NASCAR Las Vegas Sunday, February 24, 2019

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES LAS VEGAS STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • NASCAR GOES WEST!
  • KEVIN HARVICK WON 2 OF THE 3 RACES ON THE WEST COAST SWING – LAS VEGAS & ISM RACEWAY
  • MARTIN TRUEX JR. FINISHED TOP 5 ALL 3 RACES INCLUDING A WIN AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
  • KYLE BUSCH FINISHED TOP 3 ALL 3 RACES INCLUDING RUNNER-UP FINISHES AT LAS VEGAS & ISM RACEWAY
  • KYLE BUSCH & MARTIN TRUEX JR. WERE ONLY DRIVERS TO FINISH TOP 5 ALL 3 RACES
  • KYLE BUSCH, MARTIN TRUEX JR. & ERIK JONES WERE ONLY DRIVERS TO FINISH TOP 10 ALL 3 RACES
  • HISTORY:
  • 3/3/57: JACK SMITH WON DIRT RACE AT CONCORD IN A ’57 CHEVY (2ND CAREER WIN)
  • 3/3/63: RICHARD PETTY WON AT ASHEVILLE-WEAVERVILLE SPEEDWAY (5TH STRAIGHT PETTY ENTERPRISES SHORT TRACK WIN)
  • 3/3/74: RICHARD PETTY WON ROCKINGHAM (156TH WIN FOR PETTY)
  • 3/3/85: NEIL BONNETT WON ROCKINGHAM (8 INCH MARGIN-OF-VICTORY OVER HARRY GANT)
  • 3/3/91: KYLE PETTY WON ROCKINGHAM (380 OF 492 LAPS LED)
  • 3/3/96: JEFF GORDON WON RICHMOND (FIRST OF 10 WINS IN 1996 FOR GORDON)
  • 3/3/02: STERLING MARLIN WON LAS VEGAS (9TH OF 10 CAREER WINS)
  • 3/3/13: CARL EDWARDS WON PHOENIX (ENDED 70-RACE WINLESS STREAK)
  • Las Vegas 3/18: Kevin Harvick won Stage 1, Stage 2 & led 214 laps – 2nd straight win (Atlanta & Las Vegas)
  • 3/7/18: Penalized 20 driver, 20 team owner points, crew chief Rodney Childers fined $50,000 and car chief
  • Robert “Cheddar” Smith suspended 2 races
  • Rear window braces did not keep rear window glass rigid. Rocker panel extension not aluminum.
  • Las Vegas 9/18: Brad Keselowski won 500th race for Team Penske – 3rd straight win for Keselowski –
  • 59th Team Penske win for Keselowski tying him with Mark Donohue – 60th Team Penske win at Atlanta
  • First time all 3 Team Penske drivers finished top 5
  • Las Vegas temperatures:
  • 58 Degrees 3/18
  • 101 Degrees 9/18 / Track: 125 degrees
  • Las Vegas 3/18
  • Only 2 pit road speeding penalties – Denny Hamlin finished 17th & AJ Allmendinger finished 30th
  • Kevin Harvick led race-high 214 laps (80%) – Joey Logano led 2nd most 25 laps
  • Team Penske drivers finished 5th, 6th & 7th – Blaney, Keselowski & Logano
  • 12 Different winners in 22 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Las Vegas races (8 are champions)
  • Jimmie Johnson: Winless last 9 Las Vegas races – 4 Wins previous 6 races
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change 2 of last 4 Las Vegas races
  • Brad Keselowski: 3 Wins last 6 Las Vegas races – Passed for final lead change 2 of last 5 Las Vegas races
  • Kevin Harvick won 2 of last 5 Las Vegas races – 1 in SHR Chevrolet & 1 in SHR Ford
  • Kyle Larson passed for final lead change last Las Vegas race – Finished 2nd
  • Chase Elliott failed to finish 3 of 4 Las Vegas races (All due to crashes) – Average finish: 27.8 (Worst track)
  • Ryan Blaney finished 7th or better last 4 Las Vegas races – 8.4 Average finish best of active drivers
  • Last 8 Las Vegas races won by 5 champion drivers
  • Defending series champion won Las Vegas 5 times – Jimmie Johnson twice
  • Las Vegas winner went on to win championship in same season 6 times
  • Jimmie Johnson led most laps 3 Las Vegas races – 1 Win (2005)
  • Martin Truex Jr. led most laps 2 of last 3 Las Vegas races – 1 Win (2017)
  • Kevin Harvick led 80% of laps winning Las Vegas 3/18 – 214 of 267
  • Most consecutive laps led from start: 52 – Jeff Gordon (2010)
  • Most consecutive laps led in a Las Vegas race: 72 – Kevin Harvick (3/18)
  • 2 Las Vegas Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races settled by last lap pass
  • 2 Las Vegas Overtime finishes (2006 & 9/18)
  • Jeff Burton won only shortened Las Vegas race (2000) – 148 of 267 laps
  • 13 of top 14 Las Vegas finishers in 1998 were Fords – Dale Earnhardt finished 8th in Chevrolet
  • Closest Las Vegas margin-of-victory: .045 Seconds Jimmie Johnson over Matt Kenseth (2006)
  • No driver leading 1st lap ever won Las Vegas Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race
  • Best Las Vegas finish by Rookie of the Year contender: 2nd – Kasey Kahne (2004) & Kyle Busch (2005)
  • Erik Jones won pole last Las Vegas race – No laps led & finished 40th (Crash)
  • Only 1 Las Vegas winner after winning pole – Kyle Busch (2009) – Started from the rear (Engine change)
  • Kyle Busch (2009) & Jeff Gordon (2015) started rear of field after winning pole
  • Roush Fenway Racing leads all teams with 7 Las Vegas wins – Winless last 8 races
  • Worst official starting position of winner: 25th – Matt Kenseth (2004)
  • *Kyle Busch won in 2009 after starting from rear of field
  • Most consecutive Las Vegas wins: Jimmie Johnson won 3 straight (2005, ’06 & ’07)
  • Most Las Vegas wins: 4 Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Las Vegas 2nd-place finishes: 3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Winless)
  • Most Las Vegas top 3 finishes: 6 Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Las Vegas top 10 finishes: 10 Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth & Mark Martin
  • Best Las Vegas average finish: 7.7 Dale Earnhardt
  • Most Las Vegas laps led: 595 Jimmie Johnson

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES LAS VEGAS STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Las Vegas wins: 4 Mark Martin
  • Most Las Vegas 2nd-place finishes: 3 Kyle Busch (2016 Winner)
  • Most Las Vegas top 3 finishes: 6 Mark Martin
  • Most Las Vegas top 5 finishes: 6 Kevin Harvick & Mark Martin
  • Most Las Vegas top 10 finishes: 8 Justin Allgaier & Greg Biffle
  • Most Las Vegas laps led: 521 Kyle Busch
  • 17 Different winners in 23 NASCAR Xfinity Series Las Vegas races
  • 11 Different winners last 11 NASCAR Xfinity Series Las Vegas races
  • Last 8 winners were first-time Las Vegas winners
  • Ross Chastain won Stage 1, 2 & race last Las Vegas race
  • 5 of 23 Las Vegas races won from pole – 2 of last 5 won from pole
  • Pole led no laps in 3 Las Vegas races
  • Joe Gibbs Racing won 3 of last 4 Las Vegas poles
  • Kyle Busch led 199 of 200 laps in 2016 (Led final 145 laps) – Bubba Wallace led lap 55
  • Most laps led in a Las Vegas race: 199 – Kyle Busch (2016)
  • Most consecutive Las Vegas laps led: 145 – Kyle Busch (2016)
  • Last 7 Las Vegas winners led 106 or more laps
  • Justin Allgaier passed for final lead change last Las Vegas race – Finished 2nd
  • #42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet won last 2 Las Vegas races – Kyle Larson (3/18) & Ross Chastain (9/18)
  • Worst start position of winner: 29th – Joe Nemechek (2003)
  • 2 Won first career race at Las Vegas – Jeff Green (1997) & Ross Chastain (9/18)
  • Most consecutive Las Vegas laps led from start: 89 – Kevin Harvick (2003)
  • Winner first took lead at lap 146 or later in 5 Las Vegas races
  • 2 Las Vegas Xfinity Series races settled by last lap pass
  • 1 Driver won Las Vegas & championship in same season – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 2012
  • Best Las Vegas finish by Rookie of the Year contender: 2nd – Greg Biffle (2001) & Christopher Bell (3/18)
  • Final green run 7 or fewer laps last 3 Las Vegas races
  • 3 Las Vegas NXS Overtime finishes
  • 2 Swept Las Vegas NXS & MENCS races in same weekend – Jeff Burton (2000) & Brad Keselowski (2014)