Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief 500 at Martinsville was one of the more eventful races in recent memory. When the dust settled, Jeff Gordon had won the race to advance to the Championship race at Homestead-Miami. That leaves seven drivers battling for merely three spots over the course of the final race.
Weekend Schedule (All times Central)
Friday, November 6th
- Practice #1: 11:30 a.m. - 12:55 p.m
- Qualifying: 5:45 p.m.
Saturday, November 7th
- Practice #2: 10:00 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.
- Final Practice: 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Sunday, November 8th
- Race: 1:00 p.m. (NBC)
- Texas Motor Speedway is a 1.5 mile oval with 24 degrees of banking in the turns, and five degrees of banking on the strightaways. The race is scheduled for 334 Laps.
- After his win at Martinsville, Jeff Gordon looks to win his second race in a row and block one of his opponents from transfering to the Championship race at Homestead. In his storied career, Gordon has one win and nine top five finishes.
- Entering this weekend's race, here is how the Chase grid looks: 1. Gordon (Leader, locked in) 2. Kyle Busch (9 points above the cutoff line) 3. Martin Truex Jr. (+9), Kevin Harvick (+7), Carl Edwards (-7), Brad Keselowski (-24), Kurt Busch (-26) and Joey Logano (-28).
- Erik Jones will get the start this weekend in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 after Matt Kenseth was suspended for two races for intentionally crashing into Logano during the Martinsville race. That was confirmed on Thursday after Kenseth lost both of his appeals. In addition, he was placed on probation through the end of the year.
- The crash sent Logano from race leader to not even finishing, which leaves him in last place in the Chase, meaning that he most likely has to win one of the next two races in order to advance to the Championship race at Homestead-Miami. Logano only has one career win at the track, although he does have five top five finishes. His average finish at the track is 16th.
- Jimmie Johnson is the defending winner of this race, which is just one of his five career wins at the track. Given his quality as a drive, look for him to be one of the favorites to win this weekend, which would block a chase driver from automatically advancing.
- Edwards, who sits seven points behind the cutoff, has three wins at Texas, which is the most among drivers still in the chase.
- Gordon needs to lead just 84 laps to have led 25,000 laps in his storied career. Gordon has announced that he will retire following the season.