Unofficial race results, stats and winnings after Duck Commander 500 at Texas


Jimmie Johnson won at Texas Motor Speedway for the fourth time in the last six races there – and for the fifth time overall in his Sprint Cup career – in Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500.

Here are the unofficial results:

1 Jimmie Johnson … 334 laps … $523,501
2 Kevin Harvick … 334 laps … $379,720
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. … 334 laps … $255,495
4 Joey Logano … 334 laps … $246,628
5 Brad Keselowski … 334 laps … $215,436
6 Jamie McMurray … 334 laps … $193,201
7 Jeff Gordon … 334 laps … $191,771
8 Kasey Kahne … 334 laps … $153,035
9 Martin Truex Jr. … 334 laps … $163,380
10 Carl Edwards … 334 laps … $130,210
11 Denny Hamlin … 334 laps … $146,525
12 Ryan Newman … 334 laps … $163,070
13 David Ragan … 334 laps … $169,986
14 Kurt Busch … 334 laps … $156,445
15 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 334 laps … $135,345
16 Danica Patrick … 334 laps … $137,640
17 Greg Biffle … 334 laps … $154,073
18 Trevor Bayne … 334 laps … $161,915
19 Aric Almirola … 334 laps … $156,876
20 Austin Dillon … 334 laps … $155,776
21 AJ Allmendinger … 334 laps … $148,998
22 Clint Bowyer … 334 laps … $149,298
23 Matt Kenseth … 334 laps … $150,476
24 Tony Stewart … 334 laps … $139,154
25 Kyle Larson … 334 laps … $138,223
26 Sam Hornish Jr. … 334 laps … $135,060
27 Casey Mears … 333 laps … $131,248
28 David Gilliland … 333 laps … $127,648
29 Brett Moffitt … 333 laps … $133,004
30 Chris Buescher … 332 laps … $101,540
31 Michael McDowell … 332 laps …$98,115
32 Landon Cassill … 332 laps … $100,015
33 Alex Bowman … 330 laps … $110,573
34 Mat DiBenedetto … 330 laps … $104,362
35 Cole Whitt … 330 laps … $96,190
36 Mike Bliss … 328 laps … $92,565
37 Alex Kennedy … 325 laps … $91,418
38 Josh Wise … 284 laps … $84,403
39 Justin Allgaier … 257 laps … $88,340
40 Michael Annett … 246 laps … $76,340
41 Paul Menard … 222 laps … $80,340
42 Ryan Blaney … 71 laps … $68,340
43 JJ Yeley … 13 laps … $64,840

Average Speed: 140.500 mph

Time of Race: 3 hours, 33 minutes, 57 seconds

Margin of Victory: 1.107 seconds

Lead Changes: 29 among 9 drivers

Laps Led: Jimmie Johnson 128, Kevin Harvick 96, Kurt Busch 45, Brad Keselowski 27, Joey Logano 19, Jamie McMurray 9, Kasey Kahne 6, Jeff Gordon 3, Paul Menard 1.

Cautions: 8 for 40 laps

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Alex Bowman confident as he returns to racing from back injury


CONCORD, N.C. — Alex Bowman watched the rain-filled skies over Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday with more than a touch of disappointment.

As weather threatened to cancel Saturday night’s scheduled NASCAR Cup Series practice at the speedway, Bowman saw his chances to testing his car — and his body — dissolving in the raindrops. NASCAR ultimately cancelled practice and qualifying because of rain.

MORE: Wet weather cancels Charlotte Cup practice, qualifying

Bowman suffered a fractured vertebra in a sprint car accident last month and has missed three Cup races while he recovers. Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, the season’s longest race, is scheduled to mark his return to the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet.

“It would have been really nice to kickstart that with practice today,” Bowman said. “I haven’t raced or competitively driven a race car in a month. I’m trying to understand where my rusty areas are going to be and where I’m still good.”

Bowman ran 200 laps in a test season at North Wilkesboro Speedway this week, but, of course, that doesn’t compare with the faster speeds and tougher G-forces he’ll experience over 400 laps Sunday at CMS.

Bowman admitted that he is still experiencing pain from the back injury — his car flipped several times — and that he expects some pain during the race. But he said he is confident he’ll be OK and that the longer race distance won’t be an issue.

“I broke my back a month ago, and there’s definitely things that come along with that for a long time,” he said. “I have some discomfort here and there and there are things I do that don’t feel good. That’s just part of it. It’s stuff I’ll have to deal with. But, for the most part, I’m back to normal.

“I’m easing back into being in the gym. I’m trying to be smart with things. If I twist the wrong way, sometimes it hurts. In the race car at the end of a six-hour race, I’m probably not going to be the best.”

The sprint car crash interrupted what had been a fine seasonal start for Bowman. Although winless, he had three top fives and six top 10s in the first 10 races.

“I’m excited to be back,” Bowman said. “Hopefully, we can pick up where we left off and be strong right out of the gate.”

He said he hopes to return to short-track racing but not in the near future.

“Someday I want to get back in a sprint car or midget,” he said. “I felt like we were just getting rolling in a sprint car. That night we were pretty fast. Definitely a bummer there. That’s something I really want to conquer and be competitive at in the World of Outlaws or High Limits races. Somebody I’ll get back to that. It’s probably smart if I give my day job a little alone time for a bit.”




Charlotte NASCAR Cup Series starting lineup: Rain cancels qualifying


CONCORD, N.C. — William Byron and Kevin Harvick will start Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series 600-mile race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the front row after wet weather cancelled Saturday night qualifying.

Rain pelted the CMS area much of the day Saturday, and NASCAR announced at 3:45 p.m. that Cup practice and qualifying, scheduled for Saturday night, had been cancelled.

MORE: Alex Bowman confident as he returns to cockpit

The starting field was set by the NASCAR rulebook.

Following Byron and Harvick in the starting top 10 will be Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Bubba Wallace, Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

The elimination of the practice session was particularly problematic for Alex Bowman, scheduled to return to racing Sunday after missing three weeks with a back injury, and Jimmie Johnson, who will be starting only his third race this year. Johnson will start 37th — last in the field.

Charlotte Cup starting lineup

Wet weather cancels Charlotte Cup Series practice, qualifying


CONCORD, N.C. — NASCAR Cup Series drivers will start the longest race of the season with no practice or qualifying.

Wet weather and predictions of more to come led NASCAR to cancel Saturday night’s Cup Series practice and qualifying in mid-afternoon. The field for Sunday’s 600-mile race was set by the NASCAR rulebook, placing William Byron and Kevin Harvick on the front row for the  scheduled 6 p.m. start.

MORE: Charlotte Cup starting lineup

MORE: Alex Bowman confident as he returns to cockpit

Weather also could be an issue Sunday as more rain is predicted for the speedway area.

Drivers were scheduled to practice at 7 p.m. Saturday. That session was to be followed by qualifying at 7:45 p.m. The cancellations were announced at 3:45 p.m.

The time-trial cancellation marked the first time in 64 years that qualifying has been canceled for the 600.

Charlotte Xfinity race postponed to Monday by weather


CONCORD, N.C. — Persistent rain forced the postponement of Saturday’s scheduled 300-mile NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway to Monday.

The race is scheduled to start at noon ET. It will be televised by FS1 and broadcast by the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Driver introductions and other pre-race activities were held at the track Saturday, but rain that had dampened the track in the morning hours returned. After several attempts at drying the track, the race was postponed after heavier rain returned in mid-afternoon.

Justin Allgaier will start the race from the pole position.