Football players like it slow

Five-time Super Bowl champ Charles Haley is finishing work on his 1968 Ford Mustang convertible. He was just asked to bring it out here to TMS for some laps. He said no one’s driving it over 45. “That’s my girlfriend. We take it slow,” he said.

Trucks race tonight at TMS

Tyler Reddick, last week's winner at Dover Downs

Tyler Reddick, last week’s winner at Dover Downs

Team Penske in the house

very professional

very professional

Helio’s car dances through the tech line


After practice, the Indy cars get ready for Firestone 600K qualifying.

Fine evening of entertainment

Really good crowd on hand tonight for what turned out to be a pretty exciting race. Last 65 laps really threw some curveballs, with several strategy swings and some great side-by-side battles for the win.

Jimmie Johnson gets the win, his first in the Duck Commander 500.

The nearly full grandstand continues a trend that has seen great crowds at several Sprint Cup races this season.

The next major race weekend in Fort Worth will see Indy cars and NASCAR trucks. See you in June!

No. 46 update

Annett is running 28th but now two laps down. Kurt Busch lapped him on lap 71, and he lost more ground on green-flag pit stops.

Update: 8:53 p.m., Annett just made two consecutive pit stops and has dropped to 34th, five laps down on lap 220.

Update: 9:11 p.m., After pit stop cycles, Annett is 32nd, three laps down on lap 241.

Update: 9:19 p.m., Annett brings out the fifth caution when he hits the outside wall. The car has significant damage on the right side. Pit crew is looking at the car on pit road.

Update: 9:20 p.m., PIt crew is pushing car backward up pit road. Annett is headed to the garage.

Where’s Denton?

Fox just reported that one of the drivers said one part of his car was trying to go to Fort Worth while the opposite side of the car was trying to go to Denton. Didn’t catch who it was. It’s a little busy here taking notes, watching the track and eating Fuzzy’s nachos.

Denton connection

Marcos Castro is a Ryan graduate who builds shocks for Michael Annett’s No. 46 Chevrolet at HScott Motorsports. Annett is running 30th and on the lead lap 57 circuits into the race.

And they’re off

Sadie Robertson led the prerace prayer, and the Duck Commander 500 is under way.

After singing “Stockyards” …

The Casey Donahew Band performs "Back Home in Texas" on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

The Casey Donahew Band performs “Back Home in Texas” on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.