Carl Edwards won the first race I covered for the DRC, in the fall of 2008, and he won again tonight. He advances to the final four of the Chase for the Sprint Cup and will race for the championship at Homestead in two weeks.
The cars of Edwards (first place), Joey Logano (second) and Kasey Kahne (random) will be taken to NASCAR’s research center for full inspection.
The AAA Texas 500 reached the halfway point at 8:45 p.m., making it official and meaning we won’t have to come back Monday if the rain returns tonight. If the rain does return, it needs to be a good, heavy rain that soaks the track and prevents NASCAR from attempting to dry the track again.
The AAA Texas 500 started at 6:55 p.m. under caution. The first six laps were run under the yellow flag. Past races here have taken between 3 hours, 30 minutes and 4 hours, with many between 3:30 and 3:40. So we’re looking at a finish around 10:45 p.m. if there are no more rain delays.
Drivers are in their cars. TV coverage has moved to NBCSN.
Command to fire engines expected about 6:15 p.m.
Danica Patrick just said during a TV interview that it’s sprinkling again. Track drying continues.
Green flag for the Fuzzy’s Taco Shop media center nacho bar has been confirmed for 4 p.m. The rain will not affect journalists eating nachos.
Chuck Norris and Dennis Quaid dropped by the media center this morning at TMS.
“I would not wear a T-shirt with my face on it if I wasn’t doing it for a good cause.” — Chuck Norris, founder of Kickstart Kids
During the national anthem, about the same time as the F-4 flyover, it started raining at 12:50 p.m.
The start time has been moved up from 1:16 p.m. to 1:04. Rain is on the way from the west, so efforts are underway to get the race in. Stay tuned for further updates.