Credit: NASCAR Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 Chevrolet sits on display at the White House with a NASCAR Unites - An American Salute paint scheme on April 9, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

TEXAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Filtrete Ford)

  • One win, six top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.2
  • Average Running Position of 13.3, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.8, third-best
  • Series-high 402 Fastest Laps Run
  • 898 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.057 mph, third-fastest
  • 3,314 Laps in the Top 15 (70.7%), sixth-most
  • 584 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), second-most

Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-hour Energy Toyota)

  • Three top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.0
  • Average Running Position of 13.2, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.1, ninth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 172.696 mph, ninth-fastest

Kurt Busch (No. 51 Phoenix Construction Services Inc. Chevrolet)

  • One win, three top fives, 11 top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.5
  • Average Running Position of 14.1, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.6, 11th-best
  • 174 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • 1,011 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • 2,839 Laps in the Top 15 (60.6%), eighth-most
  • 467 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota)

  • Four top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.2
  • Average Running Position of 12.2, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.5, sixth-best
  • 203 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 172.935 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 2,951 Laps in the Top 15 (67.8%), seventh-most
  • 480 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard Chevrolet)

  • One win, three top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 14.1
  • Average Running Position of 11.4, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.7, eighth-best
  • 163 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
  • 1,036 Green Flag Passes, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 172.733 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 3,604 Laps in the Top 15 (76.9%), fourth-most
  • Series-high 610 Quality Passes

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)

  • Three wins, five top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.5
  • Average Running Position of 11.4, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.0, fourth-best
  • 321 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.037 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 3,696 Laps in the Top 15 (78.9%), second-most
  • 566 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)

  • One win, seven top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 16.8
  • Average Running Position of 14.3, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.3, 10th-best
  • 216 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 172.472 mph, 11th-fastest
  • 2,814 Laps in the Top 15 (60.1%), ninth-most
  • 484 Quality Passes, eighth-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office / March of Dimes Toyota)

  • Two wins, five top fives, eight top 10s
  •  Average finish of 10.2
  • Average Running Position of 12.6, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.2, seventh-best
  • 164 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • 1,004 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 172.713 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 2,809 Laps in the Top 15 (64.5%), 10th-most
  • 537 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)

  • Three top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.9
  • Driver Rating of 83.6, 13th-best
  • 1,030 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
  • 2,568 Laps in the Top 15 (54.8%), 13th-most
  • 457 Quality Passes, 11th-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools Chevrolet)

  • One win, seven top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.2
  • Average Running Position of 12.4, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 98.4, fifth-best
  • 249 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 172.700 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 3,328 Laps in the Top 15 (71.0%), fifth-most
  • 561 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Best Buy Ford)

  • Two wins, 10 top fives, 13 top 10s
  • Average finish of 8.7
  • Average Running Position of 9.5, second-best
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 106.5
  • 275 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • 1,037 Green Flag Passes, second-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.069 mph, second-fastest
  • 3,656 Laps in the Top 15 (78.0%), third-most
  • 571 Quality Passes, third-most

Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron’s Best of the Best Toyota)

  • One win, seven top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.7
  • Average Running Position of 14.8, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.1, 12th-best
  • 930 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 172.464 mph, 12th-fastest
  • 2,670 Laps in the Top 15 (57.0%), 11th-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1 / Office Depot Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, five top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 12.6
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 8.5
  • Driver Rating of 105.8, second-best
  • 339 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 173.136 mph
  • Series-high 3,895 Laps in the Top 15 (83.1%)
  • 532 Quality Passes, seventh-most
 

 


Chase Contenders

The Top 12  Following Race 6 of 36

Driver Points Wins Poles         Points last Week Season Driver Rating
1. Greg Biffle                  226       0           1               1           104.4          
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.     220       0           0               3           101.2          
3. Tony Stewart              214       2           0               4           104.6          
4. Matt Kenseth              214       1           0               6           100.8          
5. Kevin Harvick            214       0           0               2             99.5          
6. Martin Truex Jr.         214       0           0               5             97.8          
7. Denny Hamlin            210       1           1               7           102.4          
8. Ryan Newman           202       1           0            10             87.3          
9. Clint Bowyer              192       0           0              8             90.0          
10. Jimmie Johnson       189       0           0               9             96.9          
11. Carl Edwards             179       0           1             12             78.0          
12. Brad Keselowski        175       1           0             16             97.6          
 
ADDITIONAL DRIVERS
13. Joey Logano              167   32. David Reutimann         88  
14. Paul Menard              166    33. Travis Kvapil                79  
15. Jeff Burton                164   34. Landon Cassill             77  
16. Kyle Busch                151    35. Brian Vickers               66  
17. Juan Pablo Montoya   146    36. David Stremme            63  
18. Regan Smith              146   37. Brendan Gaughan         50  
19. Aric Almirola              144   38. JJ Yeley                     49  
20. AJ Allmendinger         143   39. Ken Schrader               47  
21. Jeff Gordon               136    40. Michael McDowell        44  
22. Bobby Labonte           135   41. Terry Labonte              27  
23. Macros Ambrose        134   42. Tony Raines                25  
24. Jamie McMurray        130    43. Josh Wise                  21  
25. Mark Martin               129   44. Hermie Sadler             13  
26. Kurt Busch                116    45. Scott Riggs                10  
27. Casey Mears             100   46. Robby Gordon               6  
28. David Ragan               99   47. Timmy Hill                    2  
29. Dave Blaney                97      
30. David Gilliland              96      
31. Kasey Kahne               93      

Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final 2012 Top 12 at Texas Motor Speedway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Greg Biffle

16

1

1

6

9

4

17.2

100.8

 

2

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

19

2

1

3

10

2

14.1

92.7

 

3

Tony Stewart

20

1

2

5

11

3

12.6

105.8

 

4

Matt Kenseth

19

0

2

10

13

0

8.7

106.5

 

5

Kevin Harvick

18

0

0

3

8

0

12.9

83.6

 

6

Martin Truex Jr.

13

1

0

1

6

3

16.9

82.8

 

7

Denny Hamlin

13

0

2

5

8

0

10.2

95.2

 

8

Ryan Newman

17

2

1

3

3

3

20.7

70.2

 

9

Clint Bowyer

12

0

0

3

7

1

13.0

92.1

 

10

Jimmie Johnson

17

0

1

7

12

1

10.2

98.4

 

11

Carl Edwards

14

0

3

5

6

3

15.5

100.0

 

12

Brad Keselowski

7

0

0

0

0

0

23.7

60.7

 

* – Based on last 14 Texas Motor Speedway races.


At Texas Motor Speedway:

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.

 

Notebook

  • There have been 22 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 22 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.
  • 16 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, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Jeff Burton each have two wins.
  • 16 of 22 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.
  • 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).
  • Martin Truex Jr. (11/04/07) and David Ragan (04/09/11) scored their first series poles at Texas.
  • Matt Kenseth (8.7) is the only active driver to average a top-10 finish at Texas.
  • Jimmie Johnson (9.2) is the only active driver to average a top-10 starting position at Texas.
  • 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.
  • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Texas Motor Speedway winner: Ryan Newman (03/30/2003 – 25 years, 3 months, 22 days).
  • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Texas Motor Speedway winner: Dale Jarrett (04/01/2001 – 44 years, 4 months, 6 days).

 

Texas Motor Speedway Data

Race #: 7 of 36 (04-09-12)

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

Top 12 Driver Rating at Texas

  • Matt Kenseth……………………….. 106.5
  • Tony Stewart……………………….. 105.8
  • Greg Biffle………………………….. 100.8
  • Carl Edwards………………………. 100.0
  • Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 98.4
  • Kyle Busch…………………………… 97.5
  • Denny Hamlin……………………….. 95.2
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr…………………… 92.7
  • Clint Bowyer…………………………. 92.1
  • Jeff Gordon………………………….. 90.3
  • Kurt Busch……………………………. 89.6
  • Mark Martin…………………………… 87.1

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (14 total) at Texas.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

  • 2011 pole winner: David Ragan (189.820 mph, 28.448 seconds
  • 2011 race winner: Matt Kenseth (149.231 mph, 4-9-11)
  • Track qualifying record: Brian Vickers(196.235 mph, 27.518 seconds, 10-21-05)
  • Track race record: Tony Stewart (152.705 mph, 11-6-11)

 

Driver Ratings for Winners

Driver

Year

Driver Rating

Series Driver Rating Rank

Matt Kenseth

2011 Spring

101.9

2nd

Denny Hamlin

2010 Spring

95.6

6th

Jeff Gordon

2009 Spring

86.9

12th

Carl Edwards

2008 Spring

88.7

10th

Jeff Burton

2007 Spring

68.6

24th

Kasey Kahne

2006 Spring

69.7

23rd

* Pre-Race Driver Ratings of the year the driver won at Texas Motor Speedway (past 6 spring races).

 NASCAR in Texas

 

  • There have been 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Texas.

Track Name

City

NSCS Races

Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth

22

Meyer Speedway

Houston

1

Texas World Speedway

College Station

8

TOTAL

 

31

 

  • 74 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Texas.
  • There have been nine race winners from Texas in NASCAR’s three national series:

Driver

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Terry Labonte

22

11

1

Bobby Labonte

21

10

1

A.J. Foyt

7

0

0

Billy Wade

4

0

0

Bobby Hillin Jr.

1

2

0

Johnny Rutherford

1

0

0

James Buescher

0

1

0

David Starr

0

0

4

Colin Braun

0

0

1

 

 

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