NASCAR Information Sunday, August 20, 2017

2017 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most wins this season: 4 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 7 Kyle Larson (3 Wins)
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 10 Kyle Larson
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 11 Brad Keselowski
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 16 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most poles this season: 6 Kyle Busch
  • Most front-row starts this season: 7 Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson & Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most top 6 starts this season: 16 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most top 12 starts this season: 22 Jamie McMurray
  • Best average start this season: 7.2 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most laps led this season: 1372 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most laps led by winless drivers this season: 310 Erik Jones
  • Most races led this season: 19 Kyle Busch
  • Most lead lap finishes this season: 21 Kevin Harvick
  • 14 Different winners in 24 races this season (13 Count toward Playoff)
  • Kyle Busch: 18th driver to win 40 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races
  • Kyle Busch: 2 Wins last 4 races – Winless previous 36 races (Career-longest winless streak)
  • Kyle Busch: 3 Career win streaks – 2 Straight wins twice (2008 & ’16) & 3 straight wins (2015)
  • Kyle Busch: 4 Straight top 10 finishes – Longest streak since final 4 races last season
  • Kyle Busch: 7 Straight races led (559 Laps led) – Career-longest streak: 10 Straight (2015)
  • Erik Jones: 4 Straight top 10 finishes – Career-longest streak
  • Erik Jones: 260 Laps led at Bristol Aug. (Most) – 51 Laps led previous 26 career races
  • Jimmie Johnson: No top 5 finishes last 11 races – Career-longest streak
  • Martin Truex Jr. leads all with 15 Stage wins (35 Playoff points – Leader) – 4 Race wins
  • Martin Truex Jr. only driver to sweep every Stage in MENCS race – 2017 Las Vegas & 2017 Kentucky
  • Jimmie Johnson led 18 or fewer laps 3 of last 4 wins
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change 5 races this season
  • Kyle Larson passed for final lead change 4 races this season
  • Brad Keselowski passed for final lead change 3 races this season
  • Kyle Busch led most laps 6 races this season – 1 Win in those races (Pocono July)
  • Kyle Busch failed to win 6 of last 7 races after leading most laps
  • Kyle Busch: 7 Straight races led (559 Laps led) – Longest current streak
  • Final lead change with 10 or fewer laps to go 13 of 24 races this season
  • Leader of most laps won only 7 of 24 races this season – Martin Truex Jr. 4, Kyle Larson 2 & Kyle Busch 1
  • 4 Winners this season have led a total of 136 laps – Stenhouse Jr. 50, Newman 38, Kahne 31, A. Dillon 11 & Kurt Busch 6
  • 10 To go leader failed to win 11 races this season
  • Ryan Newman best Chevrolet finisher at Bristol (6th) – First time best Chevrolet finisher since Phoenix March win
  • Kurt Busch best Ford finisher at Bristol (5th) – First time best Ford finisher since Charlotte May
  • Ford: 8 Wins in 24 races this season (Winless last 7 races) – 8 Wins all of last season
  • Toyota: 5 Wins last 7 races – Only 2 wins previous 17 races this season
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 3 Wins last 6 races – Winless previous 20 races
  • Erik Jones best Rookie finisher at Michigan (3rd) & Bristol (2nd)
  • Last Rookie of the Year contender to win: Chris Buescher – Pocono 8/16
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 3 Wins this season – 12 Wins all of last season (Led all teams)
  • Ryan Newman best Richard Childress Racing finisher 4 of last 5 races
  • Kyle Busch best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher 3 of last 4 races – 2 Wins
  • Jimmie Johnson best Hendrick Motorsports finisher at Bristol – First time best HMS finisher in last 5 races
  • Kurt Busch best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher last 2 races
  • Stage 1 winner went on to win race 5 times
  • Stage 2 winner went on to win race twice – Martin Truex Jr. Las Vegas & Kentucky
  • 8 Overtime races this season – Leader at scheduled distance won 4
  • Kyle Larson won 2 Overtime races this season – Auto Club & Michigan Aug.
  • 2 Races settled by last lap pass this season – Daytona 500 & Talladega May
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took lead for last time on final lap at Talladega May & with 2 laps to go at Daytona July
  • Jimmie Johnson: Last 5 top 5 finishes were all wins
  • Jimmie Johnson: 5 Wins starting rear of field – 3 of last 4 wins came starting rear of field
  • Jimmie Johnson started rear of field 6 races this season – Most of all drivers
  • Best finisher dropping to rear of field this season:
  • Winner – Jimmie Johnson (Texas April & Dover June) & Joey Logano (Richmond April)
  • Last winner in backup car: Denny Hamlin – New Hampshire 7/17
  • Last previous winner in backup car: Kurt Busch – Michigan 6/15
  • Last winner after free-pass: Martin Truex Jr. – 2016 Chicagoland
  • 2 Won after pit road speeding penalty this season: Kurt Busch Daytona 500 & Brad Keselowski Martinsville April
  • Closest margin-of-victory this season: .095 Seconds – Talladega May (Ricky Stenhouse Jr. over Jamie McMurray)
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won 2 of the 3 closest races this season – Talladega May & Daytona July
  • 9 Different teams won this season
  • 4 Crew chiefs won first race this season: Justin Alexander, Jeremy Bullins, Luke Lambert & Keith Rodden
  • 5 Winning crew chiefs were suspended this season – Paul Wolfe, Rodney Childers, Todd Gordon, Adam Stevens & Chad Johnston
  • Roush Fenway Racing ended 101-race winless streak at Talladega May
  • Richard Childress Racing ended 112-race winless streak at Phoenix March
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ended 157-race winless streak this season (Talladega May)
  • Austin Dillon ended 132-race winless streak this season (Charlotte May)
  • Ryan Newman ended 127-race winless streak this season (Phoenix March)
  • Kasey Kahne ended 102-race winless streak this season (Indianapolis July)
  • Kyle Busch ended 36-race winless streak this season (Pocono July)
  • Jimmie Johnson: 3 Wins this season – 1 Stage win (Sonoma Stage 1)
  • Kyle Busch: 10 Stage wins this season (2nd-most) – 2 Wins this season (Pocono July & Bristol Aug.)
  • 7 Won Stage 1 & Stage 2 – Twice went on to win race (Martin Truex Jr. Las Vegas & Kentucky)
  • 13 Drivers won Stages this season – 4 Have yet to win a race (Bowyer, Elliott, Kenseth & Suarez)
  • Last to win consecutive races: Jimmie Johnson (Texas 4/17 & Bristol 4/17)
  • 4 Wins from pole this season – 3 By drivers named Kyle (Kyle Larson 2 & Kyle Busch 1)
  • 3 Won first career race this season – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Talladega, Austin Dillon Charlotte & Ryan Blaney Pocono
  • Youngest winner: Ryan Blaney – 23
  • 16 Wins this season by drivers 32-years-old or older

 

2017 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Most wins this season: 5 Kyle Busch
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 5 Ryan Blaney (1 Win)
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 6 Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch & Kyle Larson
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 9 Elliott Sadler (Winless)
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 17 Elliott Sadler
  • Best average finish this season (Drivers competing every race): 8.8 Elliott Sadler
  • Most laps led this season: 549 Kyle Busch
  • Most races led this season: 11 Justin Allgaier
  • Most poles this season: 6 Kyle Busch
  • Most top 6 starts this season: 11 Daniel Hemric
  • Most top 12 starts this season: 18 Daniel Hemric
  • Most lead lap finishes this season: 18 William Byron
  • 11 Races remaining / 4 Regular season races remaining / 7 Playoff races
  • 13 Different winners in 22 races this season
  • 8 Won first pole this season – Bell, Benjamin, Byron, Hemric, B. Jones, Koch, Poole & Preece
  • 19 Won Stages this season – 9 Winless in races
  • Brad Keselowski leads all with 7 Stage wins – 1 Win (Pocono)
  • Elliott Sadler leads NXS regulars with 5 Stage wins (3 at Daytona) – Winless
  • 7 Won Stage 1 & went on to win race this season
  • 4 Won Stage 2 & went on to win race
  • Brad Keselowski (Pocono June) & Kyle Busch (Bristol Aug.) only drivers to win both Stages & race
  • Elliott Sadler best finisher eligible for championship points at Bristol (3rd) – First time in last 13 races
  • 7 Winners from pole this season – Kyle Busch 4, Sam Hornish Jr. 1, Kyle Larson 1 & Ryan Preece 1
  • 5 of last 7 races won from pole – Kentucky, New Hampshire, Iowa, Mid-Ohio & Bristol Aug.
  • Ryan Reed (65 Races) & Justin Allgaier (80 Races) ended long winless streaks this season
  • 2 Winners from rear of field this season: Ryan Blaney (Charlotte May) & William Byron (Daytona June)
  • Last previous winner after dropping to rear of field: Marcos Ambrose – 2011 Montreal
  • Last 2 wins after free-pass: Kyle Busch (2014 & ‘16 Kansas)
  • Last winner after speeding penalty: Kyle Busch (Bristol 8/17)
  • #22 passed for final lead change 4 races this season – Daytona Feb., Auto Club, Bristol April & Daytona June
  • Final lead change with 10 or fewer laps to go 8 races this season
  • 10 To go leader failed to win 6 races this season
  • 2 Races settled by last lap pass this season – Pocono & Michigan
  • #22 Best Ford finisher 14 of 22 races this season
  • Team Penske #12 won 4 of last 6 races competed
  • Chevrolet won only 3 of last 11 races – All won by William Byron
  • 4 Overtime races this season – Daytona Feb., Richmond April, Daytona June & Iowa July
  • Daniel Hemric best Rookie of the Year contender last 2 races
  • 1 Rookie of the Year contender won this season – William Byron at Iowa June, Daytona June & Indianapolis
  • Youngest winner: William Byron – 19
  • Oldest winner: Sam Hornish Jr. – 38
  • #20 won 4 races this season – Erik Jones (2), Denny Hamlin 1 & Ryan Preece (1)
  • Joe Gibbs Racing won 5 of last 7 races
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 3 1-2 finishes in last 6 races – New Hampshire, Iowa July & Bristol Aug.
  • Elliott Sadler best JR Motorsports finisher last 2 races
  • Closest margin-of-victory this season: Michigan .012 seconds (Denny Hamlin over William Byron)
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