NASCAR Information Sunday, July 15, 2018

2018 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most wins this season: 5 Kevin Harvick & Kyle Busch
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 4 Kyle Larson (Winless)
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 10 Kyle Busch
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 14 Kevin Harvick
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 15 Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick
  • Best average finish this season: 8.1 Kyle Busch
  • Most laps led this season: 1040 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: 13 Kevin Harvick
  • Most poles this season: 4 Martin Truex Jr.
  • 2017 New Hampshire Playoff race – Big 3 incident
  • Kevin Harvick spun on final lap Stage 2, T-boned by teammate Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr. spun while leading,
  • Kyle Busch missed crash by inches & went on to win Stage 2
  • 3 Finished top 5 both New Hampshire races last season – Matt Kenseth, Kyle Larson & Martin Truex Jr.
  • 7 Different winners in 19 races this season – 7 Races to Playoffs
  • Fewest number of winners after 26 races in Playoff era: 10 (2008)
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 3 Wins last 6 races – 1 Win previous 13 races this season
  • Last 6 races: Martin Truex Jr. 3 Wins – 3 Other drivers 1 win each (Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch & Erik Jones)
  • Martin Truex Jr. average finish last 9 races: 3.9 (Best) – Kevin Harvick 2nd best with 8.6 average finish
  • Ryan Blaney: Best finish last 41 races (Since Pocono 6/17 win): 2nd – 2018 Kentucky
  • Ryan Blaney finished 2nd at Kentucky – Finished 18th or worse previous 3 races (Worst 2018 finish: 40th – Daytona July)
  • Brad Keselowski best finish last 17 races: 3rd – Kentucky (Lap 39 pit road speeding penalty)
  • Erik Jones finished 7th or better last 4 races – Daytona winner
  • Kyle Larson started rear of field 5 races this season (Most of all drivers) – Finished top 10 last 3 (Dover, Kansas & Kentucky)
  • Jimmie Johnson received free-pass in 5 races this season (Tied for most – David Ragan) – Free-pass in last 3 races
  • Alex Bowman failed to finish only 1 race this season – Finished last at Kentucky
  • Kevin Harvick leads all with 9 Stage wins this season – Drove for the Cycle twice
  • Martin Truex Jr. 19 Stage wins last season (Most) – 5 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)
  • 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)
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 19 Career wins – Never won back-to-back races
  • 3 Win streaks this season – Kevin Harvick 3 straight, Kyle Busch 3 straight & Kevin Harvick 2 straight
  • Kevin Harvick started 3rd or better 4 of 5 wins this season
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 14 of 19 wins starting from first 2 rows
  • Martin Truex Jr. led 174 laps at Kentucky last week – Most laps led by him in a race this season
  • Kyle Larson failed to win last 3 races after leading most laps – Twice this season (Bristol April & Kansas May)
  • Kyle Larson best Chevrolet finisher 8 races this season
  • Kevin Harvick best Ford finisher 9 races this season
  • Kyle Busch best Toyota finisher 9 races this season
  • Martin Truex Jr. best Toyota finisher 4 of last 8 races – Only once in previous 11 races this season
  • Ryan Blaney best Ford finisher at Kentucky (Finished 2nd) – First time best Ford finisher since Pocono 6/17 win
  • 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: 8 Wins this season – 10 Wins all of last season
  • Toyota: 4 Straight wins
  • Martin Truex Jr. won 2 races with largest margin-of-victory this season (Both in California) – Sonoma & Auto Club
  • Martin Truex Jr. won 4 of the 8 races with largest margin-of-victory this season
  • Chase Elliott best Hendrick Motorsports finisher 8 races this season including 3 of last 5 races
  • Kyle Busch best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher 13 races this season including 6 of last 7 races
  • Kevin Harvick best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher last 4 races
  • Ryan Blaney best Team Penske finisher at Kentucky (Finished 2nd) – First time best Team Penske finisher in last 12 races (Since Texas April)
  • Ryan Blaney best finish since Pocono 6/17 win: 2nd – Kentucky last week
  • No Hendrick Motorsports driver finished top 10 in 3 races this season (All 1.5-mile tracks) – Las Vegas March, Kansas May & Kentucky
  • Team Penske finished 36th or worse at Daytona July (All crashed out) – All 3 finished top 10 at Kentucky
  • Stewart-Haas Racing finished 12th or better at Kentucky – All 4 drivers crashed out at Daytona July
  • 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
  • 1 Won first career race this season – Erik Jones (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
  • 3 Overtime races this season – Daytona 500, Richmond April & Daytona July
  • Last Rookie of the Year contender to win: Chris Buescher – Pocono 8/16
  • Last previous Rookie of the Year contender to win: Joey Logano – New Hampshire 6/09
  • 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.)
  • Stewart-Haas Racing won 7 of 19 races this season (Season high) – 3 Wins all of last season

2018 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most wins this season: 3 Kyle Larson (Won his last 3 races)
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 3 Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bell & Elliott Sadler
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 8 Christopher Bell
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 10 Christopher Bell & Elliott Sadler
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 14 Elliott Sadler
  • Most laps led this season: 490 Justin Allgaier
  • Most laps led by non-winner this season: 171 Daniel Hemric
  • Most races led this season: 11 Christopher Bell
  • Most poles this season: 4 Cole Custer
  • 12 Different winners in 17 races this season
  • 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)
  • 1 NXS & MENCS weekend sweep this season – Kevin Harvick (Atlanta)
  • Christopher Bell best NXS regular at Kentucky (Winner) – First time best NXS regular in last 9 races
  • Christopher Bell best Toyota finisher 9 of 17 races this season (53%)
  • Christopher Bell best Rookie finisher last 4 races
  • Christopher Bell best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher 9 of 17 races this season
  • Daniel Hemric best Richard Childress Racing finisher 5 of last 8 races
  • Elliott Sadler finished 2nd in 2 closest finishes this season – Daytona Feb. & Daytona July
  • Kyle Larson only driver to win consecutive races this season – Chicagoland & Daytona July
  • 1 Won first career race this season – Spencer Gallagher (Talladega)
  • Brad Keselowski won last 3 races he competed
  • 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
  • 2 Rookie of the Year contenders won this season – Tyler Reddick (Daytona Feb.) & Christopher Bell (Richmond April)
  • 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)