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2012 Texas: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Apr 14, 2012 - 07:54 AM
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2012 Texas: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season has arrived at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas for the Samsung Mobile 500. NASCAR has been coming to Texas since 1997 for both the Cup and the NASCAR Nationwide series.

Texas is a 1.5-mile quad-oval that was completed in 1996. The banking in the turns is 24 degrees with a 2,250 foot frontstretch and a much shorter backstretch that is 1,330 feet. The amazing facility hosts the Cup series twice a year - since 2005 - with seating for up to 159,585. Jeff Burton and his Ford won the debut event in 1997 after starting 5th.

One of the most interesting stats regarding Texas is that the NASCAR Sprint Cup series has raced here 22 times, and had 17 different winners. Only Carl Edwards ( 3 - Fall 2005, Both 2008 races), Jeff Burton (2 - 1997, Spring 2007), Denny Hamlin (2- 2010 sweep), Tony Stewart (2 - Fall, 2006 & 2011) and Matt Kenseth (2 - 2002, Spring 2011) have won this event multiple times.

But when Edwards hasn't won at Texas he has finished 10th or worse - except for last season when he grabbed a third and a second. His average finish over 14 races is 15.5th.

Burton's story is somewhat similar although he's finished in the top-ten nine times in 22 attempts. Interestingly, he is one of four drivers to have raced all 22 times at Texas - the others are: Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, and Jeff Gordon.

But, there are two drivers who have finished in the top-five five times in the last seven races - Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle.

Did you know that over the 22 races since its inception, that the race winner had come from 8th or higher 17 times ?

So with those stats in mind, it is time for our pick for the win... Greg Biffle. Out of 22 races, the Pole winner has won just once, the driver starting second (Kenseth) has won twice... but the driver starting third has won three times. However, fourth and fifth have also won... three times.

If Biffle fails, keep an eye on the rest of the Roushketeers, they've had quite a bit of success at Texas over the years.

Enjoy today's race to the Chase, it is sure to be a another Texas thriller.

 

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Starting Line Up by Row
Texas Motor Speedway
16th Annual Samsung Mobile 500
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, April 13, 2012 @ 08:03 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Tony Stewart 11/06/11 03:16:51 152.705
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 56 Martin Truex, Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 28.366 190.369
2 17 Matt Kenseth Best Buy Ford 28.399 190.148
2 3 16 Greg Biffle Filtrete Ford 28.403 190.121
4 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Best of the Best Toyota 28.418 190.020
3 5 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 28.476 189.633
6 39 Ryan Newman US ARMY Chevrolet 28.497 189.494
4 7 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 28.501 189.467
8 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 28.514 189.381
5 9 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet 28.527 189.294
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet 28.529 189.281
6 11 27 Paul Menard Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet 28.559 189.082
12 22 AJ Allmendinger Shell Pennzoil Dodge 28.568 189.023
7 13 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office/March of Dimes Toyota 28.589 188.884
14 20 Joey Logano Dollar General Toyota 28.601 188.805
8 15 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 28.624 188.653
16 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet 28.656 188.442
9 17 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 28.678 188.298
18 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 28.679 188.291
10 19 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 28.695 188.186
20 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 28.730 187.957
11 21 34 David Ragan Scorpion Truck Bed Liners Ford 28.743 187.872
22 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 28.752 187.813
12 23 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 28.762 187.748
24 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet 28.773 187.676
13 25 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 28.794 187.539
26 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row/Farm American Chevrolet 28.832 187.292
14 27 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Construction Services, Inc. Chevrolet 28.849 187.182
28 83 Landon Cassill Burger King/Dr. Pepper Toyota 28.860 187.110
15 29 14 Tony Stewart Mobil1AdvancedFuelEcnmy/OfficeDpt Chev 28.878 186.994
30 47 Bobby Labonte Bush's Beans/Tom Thumb Toyota 28.880 186.981
16 31 10 David Reutimann Accell Construction Chevrolet 28.929 186.664
32 26 Josh Wise # Morristown Driver's Service Ford 28.976 186.361
17 33 98 Michael McDowell Curb Records Ford 29.044 185.925
34 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevrolet 29.094 185.605
18 35 38 David Gilliland Mod Space Ford 29.094 185.605
36 49 JJ Yeley JPO Absorbents Toyota 29.104 185.542
19 37 93 Travis Kvapil Dr. Pepper Toyota 29.159 185.192
38 95 Scott Speed TWD Drywall Ford 29.170 185.122
20 39 32 Reed Sorenson(i) JaniKing Ford 29.217 184.824
40 23 Scott Riggs North TX Pipe/Embassy Suites Chevrolet 29.229 184.748
21 41 36 Dave Blaney JimmieJohnsonsAnythingWithAnEngine Chev Owner Points
42 33 Tony Raines Precon Marine Chevrolet Owner Points
22 43 19 Mike Bliss(i) Humphrey Smith Racing, LLC Toyota 29.232 184.729
Did Not Qualify: # 30 David Stremme; # 87 Joe Nemechek(i); # 74 Stacy Compton.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 17 1 Ford 13 0






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