Everything you need to know about the AAA Texas 500

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Today’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is the second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Round of 8.

After Jimmie Johnson punched his ticket into the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, seven drivers will be fighting for three remaining spots in the final round over the next two races.

Here is everything you need to know to get ready for a Texas-sized Chase showdown at the 1.5-mile track:

Green flag:

2:04 p.m. ET (Original start time, race is currently under a rain delay as of 4:00 p.m. ET)


11:30 a.m. ET: “NASCAR RaceDay” (FS1)

2 p.m. ET: Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500

2:30 a.m. ET: “NASCAR Victory Lane” (FS1)

Race distance: 334 laps, 501 miles

Track size: 1.5-mile quad oval

Grid size: 40 cars

Forecast: Cloudy, 25 percent chance of rain at green flag, high of 73 degrees

National anthem: U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division Band

Grand Marshal: Actor Dennis Quaid

Honorary pace car driver: Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister

Introducing drivers: Chuck Norris

Defending race winner: Jimmie Johnson (he’s won the past four fall races at Texas)

Front row: Austin Dillon and Joey Logano

Starting lineup: