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DateSunday, April 6SiteTexas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas
Track1.5-mile ovalCapacity112,552 (Grandstand Seating)
Annual18thTelevisionFOX
AnnouncersRadioPerformance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
Start Time3 p.m. ETLaps334
Miles501  
Pick to WinPick to Win - Matt KensethDarkhorse
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 2
Defending ChampionKyle BuschRunner UpMartin Truex Jr.
Last Year's Pole WinnerKyle Busch (finished 1)  

Records

Qualifying RecordsKyle Busch, 2013 (196.299 mph)Race RecordGreg Biffle, 2012 (160.577 mph)
Total PursePayouts

2013 Finish

FinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch1
6Jimmie Johnson7
2Martin Truex Jr5
7Aric Almirola3
3Carl Edwards9
8Brian Vickers15
4Greg Biffle35
9Brad Keselowski16
5Joey Logano18
10Ryan Newman31

Facts and Figures

Average Speed144.751 mphTime of Race3 hrs., 27 mins., 40 secs.
Margin of Victory3.235 secs.Caution Flags7 for 36 laps
Lead Changes18 among 7 driversPole WinnerKyle Busch (196.299 mph)

Past Winners

YearDriverCarSpeed Time
2013Kyle BuschToyota144.7561 mph
2012Greg BiffleFord160.577 mph
2011Matt KensethFord149.231 mph
2010Denny HamlinToyota146.230 mph.
2009Jeff GordonChevrolet146.372 mph
2008Carl EdwardsFord144.814 mph
2007Jeff BurtonChevrolet143.359 mph
2006Kasey KahneDodge137.943 mph
2005Greg BiffleFord130.055 mph
2004Elliott Sadler138.845 mph
2003Ryan NewmanDodge134.517 mph
2002Matt KensethFord142.431 mph
2001Dale JarrettFord141.804 mph
2000Dale Earnhardt JrChevrolet131.152 mph
1999Terry LabonteChevrolet144.276 mph
1998Mark MartinFord136.771 mph
1997Jeff BurtonFord125.- mph

Past Pole Winners

YearDriverFinish
2013Kyle Busch1
2012Martin Truex Jr.6
2011David Ragan7
2010Denny Hamlin29
2009David Reutimann11
2008Dale Earnhardt Jr12
2007NoneWeather
2006Kasey Kahne1
2005Ryan Newman16
2004Bobby Labonte25
2003Bobby Labonte37
2002Bill Elliott9
2001Dale Earnhardt Jr8
2000Terry Labonte8
1999Kenny Irwin Jr15
1998Jeremy Mayfield23
1997NoneWeather

Last Race Results

STP 500 (March 30)

SiteMartinsville Speedway -- Martinsville, Va.Miles263
Laps500Pole WinnerKyle Busch (finished 14)
Time of Race3 hrs., 38 mins., 38 secs.Average Speed72.1766 mph
Margin of Victory0.263 secs.Caution Flags14 for 92 laps
Lead Changes  
Lap Leaders: Ky. Busch 1-16, Kenseth 17-20, Johnson 21-43, Kvapil 44, Johnson Ky. Busch 1-16, Kenseth 17-20, Johnson 21-43, Kvapil 44, Johnson 45-55, Kenseth 56-58, Ky. Busch 59-64, Logano 65-81, Johnson 82-105, Kenseth 106-110, Logano --132, Johnson 133-154, Biffle 155-172, Ambrose 173-194, Kenseth 195-212, Johnson 213-221, Earnhardt Jr 222-236, Allmendinger 237, Earnhardt Jr 238-242, Ku. Busch 243-244, Johnson 245-252, Harvick 253, Kenseth 254-259, Earnhardt Jr 260-264, Johnson 265-283, Bowyer 284-287, Johnson 288-346, Bowyer 347, Johnson 348-449, Bowyer 450-460, Johnson 461-472, Ku. Busch 473-482, Johnson 483-489, Ku. Busch 490-500.
Winner: Kurt Busch
Second: Jimmie Johnson
Third: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Fourth: Joey Logano
Fifth: Marcos Ambrose

Entry List

NoDriverHometownTeam
1Jamie McMurray(Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bell Helicopter
2Brad Keselowski(Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
3.Austin Dillon(Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Dow
4.Kevin Harvick(Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy John's
5Kasey Kahne(Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Time Warner Cable
7Michael Annett(Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Accell Construction
9Marcos Ambrose(Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10Danica Patrick(Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin(Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Office
13Casey Mears(Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart(Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer(Emporia, KS)Toyota/Willie's Duck Diner
16Greg Biffle(Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18 *Kyle Busch(Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Interstate Batteries
20Matt Kenseth(Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
21Trevor Bayne(Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Joey Logano(Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil/Hertz
23Alex Bowman(Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon(Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Axalta
26Cole Whitt(Alpine, CA)Toyota/Speed Stick
27Paul Menard(Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Quaker State
30Parker Kligerman(Westport, CT)Toyota/Swan Energy
31Ryan Newman(South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Travis Kvapil(Janesville, WI)Ford/TBA
33David Stremme(South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
34David Ragan(Unadilla, GA)Ford/Taco Bell
35David Reutimann(Zephyrhills, FL)Ford/MDS Transport
36Reed Sorenson(Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland(Riverside, CA)Ford/Love's Travel Shop
40Landon Cassill(Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
41Kurt Busch(Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson(Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola(Tampa, FL)Ford/Eckrich
47A.J. Allmendinger(Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Bush's Beans
48Jimmie Johnson(El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier(Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
55Brian Vickers(Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Joe Nemechek(Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Land Castle Title
77Dave Blaney(Hartford, OH)Ford/TBA
78Martin Truex Jr.(Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Ryan Truex(Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Borla Exhaust
88Dale Earnhardt Jr.(Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
95Michael McDowell(Glendale, AZ)Ford/TWD
98Josh Wise(Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards(Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal

Leading Contenders

Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Kyle Busch21153731831611Won
Martin Truex Jr---87362593562
Carl Edwards193612Won1033383
Greg BiffleWon426393104Won4
Joey Logano------------302824195
Jimmie Johnson31138222826
Aric Almirola------------33------227
Brian Vickers34431416163827---8
Brad Keselowski------------231418369
Ryan Newman16403241511142110
Kasey Kahne35Won202519521711
Matt Kenseth18229520Won512
Kevin Harvick135291127720913
Clint Bowyer---191610223621715
Tony Stewart313257432122421
Dale Earnhardt Jr912361220891029
Kurt Busch734112384101337
Jeff Gordon1522443Won3123438
The Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is the seventh race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule. Construction of Texas Motor Speedway began in 1995. This 1.5-mile racetrack has 24 degrees of banking in all four turns and 5 degrees of banking on the front and back straightaways. The length of the frontstretch is 2,250 feet, and the backstretch measures 1,330 feet. The last three spring races at this track have been held on Saturday night. This year's event there is scheduled for Sunday afternoon since the national semifinals of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament (Final Four) is taking place on Saturday at nearby AT&T Stadium in Arlington. There have been 26 Sprint Cup races held at Texas, including one event per season from 1997-2004 and two each year since then. The series will return there the first weekend in November for the eighth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Jeff Burton won the inaugural Cup Series race at Texas on April 6, 1997. Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin and Burton are those drivers who have competed in each of the previous 26 races at Texas. Labonte, Martin and Burton are not competing in this year's spring event at this track. Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson share the record for most victories at Texas with three each. Johnson has won the last two fall races there. Edwards scored a season-sweep at this track in 2008 but has not won a Sprint Cup event there since. Matt Kenseth leads all drivers with 13 top-five finishes at Texas. Kenseth and Johnson have the most top-10s there with 16 each. Jack Roush has the most car owner wins at Texas with nine, followed by Rick Hendrick with five and Joe Gibbs with four. The race winner at Texas has started from the pole position three times: Kasey Kahne (April 2006), Johnson (November 2012) and Kyle Busch (April 2013). The closest margin of victory in a Sprint Cup race at Texas occurred in April 2004 when Elliott Sadler beat Kahne to the finish line by just 0.028 seconds. Three drivers on the entry list for this weekend's race made their Sprint Cup debuts at Texas: Brad Keselowski (Nov. 2, 2008), Trevor Bayne (Nov. 7, 2010) and Parker Kligerman (Nov. 3, 2013). Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the only driver entered in this race that scored his first career Cup victory at Texas (April 2, 2000). Burton's first win in the series came there as well (1997 inaugural race). Two drivers who are entered in this race claimed their maiden poles at this track: Martin Truex Jr. (November 2007) and David Ragan (April 2011). Ryan Newman holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Texas. Newman took the checkered flag there on March 30, 2003 when he was 25 years, 3 months and 22 days old. When Dale Jarrett was 44 years, 4 months and 6 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on April 1, 2001. The next race is the April 12 Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Matt Kenseth won last year's race there.
 
 
 
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