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

Track facts for Texas Motor Speedway:

   

  • Number of previous races: 25.
  • First Sprint Cup race: April 6, 1997, won by Jeff Burton.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: April 13, 2013, won by Kyle Busch.
  • Won from pole: 3, last time by Kyle Busch in 2013.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 16 times in 25 races (64%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 19 times (76%).
  • Won from 21st or worse starting position: 4 times (16%).
  • 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: 196.299 mph by Kyle Busch in 2013.
    • 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 2008-2013 a typical Texas race had 22.3 lead changes, 6.0 cautions for 29.2 laps, and an average green-flag run of 43.6 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

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

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

Driver Notes:

  • The most Texas races without a:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Win: Bobby Labonte (25 races)
    Top 5: Dave Blaney (21)
    Top 10: David Gilliland (14) Robby Gordon (16)
    Pole: Jeff Burton, Mark Martin (25)
    Lap led: Scott Riggs (10)
    Lead-lap finish: David Gilliland (14) Robby Gordon (16)


  • Top career marks at Texas:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: J. Burton, J. Gordon, B. Labonte, M. Martin (25)
    Wins: Carl Edwards (3)
    Top 5s: Matt Kenseth (12)
    Top 10s: Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth (15)
    Poles: D. Earnhardt Jr., J. Gordon, B. Labonte, R. Newman, M. Truex Jr. (2)
    Laps: Jeff Burton (7,994)
    Laps led: Matt Kenseth (772)
    Lead-lap finishes: Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin (18)


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

    1. Matt Kenseth (8.5)
    2. Jimmie Johnson (9.1)
    3. Denny Hamlin (10.9)
    4. Kevin Harvick (12.5)
    5. Clint Bowyer (12.9)
    6. Tony Stewart (13.1)
    7. Mark Martin (13.9)
    8. Kyle Busch (14.1)
    9. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (14.3)
    10. Carl Edwards (14.4)


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

    1. Michael McDowell (38.8)
    2. Josh Wise (36.5)
    3. J.J. Yeley (35.5)
    4. Mike Bliss (34.7)
    5. Reed Sorenson (32.5)
    6. Joe Nemechek (31.7)
    7. Landon Cassill (30.7)
    8. David Gilliland (29.4)
    9. Scott Speed (29.4)
    10. Regan Smith (28.7)


    'Chase' drivers at Texas:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Matt Kenseth 22 2 12 15 0 7307 772 16.0 8.5 106.5
    Jimmie Johnson 20 2 9 15 1 6487 443 8.8 9.1 103.8
    Jeff Gordon 25 1 8 11 2 7503 599 12.4 17.0 92.3
    Kevin Harvick 21 0 3 10 0 7011 5 21.2 12.5 84.7
    Kyle Busch 16 1 6 7 1 5269 692 14.4 14.1 101.5
    Clint Bowyer 15 0 3 8 0 4996 84 13.6 12.9 92.0
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 22 1 3 12 2 7159 448 11.5 14.3 92.6
    Greg Biffle 19 2 8 12 1 6002 732 12.4 15.3 102.7
    Kurt Busch 21 1 3 12 0 6883 235 15.7 15.2 89.0
    Carl Edwards 17 3 6 8 0 5431 493 14.1 14.4 98.1
    Joey Logano 10 0 2 2 0 3243 31 17.6 21.7 67.4
    Ryan Newman 20 1 3 4 2 6313 97 17.2 19.8 71.4
    Kasey Kahne 18 1 4 5 1 5746 218 11.9 18.7 83.8

    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: Tony Stewart (99.1), Denny Hamlin (93.3), Martin Truex, Jr. (89.0), Mark Martin (87.8), Marcos Ambrose (82.8), Jeff Burton (80.0).