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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Duck Commander 500 Preview

Date: Sunday, April 6

Start Time: 3 p.m. ET

Site: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas

Track: 1.5-mile oval

Laps: 334

Miles: 501

Capacity: 112,552 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 18th

On TV: FOX

Announcers:

On Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Greg Biffle, 2012 (160.577 mph)

Qualifying record: Kyle Busch, 2013 (196.299 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Kyle Busch

Runner up: Martin Truex Jr.

Pole winner: Kyle Busch (196.299 mph)

Top 10:

1. Kyle Busch (Start: 1)

2. Martin Truex Jr (5)

3. Carl Edwards (9)

4. Greg Biffle (35)

5. Joey Logano (18)

6. Jimmie Johnson (7)

7. Aric Almirola (3)

8. Brian Vickers (15)

9. Brad Keselowski (16)

10. Ryan Newman (31)

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

Past winners

2013 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 144.7561 mph

2012 Greg Biffle, Ford, 160.577 mph

2011 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 149.231 mph

2010 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 146.230 mph.

2009 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 146.372 mph

2008 Carl Edwards, Ford, 144.814 mph

2007 Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 143.359 mph

2006 Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 137.943 mph

2005 Greg Biffle, Ford, 130.055 mph

2004 Elliott Sadler, , 138.845 mph

2003 Ryan Newman, Dodge, 134.517 mph

2002 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 142.431 mph

2001 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 141.804 mph

2000 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 131.152 mph

1999 Terry Labonte, Chevrolet, 144.276 mph

1998 Mark Martin, Ford, 136.771 mph

1997 Jeff Burton, Ford, 125.111 mph

Last race

Race: STP 500 (March 30)

Site: Martinsville Speedway -- Martinsville, Va.

Miles: 263

Laps: 500

Finish line order: Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Marcos Ambrose

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

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 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.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Bell Helicopter

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Miller Lite

#3. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Dow

#4. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Jimmy John's

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Time Warner Cable

#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Accell Construction

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/Stanley

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Office

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops

#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/Willie's Duck Diner

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Roush Fenway Racing

#18 * Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Interstate Batteries

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Dollar General

#21 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil/Hertz

#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Axalta

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Speed Stick

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Quaker State

#30 Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT) Toyota/Swan Energy

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Caterpillar

#32 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Ford/TBA

#33 David Stremme (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Taco Bell

#35 David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL) Ford/MDS Transport

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/TBA

#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Love's Travel Shop

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Hillman Racing

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Target

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Eckrich

#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Bush's Beans

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's

#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/Brandt

#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#66 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/Land Castle Title

#77 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Ford/TBA

#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/Borla Exhaust

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard

#95 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Ford/TWD

#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Fastenal

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Kyle Busch 21 15 37 3 18 3 16 11 Won
Martin Truex Jr --- 8 7 36 25 9 35 6 2
Carl Edwards 19 36 12 Won 10 33 3 8 3
Greg Biffle Won 42 6 39 3 10 4 Won 4
Joey Logano --- --- --- --- 30 28 24 19 5
Jimmie Johnson 3 11 38 2 2 2 8 2 6
Aric Almirola --- --- --- --- 33 --- --- 22 7
Brian Vickers 34 43 14 16 16 38 27 --- 8
Brad Keselowski --- --- --- --- 23 14 18 36 9
Ryan Newman 16 40 32 4 15 11 14 21 10
Kasey Kahne 35 Won 20 25 19 5 21 7 11
Matt Kenseth 18 2 2 9 5 20 Won 5 12
Kevin Harvick 13 5 29 11 27 7 20 9 13
Clint Bowyer --- 19 16 10 22 36 2 17 15
Tony Stewart 31 3 25 7 4 32 12 24 21
Dale Earnhardt Jr 9 12 36 12 20 8 9 10 29
Kurt Busch 7 34 11 23 8 4 10 13 37
Jeff Gordon 15 22 4 43 Won 31 23 4 38

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.



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