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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the AAA Texas 500

Top 10 Active Driver Ratings at Texas

Jimmie Johnson........................ 107.3
Matt Kenseth............................ 103.6
Kyle Busch............................... 101.5
Chase Elliott............................... 98.3
Martin Truex Jr........................... 94.1
Dale Earnhardt Jr....................... 93.6
Kevin Harvick............................. 91.4
Denny Hamlin............................. 88.8
Brad Keselowski......................... 88.1
Kurt Busch................................. 87.8
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2017 races (25 total) among active drivers at Texas Motor Speedway.

History

· Construction on Texas Motor Speedway began in 1995.
· The first NASCAR national series race at TMS was a NASCAR XFINITY Series event on April 5, 1997 - won by Mark Martin.
· The first Monster Energy NASCAR 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 Monster Energy 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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race on November 6, 2005 - won by 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 33 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one event from 1997 - 2004 and two races per year since 2005.

Starts

· 155 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas; 125 in more than one.
· Jeff Gordon leads the series in starts at Texas Motor Speedway with 30.
· Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch lead all active drivers with 29 Texas starts each.
· Steve Park (five starts) leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Texas with an 8.000.
· Jimmie Johnson leads all active MENCS drivers in average starting position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 9.429.
· Six drivers have made their first Monster Energy NASCAR 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).

Poles

· Jeremy Mayfield was the first Coors Light pole winner (1998) at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 185.906 mph. The inaugural Coors Light pole qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway in 1997 was cancelled due to weather conditions.
· 24 drivers have won Coors Light poles at Texas, led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Carl Edwards 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).
· Youngest Texas Coors Light pole winner: Brian Vickers (11/05/2006 - 23 years, 0 months, 12 days).
· Oldest Texas Coors Light pole winner: Bill Elliott (4/08/2002 - 46 years, 6 months, 0 days).
· David Ragan (4/09/2011) and Martin Truex Jr. (11/04/2007) posted their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light poles at Texas Motor Speedway.

Wins

· 18 different MENCS drivers have won at Texas Motor Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with seven victories (2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 sweep and 2017).
· Eight drivers have multiple wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (seven), Carl Edwards (four), Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart each have two.
· Three Monster Energy 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).
· Roush Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports lead the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Texas Motor Speedway with nine each; followed by Joe Gibbs Racing with six.
· Youngest Texas winner: Joey Logano (03/30/2003 - 23 years, 10 months, 14 days).
· Oldest Texas winner: Dale Jarrett (04/01/2001 - 44 years, 4 months, 6 days).
· Three of the 33 (9.1%) Monster Energy NASCAR 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 33 (18.2%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the front row: three from the pole and three from second starting position.
· 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).
· 25 of the 33 (75.8%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
· Five of the 33 (15.1%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 - most recent was earlier this season.
· The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Texas Motor Speedway is 31st, by Matt Kenseth in 2002.
· Jeff Burton (4/06/1997) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (4/02/2000) won their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career race at Texas Motor Speedway.
· Eight of the nine active Monster Energy NASCAR 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; Ryan Newman won in his second appearance at TMS.
· Only two of the nine active winning drivers 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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 29.
· Four different manufacturers have won a MENCS race at Texas, led by Chevrolet (13 wins); followed by Ford (12) Toyota (five) and Dodge (three).
· One Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver has won at Texas Motor Speedway in two different manufacturers: Jeff Burton (1997 - Ford; 2007 - Chevrolet)

Additional Finishing Positions

· Jimmie Johnson leads the series in runner-up finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with five; followed by Matt Kenseth with four.
· Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-five finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 15; followed by Matt Kenseth (13) and Kyle Busch with 11.
· Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 21; followed by Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (18 each).
· Chase Elliott (three starts) leads the series in average finish at Texas with a 6.0.
· Three active drivers with more than one start at Texas have a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series average finish inside the top 10: Chase Elliott (6.0), Jimmie Johnson (8.1) and Matt Kenseth (9.6).

Track / Event Specific Stats

· Since the advent of electronic scoring, the closest margin of victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway is the (4/4/2004) race won by Elliott Sadler with a MOV of 0.028 over second-place Kasey Kahne.
· There have been five MENCS races at Texas Motor Speedway that have resulted with NASCAR Overtime.
· 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 MENCS race at Texas has been rain-shortened only once - in November 2016 when 293 of the 334 scheduled laps were completed.
· Weather has postponed the MENCS Texas race to another day twice - the spring 2014 race (scheduled for 04/06/2014 but was run on 04/07/2014) and the spring 2010 race (scheduled for 04/18/2010 but was run on 04/19/2010).
· Jimmie Johnson leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Texas Motor Speedway with 1,041 laps led in 28 starts.

Female Competitor Stats

· Two female drivers have made MENCS starts at Texas Motor Speedway: Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick

NASCAR in Texas

· There have been 114 NASCAR national series races among three tracks in the state of Texas.
· The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Texas was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held at Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas. The event was held on December 7, 1969 and it was won by Bobby Isaac (Dodge).

Texas Drivers in NASCAR

· 86 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Texas.
· 10 drivers from Texas have won at least one race in NASCAR's three national series.
· Seven of the 10 Texas native NASCAR national series winners have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series; led by Terry Labonte with 22 wins.

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