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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the AAA Texas 500

Top 10 Active Driver Ratings at Texas

Jimmie Johnson........................ 104.1
Matt Kenseth............................ 103.8
Kyle Busch............................... 101.9
Chase Elliott............................... 95.3
Kevin Harvick............................. 94.4
Martin Truex Jr........................... 94.2
Denny Hamlin............................. 89.7
Kurt Busch................................. 89.2
Erik Jones.................................. 89.2
Brad Keselowski......................... 88.4
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2018 races (27 total) among active drivers at Texas Motor Speedway.

History

· Construction on Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) 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 35 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one event from 1997 - 2004 and two races per year since 2005.

Starts

· A total of 160 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas; 129 in more than one.
· Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead the series in starts at Texas Motor Speedway with 31 each.
· Steve Park (five starts) leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Texas with an 8.0.
· Jimmie Johnson leads all active MENCS drivers in average starting position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 9.4; followed by Ryan Blaney with a 9.6.
· 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

· The inaugural Busch 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 Busch Pole Award winner in 1998 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 185.906 mph.
· A total of 24 different drivers have won Busch Pole Awards at Texas Motor Speedway, led by Kurt Busch with three poles.
· Three drivers have won consecutive Busch poles at Texas Motor Speedway: Bobby Labonte (2003 and 2004), Ryan Newman (2005 sweep) and Kurt Busch (2017 and 2018).
· Youngest Texas Busch Pole winner: Brian Vickers (11/05/2006 - 23 years, 0 months, 12 days).
· Oldest Texas Busch 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 Busch Pole Awards at Texas Motor Speedway.

Wins

· A total of 19 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Texas Motor Speedway.
· Jimmie Johnson leads the series in wins at Texas with seven victories (2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 sweep and 2017) in 30 starts - a winning percentage of 23.3%.
· Eight drivers have multiple wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (seven), Carl Edwards (four), Kyle Busch (three), Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth 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 seven.
· Youngest Texas winner: Joey Logano (04/07/2014 - 23 years, 10 months, 14 days).
· Oldest Texas winner: Dale Jarrett (04/01/2001 - 44 years, 4 months, 6 days).
· Three of the 35 (8.6%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the Busch Pole: Kasey Kahne (2006), Jimmie Johnson (2012) and Kyle Busch (2013).
· Six of the 35 (17.1%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the front row: three from first starting position and three from the second starting position.
· The third starting position is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Texas Motor Speedway, producing more wins than any other starting position with seven - most recently: Kevin Harvick's win in last season's Playoff race.
· 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.
· All 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 - Ryan Newman won in the fewest appearances of the nine - he won in his second appearance at TMS.
· Four of the nine active winning drivers made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Texas Motor Speedway: Kevin Harvick (29), Kyle Busch (15), Kurt Busch (13), and Joey Logano (11).
· Jamie McMurray 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; followed by Martin Truex Jr. (26) and Clint Bowyer (25).
· Four different manufacturers have won a MENCS race at Texas, led by Chevrolet and Ford (13 wins each); followed by Toyota (six) 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

· A total of 19 different drivers have finished runner-up in the Monster Energy Series at Texas Motor Speedway; led by Jimmie Johnson with five second-place finishes.
· A total of 42 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished in the top-five at Texas Motor Speedway; led by Jimmie Johnson with 15 top-five finishes.
· A total of 61 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished in the top-10 at Texas Motor Speedway; led by Jimmie Johnson with 21 top-10 finishes.
· Chase Elliott (five starts) leads the series in average finish at Texas with a 7.4.

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 Monster Energy Series races at Texas Motor Speedway that have resulted with NASCAR Overtime.
· Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions twice in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway; the inaugural event in 1997 and the spring race of 2007.
· The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas has been rain-shortened only once.
· Weather has postponed the Monster Energy Series Texas race to another date twice: Spring 2014 race (scheduled for 04/06 but was run on 04/07) Winner: Joey Logano. Spring 2010 race (scheduled for 04/18 but was run on 04/19) Winner: Denny Hamlin
· A total of 77 different drivers have led at least one lap at Texas Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy Series; led by Jimmie Johnson with 1,041 laps led in 30 starts.

Female Competitor Stats

· Two female drivers have made Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway: Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick

NASCAR in Texas

· There have been 117 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

· A total of 88 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.

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