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NRA 500 Fact Sheet
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Track facts for Texas Motor Speedway:

   

  • Number of previous races: 24.
  • First Sprint Cup race: April 6, 1997, won by Jeff Burton.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: November 4, 2012, won by Jimmie Johnson.
  • Won from pole: 2, last time by Jimmie Johnson in 2012.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 15 times in 24 races (63%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 18 times (75%).
  • 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 2008-2012 a typical Texas race had 22.7 lead changes, 5.9 cautions for 28.5 laps, and an average green-flag run of 44.4 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Ford (11), Chevrolet (8), Dodge (3), Toyota (2).

  • Most victories by owner: Jack Roush (9), Rick Hendrick (4), 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 (24 races)
    Top 5: Dave Blaney (20)
    Top 10: Brian Vickers (14) Robby Gordon (16)
    Pole: Jeff Burton, Mark Martin (24)
    Lap led: Scott Riggs (10)
    Lead-lap finish: David Gilliland (13) Robby Gordon (16)


  • Top career marks at Texas:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: J. Burton, J. Gordon, B. Labonte, M. Martin (24)
    Wins: Carl Edwards (3)
    Top 5s: Matt Kenseth (12)
    Top 10s: Matt Kenseth (15)
    Poles: D. Earnhardt Jr., J. Gordon, B. Labonte, R. Newman, M. Truex Jr. (2)
    Laps: Jeff Burton (7,662)
    Laps led: Matt Kenseth (772)
    Lead-lap finishes: Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin (17)


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

    1. Matt Kenseth (8.3)
    2. Jimmie Johnson (9.3)
    3. Denny Hamlin (10.9)
    4. Kevin Harvick (12.5)
    5. Tony Stewart (12.7)
    6. Clint Bowyer (12.8)
    7. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (13.6)
    8. Mark Martin (13.9)
    9. Kurt Busch (14.1)
    10. Kyle Busch (14.9)


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

    1. Josh Wise (38.7)
    2. Michael McDowell (38.1)
    3. J.J. Yeley (35.1)
    4. Mike Bliss (34.1)
    5. Joe Nemechek (31.5)
    6. Landon Cassill (30.0)
    7. Scott Speed (29.4)
    8. David Gilliland (29.2)
    9. Travis Kvapil (28.7)
    10. Regan Smith (28.7)


    Current top-10 drivers at Texas:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Jimmie Johnson 19 2 9 14 1 6153 443 8.8 9.3 103.5
    Brad Keselowski 9 0 1 1 0 2904 109 26.2 22.7 70.1
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 21 1 3 12 2 6829 448 11.8 13.6 92.7
    Kyle Busch 15 0 5 6 0 4935 521 15.3 14.9 98.7
    Kasey Kahne 17 1 4 5 1 5412 218 11.8 19.2 83.2
    Greg Biffle 18 2 7 11 1 5668 732 11.2 15.9 103.4
    Carl Edwards 16 3 5 7 0 5097 493 14.4 15.1 98.3
    Paul Menard 13 0 1 2 0 4168 2 20.2 21.3 68.2
    Clint Bowyer 14 0 3 8 0 4662 84 12.7 12.8 92.5
    Matt Kenseth 21 2 12 15 0 6973 772 15.8 8.3 106.6

    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: Tony Stewart (101.4), Denny Hamlin (93.3), Jeff Gordon (91.9), Kurt Busch (89.0), Mark Martin (88.6), Martin Truex, Jr. (86.1), Kevin Harvick (84.7), Marcos Ambrose (82.7), Jeff Burton (80.9).