Texas mid-race Snapshot: Duck Commander 500
April 07, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Catch up on everything that has happened halfway through the Sprint Cup Series race
Time Elapsed: 1 hour, 55 minutes
Tony Stewart, Laps 1-25
Kevin Harvick, Lap 26
Tony Stewart, Laps 27-51
Reed Sorenson, Lap 52
Tony Stewart, Laps 53-77
Brad Keselowski, Laps 78-97
Jeff Gordon, Laps 98-99
Brad Keselowski, Laps 100-122
Denny Hamlin, Laps 123-141
Jeff Gordon, Laps 142-143
Kyle Busch, Laps 144-153
Jeff Gordon, Laps 154-167
Lead changes as of Lap 167: 11
Record at Texas Motor Speedway: 33, achieved in in fall 2010
Laps 1-10 (Competition caution)
Laps 13-24 (The No. 88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr. hits the wall after dipping into the infield)
Laps 49-54 (Competition caution)
Best lap: Tony Stewart | 27.714 seconds
Top speed: Tony Stewart | 194.847 mph
Average speed: 131.233 mph
What to watch for:
New record: Tony Stewart became the all-time Sprint Cup Series lap leader at Texas Motor Speedway.
Tire strategy: With a clean race track, drivers are going to have to make the most out of their tires without risking one going down.
Newcomer to the Chase club? Halfway through the race, two of the six previous race winners are in the garage: Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Harvick's No. 4 went up in smoke and headed to the garage with engine issues, while a dip into the grass sent Earnhardt's up in fire.
Bad luck for Hendrick: Not long after the race went green, things started heading downhill for Hendrick Motorsports. Dale Earnhardt Jr. hit the infield while closely following Aric Almirola. The impact did serious damage to the No. 88, but flying mud and debris did some significant harm to teammate Jimmie Johnson behind him. It wasn't until several pit stops and repairs that the No. 48 could begin the battle back from laps down. Kasey Kahne had some issue on pit road, leaving him fighting his way into the top ten from the back of the pack. Jeff Gordon has been the saving grace for the team, leading at the halfway point.