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Texas Motor Speedway Data

Season Race #: 34 of 36 (11-06-16)

Track Size: 1.5-mile

Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 24 degrees

Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 24 degrees

Banking/Frontstretch: 5 degrees

Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees

Frontstretch Length: 2,250 feet

Backstretch Length: 1,330 feet

Race Length: 334 laps / 501 miles

 

Top 10 Active Driver Ratings at Texas

Jimmie Johnson…………………… 107.8

Matt Kenseth………………………. 104.9

Kyle Busch…………………………. 102.9

Carl Edwards………………………… 97.6

Greg Biffle……………………………. 96.4

Chase Elliott…………………………. 94.9

Tony Stewart………………………… 94.3

Martin Truex Jr……………………… 91.7

Denny Hamlin……………………….. 90.5

Kevin Harvick………………………… 89.1

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (23 total) among active drivers at Texas Motor Speedway.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2015 pole winner:

Brad Keselowski, Ford

196.929 mph, 27.421 secs. 11-06-15

 

2015 race winner:

Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet

137.490 mph, (03:38:38), 11-08-15

 

Track qualifying record:

Tony Stewart, Chevrolet

200.111 mph, 26.985 secs. 10-31-14

Set in Round 2 of 3

 

Track race record:

Greg Biffle, Ford

160.577 mph, (3:07:12), 11-14-12

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 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one NSCS event from 1997 – 2004 and two races per year since 2005.
  • 151 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas; 120 in more than one.
  • Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in starts at Texas Motor Speedway with 30. Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart lead all active drivers with 27 Texas starts each.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 8.500.
  • Johnson is the only active driver that has made more than one start at Texas with an average starting position inside the top 10.
  • Six drivers have made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career start at Texas Motor Speedway: Adam Petty (2000), Jay Sauter (2002), Brad Keselowski (2008), Trevor Bayne (2010), David Starr (2011) and Parker Kligerman (2013).

Poles

  • Jeremy Mayfield was the first Coors Light pole winner (1998) at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 185.906 mph. The inaugural Coors Light pole at Texas Motor Speedway in 1997 was cancelled due to weather conditions.
  • 22 drivers have Coors Light poles at Texas, led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Carl Edwards 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 six victories; including five of the last eight races.
  • Eight drivers have multiple wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (six), Carl Edwards (three), Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch 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 eight and Joe Gibbs Racing has five.
  • Four different manufacturers have won a NSCS race at Texas, led by Ford and Chevrolet (12 each); followed by Toyota (four) 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).
  • Oldest Texas winner: Dale Jarrett (04/01/2001 – 44 years, 4 months, 6 days).
  • Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (2014 Chase race and 2015 sweep), Carl Edwards (2008 sweep) and Denny Hamlin (2010 sweep).
  • Three of the 31 (9.6%) 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).
  • Six of the 31 (19.3%) 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.

 

Wins

  • 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).
  • 24 of the 31 (77.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Four of the 31 (12.9%) 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.
  • 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.
  • 11 of the 12 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.
  • Only two of the 12 active winning drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Texas Motor Speedway: 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 27.

 

Additional Finishing Positions

  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in runner-up finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with five; followed by Matt Kenseth with four.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-five finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 14; followed by Matt Kenseth (13) and Kyle Busch with 10.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 20; followed by Matt Kenseth (17).
  • Two active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish inside the top 10 at Texas: Jimmie Johnson (8.269) and Matt Kenseth (9.519).
  • Casey Mears has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway without posting a DNF (24).

Track / Event Specific Stats

  • There have been five NSCS finishes at Texas Motor Speedway that have gone to overtime.
  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway is the (4/4/2004) race won by Elliott Sadler with a MOV of 0.028 over second-place Kasey Kahne.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Laps Led at Texas Motor Speedway with 1,023 laps led in 26 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.

 

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