NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Samsung Mobile 500

TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #7 of 36 for the 2012 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Jumps to sections on this page:
Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
Practice/Qual Times | Rundown of Race/Results | Entry/Practice/Qualifying
Track/Race Info | Local Newspapers/TV | Local TV
Weather | Camping | Paint Schemes
Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Saturday, April 14, 2012 in Fort Worth, TX

Title Sponsor: Samsung

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:46pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: FOX - 7:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 7:30pm/et

  • In the Fox Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip

  • Virtual Garage: Jeff Hammond

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 5:00 pm/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: Wednesday, April 18 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage

  • This Week - Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

  • goprn.com

  • PRN Live Streaming

  • siriusxm.com

  • Free PRN NASCAR Race Broadcasts now online: Now, you can tune in to the PRN broadcasts of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series from almost anywhere in the world that has internet or cell service  and listen to the races on any iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android or Smartphone platform or online. Fans just need to visit www.GoPRN.com and click on the "listen here" live streaming icon. This weekend's broadcast of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 and the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway represents the third weekend of races that will be available free via the PRN network. The response has been incredible, with fans tuning in online from all 50 states and 63 countries. In addition, millions of fans listen on more than 415 PRN affiliate stations and SiriusXM Radio. A complete list of PRN stations with their links can be found on www.GoPRN.com.
    The online and radio station broadcast schedule includes (all times are ET):
    Friday, April 13th:
    6 pm: Qualifying for the Samsung Mobile 500 at TMS (exclusively online)
    8 pm: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race at TMS
    Saturday, April 14th
    6:30 pm Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series race from TMS.
    "We are excited about the response we've received from fans around the world to our new broadcast platform," said Doug Rice, president of the Performance Racing Network. "It allows us to bring NASCAR fans closer to the racing experience and the stars that they love. This is a great way for PRN to expand our race coverage for race fans. We're proud to be able to offer this new addition to our race lineup."(PRN)(4-13-2012)


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, April 12

10:00 am NSCS Haulers Enter
11:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
4:30 pm - 6:30pm NSCS Practice
7:30 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Friday, April 13

12:00 pm NSCS Garage Opens
2:00 - 3:30 pm NSCS Final Practice
5:40 pm NSCS Qualifying
8:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, April 14

12:00pm NSCS Garage Opens
6:30pm NSCS Samsung Mobile 500

ALL TIMES ABOVE ARE LISTED IN LOCAL / CENTRAL TIME ZONE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Thursday, April 12, 5:30 - 7:30pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, April 13, 3:00 - 4:30pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, April 13 at 6:40 pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2012: $7,132,592
2011: $7,000,716
2010: $7,094,253
2009: $7,384,649
2008: $7,336,866
2007: $7,253,642
2006: $7,117,176
2005: $6,826,746
2004: $6,767,841
2003: $6,047,759


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile quad oval, 334 laps, 501 miles
    Track Size: 1.5 miles
    Race: 334 laps, 501 miles
    Width: 58 feet (minimum)
    Turns: 750-foot radius
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
    Straightaways/dogleg: Banking: 5 degrees;
    Straights: Front Straight - 2250 feet; Back Stretch - 1330 feet
    Front Straightaway Grandstand: 66 rows, 112,522. Includes: PSL seats (36,000 w/armrests); and Handicapped Seating (1,595  Row 28 at portal entrances)
    Back Straightaway Grandstand: 12 rows, 9,855
    Luxury Suites: 144 with seating for 9,992
    Victory Lane Club Suites: 50 with seating for 3,152
    Condominium Seating: 2,571
    Infield Capacity: Approx. 53,000
    Grandstand Seating: 122,377
    Total Permanent Seating: 138,122
    Total Estimated Capacity: 191,122 Pit Road: 45 pit stalls for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Opened: 1997

  • Carry-in items:
    Coolers: allowed (14-inch by 14-inch by 14-inch limit)
    Glass containers: not allowed
    Alcoholic beverages: allowed
    Cameras/binoculars: allowed

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: X Games icon Travis Pastrana
    Command to start engines: X Games icon Travis Pastrana
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Dr. Roger Marsh, Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: Foreigner's Kelly Hansen
    Military Flyover: 4 F-15's, 122nd Fighter Squadron, Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans, LA

  • Track Websites:
    Texas Motor Speedway
    Speedway Motorsports
    Texas Motor Speedway - Facebook
    Texas Motor Speedway - Twitter
    Texas Motor Speedway - MySpace
    for info on the old Texas shareholder vs NASCAR lawsuit, see my Texas/SMI Lawsuit Page

  • April 2011: see my Texas Race Info page

  • November 2011: see my Phoenix Race Info page

  • April 2011 Race Winner: #17-Matt Kenseth, 149.231mph, started 4th

  • November 2011 Race Winner: #14-Tony Stewart, 152.706mph, started 5th

  • Track Race Record: Tony Stewart, Nov 2011, 152.706mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Burton, 1997, 125.102mph

  • Oldest Race Winner: Dale Jarrett, 44 years, 4 months, 6 days, 4/1/2001

  • Youngest Race Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 3 months, 22 days, 3/30/2003

  • April 2011 Pole Sitter: #6-David Ragan, 189.820mph, finished 7th

  • November 2011 Pole Winner: #16-Greg Biffle, 193.736 mph, finished 5th

  • Track Pole Record: #25-Brian Vickers, 196.235, 11/3/2006

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 6 months, 0 days, 4/08/2002

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Brian Vickers, 23 years, 0 months, 12 days, 11/05/2006

  • The Numbers for Texas Motor Speedway (all 22 Sprint Cup races included):
    1 - number of wins from the pole (Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 4/9/2006)
    1 - fewest laps led by race winner (Jeff Burton, 4/15/2007)
    4 - fewest leaders (11/8/2009)
    5 - fewest cautions (four times, most recent 11/6/2011)
    5 - number of cautions in last year's spring event
    6 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend at TMS
    6 - fewest cars on lead lap at finish (11/8/2009)
    12 - most cautions (three times, most recent 11/4/2007)
    13 - fewest lead changes (twice, most recent 11/8/2009)
    16 - different winners in 22 races
    17 - most leaders (4/2/2000)
    21 - fewest caution laps (11/6/2011)
    25 - most on lead lap at finish (11/6/2005)
    29 - fewest running at finish (three times, most recent 4/19/2010)
    33 - most lead changes (11/7/2010)
    40 - most cars running at finish (twice, most recent 11/2/2008)
    73 - most caution laps (4/6/1997)
    120 minutes - amount of time it takes to dry the 1.5-mile track after a significant rainfall.
    278 - most laps led by race winner (11/5/2006)
    Key TMS Dates
    1995 - construction began
    1997 - first Sprint Cup race
    2005 - first year track hosted two Sprint Cup events
    2012 Caution Update
    2 - number of races extended beyond scheduled distance in 2012
    1 - fewest cautions this season (Fontana 3/25/2012)
    10 - most cautions this season (Daytona, 2/27/2012)
    38 - number of cautions in the first six races of 2012; includes 20 for accidents, seven for debris and three for spins
    222 of 1,925 - number of laps under caution in 2012
    257.073 of 2,012.890 - miles under caution in the first six races
    BONUS: Three Texas tracks have hosted 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races with Texas Motor Speedway the site of 22 races since 1997. Meyer Speedway in Houston hosted one race in 1971 and Texas World Speedway in College Station hosted eight from 1969 to 1981.(Darnell Communications for SRT Motorsports and Dodge)(4-11-2012)

  • History and Notes at Texas Motor Speedway:
    Construction began in 1995.
    The first NASCAR race was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on April 5, 1997.
    The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was on April 6, 1997.
    There have been 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one per season from 1997 through 2004 and two races per year since 2005.
    Four drivers have competed in all 22 Texas races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin.
    Jeremy Mayfield was the first pole winner, in 1998. Qualifying for the inaugural race in 1997 was canceled.
    Jeff Burton won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
    16 drivers have scored poles, led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bobby Labonte, Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon with two.
    16 drivers have won races, led by Carl Edwards, with three. Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Jeff Burton each have two wins.
    16 of 22 races have been won from a top 10 starting position. Only one has been won from the pole - Kasey Kahne in 2006.
    Matt Kenseth started 31st en route to his victory at Texas in 2002, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started.
    Both Jeff Burton (1997) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) scored their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Texas, and 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne made his first series start at Texas (11/07/10).
    Martin Truex Jr. (11/04/07) and David Ragan (04/09/11) scored their first series poles at Texas.
    Matt Kenseth (8.7) is the only active driver to average a top-10 finish at Texas.
    Jimmie Johnson (9.2) is the only active driver to average a top-10 starting position at Texas.
    Roush Fenway Racing leads all owners in victories, with eight. Joe Gibbs Racing and Hendrick Motorsports have three wins each.
    There has been two season sweeps, by Carl Edwards in 2008 and Denny Hamlin in 2010.(NASCAR)(4-10-2012)

  • Numbers Game after Martinsville: Some stats from Martinsville and through the first 6 races of the year:
    2nd - AJ Allmendinger finally got his first top 10 driving for Roger Penske, finishing second at Martinsville. The runner-up result beats his previous career-best finish, a third in the 2009 Daytona 500.
    3 - There wasn't a single caution flag for debris Sunday, marking the third straight week race control did not throw what has become known as a somewhat controversial caution over the years.
    7.8 - Bad fast on Friday, just plain bad on Sunday. That has been the theme for Kasey Kahne in 2012. Even though he is off to a disastrous start to the season, Kahne is tied with Kevin Harvick for highest average starting position after six races with a 7.8. He has already qualified on the pole for two races; however, the newest driver at Hendrick Motorsports has still yet to lead a single lap all year.
    8 - There are eight full-time drivers with one DNF or less that have not yet scored a top-10 for the year. The list includes 2000 Cup champ Bobby Labonte and three first-time winners from last year: Regan Smith, David Ragan, and Marcos Ambrose.
    16 - By picking up his first Sprint Cup victory at Martinsville this past week, Ryan Newman now has 16 career wins, moving him into a tie with active competitor Greg Biffle for 48th-most all-time.
    184 - The top two drivers in points, Greg Biffle and Dale Earnhardt Jr., have a combined winless streak of 184 races. Biffle's last victory came at Kansas in 2010, 49 races ago, while Earnhardt's last trip to victory circle dates back to the June Michigan race in 2008. Junior's winless streak has now reached 135 races.
    328 - Jeff Gordon led 328 laps at Martinsville, the most he has led in a single race since 2001 when he paced the field for 381 circuits at Dover. This is the eighth time in his career Gordon has led more than 300 laps in a race, but the first time he failed to finish in the top 3 when doing so.
    1,925 - There have been a total of 1,925 laps completed at the 1/6th mark of the season. Only three drivers have completed every single one - Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Matt Kenseth, and Martin Truex, Jr.(Frontstretch)(4-5-2012)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Texas Motor Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Biffle wins at Texas: #16-Greg Biffle won the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the year, 2nd at Texas and 17th career win. It was Biffle's first win since Kansas in Oct 2010, a span of 49 races and the first career win for crew chief Matt Puccia.
    #48-Johnson finished 2nd [his 37th career 2nd place, tied for 13th all-time] followed by #55-Martin, #24-Gordon, #17-Kenseth, #56-Truex, Jr.(the pole sitter), #5-Kahne, #99-Edwards, #29-Harvick and #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    2011 Sprint Cup Series Chemp #14-Stewart, in a backup car, finished 24th with an ill-handling car. #2-Keselowski supposedly had fuel pump problems and lost many laps in the garage, finishing 36th. There were only 12 cars that finished on the lead lap. With only two cautions, there was a track record average speed for the race of 160.575mph.
    There were only 2 cautions for 10 yellow flag laps, a new record. There were 18 lead changes among 7 drivers. The estimated attendence was 159,000, down from 168,400 in 2011.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Texas Race Results page (pdf)
    and see the official results & points on the Official Texas Race Report (pdf).(4-14-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Texas, race 7 of 36]
    1) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 273
    2) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 254, -19
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 254, -19
    4) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 253, -20
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 249, -24
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 242, -31
    7) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 234, -39
    8) #48-Jimmie Johnson [0 wins], 233, -40
    9) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 225, -48
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer [0 wins], 219, -54
    wild card drivers:
    11) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win, 15th in points], 183, -90
    12) #99-Carl Edwards [0 wins, 11th in pts], 215, -58
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings page (pdf).(4-14-2012)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Kansas:
    #83 stays in the top 35, #10 moves back into the top-35, #33 drops out by 1 point.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    30) #13-Mears/Germain, 119, +29
    29) #34-Ragan/Front Row, 109, +19
    30) #38-Gilliland/Front Row, 109, +19
    31) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 104, +14
    32) #32-Sorenson/FAS Lane Racing, 104, +14
    33) #93-Kvapil/BK Racing, 103, +13
    34) #10-Reutimann-Patrick/Baldwin, 94, +4
    35) #83-Cassill/BK Racing, 91, 1 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #33-Sadler/Childress, 90, -1 from the top 35
    37) #30-Stremme/Inception, 63, -28
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(4-14-2012)

  • Race Fast Facts - Texas Motor Speedway:
    #16-Greg Biffle won the 16th Annual Samsung Mobile 500, his 17th victory in 337 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    Biffle ends a 49-race winless streak. His last win came at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 3, 2010.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 17 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Biffle locked up a spot in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
    This is Roush Fenway Racing's ninth win at Texas Motor Speedway, most of any organization.
    There was a record for average speed: 160.575 mph. Previous fastest was 152.705 mph on Nov. 6, 2011.
    There was a record for fewest cautions (two) and caution laps (10).
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 18 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2012.
    #55-Mark Martin (third) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 23 races at Texas Motor Speedway.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-14-2012)

  • Texas Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " Greg Biffle earned his 17th career Cup Series victory in his 337th start.
    " It was Greg Biffle's second Texas win; he is the sixth multiple-race winner at the track.
    " Greg Biffle's previous win came at Kansas in Oct. 2010, 49 races ago.
    " The victory was Greg Biffle's eighth consecutive top-10 finish at Texas, the longest current streak.
    " Greg Biffle led seven times for 90 laps, including the final 31, and now leads teammate Matt Kenseth by 19 points in the Cup Series standings.
    " This was the 127th Cup victory for Roush Fenway Racing and its ninth at Texas, six more than any other team.
    " Jimmie Johnson (second) finished second at Texas for the fourth time since his Nov. 2007 victory; his 155 laps led were the most of all drivers.
    " Mark Martin (third) earned his third top-10 finish in five starts this season.
    " Jeff Gordon (fourth) picked up his best finish of 2012 and only his second top-10.
    " Matt Kenseth (fifth) finished in the top five for the 11th time at Texas, the most of all drivers.
    " Martin Truex Jr. (sixth) earned his fourth consecutive top-10 finish, his longest streak of his career.
    " Carl Edwards (eighth) rebounded after a loose lug nut dropped him to 30th for the Lap 101 restart.
    " Dale Earnhardt Jr. (10th) earned his fifth top-10 finish in seven races this season; it was his third consecutive top-10 at Texas.
    " Track records were set for fewest cautions (two) and average speed (160.577 mph).
    " The final 234 laps were run under green.(Racing Recall/nascar.com)(4-14-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #34-Ragan, 35th
    Caution 2: #13-Mears, 25th
    (4-14-2012)

  • Race Coverage of the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2012.
    Television (TV): FOX at 7:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 7:00 pm/et; green flag approx 7:43pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: on SPEED, Wednesday, April 18 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #56-Truex Jr. chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #17-Kenseth took pit stall 43, the last pitstall.
    #16-Biffle, who starts 3rd took the 14th pit stall, the 1st stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #17-Kenseth, who starts 2nd.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-13-2012)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Qualifying Order
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds page

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2012 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Truex Jr. wins pole at Texas: #56-Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with speed of 190.633mph for his 1st pole of 2012 and 7th career pole. #17-Kenseth was 2nd fastest followed by #16-Biffle, #55-Martin, #5-Kahne, #39-Newman, #9-Ambrose, #2-Keselowski, #1-McMurray and #48-Johnson.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #21-Bayne, #10-Reutimann, #26-Wise, #98-McDowell, #49-Yeley, #95-Speed, #23-Riggs & #19-Bliss.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #30-Stremme, #87-Nemechek and #74-Compton.
    See qualifying results, pole preogression, go-or-go homers, starting lineup and links on the Qualifying / Starting Lineup page(4-13-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Texas Motor Speedway:
    #56- Martin Truex, Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 16th Annual Samsung Mobile 500 with a lap of 28.366 seconds, 190.369 mph.
    This is his seventh pole in 232 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his second pole in 14 races at Texas Motor Speedway. His first came in November of 2007.
    With the pole, Truex is locked into next year's Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.
    #17-Matt Kenseth (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2012 and his ninth in 20 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    #16-Greg Biffle (third) posted his 10th top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his sixth in seven races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-13-2012)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, April 13, 2012 at 6:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 6:30pm/et
    Radio - Online only: goprn.com/live/
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #74-Compton, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #55-Martin, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Texas Qualifying Page.(4-12-2012)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #21-Bayne 184.641
    #16-Biffle 184.370
    #17-Kenseth 184.351
    #15-Bowyer 184.269
    #22-Allmendinger 184.005
    slowest: #33-Raines 177.480 & #36-Blaney 177.871
    notes: With 40 minutes left in practice, #14-Stewart got back on the track in the backup car. #14-Stewart smacked the wall a few minutes in thto practice, drove the car to the garage, and will go to a backup car (see image of the car at MikeMulhern.net).
    Qualifying is scheduled for Friday, April 13th at 6:40pm/et on SPEED.
    See fastest speeds, best ten-lap averages, laps run and more on the Texas Happy Hour Practice Speeds (pdf), no average speeds all laps and NOT changing back to the old way, just posting the pdf's.(4-13-2012)

  • Thursday practice for the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 120 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #55-Martin 189.427
    #16-Biffle 189.221
    #29-Harvick 189.208
    #22-Allmendinger 188.930
    #78-Smith 188.877
    slowest: #74-Compton 179.898 & #33-Raines 180.753
    notes: this practice determined the qualifying order, so #74-Compton will go out first and #55-Martin will go out 46th/last. Qualifying is scheduled for Friday, April 13th at 6:40pm/et.
    See fastest speeds, best ten-lap averages, laps run and more on the Texas 1st Practice Speeds (pdf), no average speeds all laps and NOT changing back to the old way, just posting the pdf's.(4-12-2012)

  • Go-or-Go Homers practice for the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
    the final practice rank for the go-or-go homers (drivers not in the top 35 of current owners points)
    These drivers would make the race if things stay the same:
    #10-David Reutimann, 21st fastest overall
    #21-Trevor Bayne, 27th
    #98-Michael McDowell, 33rd
    #49-J.J. Yeley, 34th
    #26-Josh Wise#, 36th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 37th
    #30-David Stremme, 38th
    #19-Mike Bliss, 39th
    These drivers would miss the race if things stay the same:
    #23-Scott Riggs, 41st
    #95-Scott Speed, 42nd
    #74-Stacy Compton, 46th/last
    (4-12-2012)

  • Rain Out Procedures: the rain-out qualifying procedure for all three NASCAR national series is as follows: If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.

  • The Entry List for the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    #32-Reed Sorenson(i)
    #33-Tony Raines
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #10-David Reutimann (36th in owners pts / 6 race attempts)
    #19-Mike Bliss (47/2)
    #21-Trevor Bayne (40/2)(2011 race winner)
    #23-Scott Riggs (44/6)
    #26-Josh Wise (39/6)
    #30-David Stremme (37/6)
    #49-J.J. Yeley (38/6)
    #74-Stacy Compton (46/3)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/6)
    #95-Scott Speed (none/0)
    #98-Michael McDowell (42/6)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 21,10,30,49,26,98,87,23
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 74,19,95
    withdrawn:
    #37-TBA (48/6)
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Texas Entry List.(4-9/11-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Martinsville, race 6 of 36]
    1) #16-Greg Biffle [0 wins], 226
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 220, -6
    3) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 214, -12
    4) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 214, -12
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 214, -12
    6) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 214, -12
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 210, -16
    8) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 202, -24
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer [0 wins], 192, -34
    10) #48-Jimmie Johnson [0 wins], 189, -37
    11) #99-Carl Edwards [0 wins], 179, -47
    12) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 175, -51
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings page (pdf).
    and Owners Points on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(4-1-2012)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Texas:
    #83 moved back into the top 35, falling out was the #10 team by 1 point.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    29) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 97, +21
    30) #93-Kvapil/BK Racing, 97, +21,
    31) #38-Gilliland/Front Row, 96, +20
    32) #5-Kahne/Hendrick, 93, +17
    33) #32-Schrader/FAS Lane Racing, 92, +16
    34) #33-Sadler/Childress, 80, +4
    35) #83-Cassill/BK Racing, 77, -1 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #10-Reutimann-Patrick/Baldwin, 76, -1 from the top 35
    37) #30-Stremme/Inception, 63, -14
    38) #49-Yeley/Robinson, 49, -28
    39) #26-Wise/Front Row, 46, -31
    40) #21-Bayne/Wood Brothers, 44, -33
    41) #98-McDowell/Parsons, 44, -33
    42) #87-Nemechek/NEMCO, 32, -45
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(4-1-2012)


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Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Texas: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Texas Motor Speedway:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? like the #11, #24, #56 or others? those teams do not report what chassis in the race previews or prs.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the #1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevy team will bring Chassis #1104 to Texas this weekend. This chassis made its debut in last year's All-Star race, finishing 17th. Since that time the chassis also raced in the spring race at Charlotte (37th), both races at Michigan (19th, 23rd) and in the fall race at Dover (15th).
    #2-Brad Keselowski: and the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-820 during Saturday night's Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). This is a new chassis to the #2 fleet.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-713. This is the same car Kahne drove in March at Auto Club Speedway, where he started fifth and finished 14th.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 Stanley / Richard Petty Motorsports team has prepared chassis No. 735 for this weekend's race at Texas Motor Speedway This Stanley Ford was run last year in both Texas events.
    #10-David Reutimann will pilot chassis No. 356, which was bought in the off-season from Richard Childress Racing. Reutimann drove the chassis at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway this season. At Vegas, he started in the 31st position, and a sparking wire in the cockpit relegated the team to a 31st-place finish. At California, he started 18th and finished in the 27th position.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-640 debuted in May 2011 at Darlington where qualified ninth and leading six laps before finishing seventh. It spent time in the wind tunnel afterward and made its second career start at Pocono in June. There, it qualified 15th, lost third gear and finished 21st. The car returned to Pocono in August where it rallied from its 28th-place starting spot and a flat left-front tire on lap 92 that at one point had Stewart a lap down to finish on the lead lap in 11th. Chassis No. 14-640 broke through in the first race of the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup at Chicagoland, when it started 26th and led four times for 35 laps en route to the win. The car received a new body during the offseason and participated in a Goodyear Tire Test Feb. 7-8 at Texas. Its first race of 2012 and fifth overall came at Las Vegas in March, where Stewart drove from seventh to lead three times for a race-high 127 laps to score his first Sprint Cup win at Las Vegas. This will mark the car's sixth career start, but first at Texas.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: The 5-hour ENERGY team will race chassis No. 730 at Texas. Chassis No. 721 will serve as the backup. No. 730 is new and No. 721 has been on backup duty at Auto Club and Vegas but never raced.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M / Filtrete team is bringing a brand new chassis as the primary to Texas, RK-809. The backup chassis, RK-786, last ran Homestead and finished 35th.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: will run primary chassis RK-810 at Texas, which is a brand new chassis. Kenseth will pilot the #17 Best Buy Ford Fusion.
    #22-A.J. Allmendinger and his Todd Gordon-led Penske Racing #22 Team will be racing their new "PRS-821" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger this weekend at Texas. The "PRS-814" is the backup Dodge Charger for the "Double-Deuce" team. It was in the transporter serving as the backup at Las Vegas and at Fontana, but has never seen any track time.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 386 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #27 Quaker State/Menards Chevy is a brand new addition to the RCR fleet and will log its first laps on the track during Thursday's practice session at Texas Motor Speedway.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 391 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Harvick scored an 11th-place finish in this Budweiser Chevy last month at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 385 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend. This is a brand new 31 Caterpiller Chevy that will turn its first laps this weekend at Texas. HOLT CAT, Mustang Cat and Warren Car will be featured on the deck lid of the #31 Caterpillar Chevy this weekend.
    #36-Dave Blaney will pilot chassis No. 101 this weekend. The chassis was built in-house at TBR and made its debut at Auto Club Speedway. Blaney started 34th and finished 33rd in the chassis' debut.
    #39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-682 made two runs last season, which resulted in two top-20 finishes. The car debuted at Atlanta in September, qualified in the top-10 and finished 20th. Chassis No. 39-682 returned to action for last season's finale at Homestead. After qualifying 14th, Newman ran as high as second at Homestead. He ran in the top-10 for the most of the day but ended the race in 12th place. The chassis has been updated for the 2012 season and will make its first start this year at Texas Motor Speedway.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: crew chief Chris 'Sunshine' Heroy and the #42 Target team will bring Chassis #1119 to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis saw track-time last year at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway finishing 14th and 18th, respectively. This season, this chassis finished 17th at Auto Club Speedway.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Smithfield Ford will be chassis number 783. This is the same chassis the team ran in Las Vegas earlier this year.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Chassis No. 714 is a new chassis and serves as the primary for Johnson at Texas. Chassis No. 669 serves as the backup and last ran at Las Vegas in March and finished 2nd.
    #55-Mark Martin: will drive a new MWR chassis (No. 729) at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Chassis 708 will serve as backup. It raced as the #00 at Texas and Homestead in 2011.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-668 at Texas Motor Speedway. Earnhardt last raced this chassis to a 10th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal crew will unload RK-811 this weekend at Texas, this is a new car.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(4-11-2012)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,375, Right-side -- 1,375;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4410

    Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.1 in. (2,215 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 mm)

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi;
    Right Front -- 51 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Texas this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Cup and Nationwide teams ran at this track in 2011 . . . teams in these two series also ran this exact tire set-up at Chicagoland last season and at Homestead the last two seasons . . . this set-up was re-confirmed at a Goodyear test at Texas on February 7-8 . . . teams/drivers participating in that test were the #11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Denny Hamlin, #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet with Tony Stewart, #15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota with Clint Bowyer, #16 Roush-Fenway Racing Ford with Greg Biffle, and #31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Jeff Burton . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required run inner liners in all four tire positions at Texas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


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