NASCAR Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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2016 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS 

Most wins: 5 Jimmie Johnson

 

Most 2nd-place finishes: 5 Kyle Busch (4 Wins)

 

Most top 3 finishes: 12 Kyle Busch

 

Most top 5 finishes: 17 Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick

 

Most top 10 finishes: 27 Kevin Harvick

 

Best average finish: 9.9 Kevin Harvick

 

Most laps led: 1809 Martin Truex Jr.

 

Most laps led by winless driver: 358 Chase Elliott

 

Most races led: 26 Kyle Busch

 

Most lead lap finishes: 31 Kurt Busch

 

Most poles: 6 Carl Edwards (Failed to win last 4 races after winning pole)

 

Most front-row starts: 10 Carl Edwards & Joey Logano

 

Most top 5 starts: 18 Carl Edwards

 

Most top 12 starts: 35 Denny Hamlin (Started 17th at Texas Nov.)

 

Best average start: 6.3 Denny Hamlin

 

Most Chase race wins: 3 Jimmie Johnson

 

Most Chase race 2nd-place finishes: 2 Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth & Joey Logano

 

Most Chase race top 3 finishes: 5 Joey Logano

 

Most Chase race top 5 finishes: 6 Kyle Busch & Joey Logano

 

Most Chase race top 10 finishes: 9 Kyle Busch (Finished 30th at Talladega)

 

Best Chase race average finish: 7.2 Kyle Busch

 

Most Chase race laps led: 575 Martin Truex Jr.

 

Most restrictor-plate race wins: 2 Brad Keselowski

 

Most restrictor-plate race 2nd-place finishes: 2 Kyle Busch (Winless)

 

Most restrictor-plate top 3 finishes: 3 Kyle Busch (4 Races)

 

Most restrictor-plate top 5 finishes: 3 Kyle Busch

 

Most restrictor-plate top 10 finishes: 4 Austin Dillon (Every race)

 

Best restrictor-plate average finish: 7.0 Austin Dillon

 

Most restrictor-plate laps led: 252 Brad Keselowski (34%)

 

Most restrictor-plate races led: 4 Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin & Brad Keselowski (Every race)

 

Most 1.5-mile wins: 3 Jimmie Johnson

 

Most 1.5-mile 2nd-place finishes: 3 Joey Logano (Winless)

 

Most 1.5-mile top 3 finishes: 5 Jimmie Johnson & Joey Logano

 

Most 1.5-mile top 5 finishes: 7 Jimmie Johnson

 

Most 1.5-mile top 10 finishes: 9 Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick

 

Best 1.5-mile average finish: 7.6 Kyle Busch

 

Most 1.5-mile laps led: 883 Martin Truex Jr. (Kevin Harvick 2nd most 457 behind)

 

Most 1.5-mile races led: 8 Kyle Busch & Joey Logano

 

Most short track wins: 2 Carl Edwards

 

Most short track top 3 finishes: 3 Denny Hamlin

 

Most short track top 10 finishes: 5 Joey Logano

 

Most short track laps led: 689 Kyle Busch

 

Most short track races led: 5 Matt Kenseth

 

13 Different winners in 36 races last season

 

5 Different winners in 10 Playoff races last season – Jimmie Johnson led all with 3 Playoff race wins

 

Kyle Busch only Championship 4 driver winless in Playoff races last season

 

Jimmie Johnson won first race in Round of 12, Round of 8 and won Championship 4 race

 

Best Playoff finisher last race: Jimmie Johnson (3 Wins last 7 Playoff races)

 

Worst Playoff finisher last race: Carl Edwards (Finished 34th)

 

Best non-Playoff finisher last 2 races: Kyle Larson (3rd at Phoenix & 2nd at Homestead-Miami)

 

Austin Dillon raced into Round of 12 – Dover pre-race -5 & post-race +11

 

Denny Hamlin raced into Round of 8 – Talladega pre-race -6 & post race 0

 

Chris Buescher, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray & Tony Stewart eliminated Round of 16

 

Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski & Martin Truex Jr. eliminated Round of 12

 

Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick & Matt Kenseth eliminated Round of 8

 

Carl Edwards: 6 Poles last season (Career-high) – Only 1 win from pole (Bristol April)

 

Kevin Harvick: Started 1st in 6 races last season – Only 2 pole wins (Charlotte Oct. & Homestead-Miami)

 

3 Won back-to-back races last season – Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards & Brad Keselowski

 

Last to win consecutive races: Brad Keselowski (Daytona 7/16 & Kentucky 7/16)

 

Kevin Harvick started outside top 10 last 5 wins

 

Worst starting position of winner last season: 24th – Kevin Harvick (Bristol Aug.)

 

Jimmie Johnson ended career-longest 24-race winless streak at Charlotte 10/9/16

*Ended previous career-longest winless streak at Kansas 10/9/11 (21 Races)

 

Best finisher dropping to rear of field last season: Winner – Jimmie Johnson (Homestead-Miami)

 

Last to win previously after dropping to rear of field: Brad Keselowski (Talladega 10/14)

 

Last winner in backup car: Kurt Busch – Michigan 6/15

 

2 Winners after free pass last season: Chris Buescher (Pocono Aug.) & Martin Truex Jr. (Chicagoland)

 

10 Speeding penalties by 9 drivers at Richmond Sept. (Chase Elliott 2 penalties)

 

11 Speeding penalties by 9 drivers at Chicagoland (Mears & Ragan 2 penalties)

 

2 Won after pit road speeding penalties last season: Brad Keselowski Las Vegas & Chris Buescher Pocono Aug.

 

Brad Keselowski pit road speeding Las Vegas, Martinsville April, Bristol April & Richmond Sept.

 

Chase Elliott pit road speeding Martinsville April, Charlotte May, Kentucky & Richmond Sept.

 

Denny Hamlin 10 pit road speeding penalties in 8 races last season

 

Kyle Larson pit road speeding penalties in 5 races last season

 

Jimmie Johnson pit road speeding penalties in 6 races last season

 

Denny Hamlin uncontrolled tire penalties Phoenix March, Richmond April, New Hampshire Sept. & Kansas Oct.

 

Matt Kenseth lost 3 races last season after leading with 10 to go

 

Mid-race leader failed to win 15 of last 16 races

 

Pole failed to finish 3 of last 7 races

 

Leader of most laps failed to win last 6 races

 

Matt Kenseth passed for final lead change 6 races last season including 3 of last 9 Playoff races

 

Denny Hamlin passed for final lead change 3 races last season

 

Carl Edwards passed for final lead change by Kevin Harvick 2 races last season – Phoenix March & Kansas Oct.

 

Matt Kenseth winless last 3 races after leading most laps – Kansas 10/15, Kansas Oct. & Martinsville Oct.

 

Kyle Busch passed for final lead change 5 races last season

 

Kevin Harvick led most laps 6 races last season – 1 Win (Phoenix March)

 

Martin Truex Jr. led most laps 6 races last season – 2 Wins (Charlotte May & Dover Oct.)

 

Final lead change with 8 or fewer laps to go 9 of 36 races last season

 

2 Races settled by last lap passes last season – Daytona 500 & Richmond April

 

2 Last lap passes last season involved all 4 Joe Gibbs Racing drivers

 

Chevrolet: 5 Wins last 9 races

 

Ford: 2 Wins last 5 races (Winless previous 10 races)

 

Toyota: 1 Win last 7 races – Texas

 

Joey Logano best Ford finisher 5 of last 6 races including last 3

 

Chase Elliott best Rookie finisher 3 of last 4 races

 

Last Rookie of the Year contender to win: Chris Buescher – Pocono 8/16

 

Last previous Rookie of the Year contender to win: Joey Logano – New Hampshire 6/09

 

10 Overtime races last season – Leader at scheduled distance won 7

 

Youngest winner: Chris Buescher – 23

 

Oldest winner: Tony Stewart – 45

 

Joey Logano youngest winner of season in 2012, ’13, ’14 & ‘15

 

6 Different winners in 11 races on 1.5-mile track last season - 5 Different teams & 3 different manufacturers

 

3 Winners in 4 restrictor-plate races last season – Brad Keselowski won 2 of last 3

 

Team Penske won 3 of 4 restrictor-plate races last season

 

5 Different winners in 6 short track races last season – Carl Edwards: 2 Wins (Bristol April & Richmond April)

 

Joe Gibbs Racing drivers won 4 of 6 short track races last season

 

Closest margin-of-victory last season: .010 Seconds – Daytona 500 & Phoenix March

 

Brad Keselowski won 2 of top 5 races with the closest margin-of-victory last season

 

Martin Truex Jr. won 2 of the 3 races with largest margin-of-victory (Charlotte May & Dover Oct.)

 

3 Crew chiefs won first career race last season – 2 from Stewart-Haas Racing

 

Richard Childress Racing winless last 109 races – Last win: Phoenix 11/13 (Kevin Harvick)

 

Roush Fenway Racing winless last 92 races – Last win: 2014 Sonoma (Carl Edwards)

 

Hendrick Motorsports ended 24-race winless streak at Charlotte Oct. (Jimmie Johnson)

 

Last 5 Hendrick Motorsports wins all by Jimmie Johnson

 

Austin Dillon best Richard Childress Racing finisher 19 of 36 races last season

 

Kyle Busch best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher last 2 races

 

Greg Biffle best Roush Fenway Racing finisher 3 of last 4 races

 

Kevin Harvick best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher 5 of last 6 races including last 4

 

Joe Gibbs Racing 1 win last 10 races – Carl Edwards at Texas

 

Team Penske 2 wins last 5 races

 

Hendrick Motorsports 3 wins last 7 races

 

3 Rescheduled races last season – Both Pocono races & Charlotte Oct.

 

2 Shortened races last season – Pocono Aug. & Texas Nov.

 

Qualifying cancelled 6 races last season – Kevin Harvick started 1st four times

 

Most laps led from start of race last season: 93 – Kevin Harvick (Darlington)

 

Most consecutive laps led in a race last season: 175 – Matt Kenseth (Martinsville Oct.)

 

Most laps led in a race last season: 392 – Martin Truex Jr. (Coca-Cola 600)

 

Most laps led to end of race last season: 174 – Kyle Busch (Martinsville April)

 

Most lead changes & leaders last season: 37 & 17 Talladega May

 

Fewest cautions last season: 3 Atlanta

 

Most cautions last season: 16 Richmond Sept.

 

Fewest caution laps last season: 10 Sonoma

 

Most caution laps last season: 106 Bristol Aug.

 

Most green laps from start & longest green flag run: 210 Atlanta

 

Most green laps to finish: 202 Dover Oct.

 

Shortest race last season: 2:27:29 Michigan Aug.

 

Longest race last season: 3:57:54 Darlington

 

Most lead lap finishers last season: 35 Sonoma

 

Fewest lead lap finishers last season: 6 Dover Oct.

 

3 Fastest in final practice won last season: Kevin Harvick (Phoenix March), Martin Truex Jr. (Charlotte May) & Kyle Busch (Indianapolis)

 

2016 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

 

Most wins: 10 Kyle Busch

 

Most 2nd-place finishes: 5 Ty Dillon (Winless) & Erik Jones (4 Wins)

 

Most top 3 finishes: 13 Kyle Busch

 

Most top 5 finishes: 19 Daniel Suarez (8 Straight)

 

Most top 10 finishes: 29 Elliott Sadler (17 in last 18 races)

 

Best average finish (Every race): 6.8 Elliott Sadler

 

Most laps led: 2052 Kyle Busch (Kyle Larson 2nd 1401 laps behind)

 

Most laps led by winless driver: 249 Brad Keselowski

 

Most races led: 21 Erik Jones (9 Straight races led – 227 Laps led)

 

Most poles: 9 Kyle Busch & Erik Jones

 

Most Chase race wins: 2 Kyle Busch & Daniel Suarez

 

Most Chase race 2nd-place finishes: 2 Ty Dillon & Elliott Sadler

 

Most Chase race top 3 finishes: 5 Daniel Suarez

 

Most Chase race top 5 finishes: 7 Daniel Suarez (Every race)

 

Most Chase race top 10 finishes: 7 Daniel Suarez (Every race)

 

Best Average Chase race finish (Chase driver): 2.9 Daniel Suarez

 

Most Chase race laps led: 340 Kyle Busch

 

Most Playoff races led: 7 Erik Jones (Every race)

 

Most restrictor-plate race 2nd-place finishes: 2 Justin Allgaier (Winless)

 

Most restrictor-plate top 3 finishes: 2 Justin Allgaier

 

Most restrictor-plate top 10 finishes: 3 Chase Elliott & Brendan Gaughan (Every race)

 

*Best restrictor-plate average finish: 5.3 Justin Allgaier (*More than 1 race)

 

Most restrictor-plate laps led: 105 Joey Logano (31%)

 

Most 1.5-mile wins: 5 Kyle Busch (Only driver to win more than once)

 

Most 1.5-mile 2nd-place finishes: 2 Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Elliott Sadler & Daniel Suarez

 

Most 1.5-mile top 3 finishes: 6 Daniel Suarez

 

Most 1.5-mile top 5 finishes: 8 Daniel Suarez

 

Most 1.5-mile track top 10 finishes: 10 Elliott Sadler

 

Most 1.5-mile laps led: 957 Kyle Busch (44%)

 

Most short track wins: 2 Erik Jones

 

Most short track 2nd-place finishes: 3 Ty Dillon (Winless)

 

Most short track top 3 finishes: 3 Ty Dillon & Erik Jones

 

Most short track top 5 finishes: 4 Elliott Sadler

 

Most short track top 10 finishes: 5 Justin Allgaier, Ty Dillon & Elliott Sadler

 

Most short track laps led: 294 Kyle Larson

 

Most short track races led: 5 Erik Jones

 

14 Different winners in 33 races last season

 

5 Different winners in 7 Playoff races last season – 2 NXS regulars (Sadler & Suarez)

 

5 Won in their first Xfinity Series race last season – 3 in Joe Gibbs Racing #18

 

Joe Gibbs Racing won 6 of last 9 races with 3 different drivers – Kyle Busch, Erik Jones & Daniel Suarez

 

Best Playoff finisher last race: Daniel Suarez Winner

 

Worst Playoff finisher last race: Erik Jones 9th

 

Best non-Chase NXS finisher last 2 races: Ty Dillon 7th at Phoenix & 2nd at Homestead-Miami

 

Erik Jones raced into Round of 8 – Charlotte pre-race -4 & post-race +6

 

Justin Allgaier raced into Championship 4 – Phoenix pre-race -1 & post race +4

 

Ty Dillon, Brandon Jones, Brennan Poole & Ryan Sieg eliminated Round of 12

 

Brendan Gaughan, Blake Koch, Ryan Reed & Darrell Wallace Jr. eliminated Round of 8

 

12 Wins by drivers eligible for championship points last season

 

10 Wins by Xfinity Series regulars last season – Erik Jones (4), Elliott Sadler (3) & Daniel Suarez (3)

 

4 of last 8 races won by Xfinity Series regulars – Erik Jones, Elliott Sadler & Daniel Suarez

 

Last NXS & MENCS weekend sweep: 2016 Indianapolis – Kyle Busch

 

Daniel Suarez best NXS regular last race – First time best NXS regular in last 5 races

 

11 of 33 races won from pole last season – Kyle Busch won 8 (5 on 1.5-mile tracks)

 

22 of 33 races won by drivers starting from first 2 rows last season

 

30 of 33 races won by drivers starting top 10 last season

 

Erik Jones failed to finish 3 races last season after winning pole – Charlotte May, Bristol Aug. & Kentucky Sept.

 

Best finish after starting rear of field last season:  2nd – Justin Allgaier (Bristol Aug.)

 

Last winner after dropping to back of field: Marcos Ambrose – 2011 Montreal

 

Last 2 wins after free-pass: Kyle Busch (2014 & ‘16 Kansas)

 

Last winner after speeding penalty: Daniel Suarez (2016 Michigan)

 

Last to win 3 consecutive NXS races: Kyle Busch Kentucky 7/16, 2016 New Hampshire & 2016 Indianapolis

 

Joe Gibbs Racing: 23 Pole wins last season

 

#22 Passed for final lead change 8 of 33 races last season – 2 By last lap pass

 

Justin Allgaier passed for final lead change 3 of last 6 races

 

Brad Keselowski passed for final lead change 4 races last season (Winless)

 

Joey Logano passed for final lead change 3 races last season

 

Kyle Busch passed for final lead change twice last season – 1 on last lap & 1 with 2 to go

 

10 To go leader failed to win 10 races last season

 

4 Races settled by last lap pass last season – Auto Club, Talladega, Charlotte May & Daytona July

 

Joey Logano passed for final lead change 2 of last 3 races settled by last lap pass

 

Winner led only final lap in 2 races last season – Austin Dillon (Auto Club) & Elliott Sadler (Talladega)

 

Team Penske #22 winless since Texas 11/15

 

Chevrolet: 6 Wins last 13 races

 

Ford: 1 Win last 13 races – Joey Logano (Charlotte)

 

Toyota: 6 Wins last 9 races – Winless previous 5 races

 

8 Overtime races last season – Leader at scheduled distance failed to win 4 of last 7

 

Last Rookie of the Year contender to win: Erik Jones (Chicagoland 9/17/16)

 

Youngest winner: Erik Jones – 19

 

Oldest winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 41 Y, 6 M, 13 D

 

2nd oldest winner: Elliott Sadler – 41 Y, 4 M, 25 D

 

Elliott Sadler only driver to win NXS race on birthday (41) – Talladega 4/30/16

 

7 Different winners in 11 races on 1.5-mile tracks last season – 8 Wins by Joe Gibbs Racing drivers

 

#18 won 6 of 11 races on 1.5-mile tracks last season – Kyle Busch 5 & Denny Hamlin 1

 

5 Different winners in 6 short track races last season – Erik Jones won twice (Bristol April & Iowa July)

 

3 Winners in 3 restrictor-plate races last season – 2 JR Motorsports (Chase Elliott & Elliott Sadler)

 

3 Different winners in 3 road course races last season

 

Closest margin-of-victory last season: Daytona Feb. .043 seconds (Chase Elliott over Joey Logano)