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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

  • There have been five NSCS green-white-checker finishes at Texas Motor Speedway: fall 2006 (334/339), spring 2008 (334/339), fall 2012 (334/335), spring 2014 (334/340) and fall 2014 (334/341).
  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway was the (4/4/2004) race won by Elliott Sadler with a MOV of 0.028 over second-place Kasey Kahne.

 

Track / Event Specific Stats

  • Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Laps Led at Texas Motor Speedway with 1,017 laps led in 24 starts.
  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions twice in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway; the inaugural event in 1997 and the spring race of 2007. The actual race has never been rain shortened, but was postponed to Monday in 2014 due to weather.
  • Jeff Gordon leads all active NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers in Laps Completed at Texas Motor Speedway with 8,664 laps.

Female Competitor Stats

  • Two female drivers have made NSCS starts at Texas Motor Speedway: Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick
Date Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Driver Rating
4/11/2015 Danica Patrick 21 16 74.9
11/2/2014 Danica Patrick 27 36 42.4
4/7/2014 Danica Patrick 24 27 53.2
11/3/2013 Danica Patrick 30 25 49.2
4/13/2013 Danica Patrick 42 28 42.9
11/4/2012 Danica Patrick 32 24 61.4
Averages 29.3 26.0 54.0
         
Date Driver Starting Position Finishing Position  
4/8/2002 Shawna Robinson 16 36  

 

NASCAR in Texas

  • There have been 38 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among three tracks in the state of Texas.
Track Name City NSCS
Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth 29
Texas World Speedway College Station 8
Meyer Speedway Houston 1
  • 81 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Texas.
  • 10 drivers from Texas have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series. Six of the 10 Texas native NASCAR winners have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Driver NSCS NXS 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
Chris Buescher 0 3 0
James Buescher 0 1 6
David Starr 0 0 4
Colin Braun 0 0 1

 

Milestones

 

DRIVER HAS NEEDS MILESTONE DESCRIPTION
Joey Logano 249 1 250th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Consecutive Career Start Logano will attempt to post his 250th consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this weekend at Texas. Logano is 14th on the active NSCS consecutive starts list 56 starts behind Paul Menard (305) in 13th.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 574 1 575th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Career Start Earnhardt Jr. will attempt to post his 575th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this weekend at Texas. Earnhardt Jr. is 27th on the all-time NSCS starts list one start behind Geoff Bodine (575) in 26th.
Casey Mears 449 1 450th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Career Start Mears will attempt to post his 450th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this weekend at Texas. Mears is 47th on the all-time NSCS starts list six starts behind Jimmy Means (454) in 46th.
Paul Menard 324 1 325th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Career Start Menard will attempt to post his 325th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this weekend at Texas. Menard is 77th on the all-time NSCS starts list three starts behind David Gilliland (327) in 76th.
Jimmie Johnson 74 2 76th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Jimmie Johnson is eighth on the all-time NSCS wins list, two wins behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt in seventh (76 wins).
Tony Stewart 48 2 50th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Stewart is 12th on the all-time NSCS wins list, two wins behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett in 10th (50 wins).
Jeff Gordon 24,916 84 25,000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Laps Led Gordon can become the sixth driver in NSCS history to lead 25,000 laps; joining Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Cale Yarborough, David Pearson and Bobby Allison.
Kevin Harvick 2,094 144 Most Laps Led in a Single Season During Chase Era (2004-2015) Harvick can lead the most laps in a single season in the NSCS during the Chase Era if he leads 144 or more laps in the final seven races. If he accomplishes the feat he will surpass current record holder Jimmie Johnson (2,238 laps led in a single Chase Era season).
#43 car 199 1 200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Wins The No. 43 car is second on the all-time NSCS wins list, five wins behind the No. 11 car in first (205). The last win for the No. 43 car came at Daytona (July) last season.
#20 Car 48 2 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Wins The No. 20 car is 19th on the NSCS all-time wins list, four wins behind the No. 27 and 18 cars in 17th/18th (with 52 each).

 

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