Fort Worth TX is the next stop for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, as drivers take on the 1.5 mile Texas Motor Speedway. A fast 1.5 mile track is the best of all worlds to me. High banking, a tri-oval, not much room to breathe on the straightaway in back. Not as nerve-wrenching as Bristol, not quite the drama of the superspeedways like Talladega or Daytona, but a good combo of each type, in miniature. Here’s how the Sprint Cup drivers measure up:
Starts: Jeff Gordon makes his 27th start Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. make their 24th.
Wins: Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson have 3 wins here, Edwards 3-18. Winless: Kevin Harvick and Dave Blaney are 0-22. Jamie McMurray 0-20.
Top 5: Percentage-wise, the best here is Kenseth, 13-23, along with Jimmie, 10-21. Others: Greg Biffle 8-20, Kyle Busch 6-17. Carl Edwards 6-18, Denny Hamlin 5-16. Blaney is 0-22, David Gilliland and Brian Vickers 0-15.
Top 10: Kenseth again, 16-23 here, Jimmie 16-21. Others: Biffle 12-20, Hamlin and Clint Bowyer 9-16. Gilliland again outside the top 10 in all runs here, along with Travis Kvapil, who is 0-13.
Laps turned without win: Harvick 7345, McMurray 6466, Casey Mears 6296, Blaney 5916.
Laps led without victory: Martin Truex Jr. 231, Brad Keselowski 139, Bowyer 84, McMurray 70.
Best gains in starting position per race, 3 start minimum: Danica Patrick, generally running in the back of her 3 races, gains 9 positions. Kvapil 8.7, Kenseth 7.3, Harvick 8.8,
Running at finish: Harvick is perfect through 22 races here. Other perfectos: Mears through 19, Kyle Busch through 17, Denny Hamlin through 16.
Lead lap finishes: Kenseth 19-23, Jimmie 18-21. These two dominate percentagewise. Hamlin 12-16.
Top 10 prediction:
9 Kurt Busch