>>>Ladies and gentlemen, here to give command
to start the race today.>>Drivers, start your engines!
>>Thanks for being a part of the pre-race show on FS1. Getting ready to roll. Let’s
head upstairs with Mike joy.>>Thank you, Chris. Boy, a lot of news. Clint
bowyer with that long victory drought in martinsville. Kurt Busch. Second Texas pole in a row. Kevin
Harvick, three wins in a row. Martin Truex, master of the mile and a half. Jimmie Johnson
last year’s winner. Is today’s winner in that group? Well, take everything you know about
the first 20 years of Texas motor speedway and set it aside. After the 2016 season they
repaved this racetrack and they recontoured turns one and two. They took out four degrees
of banking, they widened the racing surface by 33% so turns one and two will race very
differently than turns three and four. If you’re a Ford fan, you’ve got to like stewart-haas.
First time they’ve ever put three drivers in the first three starting spots for a cup
race all proven winners. If you’re Toyota fan, well, martin Truex, master of the mile
and a halves, Kyle Busch three straight top three finishes. What he wants is a”w” he doesn’t
have one yet this year. Jimmie Johnson won last year. They had a rough start with his
new Camaro. He won the practice session yesterday. This is his highest starting spot of the season.
Johnson will be a threat. They say everything is bigger in Texas. How about the temperature
swings? Just wild from Friday and a lot of sunshine and heat to Saturday and freezing
temperatures. While they practiced on the racetrack in the
mid 30s.>>>We’re going racing in Texas.
>>This place gets you so pumped up.>>NASCAR’s fastest.
>>It is blazing fast.>>This 500 mile race will test man, machines,
emotions. That’s the kind of action you get here at Texas. This place is Texas big and
this track is big.>>>Welcome to fox NASCAR coverage of the
O’Reilly 500 auto parts. Texas speedway, Fort Worth. Pace car begins to roll the field from
pit road. It is unseasonably cool. Although 51 degrees, 15 degrees higher than yesterday.
Track temp 60 degrees. Kurt Busch with his third Texas poll and who we got on the horn
>>Let’s dial up Jimmie Johnson.>>Yeah, bud.
>>Man, bud, fastest in that last practice. Looks like you found some of that speed. You
won this thing from the back last year.>>I hope so. I’m not sure there’s anything
that can be done in this sport. It’s amazing in the cup level the competition. Excited
to have the Lowe’s Chevy real stable for me. Looking forward to a fun day today. We’ll
see what we can get.>>Let’s talk to Chad Knaus.
>>Yes, sir, D.W.>>It’s taken a few weeks but it looks like
you’ve got your arms around the Camaro. You’ve practiced well, you’ve qualified well. What
can we expect?>>I think you better expect an exciting race.
3round here is pretty treacherous. Looking forward to get the Lowe’s to first place.
We’ll see what you’ve got.>>Thanks for talking to us.
>>Jimmie Johnson will roll off ninth. Late breaking news from pit road.
>>The weather this weekend has been a big question mark for a lot of teams. The captain
Roger penske, three wins here. None with keselowski. He said they need to have the sun come out.
If that happens, we’ve got a strong top five, possibly he can put a big check mark next
to Texas. Jamie little?>>Matt, it’s been a bit of a scramble in
the 42 pit. They were the last ones through inspection this afternoon as they failed three
times. The car chief has been ejected. They have to give up their tenth place starting
position and drop to the back. I talked to his crew chief Chad Johnson, he told me it
is going to be so hard to pass today, he’s relying on his pit crew to dig them out of
a hole. He expects them to be flawless.
>>Teams have more questions than answers. Generally in this sport, no matter what the
conditions or the challenge, you find the best seem to rise to the top and we expect
to see that today. Included in that group should be Kyle Busch. Busch is a two-time
winner in Texas. The last four races this season he’s finished top three. When you have
the question who’s going to be a winner today, the answer just might be Kyle Busch. Larry
Mac?>>Yeah, Vince. Mike joy touched on it. Just
the weather. Because of the weather yesterday nobody made a long race run. So I think the
unknowns of what these drivers have, they have no idea. The other word would be the
anticipation. The crew chiefs anticipating what their driver’s going to tell them because
they know they’re going to have to get carried away and very aggressive. Let’s take a look
at our race analysis now. The stages, 85, 85, 164 for 334 laps and 500 miles. Pit road
speed, 45 miles per hour. The fuel window 56 to 62 laps. The grip level at the bottom
of the racetrack, a total of five. You get outside of that, it will be about a one. To
the rear you heard Jamie little talk about Kyle Larson and the 42 car failed inspection
three times. Ricky stenhouse Jr. Hard practice crash goes to a backup. William Byron an engine
change. Matt Dibenedetto changed the transmission.>>Thanks, Larry. 37 car starting field. As
we get the one to go sign. Four Fords lead the field. All of the Ford drivers got to
visit the iconic star at the Dallas cowboys practice facility. They got to show off their
athletic skills. By the way, Emmitt Smith is here with the
Joey Logano team. Wasn’t he number 22 forever? Where else is he going to sit?
>>Be my choice.>>Listening in on martin Truex who will roll
off sixth.>>Good luck, bud. Get us a cowboy hat.
>>Have a good day. Stay warm. Have a good day on pit road. Let’s get some guns, boots,
all of that.>>Look at that on hi visor, doesn’t it look
like a set of longhorns there?>>Got to be pretty good on the outside there.
>>Starting beside another Toyota, maybe I could talk you into letting me in.
>>It was colder yesterday. On most restarts the leader chose outside.
>>The leader. If you look at row two, three, four, five they were struggling.
>>What’s our computer projection model Bernie say about today’s finish? Bernie has martin
Truex, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch.>>Truex and Harvick have been the masters
as they address themselves to the start/finish line.
>>200-mile-an-hour, tough trek. Boogity, boogity, boogity, let’s go racing, boys!
>>Harvick, the launch off of turn two.>>The ones I expected to work together on
this initial start was the teammates at stewart-haas racing between Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch
but no deal. Kurt Busch is high in four.>>No grip up there. Nothing but the track
is dirty and no grip whatsoever.>>No momentum.
>>It cost him five spots. He falls to six between turn three and the start/finish line.
>>Mike, that outside is so tempting but there’s just no grip outside of that black line.
>>They dragged tires around this track in lanes two or three for a week or two trying
to get a little more rubber into the racetrack and it will help today. The bottom group they
did not touch.>>Trouble turn four.
>>Alex bowman comes around.>>Paul Menard gets it.
>>And quickly we are under caution.>>About half the field down pit road to avoid
that.>>I think the 19 car of Suarez got a lot
of damage to his car. Couple other cars. You see the 21 with quite a bit of damage. Paul
Menard.>>This was what’s on the mind of all of these
competitors out here in these early laps. Pretty cold day to start the race. Low air
pressures. You see Alex bowman clip the apron a little bit. Maybe the air off the 6 car
loosened him up. Austin Dillon nowhere to go or Paul Menard.
>>Or the 19 of sue ar read and too bad for those guys. Three laps into the race and you’re
in trouble.>>Check up, check up, check up. Go high.
Go high. Go high. Stay down, you’ve got one coming.
>>That was Paul Menard.>>Let’s ride with Austin Dillon.
>>Pretty good job by Dillon, Mike. He doesn’t panic. He made a little contact but light.
>>I got shoved into him. I’ve got nose damage.>>Austin will talk about nose damage. You
see a lot of rear end damage to Paul Maine nashd.
>>That’s a critical area for aerodynamics is that rear quarter panel. The front damage
to the three car, they might be able to get away with that.
>>I think he’s okay, Jeff. He didn’t make a lot of hard contact. He just
touched.>>There’s a shame, Daniel Suarez carrying
the signatures of names of all of those kids from that hospital.
>>Yeah.>>Children’s miracle hospital. That was a
big deal for them.>>Under caution in texas.puts him in the
pole position.>>>Five cars involved in a lap two crash.
Alex bowman, looks like he got the left side tires down on the apron just enough to turn
the car around collecting Austin Dillon, Paul Menard, Daniel Suarez and Ross Chastain.
>>I believe the 3 car — the 43 car was right up under its back bumper and it loosened that
car up and away it went.>>Let’s go down to the pit of the fifth place
car and meet a special guest.>>You mentioned him earlier, Emmitt Smith.
Welcome to NASCAR. What brings you here?>>Well, I’m here with my team 22 kids from
my charity organization and they are upstairs watching giving them a NASCAR experience. We like to give kids that unique experience
in life, things that they might not otherwise have a chance to go see or be involved with.
>>I know you’ve seen a lot here so far. You’re watching these team guys. How closely do you
see this kind of emulating what you saw in the NFL and working tight as a team?
>>Quite naturally when you’re in this type of environment. Very tense environment. Very
important that everybody understands their role, their job and their responsibility.
Not only that, the communication lines are constantly open because you can get hurt out
here. Not only that, you try to win, help your teammate win, you’re doing the best you
can. Communication lines absolutely have to be open.
>>Emmitt signed the deck lid of the 22 car. Perhaps it’s a little good luck.
>>I hope so.>>Let’s hope so. Great to have him here.
>>Boy, what a fierce competitor, talking about Emmitt Smith.
>>What a legend and what a great charity. Bring those kids and give them an experience
that otherwise they certainly couldn’t have. He has rushed for the distance of seven laps
here as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher.>>We took a break so we could talk to him
and remember that.>>Get set for the restart with Daniel Suarez
still on pit road. We’re back under green. Kevin Harvick your leader.
>>Tell you one thing, that Kevin Harvick ain’t wasting no time today. He’s on it.
>>Whoa you see Clint bowyer gets really loose on the bottom groove slides right up in front
of martin Truex Jr.>>The cold tires, cold track they don’t have
a little grip for a lap or two.>>Chad Knaus called it. This is going to
be an edgy race at very high speeds.>>Yeah, I told bowyer in the pre-race show
attrition is going to be high but I don’t know how to spell attrition so he was laughing
at me.>>Want to see what happened to Clint bowyer
over in turn two? Let’s watch from martin Truex at the 14.
>>See the back end steps out ever so slightly. Now bowyer talked when we were in our break
in the pre-race talked about cars holding you down and getting on the outside loosening
you up. I don’t think that was necessarily the case in that situation. I think he just
got loose. We’ll be looking for more of that side-by-side action through turns one and
two.>>Look at the newlywed going to town, Chris
Buescher. He got married last weekend.>>Yeah, most everybody else went to the islands
or partied in the off week and he went to the wedding, his.
>>Scrappy and all the guys, they had a big time.
>>Buescher in 11th is the highest Chevrolet in the race right at this moment. Just ahead
of Jimmie Johnson.>>Kid can wheel it. He’s a good wheel man.
>>You can see right there how fast Jimmie Johnson went through one and two and gained
quite a bit on Chris Buescher. I really think that first couple laps getting those pressures
going and up to temperature with the tires really affected Jimmie Johnson and the balance
of his race car he has right now.>>Jeff, don’t you think you’ve got to start
the beginning of this race, you’ve got to be loose for a few laps until the tires get
heat to build up a little bit.>>I don’t think any of them know how to start
the balance of this race because they expect the sun to come out, track temperature to
come up. It was so cool yesterday when they practiced. It’s a total guessing game for
air pressures and the setup to start this race.
>>Here comes Kyle Larson passing into the top 20. Remember, he had to go to the back
when that car failed inspection three times.>>Yeah, this could be fun watching him, how
far he can make it to the front on this first run.
>>Up to 20th.>>Cold temperatures, fast track. 207 into
the corner.>>So three and four have a little more banking,
sweeping corner. They get through there really fast, carry that momentum down the front straightaway. Boy, when you get into turn one it is flat
and you better slow down. It’s about 20-mile-an-hour drop in speed from entering the corner to
the center.>>Looks like you might have a little bit
of a tailwind down the back, Mike. That makes those speeds greater as you go into turn three.
>>Jimmie Johnson moves ahead of Chris Buescher for 11th. Darrell Wallace Jr. With them.
>>Great run so far by Darrell Wallace Jr.>>You know, qualifying Friday, Darrell went
back out there. Bubba went back out there. Wasn’t in the top 24 but he went back out
and made a second run. Man, he picked up a nice qualifying run.
>>William Byron had to start in the back due to an engine change after practice. He
and Kyle Larson were the biggest movers.>>You saw something right there, that’s one
of the keys especially through turns one and
two. Bubba wall loss got down into one, couldn’t hold the bottom, couldn’t hold the white line
but Erik Jones held it and cleared bubba Wallace by the time they got to turn three.
>>You can be a gentleman and a guy gets a little position on you down there and you
give it up or you can be a whatever and race somebody and cause both of you to have trouble.
>>Looking at ninth place here, almirola and Kyle Busch. Did the start of the race surprise
you? Oftentimes when you have teammates starting together on the front row there’s an arrangement
as to who gets to turn one first, but, boy, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick, they fought
for it.>>I think when Kevin Harvick said on Friday
or Saturday that they were the king of the mile and a half, now that they were better
than martin Truex, he wanted to make a statement at the get-go.
>>Kyle Busch completes the pass on almirola.>>Kevin Harvick has a 1.7 second lead. But
without the white knuckles this time.>>>Checking out the shred Der show car, taking
a picture with the replica trophy. Fans have some Texas style fun before the race started.
23 complete. Kevin Harvick has LED them all. Had a bit of a moment with a lap car up in
turn four a moment ago. But he — his lead has been cut. Ryan Blaney’s coming. There’s
the yellow car of Blaney now just .6 back. The Blaney family’s had quite a weekend. Yesterday
here in the XFINITY series Ryan Blaney drove to victory on the same day as world of outlaw
legend Dave Blaney, his dad, won at port royal about 30 minutes after Ryan got the checkered
flag.>>That blows out his dad still getting it
done behind the wheel of a dirt sprint car. Years of experience in NASCAR as well and
now his son’s out there winning XFINITY races and running second in this cup race.
>>I think if there’s a guy that I would put a lot of money on today it would be that guy
in the 12 car. I believe he’s going to have a great day. He’s stalking Harvick. Harvick
is on a mission. I think that 12 car is the car to beat.
>>Denny Hamlin working his way past reed Sorenson in third, 1.6 back. Two of the car
damaged in the lap two crash, Daniel Suarez has made several stops and Austin Dillon was
just in and out of the pits.>>We see the 43 of Darrell Wallace Jr. Lost
some momentum.>>He may have had a little assistance.
>>A little help?>>Yeah.
>>I don’t mean he hit him, I mean that air —
>>He was already a little bit loose getting into that corner as the 42 got closer, took
a little more air off of him right there.>>Whew.
>>Hello and — it’s an H and B, hi and bye.>>That’s what you call quick reflexes by
Darrell Wallace Jr.>>Very similar what happened when he was
up under the back of the 88, bubba Wallace was, got him a little bit loose.>>You see Kurt Busch get by Clint bowyer.
Again, it’s reed Sorenson kind of a jam car there trying to stay up the groove and out
of the way of those two but, again –>>Obviously the 14 car is rolling and rotating
through the middle of one and two a little too much because that’s the same area he had
trouble on that restart where the back end stepped out. Did the same thing right there
and allowed Kurt Busch to make that pass.>>I wouldn’t want to drive a loose race car
at these speeds, but I think if your car is a little bit loose right now that’s not a
bad thing. I think you can adjust that out of the car.
>>I talked to a lot of drivers about the track bar adjuster. They have that ability
to lower or raise that track bar, but they all say it affects the entry and exit more
than it affects the center of the corner when that car gets loaded into the banking. So
not maybe as good of a tool as they’d like to have that they’ll be able to have on the
next pit stop.>>Lowering and raising that rear pit bar,
Mike and Jeff, you know this, it lowers and races the rear roll center. The lower you
can get that, it’s not going to be as effective in the corner and opposite of what you want
coming off of the corner.>>Jimmie Johnson back into the top ten with
that pass of Aric almirola.>>I like back in the old days, we put it
in one spot and left it alone. You had what you had.
>>Yeah, because you didn’t have that option.>>Matt?
>>And, Mike, just a few moments ago I happened to look up at the 34er7b flags going up and
down pit lane. You can see how it’s going from a tailwind down the back stretch to basically
switching to a cross wind. The wind can be more of a factor by day’s end. Jimmie Johnson,
the car free on entry into turn three. That could be part of the tailwind and also snug
in one and two.>>Thanks, Matt. The wind started out of the
southeast. Now pretty much out of the south.>>Mike, if you look at the lap times, I mean,
the fastest lap we’ve had so far has been a 27.65. Right now we’re running a 28.18. Hasn’t slowed
down very much. That’s what’s going to take the toll on the cars today.
>>Jamie, how about our poll sitter?>>Haven’t heard much complaining about Kurt
Busch.>>That only round that we had, he said the
car was perfect. Just now is the first time he’s said anything negative. He said losing
grip quickly. He’s dead sideways. He could have burned up those tires when he got into
the gray area earlier.>>We saw the same thing from Clint bowyer
as we watched from the on board of martin Truex from the on board. The whole group getting
pretty close here. Kyle Busch closing on them. Vince, what’s up with the 18?
>>Kyle started 8th and currently runs 8th but he’s concerned. He feels like they’ve
developed a vibration in the right front. That’s an issue that they want to keep an
eye on because they had a right front tire issue in their final practice on Saturday
and they punctured a tire twice here in the fall, once at the beginning of the race and
once here at the end. Certainly something to keep an eye on. They are ready if Kyle
decides he needs to bring it to pit lane.>>He’s had a season most drivers would be
proud of. The last four races for Kyle Busch, average of 2.3. Everything but a “W.”
>>Everything but.>>You see the expression on his face. That’s
how he feels about that, you know?>>Yeah.
>>Who can blame him?>>Highly competitive. And can’t blame him.
They’re good enough to win right now.>>Kevin Harvick has stretched it out on Ryan
Blaney right now by 2.6 seconds. Is Applebee’s To Go.>>>Monster cup racing from Texas. Alex bowman
went around. Trouble for the series champion coming to pit road unexpectedly. Martin Truex,
master of the mile and a halves, coming in at lap 41, Larry.
>>Yeah. This is definitely a little bit early, but what I would think unless they have a
problem and Jamie will let us know, maybe they’re splitting the stage in half. If they’re
doing that, Jamie, they have to pray this thing stays green.
>>That’s exactly right. On your radio, seems like this was planned. Nothing out of the
ordinary right now. He’s saying on the radio, the team working on it, wiping the grill and
away martin Truex Jr. Goes.>>I like this strategy. Get in here. You’ve
got it pit sometime. Get in, get those tires. We’ve seen how much difference that can make.
>>What we saw, track position is so important. So hard to pass at this track. Maybe they
look at this as an opportunity. They weren’t gaining on the track. Now will we see an influx
of cars coming down pit road?>>We may. Once the cars get all strung out
like this, there’s not a good chance of a caution.
>>Here they come.>>Kasey kahne is on pit road. Jamie Mcmurray
and his teammate, Kyle Larson come in as well.>>Yeah, that tells you it’s probably planned.
>>And we don’t know, maybe martin needed an adjustment and he didn’t want to go too
much further. Jamie?>>Kyle Larson has been pretty happy with
it. He said the balance was overall pretty good. Ten laps ago he said he started to get
a little bit tight. It will be a four tire stop for Larson. Meanwhile, Ryan Blaney on
the left-hand side making his way down saying he’s a little tight center and exit. They’re
going to make a wedge adjustment and air pressure adjustment.
>>The 18 of Kyle Busch is in as well. Remember, Busch had a little bit of a vibration that
he was concerned about. Four tire change for the 18 of Kyle Busch. Matt?
>>They were discussing a chassis adjustment on the 48 for Jimmie Johnson. His biggest
issue like we documented earlier, entry into three. Trying to work that tightness out of that
48 car. Jamie?>>Kevin Harvick has been the only leader
today leading 43 laps saying he’s a little loose off, not bad. That’s the only thing
he has said about his car today other than it’s been good and fast. Matt?
>>Chassis adjustment already completed on Brad keselowski’s 2 car. He felt like he was
losing the nose. In fact, he used the brake bias earlier to help the entry down into turn
one. Vince on the 14.>>Clint bowyer in that 14, last week’s winner.
You saw the wrench in the right rear. Chassis adjustment for bowyer to help tighten it up.
Jamie?>>Joey Logano in the 22 service, taking off
a little tight. Chase Elliott in the 9 on pit road now as well. He started that run
a little bit tight and as he ran it seemed to get better and now that the grip has gone
away he’s gotten a little tight again as he slides to a stop. You’ll see the wedge wrench
right there. They made a slight adjustment on the 9.
>>Penalty for Ryan Blaney. Uncontrolled tire on their stop.
>>We talked about this this morning in our production meeting about how much this happened
yesterday in the XFINITY race.>>See what happens sneer.
>>All right. You see this tire right there just sitting there on the right side. It’s
outside of the box right there.>>All right. That one right there where he
kind of rolled it. What the rule says is whoever’s handling the tires, you have to stay in contact
with those tires even if you’re rolling them, have you to stay in contact till they’re all
the way back to the wall.>>I don’t know how you do that with five
guys at the wall.>>I don’t either. That’s pretty picky if
you ask me. That’s the rule.>>So the top seven drivers, everybody down
to Matt Dibenedetto, everybody above there has not made a pit stop as Darrell Wallace
comes in.>>Darrell Wallace very sideways into his
box. Going to make it tough on this pit crew. He’s still on the box. Doing the right rears
outside of that box. That’s legal. It’s tough. It’s right on the line.
>>Yeah, that is legal. As long as the right front and the two left sides are in the box,
the right rear can be hanging out. That is a legal move right there.
>>So now only four drivers are on track that have not made a stop. Leader Denny Hamlin,
Michael Mcdowell in second and then David Ragan, Matt Dibenedetto each one lap down
hoping to catch a caution flag.>>Mike, in my book, Mike wheeler and Denny
Hamlin, they’ve made their bed. They’re going to run this fuel window out. It would do no
good to come short now. Go ahead and run it out to about lap probably 55 to 60. See if
you can catch that caution and burn a lot of drivers being a lap down.
>>That’s something we have seen with this team, they go on fuel mileage. These guys
seem to be week in and week out guys that will stretch it all the way to the fuel window.
>>I think martin Truex Jr., Cole pearn had a lot to do with the teams coming down pit
road. Tire wear is not heavy. The drivers want adjustment because of the conditions
today versus what they were dealing with yesterday, but you wouldn’t typically see them come early.
You’d think they’d run out the fuel and stop once it was time for fuel.
>>So Denny Hamlin is on a lap by himself. Mcdowell and Ragan are a lap down. Then comes
Harvick and Truex. Truex the big gainer on the pit stop sequence. He pitted from seventh.
Harvick pitted from the lead but right now they’re right together.
>>Mike, let me ask you something. If you were the 11 car, Denny Hamlin and the wheeler
down there, when you have everybody lap down, isn’t that worth taking a gamble for?
>>I think so.>>This is not Atlanta. This is not auto club
where there’s so much falloff and new tires mean so much. Right now Denny Hamlin’s lap
times are — yeah, when Kevin Harvick gets clear, it’s half a second. He’s actually as good as some of those further
back in traffic right now.>>So if we get the caution Hamlin wants,
what will happen to all these lap down cars is either they will pit and still be a lap
down or they’ll take the waive around, be back on the lead lap but have to start on
those worn tires because you cannot pit if you’re going to take the waive around if it
works.>>Jimmie Johnson with an issue back on pit
road.>>Mike, Jimmie Johnson came on the radio
and told Chad noesi I have a significant vibration. Chad said, it is up to you. You know how bad
it is. If we need to come, go ahead and bring it to us. We’ll be ready. Indeed, Jimmie said,
I’m going to bring it to you. He did not want to ride it out. Left sides going on. Costly,
costly issue on the 48.>>Yeah. I mean, you know, you usually judge
it by is the vibration getting worse. If it’s getting worse, you usually know it’s a loose
wheel and you want to get in and take care of it sooner rather than later before it can
damage those studs that hold those lug nuts on.
>>We saw the 88 go to the garage.>>Alex bowman who was spun to bring out the
first and only caution so far. Let’s see if Hamlin stops this time. It would be lap 56.
If he does –>>That’s the chatter we’re hearing on the
radio.>>Here he comes.
>>And here he comes.>>Now he needs to be real cautious.
>>No mistakes, right?>>30 laps to go in stage one. Hamlin on a
lap by himself as he comes to his pit.>>Vince?
>>Issue with this team throughout this early run here is just loose in. It has gotten freer
as it has gone. They are typically good here. Remember, Denny Hamlin LED 69 laps. They liked
their car early and they stuck with their strategy early.
>>Cycle back around to Kevin Harvick the leader. Jimmie Johnson’s stop was the one to make.
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brand the last four years overall.>>Well, one bit of strategy came undone with
that long run and late pit stop. Denny Hamlin, too fast entering.
>>Get in a big hurt.>>Show him coming on to pit road.
>>So tough when you’re doing 190 miles an hour and you have to slow all the way down
to 50 miles an hour. Looked a little faster. Watch that ticker. See it go up to 51. You’re
needing to be 49.99 and he got over to 51 and just didn’t slow it down enough. Battle
between brothers.>>Third place here between Kurt and Kyle
Busch. Now they and martin Truex are all 7 seconds behind Kevin Harvick, your race leader.
>>Guys, if Denny Hamlin had not gotten that penalty, he had fallen into second behind
our leader, Kevin Harvick. He was going to be in good shape. Let’s take a look at our
green flag pit stop times. This would be two laps including the stop itself. You see right
there, T X factor, he was speeding on pit road, but you can see he did have the fastest
two laps including the pit stop with his teammate Kyle Busch right there on top of him.
>>We said it right before he came on pit road. You cannot make any mistakes. I thought
I was talking about the pit crew. I didn’t think I would see Denny with another speeding
penalty. Somebody else who really benefitted from that, martin Truex Jr. Came in seventh.
He was the first on pit road. He’s in second now.
>>They made a good move there.>>Watching from his car in car back in third
place. NASCAR measures speeding as distance over time not an instantaneous spike in speed.
>>Yes.>>It’s the time it takes to complete everyone
segment.>>Yes. The reference I’m making when you
get to 50 miles per hour. Rpm, time over distance, if you go above it, you have to get below
it to get that measurement or that time correct in that very short box that they have the
timing lines on pit road.>>All I know if I’m Mike wheeler, I’d look
like Larry over there. I would have pulled all of my hair out by now. I mean, he had
a perfect strategy.>>He did.
>>I’m not going to comment. You can say all you want. I’m not going to comment.
>>Now this is a great sign of aerodynamics. Tires versus the — the older tires on martin
Truex Jr. And also aerodynamics. This is a tough, narrow groove and very difficult to
pass on because of aerodynamics. The 41 of Kurt Busch and the 18 of Kyle Busch are faster
than martin Truex Jr.>>The big losers were Ryan Blaney who came
in second and after his penalty was 16th. Denny Hamlin is now 17th. Jimmie Johnson had
to make an extra stop for a loose wheel, went from 10th to 27th. The big gainer on these
stops, Kyle Larson pitted from 13th. He is now in seventh place. Larson about to catch
that group of second through sixth. Kevin Harvick now leads by ten seconds, Jamie.
>>As Kevin continues to lead, they’re racing with heavy hearts. Steven del bagno was killed
over the Nevada desert. You see the entire 4 team with them. He was one of the pilots
that did the flyover for the daytona 500 this year and because he was team number 4, he
naturally fit in with team number 4 in NASCAR. He got hats, shirts. The team loved him. They got pictures together. He hung out and
watched the team race. We’re all thinking of him. We thank him for his sacrifice and
certainly thinking of the United States air force.
>>Thanks, Jamie.>>Kevin Harvick, your leader with 15 laps
to go in stage one.>>>That’s what Kevin Harvick said this week.
Never mind martin Truex is the master of the mile and a half. School is back in session
and the headmaster is Kevin Harvick. He’s been doing out detentions this year. Three
victories. But running one, two are the masters of the mile and a half speedways.
>>Mike, if you say it, you’ve got to believe it. Kevin Harvick believes that he’s better
than martin Truex Jr. And that crowd and he doesn’t mind telling him about it. You know
what I love, little bit of a head game there.>>Oh, yeah. Nobody plays head games better
than the 4 car and Kevin Harvick and he’s got the race car to back it up.
>>We listened in on martin Truex.>>Let me know.
>>Spotter is telling me he’s racing for –>>He ain’t even close to racing for the lucky
dog.>>I’m telling you. I’m trying to get all
I can up here.>>That’s his spotter, Clayton Hughes. I believe
he was talking about this.>>That’s bubba Wallace right in front of
them.>>Bubba right now is fifth in line to get
the free pass in a caution should come out. Busch brothers. There’s the pass there. Jamie?
>>And when Truex pitted on lap 40, all he did was make an air pressure adjustment as
well as put four fresh tires on. He’s saying this run he took off a little bit loose and
it’s just stayed edgy this whole run.>>That man, there’s nothing worse than running
200 miles an hour in this racetrack, treacherous getting into one, the car’s not quite where
you’d like for it to be.>>This is what a lot of us anticipated this
race was going to be like. Conditions are going to be a lot different especially as
rubber gets laid down into this racetrack as 40, 37 cars are running around this track
right around the bottom. It’s going to change the balance and the grip level of those race
cars. I think they’re going to be chasing this condition all day long.>>Yeah. The good thing about it like this,
the track has heat in it. These cars, the headers, the tailpipes, everything, they put
heat in the track which is nice.>>Kurt Busch has fallen to fourth. Joey Logano
you see there fifth –>>78 of martin Truex Jr. In the wall.
>>Front straightaway and that will bring the caution at lap 81.
>>Heavy, heavy hit.>>Oh, boy.
>>Right front.>>Definitely looks like a right front tire.
>>That car is killed.>>Oh, it’s dead.
>>Good to see martin Truex Jr. Put the window net down.
>>It knocks the air right out of you.>>Like getting hit in the stomach with a
baseball bat.>>All right. Here’s what happened to our
defending series champ.>>This is coming off of turn four.
>>Yeah, the exit of turn four. Looks very similar to what we saw with Ricky stenhouse
Jr. In practice. Wouldn’t you say D.W. That’s a right front tire?
>>Oh, definitely. He was wide open when that thing let go.
>>That will break a string of ten straight top fives on mile and a half tracks for martin
Truex.>>I don’t care how fit you are, how tough
you are, that hurts.>>Pit road cannot be open at this point so
the stage will end under caution with Kevin Harvick the stage one winner and martin Truex
Jr. Out of the race.>>I just say thank goodness for safer barriers
and how far the safety has advanced here in NASCAR, especially here at Texas motor speedway.>>A hard crash from the bottom groove all
the way straight to the wall. (Autozone whistle)>>>You okay, bud?
>>That hurt.>>Are you all right?
>>Yeah, I’m okay.>>You heard the on board tire. Didn’t hear
a tire pop from the on board radio or anything. That car shot straight from the bottom groove
to the wall.>>You hear it almost drop on the splitter
and it start grinding. That’s what that is usually when the tire blows.
>>It’s such a big surprise, Mike. Coming through the corner wide open in the throttle
you’re not expecting anything to go wrong.>>It could be suspension or tire. We did
see the tire definitely had no air in it after it hit the wall.
>>Pit road is still closed. They’re cleaning up on the front straightaway and we’ll come
around to complete lap 85. That will be stage one. Kevin Harvick will pick up his fourth
stage win of the season. He leads all drivers in that category after having only six stage
wins in all of 2017.>>He won both stages at las Vegas and the
race. He knows how to get it done.>>There’s the green and white checkered flag
for stage one.>>Pit road will open next time by. The caution
flag, good news for Denny Hamlin. He will get back on the lead lap. Erik Jones picks
up a stage point there. In tenth.>>This is why you — the 3 car of Austin
Dillon on pit road.>>I look at Kevin Harvick and how he was
just laying down those laps and putting lapped cars between himself and others. We see Denny
Hamlin right behind him, that’s a lapped car. He’s going to get the free pass, but Kurt
Busch and Kyle Busch are several positions further back if you look at the lapped cars.
When he peels off and comes down pit road, it’s still big advantage to Kevin Harvick
when he gets into his pit stall.>>Before pit road opens let’s have a look
at the Coca-Cola family of drivers and see how they’re fairing today.
>>Joey Logano and Kyle Larson, top five. Ryan Newman 12th. Denny Hamlin will get back
on the lead lap with this caution flag. Dillon and Suarez were involved in the first accident
of the day. Apologies to Ryan Newman and his team. Yesterday we had them as having a penalty
waived. We received incorrect information on that. That’s why Ryan did correctly sit
out the last 15 minutes of that practice. Matt?
>>Mike, Jamie Mcmurray pitting right off of turn four. The first run it was on the
tight side. The second run it is still building tight. He felt being back in dirty air made
it even worse. It feels tight. Kyle says he thinks the track is changing and freeing up.
Don’t change it. Just four tires, Jamie.>>Kevin Harvick has been dominant. So good.
No adjustments. Four tire stop. The 41 and Kurt Busch, he said he can’t be any freer.
Leave it alone.>>Kyle Busch is going to win the O’Reilly
race off pit road from Kevin Harvick. Kyle Larson picks up a spot and Erik Jones picks
up four.>>See how Kevin Harvick’s doing out there.
Kevin Harvick, it’s D.W. Got me, buddy?>>10-4.
>>This thing is looking a lot like Vegas where you won both stages and the race. Car
is awesome. How does it feel?>>Feels like the roof’s all the way up, I
can tell you that for sure. But the thing has just been flawless as we started the beginning
of this race here. It’s an honor to drive these things. Have to thank everyone at stewart-haas
for everything they’ve done. First line Jimmy Johns Ford is running good and having fun.
>>Guess what, it shows. Have fun out there, bud.
>>Thanks, man.>>And you wonder why they call him happy
Harvick? Nah. So we swapped your car out for the all-new Chevy Traverse. Yes. Do you think
it’s going to surprise your daughter? Absolutely. Wait, is Mom here yet? Where’s Mom? She’s
in this car. What the heck? Whoa. Yo, whose car is this? This is the all-new Chevy Traverse.
This is beautiful. It has Apple carplay compatibility. Do those apps look familiar? Ohhhhh. Do you
want to hit this button? There’s a hidden compartment. Uhh, whoa. Mom, when I’m older
can you buy me this car? I wanna buy me this car. As people who love the outdoors, we know
what we stand for. At bass pro shops and cabela’s, we stand together for you.>>>One to go at the line to begin stage two.
Kyle Busch had a two second faster pit stop than Kevin Harvick and you see it there. Kyle
Busch’s pit crew has put him in the lead. Let’s take a look at how.
>>You see right there, everything looking pretty good but the jack — you know, everything
just finished up a little bit quicker on the right side. Jack men around the left side sooner and followed
up with another great left side tire change for the 18.
>>Let’s join Matt Yocum.>>Unbelievable hit by martin Truex Jr. Glad
you’re okay. This has really been a question mark this entire week with the huge swing
in temperatures. Was this more of a camber related issue with the tire possibly?
>>No, I doubt it. We haven’t had any problems all weekend. First set of tires looked good.
I don’t know if I run something over or what it was. Just one of them deals. So we had
a good car. We were going to be right there all day long I felt like. We had some room
to make it better. I wish we could have seen. That’s the way it goes sometimes.
>>Thanks, martin.>>The best news is he is okay because that
was a hard hit.>>You know what comes to mind I think back
to auto club speedway where Kevin Harvick had an issue, was out of the race, martin
Truex Jr. Dominated that race and went on to win it. Kevin Harvick’s dominating the
race and Truex has an issue. I want to see these guys go head to head.
>>Guys, we had about a dozen drivers take the waive around. Most notably Jimmie Johnson.
They made the stop at lap 52. They can go about another 25 laps before they’d have to
pit for fuel. A little bit of a roll of the dies by Chad Knaus.
>>Kyle Busch has chosen the outside as they approach the Geico reszone.
>>That’s a bit of a gift to Kevin Harvick although in the XFINITY race yesterday we
did see where the leader in the outside lane was able to get the lead every time. Kyle
Larson on the outside going to take second. Harvick’s not done though. He’s gotten back
to his quarter panel.>>I think that outside is okay when you’re
the leader.>>Larson gets loose trying to turn down to
the bottom. What an amazing run by Kyle Larson coming
all the way from the back. He has a fast race car. Tight quarters there with Logano. Vince?
>>You were talking about that restart and the inside definitely with the preferred lane
but the spotter’s working up on the roof made a little deal between Kyle Busch’s team and
Kevin Harvick’s team. That’s why you saw Busch start on the outside and get his way back
down. The big question does it end up costing Harvick spots?
>>I don’t know. If the guy that’s been dominating on the mile and a halves and been dominating
in this race, if you’ve got a shot to put him in the outside lane and lose some positions,
I’d take advantage of that.>>Hey, buddy, I helped you. How about you
helping me.>>We’ll see how that works.
>>Little co-op petition.>>Joey Logano, Kyle Larson.
>>Denny Hamlin got the free pass and a pit road penalty. Not of his doing. An uncontrolled
tire. He had to restart the tail end of the longest line but he is back on the lead lap.
>>Have to keep an eye on Kyle Larson here. Car starting out pretty loose. Seemed like
his car was good on the longer runs.>>Mike, just seemed like a guy like him,
Larson, he runs a lot of dirt tracks, he can ride on the right rear. A lot of guys don’t
like to feel the right rear digging like that. Doesn’t seem to bother him at all.
>>We’re in stage two which will go to lap 170. Kevin Harvick second to Kyle Busch half
a second back.>>And back to the restart there that we snus
had. 4 car might say, I ain’t doing that no more. That deal is off.
>>Ryan Blaney trying to come back from a tire violation on a green flag stop. Started
fourth. Currently 12th.>>Had a good race car. I think he’ll be fine.
Car works really well for him. Good long run car.
>>How about the 1 right in front of him, Jamie Mcmurray.
>>Mike, a silent run. They’re trying to put together the entire race. D.W., you said it
many times. The person you don’t want to beat is yourself. They’ve done it four times this
year. Right now he’s running inside the top ten, outside the top ten. He ran the XFINITY
race on Saturday and Matt Mccall told me he doesn’t do it very often. When he does, it
helps him get a good feel for the racetrack. Especially on pit road entry. This is so tricky
here.>>Man, I just think it’s so obvious it’s
not just the driver, it’s not just the car, it’s not just the pit crew, it’s all the parts
that have to work flawlessly to win one of these races.
>>And Matt talked about the race yesterday, the XFINITY race running laps. Mcmurray not
typically doing that. That repetition is good. You get a sense of the tire and the track.
They have less down force and power than the XFINITY series there is something you can
learn like coming to pit road.>>Clint bowyer right there behind Brad keselowski
in eighth. Vince?>>Concerns for bowyer, too. He’s another
one reporting that he’s all of a sudden developed a vibration. I can tell you, a lot of teams
are very cautious about the right front tire. They’re concerned that it’s putting too much
pressure on the right front. Certainly depending how much camber you have in the car, the right
front is a hot spot for many teams here on pit road.>>Keep an eye on that. 15 laps into stage
two. 100 laps go up on the scoreboard for triple digits. How about a fox NASCAR crank
it up.>>Still there. Still there. Clear.
>>One. To your bumper. Clear.>>>Kevin Harvick has caught race leader Kyle
Busch. Little cat and house game. [3:18:38 PM] Looks like Busch is faster into the corner.
Harvick faster off the corner.>>>Let’s go get us a cowboy hat.
>>I tried a whole different process to build heat in the tires. Struggling.
>>Got to do a pass through.>>No way!
>>You okay, bud?>>That hurt.
>>109 laps into the O’Reilly auto parts 500. Kyle Busch leading Harvick by .6 of a second.
Harvick haven’t had as much luck as getting through race traffic as Kyle Busch. Couldn’t
get back to the gas as quick as he would like. So what is Kyle Busch hearing from spotter
Tony Hirschman?>>You’re beating him 3/4 of a car length
at the line and once you’re at the line he’s throttling back up. One, two, clear.
>>That’s exactly what we’re seeing. That’s great information. You know, sometimes you
just wish you had a TV monitor that could show you out the back of the car to see where
they’re gaining and losing on you. I don’t know if it would help if Kyle Busch would
roll around the bottom and back that entry up a little bit more, carry less speed through
the center, if it would help him get pointed and carry more speed on the exit of turn two
but that’s where Harvick is beating him.>>Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon on pit road.
Larry, seems a little early.>>These were drivers that took the wave around
a lot like Jimmie Johnson under that last caution. I would anticipate that the 48 car
of Jimmie Johnson, they’re going to have to come somewhere in about the next five to eight
laps if we don’t get a caution. Right now he’s one spot, two spots out of the free pass
position.>>Thanks, Larry. Riding with Kyle Larson.
Fifth place here behind Joey Logano.>>Saw where he was pretty loose to start
off this run and we’re going to follow it to see if maybe that car tightens up in traffic
and as the air pressures build up. He’s still pretty loose. As you said, D.W.,
it’s not slowing him down a whole lot.>>No, it’s not.
>>Well, let’s take a closer look at setup today with Larry Mac and the Ford performance
car.>>Yeah, Mike. You heard Vince talking about
Kyle Busch, the 18 car and camber. Let’s talk about the camber in the front tires. You put
what we call positive camber in the left front and negative camber in the right front. What
that does, you lean it to the inside. When the car comes into the corner and it loads
it puts more of that footprint of the tire gripping the racetrack. I think one reason
they’re being a little aggressive with camber, this is not normally a place you would be,
is because of the flatter corners down in one and two. You normally are very aggressive,
Jeff, you and I were talking about it yesterday, for qualifying. I think a lot of it is due
to the banking in one and two.>>These cars run — the chassis is locked
down. It’s solid. The only thing that will give on the car is the tire, the side wall
of the tire. That tire takes a beating front and rear.
>>Kyle Busch in front by .3 of a second. Only with a Coke. A Coke and a burger, c’mon.
Alright. That’s where you get the flavor. No, no… Pick up. The 2018 Camry. Toyota.
Let’s go places. One piece of kfc all white meat chicken. Two pieces of kfc all white
meat chicken. Holy smokes, this is the most white meat ever assembled in a five dollar
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>>>121 laps complete. Here’s your 5-hour energy big move of the race.
>>Kyle Busch gets up the racetrack in three and four. Can’t quite get
down to the bottom. Kevin Harvick really gains on him down the front straightaway. Now we get down to turn one, looks like Kyle
was a little bit nervous about turning all the way down in front of him maybe going to
get loose getting in. That gives position to Kevin Harvick. Gets the lead.
>>Remember, they worked together on that restart and I think they worked together a
little bit on that pass.>>That’s a good point, D.W.
>>Now Jimmie Johnson who was also on that different strategy is the only car that has
not pitted since lap 52 and here he is, Matt.>>Jimmie Johnson is going to go for a chassis
adjustment on this stop on that 48 car. Coming around to the left side here. Solid stop so
far. Mike, you mentioned the only play they had was to take the wave around and try to
ride it out. He laid it up to almost 15th on this stop.
>>Took a long time to get the right rear tire off and now Johnson will rejoin the fray,
but he does not get back to the lead lap. Here’s 12th place battle out of 15 cars on
the lead lap. Newman and almirola.>>Starting to see the sun come out a little
bit. Just starting to creep out. We expected to see full sun this afternoon. That track
temperature heats up anymore from the sun, look for more adjustments the teams are going
to have to make to the race car.>>I don’t know what’s happening, but the
4 car drove off and left the 18. Once he got by Kyle Busch, it was addios, see Ya later.
>>125 laps complete. Now a quick word from duracell.
>>>Let’s talk about Jimmie Johnson and this 48 team and his crew chief Chad Knaus. Chad in the 1990s, he actually bricator and
tire changer on Jeff Gordon’s car. He was crew chief for Casey Atwood for two races.
He returned to Hendrick motorsports in 2002, became crew chief for a brand-new team in
the 48 car. Jimmie Johnson won three races in his rookie season and that’s duracell driving
trust.>>Boy, this is exactly how this race ended
the last time we were in Texas for the 42 of Kyle Larson, in the wall.
>>Larry, are we in that 40-lap window there where we’ve seen some tire failures?
>>Well, I told our producer, Barry Landis, we were within five to six laps of everyone
splitting this down the middle. The difference in the first run of the race and this run,
the first run was with scuff tires from qualifying. All of these runs are brand-new sticker tires
they’re putting on for every stop.>>Larson was fourth when this happened.
>>Mike, I think that was a pretty hard lick, too. You see Kyle, he’s trying to get his
composure.>>He RUPD his left elbow.
>>That elbow can get the side. I believe he runs a carbon seat. Really when that car
hits with that impact, gets your elbow, not to mention your ribs.
>>Safety workers on the scene. These cars do have an on board fire extinguishing system
that can be triggered by the driver or excessive temperature.
>>Certainly looking like another right front.>>Tough break for Kyle Larson.
>>Man. That is — oh, my gosh, that just takes — takes
your breath right out of you.>>You can see the cords and the tread just
come apart. That’s what goes up through the hood. Wow, look at the angle.
>>Talk to us, bud.>>Yeah, yeah, that was lovely.
>>10-4. Take your time here. Take your time.>>What a hit that was.
>>You know, when –>>Look at that right one — you see the hood
starting to flap. That’s usually the tire coming to pieces.
>>That’s violent.>>I don’t know if it didn’t knock a hole
in that wall. That thing hit violently. Jamie?>>Vince earlier mentioned the issue with
the 18 right front. There was a blister on the outside. The 42 had an exact same issue.
Three cars saw that after practice yesterday. Chad Johnson, Kyle’s crew chief, said he cut
the tire to see what it was. He said it really wasn’t a blister. He wasn’t sure but he did
tell me he wasn’t concerned about right front tires today. We’re going to hear from him
shortly.>>This is the same right side tire we’ve
run previously here at Texas. The left side tire rubber and composition is new.
>>I don’t know if anyone was prepared to run as hard as we are. They are hammering
today.>>Brad keselowski’s guys waiting for him
to hit the pit box. He was working the track bar adjuster. Didn’t help him. Loose on entry.
Loose on exit. They’re going to make a chassis adjustment on the 2.
>>The 18 of Kyle Busch pitting from second said it was freer. Then when he got behind
Kevin Harvick the car tightened up. Just an air pressure adjustment.
>>Kevin Harvick said he’s lacking rear grip. Four tire stop. Kurt Busch in the 41, no change
really on the balance. Air pressure change and four tires for the 41.>>Big trouble for the 4 of car heaven Vick.
He’s going to lose a lot of spots.>>Harvick loses eight positions on pit road.
Kyle Larson cuts down a tire. Hard crash. Your out with the old in with the new, onto
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You’re ruining my workout. Cycling is my passion.>>>Kevin Harvick back to ninth place. We’ll
tell you why here in a bit. There is the pit crew comparison. A one second difference between
his stop and Kurt Busch’s. Here’s the team communication.
>>Doesn’t really matter. Just fix the problems.>>Will you go not got stuck and the jack
wouldn’t go down.>>Always something.
>>Yeah, just saw the replay on that one. I know what you’re saying. Do the best we
can here.>>Well, we’re going to find out just how
good Kevin Harvick is. Here’s that will you go nud flying into the jack. Watch this camera
>>Isn’t that something?>>Those lug nuts — get behind some of the
ducting and the wheel when they’re putting them on.
>>So now he can’t get the jack under be the car on the left side. Has to release it, jump
on it, clear that lug nut and get up in the air.
>>I actually think the Jackman did a great job of recognizing what kept the jack from
going down. This could have been worse.>>Great recovery. For more let’s go in the
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Here’s Matt.>>Unbelievable hit by the 42 of Kyle Larson.
First, are you okay?>>Yeah, I’m okay. Thankfully thanks to NASCAR
and their safety because that was a huge hit. So just hate that I blew a right front there.
He was pretty tight. Didn’t really expect to blow a
right front. Was, you know, the restart up there and was tight for a few laps. Actually
got going pretty good. Just needed to get by Joey there. I felt like I was one of the
faster cars there. Felt like we could have had a shot at the end of the race. You know,
it was cut short.>>Wow. I’m so glad that he’s able to talk
to Matt because that was a very, very hard hit. S version of tight, the car is stepping
out.>>Push bring loose.
>>All right. What kind of brotherly love. You’ve raced against your brother. What kind
of brotherly love are we going to see here?>>I guarantee they didn’t make a deal.
>>No deal was made on this restart.>>Deal or no deal?
>>You want some help here, Kurt? Spotter question from the other guy?
>>You know, little brotherly love and cooperation, everybody should be able to get along here.
>>Grandma, put your teeth in your pocketbook for this one.
>>Everybody should be able to get along. It’s my brother.
>>Oh, boy.>>I’ve seen this — actually, I’ve seen this
a couple of times before. Didn’t turn out too well.
>>Here they come to the Geico restart zone. Kurt on the outside of Kyle. Green flag.>>Saw Kurt Busch actually clear Kyle Busch
and get to the bottom and couldn’t really maintain that bottom. Lost a little bit of
speed off of two. Looks like he’s going to maintain that speed.
>>That’s good. Add another chair to the Thanksgiving table at the Busch household.
>>The outside, you have a little bit of a break. That helps you get down into turn one.
Gives you a small break.>>Three to four wide in the back as the Busch
Broers battle for the lead. Jones underneath chase Elliott. Fifth place there.
>>Yeah, Erik Jones actually got held up a little bit off of turn four. The 9 of chase
Elliott, went to the outside and passed Erik Jones going into turn one and could not hold
the lane.>>Here’s Harvick coming back from pit road.
>>Loose wheel, guys. His day was so good. He was the dominant car. They have that bad
pit stop and now he is coming as you see him on pit road.
>>Bad day for the masters of the mile and a half. Martin Truex out of the race after
cutting a tire hitting the wall and here’s Harvick back in the pit.
>>He’s going to lose a lap.>>Denny Hamlin working his way back to the
front battling for tenth. William Byron got the free pass on that caution flag so that
gives us 14, 15 cars on the lead lap.>>15.
>>Sorry. Go ahead, D.W.>>All of a sudden you have the 22 and the
12, two penske cars, Fords, that have found their way to the front. I just keep thinking
the 12 car is the guy to beat when it’s all over with.
>>When I looked at today, track position, track position. It’s going to be on pit road.
Kurt Busch and typically this team has been one of the best and most consistent on pit
road. Kevin Harvick had some issues. Not the 41.
>>I can’t get over how fast we’re running. We’re running 27.90s. Hammer after hammer,
lap after lap. Jamie?>>Hate to tell you guys. The 12 car of Blaney,
loose wheel. He says he’s coming.>>Well, I guess I’ll have to pick me another
driver.>>Blaney in fourth place. Ricky stenhouse,
backup car. He crashed in practice. You know, Kyle Busch is looking to extend that streak
of top three finishes and might just get him the “W” he’s been waiting so long for here.
>>Hamlin is pretty good. He got himself on the lead lap here. He’s pretty good at this
joint. We have a long ways to go. I don’t know, I’ll keep an eye on that 11 car.
>>So Kevin Harvick is a lap down in distance, not quite two laps down. Here’s Ryan Blaney
who will fall off the lead lap with this stop.>>I go 12, he’s out. If I go 10, if he falls
out I go 9.>>There’s a lot of racing still to go. I
wouldn’t count anyone else.>>A.J. Allmendinger to pit road.
>>Gosh, a lot of loose wheels today.>>I think that was a pressure stop on the
pit crews. They’re trying to get every split pellet out of it. Any little hiccup causes
a don’t my know effect to go down.>>Yeah, even one little lug nut. Vince?
>>We mentioned that Kyle Busch has complained of a vibration and it hasn’t been just a set
of tires. He’s complained about it throughout the course of the race today. That’s what’s having it not be a tire. Adam
Stevens said the tires look good again. Each set they pulled off the tires are a bit of
a drag.>>Kevin Harvick’s issues was the right front
tire.>>Mike, it never fails. When you see other
guys have right front tire issues, it’s on your mind. If you feel anything at all, any
kind of vibration, you think you have a right front tire problem.
>>Ryan Blaney.>>Sometimes on these types of race. Faster
corner three and four. I wonder if there’s brake issues going on.
>>Kurt Busch leading younger brother Kyle. Joe ri Logano and Clint bowyer your top five.>>>All right. I got a chance to take a lap
around Texas motor speedway. It gives me a chance to see what the drivers are feeling.
Always been one of the most challenging mile and a half racetracks as we get into turns
one and two. Being in the street car, we’re carrying some good speed. I can tell right
there I carry a little bit more speed than I probably should have into turn one. It paid
the price. The car doesn’t want to stick around the bottom. When they go into turn one, if
they’re in one or two miles too fast, they’re going to pay a big price because the car is
not going to grip. Not going to stay down to the bottom and that’s what the name of
the game is today here in Texas.>>Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman carrying the
bow tie banner.>>Jimmie Johnson back in 24th after having
to make that top av taking the waive around.>>That’s when the incident happened with
Kyle Larson causing the caution to come out.>>Kurt Busch up .3 of a second and Joey Logano
.28 back.>>We talked about Kevin Harvick and Ryan
Truex, when I go back to who’s next, it’s that 18 in Kyle Busch. I give the advantage
right now pit road to the 41. Number one pit stall for being on the pole. The other day.
Their pit stops are really solid. The 18 car I think is a better, faster car/driver combination
right now.>>When the 4 car was up front, he was running
28.30s. The cars have slowed to 28.50s and 70s. I don’t know if the sun coming out is
slowing it down. That’s still hauling the mail.
>>You saw Ryan Blaney, 21st and Harvick 22nd. A lap down and not even close to being in
the free pass position right now at stage end.
>>Talk about aerodynamics being so important.>>I thought he was waiving the white flight.
Oh, man, not yet.>>Not yet.
>>Guys, a couple of cars I’m keeping my eye on, they’ve been kind of quiet in the top
five, Erik Jones and Clint bowyer. Both running solid. These two can become players later
in the day if we continue this torrid chance.>>Paul Menard with a tough day. Caught up
in an accident on lap two.>>That’s a shame. I thought they were going
to have a good day. That’s the car Blaney pretty much dominated the race with last year.
>>Won the first two stages.>>Had trouble in the pits late. I thought
Paul was going to have trouble. Too bad he got caught up in an early accident.
>>Back on pit road once again.>>I think a guy we talk over a little bit,
the 41, our leader, 18’s right behind him. Not too far back is the yellow car, the 22
car of Joey Logano. He’s lurking back there as well. He’s a guy we might keep an eye on
later in the race. There he is. Not too far back.
>>Just 1.8 seconds behind Logano is Erik Jones in fourth. Vince?
>>Yeah. It’s been another good run for Erik Jones. Already three top tens in the first
six races and he is doing it again today running fourth. Remember, just his second year in
the cup series and Chris Gail’s second year as a crew chief. He said you try to set realistic
goals but you know you want better every time you set that realistic goal. I’d say they’re
exceeding everything today. A nice run. We have a long way to go. Not through with stage
two yet but Erik Jones inside the top ten.>>We talked to Erik at the start of the year
about his goals for this season.>>I think for me, the second season, the
playoffs are something we need to make this year. Last year we should have made the playoffs.
A few things went differently. This year making playoffs is huge for us as well as contending
to win a race. I think we have a great shot to do it.
>>Maybe today is the day.>>I think they have a car that can win the
race. He’s a driver that can win the race. They
have to close the deal. Late stages of the race you have to suck it up. They have to
close the deal.>>This is the type of race, D.W., that they
needed. They needed to put a solid run, have a fast car and build some confidence and momentum
to start knocking on the door of a possible win.
>>Jones first XFINITY win came right here at Texas. How about Joey Logano. Jamie?
>>He’s been doing a great job today. The car has been handling really well. He said
the front starts to give up at this point. He cued the radio and said, I have a vibration.
No, they’re confident we got them tight. They’re keeping an eye on it.
>>I think at this — I don’t want to harp on camber, camber, camber. You get tired of
hearing that. As fast as this pace is, as hard as they’re driving the cars, we arewe’re
loading up that right front tire more than I think we anticipated.
>>Ricky stenhouse is in the top ten in a backup car and here’s why. This happened earlier
in the weekend.>>Seen that safer barrier get some attention
more so than any of these drivers want to pay attention to it this weekend.
>>I watched those safer barriers. It’s not fun any. When the car hits them, they give.
The car bounces off and I think I never saw a concrete wall do that.
>>It changes that impact a lot.>>Guys, I was talking to crew chief Brian
pattie and he was telling me that this backup car is a brand-new race car, identical to
the car they crashed in practice yesterday and the interesting thing about that car yesterday,
he had run the fastest lap in that session and was a tenth and a half faster on the lap
he wrecked on than the lap before. A lot of speed from the first car and this one has
it as well.>>Wow.
>>Yeah. I don’t think what happened to stenhouse in practice, I think that car, we looked at
the rerun. It looked like it got onto the splitter and
got into the wall.>>I think the 41 of Kurt Busch got held up
and the 18 of Kyle Busch carried momentum and took advantage of it.
>>Got past David Ragan.>>Not giving it up yet. The crossover.
>>What a great move by the 41 of Kurt Busch. Kyle Busch going to fight him back? Sure is.
Wow.>>I didn’t think there was an outside groove
until I saw that.>>You think a stage win is important or what?
>>Three laps to the end of stage two.>>No, I think finishing ahead of your brother
is important.>>You would know something about that.
>>It’s a built-in rivalry.>>Kyle Busch has LED 31 laps today. 32 when
they come around. Kevin Harvick’s LED the most. 86 so far.
>>Just keeps quietly going about his business. Aric almirola in the 10 car running tenth.
Having a nice day.>>And a second ahead of him, Denny Hamlin
after overcoming two pit road penalties, one on the driver, one on the crew. Hamlin up
to ninth place.>>Don’t count him out.
>>Stenhouse up to 8th in that backup car. Looks like we’re going to finish stage two
with 13 cars on the lead lap.>>Nice choice by William Byron in that 24
team. I think they got the wave around.>>They got the free pass.
>>They got the free pass. They’re going to stay on the lead lap here.>>That 24 car was fast in practice.
>>Kyle Busch gets his second stage win of the season. Older brother Kurt in second.
Logano, Jones, bowyer, Elliott, keselowski, stenhouse, Hamlin and almirola rack up stage
two points. LED by Kyle busch.>>>Welcome back to monster energy NASCAR
cup series at Texas. Kyle Busch has the most stage points today with a second and a win.
There’s a list of the top earners.>>Pit road will be open this time. Kevin
Harvick is a lap down. Pitted at 136. Ryan Blaney at lap 140. Thinking everybody will
be in here with such a long distance to go on lap 334. Lead lap cars come in this time.
Here’s Matt.>>Mike, it’s taken about 170 laps for Brad
keselowski to finally get the full sun that he needed. He said in turns three and four
he cannot run the middle groove. He loses the nose. A significant adjustment again on
this race car to try to improve the balance, Vince.
>>No such adjustments on the 18 of Kyle Busch who was a little bit free. Kyle was adjusting
the track bar from inside. They are not going to touch it at all. Not a bad job from the
crew.>>Joey Logano relieved to get the tires off.
Four tire stop here. They made a wedge adjustment. The 41 of Kurt Busch apologized for not winning
that stage.>>Look at Erik Jones. That’s the second time
today that he has gained three or more spots on a pit stop.
>>Nobody can keep up with the joneses on that stop.>>No.
>>Kyle, this is Jeff up in the booth. You got me.
>>Yes, sir, got Ya.>>That was fun to watch, you and your brother
battling it out. Your rivals had some issues. You’re solid. Do you have what it takes to
win today?>>I’d certainly like to think so. We’ve been
doing it all year long. We’ve been right there. There’s some other good guys around here that
are close. We’ll see what it takes. The interstate batteries Camry is good. We keep fine tuning.
We’ll see what we need to adjust on here. Feels pretty good. Hopefully we keep it out
front.>>All right. Good luck. Have some fun.
>>Thank you.>>Lap down cars pit this time around. Then
we’ll line them up for stage three.>>>159 laps to go in Texas. Shop every part
for every right. Ebay.com/motors. Next week this.
>>Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great. Some achieve greatness, and some have
greatness thrust upon them. 500 laps in the great coliseum. Bristol next Sunday.>>500 laps around racing’s great coliseum.
>>I can’t wait.>>None of us can. Whew.
>>Here’s Vince.>>Well, pretty big chunk out of the right
front on the inside shoulder of Kyle Busch as he came in with crew chief Adam Stevens.
What do you make out of that? That was scary looking?
>>I don’t think it happened while we were racing on the track. Pretty sure he would
have said something. We had some vibrations earlier in the race and the tires looked fine.
We had one come apart in practice but it was on the outside. We haven’t seen this all weekend.
I’m sure he would have let us know if he had an issue on the racetrack.
>>That’s for sure. .>>Thanks, Vince.
>>Erik Jones, Kyle’s teammate, last year’s rookie of the year out of Michigan first out
of the pits. The 20 team has been on it today. I think on one stop they picked up eight positions
on pit road. They’ll come out of turn four to the Geico restart zone. We’ll be back under
green for stage three.>>Green flag! And Jones a it in there with
the lead. Here comes chase Elliott.>>Kyle Busch is loose.
>>Kyle Busch was sideways.>>He cut his teammate a little bit of a brake.
Checked up early allowing Erik Jones to the bottom but then you saw chase Elliott on the
outside and 491 right there. Trouble –>>One car around and one in the wall.
>>Hamlin’s in.>>11 and the 10.
>>Hamlin, keselowski, almirola. And Jimmie Johnson.
>>Good grief.>>That was crazy.
>>38’s torn up. 10’s torn up.>>We’re going to go all the way back to the
restart. Hamlin brings his wounded car to pit road. So does keselowski going by. Watch
the 18 here.>>It just looks to me like he checks up a
little bit. Let the 20 down. That gets the 9 to the outside. That gets him loose. He
gets loose. Taking them three wide. Stenhouse outside. 14 by.
>>Here comes the accordion effect. Here comes almirola.
>>He checks up a lot.>>Oh, that gets the 11 loose under the 10
and almirola.>>Oh, boy, the 2 got a ton of damage. So
did the 48.>>Wow, the 48 plowed into that inside wall.
The 6. That took out a bunch of cars, guys.>>The 11 got a little bit loose maybe under
the 10.>>I don’t think he was expecting almirola
to check up as much as he did.>>I think almirola knew the 18 was on the
outside. He let him go in there on the outside. I’m not sure if that affected him.
>>Wrecking here. Stay low. Stay low. Keep coming straight. Straight.
>>Okay, guys. Jimmie Johnson pounded that inside wall.
>>But he has put the window net down. That’s the signal to the safety crews that he’s okay.
So it’s Denny Hamlin that goes sideways in front of half the field.
>>This is why it’s so important to have a wall that’s softer on the inside as well as
the outside.>>Here’s some audio from Kyle Busch and his
team.>>The 9 is done.
>>Lots of laps. We’ll get it back.>>Yeah, Kyle Busch not real happy with the
9 of chase Elliott feeling like that maybe got him loose.>>Hamlin’s already out of his car and got
a lot of damage.>>I’ve got seven cars involved in that one
beginning with Hamlin and almirola. Trevor Bayne, Jimmie Johnson, Brad keselowski, Austin
Dillon all piled up in this turn four crash. what really triggered that.
>>I think that was Denny Hamlin trying to stay out of the 10 of almirola and it just
brought the back end around.>>Yeah, snapped on him. Almirola is right.
He knew. Let Kyle Busch go. I’m good here. Here comes the 11.
>>A bit of a shallow entry for the 11. He was a bit lower on the racetrack. He did have
to pinch it off and hold that wheel. Interesting, gets the left front fender of the 48. Look
how that turns the car left.>>Probably looked up somewhat and couldn’t
turn the car with the left front caved in.>>Good thing those tires were all lined up
down there.>>Texas motor speedway now has a safer barrier
or a tire wall like that all the way around the inside wall as well as the outside. So
one war that was one of the pre-race favorites, they’ve had their issues today is Kevin Harvick.
Here’s Jamie.>>He was dominant early on, then they had
the freak pit stop where a lug nut got stuck in the jack now Kevin Harvick thinks he may
have another loose wheel. What are you thinking about so many loose wheels today? Is there
a common denominator here?>>Yeah, it’s frustrating. The crazy part
is the lug nut in the jack. I don’t know if we could do that again if we had to. The loose
wheels, you know, at some point we have to get these guns better. I’ve bit my lip all
year about this stuff. I’m tired of biting my lip about it. We’ve got to get some better
stuff out here for these guys to change the tires with. Hopefully we can do that over
the next few weeks. Kevin had problems yesterday in the XFINITY race because of the same issue
and here we go again today. So we’ve got a good Busch light Ford. The car has been crazy
fast all weekend. Hopefully we can get our lap back here. Probably should have stayed
out and took the wave around. We were scared of having to pit early and go two laps down. Feel good about our car. Feel good about what
we’ve got and I still think we can get back up there and win the race if we can get a
caution and get our lap back. Hopefully we can do that.
>>Thanks, Rodney. Matt?>>I think the person who gets the MVP for
today is the guy who designed the safer barrier and the system using the tires as well. Good
to see you’re okay, Jimmie. Talk to us about what you saw.
>>Yeah, by the time I saw what went on the 11 was backwards smoking the tires coming
up the track. I knew where his arc was taking him. I knew I was going to get into him some.
Unfortunate circumstances but a lot to build on from this weekend. A strong Friday, fantastic
Saturday and not the best Sunday. We had a lot of different things work against us today.
We’re getting closer each and every week. Really proud of everybody at Hendrick motorsports.
We’ll be back to our winning ways soon.>>Thanks, Matt. Energy absorbing barriers.
Boy. Both on the racetracks and on the highways. Great to have. Jimmie Johnson is okay but
the defending winner of this race will not go to victory lane today. The red flag is
out. Let’s join Chris and Michael for a discussion.>>Thank you very much. With the drivers so
far this season, it’s been a rough go. We started early lap 3 Alex bowman in the 88
loose in turn four. Bubba Wallace, Austin Dillon, Menard, Suarez all get caught up in
this. Martin Truex Jr., a right front tire and a hard hit done for the day.
>>What a vicious angle that was in the outside wall. Lucky martin was able to walk away.
>>He was okay. Running second. Harvick takes stage one and Kyle Larson, a right front tire
into the wall and running fourth. Also out of this race.
>>40 laps on the tires. Trouble on pit road has been a theme all day long. We talked to
Rodney Childers, loose wheels. Freaky that this nut can fly into that jack like that.>>You heard his crew chief talk about it.
They went back. Moments ago lap 178, seven cars involved here and you heard the discussion
from almirola on the radio. Looked like Hamlin got into the 10 car there around trying gertd
this involving Jimmie Johnson and others.>>180, 09 miles an hour he had a bad angle.
Couldn’t keep the thing turned. Caused contact.>>We welcome you into inside the Hollywood
hotel. Michael Waltrip, collision myers. Hope you’re enjoying the race. Harvick the dominant
force. Kyle Busch the one to beat.>>I talked about Erik Jones quietly making
his way to the front. He’s our leader. He could be tough. He’s won three races here
in Texas including sweeping the XFINITY series last year. He can get it done here. Chase
Elliott. I’m beginning to watch the speed that cat’s got. He’s closing ground. Now that
they’re out front they might be tough to beat.>>Let’s check in quick with Matt Yocum. Matt?
>>Brad keselowski is walking out of the infield care center. You had a chance to see the different
replays. Where’s the blame fall on this one?>>Aerodynamics. The cars when you get side
by side, they aren’t meant to run that way. That’s a tough finish for us. We were kind
of sludging along in that fifth to tenth range. Gain a few spots, come up. Lose a few spots,
go back. Got in the restart and wrecked in front of us. I probably picked the wrong direction.
Pick left, pick right. Car slid up and I got into him. Tough break for everybody on the
team but we’ll work on it and get better for the next time with the Miller lite Ford.
>>You think you’re going to pick the fastest lane and it turns out to be the slowest.
>>Never works. 0 for 20, thanks, Matt and Brad, with all that he’s accomplished. The penske Fords have run well. Kyle Busch,
all three of his second place finishes, Michael, have come to stewart-haas Fords. He has Kurt
Busch ahead of him. What about Joey Logano’s position at this moment?
>>I like where Joey is. After the grid walk I went by to see Joey again. He said, I’m
confident of this car, Mike. Think about Blaney. He’s in the free pass position now. He night
get his position back.>>We’re under red flag because of the seven
car crash here. Erik Jones in the 20 car currently your leader and his crew chief is standing
by.>>And with Chris gale not only has his driver
done a terrific job, but your pit crew has been phenomenal today. They’ve picked you
up six or seven spots. What’s been the key to their success?
>>They’ve committed more. Those are a great group of guys and have been below where they
should have been. Their capabilities have been higher. In the off weeks they’ve had
time to work harder. It’s exciting to see how they’ve improved. It’s exciting to see
it happen today. Hopefully they keep after it and it’s a breakout for them. And we do
it consistently.>>What do you see in the breakout for Erik.
Knocking on the door. Three top tens this season. Is this a day that you feel like you
guys could break through?>>It definitely is. You circle some of the
favorite tracks for Erik, this is one of them. Texas and Bristol. I definitely think so.
You build and do a little bit more each year. He’s finishing races, running up front. Consistently
top fives and getting that win. Let’s go to Matt.
>>Denny Hamlin lived it. He’s seeing the replays. If you had a chance to do it over
again, what move would you do differently?>>Not speed on pit road in that first segment.
Shouldn’t have been in that position but obviously the 18 was falling back there. 10 made a move on the inside. Everyone’s fighting
for the bottom and I was obviously running the bottom there. The 10 tried to squeeze
and I realized that he was going to come down. I got out of the gas and I got loose underneath
him. It’s my responsibility to keep my car under me but we just were in so tight quarters
there that it was nearly impossible to do. But all starts with me at the beginning of
the race. I mean, it’s my fault. I hate it for this race team. We’ve got a car that I
thought was very capable of winning in this race. Unfortunately we’re back here.
>>Very classy. Thanks for your honesty, Denney.>>There were five pit road speeding penalties
last year for Denny Hamlin. Look at the wrecks. Since daytona, which was probably the best
race we’ve had this season in terms of competition, lead changes, then the next five races and
the scent we’ve had today.>>Darrell called it. He talked about attrition.
How he would would see a lot of action.>>Darrell Waltrip can call attrition, just
don’t ask him to spell it. Let’s check in with Matt Yocum.
>>Aric almirola spent much of the day in the Cuban missile zone. Seven through tenth.
When you saw the 11 pull down to the inside were you like, don’t do it, don’t do it.
>>I wasn’t as concerned with him as I was making sure I didn’t do something stupid getting
into turn three with the 18. The 18 got really loose and I had a rundown the back straightaway.
I had a run and Mcmurray was inside of me. I didn’t want to be in the middle and I kind
of backed out of it and let the 18 have the top and the 11 just got loose under me and
we wrecked. It was just really hard. When you come to the repaves, we’re all fighting
for the bod tomorrow. The middle lane is very sketchy. The third lane is even more sketchy.
So you have to run right down on the door of the car inside of you. Unfortunately the
car on the inside typically gets loose. Just I hate it. Our smithfield Ford fusion was
pretty good today. We were going to run top ten for sure. We
were making the car better and better. I thought we could have continued to work on it and
make it a top five car. That’s what I’m most disappointed about.
>>A lot of action at Texas motor speedway. 153 laps to go. Red flag lifted. We’ll go
green in a minute. The 2018 Camry. Toyota. Let’s go places. A little help. Brad. Brad,
you watching’?>>>151 laps to go in the O’Reilly auto parts
500. When they come to the line and get the restart green flag LED by two drivers who
each won their first XFINITY race here and are both looking for their first cup win.
Erik Jones and chase Elliott. Green flag.>>I like this Erik Jones kid. As Stuart Scott
used to say, he’s as cool as the other side of the pillow.
>>You said it, Mike. We heard it from Chris Gayle. If there’s a favorite racetrack on
the schedule for Erik Jones, it’s definitely Texas motor speedway. Three XFINITY wins here.
Been expecting these youngsters to break out. This might be the day.
>>Ryan Blaney got the free pass so we restart with 11 cars on the lead lap.
>>This battle’s been heating up. Saw this materialize through one and two where the
17 was sort of pinning down the 18 of Kyle Busch. We heard him complaining about that
earlier, how much it made him loose.>>I’ll tell you one thing, that stenhouse,
he’s not afraid to go on the outside. He’s in the outside of turn one and two. You don’t
see that very often. He is eating the outside of three and four up.
>>I don’t think he’s going to want to get down there for very long.
>>The battle for the free pass is the 43 and the 4. They are the first two cars one
lap down, Wallace and Harvick.>>You know that bubba’s going to fight really
hard for this position with the 17. He wants to get away from the 4 car. He got a little
loose. Looked like the 1 car, I don’t know if he clipped the grass, bubba did —
>>Something happened to the 4. The 4 car right there slid up the hill.>>Way up and he lost a spot. Maybe two.
>>Bubba Wallace has a pretty good race car today, guys. He’s hanging in there.
>>Newman to the inside of Harvick. Now that not a battle for position. Newman is on the
lead lap in the 31. Harvick is one lap down battling Trevor Bayne for position. This is
seventh place here. Mcmurray and stenhouse.>>Mcmurray is real loose underneath the 17.
Boy, I’ll tell you, aerodynamics of taking air off that right side of the car affects
these cars more here than I’ve ever seen.>>I think it’s the speed, Jeff. They’re 200
miles an hour. It’s making a big difference today.
>>Big move by Mcmurray. Trying to block the 17. That’s not going to work.
>>Stenhouse is Wheeling that thing today, guys. That’s a backup car, you know? He wrecked
in practice on Friday. They got the old backup car out. That thing looked pretty racy.
>>Harvick way down to the inside there right behind Kasey kahne. That will be for 15th.
And at the lead, Kurt Busch stalking sophomore driver Erik Jones. Vince?
>>Yeah, Jones the rookie of the year in the cup series a year ago. Just 21 years of age.
Chris Gayle was telling me you can lean on Kyle and Denny and talk to those guys and
glean information from them over and over and over, but at some point you just have
to know what the feel is that you need and you have to be able to go out and do it. I
just wonder, Jeff, is there a time when that clicks with you as a young driver to where
you know you’re ready to win?>>Well, you’ve got to experience 500 mile
races. That’s what you have to do. You have to go to that track a few times and get an
understanding of how that car works at that track. Every race car driver has a feel for
what they like the race car to drive like but it’s a totally different set of circumstances
when you have long races that you have to adjust on when the conditions change over
the entire race.>>My experience was, Jeff, if I went to a
racetrack the first time and I did pretty well there, that became one of my favorite
racetracks and I couldn’t wait to go back and win again. I think Erik Jones, he got
his first XFINITY race here. That’s one of his favorite racetracks. That makes a big
difference in the mind set.>>What’s that on Kurt Busch’s car?
>>We saw some debris.>>Right front.
>>A couple of laps ago. Wondering if he picks up just on his splitter. Erik Jones goes by.
It almost looks like some type of Bondo tape.>>It looks like tape, bear bond.
>>Bear bond.>>It’s in a position that’s not going to
hurt him.>>We talk about how important that splitter
is to frornt down force. I would think that would affect the air a little, maybe not a
lot.>>Been a lot of cars that have been repaired
with crash damage out there on the track. We’ll mention Alex bowman. We had him going
into the garage earlier. Apparently that was for a mechanical problem. He came back out.
Bowman that triggered the first caution is still running albeit 35 laps down.
>>If you want to talk about another driver who this is possibly one of his favorite tracks,
that’s chase Elliott. He won his first XFINITY race also here at Texas.
>>It’s really interesting. Jones running first, Elliott third. Logano. We always forget
about Logano. He’s 27 years old. I mean, he’s a kid and look at all the experience he has.
>>Fifth place at stake here. Now earlier in the race when Kyle Busch was battling Kevin
Harvick Busch was faster into the corner. Harvick was quicker off the corner. Don’t
know if that’s a Ford characteristic because we’re seeing much the same kind of cat and
mouse thing here with Kyle Busch and Logano.>>It might be a tire thing. He might have
realized that he was charging a corner too hard and maybe he’s backed off a little bit
to save that right front tire.>>Joey pulls him just a little bit off the
corner and Kyle will make that up.>>But it could be the strength of the car,
the 18, Kyle Busch. His car might be more comfortable getting into the center of the
corner. Can’t make that second portion gain like we’d like him to which is the entry to
the corner. Look how it costs Kyle Busch through the center and the exit.
>>Mike, I can’t tell you, when you’ve got a handful of steering wheel and you’re wide
open, all you’re praying is please don’t let anything happen to that right front tire.
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has started out this season. I have my eye on Kurt Busch. He has number one pit stall
and very fast crew.>>I’m going to stick with giving Atta boys
out. We talked about Ricky stenhouse. Backup car for the third time this year. He has raced
his way to the front and raced his guts out. He could be in a position to give Roush Fenway
racing their first win of 2018.>>You know, I’ve been waiting for these young
guns to show up. They’re showing up. My man Erik Jones is showing up. Mike, it’s — he
has two Ts in attrition.>>Well, three, including the other one.
>>Oh, that other one.>>All right.
>>I’m going to tell you who’s going to win this race, fellas. It’s C Elliott. He’s finished
second seven times in the cup series. It’s time to win. We’re going to ring that siren
down in dawsonville, Georgia, baby.>>Kyle Busch with four straight wins. Everything
but a “W.” There’s no W in attrition, Darrell.>>Oh, man.
>>All great picks, guys, all great picks.>>Bowyer took a picture of how I spelled
attrition.>>I don’t know where that’s going to show
up.>>I know where it’s going to show up.
>>Oh, my gosh.>>Watching Joey Logano in fifth and Kyle
Busch in sixth. We’re going to drop through the field here with Jamie Mcmurray in seventh.
Ricky stenhouse eighth. Ryan Newman and Ryan Blaney. Ninth and tenth. William Byron 11th,
last car on the lead lap. There’s Newman. 12.7 back of the lead.
>>And doing what he does well. He is just solid and just there all day long. Talking about Ryan Newman. Ryan Blaney, he’s
had to overcome some adversity. Got a little damage to the nose. Dealing with that adversity
also.>>And a pit road penalty as well. William
Byron is the last car on the lead lap. He had a free pass to get back on the lead lap
as Ryan Blaney did on this last caution flag. Those are the lead lap cars. One lap down,
bubba Wallace and Kevin Harvick have been battling for the free pass position. Matt?
>>Great start to the year for bubba Wallace. They finished second in the daytona 500. I
was talking to drew this morning. They felt like in a way they were a little disappointed
they haven’t over achieved. They’ve shown flashes of brilliance but other things of
their doing, not of their doing hasn’t had them lock in some solid finishes. Good on
Friday, better on Saturday and really having a great day here today. Trying to put the
whole weekend together to build some momentum.>>I’m going to give him a lot of credit right
now. He’s got the fastest car, possibly the fastest car out there behind him Kevin Harvick
on his bumper and I’ve not seen him make a mistake. Look at him just holding that white
line. If he can do that, he’s going to make life real difficult for Kevin Harvick. Kevin
Harvick had to get out of the throttle. Aerodynamics at this place. That right front tire starts
to slide, that’s what you’ve got to do. You’ve got to check up.
>>A guy putting down a lap after lap after lap a little quicker than everybody. That’s
this cat right here. 28.40s to 50s every lap real consistent. Nice and smooth. Holding
a pretty wheel right now.>>Good young race driver. He’s our Toyota
top performer right now with Kyle Busch in sixth. Nearly 6 seconds back.
>>Have to go another four seconds back to find chase Elliott who’s the leading Chevrolet
in the race. There he goes. Jamie.>>Mike, he’s running third right now. Qualified
20th. I talked to his crew chief, Alan Gustafson for quite a while this morning. And he said,
we haven’t been the fastest car by any means, but the bottom line the driver is comfortable.
When chase is comfortable with the car, I know we’ll be decent. Something he pointed
out, yesterday’s practice sessions they were a waste. Alan told me what they learned in
that final practice session helped them set up the car for today. It looks like it’s paying
off. They’ve made good adjustments to this race car and now he’s in solid third.
>>Speaking of adjustments, as a crew chief I’ve made an adjustment on my agenda of how
we should handle the race should we stay green. We last pitted at 180. I think what I’m going
to do. I’m going to divide this race out to about 35 to 40 run. I know we’re going to
be safe right there and so I think when we’re going to be pitting is when you see about
110, 115 to go right there, we’re probably going to see green flag stops.
>>We may see chase Elliott right now.>>Here he comes.
>>Concern about a right front tire.>>Right as we were talking about him he came
on the radio and said, right front. I’ve got a vibration bringing it down pit road right
now. I don’t know how many cars this is now, especially good cars running at the front
of the pack. Chase has had a solid day all day long. The first time we’ve heard him say
that he does have that vibration.>>That’s too bad.
>>That’s the first time he’s been up front with the leaders on the restart. You’re going
to run harder, faster. Put a little more heat as well as stress on that right front tire.
>>Mike, I like the way — junior Johnson never said Chevrolet. He said Chevrolet. The Chevrolets were looking
pretty good.>>That Toyota on the left of your screen
is looking great right now. Erik Jones is no stranger to the front here. Yes, it’s the
first time he has LED at Texas in a cup race, been out front now for 42 laps. Second most.
He’s been to victory lane four times here, once in the truck series, three times in the
XFINITY series.>>So I have to think this is one of his favorite
racetracks.>>But he certainly, like you said, DW, he
has a feel for this place, a confidence. He knows what he needs and how it needs to feel.
That’s paying off for him today.>>Kind of reminds me of a David Pearson.
They changed tracks. They changed Charlotte motor speedway to slow him down. Didn’t affect
him one bit. Same thing they did here to this racetrack. They changed one and two but it
hasn’t affected Erik Jones one bit.>>Pierson won ten poles in a row at Charlotte.
Humpy wheeler dug it up. And he told humpy, you changed the wrong end.
>>You have to give a lot of credit to these young guys. Seeing Ryan Blaney, William Byron,
Erik Jones up there leading. This is a tough, tough mile and a half racetrack. They’re doing
a great job mastering it. How about on behalf of these young guys we crank it up!
>>Still out there. Right rear. Clear. 43.>>Whatever you need.
>>Get back in the gas, I guess. Looks tight but I guess he just came back to the gas.
>>Kind of beating him in the center on three and four. Side. Clear behind him. Clear to
the 15 now. He’s got the 22 and the 18. Four back from him. About two back of the 14. Two
back. Inside. All by himself. Clear behind you. Clear. 9 is behind you with about 10
laps to go.>>Looking inside. Another one coming then
a big gap. All good.>>Here’s the battle for the first car one
lap down. 4 and 43. Kevin Harvick makes the pass to bubba Wallace. A while longer Joey
Logano made the pass.>>Getting in that lucky dog position. Bubba
Wallace and Kevin Harvick, they were having a heck of a fight there for who was going
to get that spot.>>Now it’s going to be a heck of a battle
with the 9 of chase Elliott behind Kevin Harvick because he had to pit and he’s now ING.
>>He was coming in a big, big way.>>I’m still so impressed with how long bubba
Wallace held off the 4 of Kevin Harvick. That was pretty impressive.
>>He never made a mistake. He drove his own line, drove his own race and didn’t even let
Harvick bother him.>>You hear Kevin Harvick not as quick back
to the gas as he was early in this race.>>No, but the 9 is so much better right now
with those four fresh tires there. He’s coming to eat Harvick up.
>>There it is to get by him. He’s got to take action right away here. Tires make the
big difference is probably been in one and two. You can get in there a little better,
get back in there a little quicker which is hard to do.
>>That’s Austin Dillon. Coming to pit road.>>Pit road, guys.
>>And he’s in the fence.>>Remember he was involved in that lap two
accident.>>Any idea what it is, Austin.
>>We tried. See what it does.>>Five away, four, three, two, one.
>>Right in that window again, I think. Right around 40 laps. We’ve seen some people have
tire trouble.>>Darrell, this is the furthest we’ve went
on a set of tires. I’ve got to believe they are going to start hitting pit road. I know
I certainly would.>>Whoa.
>>Wow.>>I mean, what could be causing that.
>>Is that a duct host?>>Probably a hose or something with the brake
ducts.>>106 laps to go.>>So most of these leaders, they pitted at
lap 173. Now we did have all of those cautions during that red flag period. Realistically
fuel wise they can go probably close to 240, but I just — I think we’re trying to stretch
these tires an awfully long way.>>But with 105 to go, Larry, if you stop
now. That would be two runs of more than 50 laps if we stay green.
>>What they may try to do is go five more laps and they can go 50, 50.
>>Kyle Busch. Joey Logano following him in.>>We saw where that 18 had an issue on his
right front so no surprise they’re on pit road.
>>Vince?>>The 18 of Kyle Busch, you guys indicated
that right front issue. We talked with Adam Stevens. They didn’t feel that was something
that happened during the run or something that he was complaining about. Has not complained
about a vibration during this particular run. Four tire change, slight air pressure adjustment
for the 18. Jamie.>>Joey Logano’s had a good day. Been running
top five most of the race. Feels tight as the run goes on. Four tires, air pressure
adjustment was already made as they work on the left side of the car. He’s down.
>>Watching for the leader. Hereby’s Matt.>>James Craig and Cory Baldwin, the changers
going to work. Coming around both in cue with each other. Mcmurray said the car was fairly
tight on that run. Air pressure shuffled to try to improve that.
>>And the leader is in. Erik Jones is on pit road. Kurt Busch becomes the new leader.
Vince?>>Erik was talking about the car getting
a little bit tight in one and two. He was working the track bar adjuster inside the
car to help him with that. They were encouraging him to keep up the momentum. They will make
a little bit of a chassis adjustment here to help him out in one and two. Otherwise,
he’s pretty pleased.>>That pit crew has been spot on. They got him the lead.
>>Kurt Busch will come to pit road. That will hand the lead to William Byron if he
stays out who started last after an engine change after practice. Jamie?
>>The 41 of Kurt Busch, it’s about 41 races since he last won. That, of course, is the
daytona 500 in 2017. The team has been flawless today. He didn’t want any adjustments. A four-tire
stop from the box.>>Austin Dillon gone to the garage area with
problems you saw in the rear end there when he made that last pit stop. Since that is
a mechanical issue, I believe NASCAR would allow him to make repairs and come back. William
Byron gets to lead a lap in Texas. Comes to pit road.
>>Really like this kid, Mike. I think he’s going to have a great second half of the year
when he gets to the second half of the year particularly.
>>Vince?>>Just a little bit snug for William Byron.
He said he’s been very pleased particularly as the race has gone on with the way the car
has handled. Overall he said maybe just free it up just a little bit. We’ll make an air
pressure adjustment LED by crew chief Darian Grubb.
>>I like –>>Yellow’s out.
>>Caution, caution, caution, 21.>>Paul Menard. Being called for the caution.
>>And Kevin Harvick who did not pit will benefit from this one. He is running in second
place right now after all the pit stops.>>How about that.
>>You just never know.>>He gains nine positions during the pit
cycle by staying out. Some days you have a little bad luck, sometimes you have a little
good luck.>>That’s definitely some good luck. He’s
going to go behind a lot of those cars that came down pit road. They’re not going to stay
out. He’s back in it.>>But he’s in it.
>>Paul Menard had a lot of damage from that crash back in lap two. They worked on it.
Here’s what happened.>>Now that’s what happens when the tire goes
down on the straightaway.>>Exactly.
>>You have a little more time to soften that hit.
>>Remember that big free pass battle that had been going on? Bubba Wallace gets the
free pass.>>So it’s win-win for both of them.
>>And chase Elliott did end up on the lead lap.
>>Wow.>>That was big for a lot of people.
>>It was.>>You know what this means, Mike?
>>What’s that?>>We’re setting up for an exciting end to
this race.>>With 98 laps to go and knowing what we
know about tires, do you see this from here as a one stop or two stop race?
>>Based on that run I see it as a one stop race. Right now we’re under caution, Mike.
We know Kevin Harvick’s going to pit. I think maybe chase Elliott might have to pit here
because he has 20 laps on the tires. Remember, he pitted at lap 214.
>>Okay. Let’s take a look at our fastest pit stops today presented by XFINITY. And
this is the last green flag pit stop cycle of the lap and the stop. Jamie Mcmurray quickest.
Ricky stenhouse, Erik Jones teams once again.>>Somebody else that you don’t see in there
is the 41 of Kurt Busch. He actually lost a little bit on that exchange under green
flag. So actually lost a position to Kyle Busch and will probably cycle out of this
in third once these others come to pit road.>>Jeff, they hung the air hose on the right
front splitter on the 41 car of Kurt Busch. That’s what slowed their stop down.
>>Two drivers in the top ten looking for their first top ten. Jamie Mcmurray, Ricky
stenhouse. Pit road is open. Couple of takers. Here comes Harvick andle yot. Everybody else
stays out. It’s like Ryan Newman and Ryan Blaney. Jamie?
>>Chase Elliott said he was a little bit tighter. The track bar was helping him but
it’s hurting his entry. It will be a four tire stop. Kevin Harvick said he’s better
between air and turning pretty good in one and two is what the driver said. Four tires,
no changes.>>Thanks, Jamie. Whoa, little position battle
there coming out.>>Now we talked about the Kurt Busch pit
stop. He had that issue. Let’s show you that.>>Going along as planned. Look at that hose
underneath the nose.>>We saw a crew man behind the wall trying
to whip that and it didn’t work. Got trapped there.
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or stream it live on Fox Sports go. Okay. Little bad luck. A little good luck for the
4 car and now I don’t know where that horseshoe went. But you’ll see as they come around reaching
for the tire, I’ve got it, I’ve got it. And you’re now too many men over the wall. And
Kevin said when told about that.>>About the time you get back in it you take
yourself right back out of it.>>He’s right. I feel his pain.
>>Got plenty of time. 95 laps to go. Plenty of time.
>>He’s going to have to drive harder, buddy.>>Harvick will restart back in the sixth
row. No, tail end of the longest line. Just have to drive harder, buddy.
>>Well, he’s going to have to drive some to catch this duo on the front row. Erik Jones
and Kyle Busch as we’re back under green.>>Uh-oh.
>>Kyle Busch not going to give an inch.>>No, didn’t turn out too good for Erik Jones.
>>Not over yet. Maybe it is.>>I think Erik Jones is pretty smart. He’s
going to give Kyle a little room. They are teammates. He’s caught between the Busch brothers
right now. He better be on his toes.>>So including bubba Wallace with the free
pass, there are 13 cars on the lead lap. Harvick up to 12th. 11th.
>>Kevin Harvick is driving like a man on a mission.
>>He’s fired up.>>He is going, man. He’s passing left and
right.>>You told him, D.W.
>>Got to drive harder, boy.>>Can’t drive any harder than he is right
now.>>He’s on it. He’s getting it done.
>>>Now the 6 and 95 are one lap down racing for position. Trevor Bayne and Kasey kahne.>>You know —
>>Oh, boy. He gets loose!>>Look what it cost him. Goodness gracious.
>>The problem for Harvick is, yeah, he’s gaining ground on the field but he’s 5.4 seconds
behind the leaders and losing ground to them.>>I was going to say going back to what you
were saying, D.W. He has to get up on the wheel and drive harder. That’s what great
teams do. You make mistakes as a driver and you need your team to step it up. And when
the pit stops are having issues, pit crews having issues, pit guns, whatever it may be,
then you need to step it up as a driver.>>Now as for the penalty, the fellow trying
to reach for the tire falls over the wall. That’s too many men over the wall penalty.
If he doesn’t get to the tire, then it’s an uncontrolled tire penalty. That was going
to be a penalty either way.>>I think so, yeah.
>>Wonder who will be catching that tire next week?
>>205 miles an hour into turn one. Do they still haul the mail or is that expression
gone by the way side.>>Down here in Texas they haul the mail.
>>Yes, they are. All right. Now Harvick is 2 seconds behind Ryan Newman, the next car
in line for position on the lead lap. Newman in 10th.
>>He’s got to have a little help, obviously, to get up here to our leaders but he’s doing
what he can do. He’s helping — he’s helping his cause. If the caution should come out,
he’s going to be in good position.>>This is Ty Dillon who is 17th. Larry, might
be a little early for trends but I don’t imagine we’re done with caution flags. Do you think?
>>Well, when I look at our last ten spring Texas races, Mike, the average of the Latz
caution pretty well before the finish of the race. Lap 282, which is 52 laps to go. In
those ten races we’ve only had two overtimes, that was in 2008 and then four years ago back
in 2014. So I guess case point we normally don’t get
that late, late race caution here.>>Good chance for one more and then a pretty
good long green flag run to the finish.>>I’ve seen a lot of things I’ve not seen
be in any of our trends happen today.>>That’s true. Martin Truex Jr. Out of the
race as was Kyle Larson, jnch, Denny Hamlin, Brad keselowski, and Aric almirola all with
crash damage.>>Mike, when you run a 500 mile race. 500
miles anywhere you go is a long race. The longer you are on the track, the longer the
race, the more chance you have for something to go wrong.
>>And when you get a cooler than expected day to start with, higher speeds especially
higher corner speeds, sometimes strange things happen.
>>Right. Fast racetrack and you’re almost on the razor’s edge at these tracks. They
get just a foot off that white line they seem to lose some grip. So anything — oh —
>>Trouble turn four.>>And it’s Kasey kahne and Trevor Bayne who
were racing for the free pass.>>I don’t believe either one of them hit
anything. I don’t know if they got damaged from going through the grass but they didn’t
hit anything.>>That’s that razor’s edge I was talking
about. Just not a lot of grip when you’re side by side.
>>Larry as much as said we were going to have one more caution.
>>That’s a big break for the 4 car, guys. That’s what he needed. Now he’s got his self
in position to get back into this race big time.
>>They were battling hard for that free pass spot. They were racing for 14th and they are
still the only two cars one lap down.>>See what happens here.
>>Bahne’s down on the door of the 95.>>He would have saved it but made contact
with the 6 car. That brought both of them around.
>>We’ll wait for the ruling. With those two being the only cars on the
lead lap one lap down whether either of them would be — would receive a free pass. Nkts
yeah.>>Usually the car that brings out the caution
is not eligible.>>Which one brought it out.
>>I’m not making that call.>>You know, guys, normally with this fresh
of a surface, no more laps than we’ve run, I would tend to believe they may stay out.
I think with the issues that we’ve seen and a lot of these drivers they have anywhere
from 10, 12, up to 15 plus laps on these tires they may come. Pit road is closed. Give them
a little time to think about it.>>I would be surprised if the 4 is coming.
I think he’s liking this set of tires, he’s fast, that’s one of the only ways he’s going
to make up the track position.>>Yeah, remember on his tires, they were
a little fresher, they didn’t have the additional heat cycle like the other driver’s tires did.
>>The caution flag is charged to the 95 and the 6. There will be no free pass on this
caution. Here’s some Kevin Harvick audio.>>How many laps are left?
>>85. Plenty of time to win.>>Depends how many more times we’ve got to
pit.>>Oh, it’s good he can have a sense of humor
about that right now. He’s got a point.>>Sarcasm is such an art, isn’t it.
>>He’s got plenty of it, I can tell you that.>>That means they might want to stay out.
>>They want to redeem themselves.>>Boy, when that right front tire, when it
comes apart, I want you to look — look at the damage it does to that race car.
>>That hood is made out of carbon fiber. It just shreds it into pieces.
>>Literally beat that car apart.>>All right. Green light on pit road. Will
we see any of the leaders pit? They were just in 21 laps ago. We’ve run some
caution laps since.>>I think you’re going to see quite a few
of them come.>>I think it will be feeding time on pit
road here.>>I don’t know.
>>Well, how about that. The first four stay out.
>>And Harvick does come down pit road.>>Yeah.
>>Matt?>>Nice recovery by Ricky stenhouse Jr. Little
bit deeper in the box. The crew guys catch up to the car. This run like the previous
two just on the tighter side. The 17. Jamie?>>And the 9 of chase Elliott in. You see
the wedge adjustment there. The 22 of Joey Logano. Joey saying a little bit tight in
the center of one and two. They’ll take four tires. Three sets. Actually, two sets will
be allowed after this run of stops.>>82 to go. Still a one pit stop race.
>>Guys, I just believe with what I’ve seen with tires and what I saw with Kevin Harvick,
I’d of been on pit road changing four Goodyear tires.>>81 laps to go in monster energy series
racing from Texas. We’re under caution. Erik Jones has had a great run today. Who best
to talk about the young Toyota racer than Kyle Busch.
>>I found him racing in the super late model ranks years ago. Kind of put him under my
wing. Having him now be a part of our team at Joe Gibbs racing on the cup side is going
to be really exciting to me. Just another competitor though, another guy out there on
the racetrack that you want to beat and one that’s going to be tough to beat as well,
too.>>You’ve got to love that. I’ve got your
back, jack, but I’m not going to cut you any slack.
>>Last year we had dinner with those guys out in Vegas. Stevie said, I like that Erik
Jones. He has a quiet confidence.>>Kyle Busch has quite an eye for talent,
too.>>Let’s listen in on the 20 radio.
>>It looks like the 18 was arcing better. You need to turn better to do that.
>>I don’t have enough front turn to do that. I can try but it hurts me more than it helps
me because I never end up making it through the bottom, you know what I mean?
>>We’ll see how it plays out.>>Good information.
>>Kyle Busch as on the last restart has the inside.
>>Kind of feedback that a crew chief likes to get from a driver. He might be able to
make some sort of adjustment if he gets a chance.
>>Behind them, Kurt Busch, Clint bowyer in Fords, Jamie Mcmurray, William Byron in Chevrolets.
None of the first six stopped under that caution. Here we go.
>>Oh, Kurt Busch got pretty loose.>>Going to lose some spots. Here comes Logano,
also.>>Look at Jamie Mcmurray going to second
place.>>Jamie Mack, what a move.
>>Really was. He took advantage of those guys that were two and three wide and passed
them all.>>Boy, Clint bowyer got bottled up in that.
He had to brake to keep off of Kurt Busch and it cost bowyer dearly.
>>William Byron was there and pounced all over him. William Byron is up there. Look
at him go.>>These are all lead lap cars. Bowyer tenth.
Now 11th as Harvick goes by and bowyer is able to get in line.>>Remember, bowyer did not pit on that last
time down pit road when those others came down, he did not. So they’re going to eat
him up with those newer tires.>>That was more costly for bowyer than it
was for Kurt Busch who was the first car out of shape. Stenhouse has been in the wall.
>>Just got the wall.>>William Byron got under him in one and
two. Got stenhouse out a little wide and he got in the wall right there.
>>Ricky looking for his first top ten of the year backs up to 11th.
>>Just a little kiss.>>Just a little kiss. No tire hays there.
>>I don’t like the way that right front looks. RUPD the letters off of it. See what this
looks like. Sideways, sideways, sideways, bam. Don’t like that.
>>When that top corner at 12:00 gets down on the right front.
>>Don’t like it. That’s trouble.>>Don’t see it smoking.
>>No, he stays out.>>Maybe a little.
>>So Kyle Busch out front now and a new challenger. Jamie Mcmurray, 1.5 seconds back.
>>Mike, the decision to pit or not pit by Mcmurray’s team actually came down to counting
cars. They wanted to be on the inside so they figured out how many were going to pit, who
was going to stay out. They wanted the inside and they decided to stay out.
>>Got to be quick to do that.>>The spotter’s doing a heck of a job if
he can figure that out.>>Harvick moves up to eighth passing Ryan
Blaney.>>I don’t see how any air is getting into
the nose of Ryan Blaney’s car with that patch job.
>>Joey Logano fourth and chase Elliott in fifth are the first cars with new tires at
lap 252. Keep it right here for you and go side by side on FS1 with 73 laps to go. Coming on the straightaway, Hamlin’s in second.
Moving up high on the inside. ♪♪ Toyota Let’s Go Places
>>>68 laps to go. Going into this race we expected Kyle Busch would be a contender for
the win. He’s not disappointed. He’s LED 63 laps. Had a pretty flawless day. One of the pleasant surprises is this man,
Jamie Mcmurray currently in second. 2.6 back as Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch there for sixth
place. Harvick up to sixth. Two weeks ago we saw one of the longest winless droughts
snapped. Here are the longest spells that have been broken all time. Bill Elliott back
to victory lane — that’s chase, after 226 races. Martin Truex went 218 between wins.
Clint bowyer 190. Jamie Mcmurray 154 since his last victory at talladega. He’s fourth
on that list.>>The team said it and I agree with them
100%. He raced here yesterday. He doesn’t race the XFINITY series very often. Maybe
they need to think about running him a little bit more in that XFINITY series because it’s
paying off today.>>Agree. That’s a great point, DW.
>>Fifth place.>>He’s got something to prove.
>>Harvick’s on a mission.>>Yes, he is.
>>He’s been on a mission ever since they dropped the green flag. Sometimes you get
side tracked, but he fights his way back every time.
>>Sense a little extra fire inside the belly of Kevin Harvick right now. He’s going to
get a big run on the 9 of chase Elliott.>>That 4 car gets off of turn two so good.
>>Oh, gosh.>>You never know how good that 4 car is or
Kevin Harvick is until he gets in a hole like this and he’s got to dig himself out. He goes
hard, man.>>You heard right there. He’s back to the
throttle sooner in the corner than he was at any time in the last run.
>>Yeah, I agree.>>You know, we did once have streaks — losing
streaks of over 100 races broken in consecutive races. 2012 Joey Logano at pocono, Dale Jr.
At Michigan, back to back.>>That last time by Kevin Harvick matched
our leader, Kyle Busch’s lap time, and he’s passing cars.>>The lap before that he was .2 quicker than
the race leader.>>So now chase Elliott tries to track down
Kurt Busch for sixth place.>>That was unreal right there.
>>Keep Kurt behind us.>>That was no fun.
>>I think what that comment was was about how the 4 and the 41 just blew by him like
it was nothing. Here’s fourth place, Kevin Harvick. Man, he is —
>>Picking them up, putting them down.>>Yes, he is.
>>He has a long way to the leader. But if anything happens, he is right there.
>>I’ve seen this from the team since they’ve been together, they never give up. Keep digging,
don’t get excited.>>They never get too agitated about it. Kevin
will get a little snarky on the radio and Rodney is calm and collected and back to work.
>>Rodney can take the sarcasm. Better than anybody I know of.
>>You can take it when you have a fast race car and you’re a good team and you’ve already
won races this year.>>Right. Those are ingredients that are —
>>Especially since you’ve already won the most races this year.
>>I can tell you who wouldn’t take it if he didn’t win the race today or finishes second.
>>Talking about that green car leading the race?
>>Been all quiet on the 18 front as far as the in car radio is concerned. Just spotter
chatter as Kyle Busch holds a 3.3 second lead. Black flag for David Ragan. Not sure what
that’s about. Let’s go to the leader’s pit and Vince.
>>The one issue that the 18 of Kyle Busch has had and really the only issue since he’s
gone back up front is just dealing with the lapped traffic. His spotter Tony Hirsch man dealing with the
lapped cars. A little bit of frustration with not getting quite as much clearance as he’d
like as he passes some of those lappers.>>When you think about what we talked about
how he hates to run second, hates to run second. He’s got a car that can win this race today,
we know that, if Kevin Harvick doesn’t catch him. That’s going to be the spoiler in this
whole thing.>>Harvick is now up to third. He blasted
past Erik Jones on a lap that was .7 quicker than Jones.
>>I can’t get past how difficult it was for Kevin Harvick when he was further back in
traffic to pass the cars. He couldn’t get by bubba Wallace and now it just looks easy
on these top five cars. Whatever they have done or this city set of tires, whatever Kevin
is doing, my goodness this car is fast.>>He’s closing up on the back of Mcmurray.
Watch how quickly he goes by Mcmurray. Here he is in turn one. This has been his bread
and butter. Gets off of two like nobody.>>Some of that is 20 lap fresher tires than
Jamie Mack.>>Very true.
>>I probably didn’t give enough credit to 20 laps being that much fresher tires. A lot
of that is air pressure. It’s not that they’re wearing out. Yeah, we’ve seen some issues
with the shoulder, but it’s that air pressure that builds up that loses the grip in the
tire.>>Here’s a difference. I watched the timing
and scoring all the time. Last time by Kyle Busch won 28.53. Kevin Harvick ran a 28.29.
He’s a couple of tenths quicker than Kyle Busch.
>>We know it’s a one stop race if we stay green but how deep into this run do you want
to go before you come and get tires?>>I have been crunching numbers for the last
20 laps. Right here, 55 to go, Kyle Busch is going to have to pit somewhere around 45
to 50 to go. Kevin Harvick though, they should be able to go to around 20 to 30 to go. This late in the race, I would run it out
as far as possible so they both have to come to pit road but there’s quite a difference
in when they do have to come, Mike.>>Harvick is now up to second.
>>By about half a second a lap. You’ll see it all as we go side by side on FS1 with 54
laps to go in the O’Reilly auto parts 500.>>>We expect Kyle Busch on pit road possibly
within the next five laps. There are 49 laps to go. That would give him 44 to 45 laps on
a final set of tires. Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick has 20 lap better tires — fresher tires than
Kyle Busch. They have to make one more stop, and after what’s happened to Harvick on pit
road today, one more in the offing. A lug nut gets caught in the jack so it does not
retract. And then this. A tire gets rolled over to the wall. Somebody has to catch it
and, oops, down he goes.>>That’s not funny.
>>It would have been an uncontrolled tire otherwise. Jamie?
>>It has been a roller coaster of emotions for this 4 team. The attitude has changed.
Everybody is smiling down here. Cheddar Smith is the car chief. Cheddar, how are you guys
gotten through everything and rebounded to be in the situation you’re in?
>>We’ve got a really awesome team. Everybody on the Busch team has never given up. We have
had a lot of adversity on pit road. Some of those are unique that we didn’t plan on and
was out of our control. We have a fast car and Kevin is amazing. We’re going to keep
fighting here to the end.>>Their driver is driving with fire in his
belly.>>Harvick is closing on Kyle Busch.
>>Fast.>>The gap is down to 2 seconds.
>>We know we have one more stop coming possibly under green for both of these two. Who do
you got now? Now you take everything that’s going on today. Which one do you like out
of the 4 or the 18.>>>>I like the 4. Definitely the 4.
>>I think the 4 is a little bit faster but I think coming down pit road, will they have
another issue on the next stop or will it, you know, fall under the 18 to be a little
bit more consistent so far today on pit road? The 20 is on pit road.
>>Harvick is going to end up with the best tires.
>>We’re in the five-lap window that Larry talked about. Here is Erik Jones coming in for his hope
to be final stop, Vince.>>Eric’s LED 64 laps today and for a while
it looked like maybe he was going to have the car to beat. Once he lost that lead, the
car just didn’t act the same in clean air and he particularly needs a little help rolling
down the hill in one and two to get back on the throttle. So they’ll make a little adjustment
for him. Hope they’ll give him something to catch the break to the finish for his first
one.>>Jamie Mcmurray hit pit road in the third
position. Stellar day for Mcmurray. Solid on the right side. Getting the wheel off.
Indexing it. House STOON hits the front and he’s away. Jamie?
>>Kurt Busch LED 39 laps today. He is in for service. So is your leader, Kyle Busch.
Kevin Harvick coming down pit road as well, Vince?
>>The 18 hits his box and Kevin Harvick goes by. Now it’s up to the pit crews. Who’s going
to have the better stop could determine who’s going to win the race. A little bit of help
for Kevin.>>You heard CHED jar Smith talking about
cleaning up some things. Let’s see. Here could be the final stop for the 4 team as they work
on the left side. The 18 is finished and he’s making his way down pit road. The 4 keeps
his eye on him. Seems like it was a good stop, guys.
>>Yeah. Kevin Harvick could run 20 more laps. He and Rodney Childers said we have a little
better car than Kyle Busch. Let’s go heads up. Let’s not let this whole tire variable
play into it.>>Larry, I don’t know. Might be an issue.
>>Going to have a look at whether a tire got away from the 4 team as they made their
stop on the right side of the car out of Jamie’s view. And NASCAR is reviewing the stop on
Kevin Harvick.>>Well, they did catch it. The tire did roll
out a little bit and he did retrieve the tire. I don’t know how NASCAR’s going to determine
that.>>Watch right here. There is the tire.
>>He sees it.>>That’s — that’s definitely a questionable
call.>>That’s borderline. That’s borderline.
>>I’d call it a ball and strike. No question, ball and strike call.
>>Chase Elliott has picked up the lead here. Over Ricky stenhouse, Ryan Newman, bubba Wallace
and Kyle Busch now a lap down to those four drivers who stopped at lap 252 and are still
on track. As Larry said, they can go another 20 or so laps before making a stop and hope
for a caution. Some really good cars, some other really good cars a lap down perhaps.
Chase is in. That will leave stenhouse, Newman, and bubba. So Ricky stenhouse —
>>I think they’re got.>>– Is the leader. Jamie?
>>There’s smiles all around for the 4. They did not get a penalties at this there. Meanwhile,
the 9 of chase Elliott is in. He said, man, I’m trying but the nose of this car feels
lays kri. — Lazy. He’s done a nice job today.
>>That’s kind of a balance issue. When the front’s not doing what you want it to, you
just don’t have enough grip in the front, just a balance issue.
>>Let’s explain what happens. NASCAR’s hawkeye system is an unmanned system that makes a
call down to the officials trailer that says there was something not right about that stop.
It is reviewed by an official in the trailer and a supervisor and if they believe it’s
a possibility of a penalty, they send it upstairs for judgment by the senior NASCAR officials
calling the race. They make the call whether a penalty is assessed or not and in that case
there was no call on the number 4.>>I like it when you err on the side of the
team. You know, I think that you have to give them
the benefit of the doubt and I like that call.>>Goes to the runner.
>>Somewhat.>>Well, I don’t know if it’s going to matter.
Right now we have stenhouse Jr. Leading this race. Newman is in second. Wallace is in third
but Kyle Busch is putting down some great laps right now. I think it comes down to if
we stay green, will his car fade and we’ve seen where Kevin Harvick has come on strong
right in those final laps.>>What made it a little bit skewed in our
last go around. Harvick had better tires. If I had been Harvick I would have stayed
out longer but he elected to come in with Kyle Busch so we’ll see how that works out.
>>They’re now both back on the lead lap. Stenhouse the leader, Newman two seconds back,
bubba Wallace, then Kyle Busch and Harvick the only cars on the lead lap at this moment.
>>Mike, Kyle Busch running down in the 27s. 27.80 bracket. Haven’t seen that all day.
I haven’t seen that all — lately I should say.
>>I think you’ve got to be a little bit careful if you’re Kyle Busch. You build up that right
front. If you build it up too much it’s going to start pushing.
>>Guys, keep a watch on there. 34 to go. Stenhouse. I’d go to the bitter end. Maybe
you get that caution and trap a lot of these drivers a lap down.
>>This is the situation tailor made for Newman of doing the contrary and hoping to stay out
and catch that caution. Doing something different like not stopping at Phoenix where he picked
up the most recent win.>>Sure.
>>That would be successful for him.>>You go with what you’ve got. You’ve got
the hand that’s been dealt to you. Go with that.
>>That’s their best and maybe only chance to win this race.
>>I agree.>>So play it.
>>There was a bit of contact between William Byron and —
>>Whew –>>Byron tries to squeeze into that little
gap.>>That’s one of those little deals where
Cole said, I didn’t even know you were there. At least that’s what I would hope he would
say.>>Stenhouse has 50 laps on this set of tires.
Some of thoseere caution laps. Still, how long do you stay out? If you’re stenhouse
or Newman or Wallace?>>I think it’s just like what Larry said.
You stay out until you have to come in for fuel or hope that the caution comes out.
>>The two cars you’ve got to beat, you’re not going to beat them, the 18 and the 4.
Look at all the other cars –>>Big hit by the 31. Ryan Newman blows a
right front tire right here on the front straightaway. Big hit.
>>Two seconds and I’m not kidding two seconds Ryan Newman had just come on the radio and
said, I need four tires and I need them now and he went straight in the wall.
>>You run that out right as far as you can hoping for a caution and hoping it’s not you.
>>Boom.>>That’s the inside of that right front it
looked to me like. And what you feel — you feel a chunk of the tire or the cords or something
snap. He felt some sort of vibration. He felt something changed instantly in the feel of
that steering wheel.>>Boy, that’s a heavy impact.
>>Mike, Jeff, it’s funny how it’s going, going, everything is good, then all of a sudden,
bam, it’s gone. Horrible for Newman, equally bad for stenhouse and Wallace because this
is going to bring them right back to the other cars that will now be on the lead lap, Kyle
Busch, Harvick, and Mcmurray one lap down. 200 miles an hour into the wall.
>>Both in turn one.>>Second one still pretty hard licks.
>>So the pits will be open for the four lead lap cars. Mcmurray will get the free pass
and everybody else who is stuck one lap down has to decide to pit and be one lap down or
take the waive around on the tires they got back on lap 291.
>>We know stenhouse and bubba Wallace is going to pit. Looks like to me Kyle Busch,
18, Kevin Harvick in the 4 is going to stay out. Chase Elliott. Those other drivers, Mike,
they have to take the wave around. They don’t have aoice.
>>I don’t believe chase Elliott is not eligible to pit or is he now —
>>Double check here.>>Yeah, I don’t know.
>>I think he was on the lead lap.>>He thinks he is or he wouldn’t be in the
>>I look at this as that’s exactly what these guys wanted because, you know, they wanted
the leaders — the leaders that are out there now that had come in earlier have about 10,
15 more laps on their tires, they want them to stay out. Caution came out, they can get
four fresh tires. That might give them a slight advantage when we come back green.
>>I agree. You have to talk about bubba Wallace and stenhouse. Bubba Wallace was running fourth.
What a great day for that team. Great day for Richard petty motorsports.
>>Now at the time of caution I was showing five cars on the lead lap including Ryan Newman
who hit the wall hard and will in all likelihood not be able to continue so we’ll double check
on that. And then we’ll see the lap down cars pit this time around. Enhouse in a backup
car. They’ve been so good, so good. If we keep going a little bit longer, it will be
a sunny day.>>Chase Elliott did pit too soon. He was
a lap down.>>He was a lap down.
>>He’ll get readjusted. How about Ricky stenhouse. He has such a positive attitude. He’s gone
to backup cars three times this year, at least two of those were for mechanical problems
with the car but he still has a great attitude. I’m going to hop in another one and go as
fast as I can and get the job done.>>I heard Brian pattie say, these are new
cars. Maybe they have them like the stewart-haas cars. It’s running like a new car today.
>>Sure is.>>One thing you can be sure of with Ricky
stenhouse Jr., doesn’t matter if he blows a right front tire, spins out, whatever, he
goes back out 100% as soon as he gets back out there.
>>That’s right. Coming up next, the nhra is in Las Vegas for their first four wide
nationals.>>Just three stops into the 2018 nhra season.
Already five funny car bodies have been reduced to individual pieces too numerous to count.
This week gone are the original two lanes of the strip and they replaced four lanes
of concrete and asphalt. The four wide nationals coming at you next on FS1.
>>That will be live from las Vegas. Live here at Texas motor speedway with Michael
Waltrip, Chris myers. Quick recap. Defending champ martin Truex Jr., a tire coming out
of turn four. He was running second on lap 81, out of the race.
>>Wide open as that tire lets go. The same thing here nearly 200 with Kyle Larson. Look
at that impact.>>Larson was second in this race last year.
Kevin Harvick who’s won the most races this year and said he was the best on mile and
a half, pit road problems. They had to go back and they had a tire that was left out
that was not called as an uncontrolled tire.>>They were very fortunate. Big crash here.
Denny Hamlin with a shallow entry into the turn, gets loose. Causes a big wreck. Jimmie
Johnson fast Lowe’s Chevy is taken out in that crash as well.
>>One of seven cars including Brad keselowski who has yet to win here. Kyle Busch, a two-time
winner here. Maybe his first win overall. But Kevin Harvick from where he’s been as
far back as 22nd, we mentioned a lap down has worked his way back up.
>>It’s interesting, head to head with Kyle Busch. Who will pull away? The outside line
has been so vulnerable today. I’m going to be interested in how this plays out.
>>The unlikely that you would think would be at this point in the race, Ricky stenhouse
Jr. And bubba Wallace.>>Ricky stenhouse jr.’s crew chief, Brian
pattie, is a gambler. He took a chance. He was into the wall 20, 30 laps ago. Now he’s
in contention. Bubba Wallace, this is the fastest they’ve been all year minus daytona.
He held off Kevin Harvick for 30 or 40 laps fighting for the lucky dog position.
>>Over this schedule for it. 17 mishaps, accidents.
>>As Darrell called it Earl yerp, attrition is going to be huge. It’s been just that.
When attrition is huge, they don’t have the funding, the team to run up front, a chance
to do that. Matt Dibenedetto, that’s a great run for that team. ‘S driver.
>>Darrell, you can sell huge, that’-u-g-eh-u-g-e.>>Spell check. I’ve got to get spell check.
>>One thing we’ve not seen in a while is Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, heads up both on
equal tires.>>Didn’t they work together on one of these
starts earlier in the day?>>Earlier?
>>That’s gone. That’s gone. I’ll be shocked if Kyle Busch doesn’t take the inside. Try
to put Kevin Harvick on the outside. Maybe he’ll lose a couple positions. That caution
did hurt the 18. He had a nice gap. The car was making fast lap times. I didn’t see Harvick
gaining on him.>>The 18 is the fastest car. When they were
on pretty equal tires, the 18 is quicker than the 4. There’s a couple of outliers.
>>Moving to the rcr campus, you guys were racing and still trying to unpack things at
the shop. Is this really the culmination of all of that hard work?
>>It is. Last weekend was great for us to be able to regroup. We’ve been better than
what our finishes have shown. We’ve all made mistakes coming together. We put it together
so late. I think we’re only going to continue to put it together. We’re not a great car
right now but we’re a good car. With good cars, some strategy, bubba doing a good job.
If we can hold off with 25 laps and a great restart, who knows.
>>A number of cars took the wave around. Right next to bubba Wallace here’s some audio
from Ricky stenhouse.>>Smelled like something locked up.
>>Wheel bearing, left front. My brakes.>>Three.
>>All the way forward. I’m telling you, I don’t have any brakes.
>>Guys, just remember how hard he hit the wall not too many laps ago up off of turn
two. That could be contributing in what he’s feeling going on there.
>>Yeah, if the heat builds up in that wheel bearing and that goes out, that could cause
that fluid to boil. The first sign of a wheel bearing or something like that failing is
your brakes.>>He looked to think listening to his radio
he seemed to think it was in the left front which is a little bit different than what
we would have thought because he had damage to the right side. That left front wheel takes a beating, man,
on a track like this.>>The interesting starting positions on this
restart are three, four, five, stenhouse, Wallace, Mcmurray. The 17, 43 and the 1 have
the freshest tires. The rest of the cars behind them had to take the waive around from Kurt
Busch, Erik Jones on back. Their tires are worn just as much as Kyle Busch and Kevin
Harvick’s and have 14 or 15 more laps on them than those three drivers with fresh tires.
>>Just saw something fly up there in the front of the field.
>>Little debris I saw.>>Some debris maybe they’ve got to pick up.
>>Next week thunder valley. Bristol motor speedway. Good seats are available for Bristol
or catch it right here on fs 1. 1:30 eastern time.
>>As I anticipated, I thought Kyle Busch, the best choice was to take the inside lane.
He did take the inside lane. Are he would going to see four wide.
>>How about Bruton Smith?>>Unbelievable.
>>He built the four way.>>They ground up all of that concrete. Completely
redid the strip in Las Vegas. The four wide strip where the nhra is and you will see them
next right after we get a little maybe four wide here.
>>I wouldn’t be surprised.>>In Texas.
>>Get around to the back straightaway.>>Are you at all worried if you’re starting
on the front row and three hungry drivers behind you have much better tires?
>>Right now if I’m Kyle Busch, I’m more worried about Kevin Harvick. Those new tires might
be mother than the others.>>One thing, Kyle Busch was ready.
>>He gets back in line, Erik Jones.>>Yikes!
>>That also by taking off a little bit early for Kyle Busch, it actually also helped Kevin
Harvick get right in and tuck in behind him.>>This will be a battle between these two
because the cars are pretty darn close to equal.
>>Boy, they got a great restart ahead of the cars with new tires.
>>It seemed like Harvick was better off of turn two earlier. We’ll see if that prevails
this time.>>Logano gets underneath Kurt Busch after
a little bit of a shot. Busch did a crossover move on him and going to third, bubba Wallace
on Jamie Mcmurray.>>Stenhouse with his problems, he’s out of
the way. He said he had no brakes. I think he’s trying to get to the back of the field.
>>Nurse it home.>>Erik Jones moving on bubba Wallace. Fourth
place. Ryan Blaney up to the top five.>>So now the one driver with new tires up
at the front is Mcmurray in third and he’s two seconds back of this pair.
>>Yeah, these two here, this — I’ll tell you, this is going to be a battle between
this 4 and this 18 because they are so equally mampd, Mike. It will take a mistake by the
18 to lose the race.>>Kyle Busch will carry a lot of speed into
the corner but Kevin Harvick carries more speed off the corner.
>>William Byron trying to make the move but bubba Wallace came down and covered that spot
after losing a position to Kurt Busch.>>Yeah, they’re battling hard. It’s big for
a bunch of these guys.>>11 cars on the lead lap to finish this
one off with 19 to go.>>I think if Kyle Busch can just be real
patient getting back to the throttle in the middle of the corner, especially through one
and two, I think he’ll make life really, really tough for the 4 of Kevin Harvick.
>>Jeff, exactly what you’re talking about. One of the areas where Harvick has been better
than Kyle, just rolling the corner, rolling the center. They’ve certainly been aware of
that. Toby Hirsch man talking about where Kyle would be better who happens to be the
best in a big jest place is the difference.>>Here’s stenhouse coming to pit zbloed trying
to cure that car after being in a position to have a top five day.
>>He was having to pump the brakes quite a few times to get that car to slow down.
>>He has brakes but he has a real long peddle. We saw Kevin Harvick trying to pressure the
18 of Kyle Busch. He got wide through the middle of one and two.
>>Harvick gained eight feet coming off that corner. That’s all.
>>I think what happened to Harvick is he’s trying really, really hard. He wants to get
up and get around there. I think he overdrove turn one. When you do, you get up out of the
groove.>>I think of motivation. Which one of these
guys has more motivation? The 4 car has had so many issues. The 18 and Kyle Busch have
been so close and haven’t gotten that win. Today could be the day.
>>Not just Kyle, Joe Gibbs racing. Kevin Harvick looking for his fourth win. Jamie
Mcmurray trying to break a long winless streak. 3.8 seconds back. And right in his tire tracks,
Erik Jones. Who looks to come out of here with a great top five finish.
>>Great job by Erik today. Thought he had a car that could win early.
>>Ryan Blaney with a banged up car. In fifth place. And his penske teammate, Joey Logano,
right behind.>>He’s done a great job. We haven’t talked
much about Logano all day. Top ten most all day. Right behind him though
is a guy that might be a little bit quicker, the 41 car of Kurt Busch. Looks like he’s
closing down on the back of the 22.>>Took a while for that car to come up to
speed. He’s eight seconds back in eighth.>>He comes out of here with an eighth place
or top ten, I think that will be huge for them. Big momentum.
>>William Byron after starting in the back due to an engine change will have a top ten
day. Clint bowyer also still on the lead lap. He’s 10th. Nine seconds back.
>>Bowyer, he hasn’t had a great day but he’s going to get a top ten most likely out of
>>That’s not bad after coming off of a win a week ago or two weeks ago.
>>Chase Elliott who had to start at the back, he’s the first car one lap down ahead of Trevor
Bayne. Everyone else is two or more laps down.>>Just watch these two leaders. You watch
the miles per hour and you watch the timing and scoring. They’re within 1/10 of each other.
They’re so equally 34567d.>>I wouldn’t be surprised, Matthew, if it
happens within the last few laps. Each lap I see the 18 losing the nose and building
that right front tire up.>>What do we call Harvick?
>>The closer.>>What did he do here last year?
>>He passed martin Truex with ten to go.>>Guess what, he’s going to be on the back
bumper of the 18. He better not miss hicks marks.
>>It won’t be ten to go but it might be four or five to go.
>>Might not be long.>>You can see the gap between the left side
of Kyle Busch’s car and that white line, he’s not maintaining that white line as long as
Kevin Harvick does. That just allows a little extra air to get
to Kevin Harvick and allow him to get that over to turn two.
>>I picked up pretty equal in turns one and two off of two but I really think Harvick
is better in three and four. He is sailing that thing through three and four.
>>A.J. Allmendinger came to the pit, they lifted the hood and he’s going to be done
today with nine laps to go.>>Watch him into turns three and four. 00
in the way of the 18. Watch how the 4 cars comes flying through the corner. I mean, he
is sailing that thing around there.>>You know what you’re going to hear next
on the radio? Here, kitty, kitty, kitty.>>He’s only got eight laps to do it. He better
be doing it quick. Does this make you nervous, Mike?
>>Sure.>>They always make me so nervous.
>>Kyle Busch has done nothing wrong today. He’s had a great car. He’s made great pit
stops. He’s got the car out front with the nose in the wind. He has to hang on for seven
laps and you know what Kevin Harvick is going to do, if we hadn’t had this problem, that
problem, this problem we could have won the race.
>>Whew!>>Kevin Harvick rush that throttle a little
bit. Lost the nose right there.>>You have to know Kyle Busch is looking
in that mirror going, daggum, he’s getting closer every lap.
>>He comes off a little bit sooner than Kevin Harvick.
>>If you don’t rush that throttle, you don’t catch him.
>>It’s so hard. It’s so hard. When you are chasing all you want to do is look at their
weaknesses and gain on them ever so slightly. Catching I just don’t know how you get around
that without rushing him. Harvick was .10 faster. Here’s Kyle’s radio.
>>He’s backing up his entry in one to try to get the lap. Still by five.
>>One thing you certainly want to hear from is Kyle Busch. He’s not going to say a word.
Hands on the wheel feeling every bit of what that car is capable of doing.
>>Twice a Texas race has been decided by a last-lap pass.
>>But you know what, Mike, if you’re Kyle Busch, you’re going to feel really good about
yourself if you can hold Kevin Harvick off to win this race. This is the cat that’s been
in the best car all year so far.>>Kyle Busch, he slowed down the middle of
the corner and we didn’t see the gain as much. They gained a tiny bit. See if he gets out
of way and gives him a clear track.>>Yeah, he’s going to move up the racetrack.
>>Pretty much didn’t hurt anything.>>Hurt Harvick a little. Hurts Harvick a
tiny bit. Not able to go all the way out to the wall and carry that momentum.
>>For the record, that 72 car is not — he’s running 19th but in the 72 car.
>>Almost close enough to reach out and touch but not quite. No.
>>One says this race is a little bit too long the other says it isn’t quite long enough.
>>You could hear it in Kyle Busch’s race in the pre-race. He’s in his sponsor’s backyard,
he’s at a track that runs well. He wants to be the man to give Joe Gibbs. White flag waives
sponsored by credit one bank.>>We’ve been wanting to see someone go head
to head with Kevin Harvick. We’ve got it right here with Kyle Busch.
>>Four straight finishes of second or third. Everything but a “W.” Today Kyle Busch wins
in Texas for Joe Gibbs and Toyota. Kevin Harvick, .3 of a second back.
>>Samantha, his wife. She’s pretty happy.>>Did it, man. Never give up. That’s why
we do it.>>Congratulations. Great job.
>>I don’t care how many times you win. When you go into a season and you haven’t gotten
that win, you’ve been so close, it weighs on you.
>>Congratulations, interstate batteries, norm Miller.
>>Norm Miller, he’s the president of interstate batteries. What a great guy. He’s been with
this team forever.>>Ever since Bobby Labonte drove this car
and won in it here.>>And he’s such a great guy.
>>44th career win for Kyle Busch. Last win was martinsville in October. And Kyle Busch taking home the checkered flag
is today’s sunoco fueling victory. Third Texas win in his 25th start here. He becomes the
fifth different driver to win in 2018. One of many drivers that have their signature
mover after winning a race. Kyle’s is to salute the crowd. Get that flag first. You know we talk about
Richard petty, David Pearson 63 times they finished one, two. Kyle Busch and
Kevin Harvick finished one, two eight times now.
>>Wow.>>Three times this year. And here’s Kyle
and take a bow. Salute the crowd.>>Hear a lot of cheers?
>>They’ve got to appreciate a guy, he worked hard for that
win.>>He definitely earned it.
>>One of eight drivers to win for Joe Gibbs racing. They score their seventh victory at
Texas. Among four drivers. Here’s Jamie with the runner up.
>>What a performance by
Kevin Harvick today. Roller coaster of emotions.