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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 XFINITY Series event on April 5, 1997 – won by Mark Martin.
  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR 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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was moved from Sunday to Saturday night under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway. 2017 marks the first season it will be moved back to a Sunday afternoon race.
  • Texas Motor Speedway hosted its first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs race on November 6, 2005 – won by Carl Edwards.
  • The track underwent its second repave between the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The renovation added a new layer of asphalt over the existing pavement, an expansive French drainage system on the frontstretch and backstretch, and reduced the banking in Turns 1 and 2 by four degrees (now 20 degrees).

 

Starts

  • There have been 32 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one event from 1997 – 2004 and two races per year since 2005.
  • 152 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas; 123 in more than one.
  • Jeff Gordon leads the series in starts at Texas Motor Speedway with 30.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch lead all active drivers with 28 Texas starts each.
  • Chase Elliott leads all active drivers with more than one start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway in average starting position with a 7.500. Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with more than five series starts at TMS with an 8.889.

 

  • Chase Elliott (7.5) and Jimmie Johnson (8.9) are the only active drivers that have made more than one start at Texas with an average starting position inside the top 10.
  • Six drivers have made their first Monster Energy NASCAR 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.
  • 23 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 Monster Energy NASCAR 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.
  • Eight drivers have multiple wins at Texas Motor Speedway:  Jimmie Johnson (six), Carl Edwards (four), Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart each have two.
  • Three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (2014 playoff race and 2015 sweep), Carl Edwards (2008 sweep) and Denny Hamlin (2010 sweep).
  • Roush Fenway Racing leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Texas Motor Speedway with nine; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with eight and Joe Gibbs Racing has six. 
  • Four different manufacturers have won a MENCS race at Texas, led by Ford and Chevrolet (12 each); followed by Toyota (five) and Dodge (three).
  • One Monster Energy NASCAR 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 of the 32 (9.3%) Monster Energy NASCAR 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 32 (18.8%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the front row: three from the pole and three from second-place.
  • 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).
  • 25 of the 32 (78.1%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Four of the 32 (12.5%) Monster Energy NASCAR 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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career race at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Eight of the nine active Monster Energy NASCAR 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; Ryan Newman won in his second appearance at TMS. 
  • Only two of the nine 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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 28.

 

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 11.  
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 20; followed by Matt Kenseth (18).
  • Three active drivers with more than one start at Texas have a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series average finish inside the top 10: Chase Elliott (4.5), Jimmie Johnson (8.370) and Matt Kenseth (9.429).
  • Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin has participated in the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway without posting a DNF (22 each).

 

Track / Event Specific Stats

  • There have been five MENCS finishes at Texas Motor Speedway that have gone to NASCAR Overtime (Scheduled Laps/Actual Laps): 11/02/2014 (334/341); 04/07/2014 (334/340); 11/04/2012 (334/335); 04/06/2008 (334/339); 11/05/2006 (334/339).
  • Since the advent of electronic scoring, the closest margin of victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR 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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Texas Motor Speedway with 1,023 laps led in 27 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 MENCS race at Texas has been rain-shortened only once, last fall (334/293).
  • Weather has postponed the MENCS Texas race to another day twice – the spring 2014 race (scheduled for 04/06/2014 but was run on 04/07/2014) and the spring 2010 race (scheduled for 04/18/2010 but was run on 04/19/2010).   
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04/05/2017 - Posted by | ARCHIVES

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