Track Data
Track Size: 1.5 miles
Race Length: 501 miles
Banking corners: 24 degrees
Banking straights: 5 degrees
Frontstretch: 2,250 feet
Backstretch: 1,330 feet

History
Construction began in 1995.
The first NASCAR race was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on April 5, 1997.
The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was on April 6, 1997.

Interesting Facts
There have been 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one per season from 1997 through 2004 and two races per year since 2005.
Four drivers have competed in all 21 Texas races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin.
Jeremy Mayfield was the first pole winner, in 1998. Qualifying for the inaugural race in 1997 was canceled.
Jeff Burton won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
15 drivers have scored poles, led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bobby Labonte, Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon with two.
16 drivers have won races, led by Carl Edwards, with three. Denny Hamlin and Jeff Burton each have two wins.
15 of 21 races have been won from a top-10 starting position. Only one has been won from the pole (Kasey Kahne in 2006).
Matt Kenseth started 31st en route to his victory at Texas in 2002, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started. Kenseth started fourth and won earlier this season at Texas.
Both Jeff Burton (1999) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) scored their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Texas, and 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne made his first series start at Texas (11/07/10). Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup competitor Brad Keselowski also made his first career start at Texas (11/2/08).
Martin Truex Jr. (11/04/07) and David Ragan (04/09/11) scored their first series poles at Texas.
Matt Kenseth (9.0), Denny Hamlin (9.3) and Jimmie Johnson (9.9) are the only three active drivers to average a top-10 finish.
Roush Fenway Racing leads all owners in victories, with eight. Joe Gibbs Racing and Hendrick Motorsports have three wins each.
There has been two season sweeps, by Carl Edwards in 2008 and Denny Hamlin in 2010.

Driver Rating at Texas

 

Matt Kenseth 105.2
Tony Stewart 102.9
Greg Biffle 100.3
Jimmie Johnson 98.8
Carl Edwards 98.3
Denny Hamlin 97.8
Kyle Busch 97.5
 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 93.1
Clint Bowyer 92.4
Kurt Busch 92.0

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (13 total) at Texas.

Top Performers Statistically:

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 at Texas Motor Speedway

  Driver Races Poles Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating*

 

1

Carl Edwards

13

0

3

4

5

3

16.5

98.3

2

Tony Stewart

19

1

1

4

10

3

13.2

102.9

3

Kevin Harvick

17

0

0

3

8

0

12.9

83.2

4

Brad Keselowski

6

0

0

0

0

0

23.7

57.3

5

Matt Kenseth

18

0

2

9

12

0

9.0

105.2

6

Jimmie Johnson

16

0

1

7

12

1

9.9

98.8

7

Kyle Busch

13

0

0

4

5

0

16.2

97.5

8

Kurt Busch

17

0

1

3

11

1

13.6

92.0

9

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

18

2

1

3

9

2

14.5

93.1

10

Jeff Gordon

21

2

1

7

9

5

17.3

89.2

11

Denny Hamlin

12

0

2

5

8

0

9.3

97.8

12

Ryan Newman

16

2

1

3

3

3

21.0

69.9

* – Based on last 13 Texas Motor Speedway races.

Track Records
Track qualifying record: Brian Vickers (196.235 mph, 27.518 seconds, 11-03-06)
Track race record: Carl Edwards (151.055 mph, 11-06-05)

Website
http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/

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