NASCAR Information Sunday, July 23, 2017

2017 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most wins this season: 3 Jimmie Johnson & Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 7 Kyle Larson (2 Wins)
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 9 Kyle Larson
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 10 Brad Keselowski
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 13 Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski & Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most poles this season: 4 Kyle Busch
  • Most front-row starts this season: 6 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most top 6 starts this season: 13 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most top 12 starts this season: 18 Jamie McMurray
  • Best average start this season: 7.5 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most laps led this season: 1260 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most laps led by winless drivers this season: 1040 Kyle Busch (2nd most laps led this season)
  • Most races led this season: 15 Kyle Busch & Martin Truex Jr.
  • Kyle Busch & Martin Truex Jr. led 591 of 742 laps last 3 races (80%)
  • 13 Different winners in 20 races this season
  • 9 Different winners in last 9 races this season
  • 7 Different teams won last 7 races
  • Martin Truex Jr. is only repeat winner in last 10 races (2 Wins) – 8 Others 1 win each
  • Kasey Kahne: 22nd in Playoff standings into Indianapolis – 181 Behind 16th Matt Kenseth
  • Kasey Kahne: Indianapolis winner ended career-longest winless streak of 102 races (2014 Atlanta)
  • Kasey Kahne: Last 7 wins came on 7 different tracks
  • (Phoenix, Charlotte, New Hampshire, Bristol, Pocono, Atlanta & Indianapolis)
  • Kasey Kahne: Indianapolis winner last week – Never won back-to-back races (2 Pocono wins)
  • Kasey Kahne: 9th season with a win
  • 3 Won first career race this season – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Talladega, Austin Dillon Charlotte & Ryan Blaney Pocono
  • 6 Winners this season were winless after 20 races last season –
  • Blaney, A. Dillon, Kahne, Larson, Newman & Stenhouse Jr.
  • Kyle Busch: 4 Wins after 20 races last season (Last win came at Indianapolis) – Winless this season
  • 15 Won since Kyle Busch’s last win (2016 Indianapolis) – 36-Race winless streak (Career-longest winless streak)
  • *Previous 35-race winless streak ended at Sonoma in 2015
  • Martin Truex Jr. only driver to sweep every Stage in MENCS race – 2017 Las Vegas & 2017 Kentucky
  • Stage 1 winner went on to win race 3 times – Martin Truex Jr. (Las Vegas & Kentucky) & Kyle Larson (Auto Club)
  • Stage 2 winner went on to win race twice – Martin Truex Jr. Las Vegas & Kentucky
  • Jimmie Johnson: 3 Wins this season – 1 Stage win (Sonoma Stage 1)
  • Martin Truex Jr.: Stage 1 winner 5 of last 8 races – 1 Win (Kentucky)
  • Kyle Busch: 7 Stage wins this season (2nd-most) – Winless this season
  • 7 Won Stage 1 & Stage 2 – Twice went on to win race (Martin Truex Jr. Las Vegas & Kentucky)
  • 11 Drivers won Stages this season – 3 Have yet to win a race (Kyle Busch, Elliott & Kenseth)
  • Martin Truex Jr. leads all with 14 Stage wins (29 Playoff points – Leader) – 3 Race wins
  • Kyle Busch won Stage 1 & 2 at Indianapolis – Finished 34th
  • Kyle Busch winless this season – Led with 10 to go in 3 races (Phoenix March, Talladega May & Pocono June)
  • 3 Wins from pole this season: Kyle Larson Auto Club & Michigan June and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Talladega May
  • Ryan Newman ended 127-race winless streak this season (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)
  • Kasey Kahne ended 102-race winless streak this season (Indianapolis 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 5 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)
  • No pit road speeding penalties at Indianapolis – Only race this season
  • 8 of last 9 Hendrick Motorsports wins by Jimmie Johnson – Kasey Kahne won last race
  • 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 including Indianapolis
  • Martin Truex Jr. led most laps 5 of last 10 races (828 Laps led 9 of last 10 races) – 2 Wins (Kansas May & Kentucky)
  • Final lead change with 10 or fewer laps to go 11 of 20 races this season
  • Leader of most laps won only 5 of 20 races this season – Martin Truex Jr. 3 & 2 Kyle Larson 2
  • Kyle Busch failed to win last 6 races after he led most laps (5 This season) –
  • Bristol 8/16, Phoenix March, Martinsville April, Talladega May, Pocono June & Indianapolis July
  • Kyle Busch passed 1000 laps led this season at Indianapolis – 1040 laps led this season
  • 4 Winners this season have led a total of 122 laps – Stenhouse Jr. 39, Newman 37, Kahne 31, A. Dillon 9 & Kurt Busch 6
  • 10 To go leader failed to win 9 races this season – 3 of last 6 times Kyle Busch was leading with 10 to go
  • Kasey Kahne best Chevrolet finisher at Indianapolis (Winner) – First time best Chevrolet finisher since 2014 Atlanta win
  • Brad Keselowski best Ford finisher at Indianapolis (2nd) – First time best Ford finisher in last 9 races
  • Matt Kenseth best Toyota finisher at Indianapolis (5th) – First time best Toyota finisher in last 12 races
  • Ford: 8 Wins in 20 races this season – 8 Wins all of last season (Only 5 wins at this point last season)
  • Toyota: Only 4 wins this season – 3 by Martin Truex Jr. (10 Wins after 20 races last season)
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 1 Win this season – 9 Wins after 20 races last season
  • Daniel Suarez best Rookie finisher last 2 races – Finished 6th at New Hampshire & 7th at Indianapolis
  • Last Rookie of the Year contender to win: Chris Buescher – Pocono 8/16
  • 9 Different teams won this season
  • 4 Crew chiefs won first race this season: Justin Alexander, Jeremy Bullins, Luke Lambert & Keith Rodden
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 1 Win this season (New Hampshire July) – 12 Wins all of last season (Led all teams)
  • Ryan Newman best Richard Childress Racing finisher at Indianapolis (3rd) – First time best RCR finisher in last 5 races
  • Matt Kenseth best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher last race (5th) – First time best JGR finisher in last 12 races
  • Kasey Kahne best Hendrick Motorsports finisher 5 races this season – Best HMS finisher 5 races all of last season
  • Kevin Harvick best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher 6 of last 8 races including last 3
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. failed to finish 6 races this season
  • Martin Truex Jr. failed to finish 3 of last 5 races
  • Erik Jones failed to finish last 2 races
  • Kurt Busch failed to finish 3 of last 4 races
  • Season-high 19 failed to finish Indianapolis – 17 Due to crashes
  • 14 Wins by Rookie of the Year contenders since 2001 – 3 Pocono wins
  • 3 of last 5 wins by Rookie of the Year contenders came at Pocono
  • 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 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
  • 7 Overtime races this season – Leader at scheduled distance won 4
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won 2 Overtime races this season – Talladega May & Daytona July
  • Youngest winner: Ryan Blaney – 23
  • 13 Wins this season by drivers 33-years-old or older
  • 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
  • Roush Fenway Racing ended 101-race winless streak at Talladega May
  • Richard Childress Racing ended 112-race winless streak at Phoenix March

 

 

2017 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Most wins this season: 3 Kyle Busch, William Byron & Kyle Larson
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 5 Ryan Blaney (1 Win)
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 6 Ryan Blaney & Kyle Larson
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 8 Elliott Sadler (Winless)
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 15 Elliott Sadler
  • Most lead lap finishes: 16 William Byron
  • Best average finish this season (Of drivers competing every race): 8.6 Elliott Sadler
  • Most laps led this season: 427 Kyle Larson
  • Most races led this season: 9 Justin Allgaier
  • Most poles this season: 5 Kyle Busch (7 Races, 5 poles – Won 3 of his last 4)
  • Most top 6 starts this season: 10 William Byron
  • Most top 12 starts this season: 15 Daniel Hemric
  • 15 Races remaining / 8 Regular season races remaining / 7 Playoff races
  • 11 Different winners in 18 races this season
  • 7 Won first pole this season – Bell, Benjamin, Byron, Hemric, B. Jones, Koch & Poole
  • 16 Won Stages this season – 8 Winless in races
  • Brad Keselowski leads all with 6 Stage wins – 1 Win (Pocono)
  • Elliott Sadler leads NXS regulars with 5 Stage wins (3 at Daytona) – Winless
  • 5 Won Stage 1 & went on to win race this season
  • 2 Won Stage 2 & went on to win race – Blaney Charlotte & Keselowski Pocono
  • Brad Keselowski first driver to sweep every Stage in NASCAR Xfinity Series race – 2017 Pocono
  • 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)
  • #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
  • Elliott Sadler passed for final lead change at Indianapolis – Finished 4th
  • 10 To go leader failed to win 6 races this season
  • 2 Races settled by last lap pass this season – Pocono & Michigan
  • William Byron best Chevrolet finisher 5 of last 6 races
  • #22 Best Ford finisher 12 of 18 races this season
  • No Toyota finished top 10 at Indianapolis – 2nd time this season (Richmond April)
  • 3 Overtime races this season – Daytona Feb., Richmond April & Daytona June
  • William Byron best Rookie of the Year contender last 6 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: Denny Hamlin – 36
  • Joe Gibbs Racing (3) & JR Motorsports (3) won last 6 races
  • 2 Crew chiefs won last 5 races – Dave Elenz (3) & Eric Phillips (2)
  • William Byron best JR Motorsports finisher last 6 races
  • Matt Tifft best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher 2 of last 4 races
  • 3 Different winners from 3 different teams in 3 short track races this season
  • Closest margin-of-victory this season: Michigan .012 seconds (Denny Hamlin over William Byron)
  • 2nd closest margin-of-victory this season: Indianapolis .108 seconds (William Byron over Paul Menard)