NASCAR Track Facts: Texas Motor Speedway

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Here is a quick run down of trivial facts and statistics for this weekend’s Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Texas Motor Speedway History

  • Construction on Texas Motor Speedway began in 1995.
  • The original configuration called for an unusual dual banking system that had 24 degrees of banking for stock cars and eight degrees for open-wheel cars.
  • The first NASCAR race at Texas was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on April 5, 1997.
  • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas was on April 6, 1997.
  • In 1998, Turn 4 at Texas was reshaped to ease the transition from the turns to the front straightaway.
  • A second renovation started after the 1998 race which eliminated the dual banking and gave the track its current configuration.

Track Numbers

  • NASCAR Cup Series Races: 14
  • Pole Winners: 10
  • Race Winners: 13
  • Races Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): 1 (Kasey Kahne, 2006)
  • Jeremy Mayfield won the first timed qualifying at Texas on April 4, 1998 (qualifying was canceled due to inclement weather in 1997).
  • Jeff Burton won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
  • Ten drivers have scored Coors Light Poles at Texas, led by Bobby Labonte and Ryan Newman with two each.
  • 13 drivers have won races. Only Jeff Burton (1997 and April 2007) has repeated as race winner there.
  • Roush Fenway Racing has won five races at Texas, more than any other team.
  • 11 races at Texas have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Matt Kenseth started 31st en route to his victory at Texas in 2002, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Texas.
  • There has been one green-white-checkered finish at Texas: 2006 fall (339/334).
  • Denny Hamlin has finished in the top 10 in four of his five races at Texas. His 80% top-10 rate is the best of any driver with more than two Texas starts.

Track Records

  • Track qualifying record: Brian Vickers (196.235 mph, 27.518 seconds, 11-3-06)
  • Track race record: Carl Edwards (151.055 mph, 11-6-05)

Texas Motor Speedway Race Day Data

  • Estimated Pit Window: Every 50-55 laps, based on fuel mileage.
  • Race # 7 of 36 (4-6-08)
  • Track Size: 1.5 miles
  • Banking/Corners: 24 degrees
  • Banking/Straights: 5 degrees
  • Frontstretch: 2,250 feet
  • Backstretch: 1,330 feet