MENCS Information Sunday, November 4, 2018

2018 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • 12 Different winners in 34 races this season
  • 7 Different winners in 8 Playoff races this season
  • Kevin Harvick: 13 Playoff race wins – 2nd all-time (Jimmie Johnson 29)
  • Kevin Harvick: 7 Straight seasons with Playoff race win (2012-’18) – 11 Playoff race wins last 7 seasons
  • Kevin Harvick average Playoff race finish this season: 13.4 – 10th best of drivers competing in all 8 races
  • Kevin Harvick: 6 Career wins streaks (Consecutive wins) – 2 This season including 3 straight wins at Atlanta, Las Vegas & ISM
  • Kevin Harvick ended 10-race winless streak with victory at Texas – Previous longest winless streak this season: 6 races
  • Kevin Harvick leads all with 18 Stage wins this season – Drove for the Cycle four times
  • Kevin Harvick started 3rd or better 6 of 8 wins this season
  • Kevin Harvick best Ford finisher only twice in Playoff races this season – Only once in last 6 races (Texas)
  • Kevin Harvick: 8 Wins this season (Leads all drivers) – 4 Wins on 1.5-mile tracks (Leads all drivers)
  • Kevin Harvick best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher 19 races this season – Only twice in Playoff races
  • Oldest winner this season: Kevin Harvick – 42
  • Chase Elliott only repeat winner last 10 Playoff races (2 Wins) – 8 Others 1 win each
  • Chase Elliott: 3 Wins last 13 races – Winless previous 98 races
  • Chase Elliott eliminated Round of 8 last season
  • Chevrolet: Only 4 wins this season – 3 Wins by Chase Elliott (Last 3 Chevrolet wins all Chase Elliott)
  • Chase Elliott best Hendrick Motorsports finisher 19 of 34 races this season (56%)
  • Chase Elliott best Hendrick Motorsports finisher 5 of 8 Playoff races this season including last 3
  • Chase Elliott only Hendrick Motorsports driver in top 10 at Texas – Finished 6th
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change 6 times this season – Twice by Kevin Harvick
  • Martin Truex Jr.: Winless last 15 races – Longest streak since 2015-‘16
  • Martin Truex Jr. passed for lead on final lap 3 races this season & passed with 2 to go at Kansas May
  • Martin Truex Jr. passed for final lead change 5 races this season – All 5 with 11 or fewer laps to go
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 1 Win on a 1.5-mile track this season (Kentucky) – 7 Wins last season (Record)
  • Clint Bowyer worst Playoff finisher 3 of last 5 races
  • Clint Bowyer raced into Round of 12 this season – Before Charlotte Roval 13th (-4) After Charlotte Roval 9th (+7)
  • Clint Bowyer only Stewart-Haas Racing finisher outside top 10 at Texas last week – Finished 26th
  • Joey Logano average finish last 13 races: 8.8 (Best) – Average Playoff race finish: 6.0 (Best)
  • Joey Logano: 2 Wins this season – NASCAR’s longest track (Talladega) & shortest track (Martinsville)
  • Aric Almirola average Playoff race finish: 9.1 (2nd best) – 7th in Standings -57
  • Kurt Busch eliminated Round of 8 in 2015 & ’16 (Eliminated Round of 16 last season)
  • Kyle Larson failed to win last 5 races after leading most laps – 4 Times this season
  • Erik Jones best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher at Texas (Finished 4th) – First time best JGR finisher in last 8 races
  • Erik Jones only Joe Gibbs Racing driver in top 15 at Texas (Finished 4th)
  • Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick & Martin Truex Jr. 19 wins combined this season – Only 2 Playoff race wins
  • First win at track for 5 of last 6 winners –
  • Blaney (Charlotte Roval), Elliott (Dover), Almirola (Talladega), Elliott (Kansas) & Logano (Martinsville)
  • All 4 Stewart-Haas Racing drivers won this season – Harvick 8, Bowyer 2, Almirola 1 & Kurt Busch 1
  • Leader of most laps failed to win 9 of last 11 races – Joey Logano won Martinsville Oct. & Kevin Harvick won Texas Nov.
  • 3 of last 6 races settled by last lap pass
  • Ford: 18 Wins this season (12 by Stewart-Haas Racing & 6 by Team Penske) – 10 Wins all of last season
  • Toyota: 1 Win last 13 races (Winless last 6 races) – Kyle Busch at Richmond
  • 8 Overtime races this season (4 Playoff races) – Leader at scheduled distance lost 3
  • 2 of last 4 races closest margin-of-victory this season – Talladega Oct. & Martinsville Oct.
  • Team Penske: 6 Wins this season; 3 Playoff race wins this season (Leads all teams) – 3 Different drivers (2 Eliminated from Playoffs)
  • Team Penske: 5 Wins last 10 races – 3 Playoff race wins (Leads all teams)
  • Stewart-Haas Racing won 12 of 34 races this season (Season high) – 3 Wins all of last season
  • Hendrick Motorsports won 3 races this season – All 3 by Chase Elliott
  • Most Playoff race wins this season: 2 Chase Elliott (3 Career wins – 2 Playoff race wins)
  • Most Playoff race 2nd-place finish: 2 Denny Hamlin (Eliminated from Playoffs)
  • Most Playoff race top 3 finishes: 3 Joey Logano & Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most Playoff race top 5 finishes: 5 Joey Logano
  • Most Playoff race top 10 finishes this season: 7 Joey Logano
  • Best Playoff race average finish this season: 6.0 Joey Logano
  • Most Playoff race laps led this season: 639 Kevin Harvick
  • Most Playoff races led this season: 8 Brad Keselowski (Every race)
  • Most wins this season: 8 Kevin Harvick (Career high)
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 6 Kyle Larson (Winless)
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 16 Kyle Busch
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 21 Kevin Harvick
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 27 Kevin Harvick
  • Best average finish this season: 8.6 Kyle Busch
  • Most laps led this season: 1859 Kevin Harvick (3rd most laps led in a season)
  • Most laps led by non-winner this season: 737 Kyle Larson
  • Most races led this season: 24 Kevin Harvick
  • Most poles this season: 5 Kurt Busch