2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Dickies 500

2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Dickies 500


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NBC-UNIVERSAL TELEVISION>>>NBC SPORTS INSSOCIATION WITH NASCAR PRESENTS THE NEXT ROUND. WELCOME TO THE COUNTDOWN TO GREEN. RAIN HAS BEEN THE STORY. IT HAS RAINED ON AND OFF ALL DAY. THE GREEN FLAG SCHEDULED FOR 255 EASTERN TIME, LESS THAN 25 MINUTES. LET’S LOOK AT THE LEADERS. MATT KENSETH WILL START 36th. B ARE MATHEMATICALLY ALIVE, BUT LONG SHOTS. THE MAXIMUM NUMBERS ARE 156, SO ANY OF THE TOP SEVEN DRIVERS COULD LEAVE AS THE POINT LEADER. DAVE BURNS IS HERE.>>MATT, HOW DO YOU DIG YOURSELF OUT OF THIS HOLE TODAY?>>YOU MEAN QUALIFYING?>>YEAH, WAY BACK AT 18.>>I THINK WE WON FROM THE BACK HERE ONCE, SO I’M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT A QUALIFYING SPOT. I’M MORE CONCERNED WITH HOW OUR PERFORMANCE WILL BE TODAY. WE DIDN’T PERFORM VERY WELLGS O HOPEFULLY WE DID THE RIGHT THINGS TO MAKE OURER CAR MORE COMPETITIVE.>>IT’S HIS FIRST POLL OF 2006. THE BANK OF AMERICA COUNTDOWN TO GREEN WILL CONTINUE.>>THE BANK OF AMERICA COUNTDOWN TO GREEN I JIMMIE JOHNSON, SECOND IN THE CHASE COMES TO TEXAS WITH THREE TOP THREE FINISHES. HE ROLLS HE FINISHED FOURTH HERE IN THE APRIL RACE.>>>OUR NBC SPORTS COVERAGE CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP CONTINUES FROM THE TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY HERE IN TEXAS. JEFF GORED IS ONE DALE EARNHARDT ON THE ALL-TIME WIN LIST. BUT HERE HE HAS NEVER MADE IT TO VICTORY LANE. HE WAS SECOND IN 2002 AND IN THE LAST THREE RACES HAS FINISHED 14th OR WORSE. EARLIER TODAY HERE AT THE TEXAS MOTOR INTRODUCTIONS, HERE WAS ROBBY GORDON’S INTRODUCTION.>>STARTING AND DRIVING THE NUMBER 20CHEVROLET, TONY STEWART!>>ROBBY GORDON RECEIVING A MIXED REACTION AFTER THE ROLL BAR PADDING INCIDENT ONE WEEK AGO IN ATLANTA. HOPING TO GO GREEN AT 55 THE BA AMERICA COUNTDOWN TO GREEN WILL CONTINUE FROM TEXAS.>>>FIVE OF THE TOP TAKERS HAVE. IN APRIL CHASERS FINISH IN FIVE OF THE FIRST SIX SPOTS AND IN EIGHT OF THE TOP 12. IN TEXAS THE WINNING MARGIN HAS BEEN LESS THAN HALF A SECOND. THOSE ARE JUST SOME OF THE REASONS THAT THIS IS THE FANS HN WAITING FOR. NO RAIN RIGHT NOW. EVERYBODY IS GETTING FIRED UP. LET’S TAKE YOU TRACKSIDE HERE AT TEXAS AND JOIN THE PRERACE CEREMONIES. . >>>PLEASE RISE AS THE COLOR GUARD PERFORMS AND THE INVOCATION IS PERFORMED.>> HEAVENLY FATHER, TODAY WE PAUSE TO THANK SOVEREIGNTY. WE ASK YOU TO BLESS AND PROTECT THOSE WATCHING OVER OUR NATION AND PROTECTING OUR FREEDOMS. WE PRAY FOR A BUY TODAY WHO SO . ALL OF THIS WE PRA, IN JESUS’S .>>PLEASE JOIN ME AS WE HONOR OUR NATION AND THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY AS WE JOIN THE TCU MARCHING BAND. ♪ ♪>>>LET’S HEAR THE TCU MARCHING BAND AND THE SOLDIERS HOLDING THE FLAGS — >>CEREMONIES CONTINUING HERE. GETTING READY FOR THIS AFTERNOON’S 500 MILE KENSETH WON HERE IN 2002. TODAY HE STARTS AT 36th. OUR COVERAGE OF NASCAR FROM TEXAS WILL CONTINUE ON NBC. THEK>>>WITH THREE RACES TO GO, THE FOCUSES ON A HANDFUL OF HOPEFULS AND TWO TALENTED FRONT RUNNERS. MATT KENSETH HAS USED CONSISTENCY TO CLIMB BACK TO THE TOP OF THE SUBSTANTIAL. AND WHILE HE HAS YET TO FINISHF TURNED TROUBLE INTO OPPORTUNITY. THIS COULD BE HIS CHAMPIONSHIP. HE HAS WON AT TEXAS AND HAS A 26-POINT LEAD IN THE CHASE. JIMMIE JOHNSON KNOWS HOW HARD IT IS TO WIN THE CHASE AND HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO FINISH SECON. THE CHASE STARTED SLOWLY AT JOHNSON BUT A SECOND AT CHARLOTTE AND A THIRD AT ATLANTA WERE SANDWICHED AROUND A THIRD AT HAVE A CHAMPIONSHIP DREEP. — DREAM. THE ROOKIE IN THIRD. IT’S A GOOD OLD-FASHIONED SHOWDOWN IN TEXAS. TODAY SOMEONE WALKS AWAY WITH THE LEAD, AND SOMEONE WILL JUST ♪>>NBC SPORTS, IN NASCAR PREST IN THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP CHAMPIONSHIP FROM THE TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN FORT WORTH. A DAMP DAY IN FORT WORTH, BUT WE ARE GETTING READY TO GO 500 MILES IN THE TEXAS SPEEDWAY. LET’S JOIN ALLEN BESTWICK. . >>>JIMMIE, IF I LISTEN YOU HAV BEST CARS IN PRACTICE.>>AFTER INDY, WE BROUGHT IT HERE, AND THE GUYS IN THE CHOP SHOP WORKED HARD TO GET IT READY. WE HAVE A LOT OFUS.>>YOU TALKED EARLIER ABOUT THIS YEAR’S CHASE FEELING DIFFERENT TO YOU AND YOUR TEAM THAN YEARS PAST. WHY?>>WE ARE BETTER PREPARED. WE HAVE BETTER EQUIPMENT. THE TEAM HAS MORE EXPERIENCE. I HAVE MORE LIKE WE ARE MORE O TOES THAN OUR HEELS. LAST YEAR WE WEREN’T AS STRONG AS MATURE. WE WERE REACTING INSTEAD OF BEING ON OUR TOES AND DRIVING THE SHIP. CONTROL OF THE TEAM AND PERFORMING WELL, SO I’M PROUD OF EVERYBODY.>>THE TRACK CONDITIONS HAVE CHANGED. AND THEN THE RAIN. WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING IN THE OPENING TRACK?>>THE TRACTION SHOULD BE SLICK. I THINK THEREtS WILL BE A LITTL RESIDUE ON THE TRACK, CLEAN THAT UP, AND THEN AFTER THAT HAVE A GREAT RACE. BEFORE WE GO, I WANT TOONTE, GREAT FRIEND.>>66 POINTS OUT. WHAT DOES THAT FEEL LIKE? DOABLE?>>WE’RE ONE OING ABOUT, SO THAT’S A GOOD THING. WE’RE ONE OF THE GUYS THAT WE CAN SNEAK UP AND WIN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP. WE HAVE TWO REALLY GOOD RACETRACKS COMING UP, HERE AND PHOENIX. THEY PLAY IN OUR SUIT. WE’VE RUN WELL HERE AND RUN WELL AT PHOENIX, SO WE’VE GOTLIZE ON WEEKS IF WE’RE GOING TO BE CONTEND DERS.>>. >>THE LAST TWO WEEKS YOU HAVE HAD SOME GOOD FINISHES.>>ANYTHING IS BETTER THAT. BAD LUCK AT CHARLOTTE. IT SEEMS EVERYONE HAS HAD PROBLEMS IN THE RACE OTHER THAN MAYBE THE 17, BUT HE HASN’T RUN AS WELL AS BEFORE. HE IS COMING BACK. THERE WILL BE A LOT OF FACTORS IN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP. WE WILL TRY TO STAY FOCUSED AND WHEREVER WE END UP, THAT WILL BE FINE FOR US. OF COURSE, WE ARE GOING FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP, BUT WE WON’T BE UPSET IF WE DON’T WIN IT.>>IF YOUR CAR GETS DURING PRACTICE, ARE YOU ABLE TO GET AROUND THEM.>>A LOT OF CARS GET A BAD AIR OF PUSH ONTHINK, YOU KNOW, THAT TO WORK OUT IN THE LONG RUN. WE JUST HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE KEEP OUR CAR TURNING WELL ENOUGH TO DO THAT, BUT NOT SO FREE THAT WE GET BACKED UP TRAFFIC AND CAN’T GET OURSELVES BACKED UP E. OUR FEDEX/KINKO’S CHEVROLET, WE FEEL LIKE WE ARE READY.>> THEY HAVE TUNED ON IT AND THEY HOPE THEY HAVE IT ALL GET THE RACE HERE AT TEXAS. TERRY LABONTE WILL RETIRE AFTER THIS RACE. WANTED TO MAKE HIS FINAL RUN IN HIS HOME STATE OF TEXAS. CAREER START 848. HE MADE HIS DEBUT 1978 AT HE F FOURTH. HE IS FOURTH ALL TIME BEHIND. THERE YOU SEE THE TEAM PHOTO. TERRY WILL TURN 50 YEARS OLD ON NOVEMBER 16th, AND AFTER TODAY HE WALKS THE NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES. ♪ THIS IS YOUR LIFE THIS IS YOUR LIFE ♪ THIS IS YOUR LIFE ♪ IS IT EVERYTHING YOU DREAMED IT WOULD BE WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNGER ♪ AND YOU HAD EVERYTHING TO♪ . >>>AN IMPRESSIVE THREE-DECADE CAREER COMING TO AN END TODAY.>>IT HAS BEEN FUN TO BE A PART OF THISTIME. I’VE REALLY ENJOYED EVERY BIT OF IT AND HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO THIS FOR SEVERAL YEARS. THERE ARE A LOT OF GREAT DRIVERS IN HERE THAT I’VE RACED AGAINST OVER THE YEARS. IT’S JUST BEEN A DREAM COME TRUE FOR ME TO BE ABLE TO RUN AS LON LABELED WITH SO MANY MEMORIES THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREER. IS THERE ONE THAT STANDS OUT AS THE MEMORY FOR TERRY LABONTE.>>I THINK THEY ARE ALL IMPORTANT AND STAND OUT, SPECIAL MOMENTS WITH SPECIAL PEOPLE IT. GARY AND I STANDING HERE IN CHAMPIONSHIP LANE. RICK HENDRIX AFTER A RACE WE WON. SO MANY REALLY COOL MEMORIES ON THIS CAR.>>IF YOU TALK TO THE DRIVERS THAT HAVE COME UP AND VISITED YOU, THE SECOND THING THEY WILL SAY IS WHAT ABOUT THE CAR OVER HERE, THIS IS A REAL RACE CAR.>>THAT’S WHAT EVERYONE WANTS TO LOOK AT. THIS IS AHE 1980500 WITH. EVERYBODY SAYS I BET THEY WERE A HANDFUL. THEY WERE A HANDFUL, I CAN TELL YOU THAT. THEY’VE CHANGED A LOT. YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THE SAFETY FEATURES IT DOESN’T HA A LONG W.>>22 NEXTEL CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS. THE TWO A COMING TO AN END HERE TODAY AT TEXAS.>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. CHILLING OUT WITH HIS CREW. YOU HAVE BEEN ALL WEEK, HOW DO YOU FEEL?>>BETTER. I HAVE BEEN PATCHED UP AND ABLE TO GET HERE AND RACE. THE CAR HAS BEEN GREAT AND FAST ALL WEEKEND.’LL TRY TO TOUGHEN IT DONE.>>YOU ARE TRYING TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP. 83 POINTS BACK. HOW DO YOU GET IT DONE?>>TOP FIVES, WINS. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIN HERE NEXT WEEK, PHOENIX AND WE WILL TRY TO TITIES.>>YOU’VE WORN THIS POOR CAR TO DEATH THIS YEAR. WHY DO YOU KEEP BRINGING IT BACK TO THE RACETRACK, BECAUSE IT KEEPS RUNNING SO WELL?>>YEAH, BECAUSE IT KEEPS CONSISTENTLY FINISHING IN THE TOP TEN. WE HAD ONE CAR THAT WAS OUR FAVORITE, WE TOOK IT AND ITRAN GREAT EVERYWHERE. YOU RUN A RISK IN LOSING IT TOTALLY, BUT YOU HAVE TO ROLL THE DIE IN THE COURT.>>YOU SOME CHANGES FOR TODAY?>>WE MADE SOME CHANGES. THE FIRST PRACTICE THE CAR WAS FAST AND IT WAS UNDER CONDITIONS SIMILAR TO THIS. I WOULD LIKE TO RACE TODAY, BUT IF WE HAVE TO BE HERE TOMORROW, WE E THIS RACETRACK, YOUR FIRST CUP WIN AND BUSCH WIN.>>THAT MAKES IT EVEN BETTER.>>THE CUP WENT THROUGHOUT ONE AND TWO, HASN’T IT?>>WE HAVEN’T MOVED IT. WITH THE EXTRA GRIP WITH THESE TEMPERATURES WE’LL HAVE TO SEE. SFWHI DALE EARNHARDT JR.>>THANKS, MARTY. WE’LL SEE HOW IT PLAYS OUT FOR HIM. TERRY LABONTE BOUGHT A TON OF CLASS TO THE NEXTEL CUP SERIES. HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN POPULAR WITH THE DRIVERS AND PRESS. TODAY WE SAY THANKS TO TERRY, GOOD LUCK >>BILL: NBC SPORTS LIVE AT THE TEXAS MOTOR FORT WORTH. THE CHASE FOR THE 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL CUP CHASE. AS YOU CAN SEE, TRYING TO DRY THE TRACK FROM THE RAIN THAT FELL EARLIER. THERE IS MORE RAIN IN THE FORECAST THIS AFTERNOON. BUT RIGHT NOW NASCAR SAYS THE TRACK RACING, BUT WILL BE SHORTLY. IT IS NOT RAINING NOW. THE TRACK IS DRYING OUT. WE ARE GETTING READY TO GO. THE PIT BOYS ARE HARD AT WORK.>>LET’S START WITH THE IMPORTANT STUFF. HOW SWEET IS YOUR WIFE BETWEEN RACE YESTERDAY?>>I’M SORRY, I DIDN’T — >>HOW SWEET IS YOUR WIFE TO BRING YOU PASTA BETWEEN PRACTICE AND RACE YESTERDAY? YOU CAN’T GET YOUR WIFE TO BRING YOU FOOD, THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG. SHE’S STANDING RIGHT THERE.>>YOU’VE GOT GROUND TO MAKE UP. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DO IT, DO ALWAYS DO. RUN OUR RACE AND TRY TO PICK PEOPLE OFF ONE AT A TIME. HOPEFULLY OUR CAR IS GOOD ENOUGH TO DO THAT. IT WAS GOOD YESTERDAY. DIFFERENT CONDITIONS. STAYING ON TOP OF THE CAR WILL BE IMPORTANT. AS THIS TRACK RUBBERS GE A GREA. WE DIDN’T SEE MUCH OF OF A SECOND GROOVE YESTERDAY IN THE BUSCH RACE, AND I THINK WITH THE RAIN AND ALL OF THAT, THAT WILL BE WORSE FOR AWHILE. HOPEFULLY THE SECOND GROOVE WILL GET GOING. WE HAVE TO BE SMART AND TRY TO .>>JEFF, LAST WEEK YOU WERE FRUSTRATED WITH THE LATE FLAG FOR CAUTION. WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST FRUSTRATION ABOUT THAT?>>THAT WE FINISHED 13th. AT THE END OF THCAR. I GOT IT IN THE WALL AND GOT THE FENDER KNOCKED IN. IF I HADN’T DONE THAT. AT THE END OF THE DAY IT FALLS ON MY SHOULDERS. I WAS LATER WE HAD A CHANCE, BUT WE ARE MORE IN CONTROL OF OUR DESTINY THAN OTHER PEOPLE. I DIDN’T DO A GOOD JOB AND LET US DOWN. THAT’S PROBABLY WHAT I WAS MORE FRUSTRATED ABOUT THAN IS THE T HANDLE?>>AS A MILE AND A HALF GOES, YOU COULDN’T GET FURTHER APART. THIS TRACK FROM A GRIP STANDPOINT IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM ATLANTA AND THIS TRACK WAS DIFFERENT THAT’S A GOOD THING. IF THE TRACK WAS THE SAME, IT IT WOULD BE BORING. THIS TRACK HAS ITS OWN PERSONALITY. IT’S OUR JOB TO FIND A WAY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT IT. I FEEL PRETTY GOOD ABOUT IT. I’M NO STRANGER TO STARTING IT’S A CHALLENGE FOR US. WE’RE NOT THE ONLY ONES BACK HERE. I LOVE OUR SPORT BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT’S COMING. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU COME ON A FRIDAY WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON THAT DAY OR THE NEXT DAY. I DID NOT DO A GOOD JOB FRIDAY .>>LIKE A CARBOLOADING QUESTION.>>YOU SET ME UP ON THAT DEAL. IF YOU WANT TO GET INTERVIEWS WITH DRIVERS, YOU SHOULDN’T SET THEM UP. MY WI’T COOK, AND SHE’S STANDING RIGHT THERE. WHEN SHE DOES COOK, IT IS APPRECIATED. AS ALL OF THE HUSBANDS AT HOME FEEL THE SAME, IT IS APPRECIATED, AND ALL OF THE HUSBANDS SHOULDHUG.>>I DID TELL HER THAT WAS THE NICEST WAY FOR A MEAL REQUEST.>>IN OUR HOUSE IT’S MANDATORY. IF I DON’T SPEAK NICE, I DON’T ?>>NO.>>WE BETTER SEND THIS BACK TO YOU.>>KEVIN HARVICK, YOU HAD A TRUF TOUGH RACE THAT DROPPED YOU. A LOT OF PEOPLE LOOK SAY THIS RE AN INCREDIBLE URGENCY. CAN YOU DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT?>>NO. YOU GO ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS AND GO OUT AND RACE AS HARD AS YOU CAN. WE HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO FIND IT IN ATLANTA FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS. IT HAS BEEN PROBABLY OUR GO TO REASON. THAT PART CONCERNS US. WE HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO HIT ON IT, BUT WE’RE PRETTY GOOD HERE AND HAVE HAD SOME GOOD PRACTICE SESSIONS. THE CAR PASS BEEN GOOD IN RACE TRIM AND QUALIFYING TRIM. THINGS. THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO MAKE IT GO FASTER OR SLOWER. YOU GO OUT AND DO ALL OF THE THINGS AND SEE HOW THE CIRCUMSTANCES FALL AT THE END OF THE DAY. IT HAS BEEN A WILD CHASE. EVERYBODY HAS BEEN UP AND DOWN. WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF BAD LUCK IN THE CHASE, BUT WE’RE GOING TO KEEP AT LIKE TO DEAL WITH THE UPS AND DOWNS OF THE CHASE FROM A DRIVER’S PERSPECTIVE? ON MONDAY, WHAT’S IT BEEN LIKE?>>FOR US, PROBABLY A LOT LIKE THE OTHER GUYS IN THE CHASE. WE COME HOME AND TALKRAN. AND USUALLY IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT THERE IS EITHER A CRASH OR A SPINOUT OR WE BROKE A TRANSMISSION OR MOTOR AND HAD ALL KIND OF STUFF GO WRONG. FOR THE MOST PART WE HAVE WOUND. IN THE RACES WE HAVEN’T, WE HAD A LOT OF RACES WHERE WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF TROUBLE. WE’VE DONE A GOOD JOB THIS YEAR OF MAKING OURSELVES, NO MATTER HOW GOOD THE WEEKEND WAS, OR HOW BAD THE WEEKEND WAS, YOU GET IT. YOU TALK ABOUT A ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY IT’S OVER. IT’S HARD NOT TO THINK ABOUT THE GOOD THINGS YOU’VE DONE, BUT THAT’S THE WAY IT HAS TO BE. YOU HAVE TO PERFORM EVEN KEEL WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT.YEAR. WE HAVE WON 13 RACES BETWEEN THE BUSCH CAR AND THE CUP CAR. I THINK JEFF HAS RUN GOOD, WE’VE RUN GOOD AND CLINT HAS RUN GOOD. WE ARE GOING TO KEEP BUILDING AND HAVING AT HARD.>>THIS RACETRACK HAS A REPUTATION FOR BEING TOUGH, DIFFICULT TO GET THROUGHOUT 500 MILES AND GET A GOOD FINISH. WHY?>>IT’S EXTREMELY FAST. THE RACETRACK HAS A LOT OF GRIP. IN ORDER TO GO SOMEWHERE AT THE THROTTLE AND LOW PERCENTAGE OFF THE FLOOR. BUT THE CAR GOES OFF AS YOU GO THROUGH THE RUN, GETS TIGHTER OR LOOSE OR WHATEVER YOUR CAR IS DOING. IT’S A FINE HOW IT CHANGES EACH LAP. IT GETS TIGHTER OR LOOSER OR WHATEVER THE CASE MAY BE. IT HAS TASHG WRIST PARTICULA — CHARACTERISTIC. I WOULD RATHER HAVE A TRACKTHAN TO DRIVE. THIS IS A TOUGH PLACE TO RACE BECAUSE IT’S SO FAST.>>YOU ARE STARTING 21st TODAY. PROSPECTS FOR YOUR TEAM TO GET A TOP FIVE OUT OF THIS AND GAIN GROUND? THEY ARE REALLY GOOD. RACE TRIM WE WERE REALLY HAPPY WITH IT AND HAVE TO MAKE THE RIGHT ADJUSTMENTS IN THE FIRST PART OF THE RACE TO GAIN THAT TRACK POSITION AND START TWEAKING ON IT.>>THANKS FOR THE TIME. I DIDN’TI?>>NO. I’M JUST HANGING OUT. I LIKE IT BETTER IN HERE THAN OUT THERE.>>I DON’T BLAME YOU. THAT’S KEVIN HARVICK.>>TONY STEWART CAME TO HIS SECOND HOME, NOT IN THE RACE CAR, PIT BOX. IT’S FUN TO SPOIL IT.>>I DIDN’T KNOW I SPOILED ANYTHING. ONE OF OUR CLOSEST FRIENDS WAS E TROPHY. IT WAS A HUGE WEEKEND. ALL OF OUR FRIENDS FROM COCA-COLA, BECAUSE OF THEIR HEADQUARTERS IN ATLANTA. I FORGOT ONE OF MY NEWEST SPONSORS, A TAX IDERMY.>>HAVU LATELY?>>I HAVE MY DEER PICKED OUT. I HAVE AN INSIDE CONNECTION THAT GETS ME TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE. I’M EXCITED ABOUT GETTING A GOOD BUCK.>>WILL YOU TAKE TAKE A SHOT AT HIM?>>WALLY IS LIKE A MASS MURDERER. IF IT MOVES, HE SHOOTS. I LIKE TO MAKE STUFF BLOW UP WHEN I SHOOT OUTSIDE. BUT WALLY IS LIKE A JEFFREY DAHMER.>>NO.>>I WOULD SAY BETWEEN HIM AND RICK CHILDRESS, THEY ARE PROBABLY THE TWO BEST HUNTERS. THEY HAVE BEEN THE WORLD.>>I UNDERSTAND IT TOOK TWO TRUCKS TO GET THAT TROPHY HOME. PULL OF IT IN YOUR HALLER AND PART IT DENNY HAMLIN’S HAULER.>>I KNEW IT WASN’T GOING ON THE PLANE. I THINK IT SHOULD GO TO OUR OFFICE IN INDIANAPOLIS WHERE THE RACE FANS CAN SEE IT.>>LET’S TALK ABOUT YOU GETTING TO THE FENCE. DOWN. HOW HAVE YOU LOST THAT WEIGHT?>>LAST TIME I WEIGHED IT WAS 14 POUNDS. I HAVE A TRAINER WHO CAME FROM CHARLOTTE. HE GOES WITH24-7. EVERYBODY GOES WHY DON’T YOU GET A GYM MEMBERSHIP. THE GOOD THING IS THAT WHEN HE IS IN THE BUS, HE IS ALWAYS G. HE MAY STICK A CUT UP APPLE AND JUICE. EATING THREE OR FOUR TIMES IS A LOT MORE HEALTHIER. AND ON THE BUS WE WERE WORKING OUT DOING EXERCISES WHILE WE HAM ACCESSIBLE. THIS WINTER WILL BE HARD, BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO PICK THE PACE UP TWO OR THREE TIMES. HE IS GOING TO GET THESE NEXT THREE RACES OUT OF THE WAY.>>IS IT HARD TO STICK TO THE DISCIPLINE OF A LIFE-STYLE CHAT IT?>>DEFINITELY. NO MORE DONUTS, NO MORE ICE CREAM RIGHT BEFORE BED, MY CHILLY AND SPAGHETTI AND PASTA, AND MY FAVORITE THING IN THE P HAD TO CUT BACK. THERE ARE DAYS HE IS NOT MY FAVORITE PERSON, BUT EVERY DAY I PUT MY UNIFORM ON AND IT IS AN INCH AND A HALF BE AN INCH AND A HALF THE OTHER DIRECTION, IT MAKES ME HAPPIER.>>DOES IT MAKE IT EASIER BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT IN THE RACE?>>ANY TIME YOU CAN GO AND NOT WORRY ABOUT POINTS AND JUS FUN . WE’RE EXCITED BECAUSE THE SEASON IS ABOUT OVER AND WE GET TO GO HUNTING. RAY I SHOULD BE CAUGHT UP NOW.>>SOMETIMES YOU DON’T WANT THE SEASON TO BE OVER WITH. THEY HAVE BEEN ON A ROLL. THREE TOP FIVES AND TWO WINS, THAT’S PRETTY GOOD NUMBERS. MATT?>>KASEY KAHNE WAS ON AND WENT TO VICTORY LANE IN APRIL. HOW TOUGH WERE YOU ON YOURSELF MONDAY MORNING.>>I WAS TOUGH WHEN I WOKE UP AND THEN TOOK THE DAY OFF. TUESDAY WAS A TOUGHER DAY. MONDAY WAS PROBABLY THE TOUGHER DAY LOOK HERE, THE TRACK IS DRYING, AND THE KASEY KAHNE LANE IS ALMOST DRY. WILL YOU BE UP THERE OR ON THE BOTTOM?>>IT’S DO YOU HAVE SAY. THE CARS HAVE SO MUCH GRIP, IT’S THERE. I TRIED IT YESTERDAY. AT TIMES IT WAS DECENT, BUT AT OTHER TIMES IT WASN’T AS GOOD. HOPEFULLY THE DODGE WILL HANDLE GOOD AND WE WILL HAVE A SHOT TO RUN ITANYWHERE.>>AFTER A TOUGH WEEK, HAVE YOU REASSESSED YOUR GOALS?>>TRYING TO CARRY MOMENTUM INTO THE OFF-SEASON. WE WANT TO TRY TO WIN TODAY AND NEXT SUNDAY AND THEN FINISH IT UP STRON WE NEED TO FINISH THESE RACES, FINISH UP FRONT, HAVE SOME FUN. THE CROWD HERE IN TEXAS IS GREAT LIKE ALWAYS. IT IS ONE OF THE FUNNEST PLACES TO COM OPEN-WHEEL RACETRACK STABLE. ARE YOU GOING TO EXPAND NEXT YEAR?>>YES. WE ARE GOING TO RUN MAKING A FEE A STRONGER TEAM THERE. AND THEN WE’RE GOING TO START A FEW MORE TEAMS TEAMS, RUN SOME . I ENJOY IT AND ENJOY GOING TO THE RACES WITH HIM. NOW I’LL HAVE SOME MORE CARS ALSO.>>HE IS THE HIGHEST QUALIFIED DRIVER IN THE RACE. HE IS IN THE TOP FOUR.>>JEFF IS WALKING OVER TO HIS CAR. YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL ME ABOUT THIS CAR?>>WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS RAF FL AND FINALLY GAVE IT AWAY. FAMILY IS HERE TO GET THE KEYS TO THAT BLACK CORVETTE. SHE IS 75 YEARS OLD, NEVER HAD A DRIVER’S LICENSE. SHE IS GOING TO GET AN AWESOME RIDE. CONTRIBUTE TO THE FOUNDATION AND WON AN AWESOME VETTE. WE RAISE A LOT OF MONEY THROUGH THIS FOUNDATION.>>WE’VE REALLY STRUGGLED THE LAST FEW TIMES WE’VE BEEN HERE, BUT I FEEL LIKE OUR TEAM HAS MADE SUCH HUGE STRIDES, THAT IT WILL PAY OFF. IT WASN’T GREAT YESTERDAY, BUT I FEEL LIKE STEVE AND THE AT CHEVY HAVE MADE GOOD CHANGES.>>JEFF GORDON DOES START IN 23rd.>>THANKS. DRIVERS CALLED TO THEIR CARS. WHEN WE COME BACK, WE’LL YOU TRACK SIDE AND GET THE COMMAND. @■@■>>BILL: THE DRIVERS HAVE BEEN CALLED TO THEIR CARS GETTING READY FOR THE COMMAND. HI, BILL WEBBER ALONG WITH BENNIE PARSONS AND WALLAL DALLENBACH. MATH KENSETH STARTS 36th.>>WE TALKED ABOUT HOW THOSE GUYS CAN TURN A BAD SITUATION INTO A GOOD THEY’VE WON FOUR RACES THIS YEAR. THIS WILL BE TRICKY BECAUSE OF THE TRACK, DRYING OUT, A LITTLE GREASE FROM THE JET DRYERS ON THE WILL BE DIFFICULT. IF ANYBODY CAN DO IT, HE CAN DO IT.>>THAT COULD OPEN THE DOOR FOR GUY NUMBER TWO.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON. YOU CAN SEE AND HEAR THE CONFIDENCE IN HIS VOICE. THESE GUYS KNOW THEY HAVE A VERY GOOD RACE CAR AND THEY ARE GOIN FINISHES THE LAST THREE OR FOUR WEEKS.>>THERE ARE 43 DRIVERS AND A VERY TOUGH RACETRACK. SEE HOW IT ALL PLAYS OUT THIS AFTERNOON. THREE TO GO FOR THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL THE COMMAND.>>KRISTEEN LABONTE AS SHE GIVES THE COMMAND.>>DAD, FOR THE LAST TIME, START YOUR GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES!>>BILL: SO THE 43 CARS ROAR TO LIFE ON PIT ROAD. THRE>>BILL: NASCAR NEXTEL CUP RACING FROM THE TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY BANK OF AMERICA, BY FORD, BY NAPA AUTO PARTS, AND BY PROUD SPONSOR OF DALE JARRET’S FORD. WALLY’S WORLD SPONSORED BY STATE FARM. HE KNOWS ABOUT THE RICHITION IN. AND HE KNOWS THAT PEOPLE IN TEXAS LOVE THEIR SPEED RACING. NOW IT’S ALL PAID OFF. WALLY FINALLY GOT A CHEERLEADER IN HIS CAR. ♪ WALLY’S WORLD WALLY’S WORLD ♪♪>>WELCOME MY SPECIAL GUEST. YOU PLAY CHEERLEADER ON “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.” I’M GLAD I DIDN’T EAT BREAKFAST.>>YOU ARE A HIGH SCHOOLRE IN YR EARLY 20s. YOU ARE A LITTLE CHALLENGED, AREN’T YOU?>>I HAVE ENOUGH MATH TO KNOW –>>DID YOU SEE WALLY’S CUP L NO SCRATCHES ON THE SIDE OF YOUR CAR.>>I HAVEN’T EVEN HIT THE WALL YET. I CAN’T HEAR YOU. YOU WANT TO BE CLOSER TO THE WALL? I CAN DO THAT. YOU HAVE BEEN SHOOTING THE SHOW IN TEXAS, LEARNED ABOUT TEXAS FOOTBALL? SNIP I LEARNED THAT EVERYTHING IS BIGGER IN TEXAS.>>THANKS FOR BEING A PART OF WALLY’S WORLD.>>THANKS FOR HAVING ME.>>MOST PEOPLE BRING ME YOU CAN HAVE THIS POM POM.>>ONLY ON FRIDAY NIGHTS.>>”FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS” RIGHT HERE DID YOU HAVE A GOOD TIME, WALLY?>>ALWAYS.>>BUDWEISER, THE OFFICIAL BEER. BUDWEISER CONGRATULATES BRIAN VICKER BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT WHEN WE GET TO THE DAYTONA IN FEBRUARY. HERE IS TODAY’S HARLEY DAVIDSON STARTING GRID. BRIAN VICKERS WITH A NEW RECORD AND ELLIOTT.>>IN ROW TWO.>>ROW THREE. TWO GUYS CHASIN NEXTEL CUP.>>ROW FOUR. CH MARK MARTIN WILL HAVE TO GO TO THE REAR OF THE FIELD BECAUSE HE HAS A BACKUP CAR HE IS STARTING IN TODAY.>>MAKING HIS FINAL START, TWO TIME NEXTEL CUP SERIES TERRY LABONTE. QUALIFIERS MARK MARTIN AND DAVID STREMME WHO DID NOT MAKE IT ARE THE BACK OF THE RACE.>>MATT KENSETH STARTS BACK IN 36th POSITION, SO JOB NUMBER ONE IS TO AVOID TROUBLE. MANY OF THESE RACESRLY CRASH TH CHAMPION DOESN’T WANT ANY PART OF. HE SAID THEY BELIEVE THEY HAVE AN EIGHT CAR, BUT WILL INTEREST HAVE TO THE FIELD.>>MARK MARTIN TOOK A SEVERE ROW AT ATLANTA. BAD LUCK AND FRUSTRATION CARRIED OVER TO TEXAS. HE WAS INVOLVED IN A CRASH IN THE FINAL PRACTICE IN TEXAS AND FORCED TO A BACKUP IS THE SAME RACE CAR HE FINISHED TOP TEN WITH IN THE SPRING. MARK IS CAUTIOUS ABOUT TRYING TO GET BACK TO VICTORY LANE. SOMETHING HE HASN’T DONE IN 2006. HE HAS NEVER WON FROM DEEPER THAN 25th. IF HE CAN PULL IT OFF TODAY, IT WOULD BE HUGE. MARTY?>>KASEY KAHNE TOLD ME HE HAS HAD PROBLEMS LETTING GO OF THE ACCIDENT HE FEELS HE ATLANTA. THEY ARE NINTH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP SUBSTANTIAL, 210 POINTS OUT OF THE LEAD. HE TALKED WITH RAY EVERNHAM THIS WEEK AND RAY SAID YOU NEED TO MOVE ON AND FOCUS ON TEXAS. IT’S THE BEST MEDICINE WE HAV TG THE CAR THEY WON WITH.>>JEFF BURTON HOPES TO BE THE WINNER HERE. THEY ARE NOT IN A POSITION RISK. RISKS THAT IF THEY WORK, PUT YOU FURTHER AHEAD, BUT IF THEY FAIL, PUT YOU OUT OF THE RACE. HE SAID WE MAY TAKE SOME SLIGHT RISKS, BUT WE ARE NOT G RISK AT.>>GO TO THE WEBSITE. IT’S ALL AT NBC SPORTS.COM. THE CARS ARE ON THE WORKING ON PORTIONS OF IT. WE’LL COME BACK AND HOPE ANY PUT>>CLOUDY WITH TEMPERATURES IN THE UPPER 60s. RAIN IN THE FORECAST. RAIN THIS MORNING INTO EARLY AFTERNOON. AS YOU CAN SEE THE CARS ARE ON THE TRACK. THEY ARE TRYING TO HELP THE DRY GROOVE UP THERE. YOU CAN SEE THEM IN SYNCLE FILE. TRYING TO DRY THE RACETRACK.>>THE HEAT OFF THE GENERATORS GENERATES A LOT OF HEAT, SO HAVING THESE 43 CARS PROCESS OF GETTING THIS THING READY.>>AND THEY NEED THIS RACETRACK TO BE DRY WHEN THEY THROW THE GREEN FLAG, BECAUSE, FOLKS, THIS THING IS WICKED FAST.>>HOW FAST?>>FAST, THE FASTEST QUALIFYING LAP OF THE YEAR.>>AVERAGE.>>AVERAGE.>>YOU ARE SMOKING INTO THESE CORNERS OVER 200.>>PROBABLY OVER 205.>>AND THE TOP STARS?>>BROKE THE TRACK RECORD.FAST FAST.>>HERE ARE THE POSITIONS AND THE STARTING POSITIONS. MARVIN AND GORDON MATHEMA THERE. KASEY KAHNE, YOU ARE MATHEMATICALLY IN IT, BUT BEHIN THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CHASE.>>I DON’T SEE HOW THEY COULD PICK UP THAT MANY POINTS ON ALL OF THEM.>>IT’S TOUGH TO DO. A LOT OF THINGS WE WILL BE DO YOU WANT TO TAKE US INSIDE THE HOME DEPOT VIRTUAL GARAGE?>>WE TALK ABOUT THE GROOVE BEING ON THE BOTTOM OF THE RACETRACK, WHAT HAPPENS IS IF YOU ARE IN FRONT OF SOME GUY, ALL HE HAS TO DO IS DRIVE UP BEHIND YOU IN THE THE AIR TAKES THE AIR OFF THE REAR SPOILER AND YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT LOSS FORCE ON THE REAR AND THE DRIVER BEHIND MOVES UP AND TAKES THE POSITION AWAY.>>AND THAT WORKS BUT YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER ONE THING, PAY BACK. THIS TRACK SEATS ABOUT 159,000 PEOPLE PLUS 200 SEATS. THEY ARE PACKED FULL ON THE TA ATLANTA THAT RACETRACK WAS AN ENGINE KILLER. THIS ONE IS NO DIFFERENT. THEY WILL BE TURNING OVER 8,000 RPMs IN THE MIDDLER AN AVERAGE RPMs. FOR AN ENGINE TO DO THAT FOR 500 MILES IS HARD.>>WITH THE TEMPERATURE COOLER, THEY ARE GETTING AWESOME HIGH PRESSURE. LOOKRIVERS TO WATCH AND THEIR BEST TEXAS FINISH. JEFF GORDON HAS NEVER WON HERE, HAS NOT WON AT PHOENIX OR HOMESTEAD. JIMMIE JOHNSON’S BEST WAS HARVI. THOSE ARE TEAM CHEVY DRIVERS TO WATCH THIS AFTERNOON. VICKERS AND SADLER ON THE FRONT ROW. THREE LAPSES TO GO BEFORE WE GO GR GET AHOLD OF JEFF BURTON. JEFF, CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>GOT YOU.>>WHILE THEY ARE SAYING THREE TO GO, THAT MAY BE OPTIMISTIC. WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE FROM WHERE YOU ARE SITTING?>>I THINK EXCEPT THE FRONT STRAIGHTAWAY. IT’S HARD TO TELL. DIFFERENT COLOR ASPHALT. I THINK IF YOU ARE UP HERE, YOU ARE PROBABLY IN TROUBLE ANYWAY. I THINK IT’S PRETTY CLOSE.>>YOU ARE STARTING DOWN ON THE BOTTOM, RIGHT?>> THING TODAY. THE OUTSIDE DIDN’T WORK VERY WELL YESTERDAY. IT MAY TODAY, BUT THIS PLACE IS SO HARD TO PASS ON. YOU GET THAT AIR PUSH SO QUICKLY. WE WILL DO WHAT WE CAN DO. TAKE WHERE WE NEED TO GET.>>HOPEFULLY EVERYBODY ELSE WILL HAVE THAT SAME CONCEPT. GOOD LUCK OUT THERE.>>THANK YOU.>>JEFF STARTS 29th TODAY. OUR THE ZONE DRIVERS. KASEY KAHNE SIX WINS. MATT KENSETH HAS HAD 17 TOP FIVE FINISHES AND OUTSTANDING YEAR FOR JIMMIE JOHNSON.>>SOMETHING ON PIT ROAD. THE TEAMS HAVE BEEN WORKING ON DRYING THEIR PIT SPACES, BUT THE PAVEMENT BEYOND, AND BEYOND THE LINE, A LITTLE DAMP. WITH THE JACK AND AIR WRENCHS AND TIRES, TRYING TO HURRY AND MAKE A SMOOTH STOP. IF SOMEBODY SLIPS, IT COULD COST THEIR DRIVER A LOT OF TIME. THAT’S SOMETHING THESE GUYS WILL BE THINKING ABOUT ON T THEY WILL RUN THE DRYERS DOWN THROUGH HERE AND TRY TO CLEAN IT UP, BUT THAT FOOTING WILL BE SOMETHING TO WATCH FOR.>>YOU ARE COMING OFF THE RACETRACK WITH HOT TIRES. YOU CAN SEE PIT LANE IS ACTUALLY WET. YOU GET DOWN ON PIT LANE, YOUR TO TURN IN YOUR BOX, IT DOESN’T WORK. IT’S SCARY FOR THE PIT GUYS BECAUSE THEIR DRIVERS AND OTHER DRIVERS WILL BE TURNING INTO THEIR BOX WITH WET TIRES.>>SEE IF THEY SIGNAL. THEY ARE GETTING THE ONE TO GO SIGNAL AND THEN A GREEN-YELLOW. WE WILL START THIS RACE UNDER THE YELLOW AND GREEN. THE LAPS WILL COUNT, BUT THE DRIVERS WILL OBVIOUSLY HOLD THEIR POSITIONS.>>I THINKN GOT PREMATURELY GREEN.>>OH, HE’S JUST REHEARSING.>>OH, REHEARSING, ALL RIGHT.>>LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS TRACK. IT LOOKS LIKE ATLANTA AND CHARLOTTE, BUT IT’S VERY DIFFERENT. THEF TURN TWO AND FOUR ARE VERY DIFFERENT.>>YESTERDAY WE WERE EXPLAINING. LIKE IN ATLANTA YOU COULD GO BARRELING OFF TO THE CORNER AT 200 MILES PER HOUR AND YOU HAD THAT BANKING. IT SEEMS LIKE HERE YOU DON’T HAVE THAT BANKING. IT’S REAL QUICK. IT’S NOT AS SECURE WHEN YOU GO FLYING DOWN IN THERE. RIGHT NOW THIS TRACK, ESPECIALLY YESTERDAY, THE GROOVE WAS LIKE ONE AND A HALF LANES. WE’LL SEE THAT IN THIS RACE TODAY. THE GROOVE WILL MOVE UP. ATLANTA THEY WERE UP ON THE TOP IN THE SECOND AND THIRD LAP. YOU WON’T SEE THAT HERE.>>NOW IT’S OFFICIAL. THE GREEN FLAG IN THE AIR HERE AT TEXAS, AND YELLOW. THE DRIVERS HAVE TO HOLD THEIR POSITIONS ON THE RACETRACK. WE CONTINUE TO WORK ON DRYING THE RACETRACK AND PIT ROAD. LET’S GET AN UPDATE FROM DAVE GRID, THE CREWS AND CREW CHIEFS LOOK AT THEM CAREFULLY. THEY ARE EYEBALLING THE OTHER COMPETITORS. SOMETIMES THEY NOTICE SOMETHING AMISS WITH THE CAR. THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED WITH ROBBY GORDON’S CAR. THEY A RIVET IN THE TIRE, WHICH WILL CAUSE IT TO GO FLAT. THEY POINTED THAT OUT TO THE OFFICIALS AND TO CHANGE IT.>>THAT’S A GOOD CATCH.>>AND HE WILL BE ABLE TO START IN HIS NINTH POSITION.>>I’M SURE SOME OF THOSE OTHER FELLOWS APPRECIATE IT. A$15,000, A $10,000 AND PUT ON PROBATION UNTIL THE END OF THE 2006 CALENDAR YEAR FOR ACTIONS DETRIMENTAL TO THE SPORT LAST W. WE OFFERED ROBBY A CHANCE TO DISCUSS THAT WITH US, BUT HE DECLINED. WE ARE HERE AT THE TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY WAITING FOR>>>THE FIELD HAS DOUBLED UP. WE WILL GO FULL BORE GREEN. NEX CHAMPIONSHIP.>>CARL EDWARDS AND HIS TEAM. THIS WAS THE CHATTER ON HIS MOMENT.>>100% CHANCE 6:00 PARTLY CLOUDY AND 80% CHANCE UNTIL 6:00.>>THOSE CLOUDS CAN BE DESCRIBED AS STRATO-CUMULUS.>>RAINING IT WOULD BE CUMULUS NIMBUS.>>HE IS A PILOT, HE SHOULD KNOW.>>HE WATCHES IT A LOT. AND IT MAT ERTS TODAY. — MATTERS TODAY.>>IF IT STAR BE A RAIN CLOUD?>>THAT’S RIGHT. SINCE THIS RACE HAS OFFICIALLY STARTED AND THREE LAPS ARE COMPLETE, JIMMIE JOHNSON IS THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER. MATT KENSETH JIMMIE JOHNSON IS THE LEADER. WAITING FOR THE GREEN FLAG AWAY HERE AT TEXAS. RACE NUMBER EIGHT IN THE RACE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. CHECK OUT KURT BUSCH IN THAT 2 KURT COMES FROM THIRD TO LEAD THE FIRST LAP. GILL LI LAND — GILLILAND SANDWICHED IN THERE. ELLIOTT WORKING BACK TOWARDS THE BACK.>>I THINK RIGHT NOW, ESPECIALLY WITH THE TRACK CONDITIONS, THE BOTTOM IS THE PLACE TO BE. I THINK THAT’S WHERE EVERYBODY NEEDS TO GET RIGHT NOW. IN OTHER WORDS, ELLIOTT SADLERR.>>HE’S TRYING TO FIND A SPOT TO GET DOWN. KASEY KAHNE, HIS TEAMMATE, GAVE HIM A BREAK.>>ON BOARD WITH CASEY. DALE EARNHARDT JR. RIGHT BEHINDN IN THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUPS. THERE YOU SEE THE UPDATED POINTS. A BIG SHIFT EARLY BECAUSE KENSETH HAD TO START 36th. HE HAS WORKED UP TO 32nd.>>WHAT HOME DEPOT GARAGE, EARNHARDT GOT RIGHT ON BACK OF THAT 9 CAR BUMP PER, IT LOOSENED UP CASEY.>>MARTY? TO HIM THIS MORNING. HE SAID WE EXPECT THE SAME RACE TODAY AS ATLANTA. THE CAR, THE SAME ONE WE RAN THERE. THE TIRES, THE SAME. AND FOR MOST OF THAT RACE WE RAN UP FRON CURRENTLY NOW NINTH. BUT IN ATLANTA HIS CAR WAS GOOD AT THE GET-GO AND FELL OFF AT TEN LAPS. WE’LL HAVE TO SEE IF THAT’S THE SAME HERE AT TEXAS. DAVI GIHL L.>>THAT DRIVER HAS A CREW CHIEF. HE TA POSITION. HE FELT CONFIDENT THE WAY DAVE HAS RUN THE TRACKS LAST WEEK. FELT LIKE THEY COULD HOLD THEIR POSITION EARLY ON IN THE RACE.>>AT SIXTH SEVENTH RIGHT THERE.>>A LITTLE LOOSE IN THE CORNER. JR. IS GOING TO TRY TO FOLLOW HIM THROUGH UNDERNEATH. GILLILAND KNOWS HE IS THERE.>>JR. PLAYS WITH THECELERATOR,S AND GETS BACK IN.>>YOU CAN’T RUN THIS RACETRACK FLAT. YOU GO DOWN ON THE CORNER, ROLL OUT OF THE THROTTLE, LET THE CAR ROLL ABOUT TO THE CENTER. THEN YOU START PICKING UP THE GAS AGAIN. AND THEN YOU REALLY HANDLE THE THROTTLE COMING OFF TCORNER.>>DOWN THE BACK STRETCH, JR. FOURTH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP SUBSTANTIAL.>>A COUPLE OF DOWN ON 3 AND 4 THAT YOU GUYS HAVE TO BE CAREFUL ON. WHEN YOU GET ON THOSE BUMPS YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ARE DOING WITH THE STEERING WHEEL AND THROTTLE, BECAUSE IT CAN UPSET THE CAR.>>YOU DEFINITELY DON’T WANT TO IT CAN TURN OVER.>>TEAM HAMILTON BROUGHT THEIR MONEY MAKING CAR. VERY EARLY ON, THE CAR EXTREMELY TIGHT.>>THE 5 CAR OF BUSCH BEING CHALLENGED BY DALE EARNHARDT JR. REPORTING THAT HIS CAR DOESN’T TURN WELL AT THAT SPOT. MARTY?>>THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT THED. JR. DOESN’T LIKE THE BUMP IN 1 AND 2. HE SAID IF YOU ARE FOUR FEET OFF THAT BOTTOM WHITE LINE, YOU WILL HIT THAT. IF YOU ARE BELOW THAT, YOU CAN AVOID THAT BUMP IN 1 AND 2.>>THAT’S A IT WILL MAKE YOUR C.D. JUMP.>>AND I’M SURE HIS A JUMPING RIGHT NOW BECAUSE HE WENT THROUGH IT.>>JR. IN SIXTH. IT STARTING UNDER THE GREEN AND YELLOW. THEN WE GOT THE GREEN FLAG. KURT BUSCH STARTED AT THIRD AND LED THE LAP AND HAS LED ALL OF THEM SINCE WE WENT GREEN FLAG H IN HIS IS>>BILL: NASCAR NEXTEL CUP TO Y BUDWEISER AND PROUD SPONSORS OF DALE EARNHARDT JR. IN THE NUMBER 8 CAR, BY STATE FARM, GREAT SERVICE, GREAT RACE, NOBODY TAKES CARE OF YOU LIKE STATE A MORTGAGE, PROUD SPONSOR OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. FANS WAITED OUT OF THE RAIN TODAY. FIRST LAPS UNDER YELLOW AND THEN KURT BUSCH. MATT KENSETH STARTING AT 36th HAS MOVING FORWARD, BUT THAT PROGRESS HAS SLOWED. ALLEN?>>HE IS NOW RUNNING ON 32 ON T NO GRIP. HIS CAR IS SLIDING AROUND THE RACETRACK. DIDN’T OFFER ANYTHING ELSE OTHER THAN I’M LOOSE, CAN’T TURN IN THE CENTER, THAT WAS THE LAST TRANSMISSION.>>TWO S IS HIS TEAMMATE MARK MARTIN. ZERO LAPS ON THIS RACE CAR THIS WEEKEND. MARK TRYING TO SETTLE IN. CURRENTLY IN 34th POSITION. HE IS TRYING TO ZERO OUT THIS RACE CAR THAT GAVE HIM A TOP TEN FINISH IN THE SPRING.>>JUST BECAUSE YOU PUT THE EXACT SAME SETUP, DOESN’T MEAN THAT CAR WILL FEEL ANYTHING LIKE THE WRECKED. THAT’S WHY EARNHARDT HAS RUN THIS ONE SO MANY TIMES, BECAUSE HE LIKES THE WAY IT WRECKS THE RACETRACK, THE WAY IT FEELS. I’M SURE THEY ARE GOING TO IS HAVE TO MAKE BIG CHANGES WHEN THEY COME IN FOR THE FIRST STOP.>>JEFF GORDON, STARTING 23rd HAS MOVED TO 12. BIFFLE HAS MOVED AS WELL. VICKERS CLOSING IN. THERE’S JR. THE SEVEN SPOT. RIGGS ON THE MOVE, 8.>>THAT THING IS A ROCKET SHIP THE FIRST 10 OR 15 LAPS AND THEN IT ALL STARTS TO DROP E POSITIOM EARNHARDT. WE’LL GIVE YOU THE SPEED AT THE LINE HERE. AGAIN, TOP FOUR CARS HERE BROKE THE RECORD IN TRACK QUALIFYING.>>THE SPEED YOU SEE IS NOT BUT SPEED OF TONY STEWART AT 178 MILES PER HOUR. SO THEY HAVE SLOWED DOWN CONSIDERABLY FROM QUALIFYING, ALMOST 20 MILES PER HOUR.>>BUT STILL PRET DARN FAST, A MILE AND A HALF PER LAP.>>THERE’S JR. TRYING TO CHASE DOWN A CHAMPIONSHIP. WALLY?>>THAT SECOND LANE IS WORKING PRETTY NICELY. COMING DOWN THE THROTTLE, PICKS UP IT A LITTLE. SITS ON THE GAS A LITTLE. AS HE GETS OFF THE CORNER, ACCELERATES HARD. SAME THING ON THE BACK STRETCH. ROLL OUT OF THE THROTTLE. SOMETIMES YOU TOUCH THE BREAK A LITTLE BIT, SOMETIMES YOU DON’T, DEPENDS HANDLES HERE. BACK HARD ON THE THROTTLE. HIS CAR LOOKS LIKE IT’S HANDLING FAIRLY DECENT.>>LET’S SEE THE MILES PER HOUR AS HE GOES INTO TURN ONE. 194 MILES PER HOUR. HE GOES DOWN TO 7400 RPMs IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CORNER.>>THAT’S WHAT THE ENGINE BUILDER DOESN’T WANT HIM TO LOOK AT.>>NO. IT DOESN’T DROP THAT MUCH. IT GOES TO 7400 RPMs, SO YOU ARE NEAR THAT HIGH RPM RANGE ALL OF THE TIME.>>TH 2 CAR IS GOING SOMEWHERE.>>AND THAT’S TO THE FRONT. IN APRIL THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD A CAR THAT COULD HAVE WON, BUT THEY MADE A LOT OF MISTAKES THAT KEPT THEM FROM THE FRONT OF THE TRACK.>>THEY SAID JUST AS GOOD OF A CAR. MAYBE TODAY IS THE DAY RIGGS WILL GET A WIN.>>I TALKED TO RODNEY THIS MORNING AND HE’S OPTIMISTIC. HE DIDN’T SAY MUCH. THEY ARE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT WINNING WHEN THEY DON’T SAY MUCH.>>THEY DON’T WANT TO JINX THINGS.>>EXACTLY.>>EARNHARDT IS GOING TO TRY TO SCOOT UNDERNEATH HERE. THE FINISH LINE. ON BOARD WITH EARNHARDT. HE HAS GOT THAT CAR DOWN LOW.>>IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO WATCH THAT DEVELOP THROUGH THE DAY, IF THATME HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS AS LAST WEEK. KURT BUSCH IS THE LEADER. THEN VICKERS, STEW>>BILL: THE TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN FORT WORTH. EVEN THE MORNING RAIN COULDN’T KEEP THE FANS AWAY. THEY HAVE COME OUT TO WATCH THE RACE CHASE FOR THE 2006 NEXTEL CUP. TERRY LABONTE’S LAST RACE IS TODAY, RETIRING AFTER TODAY. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TERRY LABONTE’S MOMENT. TEXT MESSAGE AND YOU WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP. TERRY LABONTE IN 44. KURT BUSCH IS THE RACE LEADER. TONY TRYING TO TAKE THAT AWAY.>>HE WOULD HAVETTLE LOOSE RIGH. STEWART GETS THE CAR A LITTLE SIDEWAYS. NOT SURE IF HE GOT THE CAR FRONT ON THE APRON. STEWART’S CAR IS WORKING REALLY GOOD THROUGH THE CENTER AND OFF THE HE MAY NOT HAVE A CHANCE TO GET THIS LEAD.>>NASCAR HAS TALKED ABOUT PUTTING OUT A COMPETITION CAUTION AROUND LAP 40. A CAUTION IS NOW OUT ON THE COMPETITION CAUTION HERE AT LAP 40. THE FIRST FOUR LAPS OF THIS RACE WERE RUN UNDER THE YELLOW TO HELP DRY THE TRACK.>>IT’S ABOUT TWICE AS LOOSE GETTING OFF, REAL HIGHS GETTING OFF THE CORNER.>>MATT AFTER STARTING 36th.>>ONE THING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITH HERE IS A LOOSE RACE CAR, GETTING INTO THE CORNER ESPECIALLY. IF YOU ARE LOOSE GETTING IN, YOU WILL BE LOOSE EVERYWHERE ELSE.>> GOING IN THREE IS WHERE IT WILL AFFECT YOU MORE THAN ONE. ALLEN?>>THIS IS A BIG BREAK FOR MATT KENSETH, BECAUSE AT THE RATE THE LEADERS WERE GOING, HE WAS IN DANGER OF GETTING PUT A LAP DOWN. MAYBE IN ANOTHER 20 LAPS OR SO, MATT DANGER OF BEING LAPPED BY THE YELLOW. I LOOK AT THIS AS A GOOD BREAK FOR THE TEAM PLUS AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK ON THE RACE CAR.>>ANOTHER GUY IN TROUBLE WAS MARK MARTIN IN 6 CAR.>>HE WAS FIVE OR SIX POSITIONS BEHIND MATTKENSETH.>>WHEN I POINTED OUT HE DIDN’T QUALIFY AND DROPPED 36th. NASCAR HAS SAID THEY WANT THE CARS TO COME IN SLOW BECAUSE OF THE AT THE PIT ROAD. PACE CAR SPEED 55.>>I DON’T KNOW THAT THESE DRIVERS WILL ADHERE TO THAT EXACTLY RIGHT, BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY SLOWS DOWN, THEY’VE GOT A CHANCE TO PICK UP A POSITION. THEY WILL TRY THEIR BEST.>>PIT ROAD BUSY PLACE. WE HAVE 40 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP. JIMMIE JOHNSON.>>GOING TO BE A FOUR-TIRE CHANGE AND A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT AND WEDGE ADJUSTMENT. JIMMIE SAID THE CAR IS GETTING A LITTLE SNUG ON THE RUN. A FOUR-TIRE CHANGE.>>TONY STEWART SAID THE CAR DIDN’T HAVE THE FEEL IT NEEDED. .>>BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN, BRIAN VICKERS, NO CHASSIS CHANGES FOR BRIAN, FOUR-TIRE CHANGE.>>MARTY?>>KASEY KAHNE SAID THE CAR WAS A LITTLE TOO LIGHT. THE 9 CAR U.>>KURT BUSCH LOST A NUMBER OF POSITIONS IN THAT BALLET DOWN THERE ON PIT ROAD.>>AND HAD TROUBLE WITH THE RIGHT FRONT. I THINK HE HAD A LUG NUT. I SAW A NASCAREY HAD TO GO BACK A LUG NUT.>>NASCAR CELEBRATING SPEED TEAMWORK AND GETTING THINGS DONE INSTANTLY. UNDER CASHES HERETEXAS.>>FROM FORT WORTH, LANCE HANNAH — HANNA, HANGS IT ON THERE FOR DA>>>COMING TO GET THE GREEN.>>LET’S TALK ABOUT THE PIT STOP FOR KURT BUSCH. A TIRE. BUT THE NASCAR OFFICIAL SAYS WAIT A MINUTE, WAIT A MINUTE, YOU’VE GOT A LUG NUT OFF. DAVE COMES BACK AROUND AND SAYS TO THE TIRE CHANGER, COME ON BACK AND TIGHTEN THIS 24.8 SEC.>>HE DIDN’T HAVE TO DO THAT. ALL HE HAD TO DO WAS THREAD THAT ON BY HAND AND GO.>>I’M SURE HE APPRECIATES HE DID HIT IT WITH THE AIR WERE COMPLAINING THEY DIDN’T TIGHTEN IT IN THE BUSCH RACE. YOU DRIVERS.>>ROBBY GORDON. SIXTH. MICHAEL WALTRIP IS DOWN.>>CHECK IS FIFTH. JEFF GORDON HAS WORKED UP BEHIND HIS TEAMMATE JIMMIE JOHNSON.>>KASEY KAHNE, A LITTLE LOOSE OFF OF 2. HE’S GOING TO SPOT.>>VICKERS COULD NOT GET DOWN IN TIME. NOW HE’S GOING TO LOSE A COUPLE MORE SPOTS. THE WAY THE TRACK IS, IF YOU GET TO TSIDE, EVERYBODY IS LINED UP AND WILL GET YOUR SPOT.>>25, VICKERS.>>THAT WILL MAKE RICK ABOUT AS NERVOUS AS ANYTHING, SEEING THOSE THREE CARS RUNNING SIDE BY SIDE. MAKE HIM MORE NERVOUS WAS IF IT WAS THE LAST LAP AND HE WERE RUNNING THAT WAY.>>BEHIND VICKERS.>>HE HAD A LOT OF MOMENTUM AND HAD TO GET OUT OF THE THROTTLE. DAVE, YOU GOT SOMETHING ON ROBBY GORDON.>>SLIGHT IMPROVEMENT. A LITTLE AIR PRESSURE IN THE LEFT REAR TO HELP HIM TURN. HIS ONLY COMPLAINT WAS THAT IT WAS A SLIGHT BIT TIGHT IN THAT RUN.>>THAT’S ABOUT PERFECT HERE. THAT’S WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING IT .>>IF IT’S GOING TO BE SOMETHING, YOU WANT IT TO BE A LITTLE TIGHT.>>YOU CAN CONTROL THAT THE WAY YOU WORK THE THROTTLE. THE CAR IS LOOSE BY ITSELF. YOU SEE THE 25 AGAIN GETSUP, TH EARNHARDT JR. IF SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS WHERE A CAR GETS BEHIND YOU, IT’S TOUGH TO DRIVE THAT WAY ON THIS RACETRACK.>>41 CAR IS ON THE LEAD LAP. TERRY LABONTE WAS T LUCKY DOG.>>LET’S TALK ABOUT MATT KENSETH. WAY BACK. THIS WAS THE COMMUNICATION FROM MATT TO HIS CREW CHIEF JUST BEFORE THE PIT STOP, TRYING TO DESCRIBE WHAT HIS CAR IS DOING IN THE OPENING RUN OF RACE.>>SORT OF LIVABLE, ABOUT TWICE AS LOOSE GETTING OFF, REAL LOOSE GETTING OFF. NEED GRIP DESPERATELY. MORE THA BUSCH.>>MATT WITH A VERY DESCRIPTIVE MONOLOGUE THERE TO HIS CREW CHIEF. WHAT HE DID TO COUNTER THAT, THEY DROPPED THE AIR PRESS SMUR URE PRESSURE IN BOTH THE RIGHT SIDE TIRES.>>I’M GLAD ROBBY UNDERSTOOD IT, BECAUSE I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND.>>THEY ARE BOTH FROM WISCONSIN AND KNOW EACH OTHER FAIRLY A G TOUGH FEW WEEKS, MARK MARTIN.>>TWO SPOTS BACK WAS TEAMMATE MATT KENSETH RUNNING IN THE 32rd POSITION BEFORE THE COMPETITION MARK. HE SAID WE ARE NOT IN GOODS LOO. THEY MADE AN AIR PRESSURE CHANGE. WHILE WE TOUCHED ON IT, WE’VE SEEN SOME BAD WEEKS FOR MARK MARTIN. THIS IS MORE OF AN OLDER STYLE RACE CAR. FOR THE ROUGH WEEKS THEY HAVE HAD IN THE CHASE.>>ONCE YOU GET BEHIND, IT’S HARD TO CATCH UP AT THE SHOP. THOSE GUYS WORK HARD AT IT.>>KURT BUSCH IS IN THE 9th SPOT, PICKED UP POSITIONS. CHASER DENNY HAMLIN IS BEHIND 11, IN 12th. KYLE BUSCH IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIS 5. RIGGS LOOKING AT THE OUTSIDE.>>YOU GET SUCH A GOOD RUN OFF THE CORNERS WHEN YOU ARE RUNNING ON THE HIGH SIDE. YOU SEE SCOTT ON THE HIGH SIDE. NORMALLY THIS IS WHERE THE GUY ON THE BOTTOM WILL PULL AW THE BECAUSE HE WAS A LITTLE — NO. COMES BACK.>>KURT IS PROBABLY PRETTY INSPIRED AFTER THAT PIT STOT.>>IT LOOKS LIKE THE 2 CAR HAS FOR IT TO COME OFF A CORNER BEHIND A GUY AND PULL UP EVEN IS HIGH PRESSURE. HORSEPOWER.>>BILL: TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ACCOMMODATES ABOUT A LOT OF THEM CAME OUT IN SPITE OF THE RAIN. THE PLACE IS NEARLY FULL. TONY STEWART, HIS BEST FINISH, THIS PAST APRIL, WAS SIXTH A H TONY STEWART IN 2006. HE WON IN THE SPRING AND FINISHED SECOND IN THE NASCAR BUSCH SERIES RACE. THEY WON IN ATLANTA AND IT LOOKS LIKE THE CAR IS SHOWING THE S MARTY?>>HIS GOOD FRIEND KASEY KAHNE IS RIGHT BEHIND IN SECOND PLACE. WE TALKED BEFORE THE RACE ABOUT KASEY CAUSING THE ACCIDENT THAT HE FEELS TOOK HIM OUT OF CHAMPIONSHIP CONAD A CONVERSATI WITH HIM, AND HERE’S WHAT HE SAID.>>DON’T BE SO HARD ON HIMSELF, THAT KIND OF STUFF. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS. YOU WANT TO BE HARD ON YOURSELF. YOU HAVE TO BE. THERE IS NOT A LOT OF ROOM FOR MISTAKES, NOT A LOT OF ROOM FOR ANY OF THAT. ON, AND NOW WE ARE AT TEXAS AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN HAVE A GOOD RUN HERE.>>HIS BIGGEST ISSUE IS A CAR THAT’S A LITTLE TIGHT. HIS BIGGEST PROBLEM IS THE SHOE IS STICKING TO THE THROTTLE. THEY ARE TRYING TO TO MAKE THAT NOT HAPPEN ANYMORE.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON THIRD. ON THE PIT STOP THEY ADDED A PIECE OF TAPE TO THE NOSE OF THE CAR, TRYING TO GET ADDED DOWN FORCE, AND THE TEMPERATURES ALLOTHAT.>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. HAS BEEN BATTLING THE FLU FOR MOST OF THE WEEK. TODAY HE IS OVER IT, BUT FEELING ACHY AND SORE. HE IS IN FOURTH. ON THE RUN BEFORE THIS, WHEN THEY WERE A LITTLE TOO TIGHT, HE SAID MUCH BETTER, A LITTLE TOO LOOSE GETTING INTO THE CORNER.>>JEFF GORDON HAS 75 CAREER WINS, AN IMPRESSIVE RESUME. HE HAS GONE TO CAREER LANE JUST ABOUT EVERY PLACE TEXAS, PHOENIX AND HOMESTEAD. HE’S NOT BOTHERED BY IT, IN FACT, MORE MOTIVATED BY IT.>>I WANT TO WIN THE RACE. THERE ARE THREE I HAVEN’T WON A RACE, AND I FEEL LIKE WE CAN. FEEL GREAT ABOUT A LOT OF PLACES WE GO TO, SOME MORE THAN OTHERS. BUT I FEEL LIKE OUR PROGRAM IS STRONG. I ALMOST FEEL BETTER ABOUT TEXAS RIGHT NOW THAN PHOENIX. I FEEL LIKE WE’RE GOING TO BE A LOT BETTER AT PHOENIX THAN SUMMER.>>JEFF GORDON, WON IN ATLANTA. HE DIDN’T MAKE ANY CHANGES AND NOW HE FEELS LIKE HE’S PLAYING THE PRICE.>>SCOTT RIGGS PICKED UP SIX THS MAINTAINED THAT. RIGGS FEELING LIKE IT’S A GOOD AFTERNOON.>>KYLE BUSCH’S FIRST RACE WATTS IN 2005, BUT HE TRIED TO MAKE IT IN 2006 AND TRYING TO REBOUND. THE TEAM CALLS THIS A WEAK TRACK FOR THEM.>>HERE’S A GUY MOVING IN THE FIRST PART OF THE RACE, THAT’S MARTIN TRUEX JR. THE OPENING RUN THAT AFTER THE PIT STOP I HAD TO ASK HIS CREW TO BE SURE THEY TOOK FOUR TIRES ON THEIR STOP. THEY DID.>>ROBBY GORDON QU DONE BETTER IF I COULD HAVE HELD MY BREATH A LITTLE LONGER. BELIEVE ME, RACING 500 MILES IS NO BETTER EITHER. VICKERS GOT PASSED AT THE RESTART AND HAS MOVED SECOND TO TENTH. EDWARDS IS HAVING AN UNUSUAL VIBRATION. TRYING TO TRACK IT, BUT RIGHT NOW THEY CAN’T TELL. IT MAY JUST BE THE TIRES.>>KUR LOST THE RACE LEAD AFTER THE LUG NUT PROBLEM. BUT AFTER GAINING A FEW SPOTS, HE HAS SLIPPED BACK TO 12th. KURT KNEW HIS CAR WOULD BE BETTER OUT IN FRONT, BUT HE DOESN’T HAVE NOW.>>BOWYER WAS EXCITED TO GET TO TEXAS BECAUSE HE WAS EXCITED TO DRIVE THIS CAR. HE WENT TO KANSAS AND WAS LEADING HIS HOMETOWN RACE AND WRECKED THE CAR. SINCE THEN HE SAID THE CAR HAS BEEN IN INTENSIVE CLIP, NEW RIGHT SIDE BUT IT’S BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER. CURRENTLY IN 13th.>>AT 11 IS DENNY HAMLIN. HE SAID THE CAR WAS COMFORTABLE AND CONSISTENT. WITH THE CHANGE IN THE WEATHER, NOW HE SAID THE CAR IS EXIT. THEY MADE AN AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT. THE CAR DOESN’T SEEM TO HAVE THE SPEED. CURRENTLY RUNNING IN THE 14th SPOT.>>MAT, SINCE THE RESTART DAVID GILLILAND HASN’T MOVED FORWARD OR BACK. HE TOLD STRUGGLED BEFORE LIKE THIS, EVER IN A RACER CAR, BUT I’VE NEVER BEEN IN SUCH A COMPETITIVE RACING SERIES, EITHER. THE ROOKIE DOING WELL. JEFF BURTON NOT HAPPY WITH HIS RACE CAR. WOULDN’T TURN WELL BEFORE THE WELL. HE HAS MOVED FORWARD TO 16th, BUT HE’S NOT HAPPY.>>HARVICK LOOKING FOR THE SWEEP FOR THE 2006 SEASON. THEY HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO. CAR BEING EXTREMELY TIGHT. THEY PULLED THE SPRING RUBBER AND A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT, AND THAT HAS NOT SEEMED TO HELP.>>THINGS APPEAR TO BE MOVING FORWARD FOR MATT KENSETH. HE HAS MOVED UP SEVEN SPOTS. TO. AND AN ADJUSTMENT WHERE HE’S DRIVING ON THE RACETRACK. KEVIN USING THE HIGHER LINE.>>IT’S JUST A HANDFUL FOR MS C IS SO HARD TO DRIVE. HE TOLD THEM THEY NEED TO TAKE A BIG SWING AT THAT TIME WHEN THEY HIT PIT ROAD NEXT TIME.>>THE TOP 17. REED SORENSON RUNS 20. TONY STEWART KNOCKS RYAN NEWMAN ONE LAP DOWN.BACK-TO-BACK WINS HAS RUN WELL AT TEXAS.>>>”HEROES” HEAD OF THE SEASON. CHECK IT OUT YOURSELF TOMORROW NIGHT AT 8:00 CENTRAL ON NBC. BIG NIGHT OF TV ON NBC.LEADER, ABOUT TO PUT DALE JARRETT A LAP DOWN. THERE HAVE BEEN SOME CLOSE CALLS ON THE RACETRACKS. BRIAN VICKERS HAD ONE, TOO CHOSE.>>COMING OFF TURN FOUR, COMES UP AND JUST BRUSHES THE SLIGHTL.>>ON BOARD WITH DENNY HAMLIN, ONE OF OUR CHASERS.>>THIS WALL WILL JUMP OUT AT YOU. YOU LOOK UP AND THINK I HAVE PLENTY OF ROOM, AND NEXT THINGK SIDE WINDOW. IT COMES AT YOU FAST.>>KIND OF LIKE YOU WERE DOING IN WALLY’S WORLD.>>DOWN IN THE TRUCK, CUE THE AFLAC TRIVIA QUESTION.>>WHO WAS THE . >>>>DALE JR.>>EVERYBODY OUGHT TO KNOW THAT.>>GOT HIS FIRST WIN HERE IN 2000. THAT WAS JUST HIS 12th START. OUR AFLAC TRIVIA QUESTION. ON BOARD STEWART. RIGGS IS FIFTH. KYLE BUSCH, CARD EDWARDS. — CAR ROBBY GORDON ROUNDING OUT THE TOP TEN.>>CARL EDWARDS HAS PICKED HIS WAY THROUGH THE FIELD.>>YOU EXPECT THE OTHER THERE, S THE ONLY ONE I’VE ARE SEEN. >>I SEE HE HAS FALLEN BACK ABOUT 11 SECONDS BEHIND TONY STEWARTED 14th AND SO HE HAS PASSED FIVE CARS. THAT’S GOOD NEWS BECAUSE YESTERDAY HE HAD TO MAKE AN EARLY PIT STOP AND WAS NEVER ABLE TO RECOVER AND GET INTO THE FRONT RUNNING GROUP BECAUSE OF TRACK POSITION. DIFFERENTLY, BUT AT THE SAME TIME IT’S DO YOU HAVE PASS WHEN YOU ARE IN A PACK OF CARS. TODAY, 99 CAN DO IT.>>THERE’S TONY STEWART, THE RACE LEADER, AND LOOK WHO’S’ RIGHT BEHIND HIM, MARK MARTIN. THAT IS NOT SECOND-PLAONE LAP D. INVOLVED IN A CRASH YESTERDAY WITH TONY RAINES.>>WHEN THEY THREW THE FLAG, THAT WAS HIS FIRST LAPTHE RACE .>> JEFF BURTON, THE MAN WHO JUST A COUPLE WEEKS AGO WAS LEADING THE CHAMPIONSHIP SUBSTANTIAL.>>YOU COULD HEAR WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE HE HIT THE WALL ON THAT ONE. I BELIEVE A RIGHT FRONT TIRE BLEW. EXPLODE.>>YOU WERE TALKING TO THESE GUYS IN THE GARAGE. THERE WAS SOME CONCERN ABOUT RIGHT FRONTS HERE?>>A LOT OF CONCERNS. IN THE TRUCK SERIES, A LOT OF GUYS BLEW RIGHT FRONT TIRES IN TU WORKING TO KEEP THESE TIRES AS COOL AS POSSIBLE, RUNNING HOSES AND BLOWERS TO BLOW COOL AIR ON IT.>>BECAUSE THEY ARE RUNNING A LOT OF CAMBER?>>THEY ARE NOT RUNNING POSITIVE CAMBER, BUT THE TIRE IT SUCKS THAT TIRE IN. IT’S A FINE LINE BETWEEN HAVING IT SUCKED IN TOO FAR.>>BILL HAD JUST RADIOED TO HIS CREW STOP. WHEN THEY SAID 20, HE SAID WE’LL NEVER MAKE IT.>>THIS IS HEARTBREAKING FOR JEFF BURTON. TOOK OVER THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD, AND NOW HEADED TO THE GARAGE.>>IF YOU ARE GOING RACETRACK T THIS IS THE BEST PLACE. HE JUST GLAZED OFF THE WALL. IF HE WOULD HAVE BLOWN THAT TIRE INTO TURN ONE OR THREE, HE WOULD HAVE HIT A TON.>>THEY WOULDN’T HAVE FIGURED ABOUT FIXING IT. THEY WOULD HAVEAWAY.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON BOTTOM LEFT. LOOKING FOR A LITTLE GRIP. HE’S ALREADY GONE.>>TONY STEWART IS IN THE CARD. IT TOOK HIM 15 LAPS TO COME IN. HE SAID PUT THEM ON, BOYS. THAT’S WHAT THEY BY HOME DEPOT.>>KASEY KAHNE IN THE MIDDLE, A LITTLE SLOWER STOP. HE SAID THE CAR WAS A LITTLE TOO TIGHT, BUT HE COULDN’T STAND TO BE ANY TIGHTER IN THE FRONT END, SO UP A HALF A ROUND.>>THANK YOU, YOU HEARD THE ROAR, TONY STEWART WON THE RACE OFF OF PIT ROAD, BUT WINNING A COUPLE SPOTS, GETS TO SECOND. SEEING HIS CHAMPIONSHIP HOMES>>BILL: STILL UNDER CAUTION AT THE TEXAS SPEEDWAY. HERE IS OUR PIT SUMMARY. OUR CRAFTSMAN PIT SUMMARY. NOT ON THERE IS DALE EARNHARDT JR. WHO CAME OUT SECOND.>>A HARD HIT FOR JEFF SAID HOW. THEY SAID 20 LAPS. I SAID WE’LL NEVER GET THAT FAR. IT BLEW OUT. AS SOON AS WE PUT THAT SET ON, IT NEVER FELT RIGHT. YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE WEAR O WELL AS THE INSIDE. I DON’T THINK IT WAS ANYTHING WE DID WRONG. WE JUST GOT THE LUCKY TIRE.>>THIS WILL BE A HUGE HIT, JEFF.>>THIS PRETTY MUCH DOES IT FOR US, UNFORTUNATELY. WE’LL KEEP FIGHTING AND GET ALL WE RACING, I CAN ASSURE YOU OF THAT. BUT THIS MAKES IT — I WON’T SAY IMPOSSIBLE, BUT PRETTY CLOSE TO IT.>>THANKS, JEFF.>>JEFF BURTON. I AM DELIGHTED TO HEAR THAT IT WAS A SITUATION WITH THAT HE RUN OR SOMETHING OR WHATEVER AND THE TIRE BLEW OUT.>>MARK MARTIN WAS THE LUCKY DOG, SO HE GETS TO COME BACK AROUND. DENNY HAMLIN, RUNNING IN THE 14th SPOT EQUIPMENT FROM HIS PIT STALL. WE ARE TOLD IT WAS A WEDGE WRENCH AND PERHAPS A FUEL CAN. HE IS AT THE TAIL END.>>HE TOOK EVERYTHING.>>ELLIOTT SADLER HAS A ONE-LAP PENALTY SO HE IS BACK IN 34th.>>STEWART. KYLE BUSCH RUNS IN 13th. DENNY HAMLIN 32nd. OUR TEN DRIVERS IN CASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP.>>HOW ABOUT THE STOP FOR DALE EARNHARDT JR. AND HIS GUYS. 11.9, GAINED TWO SPOT. JR. STILL NOT FEELING WELL, ASKED THE TRUE TO GET HIM MEDICATION. HE SAID HE BUNCH OF HEARTBURN. HE SAID HE DRANK SO MUCH GATORADE THAT IT’S GIVING ME HEARTBURN, PLUS SORE FROM HAVING THE FLU ALL WEEK.>>PLUS THE PIT STOP.>>IF GET AROUND TONY STEWART, FIVE BONUS POINTS WILL MAKE HIM FEEL EVEN BETTER. GREEN FLAG.ts>>LOOK AT TONY STEWART JUST DRIVE AWAY FROM THEM. JR. AND JOHNSON TRYING TO CLEAR THE LAP TRAFFIC.>>THE 4 CAR SLID TO THE HIGH SIDE WHICH IS WHERE THE GUYS ON THE LEAD LAP WERE.>>WANT TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT Y IS GOING?>>NO. I BRAGGED AND SAID HOW WELL HE HAD BEEN DOING AND TWO LAPS LATER HE WAS COMING DOWN PIT ROAD WITH A RIGHT FRONT WHEEL BEARING BAD.>>DID YOU SEE THOSE GUYS THIS HIM AND HE LOOKED UP AT ME AND SMILED. THAT’S ALL HE COULD DO.>>TRUEX IN THE FIFTH SPOT. THAT’S FOR FOURTH. KASEY KAHNE ON THE INSIDE OF THE 9 CAR.>>THAT WORKS ON A LOT OF GUYS,. MARTY?>>HE HAS AN INTERESTING DILEMMA. A LOT OF TIME DRIVERS ARE OUT HERE AND THEIR SHOES GET WET. KASEY DIDN’T DO HIS SHOE IS STICKING TO THE THROTTLE. THEY WERE GOING TO HAND HIM SOME BREAK FLUID, BUT DECIDED THAT MAY MAKE IT IT TOO EFF GORDON C POWER HE WANTS ON EXIT. THE TRAFFIC WASN’T AN ISSUE EARLIER, BUT IT SURE SEEMS LIKE IT NOW.>>KEEP AN EYE ON MATT KENSETH FOR A SECOND. HE HAD A LITTLE PROBOW SAYS HE HAS A FLAT REAR TIRE.>>KEEP AN EYE ON 17.>>THE PROBLEM IS HE’S ON THE HIGH SIDE, NOT ABLE TO GET SLOWED DOWN TO GET INTO PIT LANE THAT LAP. IT’S ONE OF THE REARS. NOT A LEFT REAR.>>HE’S STILL TRYING TO FEEL IT OUT AND MAKE SURE THAT’S WHAT HE THINKS IT IS.>>HE IS STILL GOING PRETTY OUT.>>DOESN’T WANT TO LOSE ALL THOSE POSITIONS.>>SEE THE CAR WIGGLING? DEFINITELY NOT COMFORTABLE.>>HARD TO SEE THE RIGHT REAR TIRE. HE THOUGHT IT WAS THE LEFT REAR THE LEFT REAR. WHAT DO YOU DO? TRY AND TIPTOE AT 175 MILES PER HOUR?>>YOU GO TO THREE-QUARTER AND TRY TO FEEL IT OUT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE CONVINCED YOURSELF WITH THAT CAR. THE LAST THING A GUY WANTS TO DO IS COME IN AND BE WRONG, BECAUSE YOU’VE BASICALLY HANDED THE RAILS AWAY. RIGHT NOW HE’S STILL FLYING, BUT HE BACKED OFF ENOUGH TO TRY TO GET A GOOD FEEL FOR IT. IF HE FEELS LIKE, WELL, IT’S NOT A TIRE GOING DOWN, HE MAY GET CONFIDENCE IN THE CAR AND PICK IT BACK UP. BUT AT THIS POINT IN TIME HE’S TRYING TO FEEL IT OUT.>>WE WILL KNOW SOON IF ONE OF THOSE TIRES IS GOINGNSETH THAT 29th IN THE RUNNING ORDER. BACK THIS WITH HAMLIN AND MARTIN. CARL EDWARDS AND KURT BUSCH.>>KURT BUSCH GETTING ON THE BOTTOM OF CARL EDWARDS.>>WATCHING CARL TODAY, DAVE?>>HAD A LITTLE TROUBLE GETTING OUT OF HIS PIT BOX. THEY SPOKE TO THE 38 TEAM. THEY THINK THEY MAY HAUT FOR TH TRYING TO MAKE UP GROUND AGAIN.>>MATT KENSETH HAS LOST ANOTHER SPOT. THERE’S THE RACE LEADER, TONY STEWART LEADING TWO SECONDS OVER>>BILL: NASCAR NEXTEL CUP RACING IS BROUGHT TO YOU CARQUEST, BY THE NEW GILLETTE FUSION, BY HOME DEPOT HOME IMPROVEMENT WEEK, GO TO 7 PROJECTS, SEVEN DAYS.COM. TONY STEWART HAS A PROJECT ON HIS HANDS, TRYING TO HAMMER TOGETHER BACK-TO-BACK MOVED UP FIVE LAPS. HE MOVED UP, AND HE’S STILL THE FASTEST CAR ON THE HIM.>>HE IS JUST SEARCHING TO SEE IF HE CAN MAKE THAT ALREADY GREAT RACE CAR BETTER. HE WAS SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION ABOUT FIVE LAPS AGO. HE SAID DO YOU HAVE A FOOTBALL SCORE FOR ME. COACH GIBBS WON. HE SAID COME BACK. HE SAID COACH GIBBS WON. HE SAID GOOD, THE BOSS WILL BE HAPPY NEXT WEEK.>>BRIAN VICKERS HAS HAD HIS HANDS FULL OCCASIONS TODAY.>>THERE HE IS ON THE BOTTOM. HE GETS SIDEWAYS RIGHT HERE AND HE STAYS SIDEWAYS FOREVER. THIS IS ALL AT 170, 180 MILES PER HOUR. THAT WAS A BEAUTIFUL AGREE. HE FINALLY GETS STRAIGHTENED UP ABOUT HALFWAY DOWN THE BACK STRETCH.>>HIS COMMENTS WERE, HOLY COW, I WAS LOOKING OUT THE RIGHT SIDE WINDOW.>>NOT A GOOD THING, NO. PASSENGERS ALWAYS LOOK OUT THE RIGHT SIDE WINDOW.>>SIX SPOT THERE. CLINT TAKES THE SPOT SAY SOMETH VOYEUR WINNING THE TRUCK RACE HERE IF YOU WANT.>>WENT TO VICTORY LANE ON FRIDAY. THIS IS FOR SECOND. DALE EARNHARDT JR. HAS IT. JIMMIE JOHNSON IS GOING TO TRY AND TAKE IT AWA THESE GUYS ARE ABOUT FOUR SECONDS BEHIND RACE LEADER TONY STEWART. THEY MUST HAVE ADJUSTED ON JR.’S CAR QUITE A BIT, BECAUSE HE HAS RUN.>>THESE GUYS HAVE SWITCHED EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THEM. JIMMIE JOHNSON USUALLY RUNS ON THE BOTTOM OF THE RACETRACK. JR. RUNS ON TOP. IT’S REVERSED TODAY. WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE WORLD?>>JOHNSON TRYING TO TAKE THE S STEWART. JIMMIE’S GOT IT FOR NOW. THE LAST THREE WEEKS EVERYTHING HAS BEEN GOING JIMMIE JOHNSON’S WAY. HE KNOWS HE ON HIS SIDE.>>FEEL MOMENTUM. WE HAVE HAD THE SPEED. A LOT OF CRAZY THINGS HAVE GONE ON. NOW THERE IS A FIVE, SIX, SEVEN-CAR SHOOTOUT FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. I’M GLAD TO BE IN THIS POSIT I’ TEAM PUTTING ME IN THIS POSITION EVERY YEAR I’VE BEEN IN THIS SPORT.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON TALKED ABOUT WHEN HE GOT HERE THIS WEEKEND THAT EARLIER THIS WEEK HE HAD A DREAM ABOUT BEING A CHAMPION. HE SAID IN THE PAST YEARS HE THINGS THAT COULD GO WRONG IN TRYING TO WIN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP. HE SAID THIS YEAR HE DREAMED ABOUT EVERYTHING POSITIVE AND SO FAR HE’S LOOKING GOOD.>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. HAS FALLEN BACK TO FOURTH. THEYHIM. THEY SAID THE OTHER FAST CARS ARE RUNNING ABOUT A LANE HIGHER ON YOU ARE. JR. SAID I KNOW THEY ARE. I CAN’T RUN UP THERE. I KNOW THEY’RE FASTER. IF I COULD RUN UP THERE,STUCK O ALL DAY LONG. YOU ARE EXACTLY RIGHT.>>YOU HAVE TO GO SOMETIMES WHERE THE CAR TELLS YOU TO GO. YOU SAW STEWART — I THINK STEWART WAS PROBABLY SEARCHING BECAUSE HE IS BORED. BUT THESE OTHER GUYS ARE FOR GRIP.>>180 MILES PER HOUR. THE SUN’S COMING OUT AT THE TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY. RIGHT NOW IT’S SHINING ON TONY STEWART IN>>>HERE’S TODAY’S WRANGLER FIVE-STAR FINISH. UNVEILED TERR PAINT SCHEME FOR HIS FINAL RACE TODAY. OUR WRANGLER FIVE-STAR FINISH. THE LAST FINISH FOR TERRY LABONTE IN HIS CAREER. TONY STEWART JUST PUT HIM TWO LAPS DOWN, NOT THE KIND OF DAY HE HOPED FOR.>>HE HAS BEEN FIGHTING A LOOSE CONDITION. THEY’VE TRIED SEVERAL ADJUSTMENTS. RICK PULLED ME ASIDE WHEN HE WA BATTLE OF SECOND. HE SAID I GAVE TERRY A DIE CAST, JOKING AROUND. THEY SAID SERIOUSLY, IT IS YOURS.>>PITY ANYBODY WHO PUTS A TIRE MARK ON THAT CAR BECAUSE THAT CAR IS HEAD TO TERRY’S OWN MUSEUM.>>WOW, VERY GENEROUS.>>THEY ARE 5.3 SECONDS BEHIND THE 20 CAR. TERRY LABONTE, WE LOOK AT THE RESULTS FROM OUR CINGULAR RACE TALK QUESTION.>>THERE WAS WHEN EARNHARDT WON.>>INVOLVING TERRY LABONTE.>>THERE’S MATT KENSETH IN THAT 17 CAR. HOW IS IT GOING NOW, ALLEN?>>THE TENSION LEVEL IS A LITTL WHEN HE THOUGHT HE HAD A FLAT TIRE. HE HAD FALLEN BACK AS FAR AS 30th PLACE. HE HAS MOVED UP TO 21st. HE CALLED IN A LAP AND A HALF AGO AND SAID HIS CAR FEELS WEIRD, FEELS LIKE IT I ON THE RT HE HAS MORE STEERING INPUT TO THE LEFT THAN HE NORMALLY HAS. WALLY, THAT’S WEIRD IS WHAT I SAID.>>SOMETHING HAPPEN DOWN THERE?>>A TECHNICAL GLITCH ON MY PART I THINK.>>KENSETH, AS ALLEN SAID, IN THE 21st POSITION, 23.6 SECONDS BEHIND THAT HE HAS A FIVE SECOND LEAD OVER DALE EARNHARDT JR. AT THE CONTINUE TO WORK ON THE CAR OF JEFF BURTON. HE IS 42 LAPS DOWN. THEY ARE TRYING TO GET THEIR MAN BACK O>>BILL: CAUTION HAS JUST COME OUT HERE ON THE TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAEBRIS ON THE FRONT STRETCH. I CAN’T TELL WHAT THAT IS.>>NEITHER CAN I.>>THE CAUTION IS OUT. LOOKING AT HOW THE COLTS RIVALR NASTY. CHECK IT OUT ON NBCSPORTS.COM. THEY WILL CONTINUE SOME OF THAT TONIGHT. KEVIN HARVICK WENT TO VICTORY LANE AGAIN.>>RIGHT NOW HE’S CURRENTLY RUNNING EIGHTH UNDER CAUTION.>>PIT ROAD WOULD BE A PLACE. THAT CAUTION HELPS OUT MARK MARTIN A LITTLE BIT. HE STILL HAS HIS HANDS FULL BEINGS DOESN’T HE?>>I DON’T THINK MARK SEES IT AS MUCH HELP TODAY.>>MAYBE PAT AND THE BOYS CAN MAKE IT IS THE LUCKY DOG. HE WILL BE THE CAR RUNNING ON THE LEAD LAP. YOU WILL SEE THE ORANGE 20 CAR GOING TO LEAD A BIG PARADE TO THEIR PIT STALLS. I’M GUESSING ALLEN — >>IT WILL BE A FOUR-TIRE CHANGE FOR JIMMIE JOHNSON. JIMMIE LOOKING FOR HELP IN THE FRONT END TURNS.>>THE TOP OF THE SCREEN, THE LAPS SAID I JUST NEED A TINY BIT OF HELP GETTING BACK INTO THE THROTTLE. OTHER THAN THAT THE CAR IS ALMOST PERFECT. MARTY?>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. SAID THE CAR IS A LITTLE LOOSE WHEN HE’S BY HIMSELF, BUT BETTER IN CONCE HEALTH. MORE TO COME ON THAT IN A MINUTE, BILL.>>BILL: THANK YOU, MARTY.>>WOE!>>CONGESTION OFF OF PIT ROAD. ROBBY GORDON SLIDING IN FRONT OF A COUPLE GUYS.>>ONCE AGAIN, REAR TIRE CARRIER. HERE IN FORT WORTH,ANOTHER CHAS. TIGHTEN THEM UP AND LET>>BILL: 139 LAPS ARE COMPLETED HERE IN FORT WORTH AT THE NEXTEL CUP CHASE.>>ARE YOU ABOUT JR. JR.’S HEALTH?>>WE WERE ALWAYS CONCERNED ABOUT HIM. HE’S FEELING A LITTLE UNDER THE WEATHER GOING AT THESE SPEEDS. BUT HE’S HANGING IN THERE.>>THEY ARE TRYING TO GET OF WA. HE SAID HE FEELS LIKE HE’S GOING TO GET SICK IN THE CAR. HE’S DOING AWFULLY WELL.>>MAYBE THAT WILL TAKE HIS MIND OFF OF IT.>>IT’S BETTER TO RUN GREEN. YOU DON’T START IT UNTIL YOU ARE UNDER THE CAUTION LAP.>>EARNHARDT DID LEAD THE LAP AND GOT FIVE BONUS POINTS. HE IS RUNNING SECOND HERE, TRYING TO SHAKE FREE OF THE LAP TRAFFIC WITH HIS BUMPER.>>EACH TIME TONY STEWART SQUIRTS AWAY FROM THESE GUYS.>>GETS GOOD STARTING CLEARS FROM THE BOTTOM, WHICH WAS. HE CAN PICK UP FOUR OR FIVE CAR LENGTHS, A CORNER ON THE GUYS THAT ARE RACING SIDE BY SIDE BEHIND HIM.>>JR. GOT AROUND NEWMAN. NOW JOHNSON IS GOING TO TRY IT. BOXED IN A LITTLE BY NOW YOU WA DISTANCE ON JIMMIE JOHNSON, BECAUSE JIMMIE A HUNG UP THERE SIDE BY SIDE.>>STERLING MARLIN STAYED OUT UNDER THE CAUTION TO GET FIVE BONUS POINTS FOR LEADINGIGNIFIC IN A TIGHT BATTLE WITH PETTY FOR POINTS. THAT’S BIG. ESPECIALLY AS WE LOOK TO 2007.>>AND THE DAYTONA 500. THE TOP POINTS, 2006 BONUS POINTS ARE LOCKED IN. THEY WILL START TO RACE. EVERYONE GETS SO CONCERNED ABOUT THE DAYTONA 500.>>IT’S PRETTY IMPORTANT. ONCE YOU MISS ONE OR TWO OF THOSE SEASON, THAT’S A DIFFICULT HOLE TO DIG YOURSELF OUT OF POINTS WISE.>>JEFF BURTON HAS RETIRED FROM THE RACE WITH A B WITH HIS CAR THE GARAGE.>>THEY ARE PATIENT RIGHT NOW. THERE ARE GUYS IN FRONT OF THEM THAT ALLOWED FOR DALE JARRET IN THE 66 CAR. JEFF GREEN IS RIGHT THIS.>>HARVICK IN THAT 29, LOOKED LIKE HE STRUGGLED AT THE EARLY GOING IN THE RACE, BUT NOW HE’S ARE RUNNING IN THE FIFTH POSITION. UP IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP SUBSTANTIAL. RIGHT NOW KEVIN HARVICK FOURTH IN THE POINTS AND TRYING TO NOT LET ANY OF THAT PRESSURE BUILD UP ON HIM OR HIS TEAM.>>THIS YEAR I HADN’T LET A WHOLE LOT EAT CAUGHT UP IN REACTING TO SOME OF WHAT WE PERCEIVE AS, YOU KNOW, MOOT POINTS OF THINGS THAT REALLY WOULDN’T MATTER IN OUR WORLD THAT PEOPLE MAKE A BIG DEAL OUT OF. ALL IN ALL, I’VE GONE WITH AND CAUGHT UP IN ONE WEEK, NO MATTER HOW GOOD OR BAD. YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE NEXT WEEK AND DO THE BEST YOU CAN.>>GOING WITH THE FLOW, BILL, H THE PRESSURE HAS BEEN HIGH. IF HARVICK CAN PULL OFF THE SWEEP, AS HE’S IN FIFTH, THAT WOULD BE A NASCAR RECORD FOR THE MOST SWEEPS. THEY NEED TO GETID AN AIR PRESS TO TRY TO FIX THAT. HE HASN’T SAID ANYTHING SINCE.>>THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BUSCH CUP SQUEAK HERE AT THE TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY. HARVICK TRYING TO DO IT FOR THE FIRST TIME. FITS. FINALLY MOVES TO THE HIGH SIDE AND HARVICK DOES GET BY HIM. TONY STEWART IN FRONT OF HARVICK BY 1.2 SECONDS. THIS IS JEFF GORDON IN SIXTH,HN. A COUPLE OF GUYS IN THE CHASE, BUT IN A VERY DESPERATE SITUATION. TRYING TO IMPROVE THEIR POSITION. HOW ABOUT THAT? WIDE. GOT AWAY WITH IT. NEWMAN IN THAT 12 CAR, A COUPLE LAPS DOWN. MARTY?>>CASEY RKASEY REALLY WANTED T AROUND THE OTHER CARS. HE SAID THE PACE MAKES IT SO HIS CAR IS EXTREMELY TIGHT. HE SAID WHATEVER YOU DID TO THE CAR, WE LOST THE FRONT END AND BACK END, SO ON THE RECENT STOP NOW THE CAR IS BACK TO WHERE IT WAS.>>THEY MADE ABOUT 30% IMPROVEMENTS WHERE I NEED THIS RACE CAR TO BE, AND IT’S STILL TOO TIGHT. SIGNIFICANT CHANGE ON THE LAST PIT STOP FOROR HIS FIRST TEXAS .>>YOU WILL HEAR A LOT ABOUT THAT THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS. GORDON HAS NOT WON HERE, HAS NOT WON AT PHOENIX AND HAS NOT WON AT HOMESTEAD. SEE HOW IT PLAYS OUT OUT AT HOMESTEAD. TONY STEWART OUT FRONT>>BILL: NASCAR NEXTEL CUP RACING IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY TEAM CHEVY, BY SONY, THE OFFICIAL T BY NEXTEL, GET CLOSER TO THE NEXTEL CUP SERIES WITH NEXTEL, ONLY FROM SPRINT. RAPIDLY CLOSING IN ON THE HALFWAY MARK. ITE A SCARE A COUPLE LAPS AGO. HE WAS RUNNING IN THE SECOND POSITION. HE IS NOW BACK IN FOURTH. WE HEARD HIM SAY TO THE CREW, GET READY, BOYS, GET READY. WHAT WAS HE TALKING ABOUT.>>HE SLOWED DOWN AND HE SAID I GOT IT, I I SAID IGNITION BOXES, AND HE LOOKED AND SHOOK HIS HEAD YES. HE MAY HAVE HAD TO SWITCH TO THE IGNITION BOX. HIM DOWN, BUT NO DEFINITIVE WORD.>>THE IGNITION BOX IS THE HEART OF THAT SETUP.>>THAT’S RIGHT. BECAUSE IT TAKES THAT 12 VOLTS AND MULTIPLIES THEM BY ABOUT 50,000 TIMES, SO YOU HAVE ABOUT HALF A MILLION VOLTS GOING TO ‘ TROUBLE WITH THEM. THEY GET SO HOT, TRYING TO COME UP WITH THAT KIND OF JUICE AND ELECTRICITY, THEY BURN THE WIRES UP.>>THAT’S WHY THEY RUN TWO OF THEM.>>JEFF BURTON BACK OUT ON THE RACETRACK. 43rd. IF HE STAYS OUT OF TROUBLE, HE WILL AT LEAST PASS SADLER. HE HIT THE WALL ALONG THE FRONT STRETCH. IT TOOK THE CREW 42 MINUTES TO MAKE THAT REPAIR. CUT A RIGHT FRONT TIRE. UPDATED SUBSTANTIAL. A COUPLE WEEKS AGOURTON WAS RIGHT NOW JEFF BACK IN THE EIGHTH SPOT. KASEY KAHNE IN THE NINE AND KEVIN HARVICK IN THE 29. SIXTH. AROUND THE FORD CAR OF BURTON.>>THE CATRACK LOOKS LIKE IT’S GOOD CONDITION.>>IT SURE DOES. THE OUTSIDE GROOVE IS WORKING AS WELL.>>BUT NOBODY IS RUNNING IT AS WELL AS TONY STEWART. LEADS BY 4.6 SECONDS OVER DALE EARNHARDT JR. WHO’S NOT FEELING REAL WELL THIS AFTERNOON.>>BILL: UNDER CAUTION HERE AT TEXAS, WE’LL REACH THE HALFWAY MARK WHEN THE FIELD GETS TO THE WE’RE UNDER CAUTION BECAUSE DALE EARNHARDT JR. HAS HIT THE WALL.>>HE WAS STRUGGLING WITH A LOOSE CAR. BUT NUMBER 7 CAME UP SO FAST HE GOT JR. LOOSE. HE GOT THE CAR SIDEWAYS HIT BEFORE HE HIT THE WALL.>>I’M NOT SURE IT WAS THE IGNITION BOX. JIMMIE SAID HE WAS DR HANDED.>>SHAGGY LARSON MADE A SMALL TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT TO TRY TO GET THIS CAR A LITTLE TIGHTER.>>BOWYER IN THE MIDDLE OF YOURN PIT ROAD. NO CHANGES TO THE PASSEES.>>CARL EDWARDS CAME DOWN PIT ROAD IN SIXTH POSITION. THEY MADE AN ADJUSTMENT. THAT SHOULD HELP.>>THERE YOU SEE THE CREW BUDWE OF DALE EARNHARDT JR. YOU TALKED ABOUT AIR LOOSE BEFORE THE BEGINNING.>>JR. HAS BEEN A LITTLE LOOSE. BUT 07 HAD SUCH ARAGT, AIR OFF THE SPOILER, AND IT WAS THE WORST PLACE ON THE RACETRACK FOR THAT TO HAPPEN. IT WAS COMING OFF OF FOUR WHERE THE RA AND GRAP YOU EVERY TIME.>>WATCH AND LISTEN. THEY WORK ON THE 8 CAR OF DALE EARNHARDT JR. MATT KENSETH IN 17 STAYED OUT TO LEAD A LAP BY>>BILL: JUST PAST THE HALFWAY MARK. TONY STEWART IS THE LEADER. BOWYER WANTED TO CLARIFY HIS PIT STOP WAS NOT 13.3 SECONDS.>>THE DAMAGE, COULD THAT BE A FACTOR?>>I THINK IT HAPPENED FAR ENOUGH BACK ON THE AFFECT THE C.>>SITS OUT IN PURSUIT OF TONY STEWART. KEVIN HARVICK RUNS THIRD. TH IS 31st. DENNY HAMLIN 22nd. JIMMIE JOHNSON IN THE 48 CAR. JOHNSON IS SIXT LET’ GET AN UPDATE ON EARNHARDT JR.>>A LONG WAY TO GO FOR DALE EARNHARDT JR. THE TEAM WASM. THEY CHECKED THE TOE TO MAKE SURE THE STEERING WHEEL WAS TRACKING CORRECTLY. JR. SAID MAKE SURE YOU KEEP ME ON THE LEAD SIDE BY SIDE.>>CRASH. MARTIN OFF OF 4, STERLING HAR LYNN IN THE WALL.>>KENNY SCHRADER IN THE WRECK.>>BRIAN NEWMAN GOT TO THE INSIDE OF MARK, EARNHARDT.>>RUN OVER SOMETHING?>>I THINK THAT WAS SCHRADER.>>WOW.>>I HAVE OIL PRESSURE,OUND.>>THE WAY HE HIT, IT LOOKS LIKE HE HAD A TIRE PROBLEM, THE WAY THAT WAFFLED.>>WE’LL TAKE A LOOK AT IT. SEE WHAT WE CAN SEE. THIS. THAT’S SCHRADER. THE 22 CAR GOT A PIECE OF THAT, DAVE BLANEY.>>THEN THEY ALL STARTED WRECKING BEHIND HIM.>>AFTER A RESTART LIKE THAT, IF ONE GUY HAS A PROBLEM, IT’S HARD TO GET AWAY. STERLING MIGHT HAVE RUN INTO THE BACK OF THE 6 CAR. THERE IS A LOT OF DAMAGE TO STERLING’S CAR.>>STERLING HAD ALL OF HIS DAMAGE TO THE OUTSIDE RETAINING ON THE BRAKES.>>ON BOARD WITH SCHRADER.>>THAT THING TAKES OFF. EITHER A TIRE WENT DOWN OR SOMETHING. THAT THING JUST TOOK OFF. THEY THAT.>>WARD WAS THE LUCKY DOG UNDER THE CAUTION.>>THAT’S NOT GOING TO HELP.>>SEE HOW THAT SHAKES OUT THE .>>BILL: MATT KENSETH HAS BEEN NEAR THE NEXTEL CUP SUBSTANTIAL THROUGHOUT 2006. HE HAS BEEN NUMBER ONE IN THE CHASE CONCLUDES NOVEMBER 19 WITH THE FORD 400 IN HOMESTEAD. MATT CHASING HIS SECOND NEXTEL CUP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP.>>IF HE WAS ABLE TO SOMEHOW THROUGH THE CRASH WITHOUT DAMAGE. THERE YOU SEE HIM HEADING STRAIGHT FOR STERLING. HE DRIVES THROUGH. JR. JUST KIND OF STOPS.>>HE ACTUALLY HAD FRONT FRONT TIRES LOCKED UP.>>HE SAID IT DRIVES LIKE IT WRECKED. THEY BROUGHT OVER SIX TUMS, TRYING TO CALM JR.’S STOMACH DOWN AND TRYING TO GET THE CAR FIXED.>> KENSETH SAID I ONLY RAN A COUPLE OF LAPS, AND THEN WHE FR MADE A LATE CALL AND SAID STAY OUT, WE CAN PICK UP A COUPLE OF SPOTS HERE, WHICH THEY HAVE DONE.>>WE ALSO GOT THE REPORT FROM PIT ROAD, WHICH SAID THERE IS NO DAMAGE CLINT BOWYER. 177 LAPS COMPLETE. TONY STEWART LEADS. EDWARDS>>BILL: GREEN FLAG AT TEXAS. ABOUT 21 CARS DID NOT GET UNDER THIS CAUTION.>>STEWART, IT’S SO IMPORTANT FOR HIM TO GET PAST THAT GUY THAT’S LAST. WHEN HE DOES, HE HAS TEN CAR LENGTHS ON THE GUY THAT’S SECOND PLACE.>>TEAMMATES SIDE BY SIDE, JIMMIE JOHNSON BEHIND CARL EDWARDS.>>I PROMISED RICK HENDRICK TODAY THAT I WOULD SAY HELLO -E. ROBBY GORDON OFF OF 2.>>MATT KENSETH TRYING TO GET THROUGH IT.>>I WAS WATCHING THAT WHILE YOU GUYS WERE WATCHING THE RACE. I WAS WATCHING OFF OF 2 AND – I RUNNING UP ON THE RIGHT SIDE, BUT ROBBY REALLY KIND OF THREADED THE NEEDLE ON THAT DEAL AND GOT LOOSE GETTING OFF THE TUBE. SEE. IT WAS BIFFLE. HE SQUEEZED UP THERE AND JUST GOT THE CAR LOOSE GETTING OFF THE CORNER. BIFFLE DOES A REAL NICE JOB OF AVOIDING THAT WRECK.>>JEFF GREENE IS THE LUCKY DOG, AND I THINK THAT WILL STEWART HAPPY, BECAUSE GROWN HAS — GREEN HAS BEEN RELATIVELY STRONG ON THESE RESTARTS.>>RIGHT IN FRONT OF KENSETH AGAIN. WE HAVE TO GIVE MATT CAMERA.>>WATCH UP HIGH THERE. THAT CAMERA GUY NEVER EVEN FLINCHED.>>THOSE ARE TALENTED WITH JR. GET LOW, GET LOW, GET LOW. LANE IS CLEAR NOW.>>I LIKE THE JUST STOP THEORY.>>AS LONG AS SOMEONEBEHIND.>>EARNHARDT BACK IN 28.>>BILL: STILL UNDER CAUTION HERE AT THE TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY. 183 LAPS COMPLETE. THERE’S MATT KENSETH. IN THE LAST TWO CAUTIONS HE HAS PICKED UP 17 SPOTS PASSED A CAR. GUYS COMING TO PIT ROAD AND HE HAS STAYED OUT. HE JUST MANAGED TO TIPTOE THROUGH THE ROBBY GORDON WRECK.>>BACK IT DOWN, BACK IT DOWN, STAY RIGHT THERE. COME ON. THAT WAS YOUR BLACK ACROSS THE SURFACE.>>I’D AGREE TODAY ARE NAILING E THROTTLE TRYING TO SPIN THESE CARS AROUND TO AVOID HITTING THE WALL AND THEY PUT UP SUCH A CLOUD OF TIRE SMOKE IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO SEE BEHIND THEM.>>EARNHARDT THE NUMBER SEVEN STOP TO FIX THIS RACE CAR. THEY MAY PLAY A FUEL STRATEGY GAME. THEY ARE ALSO TALKING ABOUT A TWO-TIRE STOP. JR. SAID IF WE DO A TWO-TIR MAYH CAR TO STILL FINISH IN THE TOP TEN TODAY.>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. TOO FAST EXITING.>>WHAT HAS HE BEEN SAYING?>>WHILE HE WAS RUNNING, HE SAID IT WAS DRIVING CAR. THEY HAVE MADE SIX STOPS SINCE THEN TRYING TO MAKE IT FEEL BETTER.>>THANK YOU.>>FIVE CARS PITTED, SIX INCLUDING ROBBY GORDON.>>STEWART DIDN’T GET THE JUMP HE HAS BEEN GETTING.>>HE STILL GOT A PRETTY GOOD JUMP, BUT NOT TEN CAR LENGTHS LIKE HE HAS BEEN.>>GORDON.>>YEAH YEAH YEAH, THOUGHT BETTER OF IT.>>THAT HELPED OUT JIMMIE JOHNSON RIGHT THERE.>>THAT DID NOT HELP CARL EDWARDS.>>NO.>>MY POSITIONS AND HERE COMES 41 SORENSON TRYING TO MOVE UP AS WELL.>>IT LOOKS LIKE TRAVIS TRIED TO GET OUT OF HIS WAY.>>BUSH RUNS SEVENTH, CASEY MEARS IS IN THE TENTH SPOT. WHAT WERE YOU SAYING ABOUT RICK?>>I WAS SAYING HE WANTED ME TO. HE’S AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH MEDICAL CENTER AWAITING A LIVER TRANSPLANT, JUNIOR BARBER, AND HE WANTS ME TO LET JUNIOR KNOW HE’S THINKING ABOUT HI HOW’S THAT?>>WELL DONE. HOW ABOUT THE 24?>>STILL HASN’T LED A LAP TO PICK UP BONUS POINTS. ALSO HAS BEEN FRUSTRATING BECAUSE THE BACK OF THE CAR IS NOT CLOSE TO BEING IN RACETRACK. SIGNIFICANT TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT, WENT DOWN TWO POUNDS. TRYING TO FIND SOME BALANCE FOR THIS 24 CAR.>>THESE CREWS ARE WORKING HARD. 145 TO KASEY KAHNE LOOKING BACK. JEFF GORDON IN HIS REARVIEW MIRROR. THEN THERE’S KURT BUSCH. DALE EARNHARDT JR. IS 31st. HAD TO END OF THE LINE AFTER SPEEDING EXITING PIT ROAD. UPDATE ON THE TWO FROM ALLEN.>>REMEMBER BACK AT THE FIRST PIT STOP IN LAP 42, KURT BUSCH NUT FALL OFF AND THEY HAD TO COME BACK AND P YOU IT BACK ON. HE LOST TEN SPOTS. THE SIMPLE ACT OF GETTING BACK IN TRAFFIC HAS HELD HIM UP ON THE ENTIRE RACE. LAMENTING THE E RACE.>>HE’S RACING HARD NOW.>>HE’S HAD PROBLEMS WITH THAT CAR AROUND OTHER CARS. WHEN HE GETS IN CLEAN AIR, WHEN CATCHES THEM, HE STRUGGLES. HE HAS BEEN FIGHTING THAT SINCE THE FIRST PIT STOP.>>STILL SIDE BY SIDE WITH GORDON.>>WATCH THE 41 CAR BEHIND THESE TWO. REMEMBER LAST YEARHIS 41 CAR, A TIMES WAS THE CLASS OF THE FIELD? THIS 41 HAS A REAL GOOD SETUP FOR THE RACETRACK.>>GORDON TRYING TO EDGE AWAY FROM BUSCH. THIS GOES ON ABOUT 5 SECOND BEHIND TONY STEWART. BIFFLE ON THE EDGE OF THE ROAD. THIS IS UNSCHEDULED.>>THEY THINK HE HAS A RIGHT SIDE TIRE GOING DOWN. AT THE OF 14, HE WAS BACK TO 20th IN TWO LAPS.>>THE BUSCH/GORDON BATTLE CONTINUES. WHILE SORENSON TRYING TO HOLD IT DOWN THIS.>>IT SEEMS LIKE IT IT DROPPED BACK ABOUT FIVE OR SIX CAR LENGTHS AND GETS RIGHT BACK, BUT THEN GETS RIGHT THERE WITHIN A CAR LENGTH AND HE CAN’T DO ANYTHING IT.>>IT HELPS WHEN JEFF GORDON RUNS A DIFFERENT LINE THAN HE DOES.>>PULL MENARD, IT LOOKS LIKE ENGINE PROBLEMS.>>PISTON. HE THINKS.>>THEY MAKE A BIG MESS.>>THIS WILL BE CAUTION NUMBER EIGHT.>>WE SEE HIM SLOWING DOWN THERE, THE YELLOW CAR ON THE INSIDE. BUT TOO LATE.>>TOO LATE. GREG BIFFLE IS THE LUCKY DOG, T. DALE EARNHARDT JR. IS BOARD, WHEN HE IS BUMPING THE LEAD CAR, BORED.>>NASCAR HAS ASKED TONY TO BACK OFF A LITTLE, AND HE DID.>>I THINK HE’S TRYING TO SCRATCH THE PAINT JOB.>>DON’T DO THAT.>>SOME OF LOVE TO BUY A CORVETTE.>>AND THEY WOULDN’T FIX THE DAMAGE EITHER, WOULD THEY?>>THIS 20 CREW HAS HELD SERVICE ALL DAY. HE HAS GONE IN WITH THE LEAD AND COME OUT WITH THE LEAD.>>ALLEN?>>ON THE LAST RUN JIMMIE JOHNSON SAID I CAN’T RUN ANYBODY DOWN.>>THEY SAID WE’LL GET YOU A SPOT ON THE PIT STOP. WE’LL SEE HOW IT TURNS OUT.>>GOOD SOLID STARTS. HE SAID THE CAR ISG IN.>>MARTY?>>SAID A LITTLE LOOSE, BUT DO NOT TOUCH IT. LOOSE MEANS FAST. THESE GUYS HAVE BEEN GOING VERY WELL. THEY HAVE BEEN GOING EXCELLENT. MIGHT GET THE 20, CLOSE.>>AWFULLY CLOSE. THEY CAN’T SPEED.>>HERE’S THE NEXTEL RACE OFF OF PIT ROAD. KYLE BUSCH, APPARENTLY A TWO-TIRE STOP.>>I’M NOT SURE WE’VE HEARD THE END OF THAT RACEOFF.>>NASCAR MIGHT HAVE A SAY IN THAT.>>THERE, THEY’RE COMING, LOOK AT THAT. MAY NOT BE USED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM NASCAR.>>BILL: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THEDRIVER.>>BRIAN VICKERS BRUSHES THE WALL OFF TURN FOUR, AND THEN THIS INCREDIBLE SAVE. THE CAR SIDEWAYS ABOUT 200 OR 300 YARDS AND SOMEHOW SAVED IT. LOOKING OUT THE RIGHT SIDE WINDOW?>>THAT’S TRUE.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON TRYING TO CAPTURE HIS FIRST NEXTEL CUP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP.MEMBER HOW IN THE WALL AT NEW HAMPSHIRE. JAMEY McMURRAY IN 26 AND VICKERS DID NOT PIT. ACCORDING TO MY NOTEST 177. KYLE BUSCH TOOK TWO TIRES.>>IF THIS ISN’T A WRECK, I’D BE SURPRISED.>>I WONDER IF THE 25 AND 5 DIDN’T DO THE STRATEGY TO TRY TO HELP JEFF GORDON, JUST TO SEE WHAT HE MIGHT DO ON A PIT STOP.>>STEWART WORKINGEWART IS JUST NOW. HE’S GOING TO PASS THESE GUYS FAIRLY QUICKLY.>>JUST A LITTLE OVER A LAP. I DIDN’T KNOW IF THEY WOULD WRECK BEFORE HE GOT TO THE FRONT.>>McMURRAY LEFT. DAVE?BOUT HELPING THEIR TEAMMATE. BUT THEY WANT CLEAN AIR ON THAT. THEY SAID WHAT THE HECK, LET’S TAKE A SHOT AND GET YOU TOWARD THE FRONT. BUT — >>BUT WHAT?>>JAMIE McMURRAY’S THEY HAVE T? THEY PITTED AT 175, BUT WE HAVEN’T WON A LOT OF GREEN FLAG LAPS. THE LAPS HAVE BEEN SHORT BECAUSE OF THE AND SO THEY THOUGHT THEY MAY PICK UP A FEW SPOTS.>>WHAT WAS THAT BUT ALL ABOUT?>>I WAS JUST WONDERING IF CHANGING THE TUBE AND GETTING CLEAN AIR, BUT HOW LONG WOULD THAT BE GOOD WITH EVERYBODY IF T GET THEM BACK IN TRAFFIC REAL QUICK?>>BURNSIE?>>THE CHANCE IS YOU HAVE A MID THAT’S THE GAME?>>THAT’S A LOT OF BUTS.>>I THOUGHT HE WOULD HAVE RUN THREE OR FOUR POSITIONS RIGHT HE’S HANGING IN THERE IN SECOND SPOT.>>MATT KENSETH RUNNING 18th. DALE EARNHARDT JR. 19th. KENSETH LOOKINGTTLE LOOSE.>>DALE EARNHARDT JR., THEY RESTARTED 20th. JR. SAID THE CAR IS NOT TOO BAD, A LITTLE TOO TIGHT IN THE CENTER OF THE CORNER. MAYBE TRY TWO TIRES LATER IN O THIS RUN. ALLEN?>>THEY ADDED SPRING RUBBER A COUPLE OF STOPS BACK AND CONTINUE TO TRY TO CHIP AWAY AND GET TOWARD THE FRONT OF THE FIELD. A TOP EIGHT CAR IS WHAT THEY TH OF THE DAY. JACK ROUSH COMES DOWN TO TALK ABOUT IT.>>THIS IS FOR SIX. McMURRAY, GORDON. JEFF TRYING THE INSIDE. YOU SEE KURT BUSCH JUST OF THEM. KURT ACTUALLY HAS THE SIXTH SPOT. UPDATE ON GORDON FROM MATT.>>THE FOUR-TIME CHAMP HAS GONE BETWEEN TIGHT AND LOOSE. HE SAID FREE HE CANNOT PUT ANY WHEEL TO IT IN THE CORNER OR HE FEELS LIKE THE CAR WILL SPIN OUT. IN THE LAST STOP AIR PRESSURE CHANGE. THEY ALSO WENT DOWN ON THE TRACK BAR JUST TO TRY TO TIGHTEN UP THIS 24 CAR.>>K THE POSITION. HE FALLS IN LINE BEHIND GORDON. MU McMURRAY HOLDING HIS OWN FOR NOW. GORDON WORKING REAL HARD TO TRY AND GET BY HIM. NOW GORDON KHAHNE CLEAR THE 26. 127 TO GO. COMING INTO THE RACE, TONY STEWART HAD LED THE MOST SEASON. HE WON ARE COMPLETE. TONY STEWART CONTINUES TO LEAD. HERE IS OUR NAPA FIELD IS SUMMARY. WEEK UPDATE THREE CARS ARE OUT OF THE RACE, MEN NARD, SCHRADER AND WALTRIP.>>LEADING 163 OF 215 LAPS. STEWART SAYS IN 27 YEARS OF RACING, HE HAS NEVER HAD ONE PARTICULAR RACE CAR THAT HE SAID THAT IS MY PARE SAID THIS PARTI CHASSIS, AFTER A DOMINATING WIN IN ATLANTA, HE SAID THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE RACE CAR.>>THE OLD CLICHE LOOSE EQUALST THAT CAR. HE HAS PULLED ONE CAREER FIRST THIS WEEKEND, HIS CRAFTSMAN TRUCK WIN FRIDAY, AND HE WOULD LOVE TO SCORE A NEXTEL CUP WIN TODAY. A WINNER UNLESS WE CAN DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. THEY CHANGED THE AIR PACKAGE, DIFFERENT STYLE OF BODY. HE GOT THAT AFTER THAT STOP.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON IS RUNNING IN FOURTH POSITION. JIMMIE HAD BEEN RUNNING AT THE TOP. HE SAID I’M GOING TO GO BACK TO THE BOTTOM.>> KEVIN HARVICK, HE SURVIVED THE WILD CARD RACES, BUT HE HAS HAD ISSUES IN ATLANTA. RUNNING IN FIFTH POSITION. THE CAR STARTS UP GREAT.>>MATT, THIS HAS BEEN STANDARD OPERATION FOR CASEY CAIN. — KASEY KAHNE. ONCE WE GET TO THE MIDDLE OF THE CAR, THE BETTER HE RUNS. HE PASSES FOR FIFTH.>>KURT BUSCH FEELS TCAR CAR IS THE BEST IT HAS BEEN. THEIR AVERAGE FINISH THIS YEAR IS 25th.>>SORENSON IS RUNNING A CAR THAT’S OLD THEY’VE MADE UPDATES TO IT AND IT RUNS IN THE TOP TEN. LAST TIME MADE AN AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT. THEY EXPECT IT TO BE GOOD THE LONGER IT RUNS.>>WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT MAKES FOR THIS TEAM AND THEIR INTERMEDIAL TRACK LOT OF CONFID. THOUGHT ABOUT MAYBE SCORING THE FIRST WIN. BUT OF THE FINAL THREE TRACTION, — TRACKS, THIS MAY BE THE TOUGHEST. SPIRITED CHARGE INTO THE TOP TEN. THEN THE HANDLING GOT OFF AND THEY FELL BACK. NOW THE LAST ADJUSTMENT HE SAYS THE CAR IS RESPONDING WELL.>>ALLEN, LET’S UPDATE YOU ON RESTARTED AT 20th. HE SAID DIDN’T I TELL YOU I WAS TIGHT? NEEDS A LITTLE MORE FORTH BITE COMING OFF CORNER.UP FIVE SPOTS.>>AND KENSETH CONTINUES TO MOVE FORWARD. HE IS UP TO 18th. KYLE PETTY WILL BE THE NEXT CAR HE HAS TO PASS. IT HAS BEEN A STRUGGLE ALL DAY.>>TOD DENNY HAMLIN HAS TO BE A COMPLETE SHOCK. IT FELT LIKE THIS WAS GOING TO BE THE RACE WHERE THEY COULD STEP UP AND MAKE A PUSH ON THE POINTS, BUT THEY HAVE STRUGGLED. THE CAR WAY LAP 176, BIG ADJUSTMENT TRYING TO GET THIS CAR TO FREE UP. MAR MARTIN CURRENTLY RUNNING BACK IN THE 30th POSITION. KNOWS NOW IF HE IS ANOTHER WIN FOR JEFF ROUSH IT WILL HAVE TO COME NEXT WEEK AT PHOENIX OR AT HOMESTEAD.>>JEFF BURTON, THE RIGHT FRONT TIRE WENT DOWN. HE NOW USES HIS SPOTTER IN A DIFFERENT WAY.HIM, HE SAYS HE DOESN’T NEED TO DRIVE THREW ME. — THROUGH ME. JUST ASK WHICH SIDE THEY WANT TO PASS.>>WARD BURTON RUNNING IN THEst. TONY STEWART THE LEADER. WORKING OUT, EATING BETTER, LOSING SOME WEIGHT AND TRYING TO PUT THE FIELD IN HIS MIRROR HERE AT TEXAS.>>BILL: WHO’S THE BEST QUARTERBACK OR MANNING. CATCH UP ON FOOTBALL NIGHT AMERICA TONIGHT AT 7:00 EASTERN RIGHT HERE ON NBC.>>I THINK WE KNOW WHICH CAR IS THE BEST IN THE FIELD.>>THAT ORANGE>>TONY STEWART LED 174 LAPS. 174. TODAY HE HAS LED 179. SORENSON. DON’T GO ACROSS THE RACETRACK.>>KURT BUSCH GOT BY.>>DRIVER’S TIRE ISFLAT.>>FRONT TIRE IS FLAT, REAR IS FLAT.>>AS HE SLID ACROSS THE PAVEMENT.>>WAS RUNNING SIXTH.>>JUST CAN’T SEAL THE DEAL.>>KILL BUSH THE 5. REED DOWN LOW.>>BOTH BUSCH BROTHERS WERE LUCKY ON THAT ONE.>>I THINK HE JUST GOT AND GOT .>>HE MIGHT HAVE.>>THERE YOU SEE THE ONE TIRE BLEW WHEN HE HAD THEM LOCKED UP.>>I SEE THE MAY HAVE BEEN CAU THE FLAT SPOT WHEN HE SLAMMED ON THE BRAKES.>>102 TO GO. PIT ROAD WILL BE OPEN THIS TIME. JOE NEMECHEK IN THE 01 CAR IS D. TONY STEWART IS THE RACE LEADER. HERE THEY COME, ALLEN?>>JAMIE JOHNSON HAS BEEN IN THE TOP FIVE, BUT HASN’T HAD ENOUGH TO RUN WITH TONY PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT.>>THE SMALL AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT FOR TONY STEWART. THE WINDS HAVE COME DOWN. HE IS TRYING TO STAY WITH THIS RACETRACK IN TEXAS.>>THE 07 CAR, HE SAID ON TO TH. I’M AFRAID TO MAKE NtCHANGES, B IT’S EXTREMELY LOOSE.>>KYLE BUSCH TRYING TO LEAVE AND JUST BEARING GETS AROUND THE 16 BOTH SIDES TIGHT. AND SO WAS THAT EXIT. KYLE MADE A TIGHT EXIT.>>THE TWO-TIRE WORKED FOR ON, NOW HE HAS GOT THE TRACK POSITION.>>YOU SEE THE RACE OFF OF PIT ROAD. AND THERE’S KYLE. UNDER CAUTION WITH 101 TO GO AT TEXAS.>>BILL: MOTOR SPEEDWAY. HERE’S WHAT DAVE WAS WATCHING.>>THE 5 CAR LEAVES AND THE REAR TIRE CHANGER SAYS WHERE DID YOU COME FROM. THERE’S A TIRE BOUNCING IN FRONT OFHIM.>>CASEY MEARS HIS THE TIRE WHEN HE LEFT AND SENT IT FOR A RIDE.>>THAT GUY DID PRETTY GOOD RUNNING OVER THERE AND PICKING IT UP. THOSE ARE HEAVY.>>YES, THEY ARE.>>ABOUT 65 LINER IN THEM.>>BACK TO GREEN WITH 98 TO GO. STEWART, BOWYER, KYLE BUSCH. KYLE BUSCH IS THINKING OUR STRATEGY WORKED, I’M GOING FOR IT. RIGHT BEHIND HIS TEAMMATE IN THE 48. IT DOESN’T TAKE TONY STEWART LONG TO PUT A FEW CAR LENGTHS ON SECOND MACE. — PLACE.>>JEFF GORDON IN NINTH BACK THERE. 32 DOWN.>>HE HAS HAD HIS HANDS FULL ALL DAY LONG.>>TRUEX JR. GOING BY. THERE’S JR. IN 8, UP TO 12 NOW.>>I TELL YOU, I’M AMAZED THIS CAR HAS RUN AS WELL AS IT HAS. AFTER IT HIT THE WALL.>>YOU THOUGHT THE DAMAGE TO THE SUBSTANTIAL ENOUGH HE WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO GO ANYPLACE. MARTY, EVIDENTLY I WAS GONE.>>AT ONE POINT THIS TEAM WAS 34th. JR. NOT FEELING WELL. I THINK HE IS MORE DETERMINED TO HE SAID THE CAR IS NOT DRIVING THAT BADLY. THAT’S A BATTLE FOR SECOND PLACE, KASEY KAHNE TAKING IT FROM CLINT BOWYER.>>LOOKING BACK AT BOWYER, ASTE. EARNHARDT JR. HAS MADE HIS WAY TO 11 NOW. FIVE CHASERS RUN INSIDE THE TOP EIGHT.>>THIS IS REAL IMPORTANT FOR THES RIGHT NOW. YOU’VE GOT TO GET A GOOD FINISH OUT OF HERE. YOU ARE LOSING OPPORTUNITIES. JR. WAS SECOND BEFORE THAT HAPPENED, BECAUSE HE WAS RUNNING SECOND PLACE. THESE GUYS KNOW THEY NEED TO COME OUT OF HERE WITH A A SHOT WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT HOMESTEAD.>>JR., GOING BY SCOTT RIGGS, I THINK IS 80 POINTS BEHIND JIMMIE JOHNSON. SO KIND WASH. HARVICK GOING BY 99. HE MADE THAT LOOK EASY.>>UPDATE ON HARVICK.>>HIS FATHER WAS TRYING TO HELP HIM FROM THE STAND TELLING HIM WHAT 9 WAS DOING ON THE RACETRACK, WHICH KASEY WAS HITTING A LIGHTER SPOT, AND THAT SEEMED TO HELP HIM ON EXIT. THE PROBLEM WAS KEVIN WAS TRYIN. BUT WHAT A GOOD RUN THEY ARE HAVING, CURRENTLY IN THE SIXTH POSITION.>>AFTER A TOUGH WEEK LAST SUNDAY IN ATLANTA. RICK TRYING TO HANG ON TO HIS CHAM CHANCES. HIS TEAMMATE JEFF BURTON, 42nd AFTER HE BLEW A TIRE AND HIT THE WALL EARLY IN THE GORDON. RIGGS TAKING THE NINTH POSITION. GORDON IN TENTH. SCOTT RIGGS LOOKING FOR THE BIG HE’S GOT EARNHARDT RIGHT IN HIS WINDSHIELD RIGHT NOW. THERE IS SOME GOOD RACING GOING ON, BUT TONY STEWART IS HAVING A DAY TO HIMSELF, LEADS BY A SECOND AND A HALF.>>BILL: JUST 86 LAPS TO GO HER. LAST DRIVE FOR TERRY LABONTE. WAITED OUT THE RAIN, RAN THE FIRST FOUR LAPS UNDER GREEN AND YELLOW. JEFF BURTON BROUGHT OUT AN EARLY CAUTION, CUT A TIRE AND HIT THE WALL.>>HIT THE WALL EXTREMELY HARD. DALE EARNHARDT JR. ON LAP 165 GETS AIR LOOSE OFF THE CORNER, GOES UP AND POUNDS THE WALL. FOLKS, I’M TELLING YOU, HIT THE WALL HARD, BUT STILL RUNNING WELL.>>CURRENTLY NINTH. SCHRADER HAS A TIRE GO DOWN WHICH CAUSES A MELEE BEHIND HIM. OUR DLP RACE RECAP. UNDER THE LIGHTS A MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN FORT WORTH, RACE NUMBER EIGHT IN THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP CHAMPIONSHIP.>>THERE’S JIMMIE JOHNSON GETTING AROUND THE 07, TAKING THE THIRD SPOT AWAY. BOWYER.>>ALL OF A SUDDEN, THE 07 OF BOWYER ISN’T AS FAST AS BEFORE.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON GETS STRONGER AND KASEY KAHNE GETSSTRONGER.>>ALLEN?>>THE FIRST TIME ALL DAY THAT THESE WORDS HAVE COME ACROSS JIMMIE JOHNSON’S RADIO, THAT HIS CAR FEELS GOOD. HE HAS ALWAYS SAID, AS I’VE HEARD IT,BUT.>>CLINT BOWYER AND HIS TEAM DEBATED SEVERAL TIMES WHETHER TO MAKE A CHANGE. THE LAST FOUR STOPS THEY HAVE MADE NO CHANGES. A LOT OF TIMES WHEN YOU HAVE A FAST RACE CAR, YOU GET LULLCOMF. BUT NOW THE CAR IS A LITTLE TOO LOOSE, AND THE RACETRACK IS CHANGING. THEY WILL MAKE ON THE NEXT STOP.>>A VETERAN WOULD KNOW THIS TRACK IS COOLING DOWN. WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE A CHANGE.>>WHAT WAS THE WORD THAT MARTY>>COMFORTABILITY OF A CAR. I USED IT BECAUSE I HEARD SOMEBODY ELSE SAY IT. THAT’S MY STORY AND I’M STICKING TO IT.>>MARTIN TRUEX JR. IN 11th. TRUEX HAS HAD ANOTHER GOOD RUN.>>DON’T SAY ANYTHING.>>JUST WATCH THE RACE.>>THESE GUYS NEED A GOOD FINISH. THEY HAVE HAD AWFUL LUCK THIS YEAR. A WEEK.>>GOOD ONE GOING HERE.>>WAIT UNTIL THEY GET TO HOMESTEAD. THEY HAVE SOME AT HOMESTEAD.>>I TALKED TO MARTIN ABOUT THAT. THEY WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT TASK. FORWARD TO THIS RACE, TOO.>>MARTIN SAID HE THOUGHT HE HAD A GOOD CAR, BUT THIS ISN’T THE CAR THEY WANTED TO BRING. THEY WANTED TO BRING THE CAR THEY RAN IN ATLANTA, AND WHEN THEY HAD PROBLEMS AND IS SUSTAINED DAMAGE, AO OUT WHICH SUSTAINED BODY DAMAGE. THEY SPENT UNTIL 2:00 IN THE AFTERNOON WORKING ON IT WITH THE INTENTION TO BRING IT HERE. THEN THEY REALIZED THEY HAD TOO MUCH DAMAGE. A CAUTION FLAG IS OUT.>>CAUTION ON THE SPEEDWAY WITH 78 GO.>>ROBBY GORDON IS VERY SLOW. I’M ASSUMING THIS IS WHAT HAS BROUGHT THE CAUTION FLAG OUT.>>ROBBY HAD STRONG HOPES AFTER A STRONG QUALIFYINGRUN.>>BLEW AN ENGINE UP THERE.>>SEES HIS DAY GO UP IN SMOKE.>>TRAVIS WILL BE THE LUCKY DOG AND GETS ONE OF HIS LAPS BACK. ROBBY HEADS FOR THE LETS SEE IF THIS 20 CREW CAN HOLD SERVICE ONE MORE TIME.>>THEY HAVE BEEN STRONG, LAST WEEK. THEY HAVE TONY OUT FRONT, HIS CAR IS RUNNING WELL, HANDLING WELL.>>DOING A GREAT JOB DRIVING. AND HIS PIT CREW KEEPS MAKING PIT STOPS AS FAST AS ANYONE E OVER THE WALL HERE. THE REIGNING NEXTEL CUP CHAMPION HAS TWO WINS, BUT NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP THIS YEAR.E IN THE TOP TEN.>>BOY, RUNNING REALLY WELL. PIT ROAD WILL BE OPEN THIS TIME.>>WHAT DO YOU GET FOR A FUEL WINDOW, B.P.?>>62 T66. SO YOU CAN’T MAKE IT FROM HEAR UNLESS YOU GET A LOT OF CAUTION LAPS. SEE HOW IT ALL PLAYS OUT. TIME FOR THE GUYS ON PIT ROAD TO SHINE, AND BE SURE YOU DON’T GET A SPEEDING TICKET. JIMMIE JOHNSON ASKED TICKLE THE AIR PRESSURE. REALLY HAPPY THE WAY IT’S HANDLING. SEE IF THE CREW CAN PICK HIM UP A COUPLE SPOTS.>>.2 OF AN AIR PRESSURE CHANGE.>>KASEY KAHNE SAID I WANT THE SAME ADJUSTMENTS AS LAST TIME. CAR IS A LITTLE TOO TIGHT. HALF AROUND THE UP BHE WEDGE.>>CLEARLY MISSES THE 16 BUNCH. THEY MADE A SLIGHT AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT. CAR HARD TO TURN PAST.>>IT LOOKS LIKE BOWYER LOST A FEWE.>>SEE HOW THIS ALL PLAYS OUT. TONY STEWART’S BOYS GETTING IT>>BILL: NBC SPORTS LIVE AT THE TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY LIVE IN FORT WORTH. THE CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. WE SAID YOU CAN’T MAKE ANY MISTAKES ON PIT ROAD, BUT SOME DID. MATT KENSETH TOO FAST EXITING, AND WILL HAVE TO START AT THE TAIL END OF THAT LINE. MATT IN THE 17 ISSUES FOR CLIN BOWYER.>>A LUG NUT JAMMED UP ON HIS CAR. CAME IN FOURTH AND CAME OUT 11th.>>TONY STEWART CAME IN AS THE RACE LEADER AND LEADER. HERE ARE THE GUYS WHO GO OVER THE WALL AND GET IT DONE.>>TOMORROW DE. TOM DEE.>>JODY, NORTH PATTERSON, ESCO CALIFORNIA.>>BRIAN LARSON, MICHIGAN.>>YOU CAN’T MAKE MISTAKES ON HIT ROAD, AND THOSE GUYS DON’T. YOU SEE THE SEVEN STOPS TODAY, O THE BACK, HAS STOPPED AND TOPPED OFF. I WONDER IF THAT MEANS ANYTHING ABOUT TRYING TO GO THE REST OF THE WAY.>>WELL, B.P., 74.>>THOSE GUYS SPECIALIZE IN RUNNING OUT OF FUEL.>>THAT’S TRUE.>>ALLEN?>>I’LL CLARIFY. ROBBY HAS TOLD THAT, HE SAID OF. HE SAID WE CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE FINISH ANYWAY, BUT IF THE LAST PIT STOPS ARE SPLASH AND DASHES, THEY CAN SPEND LESS TIME AND MAYBE PICK UP SOME TIME.>>NO KIDDING. HAVE TO 30th. WE’LL SEE HOW IT ALL PLAYS OUT. DO YOU THINK EVERYBODY IS RACING FOR SECOND TODAY?>>I THINK EVERYBODY IS RACING FOR SECOND. THIS IS A TIME WHEN KASEY KAHNE DOES COME ON. HAVEN’T SEEN ANYB HAS ANYTHING TO FOR THAT 20 CAR TONY STEWART.>>TONY STEWART TAKES OFF. TWO-TIRE STOP FOR GREG BIFFLE, THAT 16 TO THAT POSITION. JR. GOES DOWN UNDERNEATH THE 29. GOT TO GET LOCKED IN.>>IT’S IN 88. HE HAS RIGGS ON HIS BUMPER AND THEN TRUEX JR. THERE’S BOWYER IN THAT 07 CAR. UPDATE ON EARNHARDT?>>I THINK THEY ARE FULLY BACK, ABOUT TEN LAPS SHORT FROM MAKING IT ALL OF THE WAY ON FUEL. JR. SAID THAT WAS MUCH BETTER ON THAT RUN. HE SAID IF YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE MY CAR LOOSER, I THINKOU MAKE I IT WILL BE TOO TIGHT. LET’S LEAVE IT RIGHT WHERE IT IS. THIS MAY BE OUR LAST STOP OF THE NIGHT. I LIKE IT WHERE IT IS. WHAT A RALLY. THEY WERE 34th AT ONE POINT. NOW HE IS 7th EARNHARDT MENTION HE IS FEELING?>>HE HAS NOT SAID. BUT THE CREW IS WORRIED HE MAY HAVE KNOCKED IN THE CRUSH PANELS. THE CRUSH PANELS KEEP OUT ALL OF THE FUMES FROM THE CAR. GAVE HI IN THE RACE. HE HAS HAD THE FLU AND DOESN’T FEEL WELL, BUT HE HASN’T MENTIONED IT.>>IF HE PICKS UP A COUPLE MORE POSITIONS, HE WILL BE FEELING BETTER. HE HAS THREE CHASERS DIRECTLY I HARVICK. STRONG COMEBACK. DALE EARNHARDT JR. IN THAT EIGHT BUNCH.>>BACK.>>THAT’S MANAGEABLE. TWO TO GO AFTER TODAY.>>IF HE GAINS 17 TODAY. LOOK AT THIS. IT’S KASEY KAHNE’S TIME TO GO, RIGHT?>>THIS IS NORMALLY THE TIME WHENARTS SHINING, THIS TIME IN THE RACE. I WASN’T SURE IF STEWART WAS SHOWING EVERYTHING, BECAUSE NOBODY HAS THREATENED HIM THE WHOLE RACE. WE’LL SEE IF KASEY KAHNE CAN GET IT DONE. OTHER THAN RESTARTS, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN HIS REARVIEW MIRROR ALL DAY. CASEY SAID, AS HE CAME UNDER THE CAUTION, HE SAID I’M DRIVING THE FOOL OUT OF THIS CAR AND I CAN’T DRIVE DRIVE THIS 20. SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT. HE SAID HE DOESN’T HAVE TO WORE HOW HE POINTS THE CAR INTO THE CORNERS. I HAVE TO SET MYSELF UP GOING INTO THE CORNERS TO BE SURE MY EXIT IS OKAY.>>HE TOLD THE TEAM HOW GREAT THAT RACE CAR IS. YOU TO THE GUYS IN THE CHASE HAD TO BE THANK FULL STEWART DIDN’T MAKE IT IN. IF HE HAD MADE IT IN BY A WILD CARD, HE WOULD HAVE ENTERED TEXAS 13 MARKERS OUT OF THE LEAD, MORE POINTS SCORED SO FAR THAN ANY DRIVER IN THESE EIGHT RACES.>>RIGHT NOW HE’S TRYING TO FOCUS ON THE RACE. KASEY KAHNE ON HIS BUMPER.>>PROBABLY THE LAST GUY, BECAUSE THE LINE THAT STEWART RUNS IS THE THE GUY THAT’S GOOD WITH THE HIGHLINE IS IN HIS MIRROR. IF THE HIGHLINE WORKS FOR KASEY KAHNE, STEWART DOES NOT WANT TO RUN UP TO LOSE THE FRONT END ON THE CORNER. THAT MAY BE WHY TONY IS COMING UP ON TURN TWO.>>GIVE HIM A LITTLE DIRTY AIR COMING OFF OF THE CORNERS.>>GREG BIFFLE IN THE 16. JOHNSON CURRENTLY LEAD. THAT’S HENDRICK AGAINST ROUSH RIGHT THERE. THAT’S FOR THE THIRD POSITION. UPDATE ON BIFFLE.>>GREG BIFFLE STARTED THIS RACE 39. THEY SAID THEY WEREN’T THAT HIM. HE SAID HOW WELL THE 5 CAR DID WITH TWO TIRES DID INFLUENCE US. THIS IS WHAT WE FEEL LIKE WE NEED UNTIL THE END OF THE RACE, TRACK POSITION.>>THE QUESTION WILL BE OUTRACING THESE GUYS AT THE END. JOHNSON GETS THE POSITION. HARVICK CLOSES IN BEHIND HIM. KAHNE WORKING THE HIGH GROOVE. TONY STEWART THE LEADER. JOHNSON IN THIRD. BIFFLE IN HARVICK COMING. JUST LIKE OUT OF TURN FOUR. THAT WALL JUMPS OUT TO MEET YOU.>>BIFFLE TOOK TOO TIRES, RIGHT?>>YES. HARVICK TRYING TO GET THE POSITIONND DOES.>>I THINK BIFFLE IN THE 16th CAR IS TRYING ABOUT LIKE KYLE BUSCH DID IN THE 5 CAR WHEN HE HAD HIS TWO TIRES CHANGED.>>HE’S HOPING THE STRATEGY WORKS FOR HIM AS WELL.>>OF JIMMIE JOHNSON’S NOTEBOOK, HARVICK KNOWS YOU CAN HAVE A BIG SWING WITH A LITTLE MISFORTUNE FOR OTHERS AND GOOD LUCK FOR YOU. WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT ON AT TEXAS, HARVICK’S CAR HAS COME TO ADJUSTMENTS THROUGHOUT THE DAY. THE LAST STOP WAS A SMALL TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT. HE HAS CHANGED HIS LINE, AND IT HAS REALLY SEEMED TO HELP THIS RACE CAR.>>ABOUT JIMMIE JOHNSON, HIS CREW CHIEF SAID HARVICK WAS RUNNING FASTER TIMES. YOU TALK ABOUT TONY STEWART GOOD IN THE CHASE, BUT EXCEPT FOR A COUPLE OF THINGS OUT OF GETTING CRASHED IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND CRASHED IN TALLADEGA, THEY WOULD BE THE LEADER. LUCK HAS BEEN THE PROBLEM.>>THE JIMMIE JOHNSON THAT WILL CHALLENGE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP IS THE ONE WE’VE SEEN WHEN EVERYTHING COMES TOGETHER THEY GET THE STRONG FINISH. WHILE THEY DID RUN WELL IN SOME OF THOSE EARLIER RACES, THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE LUCK OR SITUATIONS TO HAVE THEM GET TO THE FRONT. DALE EARNHARDT JR. AND SCOTT RIGGS. JR. IN SEVENTH. TRYING TO CLOSE IN ON THE 5 CAR. BIFFLE ON TWO TIRES WOULD BE NEXT. BOY, IF EARNHARDT JR. GETS A TO.>>THAT’S AMAZING.>>THOSE GUYS SLAMMED PRETTY HARD OFF THE WALL.>>AND HE HAS BEEN SICK, NOT FEELING WELL. HE STARTED 34th ON LAP PITTED SIX TIMES TO WORK ON THE CAR. NOW HE’S SEVENTH, JUST EIGHT SECONDS BEHIND THE LEADER.>>I DON’T KNOW IF HE WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP RIGGS BEHIND HIM.>>I DON’T THINK HE IS. HIS CAR RUNS REALLY GOOD FOR AB OR 15 LAPS, AND THEN THESE CARS LIKE RIGGS AND TRUEX BECOME FASTER THAN HIM.>>SIDE BY SIDE, RIGGS TRYING TO OSITION NOW. TRUEX RIGHT BEHIND EARNHARDT. THE 10 MOVES IN FRONT OF THE 8. ALLEN?>>THIS TEAM TOOK CRITICISM EARLIER WHEN THEY WERE IN POSITION WITH A CHANCE TO WIN A RACE AND HAD A BAD PIT STOP. EVERYONE SAID THEY CHOKED UNIS CHANCE TO GET THIS CAR IN POSITION. THEY HAVE MADE CHANGES TO THE PIT CREW SINCE EARLY IN THE SEASON AND THEY FEEL LIKE THEY ARE UNDERPRESSURE.>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. HAS TALKED A LOT ABOUT HOW HE HAS MATURED. AFTER THEY WRECKED, HE CALMLY GOT THE CAR FIXED. LIKE IT’S WRECKED. THEY STOPPED AGAIN. JR. SAYS THE CAR IS A LITTLE SLICK ON THE REAR. THAT MEANS THE CAR IS A LITTLE LOOSE. HE IS TRYING TO GET AROUND THE 10 CAR, BUT>>THE CREW CHIEF FO EARNHARDT JR. SAID IT’S JUST GRAVY FOR US HERE ON IN. WE MAY BE A YEAR AWAY FROM THE CHAMPIONSHIP. WE’VE MADE THE GOAL, MADE THE CHASE, WE’VE BEEN RUNNING WELL. IF THEY COME BACK AND MAKE THE TOP FIV PHILOSOPHY WILL CHANGE. THEY WILL HAVE A NEW GOAL, TO WIN THE NEXTEL CUP IN THE FINAL TWO RACES OF THIS SEASON. THERE’S TONY EURY THEY HAVE REUNITED. A LOT OF PEOPLE DIDN’T THINK IT WOULD WORK BECAUSE IT DIDN’T END ON HAPPY CIRCUMSTANCES A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO. BUT EARNHARDT MADE THE CHASE AND RIGHT NOW THIRD IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP SUBSTANTIAL. ANH ON THE TRACK. TONY STEWART CONTINUES TO LEAD BY MORE THAN A SECOND OVER KASEY KAHNE.>>STEWART PULLED OUTOF KASEY K HAS PRETTY MUCH MAINTAINED THAT. I’M NOT SURE WE’VE SEEN EVERYTHING OUT OF TONY STEWART. THE FIRST TIME HE HAS HAD PRESSURE, DROVE OFF AND GOT A SECOND LEAD. IN FRONT OF STEWART TODAY HAS BEEN THE PACE CAR AND HE TRIED TO TAKE HIM OUT, OR AT LEAST THOUGHT ABOUT IT.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON RUNS IN THIRD. HE’S FIVE AND A HALF SECONDS AB SECOND AND A HALF BEHIND HARVICK. THERE’S MATT KENSETH. HIT WITH A PIT ROAD SPEEDING PENALTY AND HAD TO RESTART AT THE E OF THE LINE.>>19th.>>KENSETH MAKES THE PASS. UPDATE FROM ALLEN?>>A STRUGGLE WITH THE HANDLING OF THIS CAR. THEY HAVE NEVER CHALLENGED AT ALL FOR TEN SPOT ALL DAY. AFTER FEELING LIKE THEY HAD A CAR THAT COULD FINISH IN THE TOP EIGHT WHEN THE RACE STARTED. MATT KENSETH IS CONTINUING TO POUND IF THEY FINISH IN THE TOP TEN, THAT WILL REALLY BE A RALLY.>>WHAT IS IT YOU SAID? THINK THEY TAKE MUD PIE AND TURN IT INTO APPLE PIE.>>THEY ARE TRYING TO DO IT AGAIN. HE HAS GAINED TEN RESTART. FORMER SERIES CHAMPION. CAME IN HERE AS THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER, BUT HAD A POOR QUALIFYING RUN, HAD TO START 36th. GOOD FINISH IN ATLANTA. THIS IS FIFTH PLACE. GREG BIFFLE IN 15 AND KYLE BUSCH IN 5. GOING. HE HAS RADIOED THAT.>>ACCORDING TO US AS WELL. YOU CAN HEAR IT WHEN IT GOES BY. WE HAVE BEEN HEARING IT THE LAST THREE OR FOUR LAPS. SURE IF IT OR KYLE.>>IT’S BIFFLE.>>THANKS TO DAVE TO NARROWED IT DOWN FOR US.>>RIGGS IS GOING TO GET THE POSITION. THE QUESTION IS WHERE IS HE GOING TO BE WHEN THAT THING GOES?>>THERE WILL BE A LOT OF PEOPLE .>>HERE COMES EARNHARDT.>>THESE ARE THE THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT AT ATLANTA LAST WEEK, ABOUT THESE 500-MILE RACES, THESEBANKS, VERY DIFFICULT ON THE ENGINES.>>AND YOUR CARS RUN WELL ALL DAY, YOU HAVEN’T HAD ANY PROBLEMS, GET DOWN TO 75, 60, 50 TO GO, AND THE ENGINES ARE STAL HOPING NOTHING GOES WRONG.>>EARNHARDT GOT THE SPOT. NOW TRUEX BEHIND BIFFLE. 46 LAPS TO GO.>>BOY, IT’S REA’S GETTING WORS. TONY STEWART LEADS BY MORE THAN A SECOND OVER KASEY KAHNE. LET’S DO A TOP F FIELD.>>MAKING HIS STATEMENT, LEADING 234 LAPS. NOW THEY ARE ABOUT 12 LAPS SHORT OF FUEL. THEY ARE ALREADY TALKING ABOUT MAKING A SMALL AIR PRESSURE CHANGE WHEN THEY MAKE T BACKING PRESSURE CHANGE THEY MADE PREVIOUSLY.>>CAE KASEY KAHNE WILL HAVE TO WORK A LITTLE MORE TO CATCH THE 20 CAR. THEY ARE 15 STOP, THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT A TWO-TIRE CHANGE ONLY, TWO NEW TIRES AND HOPEFULLY THAT’S ENOUGH TO CATCH THE 20 CAR.>>LAP 315 WILL BE THE MAGIC NUMBER FOR JIMMIE JOHNSON.T TO THE FINISH, WILL NEED FUEL TO MAKE IT TO THE FINISH. WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT THE TIRE STRATEGY?>>HARVICK RUNNING WAY TOO TIGHT.TOO, ARE AROUND EIGHT TO NINE LAPS SHORT ON FUEL. BOUNCING AROUND WHETHER TO GO FOR A TWO-OR FOUR-TIRE CHANGE.>>KYLE BUSCH APPRECIATES HIS TEAM CAN DO FUEL CALCULATIONS. CAN WE MAKE IT ALL OF THE WAY? IN FACT, HIS CREW CHIEF BACKS THAT UP.>>IT’S DALE EARNHARDT JR. IN SEVENTH. BOWYER AND BIFFLE.>>HOW FAR YOU SAY KASEY KAHNE WAS BEHIND TONY STEWART?>>OVER A SECOND.>>HE IS CLOSING IN ON TONY STEWART ABOUT A TENTH OF A SEBD PER LAP. – SECOND PER LAP.>>BUT THEY HAVE TO MAKE A PIT STOP. THAT’S WHERE IT WILL BE WON OR LOST. HOW YOU GET ON PIT LANE, HOW FAST YOU GET TO THAT LINE ON PIT ENTRANCE, THE GUYS PUTTING IN THE RIGHT AROUNDING BACK UP TO . THERE IS A LOT MORE THAN PULLING IN AND GETTING SERVICED BY YOUR PIT CREW. IT’S ABOUT GETTING ON AND OFF UNDER GREEN.>>SIX SEASON WINS THIS YEAR, O.>>THAT’S A TRACK WHERE YOU CARRY A LOT OF MOMENTUM AND SPEED. THAT’S WHERE WE ARE OUR BEST. IT SHOWED ALL SEASON LONG. WE’LL WORK ON THE OTHER TRACTION TO GET THEM BETTER. I THINK THAT’S DRIVER AND LOOKI FOR ON THOSE TRACTION. I THINK OUR MILE AND A HALF TO TWO-MILE TRACKS HAVE BEEN GOOD THIS YEAR.>>ONE AT ATLANTA, ONE HERE IN .>>TEAM DIRECTOR FOR KASEY KAHNE, KENNY FRAN FRANCIS. EVERY ONE TELLS ME HE WAS ONE HECK OF A RACE DRIVER.>>YES.>>MARTY?>>THIS IS THE BEST PART OF THE RUN FOR KASEY KAHNE. AS IT GOES ALONG, THE CAR GETS LOOSER. THEY HAVE TO PIT ABOUT TEN LAPS EARLIER THAN EVERYBODY ELSE. I THINK THAT’S AN ADVANTAGE. THEY WILL HAVE THE FRESH TIRES ON A LITTLEELSE. MAYBE THEY CAN MAKE UP TIME ON THE 20 CAR.>>THE PROBLEM, MARTY, IS EVERYBODY GOING TO CHANGE TIRES OR PUT IN A HALF A CAN OF FUEL.>>IF YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE THE 5 ORGE TIRES AND SOME GUYS DO A SPLASH AND GO, YOU WILL LOSE A LOST TRACK TIME.>>IT WILL TAKE EIGHT OR NINE SECONDS TO CHANGE TWO TIRES. YOU CAN PUT A SPLASH OF GAS IN THE FINISH, IN THREE SECONDS.>>THE TIRES OVER THE TIME WOULDN’T HAVE THE BENEFIT YOU ARE HOPING FOR.>>AS FAST AS THESE GUYS ARE GOING, IT’S ALMOST A FOOTBALL FIELD A SECOND ON THIS RACETRACK. 00 YARDS ON THE RACETRACK WITH FRESH TIRES?>>TONY STEWART THE RACE LEADER. KASEY KAHNE SECOND. MARTY?>>THEY ARE SO MUCH FUEL THAN EVERYBODY ELSE. THEY ARE 15 OR 16 LAPS SHORTER. THEY HAVE TO TAKE THAT MUCH MORE FUEL. THEY HAVE TIME TO TAKE ON TWO TIRES, BUT YOU ARE RIGHT, THAT MAY IN THE END WIND UP HURTING THEM.>>IF THEY ARE GOING TO BE IN THERE THAT LONG, THEY MAY AS I THERE MAY BE PEOPLE THAT CAN GO LONGER AND DON’T NEED THAT MUCH FUEL.>>AND SOMEBODY MIGHT EVEN TRY AND GO WITHOUT STOPPING, DEPENDING ON WHAT MIGHT PLAY OUT. YOU NEVER KNOW. DON’T FORGET FOOTBALL NIGHT IN HERE ON NBC. BOB COSTAS AND THE GUYS GETTING YOU READY FOR THE SUNDAY NIGHT GAME, THE COLTS AND THE PATRIOTS. TONY STEWART HAS BEEN IN CONTROL MOST OF THE DAY. HE HAS LED LAPS. BUT KASEY KAHNE IN THAT 9 CAR, SEVEN CAREER WINS, SIX THIS SEASON, INCLUDING ONE EARLIER THIS SEASON RIGHT HERE AT TEXAS. HE HAS RUN FOUR RACES AT PLACE SECOND PLACE FINISH AMONG HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS HERE IN TEXAS. THAT’S 63 LAPS IN APRIL.>>STEWART IS GOING TO RUN INTO A LOT OF TRAFFIC HERE. WE WILL A HE SEE HOW HE GETS THROUGH IT. NOW HE HAS TWO CARSAT ARE SIDE . THAT WILL LET KASEY KAHNE CLOSE THE GAP CONSIDERABLY.>>TONY IS SAYING COME ON, GUYS, SOMEBODY PICK A LANE. LOOK HOW MUCH KASEY KAHNE GAINED JUST IN THAT ONE LAP.>>TONY DOWN LOW, CLEAR’S WARD. — CLEARS WARD. KAHNE OFF OF TWO.>>LISTENING TO THE 49 CAR A LITTLE BIT. KASEY KAHNE LOOKING TO THE LOW GROOVE, TRYING TO MOVE AROUND WARD BURTON. TONY STEWART, THREE-TIMES SERIES CHAMPION. DISAPPOINTING NIGHT AT RICHMOND, VIRGINIA WHEN HE FAILED TO QUALIFY FOR THE RACE TO THE NEXTEL CUP.>>WHEN HE HAD TO MOVETRACK, TH DOWN. YOU CAN SEE THE TRAFFIC AHEAD. STUART THE ORANGE CAR IN FRONT. THEN MORE LAP TRAFFIC. GOING TO SEE HOW THE PIT STRATEGY PLAYS OUT HERE IN THE CLOSING LAPSTEXAS. ALLEN?>>WHERE THAT STORY ABOUT GUYS AND TIRES HOLDING OUT? MATT KENSETH IS GOING TO TRY SOMETHING. THIS WILL BE SHORT PITTING, THINKING THE GAIN ON TIR THEM P.>>THAT’S A NEW STRATEGY THAT WE HADN’T IAN THOUGHT OF. — HADN’T EVEN THOUGHT OF.>>IF THE CAUTION COMES OUT AFTER THESE GUYS HAVE PITTEDTWO MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE.>>MARTY?>>KASEY KAHNE IS TRYING TO CATCH THAT 20 CAR. HE CAME ON THE RADIO AND SAID, I HAVE KILLED MY FRONT TIRES TRYING TO CATCH HIM. KENNY YOU ARE. WE ARE ABOUT TEN LAPS FROM OUR STOP. NINE LAPS UNTIL THE 9 CAR HITS PIT ROAD.>>INTERESTING MOVE FOR THE CREW CHIEF BYKENSETH.>>I DON’T BELIEVE HE HAS ANY CHOICE. TO CATCH TONY STEWART, HE NEEDS TO GET THAT TIRE OFF AND A BETTER ONE ON THERE. THE CREW.>>HE DID. HE WAS LIKE HE BURNED THAT OFF. GOT TO. CHANGE TWO.>>IF YOU ARE A DRIVER LIKE TONY STEWART, YOU HAVE COMPLETE CONFIDENCE IN YOUR OVER THE WALL GANG BECAUSE THEY DELIVER WEEKN VIRTUALLY FLAWLESS TODAY.>>FOR THE LAST TWO WEEKS.>>MARTIN TRUEX IN THE 1, DALE EARNHARDT JR. DRIVING THE 8 AND CLINT BOWYER IS RIGHT BEHIND 8. BOWYER NINE. STRONG RUN FOR DALE EARNHARDT JR. AFTER HITTING A WALL ON LAP 70. TERRY LABONTE IS SLOW RACETRACK. MORE ON KENSETH, ALLEN?>>WANT TO CLARIFY WHAT THEY’RE THINKING BY SHORT PITTING. MATT KENSETH IS RUNNING ONE SECOND FASTER.NOW, AS LONG AS THE CAUTION DOESN’T COME OUT, HE’S GOING TO GET A LOT OF GROUND ON THESE GUYS HE WAS RACING WITH AND MAY PULL OFF A TOP 15. THE ONLY ARE RISK, IF A CAUTION COMES OUT, HE WILL NINE POSITIO. THEY’RE GAMBLING ON THE CAUTION NOT COMING OUT AND USING THE SPEED TO TRY AND STEAL POINTS AWAY FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN A COUPLE WE HAVE HAD TEN CAUTIONS TODAY, 25 TO GO.>>THEY HAD NOTHING TO LOSS. THEY WEREN’T GOING TO GET. THEY WERE AROUND 16, 17. THEY WEREN’T GETTING ANYWHERE FROM THAT POINT.>>THE CAUTION COMES OUT NOW, HE’S GOING TO BE BACK ABOUT>>YOU ARE RIGHT, WALLY, HE WAS 18th WHEN THEY DECIDED THAT WAS THE MOVE THEY WERE GOING TO MAKE. THERE’S RACE LEADER TONY STEWART. WON A WEEK AGO TONIGHT IN ATLANTA IN A CAR.>>JOHNSON HAS MOVED INTO THE SECOND SPOT AND HE IS A HALF SECOND A LAUGH FASTER THAN TONY STEWART. ALLEN?>>ONE OF THE CREW CHIEFS DO DOWN HERE, THEY WATCH A SHOWS E CAR AND EVERY OTHER CAR ON THE FIELD RUNS. FOR THE LAST 25 LAPS, JAMIE JOHNSON HAS BEEN FASTER. NOW HE IS ONLY .7 OFHIND TONY S.>>SO TONY HAS A NEW PICTURE IN HIS MIRROR.>>THE 17 CAR TOOK A CHANCE, SHORT PILTEDT KASEY KAHNE NEEDSO DO. TONY STEWART PULLED AWAY, JOHNSON HAS PASSED HIM FOR SECOND.>>ALL HE WILL DO IS KEEP LOSING GROUND. YOU ARE RIGHT, THEY SHOULD HIT THE PIT.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON TRYING TO CLOSE IN ON TONY >>STUART CAUGHT THAT 38 CAR, HUNG BEHIND HIM FOR A COUPLE LAMBS. NOW HE IS GETTING DOWN UNDERNEATH HIM. JOHNSON IS THERE. TWO YEARS AGO, IN THE FIRST EVER CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP CHAMPIONSHIP, JIMMIE JOHNSONY E. RIGHT NOW HE RUNS SECOND ON THE TRACK BEHIND TONY STEWART. HE LEAD THE CHAMPIONSHIP BY 63 POINTS WITH TWO RACE T RACE TOS.>>STEWART BOBBLED A LITTLE BIT.>>THERE YOU SEE KENSETH.>>NEW TIRES.>>AS TONY. HE SAID FOUR TIRES. DALE EARNHARDT JR. WILL GAMBLE AND TAKE ON FOUR FRESH TIRES. A LITTLE LATE TO BE DOING THAT. THE TIRE CARRIER SLIPS AS HE COMES AROUND THE BACK SIDE OF THE CAR. THEY WILL GET THE FOUR TIRES JR TRACK. HE SAID THE CAR WAS EXTREMELY LOOSE. FOR KASEY KAHNE THEY SAID WHEN DO YOU WANT TO COME. HE SAID AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THEY ARE GOING TO KEEP WITH THE PLAN OF A LITTLE TOO LOOSE BY HIMSELF, AND HE KILLED THE CAR. HE STALLED IT, AND THEN HE GOT IT GOING, BUT THEY LOST TIME ON PIT ROAD, BILL.>>YOU HAVE TO BE MISTAKE FREE .>>TWO TIRES, TOP OFF THE FUEL. WE’RE EXPECTING JIMMIE JOHNSON ANY SECOND.>> TONY STEWA CONTENDER. TRYING TO GET HIS NEXT NEXTEL CUP WIN.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON IN THE 48 CAR. LOOK AT THE GROUND HE HAS LOST TOSTEW. >>I THINK HE LOOKS IN THE MIRROR AND WHEN HE WANTS TOTS GO, HE JUST GOES.>>CLINT BOWYER, HE SPENT THIS ENTIRE RUN RALLYING BACK. THEY ARE ALSO GOING TO TAKEHAT TIRES WILL HELP THEM GAIN SOME OF THIS TRACK POSITION BACK, AND THE FUEL TO MAKE IT ALL OF THE WAY TO THE END.>>TONY STEWART SAID I JUST WANT A SMALL AIR PRESSURE CHANGE IN THE RIGHT FRONT. THE CAR HAS GONE EXTREME TO THE TIGHT SIDE. THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT WANT FOUR, BUT ONLY A TWO-TIRE CHANGE. STEWART, SO HE DOESN’T LOSE A LOT OF CHANGE ON PIT ROAD.>>NOW WE’LL SEE HOW IT ALL PLAYS OUT. TONY STEWART.>>JOHNSON IS ON PIT ROAD.>>I WANT TO SEE HOW MANY TIRES THEY TAKE HERE. I BELIEVE THIS IS A FOUR-TIRE CHANGE. HERE THEY COME ON THE NEAR SIDE OF THE CAR. THEY THAT THE TWO EXTRA TIRES WILL GIVE THEM ENOUGH SPEED TO OVERTAKE STEWART.>>MEANWHILE, THE 24 OF JEFF GORDON, HE COMES IN. HE COULD HAVE HIT FROM LAP HE PULLS IN. MEARS GETS HIS STOP. EVERYBODY GOING RIGHT SIDE TIRES.>>JEFF GORDON CAREFUL NOT TO EXCEED THE SPEED LIMIT EXITING PIT HE SAID MY CAR IS STILL BA ON TURN 2. HE URGED THE TEAM NOT TO MAKE CHANGESES. HE WILL GET A CLEANER WIND>>PIT STOP. HERE’S TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY INSIDE OF 15 LAPS TO GO. IT WILL BE BUT THERE IS EIGHT TONY STEWART RIGHT BEHIND HIM.>>WHEN THIS THINGS HATCHES OUT. HE WILL HAVE TWO TIRES AND FOUR TIRES WITH 12 TO GO. THAT MEANS THE 48 FASTER TO CAT 20. COMING UP NEXT, FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA, RIGHT HERE ON NBC. WE HAVE THE COLTS AND THE PATRIOTS LATER TONIGHT. THOSE AR RACING STABLE OF COACH JOE GIBBS. VETERAN TONY STEWART IN THE 20. THIS PASS IS FOR THE LEAD, BUT HE HAS NOT PITTED YET. STEWART .>>IT’S IMPORTANT THAT STEWART DOESN’T GET HUNG UP IN TRAFFIC.>>MATT KENSETH WAS 18th. RIGHT NOW HE RUNS 18th.>>I TELL YOU TONY STEWART HAS ABOUT A FOUR SECOND LEAD OVER KASEY KAHNE. TONY STEWART MUST HAVE DONE AN INCREDIBLE JOB.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS TO BE MORE CAREFUL OF THAT, BECAUSE HE TRULY CAN’T AFFORD THE CHASE ANS NOT.>> STEWART CAN BUMP UP TO 100 RPM OFF THE SPEED.>>BRINGING A DIFFERENT RACE CAR HERE TO TEXAS. AFTERATLANTA, THEY MAKE A DECISION. WE’LL BRING THIS PARTICULAR RACE CAR AND SEE IF THEY CAN MAKE IT BACK-TO-BACK WINS. THEY HAVEN’T CHANGED MUCH. THEY POWER WASHED IT AND EVEN LEFT THE STICKER THEY LEFT ON THE DASH LAST WEEK AS S, HARDW AVAILABLE. THEY TOOK THE TROPHY AND HAD TO CUT IT IN TWO PIECES.>>GREG BIFFLE HAS HIT THE WALL.>>THIS WILL CHANGE THINGS NOW.>>THAT FOUR IS SECONDS YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT — >>GONE.>>HOW ABOUT THE TEN SECONDS?>>GONE.>>IF YOU’RE AT THE BACK OF THE FIELD WITH 17 CARS LAP, DOES SOMETHING BACK THERE COME GET TIRES TO HELP THEIR POSITION A LITTLE BIT?>>IT DEPENDS. I DON’T THINK MATT KENSETH HAS RUN ENOUGH LAPS. IF FIVE OR SIX OR SEVEN CARS HE STAY OUT.>>GREG BIFFLE.>>IT LOOKS LIKE THE AIR LEFT THE RIGHT FRONT TIRE RAPIDLY.>>WE TALKED ABOUT IT EARLIER. HE FELT THAT HIS MOTOR WAS BEGINNING TO SOUTH. DAVE, YOU KNOW A LITTLE MORE?>>GREG FEELS LIKE HE RAN OVER SOMETHING AND THAT’S WHAT PUT THE 16 INTO THE WALL. HE HAD BEEN RUNNING ON SEVEN CYLINDERS. AND THEN THAT ENDED HIS ENDED THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP LAST YEAR. DISAPPOINTING SEASON IN 2006.>>I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU.>>GO AHEAD, B.P.>>THE 29 OR FOR?>>TWO TIRES.>>HE HAS BEEN AWFULLY FAST THE LAST TWO LAPS.>>ABSOLUTELY AND THE 20 TEAM IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE TEAM THAT TOOK FOUR TIRES. IT WAS A DECISION OF JR. STAYING OUT ON THEY DIDN’T DEBATE THEIR DECISION. THAT WAS A HUGE DIFFERENCE LAST WEEK. NOW THEY’RE CONCERNED THAT MAYBE THEIR ROLLS WILL BE REVERSED BECAUSE THEY TOOK TWO TIRES. JR. HAS FOUR ANDJOHNSON HAS FOUR.>>MATT KENSETH CHANGED FOUR, BUT HE IS WAY BACK IN 16th.>>I WOULD SAY KENSETH WILL PROBABLY COME IN NOW.>>KASEY KAHNE CAME ON WE BLEW UP. HE SAID I JUST LOST THE ENGINE. COMING TO PIT ROAD.>>THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE. KASEY KAHNE COMING DOWN THE ROAD WITH WHAT HE THINKS IS AN THAT EXPIRED.>>THAT’S AMAZING.>>THE 26-YEAR-OLD FROM WASHINGTON WON HERE IN APRIL.>>BILL, THE 24 OF GORDON IS IN AS WELL. RIGHT SIDE TIRES HAVE ALREADY GONE ON. THEY HAVE NOTHING TO REALLY DEBATE HERE GOING FOR THEIT A ST AND SEE WHAT CAN HAPPEN.>>KASEY KAHNE IS DONE.>>PIT ROAD.>>THEY LOOKED INSIDE THE ENGINE TO SEE IF AND INDEED IT WAS SOMETHING INTERNAL. THESE GUYS ARE DONE. THIS IS AN UNBELIEVABLE TURN OF EVENTS.>>SEVENTH AT MARTINSVILLE, WIN AT CHARLOTTE. LAST WEEK TOOK HIMSELF OUT WHEN HE MOVE ON THE TRACK AND RAN INTO DAVID STREMME. BUT AS YOU TALKED ABOUT TONIGHT, THE ENGINE BUILDERS NIGHTMARE. JUST A FEW LAPS TO GO. IF THEY HADN’T PRACTICED EIGHT OR NINE MORE LAPS.>>KASEY KAHNE SO CHOSE TO VICTORY AND THE SOUR TASTE OF DEFEAT FOR KAHNE AFTER SIX WINS THIS SEAS THAT DOES, JIMMIE JOHNSON AND THOSE FOUR FRESH TIRES ONE SPOT CLOSER TO TONY STEWART. THEY GET THE ONE TO GO, ALLEN.>>THE CAUTION WAS BOTH A BREAK AND A PROBL JOHNSON. A BREAK THAT HE DIDN’T LOSE THE TIME ON PIT ROAD. BUT REDUCES THE NUMBER OF LAPS HE HAS TO DO SOMETHING BETWEEN >>A DIFFERENCE OF REVERSAL FROM TIRES. CAN YOUR WHEEL MAN HOLD THEM OFF?>>I THINK WE CAN. I’M GLAD WE HAVE A COUPLE CARS BETWEEN US. I CAN’T EVEN TALK HERE. FOUR TO GO. IN OUR SIDE. WE HAVE A GOOD HANDLE ON IT. THIS WOULD BE GOOD TO WIN HERE.>>TOLD HIM WHO HAD THE FOUR TIRES AND WHO DIDN’T. TONY’S REPLY WAS THAT’S EASY FOR YOU SAY.>>TONY HAS FIVE TOP NINE FINISHES HERE. YOU HAVE A COUPLE OF CHASERS. AND KEVIN HARVICK AND JIMMIE JOHNSON.>>IT SEEMS LIKE WE’RE GETTING DOWN TO THIS RACE ALL OF THE TIME. THIS IS WHERE TONY STEWART NEEDS TO RESTART. HE HAS TO GET A GOOD START TO GET AWAY FROM THAT 48 CAR AND J HUNG UP BEHIND HARVICK AND RIGGS.>>INSIDE TO GO. A SINGLE FILE RESTART. FOUR TO GO AS THEY TAKE THE GREEN. STEWART LEADS. HARV SO JOHNSON IS GOING TO GET ONE OF THOSE SPOTS.>>CHASING RACE LEADER TONY STEWART.>>TRUST ME, MIRROR FOR THAT 48 CAR. HE WANTS TO KNOW WHERE HE’S AT.>>RIGGS RUNS SECOND, BUT HERE COMES JOHNSON ON THOSE FOUR FRESH TIRES.>>IF HE GETS BY RIGGS HERE THIS LAP WITHOUT TOO MUCH TROUBLE, TONY IS GOING TO BE A SITTINHAV TROUBLE.>>BOBBLE THERE WITH RIGGS. THAT HOLDS UP JOHNSON. COULDN’T FIND THE AVENUE TO GET BY. KEVIN HARVICK IS GOING TO GO LOW. RIGGS CAN’T BLOCK THEM BOTH. JOHNSON GETS THE GETTING THEM L GETTING THEM LOOSE. INTO THE WALL.>>CAUTION IS OUT!>>KENSETH ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP GRASS. SCOTT RIGGS RUNNING SECOND. NOW A HARD HIT SITS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TRAIL HERE IN TEXAS.>>THE RACE ISN’T OVER. UNDER NASCAR RULES, WE WILL HAVE A GREEN, WHITE,ECKER, TWO MORE LAPS.>>NOT GOOD NEWS FOR TONY STEWART, BUT GOOD NEWS FOR JIMMIE JOHNSON.>>THERE’S RIGGS.>>IT LOOKED LIKE HARVICK GOT RIGHT UP ON THE 10 CAR AND TOOK THE AIR OFF THAT SPOILER.>>GO BACK AND TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED UNDER CAUTION HER AT TEXAS. THE 10 BOBBLED A BIT AND THE 29 WAS COMING. I DON’T THINK THE 29 EVER HIT HIM, BUT HE GOT CLOSE ENOUGH TO HIM WHERE HE TOOK THE AIR OFF THE SPOILER AND THAT’S ALL IT TOOK.>>TRUEX JUST GETS TAPPED BUT HANGS ONTO MISSES IT IT. GORDON THROUGH THE GRASS. NUMBER OF CARS USING PIT ROAD AS AN AVENUE TO AVOID THE TROUBLE ON THE FRONT STRETCH. THERE’S HARVICK RIGHT BE RIGGS.>>THAT WAS AN EXTREMELY HARD BLOW. A REAR SPRING BOUNCING ACROSS THE RACETRACK.>>IT WILL TAKE A WHILE TO CLEAN THIS UP.>>KENSETH IS PROBABLY GOING NOT AGAIN. HE WILL HAVE TO START AT THE BACK.>>BACK TO MUD PIE RIGHT NOW.>>KENSETH HAD WASHED R WOKRKED UP TO THE NINTH POSITION.>>HE HAS BEEN THERE AND BACK AND BACK, LONG DAY FOR THOSE GUYS.>>LISTEN. YOU CAN SEE THE SAFER BARRIER THERE, AS THEY CALL IT, AN ENERGY ABSORBING BARRIER. STILL A HARD HIT FOR RIGGS. CARL EDWARDS WENT AROUND. ON BOARD DALE EARNHARDT JR.>>AS SOON AS YOU SEE THE SMOKE YOU KNOW, TROUBLE. THERE WASN’T EVEN SMOKE ON THAT ONE.>>HELLO, HELLO, CLEAR, BUDDY.>>HE BOUGHT HIM OUT BIG TIME.>>DENNY HAMLIN ON BOARD.>>GOOD JO DENNY. SNI DID HE GET A PIECE OF IT OR NOT?>>I DON’T THINK HE DID. HE WILL HAVE TO CHANGE THE TIRES BECAUSE HE FLAT SPOTTED HIM.>>EARNHARDT WAS IN ONE WRECK, BUT HE HAS MISSED AT LEAST ATHLETE BEFORE THIS, THE NIGHT ENDED FOR KASEY KAHNE. MARTY SNIDER IS WITH HIM.>>ANY INDICATION YOU WERE HAVING AN ENGINE PROBLEM?>>NOT AT ALL. WE WERE FAST. KENNY DID A GOOD BATTLE ALL NIGHT FOR THE LEAD AND THAT WAS ME AND TONY. I THOUGHT WE WERE FLYING AND HE WAS STILL BETTER THAN I WAS. IT WAS A GOOD TIME. WE HAD A GREAT RACE. THE GOOD THING IS WE HAVE TWO RACES LEFT AND WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TOND WE HAVE NEXT YEAR, TOO.>>DID YOU THINK YOU COULD PASS HIM?>>NO.>>. >>I THINK IF WE HAD A CAUTION AND 20 LAPS, SHOT. HE WAS TOO GOOD WITH TWO TIRES.>>A LOT OF LATE DRAMA FOR YOU.>>IT’S TIGHTENING UP THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP. TWO RACE TOSS GO. RACES TO GO. PHOENIX AND HOME STED. KENSETH CAME IN AS THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER. LET’S START AT 36 AND GAVE UP THE LEAD WHEN THE GREEN FLAG CAME OUT. FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA COMING UP NEXT HERE ON NBC, SETTING THE STAGE FOR SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AND THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, PEYTON MANNING AGAINST GRADY. — BRADY. NASCAR WILL MAKE ONE ATTEMPT AS A TWO-LAP, GREEN FLAG, RACE FOR TWO LAPS. IF THE CAUTION COMES OUT AFTER THE GREEN, THE RAW IS WILL BE OVER. THERE ARE EIGHT SCORING LOOPS. NASCAR WILL USE THE SCORING LOOPS AND USE THE REPLAYS TO DETERMINE THEORDER.>>AS WE WATCHED HIM GO THROUGH THE WRECK HE GOT DAMAGE FROM MARTIN TRUEX JR. THEY WERE WORRIED THE LEFT FRONT MAY BE FLAT. THEY’VE LOOKED AT IT SEVERAL TIMES.E SURE IT’S NOT FLAT. THEY DETERMINED IT IS NOT FLAT ENOUGH TO BRING HIM ON TO PIT ROAD. THEY ARE GOING TO LEAVE HIM OUT, HOPING THE TIRE WILL STAY OUT.>>MATT KENSETH WILLELY TAKE FOUR TIRES. NASCAR IS READJUSTING THOSE POSITIONS BASED ON WHERE THEY WERE WHEN THE CAUTION CAME OUT. GIVEN THE NUMBER OF CARS, HOW FAR BACK DO WE FALL, WITH FRESH TIRES. THEY HAVE DECIDED TO STAY OUT OF PIT. THEY COULD STEAL A TOP TEN OUT OF THIS THING YET, DESPITE WHERE THEY’VE BEEN RUNNING.>>ONE THING ABOUT GOING BACK TO JR.’S CAR, I THINK THAT WILL HA.>>I THINK THAT CAME WHEN HE HIT THE RACETRACK AND BOTTOMED OUT. THAT’S WHERE THAT CAME FROM. BECAUSE WE HEARD ON HIS ON BOARD CAMERA SOME HEAVY CONTACT WITH THE DENNY HAMLIN HAS BEEN ON A OFF PIT ROAD, ANOTHER DRIVER IN THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP. HAMLIN IS FOURTH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND 1 THE ORDER. THE RACE CAR PUTS THE GREEN FLAG IN THE AIR. ONE ATTEMPT AT TWO LAPS TO DECIDE THE RACE HERE AT THE IT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY.>>THIS WILL BE A GOOD SHOOTOUT HERE.>>TWO OF THE LAST FOUR RAC DEC THAN A HALF A SECOND. 12th RACE HERE AT THE TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY FOR THE NEXTEL CUP SERIES. IN THE FIRST 11, 11 DIFFERENT WINNERS.>>YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER, TOO, THAT STEWART DOESN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO RACING. JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS TO BE A LITTLE MORE CAREFUL THAN TONY STEWART.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON TOOK FOUR TIRES. TONY STEWART TOOK TWO.>>GREEN FLAG IS IN TWO LAPS TO DECIDE. STEWART ON THE HIGH SIDE AND DUCKS IN BEHIND HIM. FLASH BULBS EVERYWHERE. STEWART LOW AND JOHNSON HIGH. HARVICK KYLE BUSCH IN 6. TONY STEWART HAS BEEN STRONG ALL DAY, HAS 277 LAPS. FLAG LAST LAP.>>I THINK HE WILL BE ABLE TO GET HIM.>>IT DOESN’T LOOK THAT WAY.>>DOWN THE BACK STRETCH FOR THE FINAL TIME. TONY STEWART WON LAST WEEK IN STRONG PIT STOPS AND A GOOD CREW. OUTSIDE THE CHASE, HE CANNOT DEFEND HIS CHASE, BUT HE CAN WIN THE RACE. TONY STEWART WINS AT TEXAS. WHAT A RUN FOR TONY STEWART !>>JERRY COOK.>>THE FIELD WAS SET FOR THE NEXTEL CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN SEPTEMBER. WHEN TONY STEWART WAS LOCKED OUT FOLLOWING THAT RACE, HE SAID WE HAVE ONE GOAL, TO WIN THEM ALL. EIGHT. TWO TO GO, PHOENIX AND HOMESTEAD. 278 OF THE LAPS HE LED. UNOFFICIALLY — THOSE FANS ARE GOING TO THE FENCE BECAUSE TONY STEWART’S TRADEMARK IS TO CLIMB THE FENCE AFTER A WIN. UNOFFICIALLY, HERE ARE THE CHAMPIONSHIP SUBSTANTIAL WITH TWO RACES TO GO IN THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP. JAMIE JOHNSON JUST 17 POINTS IN FRONT OF THE TEAM OF KENSETH. DALE EARNHARDT JR. AND DENNY HAMLIN AND KEVIN HARVICK, THE TOP FIVE. NEXT WEEK AT PHOENIX, ANY ONE OF THOSE DRIVERS COULD LEAVE AS THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER.>>I TOLD HIM HE BETTER GET A MATTRESS.>>GET WHAT?>>A MATTRESS. ON THE RACETRACK. ONE OF THESE DAYS HE’LL. >>STEWART TAKING OFF HIS SAFETY EQUIPMENT, AND THEN HE’LL CLIMB THE FENCE. UNOFFICIAL RESULTS FOR TONIGHT. TONY STEWART, JIMMIE JOHNSON, KEVIN HARVICK, KYLE BY DALE EA. WITH AN AMAZING RUN. TONY STEWART CLIMBS THE FENCE TO THE FLAG STAND AND WILL CELEBRATE WITH THE FANS. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT TO NASCAR RACING, PLEASE TUNE TO CNBC.

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  1. Last 500-mile race broadcast on NBC until the 2015 Southern 500 on September 6th, 2015. Last race before we had a repeat winner at Texas Motor Speedway. In the 2007 Samsung 500 Jeff Burton became the first two-time winner there. This was the 12th race at Texas, and let's just say we had a 12th different winner. Shh…don't give it away.

  2. A great race … not at one point did I think to myself … “self, you know what this race could use? Stages” I miss those old cars and the old chase, before the stage/playoff era

  3. 9:56 Dale Earnhardt Jr. was considered a veteran in 2006? He was barely 32 and his rookie year was 2000, so this was only his 7th year in the NASCAR cup serie

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