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Sport Texas 101: TV schedule, playoff stats, Goodyear tires and more

09:55  22 october  2020
09:55  22 october  2020 Source:   nascar.com

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GOODYEAR TIRES . Teams in all three NASCAR national series will run the same tire setup. This will be the first time teams run these Goodyear tire codes at Texas Motor Speedway, though they ran them at Kentucky Speedway last weekend and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in February.

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TRACK DETAILS

Texas Motor Speedway is a 1.5-mile D-shaped oval located in Fort Worth, Texas. The recently paved asphalt surface — also reconfigured in 2017 — boasts a 2,250-foot frontstretch and a 1,330-foot backstretch with 20 degrees of banking in Turn 1 and 2 and 24 degrees in Turns 3 and 4.

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GOODYEAR TIRES . Kansas Speedway is not considered to be a high tire -wear track, but it has aged some since its repave in 2012. — Kurt Busch has made the playoffs seven times during the elimination format but has never made it to the Championship 4, the most playoff appearances by a

The Cup Series has laid rubber here since the 1997 season, when Jeff Burton outpaced Dale Jarrett and Bobby Labonte to take home the series‘ first trophy from Texas.

Sunday‘s race will be the 40th NASCAR premier-series feature held at the track.

STAGE LENGTHS

Stage 1 will end at Lap 105, Stage 2 at Lap 210 and the final stage at Lap 334.

STARTING LINEUP

Series points leader Kevin Harvick wheels off at the head of the field this weekend, followed by Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman to complete the top five.

The lineup was determined using NASCAR‘s competition-based formula, which is a total number based on the previous event: 15% of a fastest lap time position, 25% of the driver‘s final race finish position, 25% of the owner‘s final race position and 35% of the owner points position.

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RULES PACKAGE


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GOODYEAR TIRES

Each Cup Series team will be allotted nine sets of Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials for the 501-mile race.

Increasing familiarity with tire setup is a benefit for teams heading into the weekend, as the same combination was used in September‘s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway last weekend. With the inability to practice and iron out wrinkles, looking back on previous races is each team‘s best bet — even on the smoother Texas track.

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“Since its repave a few years back, the smooth surface at Texas has provided a challenge in that it does not wear tires on its own,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear‘s director of racing. “We have aligned several similar tracks that don‘t naturally wear tires — Texas, Las Vegas and Kansas — and bring tread compounds that introduce some wear.  Like we said for Kansas last week, getting tires to wear is a good thing. Tires that wear will run cooler because they shed rubber over the course of a run and dissipate heat out through the tread.”

PLAYOFF STATS TO KNOW

— The last 28 Cup Series playoff races have been won by playoff-eligible drivers. The last playoff race won by a non-eligible driver was at Phoenix Raceway in 2017 when Matt Kenseth, previously eliminated in the Round of 12, earned the victory.

— After Kyle Busch‘s elimination in the Round of 12, three of the four drivers from the 2019 Championship 4 remain in contention.

— Jimmie Johnson (four) and Kevin Harvick (three) have combined to win seven of the last eight playoff races at Texas. Harvick has won the last three.

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GOODYEAR TIRES . There are three factors that stand out when it comes to racing at Bristol “Bristol provides several unique challenges for both Goodyear and the race teams,” said Greg — The only two drivers to finish inside the top five in each playoff race so far are Austin Dillon and Joey Logano.

GOODYEAR TIRES . There are three factors that stand out when it comes to racing at Bristol “Bristol provides several unique challenges for both Goodyear and the race teams,” said Greg — The only two drivers to finish inside the top five in each playoff race so far are Austin Dillon and Joey Logano.

— The eventual Cup Series champion has finished inside the top 10 in the Texas playoff race in five of the six years of the elimination era. But the winner of the race has never gone on to win the title under the current format.

Source: Racing Insights

INTERACTIVE COVERAGE

For a more interactive experience, head over to NASCAR.com or the NASCAR app to check out an enhanced Race Center, live Lap-by-Lap coverage, the customizable live leaderboard with Scanner, and the return of Drive (featuring in-car cameras).

Be sure to set your lineup in Fantasy Live and make your picks in the NASCAR Finish Line App.

2019 RACE WINNER

Kevin Harvick dominated last year‘s race, leading 119 laps and securing a coveted place in the Championship 4 finale. Harvick has taken home the checkered flag in three consecutive fall races at Texas, dating back to 2017.

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ACTIVE TEXAS WINNERS

Jimmie Johnson (seven wins); Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch (three wins each); Matt Kenseth (two wins); Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Austin Dillon (one win each).

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