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NASCAR Sprint Cup: AAA 500 schedule, TV times

This week’s race

AAA 500

What: 334 laps (501 miles)

Where: Texas Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile banked, paved quad-oval in Fort Worth, Texas

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

TV: ESPN

Radio: Performance Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Jimmie Johnson

Also this week: WinStar 350k, Camping World Truck Series, Texas Motor Speedway, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Fox Sports 1.

• O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Nationwide Series, Texas Motor Speedway, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2.



Worth mentioning: The Harlem Globetrotters have been named the grand marshals of Sunday’s race and will have the honor of giving the starting command to the field.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

HOT

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: His victory helped Hendrick Motorsports weather a difficult anniversary a bit easier.

Jeff Gordon: The Drive for Five remains alive.

Ryan Newman: Not winning but doing everything else to stay in the hunt for a championship.

Tony Stewart: He likely appreciated being able to talk about performance on the race track for a change.

Darrell Wallace Jr.: Three wins this season and now in the thick of the Truck series championship hunt.

Matt Tifft: UNC Charlotte student finished eighth in his Truck series debut at Martinsville.

NOT

Brad Keselowski: Thankfully he knows how to win this season – he’ll likely need to in order to reach the next round of the Chase.

Kevin Harvick: Please see Brad Keselowski.

Johnny Sauter: If you dish it out, you better be prepared to take it.

Jim Utter

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