NASCAR Texas Sunday, October 28, 2018

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES TEXAS STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Texas wins: 7 Jimmie Johnson (Carl Edwards 2nd with 4)
  • Most Texas 2nd-place finishes: 5 Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Texas top 3 finishes: 13 Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Texas top 5 finishes: 15 Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Texas top 10 finishes: 21 Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Texas laps led: 1041 Jimmie Johnson
  • Best Texas average finish: 7.4 Chase Elliott
  • Most Texas Playoff race wins: 5 Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Texas Playoff race 2nd-place finishes: 2 Matt Kenseth & Brad Keselowski
  • Most Texas Playoff race top 3 finishes: 6 Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Texas Playoff race top 5 finishes: 8 Matt Kenseth
  • Most Texas Playoff race top 10 finishes: 11 Kevin Harvick
  • Most 1.5-mile track wins this season: 3 Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick
  • Most 1.5-mile track top 3 finishes this season: 5 Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick
  • Most 1.5-mile track top 5 finishes this season: 8 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Kyle Busch only driver to finish top 10 every race on 1.5-mile track this season
  • Best 1.5-mile track average finish this season: 3.9 Kyle Busch
  • Most laps led on 1.5-mile tracks this season: 690 Kevin Harvick
  • Most races led on 1.5-mile tracks this season: 7 Kevin Harvick & Joey Logano
  • Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick finished 1-2 at ISM Raceway March & Texas April
  • Martin Truex Jr. finished last at Texas April (37th) – Lap 81 right front down while running 2nd (“That hurt”)
  • Had 10 straight top 5 finishes on 1.5-mile tracks into Texas
  • Joey Logano won Texas 4/14 by last lap pass over Jeff Gordon
  • Kyle Busch: 3 Texas wins – No Texas Playoff race wins
  • Aric Almirola finished 32nd at Texas April – Worst finish this season
  • 6 Playoff drivers finished 11th or better at Texas April – Aric Almirola 32nd & Martin Truex Jr. 37th
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. only driver to win first career NXS (1998) & MENCS (2000) races at Texas
  • #9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet team penalized at ISM Raceway in March & Texas in April
  • 2017 Texas Playoff race: Kevin Harvick won Texas for first time in 30th try
  • Texas April: Kyle Busch first win of season after finishing 2nd in 3 of previous 4 races
  • Kevin Harvick: Only driver to finish top 5 both Texas races last season (Finished 4th & 1st)
  • First top 5 finish last season came at Texas (7 Races in)
  • Qualified for Championship 4 with Texas Playoff race win
  • 6 Finished top 10 both Texas races last season – Kurt Busch, Elliott, Harvick, Keselowski, Logano & Truex Jr.
  • Last 5 finishers at Texas April (Positions 33rd-37th) failed to finish due to crashes
  • 9 Championships & at the time had 107 wins – Keselowski, Hamlin, Johnson, Larson & Truex Jr.
  • Chase Elliott: Finished 11th or better all 5 Texas races – 4 Top 10 finishes
  • Chase Elliott: Finished 11th at Texas April – Post-race penalty (Rear window brace)
  • Crew chief suspended & fined; loss of 20 car owner & driver points
  • Kevin Harvick: 8 Straight Texas top 10 finishes – 5 Top 3 finishes
  • (Record for consecutive Texas top 10 finishes: 10 Straight – Greg Biffle)
  • Joey Logano: Finished 7th or better last 5 Texas races – 3 Top 3 finishes
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 6 Top 10 finishes last 7 Texas races – Finished last in April (Crash)
  • Jamie McMurray: Best finish last 19 Texas races: 3rd (April)
  • Erik Jones: Finished 4th at Texas April – 64 Laps led including race-high 58 consecutive laps
  • Ryan Blaney: Finished 12th or better last 4 Texas races – 2 Straight top 10 finishes
  • Kurt Busch: 3 Straight Texas top 10 finishes – Started on pole & led 3 times for 40 laps in April
  • Clint Bowyer: 1 Top 10 finish last 8 Texas races – Finished 9th in April
  • Jimmie Johnson won 6 of last 12 Texas races
  • Jimmie Johnson won Texas in 2012, ’13, ’14, ’15 & ’17 (Didn’t win in 2016)
  • Jimmie Johnson: 7 Texas wins – 1 Was first win of season (4/17)
  • 19 Different winners in 35 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Texas races
  • 6 Different winners in 13 Texas Playoff races – Jimmie Johnson won 4 of last 6
  • Kyle Busch: 3 Texas wins – Best Playoff race finish: 3rd (2012)
  • Jimmie Johnson won 6 of last 12 Texas races
  • Jimmie Johnson won Texas in 2012, ’13, ’14, ’15 & ’17 (Didn’t win in 2016)
  • Stewart-Haas Racing qualified top 3 at Texas April – Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick & Clint Bowyer
  • Kurt Busch won last 2 Texas poles – Stewart-Haas Racing won last 3 Texas poles
  • 3 Texas races won from pole – Only 2 in last 24 races
  • Kevin Harvick won 2017 Texas Playoff race – First win in 30th Texas race
  • Kyle Busch: 3 Texas wins – All in spring race (3 Wins last 6 spring races)
  • Last to win consecutive Texas races: Jimmie Johnson (11/14, 4/15 & 11/15) – Kyle Busch won Texas April race
  • Kevin Harvick won Stage 1 in 2017 Texas Playoff race – Winner
  • Kyle Larson won Stage 2 in 2017 Texas Playoff race – Finished 37th (Crash)
  • Kevin Harvick won Stage 1 at Texas April – Finished 2nd
  • Kyle Busch won Stage 2 at Texas April – Winner
  • Jeff Burton & Dale Earnhardt, Jr. only drivers to win Texas in first try
  • Kevin Harvick won Texas for first time in 30th try – Most of all drivers
  • Kyle Busch won Texas for first time in 16th try – 3 Wins last 10 races
  • 3 Texas winners started rear of field – Kenseth (2002), Biffle (4/05) & Johnson (4/17)
  • Texas race & championship won in same season 3 times – Jimmie Johnson (11/07 & 11/13) and Tony Stewart (11/11)
  • No driver won Texas spring race & championship in same season – Kyle Busch won spring race
  • 2 Won first career race at Texas – Jeff Burton 1997 & Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2000
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr. only driver to win first career NXS & MENCS races at Texas
  • 10 To go leader failed to win 8 of 13 Texas Playoff races including 5 of last 7
  • 2 Texas races settled by last lap pass – Jeff Burton won in 4/07 & Joey Logano 4/14
  • Most laps led in a Texas race: 312 – Brad Keselowski 11/15 (Finished 2nd)
  • Most consecutive laps led in a Texas race: 196 – Brad Keselowski 11/15
  • Martin Truex Jr. led most laps last Texas Playoff race (107) – Finished 2nd
  • Leader of most laps failed to win 5 of last 6 Texas races
  • 3 of last 6 Texas winners took lead for first time at lap 252 (378 Miles) or later
  • Jeff Burton led only final lap at Texas (4/07)
  • Youngest Texas winner: 23 Years old – Joey Logano 4/14
  • Oldest Texas winner: 44 Years old – Dale Jarrett 2001
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr. only Rookie contender to win – 2000
  • Darrell Wallace Jr. best Rookie contender at Texas April – Finished 8th
  • 5 Texas Overtime finishes – Leader at scheduled distance won all 5
  • Tony Stewart (2006) & Jimmie Johnson (2014 & ‘15) only winners as non-Playoff driver
  • Hendrick Motorsports & Roush Fenway Racing: 9 Texas wins – Most all-time
  • Hendrick Motorsports: 9 Texas wins – 6 Wins last 12 races (All Jimmie Johnson)
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 7 Texas wins including April
  • Team Penske: 3 Texas wins with 3 different drivers (Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman & Joey Logano)
  • Stewart-Haas Racing: 2 Texas wins – Tony Stewart (11/11) & Kevin Harvick (11/17)
  • Most leaders: 17 (2000)
  • Most lead changes: 33 (11/10)
  • Most cautions: 13 (11/14)
  • Most caution laps: 73 (1997)
  • Fewest cautions: 2 (4/12)
  • Fewest caution laps: 10 (4/12)
  • Fastest race: 160.577 mph (4/12)
  • Closest Texas finish: .028 Seconds – Elliott Sadler over Kasey Kahne (2004)
  • Last 4 Texas races had 8 cautions

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES TEXAS STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Elliott Sadler finished 2nd to Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 1998 Texas NXS race – First career win for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Texas April green flag temperature: 34 Degrees – Coldest race in 21-year history of Texas Motor Speedway
  • Most 1.5-mile track wins this season: 2 Kyle Larson
  • Most 1.5-mile track 2nd-place finishes this season: 2 Christopher Bell & Daniel Hemric
  • Most 1.5-mile track top 3 finishes this season: 5 Christopher Bell
  • Most 1.5-mile track top 5 finishes this season: 6 Christopher Bell
  • Most 1.5-mile track top 10 finishes this season: 7 Elliott Sadler
  • Most 1.5-mile track laps led this season: 222 Kyle Larson
  • Most 1.5-mile track races led this season: 5 Christopher Bell & Daniel Hemric
  • Most Texas wins: 8 Kyle Busch
  • Most Texas 2nd-place finishes: 4 Kyle Busch & Brad Keselowski
  • Most Texas top 3 finishes: 13 Kyle Busch
  • Most Texas top 5 finishes: 15 Kyle Busch
  • Most Texas top 10 finishes: 17 Kevin Harvick & Matt Kenseth
  • Best Texas average finish: 2.2 Erik Jones
  • Most Texas laps led: 1653 Kyle Busch (Kevin Harvick 2nd with 779)
  • Ryan Blaney: 3 Straight Texas top 2 finishes – 1 Win (April)
  • Christopher Bell: Finished 6th & 2nd in last 2 Texas races (Uncontrolled tire penalty in April)
  • Daniel Hemric: 1 Top 10 finish in 3 Texas races – Finished 3rd in April
  • Cole Custer: Finished top 5 all 3 Texas races
  • Ryan Preece: 1 Top 20 finish in 3 Texas races – Finished 5th in April
  • Matt Tifft: 4 Straight Texas top 10 finishes
  • Elliott Sadler: Finished 13th or better last 15 Texas races – 6 Straight top 10 finishes
  • Brandon Jones: Stage 2 winner at Texas April – Finished 33rd (Crash)
  • 17 Different winners in 35 NASCAR Xfinity Series Texas races
  • 26 of last 29 Texas NXS winners competed in Texas MENCS race
  • Kyle Busch only driver to sweep Texas NXS & MENCS races on same weekend (4/13 & 4/16)
  • Ryan Blaney won Stage 1 last Texas race – Winner
  • Brandon Jones won Stage 2 last Texas race – Finished 33rd (Crash)
  • 6 Texas races won from pole – 4 of last 7 races won from pole
  • Last 13 Texas winners started 6th or better – Last 20 winners started top 10
  • Kyle Busch tied record of consecutive wins at 1 track – Won 5 straight at Texas
  • Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Chase Elliott, Erik Jones & Mark Martin all won Texas in first try
  • Kurt Busch won in first career Xfinity Series race
  • Brad Keselowski won Texas for first time in 14th try (11/13) – Most of all drivers
  • 5 Won first career NXS race at Texas – Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 1998, Kurt Busch 4/06, Trevor Bayne 11/11, Chase Elliott 4/14 & Erik Jones 4/15
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr. only driver to win first career NXS & MENCS races at Texas
  • 1 Texas race settled by last lap pass – Dale Earnhardt, Jr. passed Joe Nemechek (1998)
  • Most laps led in a Texas race: 179 – Kyle Busch 11/09
  • Most consecutive laps led in a Texas race: 120 – Brad Keselowski 11/15 (Finished 2nd)
  • Youngest Texas winner: 18 Years old – Chase Elliott 18Y, 4M, 17D (4/14) & Erik Jones 18Y, 10M, 11D (4/15)
  • Oldest Texas winner: 43 Years old – Jeff Purvis 2002
  • 1 Rookie contender won Texas Xfinity Series race – Chase Elliott (4/14)
  • 2 Texas Overtime finishes – Leader at scheduled distance won both
  • 3 Eligible for championship points won Texas – Bayne 11/11, Stenhouse Jr. 4/12 & Elliott 4/14
  • Christopher Bell best finisher eligible for championship points last Texas April race – Finished 2nd
  • Elliott Sadler best finisher eligible for championship points last Texas Playoff race – Finished 4th
  • Most leaders: 11 (4/13)
  • Most lead changes: 22 (4/13)
  • Most cautions: 10 (2003)
  • Most caution laps: 55 (2000)
  • Fastest race: 151.707 (4/08)