NASCAR Information Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • 12 Different winners in 36 races this season
  • 7 Different winners in 10 Playoff races this season
  • 6 Different winners in 11 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season
  • 6 Different winners last 6 races on 1.5-mile tracks –
  • Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick & Joey Logano
  • 4 Different winners in 6 races on short tracks this season – Kyle Busch (3), Clint Bowyer (1), Kurt Busch (1) & Joey Logano (1)
  • 4 Different winners from 4 different teams in 4 restrictor-plate races this season
  • 3 Different winners from 3 different teams in 3 makes of cars in 3 road course races this season
  • Fewest number of winners after 26 races in Playoff era: 10 (2008 & ‘18)
  • Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano & Martin Truex Jr. 23 wins combined this season – 5 Playoff race wins
  • Kyle Busch: 8 Wins this season – 2 Playoff race wins (Richmond & ISM)
  • Kevin Harvick: 8 Wins this season – 1 Playoff race win (Texas)
  • Joey Logano: 3 Wins this season – 2 Playoff race wins (Martinsville & Homestead-Miami)
  • Martin Truex Jr.: Winless last 17 races – Longest streak since 2015-‘16
  • Chase Elliott: 2 Playoff race wins this season – Failed to advance to Championship 4
  • Clint Bowyer raced into Round of 12 this season – Before Charlotte Roval 13th (-4) After Charlotte Roval 9th (+7)
  • Kevin Harvick: 19 Stage wins this season – Most
  • 9 Races won Driving for the Cycle – Kevin Harvick 4, Martin Truex Jr. 4 & 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)
  • 6 Won Stage 1 & 2 this season, but didn’t win race
  • Kyle Busch: 5 Career win streaks – 1 This season (Texas April, Bristol April & Richmond April)
  • Kevin Harvick: 6 Career wins streaks – 2 This season
  • Joey Logano: Won back-to-back races once – Charlotte 10/15, Kansas 10/15 & Talladega 10/15
  • Martin Truex Jr.: Never won back-to-back races
  • Last to win 3 straight races: Brad Keselowski (2018 Darlington, Indianapolis & Las Vegas Sept.)
  • Last to win 4 straight races: Jimmie Johnson (2007 Martinsville Oct., Atlanta Oct., Texas Nov. & ISM Nov.)
  • 3 Straight wins 5 times since 2007 (3 Times in 2018) – Driver finished 9th or worse in 4th race each time
  • (2007 Last time driver won 4 straight races)
  • 2 Won first career race this season – Erik Jones (Daytona July) & Chase Elliott (Watkins Glen)
  • 5 Races won 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
  • Kevin Harvick started 3rd or better 6 of 8 wins this season
  • Brad Keselowski: 2 of 3 wins this season from 13th starting position
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 14 of 19 wins starting from first 2 rows
  • 2 Winners started rear of field this season – Austin Dillon (Daytona 500) & Kyle Busch (Richmond Sept.)
  • Kyle Busch won 2 races after starting rear of field – 2009 Las Vegas (Won pole) & Richmond Sept. (Qualified 11th)
  • 6 Winless streaks of 50 races or longer ended this season
  • Clint Bowyer ended career-long 190-race winless streak at Martinsville March
  • Aric Almirola ended career-long 149-race winless streak at Talladega Oct.
  • Pole winless last 17 races
  • All 4 Stewart-Haas Racing drivers won this season – Harvick 8, Bowyer 2, Almirola 1 & Kurt Busch 1
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change 6 times this season – Twice by Kevin Harvick
  • Kevin Harvick led most laps 8 races this season – 5 Wins
  • Joey Logano led most laps 4 races this season including 3 of last 5 races
  • 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 6 races this season (3 Playoff races) – All with 12 or fewer laps to go
  • Kyle Larson failed to win last 5 races after leading most laps – 4 Times this season
  • 5 Races settled by last lap pass this season – Winner led only final lap 3 races
  • First or 2nd career victory for 4 of 5 drivers winning races settled by last lap pass this season
  • 3 of last 8 races settled by last lap pass
  • Chevrolet: Only 4 wins this season – 3 Wins by Chase Elliott (Last 3 Chevrolet wins all Chase Elliott)
  • Ford: 19 Wins this season (12 by Stewart-Haas Racing & 7 by Team Penske) – 10 Wins all of last season
  • Last 3 Toyota wins all by Kyle Busch
  • 8 Overtime races this season (4 Playoff races) – Leader at scheduled distance lost 3
  • Last Rookie of the Year contender to win: Chris Buescher – Pocono 8/16
  • Kevin Harvick: 8 Wins this season (Tied for most) – 4 Wins on 1.5-mile tracks (Leads all drivers)
  • Kyle Busch: 8 Wins this season (Tied for most) – 3 Wins on 1.5-mile tracks (2nd to Kevin Harvick)
  • Joey Logano: 1 Win on 1.5-mile track this season (Homestead-Miami) – First 1.5-mile track win since 2015
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 1 Win on a 1.5-mile track this season (Kentucky) – 7 Wins last season (Record)
  • 1 Chevrolet win in 11 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season – Chase Elliott (Kansas Oct.)
  • Kyle Busch: 5 Wins in last 9 short track races
  • Kyle Busch only repeat winner last 9 short track races (5 Wins) – 4 Others 1 win each
  • Youngest winners: Erik Jones 22Y, 1M, 7D & Chase Elliott 22Y, 8M, 8D
  • Oldest winner: Kevin Harvick – 42
  • Closest margin-of-victory this season: .105 Seconds – Talladega Oct. (Aric Almirola over Clint Bowyer)
  • Martin Truex Jr. won 2 races with largest margin-of-victory this season (Both in California) – Sonoma & Auto Club
  • Furniture Row Racing: 4 Wins this season – Winless in Playoff races
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 9 Wins this season – 8 By Kyle Busch
  • Stewart-Haas Racing won 12 of 36 races this season (Season high) – 3 Wins all of last season
  • Team Penske: 7 Wins this season – 4 Playoff race wins
  • Hendrick Motorsports: 3 Wins this season – All 3 by Chase Elliott
  • Kyle Busch best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher 23 races this season – 5 Times in Playoff races
  • Kevin Harvick best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher 20 races this season – 3 Times in Playoff races
  • Joey Logano best Team Penske finisher 11 races this season – 4 Times in Playoff races
  • Only 2 top 5 finishes for Richard Childress Racing this season – Daytona 500 & Michigan Aug.
  • Only 3 top 5 finishes for Roush Fenway Racing this season – Bristol April, Talladega April & Talladega Oct.
  • No Hendrick Motorsports driver finished top 10 in 6 races this season
  • Most wins this season: 8 Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 6 Kyle Larson
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 17 Kyle Busch
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 23 Kevin Harvick
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 29 Kevin Harvick
  • Best average finish this season: 8.3 Kyle Busch
  • Most poles this season: 5 Kurt Busch
  • Most front-row starts this season: 11 Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick
  • Most top 6 starts this season: 22 Kevin Harvick
  • Most top 12 starts this season: 30 Kurt Busch
  • Best average start this season: 7.4 Kyle Busch
  • Most laps led this season: 1990 Kevin Harvick
  • Most laps led by winless driver this season: 782 Kyle Larson
  • Most races led this season: 26 Kevin Harvick
  • Most races starting rear of field this season: 7 Kyle Larson
  • Most races receiving speeding penalties this season: 8 Michael McDowell
  • Most races receiving free-pass this season: 9 David Ragan
  • Most lead changes this season: 25 Talladega April & Daytona July
  • Most leaders this season: 16 Talladega April & Daytona July
  • Fewest cautions this season: 3 Sonoma, Richmond Sept. & Kansas Oct.
  • Most lead lap finishers this season: 29 Michigan June & Talladega Oct.
  • Fewest lead lap finishers this season: 9 Las Vegas March & Charlotte May
  • ISM March: Longest green run to finish – 114 laps
  • Martinsville March: Most laps led to end of race – 114 Clint Bowyer
  • Bristol April: Most cautions – 13
  • Bristol April: Most caution laps – 114
  • Bristol April: Most red flags – 4
  • Richmond April: Longest green run – 142 laps
  • Talladega April: Most speeding penalties – 12
  • Talladega April: Most drivers receiving speeding penalties – 9
  • Charlotte May: Most laps led in a race – 377 Kyle Busch
  • Charlotte May: Longest race time – 4:23:22
  • Michigan June: Fastest pole – 203.361mph Kurt Busch
  • Michigan June: Shortest race time – 2:00:15
  • Sonoma: Fewest caution laps – 8
  • Daytona July: Erik Jones only driver this season to receive free-pass & go on to win
  • Dover Oct.: Most green flag laps from start – 121
  • Martinsville Oct.: Most consecutive laps led in a race – 227 Joey Logano
  • ISM Nov.: Most laps led from start of race – 72 Kevin Harvick

2018 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • 16 Different winners in 33 races this season
  • 5 Different winners in 7 Playoff races this season – Christopher Bell 3 wins
  • 9 Different winners in 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season – Kyle Larson 2 wins
  • 8 Different winners last 8 races on 1.5-mile tracks
  • 5 Different winners in 6 races on short tracks this season – Christopher Bell 3 wins in 6 races
  • 3 Different winners in 4 races on road courses this season – Justin Allgaier won 2 of last 3 road course races
  • Austin Cindric raced into Round of 8 at Dover – 9th in Playoffs -9 pre-race
  • Christopher Bell raced into Championship 4 at ISM Raceway – 7th in Playoffs -34 pre-race
  • Ross Chastain eliminated at Dover – 8th in Playoffs +9 pre-race & 9th in Playoffs -9 post-race
  • Elliott Sadler eliminated at ISM Raceway – 3rd in Playoffs +13 pre-race & 6th in Playoffs -18 post-race
  • John Hunter Nemechek best non-Playoff finisher 3 of final 4 races this season
  • Daniel Hemric: No career wins – 9 Stage wins this season (Most)
  • Cole Custer: 4 Stage wins this season – Homestead-Miami Stage 1 & 2 winner
  • Daniel Hemric won Stages in 7 of last 11 races – Winless
  • Daniel Hemric won a Stage in 5 of 7 Playoff races this season
  • Stages 1, 2 & race won 6 times this season –
  • Kevin Harvick (Atlanta), Joey Logano (Auto Club), Justin Allgaier (Iowa June),
  • Kyle Larson (Daytona July), Kyle Larson (Bristol Aug.) & Ross Chastain (Las Vegas Sept.)
  • Dash 4 Cash winners this season:
  • Ryan Preece (Bristol April), Elliott Sadler (Richmond April), Elliott Sadler (Talladega) & Justin Allgaier (Dover May)
  • 2 NXS & MENCS weekend sweeps this season – Kevin Harvick (Atlanta) & Brad Keselowski (Darlington)
  • Justin Allgaier: 10 Career wins – Never won back-to-back races
  • 2 Won consecutive NXS races this season – Christopher Bell (3 Straight) & Kyle Larson (2 Straight)
  • Last to win 3 consecutive NXS races: Christopher Bell 2018 Kentucky, 2018 New Hampshire & Iowa 7/18
  • Only driver to win 4 consecutive NXS races:
  • Sam Ard – South Boston 9/83, Martinsville 9/83, Orange County 10/83 & Charlotte 10/83
  • 4 Won first career race this season –
  • Spencer Gallagher (Talladega), Ross Chastain (Las Vegas Sept.), Chase Briscoe (Charlotte Roval) & John Hunter Nemechek (Kansas)
  • Christopher Bell best full-time NXS finisher 11 races this season
  • Tyler Reddick best full-time NXS finisher 2 races this season – Daytona Feb. & Homestead-Miami
  • Christopher Bell won 2 races starting rear of field this season – Kentucky & ISM Raceway Nov.
  • 32 of 33 races won by drivers qualified 13th or better this season
  • Justin Allgaier: 10 Career wins – 5 Wins this season (Only 2nd multiple-win season – 2 Wins last year)
  • Justin Allgaier: 7 Wins last 2 seasons – 3 Wins previous 6 full-time seasons
  • Christopher Bell: 3 Wins last 7 races – Winless previous 7 races
  • Tyler Reddick only driver to win season-opener & season-finale in same year – Only 2018 wins
  • First-time winners 3 of last 8 races – Ross Chastain (Las Vegas), Chase Briscoe (Charlotte Roval) & John Hunter Nemechek (Kansas)
  • First win of season for 4 of last 8 winners
  • Tyler Reddick passed for final lead change 3 times this season – 2 By last lap pass (Talladega & Texas Nov.)
  • 2 Races settled by last lap pass this season (Talladega & Texas Nov.) – Tyler Reddick passed both races
  • Tyler Reddick best Chevrolet finisher 4 races this season including 2 of final 3 races
  • Cole Custer best Ford finisher 3 of last 5 races
  • #18 Joe Gibbs Racing best Toyota 12 races this season
  • Ford: 9 Wins this season – #22 Team Penske Ford won 6
  • Last 6 Toyota wins all by Christopher Bell
  • 6 Overtime races this season – Daytona Feb., Talladega, Charlotte May, Daytona July, Iowa July & Bristol Aug.
  • *Daytona 2/17/18 – 5 Overtimes
  • 9 Races won by Rookie of the Year contenders this season – 7 by Christopher Bell (Most all-time)
  • Tyler Reddick best Rookie of the Year contender 3 of last 4 races
  • #42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet won 4 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season with 3 different drivers
  • Stewart-Haas Racing: 4 Wins this season – 2 on 1.5-mile tracks
  • 1 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota win on 1.5-mile track this season – Christopher Bell (Kentucky)
  • Christopher Bell only repeat winner last 8 short track races (3 Wins) – 5 Others 1 win each
  • Youngest winner: Cole Custer – 20
  • Oldest winner: Kevin Harvick – 42
  • Last 8 races won by drivers 25-years-old or younger
  • Christopher Bell best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher 18 races this season
  • Tyler Reddick best JR Motorsports finisher 7 races this season – 4 Times in Playoff races including last 3
  • Daniel Hemric best Richard Childress Racing finisher 20 races this season including 5 of 7 Playoff races
  • Tyler Reddick 1st or 2nd in 3 of the 5 closest finishes this season – Daytona Feb., Indianapolis & Texas Nov.
  • 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 2nd in 2 closest finishes this season – Daytona Feb. & Daytona July
  • Most wins this season: 7 Christopher Bell
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 5 Justin Allgaier
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 15 Justin Allgaier
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 18 Christopher Bell
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 26 Cole Custer
  • Most poles this season: 6 Cole Custer
  • Most front-row starts this season: 12 Christopher Bell
  • Most top 6 starts this season: 24 Cole Custer
  • Most top 12 starts this season: 31 Cole Custer
  • Most laps led this season: 759 Christopher Bell
  • Most laps led by winless driver this season: 440 Daniel Hemric
  • Most races led this season: 21 Christopher Bell