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DATE: Sunday, April 6
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 112,552 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 18th
TELEVISION: FOX
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 3 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, April 5/3:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Martin Truex Jr.
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 1)
LAPS: 334
MILES: 501
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2013 (196.299 mph)
RACE RECORD: Greg Biffle, 2012 (160.577 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch16Jimmie Johnson7
2Martin Truex Jr57Aric Almirola3
3Carl Edwards98Brian Vickers15
4Greg Biffle359Brad Keselowski16
5Joey Logano1810Ryan Newman31
2013 Duck Commander 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 144.751 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 27 mins., 40 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.235 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 36 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 18 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (196.299 mph)
Past Duck Commander 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Kyle Busch (1) -- Toyota -- 144.7561 mph
2012 -- Greg Biffle (3) -- Ford -- 160.577 mph
2011 -- Matt Kenseth (4) -- Ford -- 149.231 mph
2010 -- Denny Hamlin (29) -- Toyota -- 146.230 mph.
2009 -- Jeff Gordon (2) -- Chevrolet -- 146.372 mph
2008 -- Carl Edwards (2) -- Ford -- 144.814 mph
2007 -- Jeff Burton (2) -- Chevrolet -- 143.359 mph
2006 -- Kasey Kahne (1) -- Dodge -- 137.943 mph
2005 -- Greg Biffle (5) -- Ford -- 130.055 mph
2004 -- Elliott Sadler (19) Ford -- 138.845 mph
2003 -- Ryan Newman (3) -- Dodge -- 134.517 mph
2002 -- Matt Kenseth (31) -- Ford -- 142.431 mph
2001 -- Dale Jarrett (3) -- Ford -- 141.804 mph
2000 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (4) -- Chevrolet -- 131.152 mph
1999 -- Terry Labonte (4) -- Chevrolet -- 144.276 mph
1998 -- Mark Martin (7) -- Ford -- 136.771 mph
1997 -- Jeff Burton (5) -- Ford -- 125.111 mph
 
NOTE: Previously called Interstate Batteries 500 (1997), Texas 500 (1998,
2000-01), Primestar 500 (1999), Samsung/Radio Shack 500 (2002-06),
Samsung 500 (2007-09), Samsung Mobile (2010-12), NRA 500 (2013). Spring
race at Texas was held on a Saturday night from 2011-13.
 
Past Duck Commander 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Kyle Busch -- 1
2012 -- Martin Truex Jr. -- 6
2011 -- David Ragan -- 7
2010 -- Denny Hamlin -- 29
2009 -- David Reutimann -- 11
2008 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 12
2007 -- None -- Weather
2006 -- Kasey Kahne -- 1
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 16
2004 -- Bobby Labonte -- 25
2003 -- Bobby Labonte -- 37
2002 -- Bill Elliott -- 9
2001 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 8
2000 -- Terry Labonte -- 8
1999 -- Kenny Irwin Jr -- 15
1998 -- Jeremy Mayfield -- 23
1997 -- None -- Weather
Last Race Results
RACE: STP 500 (March 30)
SITE: Martinsville Speedway -- Martinsville, Va.
MILES: 263
LAPS: 500
WINNER: Kurt Busch
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
THIRD: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
FOURTH: Joey Logano
FIFTH: Marcos Ambrose
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 14)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 38 mins., 38 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 72.1766 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.263 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 14 for 92 laps
LAP LEADERS: 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 111-132, 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.
Duck Commander 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
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
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
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
 
Mover of the Week
Dale Earnhardt Jr. - started 26 and finished 3
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Matt Kenseth
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 2
 
NOTES:
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.

04/01 13:49:20 ET

As of April 1, 2014, at 01:49 PM ET

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