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Stats advance: Analyzing the Duck Commander 500

March 31, 2014, NASCAR, NASCAR.com

A statistical look ahead to this week's Sprint Cup Series stop at Texas

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 31, 2014) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas going into the Duck Commander 500 on April 6 at 3 p.m. ET (FOX, PRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

TEXAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
 
Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M/Give Kids A Smile Ford)
·         Two wins, eight top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 15.1
·         Average Running Position of 12.3, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 101.8, third-best
·         465 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         1,194 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.396 mph, third-fastest
·         4,457 Laps in the Top 15 (74.0%), fourth-most
·         Series-high 742 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green)
 
Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Willie’s Duck Diner Toyota)
·         Three top fives, nine top 10s
·         Average finish of 12.8
·         Average Running Position of 12.6, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 92.3, ninth-best
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.094 mph, eighth-fastest
 
Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)
·         One win, three top fives, 12 top 10s
·         Average finish of 15.3
·         Driver Rating of 88.0, 12th-best
·         191 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
·         1,372 Green Flag Passes, third-most
·         578 Quality Passes, 12th-most
 
 
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota)
·         One win, six top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 14.0
·         Average Running Position of 11.0, fourth-best
·         Driver Rating of 101.6, fourth-best
·         331 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.452 mph, second-fastest
·         4,158 Laps in the Top 15 (73.1%), sixth-most
·         597 Quality Passes, 10th-most
 
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet)
·         One win, four top fives, 13 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 13.7
·         Average Running Position of 11.5, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 93.8, seventh-best
·         216 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·         1,343 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.134 mph, seventh-fastest
·         4,624 Laps in the Top 15 (76.8%), third-most
·         736 Quality Passes, second-most
 
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)
·         Three wins, six top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 15.6
·         Average Running Position of 12.3, sixth-best
·         Driver Rating of 97.5, sixth-best
·         358 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·         1,164 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.320 mph, fourth-fastest
·         4,425 Laps in the Top 15 (73.5%), fifth-most
·         703 Quality Passes, fourth-most
 
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Axalta/Texas A&M School of Engineering Chevrolet)
·         One win, eight top fives, 11 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 17.8
·         Average Running Position of 14.5, 11th-best
·         Driver Rating of 90.6, 10th-best
·         307 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 172.965 mph, 11th-fastest
·         3,727 Laps in the Top 15 (61.9%), eighth-most
·         629 Quality Passes, ninth-most
 
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)
·         Two wins, five top fives, nine top 10s
·         Average finish of 10.7
·         Average Running Position of 12.7, ninth-best
·         Driver Rating of 93.3, eighth-best
·         167 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
·         1,301 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 172.998 mph, 10th-fastest
·         3,596 Laps in the Top 15 (67.2%), 12th-most
·         696 Quality Passes, fifth-most
 
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's “Spring is Calling” Chevrolet)
·         Three wins, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 8.7
·         Average Running Position of 10.3, second-best
·         Driver Rating of 106.4, second-best
·         Series-high 488 Fastest Laps Run
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.319 mph, fifth-fastest
·         4,660 Laps in the Top 15 (77.4%), second-most
·         681 Quality Passes, sixth-most
 
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)
·         Two wins, 13 top fives, 16 top 10s
·         Average finish of 8.3
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 9.0
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 107.2
·         350 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         1,360 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 173.482 mph
·         Series-high 4,827 Laps in the Top 15 (80.1%)
·         709 Quality Passes, third-most
 
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, six top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 13.1
·         Average Running Position of 10.8, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 99.1, fifth-best
·         344 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.180 mph, sixth-fastest
·         4,023 Laps in the Top 15 (70.7%), seventh-most
·         596 Quality Passes, 11th-most
 
Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet)
·         Two top fives, eight top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 15.0
·         Average Running Position of 13.7, 10th-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.1, 11th-best
·         1,164 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.017 mph, ninth-fastest
·         3,605 Laps in the Top 15 (63.4%), 11th-most
 
Texas Motor Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway Data
Season Race #: 7 of 36 (04-06-14)
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 Driver Ratings at Texas
Matt Kenseth............................. 107.2
Jimmie Johnson........................ 106.4
Greg Biffle................................ 101.8
Kyle Busch............................... 101.6
Tony Stewart............................... 99.1
Carl Edwards.............................. 97.5
Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 93.8
Denny Hamlin............................. 93.3
Clint Bowyer............................... 92.3
Jeff Gordon................................ 90.6
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (18 total) among active drivers at Texas Motor Speedway.
 
Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Coors Light Pole winner:
Kyle Busch, Toyota
196.299 mph, 27.509 secs. 04-12-13
 
2013 race winner:
Kyle Busch, Toyota
144.751 mph, (03:27:40), 04-13-13
 
Track qualifying record:
Kyle Busch, Toyota
196.299 mph, 27.509 secs. 04-12-13
 
Track race record:
Greg Biffle, Ford
160.577 mph, (3:07:12), 11-14-12
 
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.
Notebook
·    There have been 26 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one NSCS event from 1997 - 2004 and two races per year since 2005.
·     134 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas; 109 in more than one.
·        Four drivers have made all 26 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway – Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Jeff Burton and Mark Martin.
·         Jeremy Mayfield was the first Coors Light pole winner, in 1998 with a speed of 185.906 mph. The inaugural Coors Light pole at Texas Motor Speedway in 1997 was cancelled due to weather conditions.
·   19 drivers have Coors Light poles at Texas, led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Ryan Newman 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).
·       17 different drivers have won at Texas Motor Speedway, led by Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson with three each.
·         Seven drivers have multiple wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Carl Edwards (three), Jimmie Johnson (three), Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth 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 five and Joe Gibbs Racing with four. 
·     Three of the 26 (11.5%) 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). 
·     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 in the field (five) – most recent: Jimmie Johnson last fall.
·         Six of the 26 (23.1%) 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.
·         20 of the 26 (76.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·         Four of the 26 (15.3%) 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.
·      Youngest Texas winner: Ryan Newman (03/30/2003 – 25 years, 3 months, 22 days).
·    Oldest Texas winner: Dale Jarrett (04/01/2001 – 44 years, 4 months, 6 days).
·         Jimmie Johnson leads the series in runner-up finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with five; followed by Matt Kenseth with four. 
·      Matt Kenseth leads the series in top-five finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 13; followed by Jimmie Johnson with 10.
·       Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson are tied for the series lead in top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 16 each; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 13.
·         Jimmie Johnson leads active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 8..476. Johnson is the only active driver with an average starting position at Texas in the top 10.
·     Two active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top 10 at Texas: Matt Kenseth (8.3) and Jimmie Johnson (8.7).
·       There have been three NSCS green-white-checkered finishes at Texas Motor Speedway: fall 2006 (334/339), spring 2008 (334/339), and fall 2012 (334/335).
·         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 spring 2007. The race has never been rain shortened. 
·         Kevin Harvick has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway without posting a DNF (22).
·         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.
·         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.   
·    2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski (11/02/2008) and Trevor Bayne (11/07/2010) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Texas Motor Speedway.
·      Two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Carl Edwards (2008 sweep) and Denny Hamlin (2010 sweep). 
·       Nine 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. Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Texas in their first appearance; Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman won in their second appearance at TMS. 
·     Jeff Gordon competed at Texas Motor Speedway 16 times before winning in the spring of 2009; the longest span of any the 12 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
·    Only three of the 12 winning drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Texas Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (16) Kyle Busch (15) and Kurt Busch (13).
·      Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 23.
·     Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway was the (4/4/2004) race won by Elliott Sadler with a MOV of 0.028 second.
·  Two female drivers have made NSCS starts at Texas Motor Speedway: Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
Shawna Robinson
16
36
4/8/2002
Danica Patrick
32
24
11/4/2012
Danica Patrick
42
28
4/13/2013
Danica Patrick
30
25
11/3/2013
 
·      Matt Kenseth leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Texas Motor Speedway with 775 laps led in 23 starts.
·     One NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has won at Texas Motor Speedway in two different manufacturers: Jeff Burton (1997 – Ford; 2007 – Chevrolet)
 
NASCAR in Texas
·      There have been 35 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among three tracks in the state of Texas.
Track Name
City
NSCS
Texas Motor Speedway
Fort Worth
26
Texas World Speedway
College Station
8
Meyer Speedway
Houston
1
·      80 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Texas.
·         Nine drivers from Texas have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series. Six of the nine Texas native NASCAR winners have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Driver
NSCS
NNS
NCWTS
Terry Labonte
22
11
1
Bobby Labonte
21
10
1
A.J. Foyt
7
0
0
Billy Wade
4
0
0
Bobby Hillin Jr
1
2
0
Johnny Rutherford
1
0
0
James Buescher
0
1
6
David Starr
0
0
4
Colin Braun
0
0
1
 

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