NASCAR at Texas 2016 Qualifying Results: Race Order, Final Times and Reaction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistNovember 5, 2016

Austin Dillon shows off the award in victory late after taking the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Texas Motor Speedway Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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NASCAR heads to Texas this weekend with just three races left for the AAA Texas 500. Austin Dillon took home the pole during Friday's qualifying session. 

Dillon led the way with a stellar run around the track at 192.301 mph. He will be followed by Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson in the top five. 

Here are the full qualifying results from Friday's qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway:

2016 NASCAR At Texas Qualifying Results
PositionDriverSpeed (MPH)
1Austin Dillon192.301
2Joey Logano192.260
3Kevin Harvick192.178
4Brad Keselowski192.130
5Kyle Larson191.959
6Paul Menard191.523
7Matt Kenseth191.381
8Ryan Blaney191.272
9Carl Edwards190.988
10Kurt Busch190.543
11Chase Elliott190.429
12Martin Truex Jr.189.560
13Casey Mears191.232
14A.J. Allmendinger191.191
15Jamie McMurray191.049
16Alex Bowman190.894
17Denny Hamlin190.826
18Ryan Newman190.577
19Jimmie Johnson189.520
20Ricky Stenhouse Jr.189.195
21Aric Almirola188.659
22Danica Patrick187.878
23Tony StewartN/A
24Kyle Busch194.056
25Greg Biffle191.144
26Trevor Bayne190.759
27Clint Bowyer190.732
28Michael McDowell190.523
29Brian Scott190.328
30Chris Buescher190.315
31Kasey Kahne190.215
32Regan Smith189.907
33Matt DiBenedetto189.900
34Landon Cassill189.069
35Ryan Ellis188.495
36David Ragan187.643
37Michael Annett186.832
38Reed Sorensen184.200
39Joey Gase182.063
40Josh Wise180.741
Source: NASCAR.com

Dillon's pole marks just his third on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit, with Richard Childress Racing posting footage of the elated youngster after his triumph:

RCR @RCRracing

Oh yeah @austindillon3 is pumped for his 3rd career Sprint Cup pole! https://t.co/LeEzJvZPiF

The 26-year-old is still in search of his first career victory at this level after 22 top-10 finishes. His best finish this season was at Talladega in May, when he came in third. 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. provided some good-natured ribbing after Dillon captured the pole:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. @DaleJr

Congrats to @austindillon3 on the pole @TXMotorSpeedway. His dad couldn't drive a nail. 😉 So this is pretty cool bragging rights at home.

Sunday's event marks the second of the three-race Round of 8 portion of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. 

Jimmie Johnson currently holds a slim five-point edge over Denny Hamlin. Both drivers were basically even in qualifying, with Hamlin coming out of things in the 17th position and Johnson starting 19th on Sunday. 

Johnson is not under any pressure this week, knowing his spot in the final four is secure thanks to his victory at Martinsville last week. He is a serious threat to win again this week having won five times on this track since 2012, including a win in this race last year. 

Logano has put himself in a prime spot to be a big winner this weekend. He's fifth in the Chase standings and will start from the second position, though he wasn't wholly satisfied with how things played out on Friday:

Joey Logano @joeylogano

Man that was close. Just need a little more gas & a little less brake. We will get the #AAAracing @Ford dialed and be ready on Sunday.

Harvick isn't exactly sweating things out, starting right behind Logano in the field. He does need a rebound performance this weekend after finishing 20th last week in Martinsville. 

Kyle Busch, on the other hand, did not do himself any favors in qualifying. The No. 18 had the worst qualifying run of the eight drivers still in the Chase field. He wasn't helped by a crash during practice earlier in the day, via NASCAR:


EARLY in first practice, @KyleBusch runs into the wall. Uh oh. #TheChase https://t.co/NAl9d4EOjj

Following the crash, Busch talked about his path to success this weekend and trying to defend his Sprint Cup title with Joe Menzer of FoxSports.com:

It’s unfortunate there with our practice crash that we had. It kind of puts us a little bit more behind the eight ball than we’d like to be. I hate that happened for my guys and all the work they’ve already put into my primary and now having to switch to a backup car is not how we wanted to start off practice. We didn’t even get a lap on that thing.

Things would get more complicated for Busch when qualifying started. He did fare well in the opening practice round with the second-fastest time, but Kenny Bruce of NASCAR.com noted his backup car had a radiator hose come loose after the round ended. 

Drama and urgency are at a fever pitch for drivers still in the Chase. Johnson can take his foot off the pedal if he wants to, though his success on this track has to make him the favorite. 

Everyone looking up at Johnson in the standings knows time is running out to make a move. Dillon doesn't have a Sprint Cup on the line, though if his big breakthrough finally comes on Sunday, it could wreak havoc on the points standings heading into the final race in the Round of 8. 


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