NASCAR Information Sunday, July 8, 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: 13 Kevin Harvick
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 14 Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick
  • Best average finish this season: 8.3 Kyle Busch
  • Most laps led this season: 1040 Kevin Harvick
  • Most laps led by non-winner this season: 463 Ryan Blaney (3rd most behind Kevin Harvick & Kyle Busch)
  • Most races led this season: 13 Kevin Harvick (5 Straight)
  • Most poles this season: 3 Kyle Busch & Martin Truex Jr.
  • 7 Different winners in 18 races this season – 8 Races to Playoffs
  • Fewest number of winners after 26 races in Playoff era: 10 (2008)
  • Hendrick Motorsports: Winless at Kentucky – Only winless track
  • Richard Childress Racing: Winless at Kentucky – 1 of 3 winless tracks on schedule (Las Vegas & Homestead-MIami)
  • Stewart-Haas Racing: Winless at Kentucky – 1 of 2 winless tracks (Talladega)
  • Roush Fenway Racing: Winless at Kentucky – 1 of 3 winless tracks (Indianapolis & Chicagoland)
  • 7 of top 10 Daytona finishers are winless this season
  • 2 Different winners in 6 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season – Kyle Busch (3) & Kevin Harvick (3)
  • Kevin Harvick: 5 Wins this season – 3 Wins on 1.5-mile tracks
  • Kevin Harvick: Winless on 2 tracks on schedule – Kentucky & Pocono
  • Kyle Busch: 5 Wins this season – 3 Wins on 1.5-mile tracks
  • Martin Truex Jr.: Winless last 6 races on 1.5-mile tracks – 5 Wins previous 6 races
  • 3 Won last 12 races on 1.5-mile tracks – Martin Truex Jr. (5), Kevin Harvick (4) & Kyle Busch (3)
  • Kevin Harvick won 4 of last 8 races on 1.5-mile tracks (Finished 9th at Kentucky last season – Lap 267 pit road speeding penalty)
  • Kyle Busch won 3 of last 4 races on 1.5-mile tracks
  • Jimmie Johnson: Winless at 3 tracks on schedule – Kentucky, Watkins Glen & Chicagoland
  • No Hendrick Motorsports driver finished top 10 in 2 races this season (Both 1.5-mile tracks) – Las Vegas March & Kansas May
  • Last 3 winners finished outside top 10 in Stage 1 & 2 (Sonoma, Chicagoland & Daytona) – Erik Jones finished 23rd & 26th at Daytona
  • *Only time this season
  • Erik Jones: Daytona winner last week – Involved in lap 65 crash, 6th caution free-pass & led only final lap
  • Kevin Harvick leads all with 9 Stage wins this season – Drove for the Cycle twice
  • Martin Truex Jr. 19 Stage wins last season (Most) – 3 Stage wins this season
  • Brad Keselowski: 12 Career Stage wins – Went on to win only once after winning a Stage (Talladega 10/17)
  • Erik Jones: 1 Career win (Daytona last week) – No career Stage wins
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: 2 Career Stage wins – Stage 1 & 2 Daytona last week
  • 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)
  • 1 Won first career race this season – Erik Jones (Daytona July)
  • Erik Jones first to win first race of season since Joey Logano at Talladega April (Daytona July)
  • Erik Jones: Led only final lap winning Daytona last week
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: 51 Laps led at Daytona last week (Career-high) – Most laps led first time in career
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: 51 Laps led at Daytona last week – 56 Laps led all last season
  • Martin Truex Jr. passed for final lead change 3 races this season including Daytona last week
  • Kevin Harvick passed for final lead change 3 of last 4 races
  • 2 Races settled by last lap pass this season – Daytona 500 & Daytona July
  • AJ Allmendinger best Chevrolet finisher at Daytona last week (3rd) – First time best Chevy finisher since 2017 Watkins Glen
  • Matt DiBenedetto best Ford finisher at Daytona last week – Finished 7th
  • Erik Jones best Toyota finisher at Daytona last week (Winner) – First time best Toyota finisher since Daytona 7/17
  • 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 29 races – 2018 Daytona 500 (Austin Dillon)
  • Ford: 8 Wins this season – 10 Wins all of last season
  • Toyota: 9 Wins this season – 2 at this point last season (Finished 2017 with 16 wins)
  • Toyota: 3 Straight wins with 3 different drivers – Martin Truex Jr. (Sonoma), Kyle Busch (Chicagoland)
  • Youngest winner: Erik Jones – 22 (Only driver under 27 to win this season)
  • Closest margin-of-victory this season: .125 Seconds – Daytona July (Erik Jones over Martin Truex Jr.)
  • Alex Bowman best Hendrick Motorsports finisher 4 times this season including last 2 races
  • Alex Bowman only Hendrick Motorsports driver running at finish at Daytona last week – Other 3 crashed out
  • At Daytona last week, Erik Jones best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher for first time (Winner)
  • Erik Jones only Joe Gibbs Racing driver running at finish at Daytona last week – Other 3 crashed out
  • Kevin Harvick best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher last 3 races
  • All 4 Stewart-Haas Racing drivers crashed out at Daytona last week
  • All 3 Team Penske drivers crashed out at Daytona last week – Finished 36th, 39th & 40th
  • *Won 8 of 15 previous restrictor-plate races
  • 20 Failed to finish at Daytona last week (Season-high) – All due to crashes
  • 16 First-time winners since 2009 – 7 Crew chiefs also won their first race
  • Last 3 first-time winners also first-time winning crew chiefs – Justin Alexander, Jeremy Bullins & Chris Gayle
  • 4 of last 13 first-time winners came at Daytona (Since 2011) – Trevor Bayne, David Ragan, Aric Almirola & Erik Jones
  • Kentucky is only track on schedule no driver won consecutive races – Martin Truex Jr. won last year
  • Michael McDowell: 20 Laps led at Daytona last week – Career-high
  • Alex Bowman: Kentucky will be 100th career race
  • 6 Races won Driving for the Cycle – Martin Truex Jr. 3, Kevin Harvick 2 & Kyle Busch 1
  • 2 Won Driving for the Cycle after starting on pole – Martin Truex Jr. (Auto Club 3/18) & Kyle Busch (Charlotte 5/18)
  • 3 Win streaks this season – Kevin Harvick 3 straight, Kyle Busch 3 straight & Kevin Harvick 2 straight
  • 4 Winners from pole this season:
  • Martin Truex Jr. Auto Club, Kyle Busch Bristol April, Kevin Harvick Kansas May & Kyle Busch Charlotte May
  • Kevin Harvick started 3rd or better 4 of 5 wins this season
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 13 of 18 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
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change 4 races this season
  • Kyle Larson failed to win last 3 races after leading most laps – Twice this season (Bristol April & Kansas May)
  • 3 Overtime races this season – Daytona 500, Richmond April & Daytona July
  • Oldest winner: Kevin Harvick – 42
  • Martin Truex Jr. won 2 races with largest margin-of-victory this season (Both in California) – Sonoma & Auto Club
  • Stewart-Haas Racing won 7 of 18 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: 7 Justin Allgaier & Christopher Bell
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 10 Elliott Sadler (Winless)
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 14 Elliott Sadler
  • Most laps led this season: 458 Justin Allgaier
  • Most laps led by non-winner this season: 164 Brandon Jones
  • Most races led this season: 10 Christopher Bell
  • Most poles this season: 3 Christopher Bell & Cole Custer
  • 12 Different winners in 16 races this season
  • 4 Different winners in 5 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season – Kyle Larson 2 wins
  • Elliott Sadler best NXS regular only once this season – Finished 2nd at Daytona July
  • Christopher Bell best Toyota finisher half the races this season (8 of 16)
  • Christopher Bell best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher half the races this season (8 of 16)
  • Elliott Sadler best JR Motorsports finisher 4 of last 6 races
  • 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)
  • Elliott Sadler finished 2nd in 2 closest finishes this season – Daytona Feb. & Daytona July
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Shane Lee best Richard Childress Racing finisher 2 races this season