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Texas: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: MSulka on Nov 08, 2009 - 07:25 AM
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Texas: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

Ladies and Gentlemen... It's Texas time! The NASCAR Sprint Cup series has been racing at Texas Motor Speedway since 1997. In 2005, the Cup series added a second date for 'The Great American Speedway' located in Fort Worth, Texas. TMS is much like Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Atlanta Motor Speedway. The 1.5-mile oval owned by SMI - Speedway Motorsports Inc. - has 24 degree banking, and is D-shaped.

In all, 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup races have been run at the Speedway run by the flamboyant Eddie Gossage. In all, there have been 14 different winners in the 17 races. If you are looking for a solid winner today, there isn't one.

The two most dominant winning drivers over the years have been Carl Edwards (3 wins - Fall, 2005 & both 2008 races), and Jeff Burton (2 wins - 1997 & Fall 2007). In the Spring of 2009, Edwards finished 10th, while Burton finished ninth.

There is no clear winner today.

 

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Looking at top five finishes over the years, there are a few trends... but Burton and Edwards aren't leaders there.

Jeff Gordon has the most top fives with 7 in 17 races. Gordon also won the Spring, 2009 race, and finished second in the Fall, 2008. So he's got the hottest current streak.

Matt Kenseth has six top five finishes in 14 tries, his last top five came in the Spring, 2009 race (5th). Kenseth has also had three second place finishes since 2006.

But if you are looking for a points standings shake up, you aren't going to like this next stat.

Jimmie Johnson has finished first or second in three of his last four visits to Texas. In fact, he's also finished second or better in four of his last six races at the track.

Jimmie Johnson fans are gonna love today's pick as we are going to pick...

Anybody other than Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon today. Not only would we like the NASCAR Sprint Cup 'Chase' to have some added tension, but we'll remind you of the first stat we quoted - 17 races, 14 different winners.

We haven't a clue who it will be, but we expect another first time Texas winner today.

And the top ranked driver without a Cup win at Texas is also the hottest driver at Texas... Kyle Busch. Busch won the NASCAR Camping World Truck race on Friday night. Yesterday afternoon, Busch won the NASCAR Nationwide race.

Today, we'll be rooting for history to be made as Kyle Busch will become the first NASCAR driver to win all three series races at one circuit.

So enjoy today's NASCAR Sprint Cup race, its sure to be a good one!

Starting Line Up by Row
Texas Motor Speedway
Dickies 500
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, November 06, 2009 @ 05:09 PM Central
Track Race Record: Carl Edwards 11/06/05 03:19:00 151.055
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevrolet 28.255 191.117
2 9 Kasey Kahne Budweiser Dodge 28.276 190.975
2 3 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite Dodge 28.281 190.941
4 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet 28.328 190.624
3 5 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 28.343 190.523
6 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 28.399 190.148
4 7 5 Mark Martin CARQUEST/Kellogg's Chevrolet 28.408 190.087
8 16 Greg Biffle 3M/Super 33 Tape Ford 28.413 190.054
5 9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet 28.427 189.960
10 33 Clint Bowyer Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet 28.428 189.954
6 11 77 Sam Hornish Jr. AAA Dodge 28.436 189.900
12 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's / KOBALT Tools Chevrolet 28.442 189.860
7 13 00 David Reutimann Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 28.448 189.820
14 20 Joey Logano # Home Depot Toyota 28.451 189.800
8 15 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 28.452 189.793
16 44 A J Allmendinger Ford Drive One Ford 28.466 189.700
9 17 6 David Ragan UPS/Boys & Girls Clubs of America Ford 28.466 189.700
18 43 Reed Sorenson Valvoline Dodge 28.482 189.593
10 19 47 Marcos Ambrose Little Debbie/Kingsford/Clorox Toyota 28.483 189.587
20 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Dream In Color Chevrolet 28.510 189.407
11 21 02 David Gilliland Farm Bureau Toyota 28.579 188.950
22 26 Jamie McMurray Crown Royal Ford 28.589 188.884
12 23 70 Mike Skinner TRG Motorsports Chevrolet 28.595 188.844
24 29 Kevin Harvick Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet 28.617 188.699
13 25 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 28.619 188.686
26 39 Ryan Newman Haas Automation Chevrolet 28.625 188.646
14 27 1 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet 28.634 188.587
28 71 Bobby Labonte TRG Motorsports Chevrolet 28.670 188.350
15 29 7 Robby Gordon MAPEI Toyota 28.675 188.317
30 17 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Ford 28.677 188.304
16 31 82 Scott Speed # Red Bull Toyota 28.721 188.016
32 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 28.725 187.990
17 33 19 Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools Dodge 28.732 187.944
34 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 28.751 187.820
18 35 12 Brad Keselowski No. 12 Penske Dodge Dodge 28.754 187.800
36 07 Casey Mears Choctaw Casino/Resort Chevrolet 28.755 187.793
19 37 36 Michael McDowell Wave Energy Drink Toyota 28.804 187.474
38 96 Erik Darnell Academy Sports + Outdoors Ford 28.849 187.182
20 39 98 Paul Menard Vertis/Menards Ford 28.903 186.832
40 55 Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 28.964 186.438
21 41 34 John Andretti Taco Bell Chevrolet Owner Points
42 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet Owner Points
22 43 21 Bill Elliott Motorcraft Ford Past Champion
Did Not Qualify: # 37 Tony Raines; # 66 Dave Blaney; # 13 Max Papis #; # 09 Mike Bliss.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 16 1 Ford 9 0






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