This weekend NASCAR drivers head to the Texas Motor Speedway, said to be one of the biggest and best stops on NASCAR's calendar in Fort Worth, Texas where Sprint Cup Series drivers will race in the Samsung Mobile 500 on April 14, 2012.
If you want to get a glimpse as to what might happen in the Saturday night Sprint Cup Series race, here are the top-five significant records held on the track that might hold a clue as to who will capture the checkered flag in this weekend's event.
Carl Edwards holds the record for the most wins at the Texas track with three. Although he's gone winless for the last 39 races, he's had some good success here in Fort Worth and remarked this week, " Those mile-and-a-halves have been great for us from day one. Texas is always fun, just a fun event to go to. It's been a great race track for us."
Edwards has a total of five top-fives and six top-tens with a 15.5 average race finish at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Track race record2011 Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart holds the track speed record at 152.707 mph. Stewart set the record in the November 2011 Chase race, taking his fourth victory of eight Chase races, ultimately winning the title at the end of the season. He led the fall race seven times for 173 laps and has a total of two wins, five top-fives and 11 top-tens at Texas Motor Speedway.
Youngest race winner
Ryan Newman became the youngest race winner at the Texas track back on March 30, 2003. He was 25 years, 3 months and 22 days old. He's also holds the record with four other drivers for the most poles at two, and has one victory, three top-fives and three top-ten finishes here.
Worst starting spot to win
Matt Kenseth holds the honor for having the worst starting spot to come back and take the win. He started all the way back in the 31st position back in 2002. Kenseth also holds the record for the most top-fives, at ten, and has 13 top-tens at the Texas track with an average race finish of 8.7.
Most laps led
Tony Stewart also holds the distinction for having led the most laps at Texas Motor Speedway, set on November 5, 2006 taking 278 of 334 laps. He led the race eight times and it was his first win on the track. Stewart's got a lot going for him this weekend, can he capture the checkered flag for the third time this early in the season?
K.C. Dermody grew up watching auto racing at the old Baylands Raceway in Fremont, California, and has been a fan ever since.
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