FORT WORTH, TEXAS - OCTOBER 17: A general view of the start of the NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on October 17, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images
FORT WORTH, TEXAS - OCTOBER 17: A general view of the start of the NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on October 17, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Statistical Advance: Analyzing the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400

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 400 on Sunday, September 24 at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Fast Facts: Race #4 (Texas Motor Speedway)

  • The 2023 season marks the second-time the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 12 has opened at Texas Motor Speedway (Race No. 30 of the season).
  •      Texas Motor Speedway is the seventh different track to host the fourth race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs; joining Kansas Speedway (2004, 2005, 2011, 2013, 2014), Talladega Superspeedway (2006, 2007, 2008, 2012), Auto Club Speedway (2009, 2010), Charlotte Motor Speedway (2015, 2016, 2017), Dover Motor Speedway (2018, 2019) and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (2020, 2021).
  • The inception of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs 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 (2005-2022).
  • Texas Motor Speedway has occupied three spots on the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs schedule:
    • From 2005 – 2020, Texas Motor Speedway hosted the eighth race in the Playoffs (Race No. 34).
    • n 2021, Texas Motor Speedway hosted the seventh race in the Playoffs (Race No. 33).
    • Since 2022, Texas Motor Speedway has hosted the fourth race in the Playoffs (Race No. 30).
  • A total of 15 different drivers have won the fourth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs., led by Jimmie Johnson with three postseason victories (2009, 2011, 2016). Joey Logano leads all active drivers with two wins (2014, 2015).
  • Four of the 15 drivers that have won the fourth Playoff race in the NASCAR Cup Series are active in the postseason this weekend – Denny Hamlin (2021), Kyle Larson (2019), Martin Truex Jr. (2017) and Tyler Reddick (2022).
Fourth Race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs – Race Winners
Track Playoff Race Winners Date
Texas Tyler Reddick Sunday, September 25, 2022
Las Vegas Denny Hamlin Sunday, September 26, 2021
Las Vegas Kurt Busch Sunday, September 27, 2020
Dover Kyle Larson Sunday, October 6, 2019
Dover Chase Elliott Sunday, October 7, 2018
Charlotte Martin Truex Jr Sunday, October 8, 2017
Charlotte Jimmie Johnson Sunday, October 9, 2016
Charlotte Joey Logano Sunday, October 11, 2015
Kansas Joey Logano Sunday, October 5, 2014
Kansas Kevin Harvick Sunday, October 6, 2013
Talladega Matt Kenseth Sunday, October 7, 2012
Kansas Jimmie Johnson Sunday, October 9, 2011
Auto Club Tony Stewart Sunday, October 10, 2010
Auto Club Jimmie Johnson Sunday, October 11, 2009
Talladega Tony Stewart Sunday, October 5, 2008
Talladega Jeff Gordon Sunday, October 7, 2007
Talladega Brian Vickers Sunday, October 8, 2006
Kansas Mark Martin Sunday, October 9, 2005
Kansas Joe Nemechek Sunday, October 10, 2004
  • A total of 10 different drivers have won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff races at Texas Motor Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with five postseason victories (2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) at the 1.5-mile track. Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers with three Texas Playoff wins (2017-2019).
Texas Motor Speedway Playoffs 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
Texas Kyle Larson Sunday, October 17, 2021
Texas Tyler Reddick Sunday, September 25, 2022
  • Three times the winner of the fourth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs has gone on to win the title in the same season: 2009, 2016 and 2017.
    • In 2009, Jimmie Johnson won the fourth race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at Auto Club Speedway and went on to win his fourth-straight series title in the same season. The victory was his second of four wins during his postseason run that season.
    • In 2016, Jimmie Johnson won at Charlotte Motor Speedway (oval) and went on to win his record tying seventh NASCAR Cup Series title that same season. The win was Johnson’s first of three that postseason.
    • In 2017, Martin Truex Jr. won at Charlotte Motor Speedway and went on to win the series title the same season. It was his first of three wins that postseason.
  • 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).
    •   In 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.
  • Three times a non-Playoff driver has won the fourth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs: 2004, 2006, 2022.
    • In 2004, Joe Nemechek won the fourth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at Kansas Speedway, he was ranked 21st in the point standings at the time of the victory.
    • In 2006, Brian Vickers won the fourth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at Talladega Superspeedway, he was ranked 16th in points at the time of the victory.
    • In 2022, Tyler Reddick won the fourth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at Texas Motor Speedway. Reddick had qualified for the postseason but was eliminated from the Playoffs in the Round of 16, he was ranked 13th in points at the time of the victory.
  • Four times a non-Playoff driver has won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race at Texas Motor Speedway: 2006, 2014, 2015, 2022.
    • 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 ranked 11th in points at the time of his Texas Playoff 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 at Texas. Johnson had made the Playoffs in 2015, but was eliminated in the Round of 16.
    • In 2022, Tyler Reddick was 13th in points at the time of the victory at Texas. Reddick had made the Playoffs in 2022, but was eliminated in the Round of 16.
  • The worst finish by a driver in the fourth NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race that later went on to win the title that same season was a 24th-place finish by Jimmie Johnson in 2006 at Talladega Superspeedway.
    • The worst finish by the eventual champion in the fourth race of the Playoffs at Kansas Speedway was 15th by Tony Stewart in 2011.
    • The worst finish by the eventual champion in the fourth race of the Playoffs at Talladega Superspeedway was 24th by Jimmie Johnson in 2006.
    • The worst finish by the eventual champion in the fourth race of the Playoffs at Auto Club Speedway was third by Jimmie Johnson in 2010.
    • The worst finish by the eventual champion in the fourth race of the Playoffs at Charlotte Motor Speedway was 20th by Kyle Busch in 2015.
    • The worst finish by the eventual champion in the fourth race of the Playoffs at Dover Motor Speedway was sixth by Kyle Busch in 2019.
    • The worst finish by the eventual champion in the fourth race of the Playoffs at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was 22nd by Chase Elliott in 2020.
  • The worst finish by a driver in the NASCAR Cup Series Texas Motor Speedway Playoff race that later went on to win the title that same season was a 38th-place finish by Jimmie Johnson in 2009.
  • Last season, Joey Logano finished runner-up in the fourth race of the Playoffs at Texas Motor Speedway and went on to win the title later that year.

Texas Motor Speedway Stats & Tidbits

TRACK SPECIFICS
Season Race #: 30 of 36 (10-25-22)
The Purse: $8,455,617
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

QUALIFYING DATA

Track Qualifying Record:
Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, 200.915 mph, 26.877 secs., November 3, 2017

2022 Playoff Pole Winner:
Brad Keselowski, RFK Racing Ford, 188.990 mph, 28.573 secs., September 24, 2022

RACE DATA

Track Race Record:
Greg Biffle, RFK Racing Ford, 160.577 mph, (3:07:12), November 14, 2012

2022 Playoff Race Winner:
Tyler Reddick, Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, 114.784 mph, (4:21:53), September 25, 2022

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. The first Xfinity Series race at Texas was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin driving an RFK Racing Ford (122.993 mph).
  • 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 RFK Racing Ford (125.111 mph).
  • Texas Motor Speedway underwent a repave between the 2001 and 2002 NASCAR Cup Series seasons.
  • In 2011, the spring NASCAR Cup Series race was moved from Sunday to Saturday night under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway. The 2017 season marked the first year 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 RFK Racing driver Carl Edwards (151.055 mph)
  • Texas Motor Speedway underwent its second repave between the 2016 and 2017 NASCAR Cup Series 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).
  • The 2021 season marked the first time the track hosted the NASCAR All-Star Race instead of the points-paying spring event. Texas Motor Speedway hosted the NASCAR All-Star Race for in 2021 and in 2022.
  • There have been 42 NASCAR Cup Series points-paying races at Texas Motor Speedway, one event from 1997 – 2004 and two races per year from 2005-2020. In 2021 and 2022, the track hosted the NASCAR All-Star Race and one points-paying Playoff race. In 2023, the NASCAR Cup Series will only compete at Texas Motor Speedway once.

STARTS

  • A total of 184 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway; a 147 drivers have competed in more than one Cup race at Texas.
  • Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Texas Motor Speedway with 38 appearances.
  • Seven drivers have made their first NASCAR Cup Series career start at Texas Motor Speedway; the most recent was John Hunter Nemechek in 2019.

First-Time Starters in the NASCAR Cup Series 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
  • Of the seven drivers that made their first career NASCAR Cup Series start at Texas Motor Speedway, Trevor Bayne posted the best finish in his series debut, with a 17th-place finish on November 7, 2010.
  • Steve Park leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 8.0 in five starts.
  • Ryan Blaney (13 starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 9.0; followed by Joey Logano with a 11.6 in 27 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 14
2 Ryan Blaney 9.000 14 2 Joey Logano 11.630 27
3 Kenny Irwin Jr 10.667 3 3 Denny Hamlin 12.750 32
4 Jimmie Johnson 10.714 35 4 Chase Elliott 13.250 12
5 Daniel Hemric 11.500 2 5 William Byron 13.250 8
6 Joey Logano 11.630 27 6 Brad Keselowski 13.556 27
7 Daniel Suarez 11.667 6 7 Kyle Busch 13.594 32
8 Jeff Gordon 12.033 30 8 Tyler Reddick 14.000 4
9 Carl Edwards 12.333 24 9 Martin Truex Jr 14.121 33
10 Denny Hamlin 12.750 32 10 Kyle Larson 15.067 15

POLES

  • A total of 25 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won the pole at Texas Motor Speedway; 11 of the 25 drivers have won multiple poles at the 1.5-mile speedway.
  • Six of the 25 NASCAR Cup Series Texas Motor Speedway pole winners are active this weekend.
Active Texas Pole Winners (6) Poles Season
Brad Keselowski 2 2022, ’15
Kevin Harvick 2 2019, ’17
Martin Truex Jr 2 2012, ’07
Ryan Blaney 1 2018
Austin Dillon 1 2016
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).
  • Brad Keselowski (2015, 2022), Kevin Harvick (2017, 2019) and Martin Truex Jr. (2007, 2012) lead all active drivers in NASCAR Cup Series poles at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • The inaugural Pole Qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway in 1997 was cancelled due to weather conditions – NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett started the race from the first starting position. He finished the race runner-up.
  • Jeremy Mayfield was the first NASCAR Cup Series pole winner at Texas Motor Speedway in 1998 with a speed of 185.906 mph, driving the Team Penske No. 12 Ford.
  • 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 Cup Series pole winner: Brian Vickers (Nov. 5, 2006 – 23 years, 0 months, 12 days).
  • Oldest Texas Cup 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 career NASCAR Cup Series pole at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart-Haas Racing are tied for the NASCAR Cup Series most poles at Texas Motor Speedway with seven each:
    • Hendrick Motorsports (seven poles among five drivers) – Terry Labonte (2000), Brian Vickers (2006), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2008), Jeff Gordon (2008, 2009), Jimmie Johnson (2012, 2019).
    • Stewart-Haas Racing (seven poles among three drivers) – Tony Stewart (2010, 2014), Kurt Busch (2015, 2017, 2018), Kevin Harvick (2017, 2019).
  • Four different manufacturers have won a NASCAR Cup Series pole at Texas Motor Speedway; led by Chevrolet (15 poles), and followed by Ford (13), Toyota (five) and Dodge (four).

WINS

  • A total of 22 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Texas Motor Speedway, and nine of the 22 have won multiple times at the 1.5-mile track.
  • Seven of the 22 NASCAR Cup Series Texas Motor Speedway race winners are active this weekend.
Active Texas Race Winners (7) Wins Seasons
Kyle Busch 4 2020, ’18, ’16, ’13
Denny Hamlin 3 2019, ’10 sweep
Kevin Harvick 3 2019, ’18, ’17
Tyler Reddick 1 2022
Kyle Larson 1 2021
Austin Dillon 1 2020
Joey Logano 1 2014
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Texas Motor Speedway with seven victories (2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 sweep and 2017) in 35 starts.
  • Kyle Busch leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in wins at Texas Motor Speedway with four victories (2013, 2016, 2018, 2020).
  • 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 Cup Series Texas winner: Joey Logano (April 7, 2014 – 23 years, 10 months, 14 days).
  • Oldest Cup Series 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 career NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • 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) Kyle Larson (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 33 starts; followed by Brad Keselowski (27 starts) and Michael McDowell (24 starts).
  • A total of 18 different starting positions on the grid have led to victories in the NASCAR Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • The third starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series, producing more wins (eight) than any other starting position (19.05%) – most recently: Kevin Harvick’s win in the 2018 Playoff race.
  • Five of the 42 NASCAR Cup Series races (11.9%) at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the pole or first starting position: Kasey Kahne (2006), Jimmie Johnson (2012), Kyle Busch (2013), Kevin Harvick (2019) and Kyle Larson (2021).
  • Eight of the 42 NASCAR Cup Series races (19.05%) at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the front row: five from first starting position and three from the second starting position.

NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Texas Motor Speedway

Starting Position Wins Winning % Starting Position Wins Winning %
1 5 11.90% 10 1 2.38%
2 3 7.14% 15 1 2.38%
3 8 19.05% 16 1 2.38%
4 4 9.52% 19 1 2.38%
5 4 9.52% 21 1 2.38%
6 1 2.38% 24 1 2.38%
7 1 2.38% 29 1 2.38%
8 4 9.52% 30 2 4.76%
9 2 4.76% 31 1 2.38%
Stats Winning % Wins
Winning from the First Starting Position: 11.90% 5
Winning from the Front Row: 19.05% 8
Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position: 57.14% 24
Winning After Starting Inside the Top 10: 78.57% 33
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20: 14.29% 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)
  • A total of nine different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway.
Organizations Wins Seasons
Hendrick Motorsports 10 2021, ’17, ’15 sweep, ’14, ’13, ’12, ’09, ’07, 1999
Joe Gibbs Racing 9 2020, ’19, ’18, ’16 sweep, ’13, ’10 sweep, ’06
RFK Racing 9 2012, ’11, ’08 sweep, ’05 sweep, ’02, 1998, ’97
Stewart-Haas Racing 4 2019, ’18, ’17, ’11
Team Penske 3 2014, ’09, ’03
Richard Childress Racing 3 2022, ’20, ’07
Robert Yates Racing 2 2004, ’01
Dale Earnhardt Inc. 1 2000
Evernham Motorsports 1 2006
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Texas Motor Speedway with 10 victories among four drivers: Terry Labonte (Spring 1999), Jeff Gordon (Spring 2009), Jimmie Johnson (Playoffs 2007, Playoffs 2012, Playoffs 2013, Playoffs 2014, Spring 2015, Playoffs 2015, Spring 2017) and Kyle Larson (2021).
  • Four different manufacturers have won a NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, led by Chevrolet with 16 wins; followed by Ford (15), Toyota (eight) and Dodge (three).

 

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS

Runner-Up Finishes:

  • A total of 23 different drivers have finished runner-up in the NASCAR Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • 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 finishes 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   Joey Logano 2
Kevin Harvick 3 5 Aric Almirola 1
Martin Truex Jr 3   Denny Hamlin 1
  Kyle Larson 1
  Ryan Blaney 1
  Tyler Reddick 1
  William Byron 1

Top-Five Finishes:

  • A total of 51 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 NASCAR Cup 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 13
3 Matt Kenseth 14 3 Joey Logano 12
4 Kevin Harvick 13 4 Denny Hamlin 7
5 Joey Logano 12 5 Brad Keselowski 6

Top-10 Finishes:

  • A total of 70 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-10 at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 24 top 10s.

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 24 1 Kevin Harvick 24
2 Kurt Busch 23 2 Kyle Busch 18
3 Jimmie Johnson 22 3 Martin Truex Jr 17
4 Matt Kenseth 19 4 Denny Hamlin 15
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr 18 Joey Logano 15
Kyle Busch 18  

Average Finish:

  • Tyler Reddick (four starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 6.750.

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 6.750 4 1 Tyler Reddick 6.750 4
2 Chase Briscoe 10.000 2 2 Chase Briscoe 10.000 2
3 Steve Grissom 10.000 2 3 Erik Jones 10.091 11
4 Erik Jones 10.091 11 4 Kevin Harvick 10.474 38
5 Kevin Harvick 10.474 38 5 Kyle Busch 11.656 32
6 Matt Kenseth 10.656 32 6 Chase Elliott 13.250 12
7 Jimmie Johnson 11.571 35 7 William Byron 13.500 8
8 Kyle Busch 11.656 32 8 Joey Logano 13.593 27
9 Rusty Wallace 13.100 10 9 Denny Hamlin 13.594 32
10 Chase Elliott 13.250 12 10 Martin Truex Jr 14.515 33

LAP LEADERS

  • A total of 89 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 laps led.
  • Kyle Busch (32 starts), second-most all-time, leads all active series drivers in laps led at Texas Motor Speedway with 1,069 laps led.
  • 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, the final lap of the scheduled 334 by Jeff Burton on April 15, 2007 – he started second and won.

Top 15 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 1,069 10,301 10.4%
2 Kyle Busch 1,069 10,301 10.4% 2 Kevin Harvick 691 12,351 5.6%
3 Matt Kenseth 883 10,344 8.5% 3 Martin Truex Jr 689 10,380 6.6%
4 Tony Stewart 801 8,943 9.0% 4 Brad Keselowski 685 8,396 8.2%
5 Greg Biffle 733 8,262 8.9% 5 Joey Logano 480 8,793 5.5%
6 Carl Edwards 691 7,594 9.1% 6 Ryan Blaney 432 3,954 10.9%
7 Jeff Gordon 691 8,998 7.7% 7 Kyle Larson 349 4,505 7.7%
8 Kevin Harvick 691 12,351 5.6% 8 Denny Hamlin 292 10,460 2.8%
9 Martin Truex Jr 689 10,380 6.6% 9 William Byron 121 2,592 4.7%
10 Brad Keselowski 685 8,396 8.2% 10 Erik Jones 113 3,675 3.1%
11 Joey Logano 480 8,793 5.5% 11 Aric Almirola 101 7,147 1.4%
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr 451 9,486 4.8% 12 Chase Elliott 88 3,796 2.3%
13 Ryan Blaney 432 3,954 10.9% 13 Tyler Reddick 75 1,336 5.6%
14 Dale Jarrett 407 4,502 9.0% 14 Alex Bowman 57 3,755 1.5%
15 Kyle Larson 349 4,505 7.7% 15 Austin Dillon 37 5,900 0.6%

FEMALE COMPETITORS

  • Two female drivers have made 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 42 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 five 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
Sunday, October 17, 2021 Kyle Larson Pandemic

NASCAR IN TEXAS

  • There have been 153 NASCAR national series races among four tracks in the state of Texas.
NASCAR Tracks in Texas City Cup XFINITY Truck Combined First Year
Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth 42 44 49 135 1995
Circuit of The Americas Austin 3 3 3 9 2021
Texas World Speedway College Station 8 0 0 8 1969
Meyer Speedway Houston 1 0 0 1 1971
Totals 54 47 52 153
  • 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 97 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:

Race Winners From Texas Cup Xfinity Truck Combined
Terry Labonte 22 11 1 34
Bobby Labonte 21 10 1 32
A.J. Foyt 7 0 0 7
Chris Buescher 5 3 0 8
Billy Wade 4 0 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 61 27 13 101

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