NASCAR: Duck Commander 500 rescheduled for today
FORT WORTH, Texas — The Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway that was scheduled for Sunday will be run today (Monday, April 7) at 11 a.m. because of continued rain at the track.
The green flag originally was scheduled to drop at 2 p.m. Sunday, but morning and midday rain prompted NASCAR and track officials to push back the start time. Continued rain dampened those plans.
When the race does get underway today, Tony Stewart will start from the pole for the first time in Sprint Cup competition since 2012. Stewart is a two-time winner at Texas. He’ll be joined on the front row by Brad Keselowski, who has started on the front row in five of the last six races.
“I’m not normally a qualifier, but our first round we were 16th and I didn’t think I ran a very strong lap,” Stewart said. “So, I felt like I could do better the second round and we were second quick after that. The third round it was just a matter of waiting until the end trying to let the tires cool off as much as we could; got out and had a really good lap.”
Stewart’s Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick also has a fast car. Before claiming the third starting spot, Harvick posted the fastest lap ever during a NASCAR qualifying session at a mile-and-a-half track with a speed of 198.282 mph.
With three wins each, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards are the winningest drivers at TMS among active drivers. Edwards will start the race from the fifth spot, while Johnson starts outside the top-10 in 16th.
“The track has been great for us and winning the pole there last year was a blast,” Edwards said. “We are headed back there in our Fastenal Ford with winning as our only goal.”
This season’s six races have produced six different winners and Edwards is among them. Johnson, though, still is seeking his first win of the season.
Kyle Bush, the winner of last year’s race at Texas, will start in the back half of the field in the 29th spot.
Kurt Busch, last week’s race winner at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, and a teammate to Harvick and Stewart, will start just outside the top-10 in 11th.
“The adrenaline of winning and accomplishing something special as a team carries over, but Martinsville is a half-mile track that is very different from the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway,” Busch said. “The way we struggled at Las Vegas earlier this year, we know that we definitely need to rebound on the 1.5-mile tracks. We need to use this adrenaline and momentum from Martinsville last week to help us at Texas.”