The AAA Texas 500, the eighth race in the NASCAR Cup Chase to ultimate victory, airs live on NBCSN at 3PM ET on Sunday, November 4, 2018.
Every year, the green flag comes down at the Texas Motor Speedway, where a wild finish is always expected during the last lap toward victory lane. As darkness falls, a winner is finally declared under the bright lights in Fort Worth, TX.
Overall, it's an outright brawl to see who qualifies to compete in the Cup Series Championship, and big prize money and reputations are on the line.
The entire weekend, in fact, is devoted to qualifying contests with action-packed races scheduled this year from November 2 up until the final event on Sunday.
And, once the party is over there's the ultimate battle for position at season's end at the Ford 400 -- only two weeks away!
Notable past winners of the AAA Texas 500 include Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson (who has won it six times). Last year, it was Kevin Harwick who drove to victory lane in his first career win at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Who will take it this year? Stay tuned...
DID YOU KNOW? AAA Texas 500 trivia & fun facts
"The Fastest Town in the West"
• As part of a marketing campaign begun in 2014, the northern part of Fort Worth became known as No Limits, Texas - "Home to the Texas Motor Speedway, the fastest town in the West".
• The winner of the AAA Texas 500 receives a trophy in the shape of cowboy boots. The winning driver also wears a cowboy hat and fires a couple of six-shooters into the air (yee haw!) on victory lane.
• The race is featured in the 2006 Hollywood hit, "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby", but it was actually shot at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the wall painted to look like Texas.
• With the ability to seat over 190,000, Texas Motor Speedway has the largest capacity for any NASCAR track after Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
More about the AAA Texas 500 around the Web:
Texas Motor Speedway - The official site of the AAA Texas 500 venue with photos, news features & ticket info.