by Garrett Horton
Excluding the exhibition race in the Bud Shootout, Kyle Busch has failed to win any NASCAR sanctioned event in 2012. Since joining Joe Gibbs Racing in 2008, the talented yet unstable driver has averaged almost 21 combined victories in the Cup, Nationwide, and Truck series each year.
The Cup series has been visiting the Texas Motor Speedway for 15 years now, and only once has the pole sitter gone on to win the race. Kasey Kahne, driving for Evernham Motorsports at the time, took his No. 9 Dodge to victory lane after starting P1 in the 2006 event.
Wins for Chevrolet, all by Stewart-Hass Racing. Toyota, Ford, and Dodge have each made one trip to the winners circle in 2012.
The fewest cautions in a Cup race at Texas, occuring four different times, including both events last year. The other two occassions happened in the fall races in 2008 and 2009, which were won by Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch, respectively.
It seems like we hear it every year, but it is especially true for 2012 – track position is more important than ever. Through six races, 13th has been the worst starting spot for a race winner, when Denny Hamlin won Phoenix after starting outside the top-10. Every other race winner so far has started ninth or higher.
There were 14 Sprint Cup races run at TMS before the facility had a repeat winner. Carl Edwards became the first man to visit victory lane at the speedway more than once, when he picked up win number two in the spring race of 2008. His first win at the track came three years earlier in 2005, his first full season in the Cup series. In the four years since Edwards became the first two-time winner, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, and Tony Stewart have joined the ranks of winning at TMS on more than one occasion.
The average number of lead changes so far in 2012 has been 17.8. Daytona and Phoenix both hold the season high of 25 while the rain-shortened race at Fontana had only nine. This number is far off last years average after six races, which was 31.5.
The deepest starting position for any winner at Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. This has now been a track record for 10 years, when Matt Kenseth won the 2002 running after starting 31st.
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