Next s top Texas Motor Speedway, for Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500, the seventh race of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series. Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with six victories on the mile-and-a-half Fort Worth oval including three in a row and five of the last seven. Carl Edwards is next in line with three wins … There’s competitive balance among NASCAR’s three participating manufacturers with each brand winning the track’s spring race once over the last three seasons: Chevrolet with Johnson last year, Ford with Joey Logano in 2014 and Toyota with Kyle Busch in 2013.
Sprint Cup Series teams got the weekend started early Thursday with a late-afternoon practice session. Martin Truex Junior set the pace with a lap of 192.892 miles per hour. Brad Keselowski was second at 192.164 miles per hour. Logano, Austin Dillon and Brian Vickers – still subbing for the injured Tony Stewart – completed the top five. Johnson was sixth on the speed chart.