NASCAR Indianapolis Sunday, September 2, 2018

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES INDIANAPOLIS STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • 14 Different winners in 24 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Indianapolis races
  • 2017 Indianapolis: Kyle Busch won Stage 1 & 2 (87 Laps led – Most), Martin Truex Jr. finished 2nd in Stage 1 & 2
  • Lap 111 – Turn 1 Martin Truex Jr. fiery crash with Kyle Busch battling for lead after restart
  • Kyle Busch winless through Indianapolis last year (20th race of season)
  • Ended 36-race winless streak at Pocono next week (First Pocono win)
  • Ryan Blaney: Finished 23rd at 2017 Indianapolis
  • Finished 3rd in Stage 1 & 2 behind Kyle Busch & Martin Truex Jr., lap 155 & 163 involved in crashes
  • 5 Won multiple Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Indianapolis races
  • Indianapolis winner followed with win in next race 3 times – Twice by Jeff Gordon
  • Kyle Busch: 2 Wins last 3 Indianapolis races – Finished 34th in 2017
  • Kyle Busch: 3 Top 2 finishes last 4 Indianapolis races – 2 Wins
  • Kasey Kahne only Hendrick Motorsports driver running at finish 2017 Indianapolis (Winner)
  • Brad Keselowski finished 2nd at 2017 Indianapolis – Only top 5 finish in 8 races
  • Never won at Darlington until last week
  • Ryan Newman finished 3rd at 2017 Indianapolis – Only top 10 finish last 4 races
  • Matt Kenseth finished 7th or better last 5 Indianapolis races – 4 Top 5 finishes
  • Kevin Harvick finished 8th or better last 4 Indianapolis races – Average finish: 5.8
  • Denny Hamlin: 3 Top 5 finishes last 4 Indianapolis races – Finished 17th in 2017
  • Kyle Larson: 3 Top 10 finishes in 4 Indianapolis races – Finished 28th in 2017
  • Jimmie Johnson leads active drivers with 4 Indianapolis wins (Jeff Gordon 5)
  • Jimmie Johnson (2008 & ’09) & Kyle Busch (2015 & ’16) only drivers to win consecutive Indianapolis races
  • Joe Gibbs Racing finished 2-3-4 in 2014 – #11 penalized
  • Joe Gibbs Racing finished 1-2-4 in 2016
  • Team Penske finished 2nd & 4th in 2017
  • No pit road speeding penalties last Indianapolis race
  • Indianapolis winner went on to win championship 9 of last 20 seasons (45%)
  • 4 Won Indianapolis from pole – Kevin Harvick (2003), Jimmie Johnson (2008), Ryan Newman (2013) & Kyle Busch (2016)
  • Most laps led from start of race: 71 – Kyle Busch (2017)
  • Most laps led by pole: 149 – Kyle Busch (2016)
  • Pole failed to finish 3 Indianapolis races including Kyle Busch last year
  • Pole finished top 5 in 7 of 24 Indianapolis races – 4 Wins
  • Jeff Gordon leads all with 3 Indianapolis poles
  • 13 Different pole winners last 14 Indianapolis races – Kyle Busch won last 2 poles
  • Kyle Busch won last 2 Indianapolis poles – First to win back-to-back since Ernie Irvan in 1997 & ‘98
  • 1 Driver won first career pole at Indianapolis – Reed Sorenson 2007
  • Worst starting position of Indianapolis winner: 27th – Jeff Gordon (2001)
  • Kasey Kahne won 2017 Indianapolis from 19th starting position
  • Drivers starting in top 5 won 12 of 24 Indianapolis races
  • Latest point winner took lead for first time: Lap 152 – Kasey Kahne (2017)
  • Joey Logano passed for final lead change 2 of last 3 Indianapolis races – Kyle Busch won both
  • Brad Keselowski passed for final lead change 2 Indianapolis races including last year
  • Final lead change with 7 or fewer laps to go 5 Indianapolis races
  • 3 Won Indianapolis 500 four times – A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears & Al Unser
  • Jeff Gordon is only driver to win Indianapolis in first try (1994)
  • Kasey Kahne won Indianapolis for the first time in 14th try (2017) – Most of all drivers
  • 5 Won Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600 & Indianapolis – Earnhardt, Gordon, Harvick, Jarrett & Johnson
  • Only 3 won Daytona 500 & Indianapolis in same year – Jarrett (1996), Johnson (2006) & McMurray (2010)
  • Chevrolet leads with 10 Indianapolis poles
  • Ford won only 1 of last 12 Indianapolis poles (2011)
  • Toyota won 4 Indianapolis poles – All in last 6 races
  • Chevrolet won 13 of last 15 Indianapolis races – Toyota won 2 of last 3 races
  • Last Ford win at Indianapolis: 1999 – Winless last 18 races
  • 2 Indianapolis wins by Toyota – 2015 & ‘16
  • Slowest Indianapolis race: 2017 – 114.384mph
  • Bobby Labonte won fastest Indianapolis race (2000) – 155.912mph
  • Kevin Harvick Indianapolis pole record 188.470mph (2014)
  • Youngest Indianapolis winner: Jeff Gordon 23 (1994)
  • Oldest Indianapolis winner: Bill Elliott 46 (2002)
  • Fewest laps led by Indianapolis winner: 11 – Dale Jarrett (1996)
  • Most laps led by Indianapolis winner: 149 – Kyle Busch (2016)
  • Leader of most laps failed to win 7 of last 9 Indianapolis races
  • Most laps led in Indianapolis race: 149 – Kyle Busch (2016)
  • Most Indianapolis laps led by non-winner: 116 – Juan Pablo Montoya (2009)
  • 4 Drivers scored first win of season at Indianapolis – Harvick 2003, Menard 2011, Newman 2013 & Kahne 2017
  • *Only win of season for all 4
  • Paul Menard only driver to win first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis (2011)
  • No Indianapolis race shorter than 160 laps
  • 4 Indianapolis Overtime races including last 3 races
  • Team Penske winless at Indianapolis – Best finish: 2nd (Five times)
  • Winless at Indianapolis & Homestead-Miami
  • Roush Fenway Racing winless at Indianapolis – Best finish: 2nd (Four times)
  • Winless at Indianapolis (1 of 3 tracks on schedule – Chicagoland & Kentucky)
  • Teammates finished 1-2 at Indianapolis 3 times – Yates 1996, Hendrick 2009 & Gibbs 2016
  • Chad Knaus leads all with 4 Indianapolis wins as crew chief
  • 9 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champions won Indianapolis
  • 8 Won Daytona 500 & Indianapolis
  • Hottest Indianapolis temperature: 95 (2002)
  • Regular season finale winner also won first Playoff race twice – Kevin Harvick 2006 & Brad Keselowski 2014

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES RICHMOND STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • 4 Different winners in 6 NASCAR Xfinity Series Indianapolis races
  • 3rd closest finish last season – William Byron over Paul Menard by .108 seconds
  • Justin Allgaier: Worst finish last season – 35th (Indianapolis)
  • Elliott Sadler passed for final lead change last Indianapolis race – Finished 4th
  • William Byron & Brad Keselowski only drivers to win Indianapolis in first try
  • Kyle Busch won 4 straight Indianapolis poles – 2013, ’14, ’15 & ’16 (Elliott Sadler won 2017 Indianapolis pole)
  • Best come-from-behind win: Brad Keselowski started 8th (2012)
  • William Byron only driver to win Indianapolis & championship in same season (2017)
  • Kyle Busch led most laps 5 of 6 Indianapolis races – 2013, ’15 & ‘16 Winner
  • Youngest Indianapolis winner: William Byron 19 (2017)
  • Oldest Indianapolis winner: Kyle Busch 31 (2016)
  • 2 Indianapolis wins by Rookie contender – Ty Dillon 2014 & William Byron 2017
  • Kyle Busch swept Indianapolis NXS & MENCS races in 2015 & ‘16
  • Kyle Busch first to sweep NXS & MENCS poles & races at a track in same weekend (2016)
  • Ty Dillon (2014) & William Byron (2017) only Indianapolis winners eligible for championship points
  • No Toyota top 10 finisher 2017 Indianapolis
  • Most leaders: 8 (2017)
  • Most lead changes: 16 (2017) – Previous high: 9 (2012 & ’14)
  • Most cautions: 5 (2012 & ’17)
  • Closest margin-of-victory: .108 (2017) – William Byron over Paul Menard
  • Joe Gibbs Racing won 3 of 6 Indianapolis races
  • Richard Childress Racing won 1 Indianapolis race – 2014 Ty Dillon
  • JR Motorsports won 1 Indianapolis race – 2017 William Byron
  • Team Penske won inaugural Indianapolis race – 2012 Brad Keselowski
  • 1 Indianapolis race settled by last lap pass (2015) – Kyle Busch passed Ryan Blaney