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 2016 season

Race: Saturday, April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, TX

Title Sponsor: Duck Dynasty / Duck Commander

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

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 6:00pm/et on FoxSports2

  • Pre-Race Coverage: FOX, 7:00pm/et

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

  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon

  • Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum

  • In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds

  • Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers

  • Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Sunday, April 10 at 5:30am/et on FS1
    Monday, April 11 at 8:30am/et on FS1
    Tuesday, April 12 at 4:00am/et on FS1

  • TV Listings, Links and Info: Jayski.com's TV Listings Page

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, April 7
11:00 AM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
1:30 - 7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
3:30 PM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
4:30 - 5:55 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE

Friday, April 8
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
1:45 PM (2:45 PM/ET) NSCS QUALIFYING
5:30 - 6:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, April 9
12:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
4:30 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
5:50 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
6:30 PM (7:30 PM/ET) NSCS RACE

Texas Saturday Pre-Race Schedule:
6:50pm/et: Driver Introductions
7:30pm/et: Presentation of Colors by US Army Reserve 2nd Battalion 354th Regiment 95th Division Grand Prairie, Texas
7:30pm/et: Invocation by Phil Robertson
7:31pm/et: National Anthem by Will Robertson
7:38pm/et: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by Duck Commander, Jase and Rowdy Robertson
7:46pm/et: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 (334 laps, 501 miles), FOX, PRN, SiriusXM
(NASCAR.com)

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

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Thursday, April 7, 5:30 - 6:55 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, April 8, 6:30 - 7:50 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, April 8 at 2:30 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled for Saturday, April 9 at 6:00am/et on FS1.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2016: no longer being posted / reported by NASCAR

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
    Total Permanent Seating: 128,655
    Total Estimated Capacity: 181,655
    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: Jase Robertson and Rowdy Robertson
    Command to start engines: Jase Robertson and Rowdy Robertson
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Sadie Robertson, last year's runner-up "Dancing With The Stars"
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: "Duck Dynasty" co-star Justin Martin
    Color Guard: US Army Reserve 2nd Battalion 354th Regiment 95th Division Grand Prairie, Texas
    Invocation: "Duck Dynasty" family patriarch, Phil Robertson
    National Anthem: Will Robertson
    Flyover: 4 unidentified airplanes

  • April 2015: see the Texas Race Info page

  • November 2015: see the Texas Race Info page

  • April 2015 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 140.500mph, started 5th

  • November 2015 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 137.490mph, started 8th

  • 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 2015 Pole Winner: #41-Kurt Busch, 193.847mph, finished 14th

  • November 2015 Pole Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 196.929mph, finished 2nd

  • 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:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 108.0
    #20-Matt Kenseth, 104.7
    #18-Kyle Busch, 101.9
    #16-Greg Biffle, 98.1
    #19-Carl Edwards, 96.4
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 92.2
    #11-Denny Hamlin, #78-Martin Truex Jr, 89.7
    #15-Clint Bowyer, 89.1
    #4-Kevin Harvick, 88.8
    Note: Driver Ratings are compiled from 2005-2015 races (22 total) at Texas Motor Speedway (active drivers only).
    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 Track Notes & 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.
    (NASCAR)

  • Texas Driver Notes & Facts:
    Jeff Gordon is the only driver to have made all 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with 27 Texas starts.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 8.400. Johnson is the only active driver with an average starting position at Texas inside the top 10.
    Six drivers have made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career start at Texas Motor Speedway: Adam Petty (2000), Jay Sauter (2002), Brad Keselowski (2008), Trevor Bayne (2010), David Starr (2011) and Parker Kligerman (2013).
    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.
    18 different drivers have won at Texas Motor Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with six victories; including five of the last seven races.
    Seven drivers have multiple wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (six), Carl Edwards (three), Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart each have two.
    One NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has won at Texas Motor Speedway in two different manufacturers: Jeff Burton (1997 - Ford; 2007 - Chevrolet)
    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.
    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.
    Only two of the 12 winning drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Texas Motor Speedway: 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 26.
    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 and Jimmie Johnson lead the series in top-five finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 13 each; followed by Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch with nine each.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 19; followed by Matt Kenseth (17) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (16).
    Two active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish inside the top 10 at Texas: Jimmie Johnson (8.440) and Matt Kenseth (9.462).
    Casey Mears has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway without posting a DNF (23).
    Jimmie Johnson leads the series in laps led at Texas with 1,017 laps led in 24 starts.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers in laps led at Texas Motor Speedway with 1,023 laps.
    Two female drivers have made NSCS starts at Texas Motor Speedway: Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick
    (NASCAR)

  • Texas Pole Notes & Facts:
    Jeremy Mayfield was the first Coors Light pole winner, in 1998 at Texas with a speed of 185.906 mph. The inaugural Coors Light pole at Texas Motor Speedway in 1997 was cancelled due to weather conditions.
    22 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).
    Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (2014 Chase race and 2015 sweep), Carl Edwards (2008 sweep) and Denny Hamlin (2010 sweep).
    Three of the 30 (10%) 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).
    Six of the 30 (20%) 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.
    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).
    24 of the 30 (80%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position. Below is a breakdown of the number of wins by starting position in the top 10.
    Four of the 30 (13.3%) 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.
    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 in 2014 due to weather.
    (NASCAR)

  • Texas Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one NSCS event from 1997 - 2004 and two races per year since 2005.
    148 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas; 118 in more than one.
    Roush Fenway Racing leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in wins at Texas Motor Speedway with nine; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with eight and Joe Gibbs Racing has four.
    Four different manufacturers have won a NSCS race at Texas, led by Ford and Chevrolet (12 each); followed by Toyota (three) and Dodge (three).
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas is the (4/4/2004) race won by Elliott Sadler with an MOV of .028 seconds over Kasey Kahne.
    (NASCAR)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Kyle Busch wins at Texas: #18-Kyle Busch won the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the season, 2nd win at Texas and 36th career win. He led 34 of 334 laps. Busch also won the XFINITY Series race on Friday night. It is the 9th time he has swept both races at a track during the same weekend.
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. finished 2nd, followed by #22-Logano, #48-Johnson, #24-Elliott, #78-Truex, Jr., #19-Edwards, #5-Kahne, #41-Busch, and #4-Harvick.
    Pole winner, Edwards led 124 laps but had to pit under green with a loose wheel, lost a lap, and couldn't get back to the front before the end of the race.
    Truex, Jr. led 141 laps, the most of any driver, but did not pit under the last caution and lost the lead to Busch with 32 laps to go.
    There was a large wreck late in the race when Johnson got into the back of #3-Dillon, who was on old tires, and sent him into a spin. 13 cars received some damage in the incident.
    The start of the race was delayed by nearly 2 hours after light rain hit the track.
    There were 17 lead changes among 8 drivers and 7 cautions for 41 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 138.355mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Texas Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-9-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Texas:
    Kyle Busch won the 20th Annual Duck Commander 500, his 36th victory in 397 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his second victory and 11th top-10 finish in 21 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his 17th top-10 finish in 28 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2016.
    Joey Logano (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 16 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Chase Elliott (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 6 points over Jimmie Johnson.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-9-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Texas, race 7 of 36]
    1) #18-Busch, [2 wins], 259
    2) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 253, -6
    3) #4-Harvick [1 win], 252, -7
    4) #19-Edwards, 241, -18
    5) #22-Logano, 234, -25
    6) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 211, -48
    7) #41-Busch, 208, -51
    8) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 201, -58
    9) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 201, -58
    10) #3-Dillon, 198, -61
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf) See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Texas Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Texas, race 7 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #18-Busch [2 wins], 1st in driver points
    2) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 2nd
    3) #4-Harvick [1 win], 3rd
    4) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 8th
    5) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 9th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    6) #19-Edwards, 241 points
    7) #22-Logano, 234
    8) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 211
    9) #41-Busch, 208
    10) #3-Dillon, 198
    11) #78-Truex, Jr., 187
    12) #20-Kenseth, 171
    13) #1-McMurray, 171
    14) #24-Elliott, 168
    15) #47-Allmendinger, 166
    16) #5-Kahne, 161
    (4-9-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: None, race started under green/yellow
    Caution 2: #32-Earnhardt, 35th
    Caution 3: #6-Bayne, 15th
    Caution 4: #88-Earnhardt, Jr., 2nd
    Caution 5: #5-Kahne, 8th
    Caution 6: #19-Edwards, 7th
    Caution 7: #42-Larson, 14th
    (4-9-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, 2016.
    Television (TV): FOX at 7:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 7:00 pm/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 10 at 5:30am/et on FS1
    Monday, April 11 at 8:30am/et on FS1
    Tuesday, April 12 at 4:00am/et on FS1

  • 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 #19-Edwards chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took the 2nd pit stall.
    #78-Truex, Jr, who starts 3rd took the 14th pit stall, with an opening in front of it.
    The 42nd and final pit stall [43 is not being used] was taken by #2-Keselowski, who starts 8th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-8-2016)

  • 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
    Pit Road Times
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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

  • Friday (final) Practice for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 80 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #78-Truex, Jr. 192.390
    #19-Edwards190.248
    #18-Busch 189.507
    #47-Allmendinger 189.500
    #22-Logano 189.480
    slowest: #32-Earnhardt 178.136 & #30-Wise 176.505.
    most laps run: #3-Dillon 65, #5-Kahne 64
    See fastest speeds, laps run, and more on the Texas Final Practice Speeds page (pdf).(4-8-2016)

  • Edwards wins Texas pole: #19-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light pole for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with speed of 194.609mph for his 1st pole of 2016, 2nd at Texas and 17th of his career.
    #22-Logano is on the outside pole followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #24-Elliott, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #11-Hamlin, #21-Blaney, #2-Keselowski, #20-Kenseth, #3-Dillon, #48-Johnson, and #6-Bayne.
    Edwards led the second round of qualifying with a speed of 195.214mph
    #14-Vickers was fastest during the first round at 196.014mph.
    Only 40 cars were entered so everyone made the race.
    See round-by-round qualifying results on the Texas qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Texas Starting Lineup page (pdf).(4-8-2015)

  • Texas Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
    Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 20th Annual Duck Commander 500 with a lap of 27.748 seconds, 194.609 mph.
    This is his 17th pole in 416 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and fifth top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his second pole in 23 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2016 and his eighth in 16 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his fourth in seven races this season.
    Chase Elliott (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-8-2016)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #19-Edwards 195.214
    #2-Keselowski 194.791
    #22-Logano 194.714
    #3-Dillon 194.461
    #21-Blaney 194.126
    the rest of the top 12: 78 24 20 11 17 48 6;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to the final round 3: 14 16 18 88 5 1 31 42 41 4 47 43
    (4-8-2016)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #14-Vickers 196.014
    #22-Logano 195.242
    #19-Edwards 194.946
    #5-Kahne 194.833
    #78-Truex, Jr. 194.693
    the rest of the top 24: 2 3 88 16 43 21 41 47 42 48 24 18 20 31 11 1 17 6 4;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 27 10 44 7 83 95 23 13 38 34 46 15 98 32 30 55
    Drivers who will miss the race: none as 40 cars were entered for 40 spots
    (4-8-2016)

  • Thursday Practice for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #78-Truex, Jr. 192.892
    #2-Keselowski 192.162
    #22-Logano 192.143
    #3-Dillon 191.612
    #14-Vickers 191.578
    slowest: #55-Sorenson 179.253, #30-Wise 179.164.
    most laps run: #24-Elliott, 28 & #22-Logano, 24
    Qualifying is scheduled for Friday at 2:45pm/et, followed by final practice at 6:30pm/et.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, and more on the Texas Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(4-7-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, April 8, 2016 at 2:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 2:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, April 9 at 6:00am/et on FS1

  • Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
    " Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
    " Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
    " Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
    There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

  • Qualifying Order for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted. 40 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #32-Earnhardt.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #23-Ragan.
    The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
    After the first round, the cars line up by speed.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Texas Qualifying Order Page (pdf).(4-7-2016)

  • Entry List for the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #14-Vickers, #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, #55-Sorenson*, #95-Ty Dillon, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #55-Sorenson, #98-Whitt
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts, then owners pts): none
    Since 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race, 40 is the maximum.
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Texas Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and format, see Jayski.com's 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

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Martinsville, race 6 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 220
    2) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 216, -4
    3) #18-Busch, [1 win], 215, -5
    4) #19-Edwards, 206, -14
    5) #22-Logano, 196, -24
    6) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 178, -42
    7) #3-Dillon, 176, -44
    8) #41-Busch, 176, -44
    9) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 172, -48
    10) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 172, -48
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Martinsville Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Martinsville, race 6 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 2nd in drivers pts
    2) #4-Harvick [1 win], 1st
    3) #18-Busch [1 win], 3rd
    4) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 6th
    5) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 9th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    6) #19-Edwards, 206 points
    7) #22-Logano, 196
    8) #3-Dillon, 176
    9) #41-Busch, 176
    10) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 172
    11) #78-Truex, Jr., 150
    12) #47-Allmendinger, 147
    13) #1-McMurray, 143
    14) #20-Kenseth, 140
    15) #21-Blaney, 132
    16) #24-Elliott, 131
    (4-3-2016)

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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

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

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4684; Right-side -- D-4686

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.24 in. (2,216 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.35 in. (2,244 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 19 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi;
    Right Front -- 53 psi; Right Rear -- 49 psi

  • Notes: While teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same left-side tire code at Texas this week, they will run their own right-side codes . . . in Sprint Cup, both of these tire codes are being run for the first time . . . like last year at Texas, this right-side tire code employs Goodyear's multi-zone tread technology, which combines two distinct tread compounds on the same tire -- the outboard 10 inches of the tread (Traction Zone) features a compound that is designed for grip, while the inboard two inches of the tread (Endurance Zone) is toughened to enhance durability on the part of the tire sees the most heat and takes the most abuse . . . compared to what was run at Texas last season, this right-side tire (D-4686) features a construction change, and a compound change on the outboard 10 inches to give the cars more grip . . . this left-side tire (D-4684) features an updated construction and mold shape, as well as a compound change for more grip . . . this tire set-up came out of a test at Homestead last December 14; traditionally, Texas, Homestead and Chicagoland have all lined up with the same tire set-up . . . drivers participating in that Homestead test were Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Brian Scott and Martin Truex Jr. . . . teams 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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