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NASCAR: Texas Motor Speedway Facts And Stats

NASCAR will be at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, much to the delight of NASCAR fans in the area. There will be two races of course, with the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday night before the Samsung Mobile 500 on Saturday night. The O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 is a part of the Nationwide series while the highlight of the weekend, the Samsung Mobile 500, is part of the Sprint Cup Series.

NASCAR.com has a few interesting facts and stats about the Texas Motor Speedway and both races.

NATIONWIDE SERIES | O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 (8:30 p.m. ET Friday)

10 -- Top-10 finishes for Kyle Busch, most of any driver. He has five victories and three runner-up finishes in 12 starts. He has one finish worse than seventh (32nd in November 2006).

10 -- Top-10 finishes for Kevin Harvick. His next top-10 ties Tommy Houston for the most top-10s in series history at 198.

10 -- Times in the past 11 races the winner has started in the top 10. The lone exception was Kyle Busch in April 2008, when he started 31st, the worst starting position of any winner and the only time time trials were canceled.

65 -- Percentage of laps led (1,040 of 1,605) since April 2007 (span of eight races). Busch has led more than 100 laps in seven of those races and averages 98 laps led in his 12 starts.

Very Interesting

19 -- Different tracks at which Carl Edwards has won in the Nationwide Series, No. 19 being Texas this past November. That victory ended Kyle Busch's five-race winning streak at the track. Busch finished second.

And for the main attraction:

SPRINT CUP SERIES | Samsung Mobile 500 (7:30 p.m. ET Saturday)

5 -- Consecutive top-10 finishes for Greg Biffle, the longest current streak. Biffle is the all-time leader in laps led with 612.

12 -- Times the margin of victory has been less than 1 second, including both races last year. Texas also has the largest MOV in Cup since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, when Kurt Busch beat Denny Hamlin by 25.686 seconds in November 2009.

14 -- DNFs in last April's race, tied for the most at Texas, with the first two races in 1997 and 1998. Of those 14, eight were a result of crashes.

43 -- Combined number of laps led by Denny Hamlin in his two victories last year at Texas: He led the final 12 laps in the spring race (started 29th); he led 31 laps in the fall (started 30th).

Very Interesting

-- Top-10s for Carl Edwards, three of which are victories, making him the all-time active leader. He's also crashed out three times among his 12 starts.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.