worse.

Lap 300, Kevin Harvick is “driving it like he stole it”, he has a lead of over four seconds on Aric Almirola; Kyle Busch is in third over nine seconds back.

Lap 304, Kyle Larson comes down pit road for fuel as a new cycle of green flag pit stops begin. During the pit stop, one of the crew members put a lug nut on one of the tires; saying that they had missed one earlier.

Twenty seven laps to go, Kevin Harvick brings his car down pit road for fuel only. Kyle Busch is the new leader.

Lap 313, leader Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road completing the cycle of green flag pit stops. Busch had difficulty getting the car going after his pit stop.

Kevin Harvick retakes the lead with a two second lead over Aric Almirola and Daniel Suarez.

After dominating the race before pit stops, leader Kevin Harvick’s lead has been cut to under two seconds

Seventeen to go, Kevin Harvick has again begun to pull away from the field. He has a lead of nearly four seconds on Aric Almirola.

Thirteen to go, Kevin Harvick has a four second lead on Aric Almirola with Daniel Suarez in third.

Only nine laps remain in the race, Kevin Harvick holds on to his four second lead on Aric Almirola as Stewart-Haas Racing is currently 1-2-3.

Seven to go, Harvick’s lead has been cut to two seconds as he battles lapped car Ryan Newman.

Four to go, Kevin Harvick finally gets past Ryan Newman who is a lap down.

Kevin Hrvick takes the white flag.

Overcoming a pit road penalty Kevin Harvick wins the race under the lights in Texas. When the race began, Harvick was below the cut line for the playoffs; he has now locked himself into the championship four for the final race in Homestead-Miami.

With this race win, Harvick ties boss Tony Stewart in wins with 49.

Official results of the AAA Texas 500:
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola
Daniel Suarez
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Clint Bowyer
Kyle Larson
Austin Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Newman
Daniel Hemric
William Byron
Ty Dillon
Chris Buescher
Paul Menard
John Hunter Nemechek
Parker Kligerman
Ryan Preece
Bubba Wallace
Michael McDowell
JJ Yeley
Landon Cassill
Denny Hamlin
Joe Nemechek
Josh Bilicki
Ross Chastain
Chase Elliott
Quin Houff
Jimmie Johnson
David Ragan
Garrett Smithley
Timmy Hill
Corey LaJoie
Brad Keselowski
Ricky Stenhouse Jr