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DATE: Saturday, April 13
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway (1997) -- Fort Worth, Texas
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 122,377 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 7th
TELEVISION: FOX
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, April 12/6:40 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Greg Biffle
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
POLE WINNER: Martin Truex Jr. (finished 6th)
LAPS: 334
MILES: 501
QUALIFYING RECORD: Brian Vickers, 2006 (196.235 mph)
RACE RECORD: Greg Biffle, 2012 (160.577 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Greg Biffle36Martin Truex Jr.1
2Jimmie Johnson107Kasey Kahne5
3Mark Martin48Carl Edwards20
4Jeff Gordon349Kevin Harvick15
5Matt Kenseth210Dale Earnhardt Jr.16
2012 NRA 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 160.577 mph (track record)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 7 mins., 12 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.235 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 2 for 24 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 18 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Martin Truex Jr. (190.369 mph)
Past NRA 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
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).
 
Past NRA 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
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 Gas Booster 500 (April 7)
SITE: Martinsville Speedway -- Martinsville, Va.
MILES: 263
LAPS: 500
WINNER: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Clint Bowyer
THIRD: Jeff Gordon
FOURTH: Kasey Kahne
FIFTH: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 38 mins., 58 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 72.066 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.627 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 12 for 85 laps
LAP LEADERS: J. Johnson - pole; M. Ambrose 1; J. Johnson 2-72; T. Kvapil 73;
J. Johnson 74-90; Kyle Busch 91-102; J. Johnson 103-221; M.
Kenseth 222-242; J. Johnson 243; M. Kenseth 244-264; Kyle Busch
265-308; M. Kenseth 309-362; J. Johnson 363-500.
NRA 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bell Helicopters
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Time Warner Cable
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Sany
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/FedEx Office
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/Gander Mountain
16 *Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Filtrete
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Best Buy
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Interstate Batteries
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Plinker Tactical
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Cromax Pro
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Quaker State
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Rheem
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Swan Energy/Lean 1
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Oxy Water
33Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Love's Travel Shops
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Accell Construction
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/EZ Pawn/EZ Money
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target/Kellogg's
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Eckrich
44Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Ford/TBA
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Bush's Beans
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's Dover White
51A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Maddie's Place
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
95Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/TBA
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Greg Biffle31Won426393104Won
Jimmie Johnson93113822282
Mark Martin172093866363
Jeff Gordon31522443Won31234
Matt Kenseth1618229520Won5
Martin Truex Jr------8736259356
Kasey Kahne235Won2025195217
Carl Edwards---193612Won103338
Kevin Harvick131352911277209
Dale Earnhardt Jr49123612208910
Kyle Busch---21153731831611
Clint Bowyer------1916102236217
Paul Menard---------15171335518
Joey Logano---------------30282419
Ryan Newman39164032415111421
Tony Stewart83132574321224
Brad Keselowski---------------23141836
 
Mover of the Week
Mark Martin - started 35 and finished 10
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Brad Keselowski
Last Week's Pick to Win (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) - finished 24
 
NOTES:
The NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is the seventh race on the 2013 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.

There have been 24 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 Sprint Cup race at Texas on April 6, 1997. Burton drove for Roush Fenway Racing at the time.

Carl Edwards holds the record for most wins at Texas with three. Greg Biffle, Burton, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart have two victories each there. Biffle won at this track one year ago, and Johnson took the checkered flag last November.

Kenseth has the most top-five finishes at Texas with 12, while Mark Martin's 15 top-10s is tops among all drivers there.

Jack Roush has the most car owner wins at Texas with nine, followed by Rick Hendrick with four and Joe Gibbs with three.

The race winner at Texas has started from the pole position just two times: Kasey Kahne (April 2006) and Johnson (November 2012).

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.

Four drivers have competed in all 24 races at Texas: Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Martin.

Brad Keselowski and Trevor Bayne are those drivers competing in this weekend's race that made their first career Sprint Cup starts at Texas. Keselowski started 37th and finished 19th in his Cup debut on Nov. 2, 2008. Bayne started 28th and finished 17th in his maiden start on Nov. 7, 2010.

Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are those drivers who won their first Sprint Cup races at Texas. Burton's maiden win in the series came in the inaugural event there in '97. Earnhardt scored his first victory on April 2, 2000. It came in his 12th start.

Two drivers who are entered for this race claimed their first poles at Texas: 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 21 STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. Denny Hamlin won last year's event there. Hamlin is not expected to compete at Kansas, as he continues to recover from a compression fracture in his lower back due to an accident at Auto Club Speedway last month.

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