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By the Numbers: Big names, big statistics at Texas

April 07, 2011, ,

Texas Motor Speedway is a 1.5-mile quad-oval with 24 degrees banking in the turns. The frontstretch is 2,250 feet with 5 degrees banking; the backstretch is 1,330 feet with 5 degrees banking.

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10 -- Top-10 finishes for Kyle Busch, most of any driver. He has five victories and three runner-up finishes in 12 starts. He has one finish worse than seventh (32nd in November 2006).

10 -- Top-10 finishes for Kevin Harvick. His next top-10 ties Tommy Houston for the most top-10s in series history at 198.

10 -- Times in the past 11 races the winner has started in the top 10. The lone exception was Kyle Busch in April 2008, when he started 31st, the worst starting position of any winner and the only time time trials were canceled.

65 -- Percentage of laps led (1,040 of 1,605) since April 2007 (span of eight races). Busch has led more than 100 laps in seven of those races and averages 98 laps led in his 12 starts.

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19 -- Different tracks at which Carl Edwards has won in the Nationwide Series, No. 19 being Texas this past November. That victory ended Kyle Busch's five-race winning streak at the track. Busch finished second.

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5 -- Consecutive top-10 finishes for Greg Biffle, the longest current streak. Biffle is the all-time leader in laps led with 612.

12 -- Times the margin of victory has been less than 1 second, including both races last year. Texas also has the largest MOV in Cup since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, when Kurt Busch beat Denny Hamlin by 25.686 seconds in November 2009.

14 -- DNFs in last April's race, tied for the most at Texas, with the first two races in 1997 and 1998. Of those 14, eight were a result of crashes.

43 -- Combined number of laps led by Denny Hamlin in his two victories last year at Texas: He led the final 12 laps in the spring race (started 29th); he led 31 laps in the fall (started 30th).

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4 -- Top-10s for Carl Edwards, three of which are victories, making him the all-time active leader. He's also crashed out three times among his 12 starts.

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1 -- Drivers who have posted their first career wins in both Cup and Nationwide at Texas: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Nationwide -- April 1998; Cup -- April 2000).

1 -- Last-lap passes for the victory in both Cup and Nationwide at Texas: In Nationwide, Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed Joe Nemechek in April 1998; in Cup, Jeff Burton passed Matt Kenseth in April 2007.

6 -- Drivers who have won in both Cup and Nationwide at Texas: Kurt Busch (Nationwide -- 1; Cup -- 1); Carl Edwards (Nationwide -- 1; Cup -- 3); Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Nationwide -- 1; Cup -- 1); Kasey Kahne (Nationwide -- 1; Cup -- 1); Matt Kenseth (Nationwide -- 2; Cup -- 1); Mark Martin (Nationwide -- 3; Cup -- 1).

12 -- Victories at Texas for Roush Fenway Racing: seven in Cup and five in Nationwide. It also has one Truck win; the 13 are the most of any team.

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6 -- Times both the Nationwide and Cup events have raced on the same day at the same track, including last Monday, April 19th at Texas, one of two times it happened in 2010.

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