AAA Texas 500 2012 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post Race Analysis

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AAA Texas 500 2012 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post Race Analysis
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Jimmie Johnson’s Sunday began and ended like the last one.

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The 2012 AAA Texas 500 resulted in the five-time NASCAR Cup Series champion winning his fifth race of the season. Like last week at Martinsville in the TUMS Fast Relief 500, he started in the pole position and took advantage of it.

As his poles begin to add up, so are his wins. And as his wins begin to add up, the distance between himself and Brad Keselowski widens in the Sprint Cup Standings.

The Associated Press reported that Keselowski was confident in where he’d start after he secured the eighth spot in the qualifying runs. He said (via ESPN):

We're in strong position to control our own destiny as far as the Chase is concerned and having a shot at winning it. That's really about all you can ask. Certainly you'd like to have a big lead, but that's not very realistic when you're racing the best and competing against the best.

Keselowski would’ve leapfrogged Johnson on the leaderboard with a win. But in the end, he was forced to settle for second. Because of that, Johnson’s Sprint Cup lead grew from two to seven points.

Johnson did dominate most of the race, though, as he led 168 laps. Comparatively, Keselowski led just 75. Kyle Busch, who finished third, led 80.

In other news, while the race ended in similar fashion as last week, it didn’t start the same for everyone.

Kevin Harvick was crashed into before it even started.

Here are the race results and current Chase for the Cup leaderboard.

AAA Texas 500 Results

Check out the full results here.

Pos. Driver Car Manufacturer
1 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 
3 Kyle Busch 18  Toyota 
4 Matt Kenseth 17  Ford
5 Tony Stewart 14  Chevrolet
6 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 
7 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 88 Chevrolet
8 Kurt Busch 78  Chevrolet 
9 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 
10 Greg Biffle 16  Ford 
11 Joey Logano 20  Toyota 
12 Ryan Newman 39  Chevrolet 
13 Martin Truex, Jr. 56 Toyota 
14 Jeff Gordon  24  Chevrolet 
15 Aric Almirola 43  Ford 
16 Carl Edwards 99  Ford 
17 Sam Hornish Jr. 22  Dodge 
18 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 
19 Jeff Burton 31  Chevrolet 
20 Denny Hamlin 11  Toyota

Chase for the Cup Standings

Rank Driver Trailing
1 Jimmie Johnson
2 Brad Keselowski -7
3 Clint Bowyer -36
4 Kasey Kahne
5 Matt Kenseth
6 Jeff Gordon
7 Denny Hamlin
8 Tony Stewart
9 Martin Truex, Jr.
10 Greg Biffle
11 Kevin Harvick
12 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -151

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.

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