TMS Media Relations | Nov 03, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas (November 3, 2014) – Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 post-race brawl ignited by Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski took center stage, but several NASCAR Sprint Cup records were floored as well during the weekend.
Six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Red Vest Chevrolet) captured the AAA Texas 500 for his fourth career win at Texas Motor Speedway, breaking a tie with Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford) and giving him sole possession of the track record for most Sprint Cup victories. Interestingly, all four have come in the AAA Texas 500 with his first recorded in 2007 and the others coming the last three consecutive years.
In the 18-year history of Texas Motor Speedway, Johnson is the only Sprint Cup Series driver to successfully defend his race title the following year, much less twice over.
Johnson led the AAA Texas 500 nine times for 191 laps, which vaulted him past Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota) and Tony Stewart (No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet) for most career laps led at Texas Motor Speedway with 889. Kenseth actually held that record momentarily during the race as his 59 laps led in the early going moved him past Stewart (801) with 834. Johnson also moved into a tie for most career top-10 finishes, joining Kenseth with 17 each.
The AAA Texas 500 established a track record in the Sprint Cup Series for most caution periods at 13. The previous mark of 12 was established in 2000 and then equaled in the fall races of 2006 and ’07.
The AAA Texas 500 also produced the first multiple green/white-checkered finish for the Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway. Johnson needed two attempts in overtime and seven additional laps from the originally scheduled distance of 334 laps to secure his 70th career victory. This marks the fourth time that a Sprint Cup Series race was extended past the scheduled 334 laps – the others being the 2012 AAA Texas 500, 2008 Samsung 500 and 2006 Dickies 500 – but Sunday’s 341 laps was a record total.
Another track record for the Sprint Cup Series also fell on Friday during the knockout qualifying format. Tony Stewart (No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet) recorded a lap of 200.111 miles per hour in the second round of qualifying to establish a track record, eclipsing the mark set during April’s Duck Commander 500 by Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet) at 198.282 mph. The lap also was the fastest-ever qualifying lap on a 1.5-mile oval in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.