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SPRINT UNLIMITED FORMAT -ElGIBLE DRIVERS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. [2016) — NASCAR  the 25 eligible drivers and the format for the season-opening 75-lap Sprint Unlimited at the new Daytona International Speedway motorsports stadium on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The event, which will be broadcast live on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM, marks the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race following the completion of DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch redevelopment project that has transformed Daytona International Speedway into the first motorsports stadium in the world.

“We’re ready to go,” said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell. “The anticipation for this season, this event and this venue is unprecedented. We are excited how the new stadium will provide a state-of-the-art showcase for the brightest stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.”

Once again, the non-points event will be split into two segments with a competition caution at lap 25 separating the segments. A popular element introduced before the 2015 event returns this year: select fans will be paired with each crew chief for a random drawing to determine starting and pit road positions. The drawings will take place on Friday, Feb. 12 at the Alert Today Florida Stage inside the Sprint FANZONE beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The 25 eligible NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers include the 2015 Coors Light Pole Award winners, former Sprint Unlimited race winners and former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full time in 2015. All 16 drivers from the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are also eligible for the race, and any remaining open positions are filled based on 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points.

Eligible drivers are:

2015 Coors Light Pole Awards winners

· AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano.

Former Sprint Unlimited Race Winners

· Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart.

Former DAYTONA 500 Coors Light Pole Award winners

· Greg Biffle, Austin Dillon, David Gilliland, Danica Patrick, Martin Truex Jr.

2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers:

· Clint Bowyer, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman.

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points:

· Aric Almirola, Kyle Larson.

If an eligible driver does not enter the race, the open position will be filled based on 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points. The first five provisional drivers are Casey Mears, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Sam Hornish Jr., David Ragan and Trevor Bayne.

02/08/2016 Posted by | 2016 ARCHIVES, SPRINT UNLIMITED | Leave a comment

By the Numbers: The Sprint Unlimited:

  • By the Numbers: The Sprint Unlimited:
    .013 – Margin of victory in seconds by Kyle Busch over Tony Stewart in 2012, the closest margin in Sprint Unlimited history
    .058 – Margin of victory in seconds by Kurt Busch over Jamie McMurray in 2011, the second closest margin in Sprint Unlimited history
    .08 – Margin of victory in seconds by Dale Earnhardt over Sterling Marlin in 1995, the third closest margin in Sprint Unlimited history
    1 – Laps led by Rusty Wallace (1998), Neil Bonnett (1983-84), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Dale Jarrett (2000 and 2004) and Kevin Harvick (2009) in the Sprint Unlimited races they won
    2.75 – Average finish by Dale Earnhardt, best by any driver with multiple starts
    5 – Drivers who have won the event in their first appearance (Buddy Baker, 1979; Dale Earnhardt, 1980; Jeff Gordon, 1994; Dale Jarrett, 1996; Denny Hamlin, 2006)
    6 – Number of Sprint Unlimited wins by Dale Earnhardt, the series leader
    7 – Number of fewest starters in the field for the Sprint Unlimited (1981)
    10 – Number of races led, the most since race began in 1979 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.)
    11 – Number of starts before winning, most since race began in 1979 (Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin)
    14 – Number of different leaders in the 2009 event, most since race began in 1979
    20 – Number of wins by Chevrolet in the Sprint Unlimited, leads all manufacturers
    21 – Most consecutive starts in the Sprint Unlimited by Jeff Gordon (1994-2014).
    27 – Kevin Harvick’s starting position in 2009, the lowest by a race winner in the event’s history
    28 – Number of lead changes in the 2011 event, highest number since race began in 1979
    44 – Laps led by Greg Biffle in 2005, the most by a driver who did not win the event
    47 – Laps led by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2008, the most in a single Sprint Unlimited was the 2013 event won by Kyle Busch.
    197.802 mph – The fastest average speed of the race for the Sprint Unlimited was in 1987 won by Bill Elliott.(NASCAR)(2-13-2015)
  • The Sprint Unlimited Tidbits:
    – The number of participants has ranged from a low of seven in 1981 to a high of 28 in 2009 (25 are eligible for this year’s event).
    – The drivers with the most Sprint Unlimited appearances:
    o Mark Martin (24) o Bill Elliott (23) o Jeff Gordon (21) o Ken Schrader (19) o Rusty Wallace (19) – Jeff Gordon has appeared in the most consecutive Sprint Unlimited races, competing in 21 consecutive events from 1994-2014.
    – There have been nine multiple winners in the Sprint Unlimited:
    o Dale Earnhardt won six events, most all-time (1980, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995).
    o Dale Jarrett won in 1996, 2000 and 2004.
    o Kevin Harvick won in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
    o Tony Stewart won in 2001, 2002 and 2007.
    o Other multiple winners: Neil Bonnett (1983-1984), Ken Schrader, (1989-1990), Jeff Gordon (1994 and 1997), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003 and 2008) and Denny Hamlin (2006 and 2014).
    o Bonnett, Schrader, Stewart and Harvick are the only drivers to win back-to-back Sprint Unlimited races. No driver has won three consecutive Sprint Unlimited events.
    – Buddy Baker (1979, the first race for the event), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Jeff Gordon (1994), Dale Jarrett (1996) and Denny Hamlin (2006) all won the first Sprint Unlimited in which they competed.
    – Only five times in the 32-year history of the race has the winner gone on to win the Daytona 500:
    o Bobby Allison (1982)
    o Bill Elliott (1987)
    o Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000)
    o Jeff Gordon (1997)
    – There have been four winners from the pole: Darrell Waltrip (1981), Bill Elliott (1987), Ken Schrader (1989) and Denny Hamlin (2014).
    – Two drivers have swept the Sprint Unlimited, Daytona 500 pole and Daytona 500 from 1979-2014: Dale Jarrett (2000) and Bill Elliott (1987)(NASCAR)(2-13-2015)

 

02/04/2016 Posted by | SPRINT UNLIMITED | | Leave a comment

NASCAR, teams moving closer to charter system for 2016

NASCAR, teams moving closer to charter system for 2016

LAS VEGAS – The chairman of the Race Team Alliance and a senior NASCAR official both say they are “cautiously optimistic” a charter system that will guarantee teams starting spots for all races will be in place before the season. Rob Kauffman, chairman of the RTA, and Brent Dewar, NASCAR’s chief operating officer, made the comments Wednesday at the Sports Business Journal’s Motorsports Marketing Forum at The Mirage.

The charter system, intended for full-time teams, will provide those organizations greater equity and stability. By guaranteeing teams with charters a spot in the 43-car field, those organizations can assure sponsors they won’t miss a race. It also gives greater value to those teams should an owner seek to sell their stake.

Kauffman notes another benefit of a charter system is how revenue would be distributed. This would allow teams to better anticipate what they’ll make on race earnings going into a season instead of guessing how they’ll run and what they’ll earn.

Kauffman noted that about 70 percent of a team’s income comes from sponsorship. If that goes away, teams are left with little equity other than their building and equipment.

One of the things Kauffman said during his 30-minute forum was that a better structure on rule changes was needed because rule changes cost teams in developing the maximizing the potential of each change.

“It helps put a governing structure in place about how the teams work together, how rule changes happen, how you can plan for things to be obsolete, upgraded, influence changes in a sensible way.

“The more you’re changing bits and pieces, engine architecture or aerodynamic stuff, that’s what really drives up the costs.

Afterward, Kauffman explained how much the rule changes cost teams, noting NASCAR’s experiment with a high-drag package that was used only at Indianapolis and Michigan.

“The Indy science experiment … probably was a deep seven-figure cost experiment,’’ Kauffman said. “Was it a good idea or a bad idea? That’s debatable. But I think process-wise, that was a good process. We don’t mind investing or trying something, but the process needs to be more predictable and planned to get a better result.’’

NASCAR announced that it will use a low-downforce package that drew rave reviews after races at Kentucky and Darlington this past season.

Dewar said NASCAR is working closer with teams on future changes.

“What it is making sure we’re working … with both parties up front,’’ Dewar said. “As part of the team owner’s council, we would start with the original ideas together and work on developmental.’’

01/27/2016 Posted by | NASCAR NEWS 2016 | Comments Off on NASCAR, teams moving closer to charter system for 2016

NASCAR Anounces Race Start Times for 2016 Season

 

NASCAR Announces Race Start Times for 2016 Season 

Broadcast Network and Start Times Set for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2016) – NASCAR®, in collaboration with broadcast partners FOX Sports, NBC Sports Group, race teams and the 29 tracks committed to hosting races for the coming season, today announced race start times and network coverage for all three of its national series based on previously released schedule dates for 2016.

Entering the second season of 10-year comprehensive media rights agreements, races will be televised by FOX, FS1, NBC and NBCSN, with the exception of select events in August that will air on CNBC and USA due to NBC Sports’ coverage of the Summer Olympics. National series races also will be broadcast live by Motor Racing Network (MRN), Performance Racing Network (PRN), IMS Radio Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90. Fans can visit www.nascar.com/tv-schedule for weekly tune-in information throughout the season. Tickets to all NASCAR national series events are available at www.nascar.com/tickets.

“NASCAR concluded 2015 with its most-watched championship finale in a decade, a benchmark that serves as a testament to deeper collaboration with our television and radio partners and increased engagement with fans,” said Steve Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and production at NASCAR. “We look forward to carrying this momentum into 2016, starting with the DAYTONA 500® and Speedweeks, as the number of homes reached by our broadcast content continues to grow both domestically and internationally.”

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule

Date Location Network Race Start Radio
2/13 Sprint Unlimited at

Daytona International Speedway

FOX 8 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
2/14 DAYTONA 500 Qualifying at

Daytona International Speedway

FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
2/18 Can-Am Duel at

Daytona International Speedway

FS1 7 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
2/21 DAYTONA 500 at

Daytona International Speedway

FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
2/28 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at

Atlanta Motor Speedway

FOX 1 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
3/6 Kobalt 400 at

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

FOX 3:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
3/13 Good Sam 500 at

Phoenix International Raceway

FOX 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
3/20 Auto Club 400 at

Auto Club Speedway

FOX 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
4/3 STP 500 at

Martinsville Speedway

FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
4/9 Duck Commander 500 at

Texas Motor Speedway

FOX 7:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
4/17 Food City 500 at

Bristol Motor Speedway

FOX 1 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
4/24 Toyota Owners 400 at

Richmond International Raceway

FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/1 GEICO 500 at

Talladega Superspeedway

FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/7 GoBowling.com 400 at

Kansas Speedway

FS1 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/15 Dover International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/20 Sprint Showdown at

Charlotte Motor Speedway

FS1 7 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/21 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at

Charlotte Motor Speedway

FS1 7 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/29 Coca-Cola 600 at

Charlotte Motor Speedway

FOX 6 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
6/5 Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 at Pocono Raceway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/12 Firekeepers Casino 400 at

Michigan International Speedway

FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/26 Toyota / Save Mart 350 at

Sonoma Raceway

FS1 3 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
7/2 Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway NBC 7:45 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
7/9 Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts at

Kentucky Speedway

NBCSN 7:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
7/17 New Hampshire 301 at

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NBCSN 1:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
7/24 Crown Royal Presents the ‘Your Hero’s Name Here’ 400 at

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NBCSN 3 p.m. IMS / SiriusXM
7/31 Pennsylvania 400 at

Pocono Raceway

NBCSN 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
8/7 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen

Watkins Glen International

USA 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
8/20 Bass Prop Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
8/28 Pure Michigan 400 at

Michigan International Speedway

NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/4 Bojangles’ Southern 500 at

Darlington Raceway

NBC 6 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/10 Federated Auto Parts 400 at

Richmond International Raceway

NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/18 Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/25 New England 300 at

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NBCSN 2 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
10/2 AAA 400 at

Dover International Speedway

NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
10/8 Bank of America 500 at

Charlotte Motor Speedway

NBC 7 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
10/16 Hollywood Casino 400 at

Kansas Speedway

NBC 2:15 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
10/23 Alabama 500 at

Talladega Superspeedway

NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
10/30 Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway NBCSN 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
11/6 AAA Texas 500 at

Texas Motor Speedway

NBC 2 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
11/13 Can-Am 500 at

Phoenix International Raceway

NBC 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
11/20 Ford EcoBoost 400 at

Homestead-Miami Speedway

NBC 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM

 

2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Schedule

Date Location Network Race Start Radio
2/20 Powershares QQQ 300 at

Daytona International Speedway

FS1 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
2/27 Head’s Up Georgia 250

at Atlanta Motor Speedway

FS1 1:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
3/5 Boyd Gaming 300 at

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

FS1 4 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
3/12 Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter 200 at

Phoenix International Raceway

FOX 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
3/19 Auto Club Speedway FS1 4 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
4/8 O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at

Texas Motor Speedway

FS1 8:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
4/16 Bristol Motor Speedway FS1 12:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
4/23 ToyotaCare 250 at

Richmond International Raceway

FS1 12:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
4/30 Talladega 300 at

Talladega Superspeedway

FOX 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/14 Dover International Speedway FOX 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/28 Hisense 300 at

Charlotte Motor Speedway

FS1 2:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
6/4 Pocono Raceway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/11 Michigan International Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/19 Iowa Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
7/1 Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at

Daytona International Speedway

NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
7/8 Kentucky 300 at

Kentucky Speedway

NBCSN 8:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
7/16 Lakes Region 200 at

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NBCSN 4 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
7/23 Lilly Diabetes 250 at

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NBCSN 3:30 p.m. IMS / SiriusXM
7/30 U.S. Cellular 250 at

Iowa Speedway

NBCSN 8 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
8/6 Zippo 200 at The Glen at

Watkins Glen International

CNBC 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
8/13 Mid-Ohio 200 at

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

USA 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
8/19 Food City 300 at

Bristol Motor Speedway

USA 7:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
8/27 Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville at Road America NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/3 VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/9 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/17 Chicagoland Speedway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/24 VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at

Kentucky Speedway

NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
10/1 Drive Sober 200 at

Dover International Speedway

NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
10/7 Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina at

Charlotte Motor Speedway

NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
10/15 Kansas Lottery 300 at

Kansas Speedway

NBCSN 4 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
11/5 O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at

Texas Motor Speedway

NBC 3:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM
11/12 Phoenix International Raceway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
11/19 Ford EcoBoost 300 at

Homestead-Miami Speedway

NBCSN 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM

 

2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule

Date Location Network Race Start Radio
2/19 NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway FS1 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
2/27 Georgia 200 at

Atlanta Motor Speedway

FS1 4:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
4/2 Martinsville Speedway FS1 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/6 Toyota Tundra 250 at

Kansas Speedway

FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/13 Dover International Speedway FS1 5:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
5/20 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at

Charlotte Motor Speedway

FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/10 Rattlesnake 400 at

Texas Motor Speedway

FS1 9 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/18 Iowa Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
6/25 Drivin’ for Linemen 200 brought to you by Ameren

at Gateway Motorsports Park

FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
7/7 Kentucky 225 at

Kentucky Speedway

FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
7/20 #Eldora at

Eldora Speedway

FS1 9 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
7/30 Pocono Mountains 150 at

Pocono Raceway

FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
8/17 UNOH 200 at

Bristol Motor Speedway

FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
8/27 Careers for Veterans 200, presented by Cooper Standard Foundation and Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation at

Michigan International Speedway

FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/4 Chevrolet Silverado 250 at

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

FS1 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/16 Chicagoland Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
9/24 UNOH 175 at

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
10/1 Rhino Linings 350 at

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
10/22 fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at

Talladega Superspeedway

FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
10/29 Martinsville Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
11/4 Longhorn 350 at

Texas Motor Speedway

FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
11/11 Lucas Oil 150 at

Phoenix International Raceway

FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM
11/18 Ford EcoBoost 200 at

Homestead-Miami Speedway

FS1 8 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM

 

All times eastern. Subject to change.

 

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TEXAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

TEXAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

1 – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92

2015 Rundown

  • One win, five top fives, 18 top 10s,
  • Led 252 laps
  • Average Finish of 14.3

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, nine top fives, 13 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 17.276, 15th-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.256, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.3, seventh-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.501, seventh-fastest
  • 4719 Laps in the Top 15 (67.1), ninth-most
  • 748 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

2 – Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Crispy Toyota)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.6

2015 Rundown

  • Four wins, nine top fives, 13 top 10s,
  • Led 693 laps
  • Average Finish of 11.8

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, eight top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 12.895, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.196, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 101.3, third-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.770, third-fastest
  • 4539 Laps in the Top 15 (71.3), fourth-most
  • 672 Quality Passes, 11th-most
  • 3 – Martin Truex, Jr (No. 78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet)
    • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.6

    2015 Rundown

    • One win, eight top fives, 21 top 10s,
    • Led 563 laps
    • Average Finish of 12.3

    Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

    • Two top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
    • Average finish of 15.05, 12th-best
    • Average Running Position of 13.655, 10th-best
    • Driver Rating of 88.5, 11th-best
    • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.361, 12th-fastest
    • 4248 Laps in the Top 15 (63.4), 11th-most
    • 637 Quality Passes, 14th-most

     

    4 – Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser / Jimmy John’s Chevrolet)

    • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 118.1

    2015 Rundown

    • Three wins, 20 top fives, 25 top 10s,
    • Led 2094 laps
    • Average Finish of 9.2

    Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

    • Five top fives, 13 top 10s
    • Average finish of 12.68, fourth-best
    • Average Running Position of 14.770, 14th-best
    • Driver Rating of 87.4, 13th-best
    • Average Green Flag Speed of 172.323, 22nd-fastest
    • 4381 Laps in the Top 15 (62.2), 12th-most
    • 779 Quality Passes, fifth-most

     

    5 – Carl Edwards (No. 19 Sport Clips Toyota)

    • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.7

    2015 Rundown

    • Two wins, six top fives, 14 top 10s,
    • Led 368 laps
    • Average Finish of 14.4

    Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

    • Three wins, six top fives, ten top 10s; one pole
    • Average finish of 14.952, 10th-best
    • Average Running Position of 12.763, seventh-best
    • Driver Rating of 95.8, sixth-best
    • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.544, sixth-fastest
    • 4879 Laps in the Top 15 (69.3), fifth-most
    • 768 Quality Passes, sixth-most
    • 6 – Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Wurth Ford)
      • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100

      2015 Rundown

      • One win, seven top fives, 22 top 10s,
      • Led 782 laps
      • Average Finish of 11.6

      Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

      • Three top fives, five top 10s
      • Average finish of 17.286, 16th-best
      • Average Running Position of 16.927, 16th-best
      • Driver Rating of 82.8, 16th-best
      • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.146, 14th-fastest
      • 2278 Laps in the Top 15 (48.6), 16th-most
      • 399 Quality Passes, 19th-most

       

      7 – Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)

      • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 104.8

      2015 Rundown

      • Two wins, ten top fives, 18 top 10s,
      • Led 788 laps
      • Average Finish of 11.5

      Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

      • One win, three top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
      • Average finish of 15.88, 13th-best
      • Average Running Position of 14.650, 13th-best
      • Driver Rating of 88.1, 12th-best
      • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.131, 15th-fastest
      • 4068 Laps in the Top 15 (57.8), 15th-most
      • 677 Quality Passes, 10th-most

      8 – Joey Logano (No. 22 AAA Insurance Ford)

      • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107.5

      2015 Rundown

      • Six wins, 20 top fives, 26 top 10s,
      • Led 1359 laps
      • Average Finish of 8.6

      Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

      • One win, five top fives, five top 10s
      • Average finish of 16.929, 14th-best
      • Average Running Position of 17.517, 17th-best
      • Driver Rating of 81.4, 17th-best
      • Average Green Flag Speed of 172.942, 16th-fastest
      • 2210 Laps in the Top 15 (47.1), 17th-most
      • 354 Quality Passes, 21st-most

     

     

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Texas Motor Speedway: History

Texas Motor Speedway:

History

  • Construction on Texas Motor Speedway began in 1995.
  • The first NASCAR national series race at TMS was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on April 5, 1997 – won by Mark Martin.
  • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was on April 6, 1997 – won by Jeff Burton.
  • The track underwent a repave between the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
  • In 2011, the spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was moved from Sunday to Saturday night under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Texas Motor Speedway hosted its first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on November 6, 2005 – won by Carl Edwards.

Starts

  • There have been 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one NSCS event from 1997 – 2004 and two races per year since 2005.
  • 144 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas; 116 in more than one.
  • Jeff Gordon is the only drive to have made all 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 8.417. Johnson is the only active driver with an average starting position at Texas inside the top 10.
  • 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski (11/02/2008) and Trevor Bayne (11/07/2010) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Texas Motor Speedway.

Poles

  • Jeremy Mayfield was the first Coors Light pole winner, in 1998 at Texas with a speed of 185.906 mph. The inaugural Coors Light pole at Texas Motor Speedway in 1997 was cancelled due to weather conditions.

 

Poles

  • 21 drivers have Coors Light poles at Texas, led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte and Martin Truex Jr. with two each.
  • Two drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Texas Motor Speedway: Bobby Labonte (2003 and 2004) and Ryan Newman (2005 sweep).
  • Youngest Texas Coors Light pole winner: Brian Vickers (11/05/2006 – 23 years, 0 months, 12 days).
  • Oldest Texas Coors Light pole winner: Bill Elliott (4/08/2002 – 46 years, 6 months, 0 days).
  • David Ragan (4/09/2011) and Martin Truex Jr. (11/04/2007) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Texas Motor Speedway.  

Wins

  • 18 different drivers have won at Texas Motor Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with five victories.
  • Seven drivers have multiple wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (five), Carl Edwards (three), Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart each have two.
  • Roush Fenway Racing leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in wins at Texas Motor Speedway with nine; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with seven and Joe Gibbs Racing has four.
  • Three of the 29 (10.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole; Kasey Kahne (2006), Jimmie Johnson (2012) and Kyle Busch (2013).
  • The third-place starting position is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Texas Motor Speedway, producing more wins than any other starting position (six) – most recent: Jimmie Johnson (fall of 2014).
  • Six of the 29 (20.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the front row: three from the pole and three from second-place.
  • 23 of the 29 (79.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Four of the 29 (13.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Texas Motor Speedway is 31st, by Matt Kenseth in 2002.
  • Four different manufacturers have won a NSCS race at Texas, led by Ford (12), followed by Chevrolet (11), Toyota (three) and Dodge (three).
  • One NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has won at Texas Motor Speedway in two different manufacturers: Jeff Burton (1997 – Ford; 2007 – Chevrolet)
  • Youngest Texas winner: Joey Logano (03/30/2003 – 23 years, 10 months, 14 days).

 

Wins

  • Oldest Texas winner: Dale Jarrett (04/01/2001 – 44 years, 4 months, 6 days).
  • Jeff Burton (4/06/1997) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (4/02/2000) won their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career race at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (2014 Chase race and Spring of 2015), Carl Edwards (2008 sweep) and Denny Hamlin (2010 sweep).
  • Jimmie Johnson has won the last three consecutive Chase races at Texas Motor Speedway (2012, 2013 and 2014).
  • 11 of the 13 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who have won at Texas Motor Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Texas in his first appearance; Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman won in their second appearance at TMS.
  • Jeff Gordon competed at Texas Motor Speedway 16 times before winning in the spring of 2009; the longest span of any the 13 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
  • Only three of the 13 winning drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Texas Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (16) Kyle Busch (15) and Kurt Busch (13).
  • Kevin Harvick leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 25.

Additional Finishing Positions

  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in runner-up finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with five; followed by Matt Kenseth with four and Jeff Gordon with three.
  • Matt Kenseth leads the series in top-five finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 13; followed by Jimmie Johnson with 12, Jeff Gordon with nine, Greg Biffle and Kyle Busch each have eight.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 18; followed by Matt Kenseth (17) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (15).
  • Two active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish inside the top 10 at Texas: Jimmie Johnson (8.750) and Matt Kenseth (9.462).
  • Casey Mears has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway without posting a DNF (21).

Track / Event Specific Stats

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Chase Grid After Martinsville

2015 Chase Grid
Pos. Drivers Season Wins Chase Points Pts Back From Leader
1 Jeff Gordon 4 4,047 0
2 Kyle Busch 1 4,039 -8
3 Martin Truex Jr. 0 4,039 -8
4 Kevin Harvick 1 4,037 -10
5 Carl Edwards 3 4,030 -17
6 Brad Keselowski 2 4,013 -34
7 Kurt Busch 3 4,011 -36
8 Joey Logano 6 4,009 -38
9 Denny Hamlin 2 2,251 -1,796
10 Ryan Newman 0 2,231 -1,816
11 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 0 2,221 -1,826
12 Jamie McMurray 0 2,201 -1,846
13 Matt Kenseth 4 2,197 -1,850
14 Jimmie Johnson 0 2,193 -1,854
15 Paul Menard 0 2,177 -1,870
16 Clint Bowyer 0 2,124 -1,923
1-4 = In position to move to the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
5-8 = In position to possibly be eliminated from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Eliminator Round
9-16= Eliminated from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

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Sprint Cup Martinsville Results

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race – Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500

Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville, Virginia

Sunday, November 01, 2015

 

  1. (5) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 500, $199836.
  2. (4) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 500, $158301.
  3. (10) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 500, $131335.
  4. (22) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 500, $117160.
  5. (6) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 500, $138391.
  6. (2) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 500, $121985.
  7. (7) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 500, $124615.
  8. (12) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 500, $146715.
  9. (24) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 500, $104790.
  10. (13) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 500, $119004.
  11. (3) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 500, $133298.
  12. (21) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 500, $133051.
  13. (23) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 500, $113973.
  14. (14) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 500, $88865.
  15. (26) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 500, $97065.
  16. (8) Aric Almirola, Ford, 500, $125201.
  17. (19) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 500, $110023.
  18. (30) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 500, $124176.
  19. (9) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 500, $114423.
  20. (31) Cole Whitt, Ford, 500, $98823.
  21. (27) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 500, $85815.
  22. (41) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 499, $95087.
  23. (38) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 498, $85265.
  24. (33) David Gilliland, Ford, 498, $93015.
  25. (28) David Ragan, Toyota, 498, $111954.
  26. (25) Greg Biffle, Ford, 497, $115598.
  27. (35) Jeb Burton #, Toyota, 496, $85365.
  28. (20) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 493, $107560.
  29. (39) JJ Yeley(i), Toyota, 492, $81090.
  30. (36) Matt DiBenedetto #, Toyota, 492, $82515.
  31. (32) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 491, $125465.
  32. (11) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 490, $129231.
  33. (43) Alex Kennedy #, Chevrolet, 489, $80665.
  34. (15) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 486, $98615.
  35. (34) Brett Moffitt #, Ford, 479, $80565.
  36. (42) Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, 459, $80515.
  37. (1) Joey Logano, Ford, 458, $139538.
  38. (18) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, Parked, 443, $112688.
  39. (29) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 423, $79680.
  40. (16) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, Accident, 391, $75680.
  41. (40) Kyle Fowler, Ford, Brakes, 373, $63680.
  42. (37) Ryan Preece, Ford, 365, $59680.
  43. (17) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, Accident, 185, $90338.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  69.643 mph.

Time of Race:  03 Hrs, 46 Mins, 35 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.335 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  18 for 109 laps.

Lead Changes:  21 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   J. Logano 1-8; M. Truex Jr. 9-35; J. Logano 36-43; J. Gordon 44-53; J. Logano 54-59; Kurt Busch 60-81; J. Logano 82-158; A. Dillon 159-164; J. Logano 165-198; K. Harvick 199-236; B. Keselowski 237-239; J. Logano 240-255; B. Keselowski 256-282; J. Logano 283-292; B. Keselowski 293-388; J. Logano 389-393; B. Keselowski 394-410; J. Logano 411-453; J. Gordon 454-456; D. Hamlin 457-459; A. Allmendinger 460-478; J. Gordon 479-500.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  J. Logano 9 times for 207 laps; B. Keselowski 4 times for 143 laps; K. Harvick 1 time for 38 laps; J. Gordon 3 times for 35 laps; M. Truex Jr. 1 time for 27 laps; Kurt Busch 1 time for 22 laps; A. Allmendinger 1 time for 19 laps; A. Dillon 1 time for 6 laps; D. Hamlin 1 time for 3 laps.

Top 16 in Points: J. Gordon – 4,047; Kyle Busch – 4,039; M. Truex Jr. – 4,039; K. Harvick – 4,037; C. Edwards – 4,030; B. Keselowski – 4,013; Kurt Busch – 4,011; J. Logano – 4,009; D. Hamlin – 2,251; R. Newman – 2,231; D. Earnhardt Jr. – 2,221; J. Mcmurray – 2,201; M. Kenseth – 2,197; J. Johnson – 2,193; P. Menard – 2,177; C. Bowyer – 2,124.

 

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