Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, going into the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 on Sunday, October 17, at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
|NASCAR Cup Series Driver Playoff Outlook Following the Charlotte Road Course|
|Rank||Driver||Points||Race Wins||Stage Wins||Playoff Pts||Pts From Cutoff|
|1||Kyle Larson (P)||4,065||7||15||65||42|
|2||Denny Hamlin (P)||4,030||2||10||30||7|
|3||Martin Truex Jr. (P)||4,029||4||5||29||6|
|4||Ryan Blaney (P)||4,024||3||4||24||1|
|5||Kyle Busch (P)||4,023||2||6||23||-1|
|6||Chase Elliott (P)||4,022||2||4||22||-2|
|7||Joey Logano (P)||4,013||1||5||13||-11|
|8||Brad Keselowski (P)||4,008||1||2||8||-16|
|9||Kevin Harvick||2,209||0||0||2||Eliminated from the Playoffs|
NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Fast Facts Race No. 7: Texas Motor Speedway
- The inception of the Playoffs in the NASCAR Cup Series was in 2004 and Texas Motor Speedway was added to the postseason schedule in 2005 – at the time replacing Darlington Raceway – and the 1.5-mile track has been hosting Playoff events ever since.
- The 2021 season will mark the first time since joining the Playoff schedule in 2005 that Texas Motor Speedway will not host the eighth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs (2005-2020) but instead will host the seventh race of the postseason.
- Texas Motor Speedway will become the fifth different track to host the seventh race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs; joining Atlanta Motor Speedway (2004-2008), Talladega Superspeedway (2009-2010), Martinsville Speedway (2011-2019) and Kansas Speedway (2020).
- Six different drivers have won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff races at Texas Motor Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with five victories (2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers with three Texas Playoff wins (2017-2019).
|Texas Motor Speedway Playoff Race Winners|
|Track||Playoff Race Winners||Date|
|Texas||Carl Edwards||Sunday, November 6, 2005|
|Texas||Tony Stewart||Sunday, November 5, 2006|
|Texas||Jimmie Johnson||Sunday, November 4, 2007|
|Texas||Carl Edwards||Sunday, November 2, 2008|
|Texas||Kurt Busch||Sunday, November 8, 2009|
|Texas||Denny Hamlin||Sunday, November 7, 2010|
|Texas||Tony Stewart||Sunday, November 6, 2011|
|Texas||Jimmie Johnson||Sunday, November 4, 2012|
|Texas||Jimmie Johnson||Sunday, November 3, 2013|
|Texas||Jimmie Johnson||Sunday, November 2, 2014|
|Texas||Jimmie Johnson||Sunday, November 8, 2015|
|Texas||Carl Edwards||Sunday, November 6, 2016|
|Texas||Kevin Harvick||Sunday, November 5, 2017|
|Texas||Kevin Harvick||Sunday, November 4, 2018|
|Texas||Kevin Harvick||Sunday, November 3, 2019|
|Texas||Kyle Busch||Sunday, October 25, 2020|
- Three times the winner of the NASCAR Cup Series Texas Motor Speedway Playoff race has gone on to win the title later that same season:
- In 2007, Jimmie Johnson won from the eighth starting position at Texas Motor Speedway and went on to win his second consecutive NASCAR Cup Series title later that season. The Playoff win at Texas was his third of four consecutive victories in the 2007 Playoffs – the only driver to win four straight in the NASCAR Cup Series postseason (Martinsville, Atlanta, Texas, Phoenix).
- n 2011, Tony Stewart won from the fifth starting position at Texas Motor Speedway and went on to win his third NASCAR Cup Series championship later that season. The Texas Playoff win was Stewart’s fourth of his record setting five NASCAR Cup Series Playoff wins in a single postseason run in 2011 (Chicago, New Hampshire, Martinsville, Texas, Homestead-Miami).
- In 2013, Jimmie Johnson won from the third starting position at Texas Motor Speedway and went on to win his sixth NASCAR Cup Series championship later that season. The Texas Playoff win was Johnson’s second postseason victory (Dover, Texas) in 2013.
- The worst finish by a driver in the seventh NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race that later went on to win the title that same season was a 42nd-place finish by Kurt Busch in 2004 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The finish was due to engine failure.
- The 2018 series champion, Joey Logano, finished third in the 2018 Texas Playoff race and in 2019 Kyle Busch, finished seventh in the 2019 Texas Playoff race. Last season’s champion, Chase Elliott, finished 20th at Texas in the Playoffs.
- Three times a non-Playoff driver has won the Playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway:
- In 2006, Tony Stewart was ranked 11th in the point standings at the time of his Texas Playoff race win.
- In 2014, Jimmie Johnson was 11th in points at the time of the win. Johnson had made the Playoffs in 2014 but was eliminated in the Round of 12.
- In 2015, Jimmie Johnson was 12th in points at the time of the win. Johnson had made the Playoffs in 2015 but was eliminated in the Round of 16.
- A total of 10 different drivers have won the seventh race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, led by Jimmie Johnson with four victories (2004, 2007, 2012 and 2016). Joey Logano leads all active drivers in victories in the seventh race of the postseason with two (2018, 2020).
|NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Race No. 7 Winners|
|Track||Playoff Race Winners||Date|
|Atlanta||Jimmie Johnson||Sunday, October 31, 2004|
|Atlanta||Carl Edwards||Sunday, October 30, 2005|
|Atlanta||Tony Stewart||Sunday, October 29, 2006|
|Atlanta||Jimmie Johnson||Sunday, October 28, 2007|
|Atlanta||Carl Edwards||Sunday, October 26, 2008|
|Talladega||Jamie McMurray||Sunday, November 1, 2009|
|Talladega||Clint Bowyer||Sunday, October 31, 2010|
|Martinsville||Tony Stewart||Sunday, October 30, 2011|
|Martinsville||Jimmie Johnson||Sunday, October 28, 2012|
|Martinsville||Jeff Gordon||Sunday, October 27, 2013|
|Martinsville||Dale Earnhardt Jr||Sunday, October 26, 2014|
|Martinsville||Jeff Gordon||Sunday, November 1, 2015|
|Martinsville||Jimmie Johnson||Sunday, October 30, 2016|
|Martinsville||Kyle Busch||Sunday, October 29, 2017|
|Martinsville||Joey Logano||Sunday, October 28, 2018|
|Martinsville||Martin Truex Jr||Sunday, October 27, 2019|
|Kansas||Joey Logano||Sunday, October 18, 2020|
- Four times the winner of the seventh NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race has gone on to win the title later that same season:
- In 2007, Jimmie Johnson won from the sixth starting position at Atlanta Motor Speedway and went on to win his second consecutive NASCAR Cup Series championship.
- In 2011, Tony Stewart won from the fourth starting position at Martinsville Speedway and went on to win his third NASCAR Cup Series championship.
- In 2016, Jimmie Johnson won from the third starting position at Martinsville Speedway and went on to win his record tying seventh NASCAR Cup Series championship.
- In 2018, Joey Logano won from the 10th starting position at Martinsville Speedway and went on to win his first NASCAR Cup Series championship.
- Three non-Playoff drivers have won the seventh race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs:
- In 2006, Tony Stewart won the seventh race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at Atlanta Motor Speedway, he was 11th in points at the time of the win.
- In 2009, Jamie McMurray won the seventh race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at Talladega Superspeedway, he was ranked 22nd in the points at the time of the win.
- In 2010, Clint Bowyer won the seventh race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at Talladega Superspeedway, he was 12th in the points at the time of the win.
NASCAR Cup Series 2021 Top 8 in the Playoff Standings at Texas Motor Speedway
|Rank||Driver||Races||Poles||Wins||Top Fives||Top 10s||DNFs||Average Finish||Driver Rating|
|3||Martin Truex Jr||31||2||0||5||17||4||13.6||94.5|
* – Based on last 32 races at Texas Motor Speedway (2005 – 2021).
Texas Motor Speedway
Season Race #: 33 of 36 (10-17-21)
Track Size: 1.5-mile
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 20 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 24 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 5 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 2,250 feet
Backstretch Length: 1,330 feet
Race Length: 334 laps / 501 miles
Stage 1 & 2 Length: 105 laps (each)
Final Stage Length: 124 laps
- Construction on Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) began in 1995.
- The first NASCAR national series race at Texas Motor Speedway was a NASCAR Xfinity Series event on April 5, 1997 – won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin.
- The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway was on April 6, 1997 and the race was won by Jeff Burton in a Roush Fenway Racing Ford.
- The track underwent a repave between the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
- In 2011, the spring NASCAR Cup Series race was moved from Sunday to Saturday night under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway. 2017 marked the first season it was moved back to a Sunday afternoon race.
- Texas Motor Speedway hosted its first NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race on November 6, 2005 – won by Roush Fenway Racing driver Carl Edwards.
- The track underwent its second repave between the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The renovation added a new layer of asphalt over the existing pavement, an expansive French drainage system on the frontstretch and backstretch and reduced the banking in Turns 1 and 2 by four degrees (now 20 degrees).
- There have been 40 NASCAR Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one event from 1997 – 2004 and two races per year from 2005-2020.
- The 2021 season marked the first season the track hosted the NASCAR All-Star Race instead of the points-paying spring event.
- A total of 174 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway; a 143 drivers have competed in more than one Cup race at Texas.
- Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead the NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Texas Motor Speedway with 36 each.
- Seven drivers have made their first NASCAR Cup Series career start at Texas Motor Speedway:
|John H. Nemechek||Sunday, November 3, 2019|
|Parker Kligerman||Sunday, November 3, 2013|
|David Starr||Saturday, April 9, 2011|
|Trevor Bayne||Sunday, November 7, 2010|
|Brad Keselowski||Sunday, November 2, 2008|
|Jay Sauter||Monday, April 8, 2002|
|Adam Petty||Sunday, April 2, 2000|
- Steve Park (five starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 8.0.
- Ryan Blaney (12 starts) leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in average starting position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 9.0; followed by Joey Logano with a 12.3 in 25 starts.
Top 10 in Average Starting Position in the NASCAR Cup Series at Texas (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Avg Start||Races||Rank||Active Drivers||Avg Start||Races|
|1||Steve Park||8.000||5||1||Ryan Blaney||9.000||12|
|2||Ryan Blaney||9.000||12||2||Joey Logano||12.280||25|
|3||Kenny Irwin Jr||10.667||3||3||Denny Hamlin||13.267||30|
|4||Jimmie Johnson||10.714||35||4||Kurt Busch||13.278||36|
|5||Daniel Hemric||11.500||2||5||Kyle Busch||13.800||31|
|6||Jeff Gordon||12.033||30||6||Martin Truex Jr||14.290||31|
|7||Joey Logano||12.280||25||7||Brad Keselowski||14.320||25|
|8||Carl Edwards||12.333||24||8||Erik Jones||14.667||9|
|9||Dale Earnhardt Jr||13.200||30||9||Chase Elliott||14.700||10|
|10||Denny Hamlin||13.267||30||10||Kevin Harvick||15.000||36|
- A total of 25 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won the pole at Texas Motor Speedway.
- Eight of the 25 NASCAR Cup Series Texas pole winners are active this weekend.
|Kurt Busch||3||2018, ’17, ’15|
|Kevin Harvick||2||2019, ’17|
|Martin Truex Jr||2||2012, ’07|
|Ryan Newman||2||2005 sweep|
- Kurt Busch leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Texas Motor Speedway with three (Spring 2015, Playoffs 2017, Spring 2018).
- The inaugural Pole Qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway in 1997 was cancelled due to weather conditions – Dale Jarrett started the race from the first starting position.
- Jeremy Mayfield was the first NASCAR Cup Series pole winner in 1998 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 185.906 mph.
- Nine different drivers have won multiple poles at Texas; four are active this weekend – Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., and Ryan Newman.
- Three drivers have won consecutive poles at Texas Motor Speedway: Bobby Labonte (2003 and 2004), Ryan Newman (2005 sweep) and Kurt Busch (2017 and 2018).
- Youngest Texas series pole winner: Brian Vickers (Nov. 5, 2006 – 23 years, 0 months, 12 days).
- Oldest Texas series pole winner: Bill Elliott (April 8, 2002 – 46 years, 6 months, 0 days).
- David Ragan (April 9, 2011) and Martin Truex Jr. (November 4, 2007) are the only two drivers who have posted their first NASCAR Cup Series pole at Texas Motor Speedway.
- Four different manufacturers have won a NASCAR Cup Series pole at Texas Motor Speedway; led by Chevrolet (15 poles), and followed by Ford (12), Toyota (five) and Dodge (four).
- A total of 20 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Texas Motor Speedway.
- Seven of the 20 NASCAR Cup Series Texas winners are active this weekend.
|Kyle Busch||4||2020, ’18, ’16, ’13|
|Denny Hamlin||3||2019, ’10 sweep|
|Kevin Harvick||3||2019, ’18, ’17|
- Jimmie Johnson leads the series in wins at Texas with seven victories (2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 sweep and 2017) in 34 starts. Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in wins at Texas with four (2013, 2016, 2018, 2020).
- Nine drivers have multiple wins at Texas Motor Speedway; three of them are active this weekend – Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick.
- Three NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (2014 Playoff race and 2015 sweep), Carl Edwards (2008 sweep) and Denny Hamlin (2010 sweep).
- Youngest Texas winner: Joey Logano (April 7, 2014 – 23 years, 10 months, 14 days).
- Oldest Texas winner: Dale Jarrett (April 1, 2001 – 44 years, 4 months, 6 days).
- Jeff Burton (April 6, 1997) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (April 2, 2000) are the only two drivers to win in their first NASCAR Cup Series career race at Texas Motor Speedway.
- All nine active NASCAR Cup Series drivers who have won at Texas Motor Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane – Ryan Newman won in the fewest appearances of the seven active winners – he won in his second appearance at TMS.
- Five of the seven active winning drivers made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Texas Motor Speedway: Kevin Harvick (29), Kyle Busch (15) Austin Dillon (15), Kurt Busch (13), and Joey Logano (11).
- Martin Truex Jr. leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 31 starts; followed by Clint Bowyer (29).
- Four of the 40 NASCAR Cup Series races (10%) at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the pole or first starting position: Kasey Kahne (2006), Jimmie Johnson (2012), Kyle Busch (2013) and Kevin Harvick (2019).
- Seven of the 40 NASCAR Cup Series races (17.9%) at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the front row: four from first starting position and three from the second starting position.
- The third starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field at Texas Motor Speedway, producing more wins (eight) than any other starting position – most recently: Kyle Busch’s win in the 2018 Playoff race.
NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Texas Motor Speedway
|Starting Position||Wins||Winning %||Starting Position||Wins||Winning %|
|Winning from the First Starting Position:||10.00%||4|
|Winning from the Front Row:||17.50%||7|
|Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position:||55.00%||22|
|Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:||15.00%||6|
- The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Texas Motor Speedway is 31st, by Matt Kenseth in 2002.
- Two NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Texas Motor Speedway in two different manufacturers: Jeff Burton (1997 – Ford; 2007 – Chevrolet) and Carl Edwards (2005, 2008 sweep – Ford; 2016 – Toyota)
- Four different manufacturers have won a NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, led by Ford with 15 wins; followed by Chevrolet (14), Toyota (eight) and Dodge (three).
- A total of nine different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway.
|Texas Motor Speedway Organization Wins|
|Roush Fenway Racing||9|
|Joe Gibbs Racing||9|
|Robert Yates Racing||2|
|Richard Childress Racing||2|
|Dale Earnhardt Inc.||1|
- Roush Fenway Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing lead the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Texas Motor Speedway with nine victories each.
- Roush Fenway Racing – Jeff Burton (Spring 1997), Mark Martin (1998), Matt Kenseth (Spring 2002, Spring 2011), Greg Biffle (2005, 2012), Carl Edwards (Playoffs 2005, 2008 sweep).
- Hendrick Motorsports – Terry Labonte (Spring 1999), Jeff Gordon (Spring 2009), Jimmie Johnson (Playoffs 2007, Playoffs 2012, Playoffs 2013, Playoffs 2014, Spring 2015, Playoffs 2015, Spring 2017).
- Joe Gibbs Racing – Tony Stewart (Playoffs 2006), Denny Hamlin (2010 sweep, Spring 2019), Kyle Busch (Spring 2010, Spring 2016, Spring 2018, Playoffs 2020), Carl Edwards (Playoffs 2016).
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
- A total of 22 different drivers have finished runner-up in the NASCAR Cup Series at Texas.
- Jimmie Johnson leads the series in runner-up finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with five second-place finishes.
- Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. lead all active drivers in runner-up finished at Texas with three each.
Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Texas Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Runner-Ups||Rank||Active Drivers||Runner-Ups|
|1||Jimmie Johnson||5||1||Kevin Harvick||3|
|2||Matt Kenseth||4||Martin Truex Jr||3|
|3||Dale Earnhardt Jr||3||3||Brad Keselowski||2|
|Jeff Gordon||3||4||Aric Almirola||1|
|Kevin Harvick||3||Denny Hamlin||1|
|Martin Truex Jr||3||Joey Logano||1|
- A total of 48 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-five at Texas Motor Speedway.
- Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-five finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 16 top fives.
- Kyle Busch leads all active series drivers in top-five finishes at Texas with 14.
Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Texas Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Top Fives||Rank||Active Drivers||Top Fives|
|1||Jimmie Johnson||16||1||Kyle Busch||14|
|2||Kyle Busch||14||2||Kevin Harvick||12|
|3||Matt Kenseth||14||3||Joey Logano||11|
|4||Kevin Harvick||12||4||Denny Hamlin||7|
|5||Joey Logano||11||5||Brad Keselowski||5|
|Martin Truex Jr||5|
- A total of 67 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-10 at Texas Motor Speedway.
- Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead the series in top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 23 top 10s each.
Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Texas Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Top 10s||Rank||Active Drivers||Top 10s|
|1||Kevin Harvick||23||1||Kevin Harvick||23|
|2||Kurt Busch||23||2||Kurt Busch||23|
|3||Jimmie Johnson||22||3||Kyle Busch||17|
|4||Matt Kenseth||19||4||Martin Truex Jr||17|
|5||Dale Earnhardt Jr||18||5||Denny Hamlin||14|
- Tyler Reddick (two starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 8.5.
Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Texas Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Avg Finish||Races||Rank||Active Drivers||Avg Finish||Races|
|1||Tyler Reddick||8.500||2||1||Tyler Reddick||8.500||2|
|2||Steve Grissom||10.000||2||2||Erik Jones||10.333||9|
|3||Erik Jones||10.333||9||3||Kevin Harvick||10.389||36|
|4||Kevin Harvick||10.389||36||4||Kyle Busch||10.967||30|
|5||Matt Kenseth||10.656||32||5||Chase Elliott||12.000||10|
|6||Kyle Busch||10.967||30||6||Christopher Bell||12.000||2|
|7||Jimmie Johnson||11.571||35||7||Joey Logano||13.400||25|
|8||Chase Elliott||12.000||10||8||Martin Truex Jr||13.645||31|
|9||Christopher Bell||12.000||2||9||Denny Hamlin||13.800||30|
|10||Rusty Wallace||13.100||10||10||Kurt Busch||13.861||36|
- A total of 84 different drivers have led at least one lap at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.
- Jimmie Johnson (35 starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Texas Motor Speedway with 1,152.
- Kyle Busch (30 starts) leads all active series drivers in laps led at Texas with 1,049.
- The most laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas by the race winner is 278 of the scheduled 339 laps (82%) by Tony Stewart on November 5, 2006 – he started eighth and won.
- The most laps led by a driver that did not win in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas is 312 of the scheduled 334 laps (93.4%) by Brad Keselowski on November 8, 2015; he started from the pole and finished second.
- The fewest laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas by the race winner is one lap of the scheduled 334 by Jeff Burton on April 15, 2007 – he started second and won.
Top 10 All-Time Laps Leaders in the NASCAR Cup Series at Texas
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Led||Completed||% Led||Rank||Active Drivers||Led||Completed||% Led|
|1||Jimmie Johnson||1,152||11,106||10.4%||1||Kyle Busch||1,049||9,919||10.6%|
|2||Kyle Busch||1,049||9,919||10.6%||2||Kevin Harvick||682||11,683||5.8%|
|3||Matt Kenseth||883||10,344||8.5%||3||Martin Truex Jr||673||9,793||6.9%|
|4||Tony Stewart||801||8,943||9.0%||4||Brad Keselowski||654||7,728||8.5%|
|5||Greg Biffle||733||8,262||8.9%||5||Joey Logano||465||8,161||5.7%|
|6||Carl Edwards||691||7,594||9.1%||6||Ryan Blaney||403||3,286||12.3%|
|7||Jeff Gordon||691||8,998||7.7%||7||Kurt Busch||336||11,852||2.8%|
|8||Kevin Harvick||682||11,683||5.8%||8||Denny Hamlin||288||9,792||2.9%|
|9||Martin Truex Jr||673||9,793||6.9%||9||Erik Jones||112||3,007||3.7%|
|10||Brad Keselowski||654||7,728||8.5%||10||Aric Almirola||101||6,482||1.6%|
- Two female drivers have made a NASCAR Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway: Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick
- Danica Patrick holds the series record for best finish at Texas Motor Speedway by a female competitor with a 16th-place finish (twice: Spring 2015, Playoffs 2015).
|Date||Driver||Starting Position||Finishing Position||Driver Rating|
|Sunday, November 5, 2017||Danica Patrick||14||17||67.3|
|Sunday, April 9, 2017||Danica Patrick||19||24||59.5|
|Sunday, November 6, 2016||Danica Patrick||22||24||55.1|
|Monday, April 11, 2016||Danica Patrick||26||21||57.7|
|Sunday, November 8, 2015||Danica Patrick||11||16||69.6|
|Saturday, April 11, 2015||Danica Patrick||21||16||74.9|
|Sunday, November 2, 2014||Danica Patrick||27||36||42.4|
|Monday, April 7, 2014||Danica Patrick||24||27||53.2|
|Sunday, November 3, 2013||Danica Patrick||30||25||49.2|
|Saturday, April 13, 2013||Danica Patrick||42||28||42.9|
|Sunday, November 4, 2012||Danica Patrick||32||24||61.4|
|Date||Driver||Starting Position||Finishing Position|
|Monday, April 8, 2002||Shawna Robinson||16||36|
TRACK / EVENT STATS
- Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway was the April 4, 2004 race won by Elliott Sadler with a margin of victory of 0.028-second over second-place Kasey Kahne.
Top Five Closest Margin of Victories in the NASCAR Cup Series at Texas:
|Margin of Victory||Winner||Runner-Up||Date|
|0.028||Elliott Sadler||Kasey Kahne||Sunday, April 4, 2004|
|0.149||Austin Dillon||Tyler Reddick||Sunday, July 19, 2020|
|0.152||Denny Hamlin||Jimmie Johnson||Monday, April 19, 2010|
|0.272||Tony Stewart||Jimmie Johnson||Sunday, November 5, 2006|
|0.300||Kyle Busch||Kevin Harvick||Sunday, April 8, 2018|
- Six NASCAR Cup Series races at Texas have resulted with NASCAR Overtime:
|Sunday, November 4, 2018||334||337||3||Kevin Harvick||Ryan Blaney|
|Sunday, November 2, 2014||334||341||7||Jimmie Johnson||Kevin Harvick|
|Monday, April 7, 2014||334||340||6||Joey Logano||Jeff Gordon|
|Sunday, November 4, 2012||334||335||1||Jimmie Johnson||Brad Keselowski|
|Sunday, April 6, 2008||334||339||5||Carl Edwards||Jimmie Johnson|
|Sunday, November 5, 2006||334||339||5||Tony Stewart||Jimmie Johnson|
- Of the 40 NASCAR Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, only one has been shortened from its originally scheduled distance due to weather:
|Sunday, November 6, 2016||334||293||-41||Carl Edwards||Joey Logano|
- Weather has postponed the NASCAR Cup Series Texas race to another date three times:
|Scheduled Date||Actual Date||Race Winner|
|Sunday, October 25, 2020||Wednesday, October 28, 2020||Kyle Busch|
|Sunday, April 6, 2014||Monday, April 7, 2014||Joey Logano|
|Sunday, April 18, 2010||Monday, April 19, 2010||Denny Hamlin|
- Qualifying has been cancelled four times in the NASCAR Cup Series at Texas for the reasons indicated:
|Race Date||Driver That Started First||Reasons|
|Sunday, April 6, 1997||Dale Jarrett||Weather|
|Sunday, April 15, 2007||Jeff Gordon||Weather|
|Sunday, July 19, 2020||Aric Almirola||Pandemic|
|Wednesday, October 28, 2020||Kevin Harvick||Pandemic|
NASCAR IN TEXAS
- There have been 140 NASCAR national series races among four tracks in the state of Texas.
|Track Name||City||Cup||Xfinity||Truck||Combined||First Year|
|Texas Motor Speedway||Fort Worth||40||41||47||128||1995|
|Texas World Speedway||College Station||8||0||0||8||1969|
|Circuit of The Americas||Austin||1||1||1||3||2021|
- The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Texas was a NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas. The event was held on December 7, 1969 and it was won by Bobby Isaac (Dodge).
TEXANS IN NASCAR
- A total of 93 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Texas.
- A total of 10 different drivers from Texas have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series.
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Terry Labonte leads all Texas drivers with 34 NASCAR national series wins.
Winners from Texas:
|Bobby Hillin Jr||1||2||0||3|
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