NASCAR Information Monday, July 23, 2018

2018 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most wins this season: 6 Kevin Harvick (Career-high)
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 4 Kyle Busch & Kyle Larson
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 11 Kyle Busch
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 15 Kevin Harvick
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 16 Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick
  • Best average finish this season: 7.8 Kyle Busch
  • Best average finish of winless drivers this season: 12.6 Aric Almirola
  • Most laps led this season: 1052 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: 14 Kevin Harvick
  • Most poles this season: 4 Martin Truex Jr.
  • 7 Different winners in 20 races this season – 6 Races to Playoffs
  • Fewest number of winners after 26 races in Playoff era: 10 (2008)
  • Jimmie Johnson: 600th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race (Won in 400th race – 2013 Daytona 500)
  • Richard Petty won in 600th race – Richmond 2/25/73 (Only winner in 600th race)
  • Kevin Harvick leads all with 9 Stage wins this season – Drove for the Cycle twice
  • Martin Truex Jr. 19 Stage wins last season (Most) – 6 Stage wins this season (Drove for the Cycle twice)
  • Chase Elliott 1 Stage win this season – New Hampshire July
  • Brad Keselowski 12 Career Stage wins – Went on to win only once after winning a Stage (Talladega 10/17)
  • Kevin Harvick: 6 Career wins streaks (Consecutive wins) – 2 This season (Winless at Pocono)
  • 3 Win streaks this season – Kevin Harvick 3 straight, Kyle Busch 3 straight & Kevin Harvick 2 straight
  • Kevin Harvick: New Hampshire winner last week – Ended longest winless streak this season (7 Races)
  • Kurt Busch led most laps at New Hampshire (94) – First time leading most laps in a race since Richmond 4/15
  • Kurt Busch led 94 laps at New Hampshire – 16 Laps led all of last season
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change 5 times this season – Twice by Kevin Harvick
  • Chase Elliott best Chevrolet finisher 6 races this season including New Hampshire (Finished 5th)
  • Kevin Harvick best Ford finisher 10 of 20 races this season
  • Kyle Busch best Toyota finisher 10 of 20 races this season
  • Last time Hendrick went this many races into a season without a win: 1992 (Won 23rd race at Dover 9/20/92)
  • Jimmie Johnson first time ever winless this many races since start of season
  • Roush best Ford only once this season – Bristol April
  • Chevrolet: Only 1 win in last 30 races – 2018 Daytona 500 (Austin Dillon)
  • Ford: 9 Wins this season – 10 Wins all of last season
  • Toyota: 4 Wins last 5 races – Ford won last race
  • Aric Almirola: Best finish last 139 races (Since Daytona 7/14 win): 3rd – New Hampshire July
  • Since Pocono June, Martin Truex Jr. only repeat winner (3 Wins) – 4 Others 1 win each (Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Jones & Harvick)
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 5 Straight top 5 finishes – Ties career-long streak (2017 & earlier this season)
  • Martin Truex Jr. Season:
  • First 10 races: 1 Win & 14.4 Avg. finish (5 Finishes of 14th or worse)
  • Last 10 races: 3 Wins & 3.9 Avg. finish (1 Finish worse than 4th)
  • 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 20 races this season (Season high) – 3 Wins all of last season
  • Chase Elliott best Hendrick Motorsports finisher 9 races this season including 4 of last 6 races
  • Kyle Busch best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher 14 races this season including 7 of last 8 races
  • Kevin Harvick best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher last 5 races
  • Ryan Blaney best Team Penske finisher last 2 races
  • No Hendrick Motorsports driver finished top 10 in 3 races this season (All 1.5-mile tracks) – Las Vegas March, Kansas May & Kentucky
  • Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick finished 1-2 nine times – Wins: Kevin Harvick 5 & Kyle Busch 4
  • 1 Won first career race this season – Erik Jones (Daytona July)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Kyle Larson failed to win last 3 races after leading most laps – Twice this season (Bristol April & Kansas May)
  • 2 Races settled by last lap pass this season – Daytona 500 & Daytona July
  • 3 Overtime races this season – Daytona 500, Richmond April & Daytona July
  • Youngest winner: Erik Jones – 22 (Only driver under 27 to win this season)
  • 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

2018 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most wins this season: 3 Christopher Bell & Kyle Larson
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 3 Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bell & Elliott Sadler
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 9 Christopher Bell
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 11 Christopher Bell
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 15 Elliott Sadler
  • Most laps led this season: 490 Justin Allgaier
  • Most laps led by non-winner this season: 174 Daniel Hemric
  • Most races led this season: 12 Christopher Bell
  • Most poles this season: 4 Cole Custer
  • 12 Different winners in 18 races this season
  • 3 Different winners in 3 races on short tracks this season – Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bell & Ryan Preece
  • Last NXS full-time driver to win 3 straight races: Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1999 Dover, South Boston & Watkins Glen
  • Ryan Preece only repeat winner last 9 short track races (2 Wins) – 7 Others 1 win each
  • Ryan Preece won his last 2 short track races – 1 in #20 JGR & 1 in #18 JGR
  • 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)
  • 2 Won consecutive races this season – Kyle Larson (Chicagoland & Daytona July) & Christopher Bell (Kentucky & New Hampshire)
  • Last to win 3 consecutive NXS races: Kyle Busch Kentucky 7/16, 2016 New Hampshire & 2016 Indianapolis
  • Christopher Bell: 4 Career wins – 2 Straight wins
  • #42 best Chevrolet finisher 3 of last 4 races
  • #22 best Ford finisher half the races this season (9 of 18)
  • Christopher Bell best Toyota finisher 10 of 18 races this season (56%)
  • Ford winless last 7 races
  • 4 Rookie of the Year contenders won this season – 3 by Christopher Bell
  • Christopher Bell best Rookie finisher last 5 races
  • Christopher Bell best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher 10 of 18 races this season (56%)
  • Matt Tifft best Richard Childress Racing finisher 3 races this season including New Hampshire (Finished 5th)
  • Elliott Sadler finished 2nd in 2 closest finishes this season – Daytona Feb. & Daytona July
  • 1 NXS & MENCS weekend sweep this season – Kevin Harvick (Atlanta)
  • 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
  • Brad Keselowski won 3 of last 4 races he competed – Finished 2nd at New Hampshire July
  • Kyle Larson won last 3 races he competed – First time winning 3 straight races
  • 1 Race settled by last lap pass this season (Talladega) – Spencer Gallagher passed Tyler Reddick
  • 4 Overtime races this season – Daytona Feb., Talladega, Charlotte May & Daytona 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)