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AAA Texas 500 Fact Sheet
Compiled by racing-reference.info

Track facts for Texas Motor Speedway:

   

  • Number of previous races: 23.
  • First Sprint Cup race: April 6, 1997, won by Jeff Burton.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: April 14, 2012, won by Greg Biffle.
  • Won from pole: 1, by Kasey Kahne in 2006.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 14 times in 23 races (61%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 17 times (74%).
  • Won from 21st or worse starting position: 4 times (17%).
  • Worst starting spot for race winner: 31st, by Matt Kenseth in 2002.
  • Most laps led: 278, by Tony Stewart in 2006.
  • Fewest laps led by a race winner: 1, by Jeff Burton in 2007.

  • Track records:

    • Fastest race: 160.577 mph by Greg Biffle in 2012.
    • Fastest qualifying speed: 196.235 mph by Brian Vickers in 2006.
    • Most lead changes: 33 in 2010.
    • Closest finish: Elliott Sadler's .028 second margin over Kasey Kahne in 2004.
    • Most caution flags: 12 in 2000, 2006 and 2007.

  • From 2007-2012 a typical Texas race had 22.5 lead changes, 6.3 cautions for 29.2 laps, and an average green-flag run of 42.0 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Ford (11), Chevrolet (7), Dodge (3), Toyota (2).

  • Most victories by owner: Jack Roush (9), Rick Hendrick (3), Joe Gibbs (3), Roger Penske (2), Robert Yates (2), all others (4).

Driver Notes:

  • The most Texas races without a:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Win: Bobby Labonte (23 races)
    Top 5: Dave Blaney (19)
    Top 10: Robby Gordon (16)
    Pole: Jeff Burton, Mark Martin (23)
    Lap led: Scott Riggs (10)
    Lead-lap finish: Robby Gordon (16)


  • Top career marks at Texas:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: J. Burton, J. Gordon, B. Labonte, M. Martin (23)
    Wins: Carl Edwards (3)
    Top 5s: Matt Kenseth (11)
    Top 10s: Matt Kenseth (14)
    Poles: D. Earnhardt Jr., J. Gordon, B. Labonte, R. Newman, M. Truex Jr. (2)
    Laps: Jeff Burton (7,327)
    Laps led: Matt Kenseth (771)
    Lead-lap finishes: Mark Martin (17)


  • Best average finish among active drivers at Texas (3 or more starts):

    1. Matt Kenseth (8.6)
    2. Jimmie Johnson (9.7)
    3. Denny Hamlin (10.3)
    4. Kevin Harvick (12.7)
    5. Tony Stewart (13.1)
    6. Mark Martin (13.3)
    7. Clint Bowyer (13.3)
    8. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (13.9)
    9. Kurt Busch (14.4)
    10. Carl Edwards (15.0)


  • Worst average finish among active drivers at Texas (3 or more starts):

    1. Michael McDowell (38.2)
    2. J.J. Yeley (34.2)
    3. Mike Bliss (33.3)
    4. Mike Skinner (31.8)
    5. Reed Sorenson (31.4)
    6. Joe Nemechek (31.1)
    7. Landon Cassill (31.0)
    8. Robby Gordon (30.8)
    9. Scott Speed (29.3)
    10. Travis Kvapil (29.3)


    'Chase' drivers at Texas:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Jimmie Johnson 18 1 8 13 0 5818 275 9.3 9.7 100.6
    Brad Keselowski 8 0 0 0 0 2569 34 28.5 25.2 63.2
    Clint Bowyer 13 0 3 7 0 4327 84 13.4 13.3 90.9
    Kasey Kahne 16 1 4 5 1 5078 218 11.7 18.8 82.8
    Denny Hamlin 14 2 5 8 0 4673 131 17.4 10.3 94.6
    Jeff Gordon 23 1 8 11 2 6862 584 12.4 16.2 91.3
    Martin Truex, Jr. 14 0 1 7 2 4407 89 18.1 16.1 85.0
    Matt Kenseth 20 2 11 14 0 6638 771 16.1 8.6 107.2
    Greg Biffle 17 2 7 10 1 5333 732 11.7 16.2 103.3
    Tony Stewart 21 2 5 11 1 6920 727 18.0 13.1 102.5
    Kevin Harvick 19 0 3 9 0 6342 5 20.7 12.7 84.8
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 20 1 3 11 2 6494 448 11.4 13.9 92.8

    Driver Rating is based on a formula developed by NASCAR which combines "loop data" elements such as average running position, average speed under green, number of fastest laps, etc. There is a maximum of 150 points that a driver can earn for each race. Driver Rating is not available for races prior to 2005.

    Other notable Driver Ratings at Texas: Carl Edwards (99.2), Kyle Busch (96.8), Mark Martin (89.0), Kurt Busch (89.0), Marcos Ambrose (84.3), Jeff Burton (81.8).