Jimmie Johnson, the five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Sereis champion, dominated throughout the beautiful fall Sunday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway to become the first back-to-back winner of the AAA Texas 500. In leading 255 of the race's 334 laps, Johnson took a seven point lead over Matt Kenseth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
The win was Johnson's third at Texas Motor Speedway, which ties him with Carl Edwards for the most career Sprint Cup victories at the huge track in north Fort Worth. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished second to give Hendricks Motorsports the top two spots. Jeff Gordon, another of Hendricks' well-known drivers, did not fare as well as he had a tire blow out on Lap 75 to effectively end his chances at the Sprint Cup.
"I've been watching a lot of MMA fighting lately and you'll fall into a rhythm and think somebosy has got the fight won, and it doesn't end that way," Johnson said following his victory. "That's how this (the Chase for the Sprint Cup) is going to be."
While fans witnessed the total domination, the race itself was only the main course of the day-long festivities at Texas Motor Speedway. The infield area was full of action with parties inside the tents and RVs and, of course, there was the No Limits Garage Party Presented by WinStar World Casino that included all of the shennanigans of the Wild Asphalt Circus. The craziness that took place this year included Jennifer Schnieder aka the Cannon Lady performing a human cannonball act by firing herself over the Nationwide garage and into a net, an animal freak show that included the world's largest rat and the world's smallest horse, the Ives Brothers Wall of Death featuring brothers ages seven and nine performing stunts and mulitple bouts of extreme midget wrestling.
The Ricky Bobby Sports Saloon and Restaurant Pre-Race Show that featured OAR performing in concert gave fans the chance to go down onto theactual front stretch of the track to watch the show up close with a pre-race 'Mosh Pit' credential. The same pass also gave fans access to the driver's introductions as they made their way to their cars.
THe NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Fort Worth the first weekend in April that will feature the debut of the world's largest HD screen known as 'Big Hoss.' The race has been shifted from its traditional Saturday night spot to Sunday afternoon with the NCAA Men's Final Four being held the same weekend at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
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