Statistically speaking: a look at Texas Motor Speedway


dc500_14Next up on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule is Sunday’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. It’s the seventh race of 36 points-paying races on the 2014 schedule. So far, six drivers have won in the first six races, a record for the Chase for the Sprint Cup era. Drivers who already have wins under their belts for this year include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch.

Two drivers lead the way among active drivers on the Texas Motor Speedway wins list with three apiece — Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson. Edwards already has a win this season, but reigning and six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Johnson is still looking for his first win of the year. Matt Kenseth, who finished second to Johnson for the Sprint Cup title in 2013, is the other multi-time winner at TMS with two trips to victory lane. Also worth noting, in regards to Kenseth — he leads the way in top-fives at Texas with 13. Johnson is second in that category with 10.

Here’s a look at how some of the top-drivers have fared at Texas Motor Speedway (stats provided by NASCAR Media Group):

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)
·         Two wins, eight top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 15.1
·         Average Running Position of 12.3, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 101.8, third-best
·         465 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         1,194 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.396 mph, third-fastest
·         4,457 Laps in the Top 15 (74.0%), fourth-most
·         Series-high 742 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green)

Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota)
·         Three top fives, nine top 10s
·         Average finish of 12.8
·         Average Running Position of 12.6, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 92.3, ninth-best
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.094 mph, eighth-fastest

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)
·         One win, three top fives, 12 top 10s
·         Average finish of 15.3
·         Driver Rating of 88.0, 12th-best
·         191 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
·         1,372 Green Flag Passes, third-most
·         578 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
·         One win, six top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 14.0
·         Average Running Position of 11.0, fourth-best
·         Driver Rating of 101.6, fourth-best
·         331 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.452 mph, second-fastest
·         4,158 Laps in the Top 15 (73.1%), sixth-most
·         597 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
·         One win, four top fives, 13 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 13.7
·         Average Running Position of 11.5, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 93.8, seventh-best
·         216 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·         1,343 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.134 mph, seventh-fastest
·         4,624 Laps in the Top 15 (76.8%), third-most
·         736 Quality Passes, second-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)
·         Three wins, six top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 15.6
·         Average Running Position of 12.3, sixth-best
·         Driver Rating of 97.5, sixth-best
·         358 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·         1,164 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.320 mph, fourth-fastest
·         4,425 Laps in the Top 15 (73.5%), fifth-most
·         703 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
·         One win, eight top fives, 11 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 17.8
·         Average Running Position of 14.5, 11th-best
·         Driver Rating of 90.6, 10th-best
·         307 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 172.965 mph, 11th-fastest
·         3,727 Laps in the Top 15 (61.9%), eighth-most
·         629 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
·         Two wins, five top fives, nine top 10s
·         Average finish of 10.7
·         Average Running Position of 12.7, ninth-best
·         Driver Rating of 93.3, eighth-best
·         167 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
·         1,301 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 172.998 mph, 10th-fastest
·         3,596 Laps in the Top 15 (67.2%), 12th-most
·         696 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
·         Three wins, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 8.7
·         Average Running Position of 10.3, second-best
·         Driver Rating of 106.4, second-best
·         Series-high 488 Fastest Laps Run
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.319 mph, fifth-fastest
·         4,660 Laps in the Top 15 (77.4%), second-most
·         681 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
·         Two wins, 13 top fives, 16 top 10s
·         Average finish of 8.3
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 9.0
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 107.2
·         350 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         1,360 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 173.482 mph
·         Series-high 4,827 Laps in the Top 15 (80.1%)
·         709 Quality Passes, third-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, six top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 13.1
·         Average Running Position of 10.8, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 99.1, fifth-best
·         344 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.180 mph, sixth-fastest
·         4,023 Laps in the Top 15 (70.7%), seventh-most
·         596 Quality Passes, 11th-most

Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet)
·         Two top fives, eight top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 15.0
·         Average Running Position of 13.7, 10th-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.1, 11th-best
·         1,164 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.017 mph, ninth-fastest
·         3,605 Laps in the Top 15 (63.4%), 11th-most

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Texas
Matt Kenseth……………………….. 107.2
Jimmie Johnson…………………… 106.4
Greg Biffle………………………….. 101.8
Kyle Busch…………………………. 101.6
Tony Stewart…………………………. 99.1
Carl Edwards………………………… 97.5
Dale Earnhardt Jr…………………… 93.8
Denny Hamlin……………………….. 93.3
Clint Bowyer…………………………. 92.3
Jeff Gordon………………………….. 90.6
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (18 total) among active drivers at Texas Motor Speedway.

Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Coors Light Pole winner:
Kyle Busch, Toyota
196.299 mph, 27.509 secs. 04-12-13

2013 race winner:
Kyle Busch, Toyota
144.751 mph, (03:27:40), 04-13-13

Track qualifying record:
Kyle Busch, Toyota
196.299 mph, 27.509 secs. 04-12-13

Track race record:
Greg Biffle, Ford
160.577 mph, (3:07:12), 11-14-12

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