CONCORD, N.C. -- The NASCAR Cup Series field will be heading to the Lone Star State this weekend for the second race in the Round of 8.
Texas Motor Speedway has been a place of success for Hendrick Motorsports, with seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson claiming seven checkered flags at the track. Teammates Chase Elliott, William Byron and Alex Bowman collectively have three top-five finishes and eight top-10s at the 1.5-mile track.
Take a look at some of the more notable stats as the drivers take on the second race in the Round of 8 of the playoffs of the season.
- Elliott has earned two top-five finishes, five top-10s and has an average finishing position of 11.1, currently the fifth-best average finish at Texas of all time.
- Despite an on-track incident in this year’s July race, Byron has an average finish of 17.2 in his five Cup Series starts in the Lone Star State. He has four other starts at the 1.5-mile oval with an average finish of 3.5 in two NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series starts and 8.0 in two NASCAR Xfinity Series races.
- Johnson ranks first among all drivers for number of wins at the 1.5-mile track with seven. Additionally, he ranks first among active drivers with second-place finishes (five) and first among top-five finishes (16). Johnson has led the most laps at Texas with 1,152 and has the fourth-best average finish with 10.9.
- Bowman's best qualifying and finishing position of fifth came in the fall event last season after leading 11 laps. In two NASCAR Xfinity starts, Bowman qualified for the pole in both races and led a combined seven laps before finishing 14th and 18th, respectively.
- Hendrick Motorsports has finished inside the top 10 in the last 15 races. Not only is that the organization’s longest streak of the season but it ties its streak from the 2016 championship year. The last time Hendrick Motorsports had a streak of more than 15 races with a top-10 finish was from October 2014 to July 2015. Hendrick Motorsports has also led laps in each of the last 11 races, which is the longest active streak of any organization.
- Hendrick Motorsports has five wins through the first 33 races this season – the most since its seven wins through the first 33 in 2015. It also has 26 top-five finishes, the most in the last four seasons; 55 top-10s, the most in the last five years; and has led for 1,497 laps, the most since 2014.
- The last time Hendrick Motorsports had at least three drivers win a race in a single season was in 2015. This year, Chase Elliott, William Byron and Alex Bowman all have ended up in victory lane. Overall, Hendrick Motorsports leads all teams with 12 different seasons where three or more drivers have notched a win.
- Since the inception of the format in 2004, Hendrick Motorsports has 45 NASCAR Cup Series playoff wins – 16 more than any other team. With Elliott’s victory at the Charlotte roval on Oct. 11, the organization has now scored at least one playoff win in a record-extending 16 different seasons, missing only 2017. A series-topping seven different drivers have won a playoff race for Hendrick Motorsports.