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RAIN GOES AWAY; AAA TEXAS 500 FINALLY UNDERWAY!

Approximately six hours after the original 1 p.m. CT starting time, the 40-car field for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race took the green flag Sunday night at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

Rain put Chase Race No. 8 on hold until 6:15 p.m., when NASCAR determined the high-banked/1.5-mile quadoval was dry enough to summon drivers to their cars. After logging 23 laps under yellow to help dry the surface, the green/yellow flag was displayed at 6:55 p.m.

The green waved at 7:05 p.m., with pole-sitter Austin Dillon of Richard Childress Racing and front-row mate Joey Logano of Penske Racing leading the field on the flying start. NASCAR has mandated a competition caution on Lap 28 to check tire wear on a track washed green of rubber by the rain.

Seven Chase drivers are looking to join six-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20. Johnson, of Hendrick Motorsports, secured the first berth in NASCAR’s Final Four with his victory at Martinsville Speedway last Sunday.

 

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The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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