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 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, April 11, 2015 in Fort Worth, TX

Title Sponsor: Duck Commander (thru 2016)

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

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, April 9
12:00 PM NSCS HAULER ENTER
2:00 - 6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN

Friday, April 10
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
9:30 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM NSCS PRACTICE
1:00 - 2:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
2:25 PM NSCS QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS
5:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, April 11
12:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
4:30 PM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
6:00 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
6:30 PM NSCS RACE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

Texas Saturday Pre-Race Schedule:
6:50pm: NSCS Drivers Introductions/ NASCAR Special Awards presented backstage. Jase Robertson to Intro Top 10.
7:29pm: Pledge of Allegiance led by Boy Scouts
7:30pm: Presentation of Colors by: US Army Reserve 1st Battalion 354th Regiment 95th Division Grand Prairie, Texas
7:30pm: Invocation by: Sadie Robertson
7:31pm: National Anthem: Reed Robertson
7:32pm: Fly-By TOT: Cavanaugh Flight Museum
7:38pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Duck Commander; Si Robertson
7:46:30pm: Start of the Duck Commander 500
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, April 10, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, April 10, 2:00 - 3:20 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, April 10 at 6:45 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled Saturday, April 11th at 4:30am/et on FS1.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $7,260,922
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 NEWS & LINKS

  • 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

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Willie Robertson
    Command to start engines: Si Robertson
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Phil Robertson
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Alan Robertson
    Color Guard: US Army Reserve 1st Battalion 354th Regiment 95th Division Grand Prairie, Texas
    Invocation: Sadie Robertson
    National Anthem: Reed Robertson
    Flyover: TOT: Cavanaugh Flight Museum

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Texas Motor Speedway website
    Speedway Motorsports
    Facebook
    Twitter
    YouTube
    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • April 2014: see the Texas Race Info page

  • November 2014: see the Texas Race Info page

  • April 2014 Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 134.191mph, started 10th

  • November 2014 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 132.239mph, 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: Joey Logano, 23 years, 10 months, and 13 days, 4/7/2014

  • April 2014 Pole Winner: #14-Tony Stewart, 195.454mph, finished 10th

  • November 2014 Pole Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 199.299mph, finished 25th

  • Track Qualifying Record: #14-Tony Stewart, 200.111, 10/31/2014 (2nd round qualifying)

  • 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 Motor Speedway:
    #20-Matt Kenseth 105.9
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 105.7
    #18-Kyle Busch 101.3
    #16-Greg Biffle 100.9
    #14-Tony Stewart 98.3
    #99-Carl Edwards 95.9
    #11-Denny Hamlin 93.5
    #24-Jeff Gordon 93.2
    #15-Clint Bowyer 91.4
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 91.1
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (20 total) among active drivers at Texas Motor Speedway. Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.<
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • Texas Motor Speedway Notes & Facts - Wednesday - 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.
    There have been 28 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one NSCS event from 1997 - 2004 and two races per year since 2005.
    (NASCAR)(4-8-2015)

  • Texas Motor Speedway Notes & Facts - Thursday - poles:
    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 the spring race of 2007. The actual race has never been rain shortened, but was postponed to Monday last season due to weather.
    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 (six) - most recent: Jimmie Johnson (fall of 2014).
    Six of the 28 (21.4%) 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.
    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.
    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.
    Twenty drivers have Coors Light poles at Texas, led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte 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).
    (NASCAR)(4-9-2015)

  • Texas Motor Speedway Notes & Facts - Friday - drivers:
    140 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas; 115 in more than one.
    Jeff Gordon is the only driver to have made all 28 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway.
    18 different drivers have won at Texas Motor Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with four victories.
    Seven drivers have multiple wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (four), Carl Edwards (three), Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart each have two.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the series in runner-up finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with five; followed by Matt Kenseth with four and Jeff Gordon with three.
    Matt Kenseth leads the series in top-five finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 13; followed by Jimmie Johnson with 11, Jeff Gordon with nine and Greg Biffle with eight.
    Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson lead the series in top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 17 each; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 14.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 8.5. 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 (8.9) and Jimmie Johnson (9.0).
    Casey Mears has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway without posting a DNF (21).
    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.
    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). Jimmie Johnson has won the last three consecutive Chase races at Texas Motor Speedway (2012, 2013 and 2014).
    11 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. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Texas in his 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).
    Kevin Harvick leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 23.
    Two female drivers have made NSCS starts at Texas Motor Speedway: Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Laps Led at Texas Motor Speedway with 889 laps led in 23 starts.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers in Laps Completed at Texas Motor Speedway with 8,330 laps.
    One NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has won at Texas Motor Speedway in two different manufacturers: Jeff Burton (1997 - Ford; 2007 - Chevrolet) (NASCAR)(4-10-2015)

  • Texas Motor Speedway Notes & Facts - Saturday - race:
    22 of the 28 (78.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Four of the 28 (14.2%) 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.
    There have been five NSCS green-white-checker finishes at Texas Motor Speedway: fall 2006 (334/339), spring 2008 (334/339), fall 2012 (334/335), spring 2014 (334/340) and fall 2014 (334/341).
    Roush Fenway Racing leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in wins at Texas Motor Speedway with nine; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with six and Joe Gibbs Racing with four.
    Three of the 28 (11.1%) 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).
    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 ahead of Kasey Kahne.
    (NASCAR)(4-11-2015)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • #48-Jimmie Johnson wins at Texas: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the season, 5th win at Texas Motor Speedway and his 72nd career win.
    #4-Harvick finished second, the rest of the top 10: #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #22-Logano, #2-Keselowski, #1-McMurray, #24-Gordon, #5-Kahne, #78-Truex, Jr. and #19-Edwards.
    Harvick, Logano, and Truex, Jr have all finished in the top-10 every race this season.
    Pole sitter #41-Kurt Busch led 46 laps on the night, but finished 14th.
    Harvick continues to hold the Chase points lead. He and Johnson each have 2 wins on the season but Harvick has 306 points to #48-Johnson's 216.
    There were 29 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 40 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 140.500mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-11-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Texas Speedway:
    Jimmie Johnson won the 19th Annual Duck Commander 500, his 72nd victory in 478 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2015. His first win of 2015 came at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    This is his fifth victory and 18th top-10 finish in 24 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his first win in the spring race.
    Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 25 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2015.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 26 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 26 points over Joey Logano.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-11-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after Texas, race 7 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 306
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 216, -90
    3) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 280, -26
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 246, -60
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 205, -101
    6) #78-Truex Jr., 266, -40
    7) #5-Kasey Kahne, 230, -76
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 213, -93
    9) #43-Aric Almirola, 195, -111
    10) #18-David Ragan, 194, -112
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 193, -113
    12) #20-Matt Kenseth, 189, -117
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 186, -120
    14) #19-Carl Edwards, 182, -124
    15) #13-Casey Mears, 178, -128
    16) #27-Paul Menard, 177, -129
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(4-11-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #40-Cassill, 32nd
    Caution 2: #6-Bayne, 18th
    Caution 3: #6-Bayne (2), 18th
    Caution 4: #16-Biffle, 17th
    Caution 5: #47-Allmendinger, 21st
    Caution 6: #9-Hornish, Jr., 26th
    Caution 7: #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 15th
    Caution 8: #15-Bowyer, 22nd
    (4-11-2015)

  • Race Coverage of the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, April 11, 2015.
    Television (TV): FOX at 7:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 7:00pm/et; green flag approx. 7:46pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Sunday, April 12th at 3:00am/et on FS1;
    Monday, April 13th at 10:00am/et on FS1;
    Monday, April 13 at 1:00pm/et on FS2

  • 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 #41-Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #4-Harvick took pit stall 14, the first pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #2-Keselowski, who starts 3rd took the 43rd and final pit stall.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-10-2015)

  • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
    " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
    " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
    " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
    " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
    " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
    " Pit stalls are laser measured
    " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
    " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
    " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary 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 - 2015 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

  • Kurt Busch wins Texas pole: #41-Kurt Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with speed of 193.847mph for his 2nd pole of 2015, 1st at Texas and 18th of his career.
    #4-Harvick is on the outside pole followed by #2-Keselowski, #5-Kahne, #48-Johnson, #22-Logano, #31-Newman, #27-Menard, #42-Larson, and #1-McMurray.
    Missing the race were: #62-Gaughan and #26-Burton.
    See the starting lineup, round-by-round qualifying results and more on Jayski.com's Texas Qualifying Page.(4-10-2015)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #4-Harvick 194.021
    #41-Busch 193.653
    #42-Larson 193.653
    #27-Menard 193.112
    #2-Keselowski 193.036
    the rest of the top 12: 1 31 22 5 24 48 14;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 21 3 78 19 20 11 16 13 10 17 6 51
    (4-10-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #24-Gordon 194.981
    #4-Harvick 194.581
    #42-Larson 193.986
    #41-Busch 193.694
    #14-Stewart 193.507
    the rest of the top 24: 7 13 16 5 6 11 21 1 22 78 10 2 17 19 31 51 48 3 20;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 88 47 15 46 9 18 35 43 40 7 98 55 32 38 95 62 26 34 83
    Drivers who will miss the race: #62-Gaughan, #26-Burton.
    (4-10-2015)

  • Final practice for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 80 minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #5-Kahne 190.975
    #48-Johnson 190.523
    #1-McMurray 189.653
    #11-Hamlin 189.560
    #13-Mears 189.062
    Most laps run: #4-Harvick 62, #1-McMurray 56
    slowest: #33-Kennedy 181.014 & #32-Bliss 180.126.
    notes: Qualifying is scheduled for 6:45pm/et tonight and will be shown on FS1.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Texas practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(4-10-2015)

  • First Friday practice for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 90 minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #78-Truex, Jr. 191.096
    #5-Kahne 190.463
    #4-Harvick 189.773
    #13-Meards 189.182
    #18-Ragan 189.129
    Most laps run: #33-Kennedy 65, #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 62
    slowest: #32-Bliss 182.235 & #33-Kennedy 179.134.
    notes: Sprint Cup teams will have a second (and final) practice today at 2:00pm/et. Qualifying is scheduled for 6:45pm/et tonight.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Texas practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(4-10-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, April 10, 2015 at 6:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 6:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, April 11th at 4:30am/et on FS1.

  • Qualifying Order for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #83-DiBenedetto.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #62-Gaughan.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Texas Qualifying Page.(4-10-2015)

  • Entry List for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #21-Ryan Blaney, #32-Bliss, #33-Scott, #34-Chris Buescher, #55-Moffitt, #83-DiBenedetto, #95-McDowell.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #62-Gaughan(44th owners points), #21-Blaney (45th)
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #21-Blaney (2), #95-McDowell(3)
    #39-Kvapil (Hillman Smith Racing) has withdrawn.
    See the full entry list at Jayski.com's Texas Entry List

  • For the 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

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after Martinsville, race 6 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 263
    2) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 239, -24
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 206, -57
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 172, -91
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 168, -95
    6) #78-Truex Jr., 231, -32
    7) #5-Kasey Kahne, 193, -70
    8) #31-Ryan Newman, 180, -83
    9) #27-Paul Menard, 173, -90
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 172, -91
    11) #43-Aric Almirola, 170, -93
    12) #20-Matt Kenseth, 168, -95
    13) #18-David Ragan, 163, -100
    14) #13-Casey Mears, 161, -102
    15) #1-Jamie McMurray, 154, -109
    16) #10-Danica Patrick, 148, -115
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-29-2015)

LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

Dallas Morning News

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Denton Record-Chronicle

Abilene Reporter News

Houston Chronicle

Times Record News

WEATHER

Weather Channel

Accuweather

National Weather Service

Race Weather

Race Day Forecast

Weather Underground

CAMPING & TRAVEL

Laid Back Racing

Speed Eats

CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • 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 Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
    If a driver/team is not listed, the team doe NOT report chassis information on pre-race PR, website or social media:
    THESE are the ONLY teams now reporting Chassis info
    #3-Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 507 in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. This is a new Chevrolet SS that will be utilized for the first time this weekend.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: Chassis No. 4-884: Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-884 in the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-884 made its debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last July, where it won the pole, led 12 laps and finished eighth. It also won the pole in its second appearance at Atlanta in August, when it led 195 laps and finished 19th. It won its third appearance at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in October, when it started seventh and led 162 laps. In its most recent start, Harvick made his 500th career start at Texas when he started fifth, led two laps and finished second.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-911 for Saturday night's race at Texas. In October 2014, Kahne drove the car to a 10th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Most recently in March 2015, he drove the car at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he finished 14th.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 908: Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 908 in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Patrick scored a 16th-place finish in this car in the Folds of Honor 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In the 2014 season finale, she raced this car to an 18th-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Formerly a No. 41 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Kurt Busch, Chassis No. 908 made its on-track debut at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in October 2014. That weekend, Busch set a track qualifying record with a speed of 198.771 mph and went on to score an 11th-place finish in the race.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-710: This car debuted in April 2012 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. It qualified 22nd and led four times for 118 laps before a late-race caution canceled Stewart's two-and-a-half second lead and forced him to settle for a third-place finish. It was then tested June 6-7 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and again during a Goodyear Tire Test June 12-13 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The July race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon marked Chassis No. 14-710's second career start. There, a new tire compound from Goodyear confounded the No. 14 team, and they labored to a 12thplace finish. The car returned to Richmond in September for its third career start, where it rallied from its 28th-place starting spot to lead 15 laps before finishing fourth. Its last start of 2012 came in October at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway where in its fourth career start, it qualified seventh and finished a disappointing 27th. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-710 returned to Martinsville in April. After rallying from its 26th starting spot to 10th by lap 200 and then hovering in or near the top-10 for the remainder of the race, Stewart found himself hung in the outside lane following a restart on lap 473. The final 27 laps of the 500-lap race around paperclip-shaped .526-mile oval proved arduous, as Stewart was stuck in the outside lane as the seemingly express lane to his left boxed him out of the preferred line. When the checkered flag dropped, Stewart was 17th. Chassis No. 14-710 sat idle until being tested at Richmond Aug. 26-27 with interim driver Mark Martin at the wheel in preparation for the track's Sept. 7 Sprint Cup race. The testing paid off as Martin scored a top-10 after starting 16th. Chassis No. 14-710 returned to Martinsville in October for its third start of 2013, its second with Martin and seventh overall, qualifying 21st and finishing 36th after an accident on lap 204 sent it to the garage for repairs. The car underwent a massive overhaul under the direction of crew chief Chad Johnston for the 2014 season. It made its first start of 2014 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, where with Stewart back in the driver's seat, it qualified 10th and recovered from a midrace spin that dropped it to last in the 43-car field to finish fifth. The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte was Chassis No. 14-710's ninth career start, and it had a quiet, but solid outing, finishing 13th. The car hasn't raced since, but it has logged numerous hours in the wind tunnel with its new Chevrolet SS body. Its first start of 2015 comes this weekend at Texas, and it will be Chassis No. 710's 10th career start.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 797 serves as Bowyer's primary chassis at Texas. Bowyer raced the chassis at Bristol in August (17th), Charlotte in May (17th) and California (16th). Chassis No. 816 serves as back-up for Bowyer. It served as the back-up earlier this year at California and Las Vegas.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.: and the # 17 team will be racing a new chassis at Texas.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-861 for this Saturday night's race. The chassis has been raced five times previously - all in 2014 - with finishes of 17th at Atlanta, sixth at Michigan (June), seventh at Charlotte (May) and Darlington and 13th at Fontana.
    #27-Paul Menard: will utilize chassis No. 508 during Saturday night's 501-mile event at Texas Motor Speedway. This Chevrolet SS is brand new to the Richard Childress Racing stable and will make its first laps of the 2015 season during Friday's practice session at 11:30 a.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 504 on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. This Chevrolet SS was utilized earlier this season at Auto Club Speedway where Newman qualified ninth and finished fifth.
    #32-Mike Bliss Crew Chief Clinton Cram will be bringing chassis GGR-815 to serve as the primary car. This chassis is brand new to Go Green Racing. Chassis GGR-289 will serve as the backup car.
    #41-Kurt Busch: Chassis No. 894: Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 894 in Saturday night's Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Formerly a No. 10 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Danica Patrick, Chassis No. 894 debuted at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in October 2014, when Patrick qualified 14th and appeared to be on her way to a top-10 finish before her solid run was derailed when she was involved in an on-track incident at lap 247. Chassis No. 894 was outfitted with a new body over the offseason and saw its first laps of the season in February at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where Regan Smith started 38th and finished 17th.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger: "We are taking chassis 478 to Texas, the same one that we had at Atlanta Motor Speedway," crew chief Brian Burns said. "Actually, we have made some improvements to that car and expect to be stronger this time around."
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: For this weekend's event, crew chief Chad Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-928, which is a new car that has not been raced.
    #55-Brett Moffitt: Primary 775 - Has not raced Backup 814 - finished eighth at Atlanta with Moffitt. In 2014 it finished 16th at Indianapolis with Clint Bowyer, 13th at Richmond in September and 37th at Charlotte in October with Vickers driving.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend at Texas, crew chief Greg Ives will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-901. Earnhardt last raced the chassis to a 17th-place finish at Dover International Speedway in September 2014.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 12 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 8 sets for the event

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

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.40 in. (2,220 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.58 in. (2,250 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi;
    Right Front -- 53 psi; Right Rear -- 49 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Texas this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams ran twice at Texas last season . . . this left-side tire code (D-4392) has been run by NASCAR teams at Texas since 2011 . . . this right-side tire code (D-4618) was introduced at this track last April . . . 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 . . . 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.

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