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nars on fox presented by kfc sponsored by sprint. proud son sore ponsor of the nascar sprint cup series and by toyota, let's go places. nearing 200 laps and live here, time for the fox nascar midrace report, at texas motor speedway, the start of the rate delayed a couple of hours because of weather but it hasn't slowed down, martin truex jr. and carl edwards, they led the most laps in the first half. on? >> i know that two toyotas are really strong enough there. i'm looking at a chevy, dale earnhardt jr. has been holding steady and keep making adjustments getting better. won his first cup race ever. junior loves his track. if there is a short run at the end, he's got a really good short run car, as well. >> kyle busch qualified 15th trying to win his fourth
martinsville and making major changes on the car. we may see kyle busch bowing to the crowd at the end of the night. >> my guy started last and all the way up inside the top ten and taken half the race to do that and look for chase elliott competitive second half and maybe get into contention to win his first ever sprint cup race, the rookie is tough. >> i talked to my guy at the beginning of the race. martin truex jr., tonight he gets his first win in that toyota. >> carl edwards came in with a brand-new crew chief in dave rogers and have been on a hot streak and got their first pole of the season here at texas and tonight they get their first win together. >> i'm enjoying watching ricky stenhouse. so good on the big tracks this year, 12th or better at all of them. fifth at auto club speedway. started fifth tonight and won an xfinity race having a great run. >> jimmie johnson for his fourth
currently fifth. as high as fourth and as low as 27. darrell mentioned truex, 28 races since his last win and lost at the daytona 500 by 0.01 seconds. there's been five overtime finishes here. this race could be headed for an even later night. you're watching nascar on fox live from texas. ce. let's check it out. do any of you have kids? pi do yes. this car has a feature built in called teen driver technology, which lets parent's see how their teens are driving. oh, that's smart. it even mutes the radio until the seat belt is fastened. will it keep track of how many boys get it in the car? (laughter) cause that could be useful. this is ahead of what my audi has for sure. wish my beamer had that. i didn't even know that technology existed. i'm not in the market for
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good luck down there. let's have a big win tonight. >> after that -- >> blind on both straightaways. >> definitely seeing spots on the track. >> talking about pit road. >> we're making big changes out there. >> i tell you, i know he's in the race. >> i know what i'm doing. >> let me put it into per perspective perspective. we finish that run two inches down. that's perspective for us. >> 202 laps complete. battle for the lead heating up. between carl edwards and martin truex jr., four seconds ahead of dale earnhardt jr. matt kenseth and kyle busch. looking down from the front straightaway from the spotter's stand.
big moment for the leader as edwards came up to lap the deuce. see the white car there. look at that. corner. >> brad, i think he was doing all he could do wobbling trying to get up out of the way and how much faster the 19 is than the 2. >> the 19 hooked that white line, the paint down there sometimes gives you a little extra grip. the 2 -- that's what i love about brad. drives the wheels off it. they just don't have the car to keep up. >> no, he's trying to get out of the way and hitting the gas and almost lost it and martin truex was right there but did not force the issue. between edwards and truex, they have now led as they come around 200 out of 205 laps tonight between the two of them. >> here's the difference i'm seeing. i talked about this before. went to the brakes. you know, in the past he hasn't had to push the issue when we got to this stage of a run he
easy and be able to get inside or make the pass happen. that's not -- it's not happening that easy this time. i think carl and that team are starting to figure out some things to make their cars better. >> back in fifth place. kyle busch is eight seconds off of the lead. >> why is it every time i need rear grip i go down on the track bar and spin out? i'm faster than the guy in front yet i can never pass any of them. >> that guy in front of him, matt kenseth, is going to use the 46 as a pick here. michael annett to get past his teammate. >> you know, kyle is one of those drivers that he gets animated on the radio. he gets excited but it doesn't prevent him from still focusing
car dialed in as we look -- pats for the lead. >> this is where i get excited trying to go three wide on turn two. a pass on the outside. martin truex. but, again, martin does not force the issue. taking his time. >> you can't. when the tires are falling off this much and the grip level is going away you can't force the issue. what you have to do is find a way to just ease up on the tires, find a different lane, search around there, wait for them to either make a mistake or find an area on the track where you are a little bit stronger. >> we saw that with brad keselowski. the harder he tried the worse it was. that's what you run into. you got to be patient. >> there he goes. >> truex to the bottom. patience pays off. >> i got to believe. did carl point him to the inside? that looked fairly easy to me
really, really hard for that lead. >> i think that's smart. even if he did or didn't knew he was faster. >> i think carl wants to follow him and see what he's got that he doesn't. >> earnhardt on pit road. the rest will be there soon, jamie. >> dale jr., they were talking like -- it sounded like they were talking about a loose wheel and got three tight but another one so i am speculating what happened but junior kept saying i'm ready to come in whenever you are so obviously pitting very early for the 88. >> i don't know, jamie. looked like something was weird with the right rear when he went down pit road. only ran 32 green flag laps. >> in the wall goes josh wise. caution. he had tagged the wall earlier and came in for repair and now he's up against it and we're under yellow for the third time tonight. >> yeah, the 30 had been in the garage and almost caused this a second ago. vince.
he said it was way better that run but about 30 laps in turned wicked loose. >> the 48 is going to go a lap down. the 0 car actually stayed on the lead lap, i believe. >> guys, where kenseth and johnson are pitting, what they had to do is beat the leader, martin truex jr. to equal to the start/finish line across pit road. it's the imaginary line that goes all the way across. the 20 did beat the 78. to your point. jeff, i think the 48 did not. he'll go a lap down. the good news for matt kenseth, that 20, they should be leading this race when it all cycles through in this is going to work really well for the 20. >> now, at the moment of caution dale earnhardt jr. was the first car one lap down. he'll get the free pass. and to larry's point, kenseth has now made his stop so
stop under caution. if matt does not he will be the leader. josh wise up in the wall, turn three. >> yeah, the car they've taken it to the garage once and worked on it and brought it back out. >> really hard hit. >> look how flat the right side of that car is from that impact. >> got fluid running out of the front of the car so requires a good bit of cleanup. josh is okay and out of the car waiting for the rest of the field to file by under caution and he'll go down to the ambulance, make the mandatory ride to the care center to be checked out. >> we have a little debate going on on the racetrack between the 48 and probably nascar. but you know they said that the 88 was the free pass car and we saw where the 48 as larry mentioned was not at the start/finish line when the 78 went by. i think that chad and jimmie and them are arguing that point and they're probably going to have
>> so they'd be saying they were the first car one lap down as they approached that line that larry spoke of. >> that's the other side and know they are a lap down. they think they're the free pass car indeed. >> i tell chad one thing, do not take your headset off. >> because right in front of jimmie johnson is the 88. so obviously even nationwide is not quite certain on this. not the 88. >> the reason that dale jr. came in early, the left rear was loose on the number 88. here's the larry. >> got to make an adjustment. >> i think chad sent the 48 by and i think nascar is saying no. >> all right. here is truex coming to start/finish. >> 20 just crossed over the stewart finish line. you can see that the stewart finish line, i believe it's right -- sorry, sorry. got -- i think it's right there. >> 48 -- him back here.
>> back here. so -- so the 0 was clearly part the line. the 48 was not and so now i guess they'll hole the 48 and put him back in his spot. so race control is now checking on the position of all the cars that were a lap down at the time of the caution. >> but again now here we go back to the free pass because they were giving it to the 88 but wouldn't it be the 48? >> the question they're resolving right now. it may or may not be. just have to wait and see here. love those lug nuts stuck on his helmet. and the l.e.d. lights. everybody -- michael is wearing l.e.d. lights on his glasses. >> i can tell you based on what i'm seeing on the wheels and gleeing up these lug nuts they need less of those. >> doesn't need one in the helmet. i know where the fifth one, on his helmet. >> the wheel with the lug nuts glued up. >> hey, guy, i want to make sure
if you're pitting before the start/finish line, you have to beat the leader to that start/finish line that goes across pit road. if you're pitting beyond the start/finish line, then you have to beat him to the exit of pit road. in the case of kenseth he's pitting well before the start/finish line that goes across the road and make sure we're night and clear on that. >> larry, absolutely, i've been in this position and burned on it where you come into your pit stall and actually your crew chief says, yep, we'll stop but you only have to make it to the stewart finish line if you're on that half of pit road. if you're on the other half pitting on the other half pitting on the start/finish you have to beat him to the other end of pit road. >> pit road is closed as nascar reviews the position of the cars and that will determine who gets to pit this time around and review who the free pass car is. >> that was always -- >> i'm sorry, mike, go ahead. >> one of the most complicated things in our sport. when the green -- when the
is coming to the line and there are people on pit road, you know, time and score does a good job but need to back that up even with video. >> even this doesn't happen very often. one of the things we were adamant about pitting past the start/finish line for this very situation. >> i love looking for turn four down pit road on this, the first night race of the year. it looks like the neon lights on broadway because many of the 40 teams have used these neon lights to illuminate the pit boars and help guide their driver into their pit stall. some of them are really creative. >> i've never seen -- i've never seen pit road lit up like this. they are taking it to a whole other level and 88, they have a sign that happenings above their pit stall and the sign board that they put right in front of the car are both lit up in neon.
48, 48 in front of the 38 -- >> i want to take this even a step further if we have time to describe this. in my opinion, it's really beneficial to actually pit before the start/finish line in this situation because you're talking about you come off a -- off the racetrack at speed. you get into your pit stall, now you only have to go to the start/finish line. if you pit on the other side, d.w., that means you have to come all the way down pit road real slow losing time to the cars under green and then with -- you cross the line, you come into your pit stall then the caution comes out. now you've got to make it awe the way to the end of pit road so to me it's very beneficial in this situation to be in the first half of those stalls. year. >> but when the caution comes out, you have to slow down so it's probably 6 1/2 of another. >> while you guys are trying to
trying to sort it out, as well now they believe maybe they didn't get all the lugs tight on the left rear when jimmie came in on that pit stop. jimmie is feeling a vibration so they're going to consider here bringing jimmie back down pit road to make sure that left rear is tight. >> that's a man in deep thought right there about this whole process. so pit road remains closed. they have removed josh wise's car now being dragged to the garage. heavy hit between 3 and 4. now, you look straight across the start/finish line. here comes the yellow car of matt kenseth. he passes the line. there's martin truex. past the line -- way back here. >> no doubt in my mind. no doubt in my mind the 48 is definitely down a lap. it's whether or not he's the free pass car.
>> the key tonight for truex is to keep the car cutting to the center of the corner. the second half of this last run the tire really came to him but it was a little tight down the middle of three and four where the cutter is. jamie. >> chase elliott doing a heck of a job, in the back and up to fourth. they'll make a wedge adjustment, four tires, air pressure, carl edwards said all we need to do is beat the 78. the car is good. another air pressure adjustment, it's a drag race but 19 gets it. >> that number one pit stall, man, it's just so hard to beat that. >> there's your race off pit road. carl edwards, there he goes. i pledge allegiance to the flag uniting all kentucky fried chicken restaurants. and to the colonel, for which he sanders. which means hand breadin'
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116 laps to go with michael waltrip, chris myers, nice to have you watching. we starred late. rained a couple of hours. once they got going, they had that going. >> early in the race kyle busch and jimmie johnson were the fastest. they haven't been as fast since. >> martin truex and carl edwards dominating the first half of this race trading the lead back and forth. edwards led 124 laps. truex, 87. dale earnhardt jr., top five. a problem with the pits but they've got the fire out and hammed it hoping to hang in there. and carl edwards who has turned the fastest time in the race just over 192 miles an hour currently right behind matt kenseth. kenseth has been the hard luck loser so far having opportunities for victory. but, michael, just our fourth caution. we've seen guys on short run, the long runs. it's a balancing act.
>> you have edwards with a blading fast car right after they pit and truex tracked them down and takes the lead. these two have been dominant. matt kenseth has been looking for a break all year long and got his pit work before the caution -- he asupered the lead and got a fast toyota, as we. look for kenseth to try to establish himself as a dominant guy. >> rookie chase elliott quite a day having to start at the back. worked his way up, the 20-year-old in the 24 car currently running fifth. remember, dale earnhardt jr. is the only rookie who won in texas. that was his first top victory. >> you watch chase elliott and reminds you of who used to drive it, jeff gordon, so styling making moves around the track and fighting his way to the front and he's my pick. >> speaking of jeff gordon, he's getting ready to call the rest of the race? >> we can sort out the issue of who was the first car one lap down and it was as called. it was dale earnhardt jr.
racing to the line to try to beat martin truex to the line that extends all the way across pit road, the caution had already flown and the first lap down had already been decided and that was earnhardt so a matter of not whether he would be a lap down or whether he would stay on the lead lap or be a lap behind. >> so just think of it this way, at the time that caution came out, junior was the first car one lap down so he got the free pass. >> now we're one lap to go. so we get to go back to racing. >> got that sorted out. >> so a little confusion. but all resolved now so earnhardt will join the lead lap car, there will be 14 of them when we go back to green at 220 laps. problems for kevin harvick. too fat entering pit road. and a tire got away. watch the rear tire as they work
>> one of the gas guys is supposed to catch that but bounced out and couldn't get to it. >> that will roll all the way across pit road to the grass. >> almost got hamlin in the process. >> there she goes. >> a penalty for harvick, so he will go to the tail end and harvick's been hard on his pit crew lately. this is not good for harvick and that bunch. >> he can't say too much. he was speeding coming down pit road. you got more on that. >> too fast and section four, the section right before. it's just out of control. it will not repeat. one minute it's loose and one minute it's free. a lot of work still ahead on the 4. >> now jimmie johnson took the wave-around so he will be back on the lead lap. however, he -- >> how did he get the wave-around? the 20 car was ahead of him. >> we have to get back to raceing. >> i'm really confused now. it was all clear until then.
flag. look at that. >> all those gibbs cars right out front racing for the win, racing for the lead but what a night they're having. >> look at joey logano coming on the outside saw him have early run speed earlier in the race. >> been working on that little car. hasn't been that great and happening an the top ten but showing speed but, man, did he go into the third turn. >> only a short window of opportunity out on the outside before he has to get down to the bottom. >> i think he'll do that just fine. >> whoa, 11, 24 almost got together. >> carl edwards, he's off the pace. >> yeah. >> something is -- got a problem. something's happened. he'll get run over. >> the field flies by our polesitter. >> he'll come to pit road. >> definitely got a problem, not sure what it is just yet. >> what's going on? >> i am not wrecking it.
sounds like a flat tire to me. he said he's trying to come back without -- >> maybe they made contact and cut the tire or something. >> he comes to pit road. >> it's a wheel, guys. four tires. >> under green. >> jamie. >> and you heard it there. crew didn't know what was going on because carl hadn't said anything other than he was trying to save it so saying something is wrong with one of the wheels. carl right now saying he's not sure which one bringing it down car tonight. they're change all four. tough break for 19. >> tried to guess, it's one of those left sides only hit four lug nuts. maybe they only had three. >> a replay of the pit stop. looked like to me the right front had maybe two, three lug nuts most. let's take a look at it right here. watch this area right hire on the front right. watch what you see when the carrier goes away, it's bouncing
any -- >> fairly -- >> that's the problem. >> yeah, that wasn't even close, larry. only four over there and didn't any any of those tight. >> great job, larry. >> first three or four, carl edwards' crew had the three fastest stops of the entire night. make a miscue here. one of the things that is bothering me is, you know, we've been suspecting that they've been doing four lug nuts. but when they make it so obvious but not putting a nut on there i don't know how that is will look at that in d.w., i'm pretty sure that's on the left side. on the right we think they're hitting five but you have to get the ones on the wheel first. >> never thought they would be so blatant with leaving it off and looking at it and seeing it. >> we brag on the pit crews especially joe gibbs racing and their pit crew but that's the problem when you're going that fast when you're doing it
is on the line. you go too fast and you miss one. you get out of rhythm and all of a sudden have a loose wheel. >> 11-second pit stops. that's physically impossible. >> hard to do that every single time without making a mistake. >> matt yocum showed us 78 was only gluing up four on the left and right? oh, my. >> i know. as i say it's coming -- it's become pretty blatant and pretty obvious. matt kenseth has led in six of the seven races this season. best finish, though, seventh at phoenix. vince. >> yeah, hard to believe, mike, which is as well as they've run this season during the stretch of rates their average finish is 18.5. matt has talked throughout the course of tonight about how dirty and turbulent the air is and how it's affected his race car, being out front is what the doctor ordered for that and helped -- >> interesting to see if the martin truex can chase down the
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