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NASCAR Texas 2014: Lineup, starting grid for AAA Texas 500

The 334-lap race is the second event of the third round for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Sean Gardner

The Chase for the Sprint Cup continues in Texas this week. The AAA Texas 500 takes place at Texas Motor Speedway. With a qualifying-lap of 199.299 miles per hour, Matt Kenseth secured the No. 1 position for Sunday's race. That was the fastest qualifying session on a mile-and-a-half track in NASCAR history.

Coming in at the second spot is Jeff Gordon, the current points leader in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. He'll have Jimmie Johnson breathing down his neck, though. Johnson, winner of the past two fall Texas races, sits behind him in spot No. 3, though he is no longer eligible to win the Cup.

Ryan Newman, who's currently second in the points standings, comes in at the seventh position in this race. Kevin Harvick is barley staying alive in eighth-place, but he did manage to earn the fifth starting position in the race.

With only eight drivers left eligible to win the Sprint Cup, here's a look at who those eight are, as well as their season-earnings.

Rank Driver Points Wins Starts Poles Laps led Top 5 Top 10 Earnings
1
Jeff Gordon 4044 4 33 2 873 13 21 6,722,862
2
Ryan Newman 4041 0 33 0 41 4 15 4,044,795
3
Joey Logano 4040 5 33 1 976 16 21 6,382,967
4
Matt Kenseth 4039 0 33 1 470 12 20 6,027,076
5
Denny Hamlin 4037 1 32 2 286 6 15 5,189,339
6 Carl Edwards 4024 2 33 0 135 7 13 4,637,813
7
Brad Keselowski 4013 6 33 5 1518 14 17 7,089,223
8
Kevin Harvick 4011 3 33 8 1817 11 17 6,094,298

AAA Texas 500 Lineup

Position Driver Car Speed
1 Matt Kenseth Toyota 199.299
2 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 199.291
3 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 198.983
4 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 198.910
5 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 198.836
6 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 198.508
7 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 198.500
8 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet 198.398
9 Kyle Busch Toyota 198.333
10 Joey Logano Ford 198.071
11 Carl Edwards Ford 198.042
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 197.744
13 Brian Vickers Toyota 198.646
14 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 198.632
15 Paul Menard Chevrolet 198.515
16 Marcos Ambrose Ford 198.493
17 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 198.354
18 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 198.311
19 Greg Biffle Ford 198.129
20 Denny Hamlin Toyota 197.773
21 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 197.751
22 Aric Almirola Ford 197.477
23 A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 197.087
24 Clint Bowyer Toyota 196.707
25 Trevor Bayne Ford 197.571
26 Brad Keselowski Ford 197.181
27 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 196.822
28 Michael McDowell Ford 196.685
29 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 196.635
30 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 196.385
31 David Gilliland Ford 196.364
32 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 195.986
33 Michael Annett Chevrolet 195.751
34 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 195.744
35 Alex Bowman Toyota 195.659
36 Josh Wise Chevrolet 195.503
37 David Ragan Chevrolet 195.447
38 Casey Mears Chevrolet 195.390
39 J.J. Yeley Toyota 194.098
40 Cole Whitt Toyota 192.871
41 Brett Moffitt Toyota 192.768
42 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 192.075
43 Joey Gase Ford 189.633