The Latest: Johnson leads more laps at Texas than all of '18

2 years 4 months 5 days ago Sunday, March 31 2019 Mar 31, 2019 March 31, 2019 1:11 PM March 31, 2019 in Sports - AP - Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The Latest on the NASCAR Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

Jimmie Johnson has already led more laps at Texas than he did combined in NASCAR Cup all of last season and the first six races of this season.

Johnson was the polesitter Sunday and stayed in front the first 45 laps. The No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports driver had led four laps in the first six races this year, after only 40 laps led in 2018.

2 p.m.

Ryan Newman and Alex Bowman will be going to the back of the 39-car field to start the NASCAR Cup race at Texas.

Newman failed pre-race tech inspection twice, leading to the ejection of his car chief Todd Brewer. Newman had qualified to start 18th in his No. 6 Ford, on the same row with his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Bowman, who had qualified 24th, had to go to the rear because he was in a backup car. He wrecked the primary No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet during the first stage of qualifying Friday.

12:20 p.m.

Jimmie Johnson is starting on the NASCAR Cup pole at Texas, where Kyle Busch is going for a tripleheader weekend sweep.

Busch has two career NASCAR tripleheader sweeps, at Bristol in 2010 and 2017. He missed out on the chance for another in Las Vegas four weeks ago when he finished third in the Cup race after winning Xfinity and Trucks Series races at his home track.

This is the third time Busch, who starts 16th on Sunday, goes into a Cup race at Texas after winning in the other two series on the same weekend.

Johnson leads a starting field to the green flag for the first time since 2016, the season he won the last of his seven NASCAR Cup championships. His career-long winless streak is 65 races since Dover in June 2017.

Johnson's record seven Cup wins at Texas are four more than Busch, the next-closest active driver.

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