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AAA Texas 500
Texas Motor Speedway
Sun, Nov 2, 2014
3:15pm EDT - ESPN

Race Data

Chase #: 8 of 10
Race #: 34 of 36
Event: AAA Texas 500
Location: Ft. Worth, Tx
Track Size: 1.5 Miles
Track Type: Tri-Oval
Total Laps: 334
Total Miles: 501
2014-1 Winner: Joey Logano
Pit Speed: 55 mph

Previous Winners

3- Carl Edwards 05/08/08
3- Jimmie Johnson 07/12/13
2- Jeff Burton 97/07
2- Denny Hamlin 10/10
2- Matt Kenseth 02/11
2- Tony Stewart 06/11
2- Greg Biffle 05/12
1- Mark Martin 98
1- Dale Earnhardt Jr 00
1- Ryan Newman 03
1- Kasey Kahne 06
1- Jeff Gordon 09
1- Kurt Busch 09
1- Kyle Busch 13
1- Joey Logano 14

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New logo revealed for upcoming Xfinity Series

A little over a month after Comcast's XFINITY brand announced it would take over sponsorship of what's currently known as the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the new logo for the soon-to-be renamed division has been released.

Nationwide Insurance's shade of blue has been swapped for XFINITY's red in the new logo, which goes along with the oval-shaped marks of its fellow NASCAR national series, Sprint Cup and the Camping World Truck Series.

In a statement, NASCAR said the logo was being provided in advance "solely for the purpose of allowing teams and tracks to prepare for integration of NASCAR XFINITY Series marks for the 2015 season (i.e. uniform production, paint scheme design, promotional materials, etc.)."

XFINITY will officially become title sponsor of the NNS on January 1, 2015, beginning a 10-year-run that will match the longest single series entitlement sponsorship deal in NASCAR history.

With the emergence of the new logo, several series drivers have tweeted their excitement over XFINITY's sponsorship this morning, including current points leader Chase Elliott.

NBC Sports Group, which is owned by Comcast, will begin broadcasting the XFINITY Series as well as the top-level Sprint Cup Series starting next summer.

That deal, which also runs for 10 years, will have NBCSN and NBC-TV broadcasting 19 XFINITY Series events annually. For more on the 2015 broadcast schedule, head over here.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes - 2014 Texas-2

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Déjà 2: Keselowski Must Win At Texas or Phoenix

Less than two weeks ago, Brad Keselowski was the talk of the NASCAR world after he pulled out an improbable victory in a "win or go home" situation at Talladega that propelled him into the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Going into Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (3 p.m. ET on ESPN), Keselowski finds himself in a similar predicament. After finishing 31st in the opening Eliminator Round race at Martinsville, the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford driver is 26 points behind the Chase cutoff line and essentially needs to win one of the next two races at Texas or Phoenix to move on to the Championship final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Fortunately for Keselowski, winning hasn't been a problem for him this season. The 30-year-old Michigan native leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with six victories and has captured a checkered flag in each of the first two rounds of the pressure-packed Chase.

Unfortunately, winning at Texas and Phoenix has been a problem for Keselowski in his career. In a combined 22 starts at the two tracks, Keselowski has yet to collect a victory.

Recent success at the pair of courses suggests Keselowski is on the verge of breaking through for his first win at either of them. In his last four starts at Texas, Keselowski claims three top-10 finishes, including a runner-up showing in the fall of his 2012 championship season. While Keselowski struggled in his first five career starts at Phoenix with no showing better than 15th, he has placed sixth or better in his last five races at the Arizona track, including a third-place result from the pole this spring.

Keselowski feels confident in his ability to pull off a victory, especially after coming through in the clutch at Talladega.

"Yeah, it's still tough to do," Keselowski said. "It's not like we're just gonna go and guarantee a win at Texas and Phoenix, but it's also not impossible, and we've got the team . to pull it off."

 

Edwards Looks To Rediscover Lone Star State Success; Harvick Needs Fort Worth Fortune

Carl Edwards was pretty bummed out after the first Eliminator Round race at Martinsville.

The No. 99 Ford driver finished 20th, falling 15 points behind the cutoff in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings.  He now finds himself needing to win one of the next two races to qualify for the four-driver Championship race at Homestead.

"It's not what we wanted," Edwards said post-race. "We'll go to Texas and go for the win.  We'll go to Phoenix and go for the win there and that's all we can do."

No stranger to winning at Texas, Edwards ranks tied with Jimmie Johnson on its all-time victories list with three.

His problem? He hasn't won at the Fort Worth track in 11 races.

Edwards will attempt to rediscover his winning ways at Texas Motor Speedway in Sunday's AAA 500 (3 p.m. ET on ESPN). Despite his victory drought, he claims three top-three finishes in his last eight starts at the 1.5-mile track. Edwards has also sported a fast car there. He has started in the top 10 in seven of his last eight Texas races, including from the pole in last year's fall event.

Needing a win as bad as Edwards is Kevin Harvick.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver finished 33rd at Martinsville after he wrecked and was forced to the garage for a period of time. Harvick now finds himself 28 points behind the cutoff in the Chase standings.

His outlook for the next two races includes good and bad news.

The bad news: In 23 starts, Harvick has never won at Texas.

The good news: Harvick's final opportunity to win to advance is at Phoenix - a track where he boasts a career-high five victories and has taken the checkered flag in three of the last four races.

Harvick's start this weekend will be the 500th of his career. He will be the 36th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to reach the milestone.

 

Pack Tight At Top Of Chase Standings

A mere seven points separate Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup leader Jeff Gordon and fifth-place Denny Hamlin, with three others - Ryan Newman  (-3), Joey Logano (-4) and Matt Kenseth (-5) - sandwiched in between.

The five will attempt to distance themselves from the pack in Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (3 p.m. ET on ESPN).

Here is the outlook for the drivers:

Jeff Gordon - The No. 24 Chevrolet driver finished second at Ft. Worth in the spring after coming home 38th in both 2013 races there. He claims one victory (2009), nine top fives and 12 top 10s in 27 starts at the 1.5-mile track.

Ryan Newman - Newman will attempt to extend his streak of top-10 finishes to five in this weekend's race in the Lone Star State. His "lone" victory at Texas came over a decade ago in 2003.

Joey Logano - Arguably the story of the NASCAR's playoffs, Logano will be going for his eighth top-five finish in nine Chase starts on Sunday. Also at stake is a sweep. The 24-year-old won the April race at Texas, and has already surpassed his career-highs in wins (five), top fives (15), top 10s (21) and laps led (976).

Matt Kenseth - Kenseth boasts the most top-five (13) and top-10 (17) finishes all-time at Texas. He also claims two victories at the 1.5 mile track - his last coming in spring of 2011.

Denny Hamlin - In 17 Texas starts, Hamlin has posted two victories, five top fives and nine top 10s. Since sweeping at Fort Worth in 2010, the No. 11 FedEx driver has only one top-10 finish in six races.

 

Earnhardt Jr. Can Play Spoiler Again At Texas; Larson Looms

One week after getting bounced from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the checkered flag at Martinsville to become the first non-championship-qualifying driver to win a race in NASCAR's playoffs this season.

The victory marked his first Martinsville triumph in 30 starts, and his first win during the Chase since November of 2004 at Phoenix. Earnhardt's four first-place finishes this season are his most since 2004.

Despite winning one week too late, the victory was an emotional one for Earnhardt, who plans on racing for trophies the rest of the season.

"We love winning races," Earnhardt said. "Winning races is the best thing. I'm trying to get trophies. I've wanted that grandfather clock ever since I was a little boy and I got it."

The No. 88 Chevrolet driver will attempt to play spoiler again in Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (3 p.m. ET on ESPN). In 24 Lone Star State starts, Earnhardt has tallied one win, four top fives and 13 top 10s. In last fall's Texas race, he finished second. His first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win came at Texas in 2000.

NASCAR's 11-time most popular driver will pilot chassis No. 88-810 on Sunday, the same one he took to Victory Lane in both Pocono races and led with at Kansas before he hit the fence.

Another prime candidate to steal a victory from the Chase contenders is Sunoco Rookie of the Year front-runner Kyle Larson. He finished fifth at Texas in the spring and has posted six top-10 showings in his last nine starts. The 22-year-old is still hunting for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win.

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Etc.

Milestone Watch: As previously mentioned, Kevin Harvick will make NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start No. 500 on Sunday at Texas. . With another top-10 finish, both Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman can reach career top 10 No. 200. . Hendrick Motorsports is still aiming for its 200th Coors Light Pole. The organization has six poles at Texas Motor Speedway, the last coming in 2012 -by Jimmie Johnson, who also won the race.

 

3's A Magic Number: Dillon, Scott And Sadler Still In Close Battle For Third               

Rolling into Texas with just three races remaining in the season, three drivers in the standings' top five are battling for third-place, separated by a mere three points. 

Richard Childress Racing's Brian Scott, currently third in the standings, is just two points ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing's Elliott Sadler in fourth. Scott's RCR teammate, Ty Dillon, resides in fifth just one point back from Sadler as the season shines up its boots for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend (on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. ET).

The series is coming off a two-week layoff - but that's after a stretch of 19 consecutive race weekends. During that span, Brian Scott had the second-best average finish (8.6) behind points leader Chase Elliott (7.0). Scott has posted six top fives and 20 top 10s this season - a series career best. His season-to-date driver rating of 101.4 and average running position of 7.4 are both second-best among series championship contenders. Scott has made nine starts at Texas posting two top 10s.

Elliott Sadler, in fourth, is closing just two points back from third-place Brian Scott. Sadler has posted one win (Talladega), six top fives, 22 top 10s and an average finish of 9.7 this season. He moved to fourth in the standings following his ninth-place finish at Charlotte a few weeks ago.  Sadler has made 13 starts at Texas posting three top fives, seven top 10s and two poles.

Ty Dillon's streak of seven consecutive top-10 finishes ended at Charlotte when he was caught in a multi-car accident relegating him to a 30th-place finish and his first DNF of the season. The uncharacteristic finish dropped Dillon from third to fifth in the standings, ultimately extinguishing his championship hopes.  Despite the recent misfortune, Dillon's rookie season has been quite impressive. In 30 starts, he has posted one win (Indianapolis), six top fives, 22 top 10s and an average finish of 9.6. Dillon has made two starts at Texas, recording one top 10 and an average finish of 10.5.

With so few points separating the three drivers, their performances at the final three races will be pivotal to their success. Ty Dillon (11.5) has the best combined average finish at Texas, Phoenix and Homestead; followed by Sadler (14.7) and then Scott (16.3).

 

NASCAR Nationwide Series Points Leader Chase Elliott Comes Full Circle

Back in April under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway, Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Chase Elliott strapped into the JR Motorsport's No. 9 Chevrolet and memorably drove to his first of three victories this season. Elliott's Texas triumph brought the spoils of the driver standings lead that evening, and as the series returns to Texas, the rookie still sits at the point on the cusp of a possible championship. 

Elliott has the opportunity to become the first Sunoco Rookie to sweep Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Elliott's first win at Texas was in dominant fashion. He started sixth and raced his way to the lead, amassing a race-high 47 laps led. But it was Elliott's ability to be fastest on the final restart that brought him his first win. Elliott's NASCAR Loop Data backs his final restart success; it has him leading the series in Fastest on Restarts (169.917 mph) and Fastest Early in the Run (178.343 mph). He also leads the series in Average Running Position at Texas with a 3.760.

Elliott has posted three wins (Texas-1, Darlington and Chicago-1), 14 top fives, 24 top 10s and an average finish of 8.0 in 30 starts this season.

 

Busch, Harvick Have A Texas-Sized Showdown Saturday

The adage holds true, 'everything is bigger in Texas' and this weekend two of the winningest drivers to ever smash the gas in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Texas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch (series-most six Texas wins) and Kevin Harvick (second-most, five Texas wins), are set for a showdown in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at 3:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2.   

Busch holds several records in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, most notably leading the series in wins at seven different tracks (30.4% of the tracks on the schedule), including Texas Motor Speedway. Busch rallied off a record-tying five consecutive wins at Texas from the spring of 2008 to the spring of 2010. He since has added to his total wins at TMS by winning in the spring of 2013. A majority of the stats point to Busch as the favorite this weekend, his pre-race Loop Data has him leading the series in the following categories among drivers with multiple starts: Driver Rating (124.4), Average Running Position (6.923), Laps Led (1,234 laps, 38.4%) and Laps in the Top 15 (2,753 laps, 85.7%). Busch finished runner-up to Chase Elliott at Texas earlier this season after starting in the rear due to penalty.

While Busch is formidable at Texas, Harvick has been the man to beat when he straps into JR Motorsport's No. 5 Chevrolet this season. In 14 starts this season he has posted four wins and an average finish of 3.0. In Harvick's career at Texas he has posted five wins; clutching his TMS trophy first back in 2001 when the series visited the Lone Star State just once a year. His remaining four wins all came during the fall events (2005, '06, '07 and '12) when Texas became a two-stop destination on the series schedule in 2005. Harvick finished fourth at Texas earlier this spring.  

 

NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.

Four Texas Natives Come Home: Cousins Chris and James Buescher both hail from the state of Texas and both will be competing this weekend in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Sunoco Rookie candidate and Roush Fenway Racing driver Chris Buescher is from Prosper, Texas about 42 miles from TMS. While 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and RAB Racing driver James Buescher calls Plano, Texas his hometown. Plano is 43 miles from TMS. El Paso, Texas native Jamie Dick will also attempt to qualify this weekend at TMS in the No. 55 Chevrolet. El Paso is 623 miles from Texas Motor Speedway. Last but not least, veteran David Starr from Houston, Texas (275 miles from TMS) will be in the No. 44 Toyota for car owner Mark Smith this weekend.  

 

Three Drivers, Three Races To Go In Title Hunt

It's crunch time for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship contenders, with three races left in the 2014 season. The title hunt has turned into a three-horse battle between Matt Crafton, Ryan Blaney and Darrell Wallace Jr.

Defending champion and current points leader Crafton has experience on his side, with success at the trio of tracks - Texas, Phoenix and Homestead. Crafton claims one win at Texas and top-10 finishes in his last six races there. He boasts nine top-10 finishes in 13 starts at Phoenix and five top-10 results in 13 races at Homestead.

Although Blaney (-18 points behind Crafton) and Wallace (-22) have limited starts at the remaining tracks, consistency will be a major factor in gaining ground on Crafton as the two drivers are riding the momentum of consecutive top-10 finishes in the last four races.

Blaney has logged an average finish of 6.5 in the past four races. In eight races combined at the final three tracks, he has three top-five and five top-10 showings. His 14 top-10 finishes this season rank tied for the series lead with Crafton and Johnny Sauter.

No one in the NCWTS has more momentum than Wallace right now. The 21-year-old has had top-five showings in his last five races, including two runner-ups and a victory last week at Martinsville. Looking ahead, Wallace has posted top-10 finishes in all three of his Texas starts. He has never finished in the top 10 at Phoenix or Homestead, but only claims one start at each track.

 

Kennedy And Reddick: Rookie Season Lessons

Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Ben Kennedy and Tyler Reddick find their debut seasons on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series coming to a close in three short weeks.

Kennedy currently holds a 24-point advantage in the rookie standings over Reddick, fueled by six top-10 finishes, including a career-high third-place finish at Martinsville in March. He ranks eighth in the NCWTS driver standings and has been the highest rookie finisher in eight races.

Reddick, who splits seat team with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stalwart Brad Keselowski in the No. 19 Ford F-150, has come on strong lately with four top-10 finishes in his last five races. His two best showings so far this year were fourth-place performances at Talladega and Chicagoland. The 18-year-old clinched his first career pole at Talladega just over a week ago.

Kennedy and Reddick continue their Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle in Friday's WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 at Texas Motor Speedway (8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1). Both drivers competed at the Texas race in June, with Kennedy finishing 14th and Reddick taking 21st.

 

ThorSport Drivers Dominant In Lone Star State

If there is one team with drivers who have figured out the secret to Texas Motor Speedway, it's ThorSport Racing.

Jeb Burton, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter have each scored a win and pole at the 1.5-mile track, earning a combined four victories and five pole awards.

The trio heads back to the Ft. Worth facility for Friday's WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 (8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) ready to further exert its dominance.

After winning at Texas in June, Crafton looks to repeat his success and become the first driver to sweep since Sauter in 2012. Leading Ryan Blaney by 18 points in the driver standings, a strong finish can help Crafton become the first ever repeat series champion. Additionally, the 38-year-old can help ThorSport clinch its first owner championship. Crafton's No. 88 Toyota Tundra trails Kyle Busch Motorsports' No. 51 truck by a mere four points in the owner standings with three races remaining. Kyle Busch, winner of six races this season, returns to the seat of the No. 51 at Texas.

Sauter and Burton will attempt to improve on their respective seventh and 12th-place finishes from the June Texas race. Sauter ranks fourth in the NCWTS standings and Burton mans the ninth spot, giving ThorSport three drivers in the top 10.

 


 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.

Toyota can clinch its second consecutive NCWTS manufacturer championship if its top-finishing driver places seventh or better in Friday's WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 (8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1). A competitor in the truck series since 2004, Toyota boasts six manufacturer titles. . Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Tyler Young visited liver transplant patients at Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas on Wednesday, Oct. 29 in honor of his father, Randy, who received a life-saving liver transplant from the medical center in 2009. Young's No. 02 Chevrolet will also feature the Simmons Transplant Institute of Baylor All Saints Medical Center logo at Texas Motor Speedway.







Statistical Advance: Analyzing the AAA Texas 500

Courtesy of NASCAR Media


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 27, 2014) - Below is a look at the Eliminator 8 - and beyond -  at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas going into the AAA Texas 500 on November 2. ESPN's coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET and the race is scheduled for 3 p.m.

TEXAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

1 - Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.3

2014 Rundown

·         Four wins, 13 top fives, 21 top 10s; two poles

·         Average finish of 10.1

·         Led 24 races for 873 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         One win, nine top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles

·         Average finish of 17.2 in 27 races

·         Average Running Position of 13.9, 10th-best

·         Driver Rating of 92.3, ninth-best

·         323 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

·         4,067 Laps in the Top 15 (63.9%), eighth-most

 

2 - Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 85.4

2014 Rundown

·         Four top fives, 15 top 10s

·         Average finish of 13.0

·         Led 7 races for 41 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         One win, three top fives, five top 10s; two poles

·         Average finish of 19.1 in 22 races

·         Average Running Position of 20.1, 22nd-best

·         Driver Rating of 73.1, 21st-best

·         1,479 Green Flag Passes, second-most

 

 

 

 

3 - Joey Logano (No. 22 AAA Insurance Ford)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.9

2014 Rundown

·         Five wins, 16 top fives, 21 top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 11.3

·         Led 21 races for 976 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         One win, four top fives, four top 10s

·         Average finish of 18.4 in 12 races

·         Average Running Position of 19.3, 20th-best

·         Driver Rating of 77.1, 19th-best

 

4 - Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.8

2014 Rundown

·         12 top fives, 20 top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 13.3

·         Led 19 races for 470 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         Two wins, 13 top fives, 17 top 10s

·         Average finish of 8.3 in 24 races

·         Series-best Average Running Position of 9.4

·         Series-best Driver Rating of 106.1

·         353 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

·         1,448 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.587 mph, second-fastest

·         Series-high 5,045 Laps in the Top 15 (79.3%)

·         742 Quality Passes, second-most

 

5 - Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.9

2014 Rundown

·         One win, six top fives, 15 top 10s; two poles

·         Average finish of 14.9

·         Led 15 races for 286 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         Two wins, five top fives, nine top 10s

·         Average finish of 10.8 in 17 races

·         Average Running Position of 12.4, sixth-best

·         Driver Rating of 93.8, seventh-best

·         179 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most

·         1,380 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.154 mph, 10th-fastest

·         3,931 Laps in the Top 15 (69.0%), 10th-most

·         742 Quality Passes, second-most

 

6 - Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 81.4

2014 Rundown

·         Two wins, seven top fives, 13 top 10s

·         Average finish of 14.7

·         Led 11 races for 135 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         Three wins, six top fives, eight top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 15.5 in 19 races

·         Average Running Position of 12.4, seventh-best

·         Driver Rating of 96.9, sixth-best

·         361 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

·         1,240 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.402 mph, fourth-fastest

·         4,573 Laps in the Top 15 (71.9%), fifth-most

·         716 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

7 - Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.4

2014 Rundown

·         Six wins, 14 top fives, 17 top 10s; five poles

·         Average finish of 13.5

·         Led 26 races for 1,518 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         One top five, three top 10s

·         Average finish of 19.5 in 12 races

·         Average Running Position of 18.1, 18th-best

·         Driver Rating of 78.8, 18th-best

·         164 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most

 

8 - Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.3

2014 Rundown

·         Three wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s; eight poles

·         Average finish of 14.0

·         Led 24 races for 1,817 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         Three top fives, 11 top 10s

·         Average finish of 13.6 in 23 races

·         Average Running Position of 16.0, 15th-best

·         Driver Rating of 83.3, 14th-best

·         1,461 Green Flag Passes, third-most

·         3,706 Laps in the Top 15 (58.2%), 12th-most

·         685 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

 

9 - Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Toyota)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.2

2014 Rundown

·         One win, eight top fives, 14 top 10s; three poles

·         Average finish of 16.8

·         Led 15 races for 453 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         One win, seven top fives, eight top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 13.4 in 18 races

·         Average Running Position of 10.8, third-best

·         Driver Rating of 102.2, fourth-best

·         353 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 173.610 mph

·         4,448 Laps in the Top 15 (73.8%), sixth-most

·         641 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

10 - AJ Allmendinger (No. 47 Clorox Chevrolet)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 70.7

2014 Rundown

·         One win, two top fives, five top 10s

·         Average finish of 19.9

·         Led 5 races for 68 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         Two top 10s

·         Average finish of 21.7 in 11 races

·         Average Running Position of 22.1, 28th-best

·         Driver Rating of 68.5, 25th-best

 

11 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.5

2014 Rundown

·         Four wins, 12 top fives, 18 top 10s

·         Average finish of 12.5

·         Led 16 races for 379 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         One win, four top fives, 13 top 10s; two poles

·         Average finish of 15.0 in 24 races

·         Average Running Position of 13.1, ninth-best

·         Driver Rating of 90.4, 10th-best

·         216 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

·         1,346 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.243 mph, eighth-fastest

·         4,624 Laps in the Top 15 (72.7%), fourth-most

·         736 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

12 - Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's  Red Vest Chevrolet)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.5

2014 Rundown

·         Three wins, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 15.2

·         Led 16 races for 1,119 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         Three wins, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 9.5 in 22 races

·         Average Running Position of 11.4, fourth-best

·         Driver Rating of 103.6, second-best

·         Series-high 522 Fastest Laps Run

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.393 mph, fifth-fastest

·         4,666 Laps in the Top 15 (73.3%), third-most

·         681 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

13 - Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ortho Fire Ant Killer Ford)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 78.7

2014 Rundown

·         Three top fives, 10 top 10s

·         Average finish of 16.0

·         Led 7 races for 110 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         Two wins, eight top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 14.7 in 21 races

·         Average Running Position of 12.0, fifth-best

·         Driver Rating of 102.2, third-best

·         473 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.543 mph, third-fastest

·         4,797 Laps in the Top 15 (75.4%), second-most

·         Series-high 784 Quality Passes

 

14 - Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.0

2014 Rundown

·         One win, three top fives, 11 top 10s

·         Average finish of 17.1

·         Led 12 races for 218 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         One win, five top fives, six top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 17.7 in 20 races

·         Average Running Position of 14.9, 13th-best

·         Driver Rating of 85.4, 13th-best

·         223 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

·         1,398 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

·         3,957 Laps in the Top 15 (62.2%), ninth-most

·         688 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

 

15 - Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.6

2014 Rundown

·         One win, six top fives, nine top 10s

·         Average finish of 19.9

·         Led 13 races for 204 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         One win, three top fives, 12 top 10s

·         Average finish of 16.3 in 23 races

·         Average Running Position of 15.3, 14th-best

·         Driver Rating of 86.5, 12th-best

·         193 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

·         1,451 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most

 

16 - Aric Almirola (No. 43 Farmland Ford)

·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 72.6

2014 Rundown

·         One win, two top fives, seven top 10s

·         Average finish of 21.5

·         Led 5 races for 23 laps

Texas Motor Speedway Outlook:

·         One top 10

·         Average finish of 19.6 in seven races

·         Average Running Position of 21.4, 24th-best

·         Driver Rating of 68.2, 26th-best

 

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2014 Eliminator 8 at Texas Motor Speedway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Jeff Gordon

27

2

1

9

12

6

17.2

92.3

 

2

Ryan Newman

22

2

1

3

5

3

19.1

73.1

 

3

Joey Logano

12

0

1

4

4

1

18.4

77.1

 

4

Matt Kenseth

24

0

2

13

17

0

8.3

106.1

 

5

Denny Hamlin

17

0

2

5

9

0

10.8

93.8

 

6

Carl Edwards

19

1

3

6

8

4

15.5

96.9

 

7

Brad Keselowski

12

0

0

1

3

0

19.5

78.8

 

8

Kevin Harvick

23

0

0

3

11

1

13.6

83.3

 

* - Based on last 19 races at Texas Motor Speedway (2005 - 2014).

 

Texas Motor Speedway:

History

·         Construction on Texas Motor Speedway began in 1995.

·         The first NASCAR national series race at TMS was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on April 5, 1997 - won by Mark Martin.

·         The first NASCAR Sprint 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 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was moved from Sunday to Saturday night under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway.

·         Texas Motor Speedway hosted its first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on November 6, 2005 - won by Carl Edwards.

Notebook

·         There have been 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one NSCS event from 1997 - 2004 and two races per year since 2005.

·         138 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas; 111 in more than one.

·         Jeff Gordon is the only drive to have made all 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway.

·         Jeremy Mayfield was the first Coors Light pole winner, in 1998 with a speed of 185.906 mph. The inaugural Coors Light pole at Texas Motor Speedway in 1997 was cancelled due to weather conditions.

·         19 drivers have Coors Light poles at Texas, led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman 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).

·         18 different drivers have won at Texas Motor Speedway, led by Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson with three each.

·         Seven drivers have multiple wins at Texas Motor Speedway:  Carl Edwards (three), Jimmie Johnson (three), Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart each have two.

·         Roush Fenway Racing leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in wins at Texas Motor Speedway with nine; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with five and Joe Gibbs Racing with four. 

·         Three of the 27 (11.1%) NASCAR Sprint 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). 

·         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 (five) - most recent: Jimmie Johnson (fall 2013).

·         Six of the 27 (22.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from the front row: three from the pole and three from second-place.

·         21 of the 27 (77.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.

·         Four of the 27 (14.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.

·         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Texas Motor Speedway is 31st, by Matt Kenseth in 2002.

·         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).

·         Jimmie Johnson leads the series in runner-up finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with five; followed by Matt Kenseth with four. 

·         Matt Kenseth leads the series in top-five finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 13; followed by Jimmie Johnson with 10.

·         Matt Kenseth leads the series lead in top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway with 17; followed by Jimmie Johnson with 16 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 13.

·         Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Texas Motor Speedway with an 8.818. Johnson is the only active driver with an average starting position at Texas in the top 10.

·         Two active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top 10 at Texas: Matt Kenseth (8.250) and Jimmie Johnson (9.455).

·         There have been three NSCS green-white-checkered finishes at Texas Motor Speedway: fall 2006 (334/339), spring 2008 (334/339), and fall 2012 (334/335).

·         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 spring 2007. The race has never been rain shortened. 

·         Casey Mears has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway without posting a DNF (20).

·         Jeff Burton (4/06/1997) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (4/02/2000) won their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career race at Texas Motor Speedway.

·         David Ragan (4/09/2011) and Martin Truex Jr. (11/04/2007) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Texas Motor Speedway.   

·         2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski (11/02/2008) and Trevor Bayne (11/07/2010) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Texas Motor Speedway.

·         Two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Texas Motor Speedway: Carl Edwards (2008 sweep) and Denny Hamlin (2010 sweep). 

·         11 of the 12 active NASCAR Sprint 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; Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman won in their second appearance at TMS. 

·         Jeff Gordon competed at Texas Motor Speedway 16 times before winning in the spring of 2009; the longest span of any the 12 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.

·         Only three of the 12 winning drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Texas Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (16) Kyle Busch (15) and Kurt Busch (13).

·         Kevin Harvick and Joe Nemechek lead the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 23 each.

·         Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway was the (4/4/2004) race won by Elliott Sadler with a MOV of 0.028 second ahead of Kasey Kahne.

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

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Danica Patrick

24

27

4/7/2014

Danica Patrick

30

25

11/3/2013

Danica Patrick

42

28

4/13/2013

Danica Patrick

32

24

11/4/2012

Shawna Robinson

16

36

4/8/2002

 

·         Tony Stewart leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Laps Led at Texas Motor Speedway with 801 laps led in 24 starts.

·         Jeff Gordon leads all active NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers in Laps Completed at Texas Motor Speedway with 7,990 laps.

·         One NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has won at Texas Motor Speedway in two different manufacturers: Jeff Burton (1997 - Ford; 2007 - Chevrolet)

 

NASCAR in Texas

·         There have been 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among three tracks in the state of Texas.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth

27

Texas World Speedway

College Station

8

Meyer Speedway

Houston

1

 

·         80 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. Six of the nine Texas native NASCAR winners have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.







Driver

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Terry Labonte

22

11

1

Bobby Labonte

21

10

1

A.J. Foyt

7

0

0

Billy Wade

4

0

0

Bobby Hillin Jr

1

2

0

Johnny Rutherford

1

0

0

Chris Buescher

0

1

0

James Buescher

0

1

6

David Starr

0

0

4

Colin Braun

0

0

1