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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth, Texas

Friday, April 7, 2017

 

               1. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Ford, 198.405 mph.

               2. (21)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 198.020 mph.

               3. (14)  Clint Bowyer, Ford, 198.020 mph.

               4. (22)  Joey Logano, Ford, 197.759 mph.

               5. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 197.563 mph.

               6. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 196.492 mph.

               7. (78)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 196.421 mph.

               8. (20)  Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 196.299 mph.

               9. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 195.525 mph.

               10. (41)  Kurt Busch, Ford, 195.002 mph.

               11. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 194.517 mph.

               12. (6)  Trevor Bayne, Ford, 192.082 mph.

               13. (95)  Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 194.925 mph.

               14. (13)  Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 194.847 mph.

               15. (34)  Landon Cassill, Ford, 194.707 mph.

               16. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 194.377 mph.

               17. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 194.084 mph.

               18. (43)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 193.861 mph.

               19. (10)  Danica Patrick, Ford, 193.715 mph.

               20. (19)  Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 193.292 mph.

               21. (38)  David Ragan, Ford, 192.458 mph.

               22. (27)  Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 191.123 mph.

               23. (83)  Corey LaJoie #, Toyota, 188.719 mph.

               24. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 193.251 mph.

               25. (3)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 190.550 mph.

               26. (32)  Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 190.335 mph.

               27. (7)  JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, 189.793 mph.

               28. (72)  Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 189.195 mph.

               29. (23)  Gray Gaulding #, Toyota, 188.265 mph.

               30. (15)  Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 188.186 mph.

               31. (33)  Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 182.852 mph.

               32. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 0.000 mph.

               33. (24)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 0.000 mph.

               34. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 0.000 mph.

               35. (5)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 0.000 mph.

               36. (77)  Erik Jones #, Toyota, 0.000 mph.

               37. (88)  Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 0.000 mph.

               38. (37)  Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 0.000 mph.

               39. (51)  Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, 0.000 mph.

               40. (55)  Derrike Cope, Toyota, 0.000 mph. 

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2017 Stage Winners / Drivers with Playoff Points

2017 Stage Winners / Drivers with Playoff Points

Track Stage 1 Winner Stage 2 Winner Race Winner Playoff Points Following Race #6
Daytona Kyle Busch Kevin Harvick Kurt Busch Drivers Playoff Points
Atlanta Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Brad Keselowski Brad Keselowski 10
Las Vegas Martin Truex Jr. Martin Truex Jr. Martin Truex Jr. Martin Truex Jr. 9
Phoenix Joey Logano Chase Elliott Ryan Newman Kyle Larson 6
Auto Club Kyle Larson Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Larson Ryan Newman 5
Martinsville Martin Truex Jr. Chase Elliott Brad Keselowski Kurt Busch 5
Texas Kevin Harvick 3
Bristol Chase Elliott 2
Richmond Joey Logano 1
Talladega Kyle Busch 1

 

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers With 2017 Stage 1 and 2 Points

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers With 2017 Stage 1 and 2 Points

Rank Drivers Stage 1 Pts Stage 2 Pts Combined
1 Chase Elliott 35 44 79
2 Kyle Larson 40 35 75
3 Brad Keselowski 38 35 73
4 Martin Truex Jr. 36 27 63
5 Kyle Busch 32 21 53
6 Ryan Blaney 26 15 41
7 Kevin Harvick 19 21 40
8 Joey Logano 20 18 38
9 Jamie McMurray 22 13 35
10 Jimmie Johnson 13 15 28
11 Denny Hamlin 16 4 20
12 Clint Bowyer 6 13 19
13 Erik Jones # 3 16 19
14 Ryan Newman 7 12 19
15 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 8 9 17
16 Kurt Busch 0 8 8
17 Austin Dillon 2 5 7
18 Danica Patrick 1 6 7
19 Matt Kenseth 2 4 6
20 AJ Allmendinger 0 5 5
21 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 4 0 4
22 Trevor Bayne 0 3 3
23 Kasey Kahne 0 1 1

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NASCAR Cup Series Milestones

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Milestones
Drivers Has Needs Milestones
Jimmie Johnson 549 1 Attempt to make his 550th MENCS career start (34th all-time)
Matt DiBenedetto 74 1 Attempt to make his 75th MENCS career start tying Casey Atwood for 230th all-time.
Jimmie Johnson 80 3 Tie Cale Yarborough for sixth on MENCS all-time wins list
Kyle Busch 38 1 Tie Tim Flock for 18th on all-time MENCS wins list
Matt Kenseth 38 1 Tie Tim Flock for 18th on all-time MENCS wins list
Kevin Harvick 35 2 Tie Bobby Isaac for 21st on MENCS all-time wins list
Kurt Busch 29 3 Tie Dale Jarrett for 24th on all-time MENCS wins list
Denny Hamlin 29 3 Tie Dale Jarrett for 24th on all-time MENCS wins list
Brad Keselowski 23 2 Tie Joe Weatherly, Jim Paschal for 31st on all-time MENCS wins list
Ryan Newman 51 3 To tie Bill Elliott for eighth on the all-time MENCS poles list
Jimmie Johnson 35 1 Tie Rusty Wallace and Rex White for 17th on all-time MENCS poles list
Kasey Kahne 27 1 Break the tie with Terry Labonte to become solely 25th on all-time MENCS poles list
Denny Hamlin 24 1 Break the tie with Alan Kulwicki to become solely 28th on all-time MENCS poles list
Kevin Harvick 48 1 Break the tie with Lee Petty and become solely 10th on all-time MENCS second-place finishes list
Jimmie Johnson 46 2 Tie Lee Petty and Kevin Harvick for 10th on all-time MENCS second-place finishes list
Matt Kenseth 29 1 Tie Ricky Rudd for 25th on all-time MENCS second-place finishes list
Kyle Busch 149 1 To become the 23rd driver to post 150th MENCS top-five finishes
Dale Earnhardt Jr 148 2 To become the 23rd driver to post 150th MENCS top-five finishes
Jimmie Johnson 331 1 Tie Lee Petty for 12th on the MENCS all-time top-10 finishes list
Kyle Busch 12770 230 To become the 11th MENCS driver all-time to lead 13,000 or more laps
Kurt Busch 8,863 137 To become 20th MENCS driver all-time to lead 9,000 or more laps
Ryan Newman 4711 289 To become 40th MENCS driver all-time to lead 5,000 or more laps
Joey Logano 3,892 108 To become the 52nd MENCS driver all-time to lead 4,000 or more laps
Track Specific Milestones
Drivers Has Needs Milestones
Denny Hamlin 2 1 To break the tie with Busch and Kenseth to become solely third on all-time MENCS Texas wins list
Kyle Busch 2 1 To break the tie with Busch and Kenseth to become solely third on all-time MENCS Texas wins list
Matt Kenseth 2 1 To break the tie with Busch and Kenseth to become solely third on all-time MENCS Texas wins list
Hendrick Motorsports 8 1 Tie Roush Fenway Racing for the series lead in wins at Texas
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2 1 To break the seven driver tie for the series lead in poles at Texas
Martin Truex Jr. 2 1 To break the seven driver tie for the series lead in poles at Texas
Ryan Newman 2 1 To break the seven driver tie for the series lead in poles at Texas

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NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Top 16 at Texas

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Top 16 at Texas Motor Speedway

Rank Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Kyle Larson 7 0 0 1 2 1 18 83.7
2 Chase Elliott 2 0 0 2 2 0 4.5 100.8
3 Martin Truex Jr 23 2 0 3 12 3 13.8 93.0
4 Brad Keselowski 17 1 0 4 6 0 16.2 86.7
5 Joey Logano 17 0 1 7 7 1 16.6 84.1
6 Kyle Busch 22 1 2 11 12 0 11.6 102.4
7 Ryan Blaney 4 0 0 0 0 2 31.5 58.1
8 Clint Bowyer 22 0 0 3 10 2 15.5 85.0
9 Jamie McMurray 26 0 0 4 9 1 16.8 78.3
10 Kevin Harvick 28 0 0 6 16 1 12 90.0
11 Ryan Newman 27 2 1 3 6 3 18.4 75.1
12 Kasey Kahne 25 1 1 5 9 4 17.4 86.0
13 Erik Jones 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 92.4
14 Jimmie Johnson 27 1 6 14 20 1 8.4 107.1
15 Trevor Bayne 13 0 0 0 0 1 23.7 62.5

* – Based on last 24 races at Texas Motor Speedway (2005 – 2016).

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TEXAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Statistical Advance: Analyzing the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 4, 2017) – Below is a look at the top statistical performers at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, going into the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 on April 9 at 1:30 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
 

TEXAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion)

  • Three top fives, ten top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.455, 10th-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.316, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 85.0, 13th-best
  • 163 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.105, 12th-fastest
  • 4007 Laps in the Top 15 (54.7), 12th-most
  • 671 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry

  • Two wins, 11 top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.591, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 10.734, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 102.4, third-best
  • 414 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.843, second-fastest
  • 5391 Laps in the Top 15 (73.5), sixth-most
  • 792 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion)

  • One win, three top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 16.292, 12th-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.411, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.8, 10th-best
  • 215 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.130, 11th-fastest
  • 4757 Laps in the Top 15 (59.5), 11th-most
  • 785 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS)

  • One win, six top fives, 17 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 13.870, ninth-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.447, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.2, fifth-best
  • 307 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.617, fifth-fastest
  • 5784 Laps in the Top 15 (75.1), fifth-most
  • 979 Quality Passes, series-most

 

Chase Elliott (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS)

  • Two top fives, two top 10s
  • Average finish of 4.500, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 8.581, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.8, fourth-best
  • 17 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 174.114, series-fastest
  • 563 Laps in the Top 15 (89.8), second-most
  • 93 Quality Passes, 12th-most

 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

  • Two wins, five top fives, 11 top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.000, sixth-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.516, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.4, eighth-best
  • 188 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.322, eighth-fastest
  • 4963 Laps in the Top 15 (67.7), seventh-most
  • 918 Quality Passes, second-most

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion)

  • Six top fives, 16 top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.500, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.725, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.0, ninth-best
  • 196 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 172.567, 13th-fastest
  • 5296 Laps in the Top 15 (66.2), ninth-most
  • 900 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS)

  • Six wins, 14 top fives, 20 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 8.458, third-best
  • Average Running Position of 10.299, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 107.1, series-best
  • 650 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.835, fourth-fastest
  • 6247 Laps in the Top 15 (78.1), fourth-most
  • 901 Quality Passes, third-most

 

Erik Jones (No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota Camry)

  • One top 15
  • Average finish of 12.0, seventh-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.240, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.4, seventh-best
  • 1 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.267, 10th-fastest
  • 312 Laps in the Top 15 (93.4), series-most
  • 40 Quality Passes, 13th-most
  • Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS)
    • One win, five top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
    • Average finish of 18.042, 13th-best
    • Average Running Position of 14.361, 10th-best
    • Driver Rating of 86.0, 12th-best
    • 276 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
    • 5096 Laps in the Top 15 (63.7), 10th-most
    • 862 Quality Passes, sixth-most

     

    Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

    • Two wins, 13 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
    • Average finish of 8.261, second-best
    • Average Running Position of 9.131, second-best
    • Driver Rating of 104.7, second-best
    • 395 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best
    • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.838, third-fastest
    • 6246 Laps in the Top 15 (81.5), third-most
    • 871 Quality Passes, fifth-most

     

    Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford Fusion)

    • Four top fives, six top 10s; one pole
    • Average finish of 16.235, 11th-best
    • Average Running Position of 15.577, 13th-best
    • Driver Rating of 86.7, 11th-best
    • 295 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
    • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.312, ninth-fastest
    • 3007 Laps in the Top 15 (53.2), 13th-most
    • 443 Quality Passes, 11th-most

     

    Martin Truex Jr (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota Camry)

    • Three top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles
    • Average finish of 13.826, eighth-best
    • Average Running Position of 12.350, sixth-best
    • Driver Rating of 93.0, sixth-best
    • 216 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best
    • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.542, sixth-fastest
    • 5188 Laps in the Top 15 (67.7), eighth-most
    • 735 Quality Passes, ninth-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 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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NASCAR Cup Series Race – STP 500 Results

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race – STP 500

Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville, Virginia

Sunday, April 2, 2017

               1. (4) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 500.

               2. (10) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 500.

               3. (2) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 500.

               4. (5) Joey Logano, Ford, 500.

               5. (20) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 500.

               6. (30) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 500.

               7. (8) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 500.

               8. (11) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 500.

               9. (25) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 500.

               10. (24) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 500.

               11. (33) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 500.

               12. (15) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 500.

               13. (16) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 500.

               14. (13) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 500.

               15. (17) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 500.

               16. (3) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 500.

               17. (1) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 500.

               18. (18) Aric Almirola, Ford, 500.

               19. (22) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 500.

               20. (9) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 500.

               21. (31) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 499.

               22. (23) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 499.

               23. (29) Danica Patrick, Ford, 499.

               24. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 498.

               25. (7) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 498.

               26. (26) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 497.

               27. (27) Landon Cassill, Ford, 497.

               28. (35) * Corey LaJoie #, Toyota, 496.

               29. (37) Gray Gaulding #, Toyota, 495.

               30. (12) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 493.

               31. (32) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 492.

               32. (19) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 489.

               33. (38) * Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, 486.

               34. (21) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 418.

               35. (28) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, Accident, 401.

               36. (36) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, Accident, 385.

               37. (14) Kurt Busch, Ford, Accident, 295.

               38. (6) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, Accident, 105.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  70.139 mph.

Time of Race:  3 Hrs, 44 Mins, 59 Secs. Margin of Victory:  1.806 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  14 for 95 laps.

Lead Changes:  18 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   K. Larson 1-23; B. Keselowski 24-71; J. Logano 72; M. Truex Jr. 73-88; D. Hamlin 89-108; Kyle Busch 109; M. Truex Jr. 110-135; Kyle Busch 136-144; C. Elliott 145-151; Kyle Busch 152-259; C. Elliott 260-272; Kyle Busch 273-336; D. Hamlin 337-340; Kyle Busch 341-405; B. Keselowski 406-415; Kyle Busch 416-428; B. Keselowski 429-443; Kyle Busch 444-457; B. Keselowski 458-500.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Kyle Busch 7 times for 274 laps; B. Keselowski 4 times for 116 laps; M. Truex Jr. 2 times for 42 laps; D. Hamlin 2 times for 24 laps; K. Larson 1 time for 23 laps; C. Elliott 2 times for 20 laps; J. Logano 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 78,11,18,2,24,42,21,48,3,14

Stage #2 Top Ten: 24,18,2,48,21,88,20,77,6,5

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Elliott wins hotly contested Martinsville Truck race

Polesitter Chase Elliott wins hotly contested Martinsville Truck race

 April 1, 2017

 By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

 MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Polesitter Chase Elliott held off defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter after a restart with 12 laps left and pulled away to win Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway by 1.865 seconds.

 Elliott grabbed the lead from third-place finisher Christopher Bell on Lap 234, when Bell’s Toyota tangled with Austin Cindric’s Ford through Turns 1 and 2. Bell lost the top spot, and Sauter charged past into the second position before NASCAR threw the 10th and final caution of the race.

 The decisive move, however, came after the final restart on Lap 239, when Elliott blocked Sauter’s crossover move in Turn 3 and kept the lead.

 “It was fun today,” Elliott said. “I had some help there with Christopher’s misfortune. I was trying all I could to get by him. He was doing a really good job of maintaining my bumper, a good job with me hitting him… His bumper was getting progressively more blue (the color of Elliott’s car) as the day went.

 “It was a hard-fought battle, for sure.”

 And then came the battle with Sauter, who said he would have made the same blocking move on the final restart, had the roles been reversed.

 “Chase did what he needed to do with the old block,” Sauter said.

 “I saw him coming in the mirror with a big run, and I knew I had to block him,” Elliott said. “Fortunately, it worked out.”

 Bell led a race-high 96 laps, 90 in the final 110-lap stage. Before that, GMS Racing teammates Elliott and Sauter dominated the action. Elliott, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular getting extra track time in preparation for Sunday’s STP 500 (2 p.m. ET on FS1), won the first stage.

 Sauter took the second stage but had to come through the field from 13th following the restart for the third stage after pitting for tires in a contrarian strategy to that of Elliott, who got fresh rubber before the end of Stage 2.

 Elliott (92 laps), Sauter (62 laps) and Bell were the only drivers to lead the 250-lap event at the .526-mile track, but the action behind them was ferocious, producing 10 cautions for 63 laps.

 Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Noah Gragson recovered from a spin off Chase Briscoe’s bumper to finish fourth, one spot behind his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate. Ty Dillon and Brett Moffitt ran fifth and sixth, respectively.

 Note: Sauter took over the series lead by four points over Bell, who won the previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta… Elliott and Sauter reversed their positions from the fall race at Martinsville, which Sauter won on the way to his first championship.

 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – Alpha Energy Solutions 250

Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville, Virginia

Saturday, April 1, 2017

 

               1. (1) Chase Elliott(i), Chevrolet, 250.

               2. (2) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 250.

               3. (6) Christopher Bell, Toyota, 250.

               4. (9) Noah Gragson #, Toyota, 250.

               5. (16) Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 250.

               6. (15) Brett Moffitt, Toyota, 250.

               7. (5) Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 250.

               8. (3) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 250.

               9. (4) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 250.

               10. (19) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 250.

               11. (8) Chase Briscoe #, Ford, 250.

               12. (20) Regan Smith, Ford, 250.

               13. (7) Harrison Burton, Toyota, 250.

               14. (22) Austin Hill, Ford, 250.

               15. (11) Kaz Grala #, Chevrolet, 250.

               16. (14) Kyle Donahue, Chevrolet, 250.

               17. (10) Grant Enfinger #, Toyota, 250.

               18. (21) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 250.

               19. (27) Cody Coughlin #, Toyota, 250.

               20. (17) Ben Rhodes, Toyota, 249.

               21. (13) Austin Cindric #, Ford, 249.

               22. (25) Caleb Holman, Chevrolet, 249.

               23. (31) Wendell Chavous #, Chevrolet, 248.

               24. (26) TJ Bell, Chevrolet, 247.

               25. (18) Stewart Friesen #, Chevrolet, 247.

               26. (24) Justin Haley #, Chevrolet, 246.

               27. (23) Brandon Brown(i), Chevrolet, 242.

               28. (12) John H Nemechek, Chevrolet, 226.

               29. (28) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, Engine, 186.

               30. (30) Donnie Levister, Chevrolet, Brakes, 100.

               31. (32) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, Brakes, 24.

               32. (29) Bryce Napier, Chevrolet, Parked, 3.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  64.867 mph.

Time of Race:  02 Hrs, 01 Mins, 38 Secs. Margin of Victory:  1.865 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  10 for 63 laps.

Lead Changes:  4 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   C. Elliott(i) 1-75; C. Bell 76-81; J. Sauter 82-143; C. Bell 144-233; C. Elliott(i) 234-250.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  C. Bell 2 times for 96 laps; C. Elliott(i) 2 times for 92 laps; J. Sauter 1 time for 62 laps.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 23,21,88,4,98,29,17,18,99,8

Stage #2 Top Ten: 21,88,29,17,98,24,51,33,4,02

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MARTINSVILLE LINE UP

 

Qualifying rainout puts Larson on the pole at Martinsville

 

March 31, 2017

 

By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

 

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – For the second straight week, Kyle Larson will start on the pole for a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event.

 

He can only hope the result of the race is the same, too.

 

Last week, Larson won the pole at Auto Club Speedway and went on to win last Sunday’s race at the two-mile track.

 

On Friday, when rain washed out time trials at Martinsville Speedway, Larson earned the top starting spot for Sunday’s STP 500 (2 p.m. ET on FS1) on the basis of owner points. However, Larson will have to overcome his own history at the .526-mile track.

 

True, Larson finished third in the Martinsville spring race a year ago, but that was likely an aberration. In six career starts his average result there is 22.5, with no other top 10s.

 

“It definitely helps to start up front,” said Larson, the only driver to earn points in the first two stages of all five races this season. “I think this will be my most difficult track probably to earn stage points in each of the stages, just because it’s not a track that suits me that well. 

 

“This is the toughest track for me, so it’s cool to be the only guy that has made points every stage. I think the stage points are a big deal to gain points and help point your way to the playoffs if need be. So, yeah, it’s been nice to run so strong early in the year, especially all throughout the race because, like I said, those stage points have turned out to be really big and important.”

 

Chase Elliott, second to Larson in the series standings will start on the outside of the front row, putting two drivers with dubious results at Martinsville ahead of speed horses Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano in third through fifth, respectively.

 

“I’m working through a lot of race tracks, for sure,” Elliott said. “Martinsville and Sonoma are, to me, the two that I feel like I need to work on the most. That’s not to say there’s not other places I need to work on. But I think Martinsville and Sonoma are the two places that seemed to give me the most troubles last year.

 

“So, I’m just trying to work through that. I think some of the things you see here at Martinsville are some of the same things you see at Sonoma, with how tight the corners are and how slow some parts of the race track are. So I think there’s some similarities there; and hopefully, if one can be corrected, the other one will come along with it.”

 

Logano has won three of the last four contested poles at NASCAR’s oldest track.

 

Jamie McMurray, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch will take the green flag from positions six through 10 on the grid, respectively.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – STP 500

Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville, Virginia

Friday, March 31, 2017

 

               1. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 1st.

               2. (24) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 2nd.

               3. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 3rd.

               4. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 4th.

               5. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 5th.

               6. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 6th.

               7. (21) Ryan Blaney, Ford, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 7th.

               8. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 8th.

               9. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 9th.

               10. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 10th.

               11. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 11th.

               12. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 12th.

               13. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 13th.

               14. (41) Kurt Busch, Ford, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 14th.

               15. (77) Erik Jones #, Toyota, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 15th.

               16. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 16th.

               17. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 17th.

               18. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 18th.

               19. (19) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 19th.

               20. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 20th.

               21. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 21st.

               22. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 22nd.

               23. (13) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 23rd.

               24. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 24th.

               25. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 25th.

               26. (95) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 26th.

               27. (34) Landon Cassill, Ford, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 27th.

               28. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 28th.

               29. (10) Danica Patrick, Ford, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 29th.

               30. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 30th.

               31. (72) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 31st.

               32. (15) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 32nd.

               33. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 33rd.

               34. (38) David Ragan, Ford, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 34th.

               35. (83) * Corey LaJoie #, Toyota, Open Team – 2017 Owner Points 36th.

               36. (33) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 37th.

               37. (23) Gray Gaulding #, Toyota, Charter Team – 2017 Owner Points 38th.

               38. (51) * Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, Open Team – 2017 Owner Points 40th.

 

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