April 08, 2018
Past names: Duck Commander 500 (2014-2016)
NRA 500 (2013) Samsung Mobile 500 (2010-2012)
Texas Motor Speedway
Fort Worth, TX
First race: 1997
Distance: 501 miles (806.281 km)
NASCAR is heading to Texas for the first of two races at Texas Motor Speedway. The second race held at Texas Motor Speedway is the AAA Texas 500 is a relatively new race on the NASCAR circuit, having completed its inaugural race in November of 2005 at the Texas Motor Speedway.
The O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, formely Duck Commander 500, Samsung Mobile 500 race, is set to get underway on April 9th in one of the biggest racing stadiums of the year.
The Texas Motor Speedway was once considered to be the fastest non-restrictor plate race on the NASCAR tour with qualifying speeds in excess of 192 mph and corner entry speeds of over 200 mph. Brian Vickers holds the record for the fastest qualifying time at 196.235 mph. You will likely see the same cast of characters at the front of the pack- Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, and Jeff Burton. Texas Motor Speedway was the first track to install a different type lap counter, one that counts the laps remaining and also the laps that have been run.
The Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, is a quad oval-track is banked 24 degrees in turns and is 1.5 miles in circumference. Opening in 1996, the Texas Motor Speedway boasts a seating capacity of 212,585. This 9 turn superspeedway is very similar to Lowe’s Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) and Atlanta Motor Speedway. All three tracks are owned by Speedway Motor Sports. (Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee is also owned by Speedway Motor Sports.) Track capacity is 212,585 people.
The Texas Motor Speedway, or TMS, is the Home of the NASCAR Nextel Cup races, the Craftsman Truck Series, and the Sprint Cup Series. TMS is the track that hosted Brian Vickers’ spectacular record breaking qualifying run in the Dickies 500 in 2006. Other records that have been set there include times for the Samsung 500, Dickies 500, Siverado 350K, Sam’s Town 400, O’Reilly Challenge, and the O’Reilly 300. The track is also the home of the Bombardier Learjet 550 (Indy Racing League IndyCar Series).
2017 Duck Commander 500 Winner: Jimmie Johnson
2016 Duck Commander 500 Winner: Kyle Busch
2015 Duck Commander 500 Winner: Jimmie Johnson
2014 Duck Commander 500 Winner: Joey Logano
2013 NRA 500 Winner
Kyle Busch took the lead from Martin Truex Jr. with a lightning-fast pit stop during the final caution and led the final 19 laps to win the 2013 NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
2012 Samsung 500 Winner
Greg Biffle wins 2012 Samsung Mobile 500 NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway. It was Biffle’s second-career victory in 17 starts at TMS in his No. 16 3M Filtrete Ford and his 17th victory in 337 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
2011 Samsung 500 Winner
Matt Kenseth dominated the race leading 169 of 334 laps for his 19th career victory. Kenseth was trailing late behind Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch when both drivers tried to stretch their fuel, hoping for a caution flag.
2010 Samsung 500 Winner
On a bad knee and all, Denny Hamlin prevailed as the winner of the 2010 Samsung Mobile 500 from Texas Motor Speedway. This was Hamlin’s second series win of the 2010 season (his first win several weeks ago at Martinsville, also ran on a Monday) his tenth series career win, and his first win at Texas Motor Speedway.
2009 Samsung 500 Winner
Jeff Gordon has ended the longest winless drought of his career, beating Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson to finally win at Texas Speedway. Jeff Gordon won for the first time in 48 races with his victory at the 1.5-mile, high-banked Texas Motor Speedway, one of only two active tracks where the four-time Cup champion had never won a race.