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Cup: Texas - Race results

Jimmie Johnson won his fifth race of the 2012 season with victory in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon, pulling out a 7pt lead in the Chase.
Jimmie Johnson led for almost exactly half the 335 laps at Texas Motor Speedway in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race, but at the end he had to fend off a spirited challenge from main Chase rival Brad Keselowski for the win in a green-white-chequered finish.

It was the five-time Cup champion's fifth win of 2012 and his 60th victory in 397 Cup starts - 22 of those in Chase events. It's the second time he's won at Texas in 19 races, and in doing so he hands engine manufacturer Chevrolet their 700th win in Sprint Cup competition.

Jimmie Johnson increases his lead by 5pts over Brad Keselowski and is now 7pts in front. Keselowski finished a close second in Texas ahead of Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart; Keselowski had also topped both Cup practice sessions on Saturday, with a time of 28.888s (186.929 mph) in the first and 29.300s (184.300 mph) in the second.

Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are now eliminated from title contention, but ten drivers in total remain in theoretically in the running with two races in Phoenix and Homestead-Miami remaining in the 2012 season.

Race results

1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 335 laps 3hrs 41mins 30secs (48/2 pts)
2. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 335 laps + 0.808 (43/1 pts)
3. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 335 laps + 0.966 (42/1 pts)
4. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 335 laps + 1.328 (41/1 pts)
5. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 335 laps + 1.917 (39/0 pts)
6. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 335 laps + 2.371 (38/0 pts)
7. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 335 laps + 2.780 (37/0 pts)
8. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 335 laps + 2.883 (36/0 pts)
9. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 335 laps + 3.117 (35/0 pts)
10. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 335 laps + 3.361 (34/0 pts)
11. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 335 laps + 3.399 (33/0 pts)
12. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 335 laps + 3.545 (33/1 pts)
13. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 335 laps + 3.923 (31/0 pts)
14. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 335 laps + 3.938 (30/0 pts)
15. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 335 laps + 4.154 (29/0 pts)
16. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 335 laps + 4.280 (28/0 pts)
17. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 335 laps + 4.337 (0pts)
18. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 335 laps + 4.508 (26/0 pts)
19. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 335 laps + 4.605 (25/0 pts)
20. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 335 laps + 4.649 (24/0 pts)
21. #13 Casey Mears Ford 335 laps + 4.855 (23/0 pts)
22. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 335 laps + 5.044 (0pts)
23. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 335 laps + 5.224 (22/1 pts)
24. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 335 laps + 5.271 (0pts)
25. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 335 laps + 1 lap (19/0 pts)
26. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 333 laps + 2 laps (18/0 pts)
27. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 332 laps + 3 laps (17/0 pts)
28. #34 David Ragan Ford 331 laps + 4 laps (16/0 pts)
29. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 329 laps Accident (15/0 pts)6 Laps
30. #195 Scott Speed Ford 328 laps + 7 laps (14/0 pts)
31. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 328 laps + 7 laps (13/0 pts)
32. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 310 laps Accident (12/0 pts)25 Laps
33. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 284 laps + 51 laps (11/0 pts)
34. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 279 laps + 56 laps (10/0 pts)
35. #38 David Gilliland Ford 225 laps Engine (9/0 pts)
36. #51 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 107 laps Accident (8/0 pts)
37. #26 Josh Wise * Ford 41 laps Vibration (7/0 pts)
38. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 37 laps Overheating (6/0 pts)
39. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 37 laps Brakes (5/0 pts)
40. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 33 laps Vibration (0pts)
41. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 32 laps Brakes (0pts)
42. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 10 laps Overheating (2/0 pts)
43. #191 Reed Sorenson Toyota 6 laps Electrical (0pts)

Practice 3 times

1. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 29.300s (Leader) 184.300 mph
2. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 29.317s (-0.017) 184.193 mph
3. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 29.318s (-0.018) 184.187 mph
4. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 29.339s (-0.039) 184.055 mph
5. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 29.375s (-0.075) 183.830 mph
6. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29.408s (-0.108) 183.624 mph
7. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 29.462s (-0.162) 183.287 mph
8. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.501s (-0.201) 183.045 mph
9. #51 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 29.528s (-0.228) 182.877 mph
10. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.595s (-0.295) 182.463 mph
11. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 29.599s (-0.299) 182.439 mph
12. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.604s (-0.304) 182.408 mph
13. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.642s (-0.342) 182.174 mph
14. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 29.693s (-0.393) 181.861 mph
15. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.701s (-0.401) 181.812 mph
16. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 29.721s (-0.421) 181.690 mph
17. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 29.723s (-0.423) 181.678 mph
18. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.738s (-0.438) 181.586 mph
19. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 29.778s (-0.478) 181.342 mph
20. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 29.786s (-0.486) 181.293 mph
21. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 29.833s (-0.533) 181.008 mph
22. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 29.850s (-0.550) 180.904 mph
23. #13 Casey Mears Ford 29.859s (-0.559) 180.850 mph
24. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29.917s (-0.617) 180.499 mph
25. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.922s (-0.622) 180.469 mph
26. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 29.978s (-0.678) 180.132 mph
27. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.988s (-0.688) 180.072 mph
28. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 30.008s (-0.708) 179.952 mph
29. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 30.049s (-0.749) 179.706 mph
30. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 30.055s (-0.755) 179.671 mph
31. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 30.084s (-0.784) 179.497 mph
32. #38 David Gilliland Ford 30.150s (-0.850) 179.105 mph
33. #34 David Ragan Ford 30.194s (-0.894) 178.844 mph
34. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 30.372s (-1.072) 177.795 mph
35. #195 Scott Speed Ford 30.396s (-1.096) 177.655 mph
36. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 30.433s (-1.133) 177.439 mph
37. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 30.451s (-1.151) 177.334 mph
38. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 30.631s (-1.331) 176.292 mph
39. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 30.638s (-1.338) 176.252 mph
40. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 30.641s (-1.341) 176.234 mph
41. #191 Reed Sorenson Toyota 30.675s (-1.375) 176.039 mph
42. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 30.715s (-1.415) 175.810 mph
43. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet -s (-) - mph

Practice 2 times

1. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.888s (Leader) 186.929 mph
2. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.898s (-0.010) 186.864 mph
3. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29.022s (-0.134) 186.066 mph
4. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 29.040s (-0.152) 185.950 mph
5. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 29.140s (-0.252) 185.312 mph
6. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 29.154s (-0.266) 185.223 mph
7. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.174s (-0.286) 185.096 mph
8. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 29.186s (-0.298) 185.020 mph
9. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 29.209s (-0.321) 184.874 mph
10. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.293s (-0.405) 184.344 mph
11. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.304s (-0.416) 184.275 mph
12. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 29.335s (-0.447) 184.080 mph
13. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 29.351s (-0.463) 183.980 mph
14. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 29.382s (-0.494) 183.786 mph
15. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.390s (-0.502) 183.736 mph
16. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.417s (-0.529) 183.567 mph
17. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 29.428s (-0.540) 183.499 mph
18. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 29.525s (-0.637) 182.896 mph
19. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29.560s (-0.672) 182.679 mph
20. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.575s (-0.687) 182.587 mph
21. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.678s (-0.790) 181.953 mph
22. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 29.693s (-0.805) 181.861 mph
23. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.786s (-0.898) 181.293 mph
24. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 29.818s (-0.930) 181.099 mph
25. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 29.829s (-0.941) 181.032 mph
26. #51 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 29.977s (-1.089) 180.138 mph
27. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 30.184s (-1.296) 178.903 mph
28. #34 David Ragan Ford 30.194s (-1.306) 178.844 mph
29. #13 Casey Mears Ford 30.272s (-1.384) 178.383 mph
30. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 30.320s (-1.432) 178.100 mph
31. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 30.330s (-1.442) 178.042 mph
32. #38 David Gilliland Ford 30.419s (-1.531) 177.521 mph
33. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 30.428s (-1.540) 177.468 mph
34. #191 Reed Sorenson Toyota 30.459s (-1.571) 177.288 mph
35. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 30.491s (-1.603) 177.101 mph
36. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 30.495s (-1.607) 177.078 mph
37. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 30.510s (-1.622) 176.991 mph
38. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 30.595s (-1.707) 176.499 mph
39. #195 Scott Speed Ford 30.651s (-1.763) 176.177 mph
40. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 30.671s (-1.783) 176.062 mph
41. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 30.761s (-1.873) 175.547 mph
42. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 30.789s (-1.901) 175.387 mph
43. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 31.613s (-2.725) 170.816 mph

Sprint Cup Series championship standings

1. (--) Jimmie Johnson 2339pts
2. (--) Brad Keselowski 2332pts (-7pts)
3. (--) Clint Bowyer 2303pts (-36pts)
4. (--) Kasey Kahne 2281pts (-58pts)
5. (+3) Matt Kenseth 2267pts (-72pts)
6. (--) Jeff Gordon 2267pts (-72pts)
7. (-2) Denny Hamlin 2266pts (-73pts)
8. (+2) Tony Stewart 2259pts (-80pts)
9. (-2) Martin Truex Jr. 2259pts (-80pts)
10. (-1) Greg Biffle 2256pts (-83pts)
11. (--) Kevin Harvick 2238pts (-101pts)
12. (--) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2188pts (-151pts)
13. (--) Kyle Busch 1048pts (-1291pts)
14. (+1) Ryan Newman 969pts (-1370pts)
15. (-1) Carl Edwards 965pts (-1374pts)
16. (--) Paul Menard 938pts (-1401pts)
17. (--) Joey Logano 918pts (-1421pts)
18. (--) Marcos Ambrose 892pts (-1447pts)
19. (--) Jeff Burton 827pts (-1512pts)
20. (--) Jamie McMurray 823pts (-1516pts)
21. (--) Aric Almirola 803pts (-1536pts)
22. (--) Juan Montoya 762pts (-1577pts)
23. (+1) Bobby Labonte 724pts (-1615pts)
24. (-1) Regan Smith 713pts (-1626pts)
25. (--) Kurt Busch 664pts (-1675pts)
26. (--) Mark Martin 638pts (-1701pts)
27. (--) David Ragan 598pts (-1741pts)
28. (+1) Travis Kvapil 595pts (-1744pts)
29. (-1) David Gilliland 586pts (-1753pts)
30. (--) Casey Mears 575pts (-1764pts)
31. (--) Landon Cassill 562pts (-1777pts)
32. (--) AJ Allmendinger 453pts (-1886pts)
33. (--) Dave Blaney 387pts (-1952pts)
34. (--) David Reutimann 359pts (-1980pts)
35. (--) Brian Vickers 250pts (-2089pts)
36. (--) David Stremme 220pts (-2119pts)
37. (--) Michael McDowell 178pts (-2161pts)
38. (--) J.J. Yeley 157pts (-2182pts)
39. (+1) Ken Schrader 139pts (-2200pts)
40. (-1) Josh Wise* 136pts (-2203pts)
41. (+1) Scott Speed 124pts (-2215pts)
42. (-1) Stephen Leicht* 117pts (-2222pts)
43. (--) Michael Waltrip 94pts (-2245pts)
44. (--) Terry Labonte 94pts (-2245pts)
45. (--) Tony Raines 71pts (-2268pts)
46. (--) Scott Riggs 54pts (-2285pts)
47. (--) Brendan Gaughan 50pts (-2289pts)
48. (--) Boris Said 34pts (-2305pts)
49. (--) Bill Elliott 14pts (-2325pts)
50. (--) Hermie Sadler 13pts (-2326pts)
51. (--) Mike Olsen 11pts (-2328pts)
52. (--) Robby Gordon 11pts (-2328pts)
53. (--) Mike Skinner 10pts (-2329pts)
54. (--) Kelly Bires 9pts (-2330pts)
55. (--) Tomy Drissi 6pts (-2333pts)
56. (--) Stacy Compton 5pts (-2334pts)
57. (--) David Mayhew 4pts (-2335pts)
58. (--) Patrick Long 2pts (-2337pts)

* Denotes Rookie
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