NASCAR Information Sunday, August 5, 2018

2018 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most wins this season: 6 Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 4 Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson & Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 13 Kyle Busch
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 16 Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 18 Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick
  • Best average finish this season: 7.2 Kyle Busch
  • Best average finish of winless drivers this season: 12.7 Denny Hamlin
  • Most laps led this season: 1082 Kevin Harvick
  • Most laps led by non-winner this season: 464 Ryan Blaney (4th most behind Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch & Martin Truex Jr.)
  • Most races led this season: 15 Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick
  • Most poles this season: 4 Martin Truex Jr.

MOST 2nd-PLACE FINISHES BEFORE FIRST WIN

  • 8 Different winners in 22 races this season – 4 Races to Playoffs
  • Fewest number of winners after 26 races in Playoff era: 10 (2008)
  • Chase Elliott: First win in 99th career race – At Watkins Glen, passed 1000 career laps led
  • Chase Elliott: Average finish last 3 races: 4.3 – Best-ever 3-race average
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 7 Top 2 finishes last 11 races
  • Kyle Busch: 4 Straight top 5 finishes – Longest current streak
  • Daniel Suarez: 4 Career top 5 finishes – 2 Straight top 5 finishes
  • Erik Jones: 2 Straight 5th-place finishes – Career-long top 5 streak: 3 Straight races
  • Kyle Larson best finish last 5 races: 6th – Watkins Glen
  • Jamie McMurray: 1 Top 10 finish last 7 races – Finished 7th at Watkins Glen
  • William Byron: 3 Career top 10 finishes – 2 Straight top 10 finishes
  • Kurt Busch: 4 Straight top 10 finishes – Ties longest streak this season
  • Joey Logano: Finished last at Watkins Glen (37th) – 2nd career last-place finish (2009 Daytona 500)
  • 2 Won first career race this season (Each in last 5 races) – Erik Jones (Daytona July) & Chase Elliott (Watkins Glen)
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change 6 times this season – Twice by Kevin Harvick
  • Youngest winners: Erik Jones 22Y, 1M, 7D & Chase Elliott 22Y, 8M, 8D
  • 17 First-time winners since 2009
  • Chase Elliott best Chevrolet finisher 4 of last 8 races
  • Kurt Busch best Ford finisher at Watkins Glen (9th) – First time best Ford finisher since Kansas 10/17
  • Martin Truex Jr. best Toyota finisher 5 of last 11 races – Best Toyota finisher only once in previous 11 races this season
  • Jimmie Johnson first time ever winless this many races since start of season
  • Hendrick Motorsports – 1 Win in last 38 races (Watkins Glen Aug.)
  • Roush best Ford only once this season – Bristol April
  • Chevrolet: Only 1 win in last 21 races – Watkins Glen (Chase Elliott)
  • Ford: 9 Wins this season – 10 Wins all of last season
  • Toyota: 5 Wins last 7 races
  • Kevin Harvick leads all with 10 Stage wins this season – Drove for the Cycle twice
  • Martin Truex Jr. 19 Stage wins last season (Most) – 7 Stage wins this season (Drove for the Cycle twice)
  • Chase Elliott 3 Stage wins this season – 3 Straight races (New Hampshire, Pocono & Watkins Glen)
  • Brad Keselowski 12 Career Stage wins – Went on to win only once after winning a Stage (Talladega 10/17)
  • Ryan Blaney & Brad Keselowski: 4 Stage wins each – Both winless
  • Chase Elliott best Hendrick Motorsports finisher 10 races this season including 3 of last 4 races
  • Kyle Busch best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher 16 races this season including 9 of last 10 races
  • Kurt Busch best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher 3 races this season including Watkins Glen (Finished 9th)
  • Ryan Blaney best Team Penske finisher last 4 races
  • 3 Joe Gibbs Racing drivers finished top 5 at Watkins Glen – Denny Hamlin finished 13th
  • Kyle Larson failed to win last 3 races after leading most laps – Twice this season (Bristol April & Kansas May)
  • 7 Races won Driving for the Cycle – Martin Truex Jr. 4, Kevin Harvick 2 & Kyle Busch 1
  • 3 Won Driving for the Cycle after starting on pole – Martin Truex Jr. (2018 Auto Club & 2018 Kentucky) & Kyle Busch (Charlotte 5/18)
  • 3 Won Stage 1 & 2 this season, but didn’t win race –
  • Brad Keselowski (Bristol April), Joey Logano (Richmond April) & Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Daytona July)
  • Kyle Busch: 5 Career win streaks (Consecutive wins) – 1 This season (Texas April, Bristol April & Richmond April)
  • Kevin Harvick: 6 Career wins streaks (Consecutive wins) – 2 This season
  • Martin Truex Jr.: Never won back-to-back races
  • 3 Win streaks this season – Kevin Harvick 3 straight, Kyle Busch 3 straight & Kevin Harvick 2 straight
  • 5 Winners from pole this season:
  • Martin Truex Jr. Auto Club, Kyle Busch Bristol April, Kevin Harvick Kansas May, Kyle Busch Charlotte May & Martin Truex Jr. Kentucky
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 14 of 19 wins starting from first 2 rows
  • 1 Winner started rear of field this season – Austin Dillon (Daytona 500)
  • Clint Bowyer ended career-longest 190-race winless streak at Martinsville March
  • 2 Races settled by last lap pass this season – Daytona 500 & Daytona July
  • 4 Overtime races this season – Daytona 500, Richmond April, Daytona July & Pocono July (Kyle Busch won 2)
  • Oldest winner: Kevin Harvick – 42
  • Closest margin-of-victory this season: .125 Seconds – Daytona July (Erik Jones over Martin Truex Jr.)
  • Martin Truex Jr. won 2 races with largest margin-of-victory this season (Both in California) – Sonoma & Auto Club
  • Kyle Busch finished 2nd in 4 races this season – All to Stewart-Haas Racing drivers (3 To Kevin Harvick)
  • Stewart-Haas Racing won 8 of 22 races this season (Season high) – 3 Wins all of last season

2018 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most wins this season: 4 Christopher Bell
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 4 Justin Allgaier
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 10 Christopher Bell
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 12 Christopher Bell
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 16 Cole Custer & Elliott Sadler
  • Most laps led this season: 496 Justin Allgaier
  • Most laps led by non-winner this season: 232 Cole Custer
  • Most races led this season: 13 Christopher Bell
  • Most poles this season: 4 Cole Custer
  • 12 Different winners in 20 races this season
  • Christopher Bell: 5 Career wins – 3 Wins last 4 races
  • #22 best Ford finisher 10 of 20 races this season
  • #18 best Toyota finisher 8 of 20 races this season
  • 5 Races won by Rookie of the Year contenders this season – 4 by Christopher Bell
  • Christopher Bell best Rookie finisher last 7 races
  • Justin Allgaier best NXS regular at Watkins Glen – Finished 3rd
  • Justin Allgaier best JR Motorsports finisher last 4 races
  • First career win for 6 of last 10 stand-alone race winners
  • 11 Different winners in last 11 NASCAR Xfinity Series stand-alone races
  • Elliott Sadler: Winless this season – 4 Stage wins
  • 4 Won Stages 1, 2 & race this season –
  • Kevin Harvick (Atlanta), Joey Logano (Auto Club), Justin Allgaier (Iowa June) & Kyle Larson (Daytona July)
  • 1 Won first career race this season – Spencer Gallagher (Talladega)
  • 2 Winners started rear of field this season & won – Kyle Larson Chicagoland & Christopher Bell Kentucky
  • 1 Race settled by last lap pass this season (Talladega) – Spencer Gallagher passed Tyler Reddick
  • 5 Overtime races this season – Daytona Feb., Talladega, Charlotte May, Daytona July & Iowa July
  • *Daytona 2/17/18 – 5 Overtimes
  • Youngest winner: Tyler Reddick – 22
  • Oldest winner: Kevin Harvick – 42
  • Daytona 2/17/18 – Closest margin-of-victory ever .0004 (Tyler Reddick over Elliott Sadler)
  • Daytona July – 2nd closest margin-of-victory this season .005 (Kyle Larson over Elliott Sadler)
  • Elliott Sadler finished 2nd in 2 closest finishes this season – Daytona Feb. & Daytona July