NASCAR Information Sunday, August 26, 2018

2018 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most wins this season: 7 Kevin Harvick
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 5 Kyle Larson (Winless)
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 14 Kyle Busch
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 17 Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 20 Kevin Harvick
  • Best average finish this season: 7.6 Kyle Busch
  • Best average finish of winless drivers this season: 12.6 Denny Hamlin
  • Most laps led this season: 1198 Kevin Harvick
  • Most laps led by non-winner this season: 585 Ryan Blaney (4th most behind Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch & Martin Truex Jr.)
  • Most races led this season: 17 Kevin Harvick
  • Most poles this season: 4 Martin Truex Jr.
  • 9 Different winners in 24 races this season – 2 Races to Playoffs
  • Fewest number of winners after 26 races in Playoff era: 10 (2008)
  • Kevin Harvick leads all with 12 Stage wins this season – Drove for the Cycle three times
  • Martin Truex Jr. 19 Stage wins last season (Most) – 7 Stage wins this season (Drove for the Cycle twice)
  • Brad Keselowski 12 Career Stage wins – Went on to win only once after winning a Stage (Talladega 10/17)
  • Ryan Blaney: 5 Stage wins each this season – Winless
  • 8 Races won Driving for the Cycle – Martin Truex Jr. 4, Kevin Harvick 3 & 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)
  • Kurt Busch: Won back-to-back races only once – Martinsville 10/02 & Atlanta 10/02
  • Kurt Busch ended career-longest Stewart-Haas Racing 58-race winless streak at Bristol Aug.
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change 6 times this season – Twice by Kevin Harvick
  • Kyle Larson failed to win last 3 races after leading most laps – Twice this season (Bristol April & Kansas May)
  • Ryan Blaney led most laps in 3 career races (2 This season) – Winless all 3 races
  • Kyle Larson best Chevrolet finisher 9 of 24 races this season
  • Kurt Busch best Ford finisher only 2 races this season – 2 of last 3 races
  • Erik Jones best Toyota finisher only 2 races this season – Daytona July & Bristol Aug.
  • Kyle Larson led 124 of first 157 laps at Darlington last year – 79% (Only laps led)
  • Chevrolet: Only 1 win in last 23 races – Watkins Glen (Chase Elliott)
  • Ford: 11 Wins this season (10 by Stewart-Haas Racing) – 10 Wins all of last season
  • 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 10 of 24 races this season (Season high) – 3 Wins all of last season
  • Chase Elliott best Hendrick Motorsports finisher 12 races this season including 5 of last 6 races
  • Erik Jones best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher 2 races this season – Daytona July & Bristol Aug.
  • Kurt Busch best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher 2 of last 3 races
  • Top 5 Bristol finishers from 5 different teams
  • 3 of 4 Stewart-Haas Racing drivers finished top 10 at Bristol – Aric Almirola finished 31st
  • Erik Jones only Joe Gibbs Racing top 10 finisher at Bristol – Finished 5th
  • 3 of 4 Hendrick drivers finished 9th or better at Bristol – William Byron finished 23rd
  • Hendrick Motorsports had 3 top 10 finishers in 2 races this season – Pocono July & Bristol Aug. (2 of last 4 races)
  • 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
  • 2 Won first career race this season – Erik Jones (Daytona July) & Chase Elliott (Watkins Glen)
  • 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)
  • Youngest winners: Erik Jones 22Y, 1M, 7D & Chase Elliott 22Y, 8M, 8D
  • Oldest winner: Kevin Harvick – 42
  • Closest margin-of-victory this season: .125 Seconds – Daytona July (Erik Jones over Martin Truex Jr.)
  • Only 2 top 5 finishes for Richard Childress Racing this season – Daytona 500 & Michigan Aug.
  • Only 2 top 5 finishes for Roush Fenway Racing this season – Bristol April & Talladega April
  • No Hendrick Motorsports driver finished top 10 in 3 races this season (All 1.5-mile tracks) – Las Vegas March, Kansas May & Kentucky

2018 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most wins this season: 4 Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bell & Kyle Larson
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 4 Justin Allgaier & Christopher Bell
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 12 Justin Allgaier
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 13 Justin Allgaier & Christopher Bell
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 19 Cole Custer & Elliott Sadler
  • Most laps led this season: 525 Kyle Larson
  • Most laps led by non-winner this season: 237 Cole Custer
  • Most races led this season: 15 Christopher Bell
  • Most poles this season: 4 Cole Custer
  • Justin Allgaier: 2 Wins last 3 races – 5 Straight top 3 finishes
  • Christopher Bell: 2nd in regular season points (5 Behind Allgaier) – Points leader into Road America (+13)
  • Elliott Sadler: Winless this season – 3 2nd-place finishes (3rd in regular season points – Best without a win)
  • Cole Custer: 7 Straight top 10 finishes – Career-long streak: 8 Straight
  • Daniel Hemric: Winless in 56 career races – 9 Top 3 finishes this season
  • Brandon Jones: 1 Top 20 finish last 3 races – Finished 9th at Road America
  • Tyler Reddick: Worst finish this season – 34th at Road America Rear Gear (Failed to finish 4 of last 9 races)
  • Ryan Truex: Finished outside top 15 in 3 of last 4 races
  • Matt Tifft: 3 Straight top 10 finishes – Best career finish: 2nd at Road America last week
  • Austin Cindric: 7 Top 10 finishes this season – Only 1 top 10 finish last 6 races
  • Ryan Reed: Worst career finish: 39th at Road America last week (11th in Playoff standings +73)
  • Ross Chastain: 6 Top 10 finishes this season – Career-high (12th in Playoff standings +49)
  • Michael Annett: Finished 7th & 12th last 2 races (13th in Playoff standings -49)
  • 12 Different winners in 23 races this season – 3 Races to Playoffs
  • 4 Drivers won last 10 races – Allgaier, Bell, Larson 3 each & Logano 1 win
  • Justin Allgaier: 9 Career wins – Never won back-to-back races
  • Justin Allgaier best NXS regular 3 of last 4 races – 2 Wins last 3 races
  • Justin Allgaier: 4 Wins this season – Career-high (Only 2nd multiple-win season – 2 Wins last year)
  • Justin Allgaier: 6 Wins last 2 seasons – 3 Wins previous 6 full-time seasons
  • Justin Allgaier won 3 of 4 stand-alone races this season
  • Christopher Bell: Winless last 4 races – 3 Wins previous 3 races
  • Justin Allgaier best JR Motorsports finisher last 7 races
  • Matt Tifft best Richard Childress Racing finisher last 2 races
  • Only 4 won after qualifying 11th or worse this season including Justin Allgaier at Road America (Started 11th)
  • Elliott Sadler: Winless this season – 4 Stage wins
  • Daniel Hemric: Winless this season – 3 Stage wins including Road America Stage 2 last week
  • Matt Tifft: 1 Stage win – Road America Stage 1 last week
  • Chevrolet won last 3 races
  • Justin Allgaier best Chevrolet finisher 3 of last 5 races – 2 Wins
  • Elliott Sadler 2nd in 2 closest finishes this season – Daytona Feb. & Daytona July
  • #22 best Ford finisher 11 of 23 races this season (48%)
  • Cole Custer best Ford finisher last 2 races
  • #18 Best Toyota finisher 9 of 23 races this season (39%)
  • 5 Races won by Rookie of the Year contenders this season – 4 by Christopher Bell
  • Kaz Grala best Rookie of the Year contender at Road America – Finished 11th
  • Stages 1, 2 & race won 5 times this season –
  • Kevin Harvick (Atlanta), Joey Logano (Auto Club), Justin Allgaier (Iowa June), Kyle Larson (Daytona July) & Kyle Larson (Bristol Aug.)
  • 1 NXS & MENCS weekend sweep this season – Kevin Harvick (Atlanta)
  • 2 Won consecutive NXS races this season – Christopher Bell (3 Straight) & Kyle Larson (2 Straight)
  • 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
  • 6 Overtime races this season – Daytona Feb., Talladega, Charlotte May, Daytona July, Iowa July & Bristol Aug.
  • 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)
  • Youngest winner: Tyler Reddick – 22
  • Oldest winner: Kevin Harvick – 42