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Texas: Cup results

Jimmie Johnson delivered a masterclass in race domination at Texas on Sunday, enabling him to pull away from Matt Kenseth in the points standings at the crucial moment in the Sprint Cup battle.
A dominant Jimmie Johnson led for 255 of the 334 laps of the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on his way to victory lane on Sunday afternoon, clinching his sixth win of 2013 (and his 66th career victory in 433 Cup starts) at Texas Motor Speedway by over four seconds from his Hendrick Motorsport team mate Dale Earnhardt Jr., with Joey Logano in third ahead of Matt Kenseth, Johnson's biggest rival for this year's championship.

Just 14 cars finished on the lead lap at the end of the race, which started in the mid-afternoon but ended under floodlights with the temperatures in Fort Worth falling quickly after sunset as the winds picked up. In all there were ten different leaders during the three hour twenty minute race and a total of 28 lead changes, with five cautions extending over 26 laps during the event.

There had been an early setback for Kyle Busch who broadsided the wall on lap 58, and although he recovered to run as high as second place late in the race he was eventually undone by a speeding penalty during the last round of pit stops. Jeff Gordon spent 158 laps in the garage after a blown tyre sent him into heavy contact with the wall on lap 75, and polesitter Carl Edwards' day ended on lap 189 with a blown engine.

In the championship standings, Johnson's 24th Chase race win means that he breaks his former tie with Matt Kenseth and pulls out a seven point lead in the 2013 title battle. With everyone else now 40 points or more adrift with only two races remaining in this year's season, it appears that the Sprint Cup championship is now effectively a two-horse race - even if only four of the 13 Chase contenders (Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne) are actually now mathematically ruled out of contention heading to Phoenix and Homestead-Miami.

Race results

1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports 334 laps 3hrs 18mins 5secs
2. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Motorsports + 4.390s
3. #22 Joey Logano Penske Racing + 5.999s
4. #20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing + 7.754s
5. #5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports + 11.170s
6. #2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing + 12.365s
7. #11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing + 17.521s
8. #29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing + 17.779s
9. #39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing + 20.905s
10. #15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing + 21.337s
11. #14 Mark Martin Stewart-Haas Racing + 24.002s
12. #16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing + 24.037s
13. #18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing + 26.828s
14. #56 Martin Truex Jr Michael Waltrip Racing + 28.568s
15. #27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing + 1 lap
16. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing + 2 laps
17. #78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing + 2 laps
18. #30 Parker Kligerman Swan Racing + 2 laps
19. #55 Elliott Sadler Michael Waltrip Racing + 2 laps
20. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing + 3 laps
21. #9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports + 3 laps
22. #33 Austin Dillon Circle Sport + 3 laps
23. #51 Kyle Larson Phoenix Racing + 3 laps
24. #31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing + 3 laps
25. #10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing + 3 laps
26. #38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports + 3 laps
27. #43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports + 4 laps
28. #83 David Reutimann BK Racing + 4 laps
29. #21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing + 4 laps
30. #36 J.J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing + 4 laps
31. #1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing + 5 laps
32. #93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing + 5 laps
33. #13 Casey Mears Germain Racing + 6 laps
34. #40 Landon Cassill Circle Sport + 6 laps
35. #7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing + 8 laps
36. #87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports + 144 laps Rear Gear
37. #99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing + 147 laps Engine
38. #24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports + 187 laps Resumed
39. #35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports + 189 laps Vibration
40. #47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing + 190 laps Engine
41. #32 Timmy Hill FAS Lane Racing + 209 laps Engine
42. #34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports + 253 laps Engine
43. #98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing + 307 laps Vibration

Practice 3 times

1. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 28.506s (Leader) 189.434mph (48 laps)
2. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 28.506s (-0.000s) 189.434mph (35 laps)
3. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.545s (-0.039s) 189.175mph (36 laps)
4. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.582s (-0.076s) 188.930mph (45 laps)
5. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.599s (-0.093s) 188.818mph (58 laps)
6. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.688s (-0.182s) 188.232mph (54 laps)
7. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.755s (-0.249s) 187.793mph (52 laps)
8. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.781s (-0.275s) 187.624mph (33 laps)
9. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.824s (-0.318s) 187.344mph (37 laps)
10. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.849s (-0.343s) 187.182mph (36 laps)
11. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 28.885s (-0.379s) 186.948mph (37 laps)
12. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.904s (-0.398s) 186.825mph (37 laps)
13. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.911s (-0.405s) 186.780mph (37 laps)
14. #14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 28.911s (-0.405s) 186.780mph (33 laps)
15. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.918s (-0.412s) 186.735mph (34 laps)
16. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.920s (-0.414s) 186.722mph (37 laps)
17. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.922s (-0.416s) 186.709mph (36 laps)
18. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 28.927s (-0.421s) 186.677mph (31 laps)
19. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.975s (-0.469s) 186.368mph (33 laps)
20. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.986s (-0.480s) 186.297mph (41 laps)
21. #22 Joey Logano Ford 29.036s (-0.530s) 185.976mph (45 laps)
22. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29.086s (-0.580s) 185.656mph (42 laps)
23. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.109s (-0.603s) 185.510mph (24 laps)
24. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29.123s (-0.617s) 185.420mph (34 laps)
25. #55 Elliott Sadler Toyota 29.130s (-0.624s) 185.376mph (46 laps)
26. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.146s (-0.640s) 185.274mph (38 laps)
27. #51 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 29.196s (-0.690s) 184.957mph (33 laps)
28. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 29.240s (-0.734s) 184.679mph (32 laps)
29. #33 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 29.274s (-0.768s) 184.464mph (31 laps)
30. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 29.453s (-0.947s) 183.343mph (37 laps)
31. #30 Parker Kligerman Toyota 29.459s (-0.953s) 183.306mph (25 laps)
32. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.465s (-0.959s) 183.268mph (31 laps)
33. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 29.490s (-0.984s) 183.113mph (34 laps)
34. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 29.498s (-0.992s) 183.063mph (29 laps)
35. #34 David Ragan Ford 29.503s (-0.997s) 183.032mph (29 laps)
36. #35 Josh Wise Ford 29.573s (-1.067s) 182.599mph (1 laps)
37. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 29.611s (-1.105s) 182.365mph (1 laps)
38. #38 David Gilliland Ford 29.694s (-1.188s) 181.855mph (16 laps)
39. #40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 29.881s (-1.375s) 180.717mph (20 laps)
40. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 29.974s (-1.468s) 180.156mph (21 laps)
41. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 29.997s (-1.491s) 180.018mph (30 laps)
42. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 30.026s (-1.520s) 179.844mph (21 laps)

Practice 2 times

1. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.659s (Leader) 188.422mph (18 laps)
2. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.670s (-0.011s) 188.350mph (31 laps)
3. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 28.707s (-0.048s) 188.107mph (34 laps)
4. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.742s (-0.083s) 187.878mph (36 laps)
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.745s (-0.086s) 187.859mph (32 laps)
6. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.788s (-0.129s) 187.578mph (34 laps)
7. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.796s (-0.137s) 187.526mph (35 laps)
8. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.829s (-0.170s) 187.311mph (24 laps)
9. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.831s (-0.172s) 187.298mph (37 laps)
10. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.841s (-0.182s) 187.233mph (26 laps)
11. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 28.849s (-0.190s) 187.182mph (34 laps)
12. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.880s (-0.221s) 186.981mph (33 laps)
13. #22 Joey Logano Ford 28.881s (-0.222s) 186.974mph (26 laps)
14. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.883s (-0.224s) 186.961mph (33 laps)
15. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 28.888s (-0.229s) 186.929mph (36 laps)
16. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.888s (-0.229s) 186.929mph (33 laps)
17. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 28.945s (-0.286s) 186.561mph (26 laps)
18. #14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 28.945s (-0.286s) 186.561mph (31 laps)
19. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.947s (-0.288s) 186.548mph (13 laps)
20. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.981s (-0.322s) 186.329mph (29 laps)
21. #55 Elliott Sadler Toyota 29.009s (-0.350s) 186.149mph (34 laps)
22. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.023s (-0.364s) 186.059mph (29 laps)
23. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.025s (-0.366s) 186.047mph (44 laps)
24. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 29.041s (-0.382s) 185.944mph (29 laps)
25. #33 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 29.062s (-0.403s) 185.810mph (28 laps)
26. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 29.077s (-0.418s) 185.714mph (26 laps)
27. #13 Casey Mears Ford 29.114s (-0.455s) 185.478mph (32 laps)
28. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.156s (-0.497s) 185.211mph (31 laps)
29. #30 Parker Kligerman Toyota 29.221s (-0.562s) 184.799mph (24 laps)
30. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 29.275s (-0.616s) 184.458mph (34 laps)
31. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 29.296s (-0.637s) 184.326mph (26 laps)
32. #38 David Gilliland Ford 29.330s (-0.671s) 184.112mph (19 laps)
33. #34 David Ragan Ford 29.393s (-0.734s) 183.717mph (21 laps)
34. #51 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 29.508s (-0.849s) 183.001mph (17 laps)
35. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.578s (-0.919s) 182.568mph (46 laps)
36. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 29.627s (-0.968s) 182.266mph (36 laps)
37. #40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 29.642s (-0.983s) 182.174mph (13 laps)
38. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 29.831s (-1.172s) 181.020mph (6 laps)
39. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.839s (-1.180s) 180.971mph (15 laps)
40. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.966s (-1.307s) 180.204mph (17 laps)
41. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 30.013s (-1.354s) 179.922mph (14 laps)

Sprint Cup Series championship standings

1. (+1) Jimmie Johnson 2342pts
2. (-1) Matt Kenseth 2335pts (-7pts)
3. (+1) Kevin Harvick 2302pts (-40pts)
4. (+1) Kyle Busch 2290pts (-52pts)
5. (+2) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2280pts (-62pts)
6. (-3) Jeff Gordon 2273pts (-69pts)
7. (-1) Clint Bowyer 2273pts (-69pts)
8. (--) Greg Biffle 2269pts (-73pts)
9. (+2) Joey Logano 2251pts (-91pts)
10. (-1) Kurt Busch 2246pts (-96pts)
11. (-1) Carl Edwards 2226pts (-116pts)
12. (--) Ryan Newman 2224pts (-118pts)
13. (--) Kasey Kahne 2209pts (-133pts)
14. (+1) Brad Keselowski 968pts (-1374pts)
15. (-1) Jamie McMurray 966pts (-1376pts)
16. (--) Martin Truex Jr. 922pts (-1420pts)
17. (--) Paul Menard 916pts (-1426pts)
18. (--) Aric Almirola 860pts (-1482pts)
19. (--) Jeff Burton 858pts (-1484pts)
20. (--) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # 855pts (-1487pts)
21. (--) Marcos Ambrose 836pts (-1506pts)
22. (--) Juan Pablo Montoya 830pts (-1512pts)
23. (+1) Denny Hamlin 689pts (-1653pts)
24. (-1) Casey Mears 686pts (-1656pts)
25. (+3) Danica Patrick # 611pts (-1731pts)
26. (+1) David Gilliland 610pts (-1732pts)
27. (-2) David Ragan 608pts (-1734pts)
28. (+1) Mark Martin 595pts (-1747pts)
29. (-3) Tony Stewart 594pts (-1748pts)
30. (--) Dave Blaney 506pts (-1836pts)
31. (--) Travis Kvapil 486pts (-1856pts)
32. (+1) David Reutimann 447pts (-1895pts)
33. (-1) JJ Yeley 445pts (-1897pts)
34. (--) A J Allmendinger 402pts (-1940pts)
35. (--) Bobby Labonte 390pts (-1952pts)
36. (--) David Stremme 362pts (-1980pts)
37. (--) Michael McDowell 197pts (-2145pts)
38. (--) Timmy Hill # 180pts (-2162pts)
39. (--) Michael Waltrip 114pts (-2228pts)
40. (--) Ken Schrader 108pts (-2234pts)
41. (--) Scott Speed 99pts (-2243pts)
42. (--) Terry Labonte 87pts (-2255pts)
43. (--) Boris Said 48pts (-2294pts)
44. (--) Ron Fellows 31pts (-2311pts)
45. (--) Alex Kennedy 21pts (-2321pts)
46. (--) Justin Marks 14pts (-2328pts)
47. (--) Scott Riggs 11pts (-2331pts)
48. (--) Victor Gonzalez Jr. 10pts (-2332pts)
49. (--) Brian Keselowski 9pts (-2333pts)
50. (--) Tomy Drissi 8pts (-2334pts)
51. (--) Jacques Villeneuve 3pts (-2339pts)
52. (--) Jason Leffler 1pts (-2341pts)

# = Cup series rookie
Only drivers registered for points in this series are shown in the standings.



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