NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Duck Commander 500

TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #7 of 36 for the 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, April 6, 2014 in Fort Worth, TX

Title Sponsor: Duck Commander / Duck Dynasty

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:16pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, April 3
6:00pm NSCS Haulers Enter

Friday, April 4
8:00 am NSCS Garage Open
5:00 pm - 6:50pm NSCS Practice
8:30 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, April 5
8:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
9:30 - 11:00am NSCS Final Practice
2:10pm NSCS Qualifying
6:00pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, April 6
8:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
12:00 pm NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
2:00pm NSCS Duck Commander 500 race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

All times above are listed in LOCAL Time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, April 4, 6:00 - 7:50 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, April 5, 10:30 - 12:00pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: groups for positions 1-36, Saturday, April 5 at 3:10 pm/et, TV-FS2, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $7,253,712
2013: $7,196,789
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: Si Robertson
    Command to start engines: Si Robertson
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Phil Robertson
    Invocation: Sadie Robertson
    National Anthem: Missy Robertson
    Flyover: none...rain

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Texas Motor Speedway
    Speedway Motorsports
    Texas Motor Speedway - Facebook
    Texas Motor Speedway - Twitter
    Texas Motor Speedway - MySpace

  • April 2013: see the Texas Race Info page

  • November 2013: see the Texas Race Info page

  • April 2013 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 144.751mph, started 1st

  • November 2013 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 151.754mph, started 3rd

  • Track Race Record: Greg Biffle, April 2012, 160.577mph

  • 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 2013 Pole Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 196.299mph, finished 1st

  • November 2013 Pole Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 196.114mph, finished 12th

  • Track Pole Record: #18-Kyle Busch, 196.299, 4/12/2013

  • 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

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Texas:
    #20-Matt Kenseth............107.2
    #48-Jimmie Johnson..........106.4
    #16-Greg Biffle.............101.8
    #18-Kyle Busch..............101.6
    #14-Tony Stewart.............99.1
    #99-Carl Edwards.............97.5
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr........93.8
    #11-Denny Hamlin.............93.3
    #15-Clint Bowyer.............92.3
    #24Jeff Gordon...............90.6
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races(18 total) among drivers at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)(4-1-2014)

  • Texas Motor Speedway News & Notes:
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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)(4-1-2014)

  • 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

  • Joey Logano wins rain delayed Texas race: #22-Joey Logano won the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for his 1st win of 2014 and his 4th career win. Logano is the seventh different winner in seven races in 2014. Logano led the most laps with 108 of 334.
    Logano is the youngest Sprint Cup Series race winner ever at Texas at 23 years, 10 months, and 13 days old beating the old record set by Ryan Newman in 2003 who was 25 years, 3 months, 22 days old.
    The race was delayed a day due to rain. The race was scheduled to run Sunday, April 6th. The race started under green-yellow allowing the cars to warm up the track for the first ten laps. During the 10 laps #2-Keselowski got too close to one of the track dryers and it popped the hood up. Keselowski made a few pit stops and the crew taped down the hood. Other cars that came in to get the cowl flaps checked and closed included: #1-McMurray, #10-Patrick, #18-Busch, #51-Allgaier, #31-Newman, #15-Bowyer, #5-Kahne, #48-Johnson, #20-Kenseth.
    Logano was leading just before the white flag when #41-Busch lost another tire and left debris on the track. All the lead lap cars made pit stops with #24-Gordon and #55-Vickers coming out 1-2 after changing only two tires. #22-Logano came out 3rd and passed Gordon at the white flag to take the lead and coasted to the win, cementing a spot in the 2014 Chase.
    #24-Gordon finished 2nd followed by: #18-Busch, #55-Vickers, #42-Larson, #16-Biffle, #20-Kenseth, #15-Bowyer,#27-Menard and pole winner #14-Stewart.
    On lap 12 of the Duck Commander 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, #88-Earnhardt Jr. went low on the front stretch, getting into the grass, which was wet. The left front of the car buckled and the left front tire blew sending the #88 up the track and into the outside wall hard. The car caught fire but Earnhardt Jr. got out and was fine. The car was not and retired from the race. #48-Johnson's car was damage when debris from the wreck hit the nose of the car and damaged thew windshield. Johnson fell 2 laps off the pace and never recovered, finishing 25th.
    #42-Lason was the rookie of the race, finishing 5th.
    #88-Earnhardt Jr., who came into the race as the points leader finished 43rd when he wrecked on lap 12, fell to 6th in points and #24-Gordon takes over the points lead for the first time since after Charlotte in May 2009, 4 points over #20-Kenseth.
    There were 18 lead changes among 9 drivers and there were 7 cautions for 49 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 134.191 mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Texas Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Texas Penalty Report (pdf).
    (4-7-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Texas Motor Speedway:
    #22-Joey Logano won the 18th Annual Duck Commander 500, his fourth victory in 190 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 12 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    #24-Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 27 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2014.
    #18-Kyle Busch (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 18 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    #42-Kyle Larson (fifth) was the highest-finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate.
    #24-Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 4 points over #20-Matt Kenseth.
    #22-Joey Logano is the youngest winner in Texas Motor Speedway history in NASCAR Sprint Cup: 23 years, 10 months, 13 days.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-7-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Texas, race 7 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon, 259
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 255, -4
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 247, -12
    4) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 235, -28
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 231, -28
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 228, -31
    7) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 228, -31
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 218, -41
    9) #55-Brian Vickers, 205, -54
    10) #27-Paul Menard, 203, -56
    Other drivers with a win, should make the Chase:
    25) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 151, -108
    26) #4-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 138, -121
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Texas Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-7-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seeding:
    [after Texas, race 7 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #99-Carl Edwards, 1 win, 3rd in points
    2) #22-Joey Logano, 1 win, 4th
    3) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 5th
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1 win, 6th
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 8th
    6) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 25th
    7) #4-Kevin Harvick, 1 win, 26th
    (no wins, in by points)
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1st
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2nd
    10) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 7th
    11) #55-Brian Vickers, 9th
    12) #27-Paul Menard, 10th
    13) ##31-Ryan Newman, 11th
    14) #3-Austin Dillon, 12th
    15) #11-Denny Hamlin, 13th
    16) ##14-Tony Stewart, 14th
    (4-7-2014)

  • Texas Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #42-Larson, finished 5th, 17 rookie points
    #3-Dillon, 21st, 10
    #51-Allgaier, 24th, 9
    #7-Annett, 29th, 8
    #26-Whitt, 31st, 7
    #23-Bowman, 32nd, 6
    #30-Kligerman, 40th, 5
    #83-Truex, DNQ, 4
    (4-6-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: race started under green/yellow, no driver a lap down
    Caution 2: no driver a lap down on track
    Caution 3: #23-Bowman, 32nd
    Caution 4: #43-Almirola, 12th
    Caution 5: #21-Bayne, 19th
    Caution 6: #99-Edwards, 14th
    Caution 7: #99-Edwards(2), 14th
    (4-7-2014)

  • Texas race starts: The Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, which was scheduled for a green flag start at 3:16pm/et on Sunday April 6th, and was postponed due to rain to Monday, April 7th has started as of 12:11pm/et. The first 10 laps will be run under a green/yellow, where the first 10 laps will be run under yellow to get some heat and rubber in the track. If all is good, NASCAR will throw the green flag at lap 11 and then have a competition caution 25 laps after that with a 2nd competition caution scheduled for 35 laps later. The race is being shown on FOX and online via radio at PRN's site goprn.com.
    The air from the track dryers, caused damage to some cars, mainly blew up the hood cowl flaps. #2-Keselowski had the most damage, the crew taped down the hood. Other cars that had their cowl flaps checked: #1-McMurray, #10-Patrick, #18-Busch, #51-Allgaier, #31-Newman, #15-Bowyer, #5-Kahne, #48-Johnson, #20-Kenseth. NASCAR allowed any cars that came in to check the cowls to retain their starting spot.
    The The National Weather Service forecast (updated as of 11:52am/et on 4/7/2014) for the Fort Worth, TX area on Monday is:
    A 30 % chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. West northwest wind around 5 mph.
    See other links on the Texas Race Info page - weather links section.(4-5/6-2014)

  • Rain postpones race at Texas: The Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, which was scheduled for a green flag start at 3:16pm/et on Sunday April 6th, has been postponed due to rain to Monday, April 7th and is scheduled to air on FOX at 12:00pm/et. FOXSports1 is scheduled to air a 30 minutes pre-race show at 11:30am/et.
    Driver Introductions and pre-race ceremonies were done Sunday afternoon. Track drying was attempted by the Air Titan 1 and Air Titan 2 as well as some jet dryers, but rain started again and there were some weepers on the backstretch.
    The The National Weather Service forecast (updated as of 6:52pm/et on 4/6/2014) for the Fort Worth, TX area on Monday is:
    a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
    See other links on the Texas Race Info page - weather links section.(4-5/6-2014)
    UPDATE: Fans at Texas Motor Speedway will be able to get weather updates regarding the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, which is scheduled for a 2:00pm/ct [3:00pm/et] start today, and its surrounding activities via the "Big Hoss TV" video board broadcast.
    "Big Hoss TV," which utilizes FM frequency 97.7 FM and 454.700 on the scanner frequencies for its audio broadcast, will provide fans with the latest updates on weather and status of pre-race activities. For those with a view of "Big Hoss TV" at the speedway, the world's largest high-definition LED video board will provide a scroll during the day with weather updates and activity schedule.
    "Big Hoss TV" also will provide entertainment for campers in the meantime, ranging from a rebroadcast of the thrilling 2010 AAA Texas 500 and a live appearance on screen by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fans will be asked to tweet #IWannaRace and one lucky fan will be selected to come to the control suite of "Big Hoss TV" and play against him in the video game NASCAR '14 on the board.
    NASCAR and Texas Motor Speedway have a large contingent of track-drying vehicles to combat the inclement weather consisting of five state-of-the-art Air Titan 2 trucks, three Air Titans and six jet trucks. Given the track-drying equipment, an expected break in the weather and that Texas Motor Speedway has lights, all efforts will be made to get in the race today.(TMS)(4-6-2014)

  • Updated Race Coverage of the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway has been re-scheduled for Monday, April 7, 2014.
    Television (TV): FOX at 12:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show on FOXSports1 at 11:30 am/et; green flag approx. 12:15pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Friday, April 11, 3:00am/et on FS1

  • Rain could be an issue on Sunday: The Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, with a green flag scheduled for 3:16pm/et, could be affected by rain. The National Weather Service forecast for the Fort Worth, TX area on Sunday, April 6th is a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 8am. High near 57. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. On Sunday night, Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers between 8pm and 2am. Low around 45. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. See other links on the Texas Race Info page - weather links section.(4-5-2014)

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #14-Stewart chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #2-Keselowski took pit stall 14, the first pit stall in front of it.
    #4-Harvick, who starts 3rd took the 35th pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #99-Edwards, who starts 5th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-5-2014)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List

  • 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.

  • See Jayski's - 2014 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 and practice speeds 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

  • Stewart wins the Texas pole for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after the five minutes final round. #14-Stewart wins the pole with a third round lap of 195.454mph for his first pole of 2014 and 15th of his career. Stewart has won from the pole twice. Stewart is the 7th different pole winner in 7 races this season, the most since 1998.
    #4-Harvick broke the track record of 196.299mph in the first qualifying session, set last April by Kyle Busch. Harvick ran a lap of 198.282mph, the fastest ever at a 1.5 mile track.
    #2-Keselowski will start 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #16-Biffle, #99-Edwards, #11-Hamlin, #21-Bayne, #31-Newman, #9-Ambrose, #22-Logano, #41-Busch and #24-Gordon.
    Fastest in the second qualifying session was #16-Biffle at 196.235mph
    Fastest in the first qualifying session was #4-Harvick with a track record of 198.282mph
    #22-Logano is the only driver to advance to the final round in all seven races this season.
    Missing the race are: #66-Nemechek, #33-Stremme, #83-Truex, #33-Yeley.
    See starting lineup, links, notes, qualifying results by round and more on Jayski's Texas Qualifying / Starting Lineup page.(4-5-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Texas:
    #14-Tony Stewart won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 18th Annual Duck Commander 500 with a lap of 27.628 seconds, 195.454 mph.
    This is his 15th pole in 528 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his second pole in 24 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    #2-Brad Keselowski (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2014 and his fifth in 12 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    #4-Kevin Harvick (third) posted his third top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his second in seven races this season.
    #42-Kyle Larson (14th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    #4-Kevin Harvick set a new track record of 198.282 mph in the first round of qualifying.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-5-2014)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is being over, after 10 minutes. No driver ran faster than the track record of 196.299mph, set by #18-Kyle Busch last April.
    #16-Biffle 196.235
    #14-Stewart 195.787
    #4-Harvick 195.702
    #2-Keselowski 195.838
    #22-Logano 195.369
    the rest of the top 12: 21 24 99 31 41 11 9;
    out of the top 12: 27 42 1 48 43 78 88 13 3 51 55 10
    (4-5-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 25 minutes. eight drivers broke the track record of 196.299mph, set by #18-Kyle Busch last April.
    #4-Harvick 198.282
    #21-Bayne 197.477
    #99-Edwards 196.915
    #3-Dillon 196.850
    #31-Newman 196.578
    Drivers who will miss the race: #66-Nemechek, #33-Stremme, #83-Truex, #33-Yeley.
    (4-5-2014)

  • Coverage of Group Qualifying for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 3:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS2, 3:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted. 47 cars/drivers are listed. This is the order drivers can go through inspection.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #21-Bayne.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw about an hour before the first practice.
    See the complete list on the Texas Qualifying Page.(4-4-2014)

  • Friday practice for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 120 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 193.237
    #16-Biffle 192.055
    #31-Newman 191.564
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 191.327
    #55-Vickers 190.934
    slowest: #44-Yeley 179.480 & #30-Kligerman 183.243
    Notes: #34-Ragan got loose after having fuel pressure issues and spun into the infield grass, tearing up the nose of the car and said he will go to a backup car. #41-Busch lost a left rear tire late in practice and slammed the wall, he will go to a backup car.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap average and more on the Texas Practice 1 Speeds page.(4-4-2014)

  • Entry List for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #21-Bayne, #33-Hill, #35-Reutimann, #66-Nemechek, #77-Blaney, and #95-McDowell. With 46 cars entered, 3 drivers will miss the race. The drivers who must qualify on speed are: #35-Reutimann, #77-Blaney, #95-McDowell.
    UPDATE: #44-J.J. Yeley was added on Tuesday.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Texas Entry List

  • For the new 2014 group qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Martinsville Speedway, race 6 of 36]
    1) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 227
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 218, -9
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 217, -10
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 216, -11
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 209, -18
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 189, -38
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 188, -39
    8) #22-Joey Logano, 187, -40
    9) #3-Austin Dillon, 179, -48
    10) #31-Ryan Newman, 174, -53
    Other drivers with a win:
    20) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 146, -81
    25) #4-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 135, -929
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Martinsville Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-30-2014)


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Texas is PRS-862, which is a new chassis. The backup chassis is PRS-840 which last served as a backup at Las Vegas in March. With 11 NSCS starts at Texas to his credit, Keselowski owns a best result of second-place. The finish, which came after Keselowski earned an eighth-place starting spot, was recorded at the fall race of his 2012 championship winning season.
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot chassis No. 465 in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. This is a new Dow Powerhouse Chevrolet SS that will be utilized for the first time this weekend. Dillon has two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts to his credit at Texas Motor Speedway, earning finishes of 33rd and 22nd in 2013.
    #4-Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 4-858 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Built new for 2014, Chassis 4-858 will see its first laps of competition this weekend. In 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas, Harvick has three top-five finishes and 11 top-10s. Additionally, the 38-yearold driver has an average starting position of 21.1, an average finish of 12.3 and has completed 99.8 percent of the laps he's contested (7,345 of 7,359).
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-863 for Sunday's race at Texas. This is a new chassis. Kahne went to Victory Lane at Texas on April 9, 2006, after starting from the pole position and leading 63 laps. The driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet SS has five top-five finishes, six top-10s and has led a total of 218 laps in 19 Cup starts at the Fort Worth, Texas, oval. Most recently, Kahne scored a fifth-place result there in November 2013.
    #7-Michael Annett chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-754: This car debuted in March 2013 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where it qualified ninth and finished a solid 11th. Prior to Las Vegas, it had never turned a wheel on a racetrack, but it did spend considerable time in the wind tunnel. Its second start came last April at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where it qualified 13th and struggled with its handling before finishing 21st. Its most recent start came in last year's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, where it started 13th and finished 14th in the non-points event. Chassis No. 14-754 has sat idle since, but under the direction of new crew chief Chad Johnston, has been rebuilt for the 2014 season. It will make its fourth career start Sunday at Texas.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 802 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Texas Motor Speedway. Bowyer drove this Toyota to a 23rd-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after hitting the wall with just 35 laps remaining. Chassis No. 800 serves as the back-up chassis. This chassis has never seen action on the race track but has served as the back up for Fontana and Las Vegas.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M ESPE Dental Give Kids A Smile team will bring primary chassis RK-896 at Texas, a brand new chassis. The backup chassis is RK-879 which last ran at Las Vegas and finished 22nd. In his 20 career Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, Biffle has two wins, eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. His average starting position is 12.7 with an average finishing position of 15.1. This is the fourth year that Give Kids a Smile has been on the hood of Greg's No. 16 Ford and they were on the hood last year for his win at Michigan.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Ford EcoBoost team will be using primary chassis Chassis RK-899 at Texas, which is a brand new chassis. The backup chassis is RK-860, which was last raced at Texas in 2013 and finished 16th. Stenhouse has two Sprint Cup career starts with an average starting position of 13.0 and average finishing position of 28.0.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis is PRS-848 for Texas, which last raced at New Hampshire, finishing 14th. The Backup Chassis is PRS-844 which was last used as a backup at Las Vegas. After finishing fifth in the first Texas race last season, Logano backed it up with a third-place finish in the fall race at TMS. The only other time Logano has finished inside the top five at Texas came at the end of 2010 when he finished fourth.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-830 for this Sunday's race. This chassis has been used in competition twice - once at Las Vegas Motor Speedway earlier this year when Gordon raced it to a ninth-place finish and once in the 2013 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway where he finished 11th.: Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta/Texas A&M College of Engineering Chevrolet SS, has one win, two pole positions, eight top-five finishes and 11 top-10s in 26 Cup starts at Texas Motor Speedway. Currently tied with Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin for the most Cup starts at the 1.5-mile track, Gordon will move into sole possession of most starts with a 27th on Sunday.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 454 this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. This Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet SS was last used at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this year where Menard scored a third-place finish. Through 15 starts at the 1.5-mile track, Paul Menard has achieved one top-five, two top-10s and two laps led. He's completed 4,835 of 5,021 laps (96.3 percent) contested with an average start of 19th and a 20.6 finishing average. Menard's best start of fourth was achieved twice (Nov. 2011 and Nov. 2013). His best finish of fifth was in April 2011.
    #31-Ryan Newman will race chassis No. 456 in Sunday's Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 456 was raced on March 9 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where Newman qualified 10th and finished seventh. Newman is looking to capture his second-career victory at Texas when he makes his 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start. His win came in the spring of 2003 making him the youngest Texas winner at 25 years, 3 months and 22 days. The Rocket Man also won the pole for both Sprint Cup Series events in 2005 to complete the sweep. In total, he owns three top-five and five top-10 finishes. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 17th and average finish of 19th. When calculating points earned through the last 10 races at TMS, Newman ranks 10th in most championship points earned.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-David Reutimann chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-Reed Sorenson chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch: Chassis No. 860: Busch will pilot Chassis No. 860 in Sunday's Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Built new for 2014, Chassis 860 will see its first laps of racing competition this weekend.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Chassis No. 48-797 which Johnson drove to Victory Lane last November at Texas. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-784 which Johnson most recently raced last season at Michigan International Speedway in June. In 21 starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Johnson has three wins, 10 top-five finishes and 16 top-10s. Johnson has an average starting spot of 8.5 and an average finish of 8.7 during this timeframe. Last April, Johnson started seventh and finished sixth at the 500-mile event. He won the race in November en route to his sixth Cup series championship.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary Chassis 803 has not raced. The backup chassis is 801, which finished 13th at Las Vegas. In 28 MWR starts, Vickers has posted a win, 12 top-10 (43%) and 5 top-five finishes (18 percent).
    #78-Martin Truex Jr. chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team has selected Chassis No. 88-822. Earnhardt last raced this chassis to a second-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. In 23 Sprint Cup starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Earnhardt has scored one win, two pole positions, four top-five finishes and 13 top-10s. He has an average starting position of 11.3, which is his second-best at all tracks. He has led at least one lap in 13 of those starts for a total of 448 laps.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal blue team will unload primary chassis RK-897 at Texas, which is a new chassis. The backup chassis is RK-880 which was last used in 2014 as a primary at Vegas, finishing fifth. Edwards is tied with Jimmie Johnson for the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Texas Motor Speedway with three. Edwards first went to victory lane in 2005 at the track and then swept the season in 2008. Edwards has 18 Sprint Cup starts at Texas Motor Speedway with an average start of 13.4 and an average finish of 15.6. Edwards has finished in the top-five six times and in the top-ten eight times.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(4-3-2014)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 7 sets for the event

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4618

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 mm); Right-side -- 88.5 in. (2,247 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 first time teams will run this right-side tire code (D-4618) . . . this right-side tire employs Goodyear's multi-zone tread technology, which combines two distinct tread compounds on the same tire . . . the outside 10 inches of the tread features a compound that is designed for grip, while the inside two inches of the tread is toughened to enhance durability on the part of the tire sees the most heat and takes the most abuse . . . these teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4392) at Texas since 2011 . . . this left-side code was also run by these teams at Chicagoland, Darlington and Homestead in 2013 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to 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.(Goodyear PR),

  • Goodyear to run multi-zone tread right-side at Texas: One of the technical highlights of the 2013 NASCAR season was Goodyear's introduction of its multi-zone tread tire. After running the concept that combines two distinct rubber compounds on the same right-side tire at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway last year, this week the tiremaker adds Texas Motor Speedway to its roster of tracks at which this technology will be used. Goodyear's multi-zone tread tire combines one compound that is run on the outside 10 inches of the tread that is designed for traction with another compound on the inside two inches that is designed for durability. The inside compound is toughened up because that is the part of the tire that sees the most heat and takes the most abuse.
    Like Atlanta, Texas has proven to be one of the toughest tracks on the NASCAR circuit. On the one hand, it is abrasive and wears tires quickly. On the other hand, it produces high speeds and high loads. That combination makes Texas the ideal track for the multi-zone tread technology. "With this 2014 rules package, we expect speeds and loads to be up at Texas," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of race tire sales. "Like at Atlanta last year, we didn't want to sacrifice grip on a worn racing surface. We decided to bring our multi-zone tread to enhance the durability on the right-side, and we are coming back with the Texas left-side we've run there in the past to maintain grip. This season, we've already broken track records on the two intermediate tracks we've raced so far - Las Vegas and California. There's no reason to think Texas won't be more of the same."
    In preparation for NASCAR's early season races, Goodyear has worked throughout the off-season, testing and confirming its tire recommendations with the new rules package. Because of the scheduling demands of producing 150,000 NASCAR tires each season, at-track testing is not always an option. That make's Goodyear's lab testing, which replicates actual race conditions, more important.
    "We conducted lab durability testing with this package to verify the performance of this tire set-up, including the validation of our air pressure recommendations," said Stucker. "Our test process enables us to utilize track and car data to simulate actual race conditions. When time does not allow for a track test, this modeling, in essence, allows us to do the same thing. Once we generate this data, confirming our recommendation and at which air pressures the tires need to be run, we share that information with the teams. The teams have the ability to use this inflation data, along with the tire characterization data we supply each week, to make choices to optimize endurance and performance. Teams have asked for some flexibility with how they set up their cars. This information is just another tool in their toolbox."
    Goodyear will recommend minimum inflation pressures of 23 psi (front) and 21 psi (rear) on the left-side and 51 psi (front) and 47 psi (rear) on the right-side at Texas. As always on fast, abrasive tracks, tire management will be important this weekend at Texas. With its new multi-zone tread right-side tire, Goodyear has enhanced its durability while maintaining a good amount of grip. That should prove to be a good combination for the racing.(Goodyear PR)(4-2-2014)


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Next Race: Daytona 500

Countdown to Race Time: 2/22/2015 ~1:20pm/et

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