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By the Numbers: Ready, steady and just enough fuel flies at Texas

November 02, 2012, , NASCAR.com

For Starters

1 -- There has been one last-lap pass in each series at Texas Motor Speedway.

--Trucks: Todd Bodine passed Mike Skinner in June, 2006.

--Nationwide: Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed Joe Nemechek in April 1998.

--Cup: Jeff Burton passed Matt Kenseth in April 2007.

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8 -- Ty Dillon outpointed James Buescher by eight points in the June race at Texas this year. Dillon finished seventh and led 22 laps; he amassed 38 points. Buescher finished 15th and led 34 laps; he amassed 30 points. Buescher leads second-place Dillon by 21 points in the championship race. Timothy Peters, who is 25 points out, finished 11th and did not lead a lap despite starting second; he scored 33 points.

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Track Tidbits

3 -- Texas holds three of the top five pole speeds in series history, including the two fastest: 184.464 mph in November 2006 (by Clint Bowyer, who parlayed his first series pole into his first series win), and 184.137 mph in November 2007 (by Mike Skinner, who is the oldest Truck pole winner at TMS at 50 years, 4 months, 4 days). Skinner also holds the fifth-fastest pole speed (183.206) mph, set at Texas in June 2006.

6 -- Todd Bodine has six wins at Texas, the most by a driver at any track in series history. Those six wins account for half of his victories on 1.5-mile tracks. Bodine has gone four consecutive races at Texas without winning, the largest stretch during his 16 races and has DNFs (crash, oil pump) in two of the past three races there.

10 -- Ten drivers have made their first series start at Texas; only Parker Kligerman finished in the top 10 (ninth in November 2010). No other driver has finished better than 20th (David Ragan in June 2004). Kligerman has three top-10s, including a runner-up finish in June 2011 and a 10th-place result this past June, and one crash DNF in four starts at TMS.

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1 -- Johnny Sauter won at Texas this past June after finishing second in both races in 2010 and being black-flagged for changing lanes on the final restart while leading with two laps to go in June 2011. Sauter has led all but 42 of his 185 laps led at Texas in the past four races, including 41 in his victory.

2 -- Kyle Busch will make just his second Camping World Truck Series start since last fall at Texas, when he deliberately wrecked Ron Hornaday under caution. Busch is second in all-time Truck wins with 30, including 14 on 1.5-mile tracks (two at Texas). In his other start this season, Busch finished second at Atlanta.

8 -- Eight of the nine green-white-checkered finishes at Texas have come in the past 13 races.

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4 -- Roush Fenway Racing drivers have won the past four races at Texas with three different drivers: Carl Edwards (November 2010 and April 2011), Trevor Bayne (November 2011) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (April 2012).

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Track Tidbits

6 -- The fewest laps led by a winner at Texas is six, set three times: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (April 1998), his first series win; Jeff Purvis (April 2002), the oldest series winner at TMS at 43 years, 1 month, 18 days; and Trevor Bayne (November 2011), his first series win and the track's youngest series winner at 20 years, 8 months, 17 days. Incidentally, those winners account for three of the four series races at TMS won by a non-Cup competitor; Ricky Stenhouse Jr. earlier this year is the other.

14 -- The final green-flag stretch has been 14 laps or less in all but five of the 23 races at Texas races, and nine or less in all but eight.

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5 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has scored five of his six wins this season on 1.5-mile tracks, including Texas in April. With his win at Kansas, Stenhouse tied Kyle Busch's record for most wins on 1.5-mile tracks in a single season set in 2008.

8 -- Joey Logano has eight wins in 2012; six were his first victory at that track. Logano has made eight starts at Texas without a win; it's one of three 1.5-mile tracks at which he is winless (Atlanta and Homestead).

12 -- A driver led at least 100 laps in each of the last 12 races at Texas. That driver has gone on to win seven times during that stretch, including five times by Kyle Busch, including the most laps led by a winner at TMS (179 in November 2009). The most laps led by a non-winner also cam during this span (157 in November 2011 by Carl Edwards). Incidentally, Busch has led more than 100 laps in eight of his 13 starts at Texas and 1,187 total, more than double the next closest driver (Kevin Harvick with 527 laps led).

16 -- Michael Annett has finished in the top 10 in 16 races this season, three more than he had in his 105-race career entering 2012. Annett has finished in the top 10 in the past eight races, the second-longest active streak behind Austin Dillon with nine in a row. Annett had bettered or matched his best finish at a track 15 times this season, including his ninth-place finish at Texas in April.

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6 -- There have been six fuel-mileage races in 2012, including Greg Biffle's win at Texas in April when he ran the final 53 laps. That's the fewest number of laps to the finish among the six. Of the other races, championship contenders Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer each have two fuel-mileage wins.

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13 -- Thirteen cars wrecked on the first lap of the inaugural Cup race at Texas in 1997, won by Jeff Burton. That race also included a nine-car wreck and of the 14 DNFs, nine were for crashes, including Rusty Wallace, Darrell Waltrip, Joe Nemechek, Ernie Irvan and Jimmy Spencer.

36 -- Brad Keselowski finished 36th in the spring race at Texas, his worst of the season. He has never had a top-10 there in eight starts and his 25.2 average finish is his second-worst track (Las Vegas), with twice as many races.

234 -- This year's spring race at Texas was caution-free for the final 234 laps, the longest final green stretch since 1999 at Homestead (262 laps). There were only two cautions, both for debris and both within the first 100 laps. There has been a green flag stretch of 100 or more laps during each of the last six Texas races

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4 -- In four of his five championship seasons, Jimmie Johnson left the eighth Chase race with the points lead and never relinquished it. Johnson led a race-high 156 laps in finishing second in the spring race at Texas. His lone win at TMS came in the 2007 Chase race, which incidentally fell on Nov. 4, the same day as this year's race.

41 -- Ryan Newman has gone 41 races without winning a pole, tying his longest career streak. Martinsville was his first race back with longtime crew chief Matt Borland, with whom he has won 37 of his 49 career poles. Newman has a total of six poles at the final three tracks of the season, including two with Borland at Texas.

49 -- Greg Biffle ended a 49-race winless streak with his spring win at Texas, the third-longest streak broken this season behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. (143) at Michigan and Joey Logano (104) at Pocono. Of drivers with notable winless streaks, four have won at Texas: Jeff Burton (146-race winless streak, 2 wins at TMS); Mark Martin (102, 1); Carl Edwards (66, 3) and Kurt Busch (39, 1).

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