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Information:

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2012

Time: 7:30 p.m. EST

Location: Texas Motor Speedway

Distance: 334 laps/500 miles

Broadcast: TV—Fox  broadcast starts at 7 p.m.

Radio—PRN

Analysis:

After a week off and a few flared tempers from Martinsville, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series moves to Texas Motor Speedway for its first scheduled night race of the year.

Although the Daytona 500 was run on a Monday night, it was originally scheduled to be a Sunday afternoon race until rains postponed the race.

Under the lights at Texas, there will be high speeds, but the leader of the pack could come from one of two teams.

Matt Kenseth, who won this event last year, led 162 of the 334 laps, the most of any driver that day.

While Kenseth won, his Roush-Fenway Racing teammates all took turns leading at least one lap in the event. David Ragan, who was a Roush-Fenway driver then started on pole is last April’s event.

Flash forward to November when the Sprint Cup once again returned to Texas and the story was much the same.

Instead of a Ford winning though, it was the Chevrolet of Tony Stewart fining victory lane, holding off Carl Edwards is second. Edwards drives for Roush-Fenway racing.

In both races last year, a Roush driver started on pole at Texas, with Ragan taking the April pole while Greg Biffle took the pole in November.

In November, the lowest finishing Roush driver was Ragan in 12th.

So far this season, Kenseth is the only driver that has won for Roush-Fenway Racing, but Biffle leads the points and has been solid most of the year.

For Stewart, he and his Stewart-Haas Racing team are off to its best start in the racing team’s history. Stewart, fresh off his championship run from last year is off to his best start since he joined the NASCAR circuit in 1999. Stewart already has two wins, and his teammate, Ryan Newman is coming off a win two weeks ago at Martinsville.

This Saturday, under the lights of Texas, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a Roush Ford or a Stewart-Haas Chevrolet in victory lane, because when it comes to Texas those two teams have been the teams to beat.

 

By the Numbers:

  • 31st—the furthest back a driver has started an April Texas Race to win. (Matt Kenseth 2002)
  • 8—the number of April wins that Ford has at the track to lead all active manufactures.
  • 8th—the average starting position of the April race winner.
  • 3—number of wins that Carl Edwards has at Texas Motor Speedway to lead all active drivers.
  • 1—the number of April races that have been won from the pole at Texas Motor speedway (Kasey Kahne 2006)

Fantasy lineup:

“A” drivers: Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin

“B” drivers: Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jeff Burton, Jamie McMurray and Martin Truex Jr.

“C” drivers: Trevor Bayne, David Ragan and Bobby Labonte

Entry list:

  1. Jamie McMurray
  2. Brad Keselowski
  3. Kasey Kahne
  4. Marcos Ambrose
  5. David Reutimann
  6. Denny Hamlin
  7. Casey Mears
  8. Tony Stewart
  9. Clint Bowyer
  10. Greg Biffle
  11. Matt Kenseth
  12. Kyle Busch
  13. Mike Bliss
  14. Joey Logano
  15. Trevor Bayne
  16. A.J. Allmendinger
  17. Scott Riggs
  18. Jeff Gordon
  19. Josh Wise
  20. Paul Menard
  21. Kevin Harvick
  22. David Stremme
  23. Jeff Burton
  24. Reed Sorenson
  25. Tony Raines
  26. David Ragan
  27. Dave Blaney
  28. David Gilliland
  29. Ryan Newman
  30. Juan Pablo Montoya
  31. Aric Almirola
  32. Bobby Labonte
  33. Jimmie Johnson
  34. J.J.  Yeley
  35. Kurt Busch
  36. Mark Martin
  37. Martin Truex Jr.
  38. Stacy Compton
  39. Regan Smith
  40. Landon Cassill
  41. Joe Nemechek
  42. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  43. Travis Kvapil
  44. Scott Speed
  45. Michael McDowell
  46. Carl Edwards
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