NASCAR Information Sunday, April 22, 2018

2018 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most wins this season: 3 Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick (6 Wins in 9 races)
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 3 Kyle Busch
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 7 Kyle Busch (9 Races)
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 7 Kyle Busch (All top 3 finishes)
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 8 Kyle Busch & Joey Logano
  • Best average finish this season: 4.9 Kyle Busch (Best ever start to season)
  • Most laps led this season: 528 Kevin Harvick
  • Most laps led by non-winner this season: 364 Ryan Blaney (3rd most of all drivers)
  • Most races led this season: 8 Kyle Busch & Denny Hamlin
  • Most lead lap finishes this season: 8 Kyle Busch & Joey Logano
  • Most poles this season: 3 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most front-row starts this season: 4 Kyle Busch & Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most top 6 starts this season: 6 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Best average start this season: 7.2 Joey Logano
  • Most lead changes this season: 24 – Daytona 500 & Atlanta
  • Most leaders this season: 14 – Daytona 500
  • Most cautions this season & caution laps: 13 for 114 – Bristol April
  • Longest green-flag run from start: 101 Laps – Richmond April
  • Longest green-flag run: 142 Laps – Richmond April
  • Longest green-flag run to finish: 114 Laps – Phoenix March
  • Shortest race: 2:42:41 – Auto Club
  • Longest race: 3:32:07 – Texas April
  • 5 Different winners in 9 races this season – Kyle Busch (3) & Kevin Harvick (3) only drivers to win more than once
  • Kyle Busch: 7 Straight top 3 finishes – Career-longest streak
  • Kevin Harvick winless last 5 races – Won previous 3 races
  • Martin Truex Jr. only driver with a win at this point last season & this season
  • Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano & Ryan Newman had wins at this point last season
  • Brad Keselowski: Winless this season – Wins at this point previous 4 seasons (2014-’17)
  • Jimmie Johnson: Winless this season – 2 Wins at this point previous 3 seasons (2015-’17)
  • Kevin Harvick leads all with 4 Stage wins this season
  • Brad Keselowski 2nd with 3 Stage wins this season – No wins
  • Brad Keselowski: 11 Stage wins – Went on to win only once after winning a Stage (Talladega 10/17)
  • Martin Truex Jr. 19 Stage wins last season (Most) – 2 Stage wins this season (5 at this point last season)
  • Joey Logano: 2 Stage wins this season – Only 1 Stage win all of last season
  • First time 2 drivers won 3 straight races this early in a season
  • Last previous time 2 drivers won 3 straight races in a season: 2015 – Kyle Busch & Joey Logano
  • Kyle Busch: 5 Career win streaks (Back-to-back wins) – 3 Wins in a row twice
  • Last to win 4 straight races: Jimmie Johnson (2007 Martinsville Oct., Atlanta Oct., Texas Nov. & ISM Nov.)
  • 1 Winner started rear of field this season – Austin Dillon (Daytona 500)
  • Worst start position Kyle Busch came from to win: 32nd – Richmond April
  • Martin Truex Jr. led most laps at Richmond (121) – Passed for final lead change
  • Kyle Busch won last 3 races – Passed for final lead change 3 of previous 4 races
  • 1 Race settled by last lap pass this season – Daytona 500
  • Chase Elliott best Chevrolet finisher at Richmond (2nd) – 2nd time best Chevrolet finisher this season
  • Joey Logano best Ford finisher at Richmond (4th) – First time best Ford finisher since 2018 Daytona 500
  • Kyle Busch best Toyota finisher 6 of last 7 races – All top 2 finishes
  • Hendrick best Chevrolet only 3 times this season
  • Last time Hendrick went this many races into a season without a win: 2012 (Won in 11th race at Darlington 5/12/12)
  • Hendrick Motorsports winless last 25 races – Last win: Kasey Kahne – 2017 Indianapolis
  • Last time Penske went this many races into a season without a win: 2013 (Won in 23rd race at Michigan 8/18/13)
  • Roush best Ford only once this season
  • Furniture Row best Toyota only once this season – Joe Gibbs Racing best Toyota 8 of 9 races
  • Chevrolet: Only 1 win in last 19 races – 2018 Daytona 500 (Austin Dillon)
  • 2 Overtime races this season – Daytona 500 & Richmond April
  • Joe Gibbs Racing NXS & MENCS sweeps last 2 weekends – Bristol April & Richmond April
  • 2 Different winners in 3 races on short tracks this season – Kyle Busch (2) & Clint Bowyer (1)
  • Kyle Busch: 4 Wins in last 6 short track races – 4 Straight top 2 finishes
  • Kyle Busch only repeat winner last 9 short track races (4 Wins) – 5 Others 1 win each
  • Closest margin-of-victory this season: .260 Seconds – Daytona 500 (Austin Dillon over Darrell Wallace Jr.)
  • Kyle Busch won races with the 2nd, 3rd & 4th closest margins-of-victory this season
  • Stewart-Haas Racing won 4 of 9 races this season – 3 Wins all of last season (Season-high: 6 – 2011, ’14 & ’16)
  • All 17 Adam Stevens wins with Kyle Busch
  • 8 of last 10 Joe Gibbs Racing wins by Kyle Busch
  • Chase Elliott best Hendrick Motorsports finisher at Richmond (2nd) – Best Hendrick Motorsports finish this season
  • Kyle Busch best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher last 7 races
  • Joey Logano best Team Penske finisher last 2 races
  • Last 7 Joe Gibbs Racing wins: Kyle Busch 6 & Matt Kenseth 1 (Denny Hamlin 0)
  • 4 Races won Driving for the Cycle –
  • 2017 Las Vegas, 2017 Kentucky & 2018 Auto Club (Truex Jr.) & Las Vegas 3/18 (Harvick)
  • 2 Winners from pole this season: Martin Truex Jr. – Auto Club & Kyle Busch Bristol April
  • Clint Bowyer ended career-longest 190-race winless streak at Martinsville March
  • William Byron best finishing Rookie of the Year candidate 4 of last 6 races
  • Youngest winner: Austin Dillon – 27
  • Oldest winner: Kevin Harvick – 42

2018 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 3 Justin Allgaier (Winless) – Finished 2nd in 4 races since last win
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 4 Justin Allgaier & Christopher Bell
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 6 Elliott Sadler
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 8 Elliott Sadler (Every race)
  • Most laps led this season: 203 Kyle Larson
  • Most laps led by non-winner this season: 137 Justin Allgaier
  • Most races led this season: 7 Christopher Bell (7 Straight)
  • Most lead lap finishes this season: 7 Cole Custer & Elliott Sadler
  • Most poles this season: 3 Christopher Bell
  • 8 Different winners in 8 races this season
  • 11 Different winners in last 11 races (All-time record 13 different winners in 13 races – 1988 & ’17)
  • Christopher Bell only repeat winner last 13 races (2 Wins) – 11 Others 1 win each
  • Christopher Bell best full-time NXS driver 4 of 8 races this season
  • 5 Different pole winners in 8 races this season – Christopher Bell leads all with 3 pole wins
  • 1 Win from pole this season – Ryan Blaney at Texas April
  • All winners started 9th or better this season – 5 From front-row
  • Cole Custer won last 2 poles – First career poles
  • Ford drivers won last 3 poles
  • Elliott Sadler best Chevrolet finisher at Richmond (3rd) – First time best Chevrolet finisher since Bristol 8/17
  • Austin Cindric best Ford finisher at Richmond (5th) – Started rear of field
  • #22 Best Ford finisher 5 of last 6 races – 3 Wins
  • #18 Best Toyota finisher 4 of 8 races this season – Christopher Bell best in other 4 races
  • Toyota won last 2 races – Winless previous 8 races
  • 1 Overtime race this season – Daytona Feb. (Winner Tyler Reddick)
  • *Daytona 2/17/18 – 5 Overtimes
  • 2 Rookie of the Year contenders won this season – Tyler Reddick (Daytona Feb.) & Christopher Bell (Richmond April)
  • Christopher Bell best Rookie of the Year contender 5 of last 7 races
  • Ryan Preece only repeat winner last 8 short track races (2 Wins) – 6 Others 1 win each
  • Ryan Preece won his last 2 short track races – 1 in #20 JGR & 1 in #18 JGR
  • Youngest winner: Tyler Reddick – 22
  • Oldest winner: Kevin Harvick – 42
  • Elliott Sadler only driver to win NXS race on birthday (41) – Talladega 4/30/16
  • Christopher Bell best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher 4 of last 7 races
  • Elliott Sadler best JR Motorsports finisher 2 of last 3 races
  • Matt Tifft best Richard Childress Racing finisher at Richmond (4th) – First time best RCR finisher since Daytona Feb.
  • Daytona 2/17/18 – Closest margin-of-victory ever .0004
  • 2nd closest margin-of-victory this season: Richmond April .423 seconds (Christopher Bell over Noah Gragson)
  • Dash 4 Cash winners this season:
  • Ryan Preece (Bristol April) & Elliott Sadler (Richmond April)
  • 1 NXS & MENCS weekend sweep this season – Kevin Harvick (Atlanta)