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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 03: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Beer/Ducks Unlimited Ford, and Erik Jones, driver of the #20 Sport Clips Toyota, lead the field to the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 03, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, going into the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 on Sunday, July 19 at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

2020 Driver Standings – Top 30

Rank

Drivers

Points

Starts

Wins

Stage Wins

Playoff Pts

Top 5s

Top 10s

Poles

1

Kevin Harvick

675

17

4

2

22

10

14

0

2

Brad Keselowski

587

17

2

4

14

6

12

2

3

Ryan Blaney

580

17

1

1

6

7

8

1

4

Chase Elliott

575

17

1

5

10

7

9

2

5

Joey Logano

564

17

2

4

14

3

7

1

6

Denny Hamlin

553

17

4

3

23

9

10

1

7

Martin Truex Jr.

543

17

1

2

7

3

9

1

8

Aric Almirola

504

17

0

2

2

5

9

1

9

Alex Bowman

498

17

1

4

9

2

5

0

10

Kurt Busch

492

17

0

1

1

4

10

1

11

Kyle Busch

477

17

0

0

0

7

9

2

12

Matt DiBenedetto

456

17

0

0

0

2

5

0

13

Clint Bowyer

435

17

0

2

2

2

5

1

14

William Byron

418

17

0

2

2

0

5

1

15

Jimmie Johnson

412

16

0

1

1

2

6

0

16

Austin Dillon

388

17

0

0

0

1

4

0

17

Tyler Reddick #

371

17

0

1

1

1

5

0

18

Erik Jones

370

17

0

0

0

4

6

0

19

Bubba Wallace

328

17

0

0

0

0

3

0

20

Cole Custer #

321

17

1

0

5

2

3

0

21

Chris Buescher

321

17

0

0

0

1

4

0

22

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

320

17

0

1

1

3

3

1

23

Christopher Bell #

309

17

0

0

0

1

5

0

24

Michael McDowell

298

17

0

0

0

0

2

0

25

John H. Nemechek #

292

17

0

0

0

0

2

0

26

Ryan Newman

276

14

0

0

0

0

1

0

27

Ty Dillon

253

17

0

0

0

0

1

0

28

Matt Kenseth

234

13

0

0

0

1

2

0

29

Corey LaJoie

222

17

0

0

0

0

1

0

30

Ryan Preece

189

17

0

0

0

0

0

2

Texas Motor Speedway Data
Season Race #: 18 of 36 (07-19-20)
Track Size: 1.5-mile
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 20 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 24 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 5 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 2,250 feet
Backstretch Length: 1,330 feet
Race Length: 334 laps / 500.5 miles
Stage 1 & 2 Length: 85 laps (each)
Final Stage Length: 164 laps

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Texas
Matt Kenseth………………………. 103.8
Jimmie Johnson…………………… 102.6
Kyle Busch…………………………. 102.1
Kevin Harvick………………………… 97.2
Martin Truex Jr……………………… 93.9
Erik Jones……………………………. 93.9
Kurt Busch……………………………. 90.3
Chase Elliott…………………………. 89.2
Joey Logano…………………………. 89.1
Denny Hamlin……………………….. 88.6
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2019 races (30 total) among active drivers at Texas Motor Speedway.

Texas Race Data
2019 race winner:
Denny Hamlin, Toyota
153.224 mph, (03:16:11)
March 31, 2019

Track race record:
Greg Biffle, Ford
160.577 mph, (3:07:12)
November 14, 2012

Texas Qualifying Data
2019 pole winner:
Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet
188.890 mph, 28.588 secs.
March 29, 2019

Track qualifying record:
Kurt Busch, Ford
200.915 mph, 26.877 secs.
November 3, 2017

TEXAS-SPECIFIC LOOP DATA STATISTICS

(Driver stats in the below section are from 2005-Present)

Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford)

  • Two top fives, four top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 19.600, 13th-best
  • Average Running Position of 16.752, 14th-best
  • Driver Rating of 86.9, 11th-best
  • 151 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best
  • 2,018 Laps in the Top 15 (61.1%), 13th-most
  • 337 Quality Passes, 16th-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Three wins, 12 top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.571, sixth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.042, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 102.1, third-best
  • 602 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • 6,714 Laps in the Top 15 (71.9%), third-most
  • 1,032 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Kurt Busch (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • One win, three top fives, 21 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 14.733, 11th-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.332, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.3, seventh-best
  • 325 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best
  • 6,490 Laps in the Top 15 (64.9%), sixth-most
  • 1,097 Quality Passes, third-most

William Byron (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Two top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.250, seventh-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.367, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 85.8, 12th-best
  • 23 Fastest Laps Run, 23rd-best
  • 922 Laps in the Top 15 (68.9%), 20th-most
  • 175 Quality Passes, 21st-most

Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Two top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.000, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.733, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.2, eighth-best
  • 84 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • 2,047 Laps in the Top 15 (77.7%), 12th-most
  • 348 Quality Passes, 14th-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Three wins, seven top fives, 13 top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.750, ninth-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.654, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.6, 10th-best
  • 260 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • 5,811 Laps in the Top 15 (62.2%), seventh-most
  • 1,078 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

  • Three wins, 11 top fives, 22 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 9.767, third-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.089, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.2, fourth-best
  • 514 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • 7,145 Laps in the Top 15 (71.4%), second-most
  • 1,169 Quality Passes, series-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Seven wins, 16 top fives, 22 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 10.667, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.780, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 102.6, second-best
  • 728 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
  • 7,185 Laps in the Top 15 (71.8%), series-most
  • 1,103 Quality Passes, second-most

Erik Jones (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Three top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 9.429, second-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.174, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.9, sixth-best
  • 57 Fastest Laps Run, 15th-best
  • 1,757 Laps in the Top 15 (75.1%), 17th-most
  • 295 Quality Passes, 18th-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, 14 top fives, 19 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 8.400, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 9.351, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 103.8, series-best
  • 437 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
  • 6,650 Laps in the Top 15 (79.8%), fifth-most
  • 938 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)

  • One win, ten top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.000, 10th-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.939, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.1, ninth-best
  • 223 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • 4,479 Laps in the Top 15 (58.5%), ninth-most
  • 656 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Martin Truex Jr (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Four top fives, 16 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 13.517, eighth-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.298, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.9, fifth-best
  • 330 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best
  • 6,656 Laps in the Top 15 (68.8%), fourth-most
  • 974 Quality Passes, sixth-most

NASCAR Cup Series 2020 Top 16 in the Driver Standings at Texas Motor Speedway

Rank

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

1

Kevin Harvick

34

2

3

11

22

1

10.4

97.2

2

Brad Keselowski

23

1

0

5

8

2

17.7

85.6

3

Ryan Blaney

10

1

0

2

4

3

19.6

86.9

4

Chase Elliott

8

0

0

2

5

0

11

89.2

5

Joey Logano

23

0

1

10

12

1

14

89.1

6

Denny Hamlin

28

0

3

7

13

1

13.8

88.6

7

Martin Truex Jr

29

2

0

4

16

4

13.5

93.9

8

Aric Almirola

18

0

0

1

4

1

18.1

72.9

9

Alex Bowman

9

0

0

1

1

2

25.1

59.0

10

Kurt Busch

34

3

1

3

21

2

14.2

90.3

11

Kyle Busch

28

1

3

12

15

0

11.6

102.1

12

Matt DiBenedetto

9

0

0

0

0

1

28.1

45.5

13

Clint Bowyer

28

0

0

4

12

2

15.5

84.5

14

William Byron

4

0

0

0

2

0

12.2

85.8

15

Jimmie Johnson

33

2

7

16

22

3

10.4

102.6

16

Austin Dillon

14

1

0

0

1

1

20.9

70.5

* – Based on last 30 races at Texas Motor Speedway (2005 – 2019).

Texas Motor Speedway:

HISTORY

  • Construction on Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) began in 1995.
  • The first NASCAR national series race at Texas Motor Speedway was a NASCAR Xfinity Series event on April 5, 1997 – won by Mark Martin.
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race was on April 6, 1997 – won by Jeff Burton.
  • The track underwent a repave between the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
  • In 2011, the spring NASCAR Cup Series race was moved from Sunday to Saturday night under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway. 2017 marked the first season it was moved back to a Sunday afternoon race.
  • Texas Motor Speedway hosted its first NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race on November 6, 2005 – won by Carl Edwards.
  • The track underwent its second repave between the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The renovation added a new layer of asphalt over the existing pavement, an expansive French drainage system on the frontstretch and backstretch and reduced the banking in Turns 1 and 2 by four degrees (now 20 degrees).
  • There have been 38 NASCAR Cup Series races held at Texas Motor Speedway, one event from 1997 – 2004 and two races per year since 2005.

STARTS

  • A total of 169 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway; 135 drivers have competed in more than one.
  • Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead the series in starts at Texas Motor Speedway with 34 each.
  • Steve Park (five starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 8.0.
  • Ryan Blaney (10 starts) leads all active series drivers in average starting position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 9.6; followed by Jimmie Johnson with a 9.9.

Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Texas Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Avg Start

Races

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg Start

Races

1

Steve Park

8.000

5

1

Ryan Blaney

9.600

10

2

Ryan Blaney

9.600

10

2

Jimmie Johnson

9.970

33

3

Jimmie Johnson

9.970

33

3

Daniel Suarez

11.667

6

4

Kenny Irwin Jr

10.667

3

4

Joey Logano

12.870

23

5

Daniel Hemric

11.500

2

5

Erik Jones

13.143

7

6

Daniel Suarez

11.667

6

6

Denny Hamlin

13.714

28

7

Jeff Gordon

12.033

30

7

Kurt Busch

13.735

34

8

Carl Edwards

12.333

24

8

Kyle Busch

14.321

29

9

Joey Logano

12.870

23

9

Martin Truex Jr

14.724

29

10

Erik Jones

13.143

7

10

Brad Keselowski

15.174

23

  • Seven drivers have made their first NASCAR Cup Series career start at Texas Motor Speedway – most recent: John Hunter Nemechek (2019).

Drivers

Date

John H. Nemechek

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Parker Kligerman

Sunday, November 3, 2013

David Starr

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Trevor Bayne

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Brad Keselowski

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Jay Sauter

Monday, April 8, 2002

Adam Petty

Sunday, April 2, 2000

POLES

  • A total of 25 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won Busch Pole Awards at Texas Motor Speedway; 10 of the 25 are active this weekend.
  • Kurt Busch leads the NASCAR Cup Series in Busch Pole Awards at Texas Motor Speedway with three (2015, 2017, 2018).
  • The inaugural Busch Pole Qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway in 1997 was cancelled due to weather conditions – Dale Jarrett started the race from the first starting position.
  • Jeremy Mayfield was the first Busch Pole Award winner in 1998 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 185.906 mph.
  • Three drivers have won consecutive Busch poles at Texas Motor Speedway: Bobby Labonte (2003 and 2004), Ryan Newman (2005 sweep) and Kurt Busch (2017 and 2018).
  • Youngest Texas Busch Pole winner: Brian Vickers (Nov. 5, 2006 – 23 years, 0 months, 12 days).
  • Oldest Texas Busch Pole winner: Bill Elliott (April 8, 2002 – 46 years, 6 months, 0 days).
  • David Ragan (4/09/2011) and Martin Truex Jr. (11/04/2007) are the only two drivers who have posted their first NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Awards at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Four different manufacturers have won the NASCAR Cup Series pole at Texas Motor Speedway; led by Chevrolet (15), and followed by Ford (12), Toyota (five) and Dodge (four).

WINS

  • A total of 19 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Texas Motor Speedway; eight of the 19 are active this weekend.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in wins at Texas with seven victories (2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 sweep and 2017) in 33 starts – a winning percentage of 21.2%.
  • Nine drivers have multiple wins at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • One NASCAR Cup Series driver has won at Texas Motor Speedway in two different manufacturers: Jeff Burton (1997 – Ford; 2007 – Chevrolet)
  • Three NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Texas Motor Speedway:
    • Jimmie Johnson (2014 Playoff race and 2015 sweep),
    • Carl Edwards (2008 sweep)
    • Denny Hamlin (2010 sweep).
  • Youngest series Texas winner: Joey Logano (April 7, 2014 – 23 years, 10 months, 14 days).
  • Oldest series Texas winner: Dale Jarrett (April 1, 2001 – 44 years, 4 months, 6 days).
  • Two drivers have won their first NASCAR Cup Series career race at Texas Motor Speedway:
    • Jeff Burton (April 6, 1997)
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (April 2, 2000)
  • All eight active NASCAR Cup Series drivers who have won at Texas Motor Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane – Ryan Newman won in the fewest appearances of the eight winners – he won in his second appearance at TMS.
  • Martin Truex Jr. leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 29 starts; followed by Clint Bowyer (28).
  • A total of nine different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Roush Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports lead the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Texas Motor Speedway with nine victories each; followed by Joe Gibbs Racing with eight wins.
  • Four different manufacturers have won a NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas, led by Ford (15 wins); followed by Chevrolet (13), Toyota (seven) and Dodge (three).
  • Three of the 38 NASCAR Cup Series races (8.3%) at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the Busch Pole or first starting position: Kasey Kahne (2006), Jimmie Johnson (2012) and Kyle Busch (2013).
  • Seven of the 38 NASCAR Cup Series races (18.42%) at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the front row: four from first starting position and three from the second starting position.
  • The third starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field at Texas Motor Speedway, producing more wins (eight) than any other starting position – most recently: Kevin Harvick’s win in the 2018 Playoff race.

NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Texas Motor Speedway

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

1

4

10.53%

10

1

2.63%

2

3

7.89%

15

1

2.63%

3

8

21.05%

16

1

2.63%

4

3

7.89%

19

1

2.63%

5

4

10.53%

24

1

2.63%

6

1

2.63%

29

1

2.63%

7

1

2.63%

30

2

5.26%

8

4

10.53%

31

1

2.63%

9

1

2.63%

 

Stats

Winning %

Wins

Winning from the First Starting Position:

10.53%

4

Winning from the Front Row:

18.42%

7

Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position:

57.89%

22

Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:

78.95%

30

Winning After Starting Outside the Top 10:

21.05%

8

Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:

13.16%

5

  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Texas Motor Speedway is 31st, by Matt Kenseth in 2002.

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS

Runner-Up Finishes:

  • A total of 21 different drivers have finished runner-up in the NASCAR Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in runner-up finishes at Texas with five second-place finishes.

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Texas Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Runner-Ups

Rank

Active Drivers

Runner-Ups

1

Jimmie Johnson

5

1

Jimmie Johnson

5

2

Matt Kenseth

4

2

Matt Kenseth

4

3

Dale Earnhardt Jr

3

3

Kevin Harvick

3

 

Jeff Gordon

3

4

Brad Keselowski

2

Kevin Harvick

3

Clint Bowyer

2

 

Martin Truex Jr

2

Top-Five Finishes:

  • A total of 45 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-five at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-five finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 16 top fives.

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Texas Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top Fives

Rank

Active Drivers

Top Fives

1

Jimmie Johnson

16

1

Jimmie Johnson

16

2

Matt Kenseth

14

2

Matt Kenseth

14

3

Kyle Busch

12

3

Kyle Busch

12

4

Kevin Harvick

11

4

Kevin Harvick

11

5

Joey Logano

10

5

Joey Logano

10

Top-10 Finishes:

  • A total of 64 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-10 at Texas.
  • Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick lead the series in top-10 finishes at Texas with 22 top 10s each.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Texas Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top 10s

Rank

Active Drivers

Top 10s

1

Jimmie Johnson

22

1

Jimmie Johnson

22

2

Kevin Harvick

22

2

Kevin Harvick

22

3

Kurt Busch

21

3

Kurt Busch

21

4

Matt Kenseth

19

4

Matt Kenseth

19

5

Dale Earnhardt Jr

18

5

Martin Truex Jr

16

Average Finishes:

  • Chase Elliott (five starts) leads the series in average finishing position at Texas with a 7.4.

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Texas Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Avg Finish

Races

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg Finish

Races

1

Erik Jones

9.429

7

1

Erik Jones

9.429

7

2

Matt Kenseth

9.467

30

2

Matt Kenseth

9.467

30

3

Steve Grissom

10.000

2

3

Kevin Harvick

10.382

34

4

Kevin Harvick

10.382

34

4

Jimmie Johnson

10.394

33

5

Jimmie Johnson

10.394

33

5

Chase Elliott

11.000

8

6

Chase Elliott

11.000

8

6

Kyle Busch

11.571

29

7

Kyle Busch

11.571

29

7

William Byron

12.250

4

8

William Byron

12.250

4

8

Martin Truex Jr

13.517

29

9

Rusty Wallace

13.100

10

9

Denny Hamlin

13.750

28

10

Chad Little

13.500

4

10

Joey Logano

14.000

23

LAP LEADERS

  • A total of 81 different drivers have led at least one lap at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Jimmie Johnson (33 starts) leads the series in laps led at Texas Motor Speedway with 1,152.
  • The most laps led by a driver in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series is 312 of the scheduled 334 laps (93.4%) by Brad Keselowski on November 8, 2015; he finished the race second.
  • The most laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway by the race winner is 278 of the 339 scheduled laps (82%) by NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart on Nov. 5, 2006.
  • The fewest laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway by the race winner is just the final lap of the scheduled 334 laps by Jeff Burton on April 15, 2017.

Top 10 Laps Leaders in the NASCAR Cup Series at Texas (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Led

Completed

% Led

Rank

Active Drivers

Led

Completed

% Led

1

Jimmie Johnson

1,152

10,505

11.0%

1

Jimmie Johnson

1,152

10,505

11.0%

2

Kyle Busch

948

9,251

10.2%

2

Kyle Busch

948

9,251

10.2%

3

Matt Kenseth

883

9,951

8.9%

3

Matt Kenseth

883

9,951

8.9%

4

Tony Stewart

801

8,943

9.0%

4

Brad Keselowski

639

7,060

9.1%

5

Greg Biffle

733

8,262

8.9%

5

Kevin Harvick

614

11,016

5.6%

6

Carl Edwards

691

7,594

9.1%

6

Martin Truex Jr

605

9,139

6.6%

7

Jeff Gordon

691

8,998

7.7%

7

Joey Logano

443

7,493

5.9%

8

Brad Keselowski

639

7,060

9.1%

8

Kurt Busch

336

11,184

3.0%

9

Kevin Harvick

614

11,016

5.6%

9

Denny Hamlin

277

9,125

3.0%

10

Martin Truex Jr

605

9,139

6.6%

10

Ryan Blaney

233

2,618

8.9%

TRACK / EVENT SPECIFIC STATS

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring, the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway was the April 4, 2004 race won by Elliott Sadler with a margin of victory of 0.028-second over second-place Kasey Kahne.

Top Five Closest Margin of Victories in the NASCAR Cup Series at Texas:

Margin of Victory

Winner

Runner-Up

Date

0.028

Elliott Sadler

Kasey Kahne

4/4/2004

0.152

Denny Hamlin

Jimmie Johnson

4/19/2010

0.272

Tony Stewart

Jimmie Johnson

11/5/2006

0.300

Kyle Busch

Kevin Harvick

4/8/2018

0.340

Jimmie Johnson

Kyle Larson

4/9/2017

  • There have been six series races at Texas that have resulted with NASCAR Overtime:

Date

Scheduled No. Of Laps

Actual No. Of Laps

NASCAR Overtime

Winner

Runner-Up

11/4/2018

334

337

3

Kevin Harvick

Ryan Blaney

11/2/2014

334

341

7

Jimmie Johnson

Kevin Harvick

4/7/2014

334

340

6

Joey Logano

Jeff Gordon

11/4/2012

334

335

1

Jimmie Johnson

Brad Keselowski

4/6/2008

334

339

5

Carl Edwards

Jimmie Johnson

11/5/2006

334

339

5

Tony Stewart

Jimmie Johnson

  • The NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas has been rain-shortened only once:

Date

Scheduled No. Of Laps

Actual No. Of Laps

Fewer No. of Laps

Winner

Runner-Up

11/6/2016

334

293

-41

Carl Edwards

Joey Logano

    • Weather has postponed the NASCAR Cup Series Texas race to another date twice:
      • Spring 2014 race (scheduled for 04/06 but was run on 04/07) Winner: Joey Logano
      • Spring 2010 race (scheduled for 04/18 but was run on 04/19) Winner: Denny Hamlin
    • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions twice in the NASCAR Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway; the inaugural event in 1997 and the spring race of 2007.
    • The greatest number of cautions in a NASCAR Cup Series Texas race is 13 in 2014 and the fewest is two in 2012. Last season’s March race had five cautions and the Playoff race had 11.
    • The greatest number of leaders in a NASCAR Cup Series Texas race is 17 in 2000 and the fewest is four in 2014. Last season’s March race had 12 leaders and the Playoff race had 11.

 

  • The greatest number of lead changes in a NASCAR Cup Series Texas race is 33 in 2010 and the fewest is 12 in 2016. Last season’s March race had 26 lead changes and the Playoff race had 26.
  • Of the 38 NASCAR Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, two have resulted in a last lap pass for the win:
    • 2014 – Joey Logano passed NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon on the final lap to win the April race in 2014. In total, Logano led three times for 108 laps in the event.
    • 2007 – Jeff Burton passed Matt Kenseth on the final lap to win the April race in 2007. It was his only time leading the entire event.

FEMALE COMPETITORS

  • Two female drivers have made NASCAR Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway: Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick

Date

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Driver Rating

11/5/2017

Danica Patrick

14

17

67.3

4/9/2017

Danica Patrick

19

24

59.5

11/6/2016

Danica Patrick

22

24

55.1

4/11/2016

Danica Patrick

26

21

57.7

11/8/2015

Danica Patrick

11

16

69.6

4/11/2015

Danica Patrick

21

16

74.9

11/2/2014

Danica Patrick

27

36

42.4

4/7/2014

Danica Patrick

24

27

53.2

11/3/2013

Danica Patrick

30

25

49.2

4/13/2013

Danica Patrick

42

28

42.9

11/4/2012

Danica Patrick

32

24

61.4

Averages

24.4

23.5

57.6

Date

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

4/8/2002

Shawna Robinson

16

36

NASCAR IN TEXAS

  • There have been 133 NASCAR national series races among three tracks in the state of Texas.

NASCAR National Series Tracks in Texas

Rank

Track Name

City

Cup

Xfinity

Truck

Total Races

First Year

1

Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth

38

38

44

124

1997

2

Texas World Speedway

College Station

8

0

0

8

1969

3

Meyer Speedway

Houston

1

0

0

1

1971

Total

47

38

44

133

  • The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Texas was a NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas. The event was held on December 7, 1969 and it was won by Bobby Isaac (Dodge).

TEXAS DRIVERS IN NASCAR

  • A total of 89 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Texas.
  • Two of the 89 have been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame – Terry Labonte and Bobby Labonte.
  • A total of 10 different drivers from Texas have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series; seven have won in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Terry Labonte leads all Texas drivers with 34 NASCAR national series wins.

Drivers from Texas with NASCAR National Series Wins

Rank

Driver

Cup

Xfinity

Truck

Combined

1

Terry Labonte

22

11

1

34

2

Bobby Labonte

21

10

1

32

3

A.J. Foyt

7

0

0

7

4

Billy Wade

4

0

0

4

5

Chris Buescher

1

3

0

4

6

Bobby Hillin Jr

1

2

0

3

7

Johnny Rutherford

1

0

0

1

8

James Buescher

0

1

6

7

9

David Starr

0

0

4

4

10

Colin Braun

0

0

1

1

Totals

57

27

13

97

— NASCAR Media

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