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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500

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
10 Christopher Bell 2,164 1 0 5
11 Kurt Busch 2,163 1 3 8
12 Tyler Reddick 2,160 0 3 3
13 William Byron 2,133 1 3 14
14 Alex Bowman 2,131 3 0 15
15 Aric Almirola 2,117 1 0 5
16 Michael McDowell 2,087 1 0 5

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
1 Kyle Larson 13 0 0 3 4 4 19.8 83.8
2 Denny Hamlin 30 0 3 7 14 1 13.8 88.3
3 Martin Truex Jr 31 2 0 5 17 4 13.6 94.5
4 Ryan Blaney 12 1 0 3 6 3 17.2 93.6
5 Kyle Busch 30 1 4 14 17 0 11.0 103.3
6 Chase Elliott 10 0 0 2 5 0 12.0 88.9
7 Joey Logano 25 0 1 11 14 1 13.4 90.2
8 Brad Keselowski 25 1 0 5 10 2 16.9 85.9

* – 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

HISTORY

  • 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.

STARTS

  • 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:
Drivers Date
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.

Average Start:

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

POLES

  • 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.
Pole Winners Poles Season
Kurt Busch 3 2018, ’17, ’15
Kevin Harvick 2 2019, ’17
Martin Truex Jr 2 2012, ’07
Ryan Newman 2 2005 sweep
Ryan Blaney 1 2018
Austin Dillon 1 2016
Brad Keselowski 1 2015
Kyle Busch 1 2013
  • 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).

WINS

  • 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.
Race Winner Wins Seasons
Kyle Busch 4 2020, ’18, ’16, ’13
Denny Hamlin 3 2019, ’10 sweep
Kevin Harvick 3 2019, ’18, ’17
Austin Dillon 1 2020
Joey Logano 1 2014
Kurt Busch 1 2009
Ryan Newman 1 2003
  • 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 %
1 4 10.00% 10 1 2.50%
2 3 7.50% 15 1 2.50%
3 8 20.00% 16 1 2.50%
4 3 7.50% 19 1 2.50%
5 4 10.00% 21 1 2.50%
6 1 2.50% 24 1 2.50%
7 1 2.50% 29 1 2.50%
8 4 10.00% 30 2 5.00%
9 2 5.00% 31 1 2.50%
Stats Winning % Wins
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
Race Winners Wins
Roush Fenway Racing 9
Hendrick Motorsports 9
Joe Gibbs Racing 9
Team Penske 4
Stewart-Haas Racing 3
Robert Yates Racing 2
Richard Childress Racing 2
Dale Earnhardt Inc. 1
Evernham Motorsports 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 MotorsportsTerry 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

Runner-Up Finishes:

  • 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
Kyle Larson 1
  Ryan Blaney 1
Tyler Reddick 1

Top-Five Finishes:

  • 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

Top-10 Finishes:

  • 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
  Joey Logano 14

Average Finish:

  • 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

LAP LEADERS

  • 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%

FEMALE COMPETITORS

  • 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
Averages 24.4 23.5 57.6
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:
Date Scheduled Actual Overtime Winner Runner-Up
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:
Date Scheduled Actual Fewer Laps Winner Runner-Up
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
Meyer Speedway Houston 1 0 0 1 1971
Totals 50 42 48 140
  • 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:

Driver Cup Xfinity Truck Combined
Terry Labonte 22 11 1 34
Bobby Labonte 21 10 1 32
A.J. Foyt 7 0 0 7
Billy Wade 4 0 0 4
Chris Buescher 1 3 0 4
Bobby Hillin Jr 1 2 0 3
Johnny Rutherford 1 0 0 1
James Buescher 0 1 6 7
David Starr 0 0 4 4
Colin Braun 0 0 1 1
Totals 57 27 13 97

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