By the Numbers: Texas
April 10, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Take a look back at the race and track history with some noteworthy numbers
1.5 miles, the track length.
3 is the starting position to produce the most wins (four).
5 degrees of banking on the frontstretch and backstretch.
8.842 best average starting position, Jimmie Johnson (only active driver with an average starting position in the top 10).
9 drivers from Texas have won at least one race in NASCAR's three national series (Terry Labonte, Bobby Labonte, A.J. Foyt, Billy Wade, Bobby Hillin Jr., Johnny Rutherford, James Buescher, David Starr and Colin Braun).
9.4 is the best average running position (Matt Kenseth).
16 is the number of races Jeff Gordon participated in before winning (Spring 2009), the longest span of any of the 14 active Cup winners.
20 races have been run without Kevin Harvick posting a DNF.
23 is the age of the youngest pole winner (Brian Vickers at 23 years, 0 months, 12 days on Nov. 5, 2006).
24 degrees of banking in the turns.
25 is the age of the youngest winner (Newman, at 25 years, 3 months, 22 days on March 30, 2003).
31 is the deepest in the field that a race-winner has started (Kenseth in 2002).
33 Cup races have been held in Texas (Texas Motor Speedway; Meyer Speedway; Texas World Speedway).
44 is the age of the oldest winner (Dale Jarrett at 44 years, 4 months, 6 days on April 1, 2001).
46 is the age of the oldest pole winner (Bill Elliott at 46 years, 6 months, 0 days on April 8, 2002).
79 drivers have called Texas home.
99 is the only car number to produce three or more wins (Burton -- 1997; Carl Edwards -- 2005 sweep, 2008 sweep).
106.6 Matt Kenseth's driver rating at Texas, a series best.
129 drivers have competed in at least one Cup race.
196.235 miles per hour is the track qualifying record set by Vickers on Nov. 3, 2006 (27.518 seconds).
334 laps (500 miles) is the length of the race.
455 is the number of fastest laps run by Greg Biffle, a series high.
677 is the highest number of quality passes, held by Earnhardt Jr.
772 laps have been led by Kenseth, the most by any driver (21 starts).
1,330 feet is the length of the backstretch.
1995 construction began on Texas Motor Speedway.
1997 the year the first races were held (April 5 -- Nationwide, winner: Martin; April 6 -- Cup, winner: Burton).
2011 was the first night race when the Sunday race was moved to Saturday night.
2,250 feet is the length of the frontstretch.
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