Thursday, November 1, 2012

Texas Driver Statistics

Not all teams announce their weekly race previews'. Here is a list of those teams that do reveal the information in the teams race preview: 

#1- Jamie McMurray -   McMurray has made 17 starts at Texas Motor Speedway.  In those 17 starts, the driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet has accumulated three top-five, six top-10 finishes. McMurray has completed 5,468 out of a possible 5,688 laps (96%) with a total of 70 laps led.  He has an average start and finish position of 24.9 and 17.8, respectively.  His best start at the half-mile oval was fourth in 2008.

#5- Kasey Kahne - Kahne earned his win at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2006, after starting from the pole position and leading 63 laps. The driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet also has four top-five finishes and five top-10s in 16 Cup starts at the Fort Worth, Texas, oval.  Kahne scored a seventh-place result in his most recent start at the track in April and crossed the line third one year ago.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - Ambrose will be making his ninth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career start at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. The Australian native's best finish (sixth) came last season and his best start (seventh) came in both 2011 and this season's spring event. He has completed 2,549 of 2,672 laps attempted at the Texas track, leading two of them. Ambrose enters this weekend's 500-mile race in 18th place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings.

#14-Tony Stewart - Stewart has one pole, two wins, five top-fives, 11 top-10s and has led a total of 727 laps in his 21 career Sprint Cup starts at Texas. His average start is 18.0, his average finish is 13.1 and he has a lap completion rate of 98.5 percent.

#16- Greg Biffle - Biffle has led a total of 732 laps in 17 starts at Texas Motor Speedway, making Texas his number one track for total laps led on the Sprint Cup circuit and he ranks second in laps led at TMS. 

#17- Matt Kenseth - Kenseth has achieved two wins, 11 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes at Texas in the Cup series. Kenseth holds the record for the most top five (11) and the most top 10’s (14) in Cup action at Texas.

#18- Kyle Busch - Busch has four top-five and five top-10 finishes and has led a total of 441 laps in his 14 career Sprint Cup starts at Texas. 

#22- Sam Hornish Jr. - In Sprint Cup competition at TMS, Hornish has a 15.0 average start and 24.8 average finish. His 17th-place finish in the 2009 spring race is his best result to date. In Nationwide action, he has a 19.6 average start and a 16.8 average finish. His seventh-place finish in last November's race is his best result. Hornish won three IndyCar races (2001, 2002 & 2007) and had five podium finishes at TMS. He started ninth and finished 12th in the April 7, 2006 IROC race there.

#24- Jeff Gordon - It has been feast or famine for the driver of the No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet at the Texas track. In 23 starts, Gordon has one win (2009), two poles, eight top-fives and 11 top-10's. He also has seven finishes of 25th or worse.

#27- Paul Menard - Menard will make his 217th Sprint Cup Series start this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. In 12 previous starts at TMS, Menard has earned one top-five and two top-10 finishes, completed 95.5 percent of his laps (3,836 of 4,018) and led for two circuits. He has an average starting position of 19.6 and an average finishing position of 20.8, with his best finish of fifth coming in his April 2011 visit to the 1.5-mile facility. Menard logged his best start of fourth in the 2011 AAA Texas 500 (November).

#29- Kevin Harvick -  Harvick will make his 428th career Sprint Cup Series start and 20th appearance at the 1.5-mile track. The 36-year-old driver has collected three top-five and nine top-10 finishes in his previous 19 starts, has completed 99.8 percent of the laps contested (6,342 of 6,356) and is credited with five laps led. Harvick maintains an average starting position of 20.7 coupled with an average finishing position of 12.7. 

#31- Jeff Burton - Burton was Texas Motor Speedway’s first two-time Sprint Cup Series race winner after visiting Victory Lane in the inaugural Sprint Cup Series event in 1997 and again in 2007. Burton has also tallied three top-five and nine top-10 finishes while leading 180 laps at the 1.5-mile facility.

#39- Ryan Newman - The AAA Texas 500 will mark Newman’s 402nd career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 19th career Sprint Cup start at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Newman has one win (March 2003), two poles, three top-five finishes and three top-10s in 18 starts at the 1.5 mile oval.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Montoya looks to make his 12th start this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.  In his previous 11 starts he has led 12 laps and earned two top-10 finishes.  Montoya has completed 3,479 out of a possible 3,679 (94%). His best start was third in 2007; and he earned his best finish of seventh in 2009. The driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet has an average starting position of 15.5 and an average finishing position of 22.5 at Texas Motor Speedway. 

#43- Aric Almirola - Sunday's race will be Almirola's fourth at Texas in a Sprint Cup car.  His best Cup career finish in the Lone Star state is 21st (2010).

#48- Jimmie Johnson -  Notes of Interest: One win (November 2007). Eight top-five finishes (44.4 percent) and 13 top-10s (72.2 percent) in 18 starts. One DNF (did not finish – April 2007). Average start of 9.3 and average finish of 9.7. Completed 5,818 of 6,022 laps (96.6 percent) and led 275.

#55- Mark Martin -  In 23 Sprint Cup starts Martin owns a victory (1998) and eight top-five finishes. He’s led 208 laps. He started fourth and finished third in April. 

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - Earnhardt, driver of the No. 88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, earned his first career Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series wins at Texas Motor Speedway. He was just seven races into his rookie season when he recorded his first Cup win on April 2, 2000. In 20 Sprint Cup starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Earnhardt has scored one win, two pole positions, three top-five finishes and 11 top-10s. He has an average starting position of 11.4, which is his second-best at all tracks, and he has led at least one lap in 13 of those starts for a total of 448 laps.

#99- Carl Edwards - Edwards has accumulated three wins at the 1.5-mile Texas track, the most of any active Sprint Cup driver. Edwards’ average start at Texas is 14.8 and his average finish is 15.0. He is one of only two drivers to win both the spring & fall events in the same year at Texas.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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