NASCAR Information Sunday, November 12, 2017

2017 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Playoff wins this season: 3 Kyle Busch & Martin Truex Jr. (6 Wins in 9 Playoff races)
  • Most Playoff race 2nd-place finishes this season: 4 Chase Eiott (Winless)
  • Most Playoff race top 3 finishes this season: 6 Martin Truex 
  • Most Playoff race top 5 finishes this season: 8 Martin Truex Jr. (Finished 23rd at Talladega
  • Most Playoff race top 10 finishes this season: 8 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Best Playoff race average finish this season: 4.7 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most Playoff race laps led this season: 631 Kyle Busch (Martin Truex Jr. 2nd with 529)
  • Most Playoff races led this season: 8 Kyle Busch
  •  Most wins this season: 7 Martin Truex Jr.
  •  Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 8 Kyle Larson (4 Wins)
  •  Most top 3 finishes this season: 15 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 18 Martin Truex Jr. (Career-high)
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 25 Martin Truex Jr. (Career-high)
  • Most poles this season: 8 Kyle Busch (Career-high)
  • Most front-row starts this season: 11 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most top 6 starts this season: 24 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most top 12 starts this season: 29 Kyle Busch
  • Best average start this season: 6.9 Martin Truex Jr.Most laps led this season: 2175 Martin Truex Jr. (Career-high)
  • Most laps led by winless drivers this season: 560 Chase Elliott (918 Career laps led – Winless
  • Most races led this season: 29 Kyle Busch
  • Kyle Busch: Best finisher of Championship 4 drivers in 11 races this season – 3 Times in Playoff races (All wins)
  • Kevin Harvick: Best finisher of Championship 4 drivers in 5 races this season – Fewest of Championship 4 drivers
  • Kevin Harvick: Best finisher of Championship 4 drivers in 1 Playoff race this season – Texas winner
  • Brad Keselowski: Best finisher of Championship 4 drivers in 6 races this season – Once in Playoff races (Talladega winner)
  • Martin Truex Jr.: Best finisher of Championship 4 drivers in 13 races this season (37%) – Leads Championship 4 drivers
  • 15 Different winners in 35 races this season
  • 5 Different winners from 5 different teams & 3 different manufacturers in 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season
  • Martin Truex Jr. won 6 of 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season – Finished 8th or better every race
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 6 Wins on 1.5-mile tracks this season – Most all-time
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 4 Wins last 5 races on 1.5-mile tracks – Finished 2nd at Texas Nov.
  • Best Playoff finisher last race: Chase Elliott – Finished 2nd (4th 2nd-place finish this season in Playoff races)
  • Worst Playoff finisher last 2 races: Jimmie Johnson – Finished 27th at Texas & 39th at Phoenix
  • Best non-Playoff finisher last 2 races: Matt Kenseth – Finished 4th at Texas & Phoenix winner
  • 5 Different winners 9 Playoff races this season – Kyle Busch 3, Truex Jr. 3, Harvick 1, Kenseth 1 & Keselowski 1
  • 5 Different winners last 5 Playoff races
  • Martin Truex Jr. won 3 of 4 Playoff races on 1.5-mile tracks this season
  • Martin Truex Jr. won first race in Round of 16 & Round of 12 this season
  • Martin Truex Jr. leads all with 19 Stage wins – 7 Race wins
  • Martin Truex Jr. started 3rd or better 6 of 7 wins this season – Started 17th in Charlotte Playoff race
  • Martin Truex Jr. passed for final lead change 5 of last 13 races
  • Martin Truex Jr. passed 3000 laps led on 1.5-mile tracks at Texas Nov.
  • Martin Truex Jr. led most laps 9 races this season – 4 Wins
  • Martin Truex Jr. led with 10 to go 9 races this season – 5 Win
  • Martin Truex Jr. best Toyota finisher 12 of 35 races this season (34%)
  • Kyle Busch led most laps 10 races this season – 3 Wins in those races (Pocono July, New Hampshire Sept. & Martinsville Oct.)
  • Kyle Busch won first race in Round of 8 this season
  • Kyle Busch raced into Round of 8 at Kansas – 9th (-7) pre-race & 7th (+13) post-race
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change 6 races this season
  • Brad Keselowski leads all with 4 Stage wins in Playoff races this season
  • Kevin Harvick best Ford finisher 8 races this season – 4 Times in Playoff races
  • Kevin Harvick best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher 5 of 9 Playoff races this season
  • Denny Hamlin led most laps at Phoenix last week (165) – Finished 35th (Crash)
  • Matt Kenseth best Toyota finisher 4 times this season – Phoenix winner last week
  • Matt Kenseth best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher 5 races this season
  • Final lead change with 10 or fewer laps to go 20 of 35 races this season (57%)
  • Leader of most laps won only 10 of 35 races this season – Truex Jr. 4, Kyle Busch 3, Larson 2 & Hamlin 1
  • 10 To go leader failed to win 18 races this season including 5 of last 7 races
  • Chase Elliott failed to win 3 races this season after leading with 10 to go including Phoenix last week
  • Chase Elliott best Chevrolet finisher 6 of 9 Playoff races this season
  • Chase Elliott best Hendrick Motorsports finisher 7 of 9 Playoff races this season
  • 6 Winning crew chiefs were suspended this season (3 Championship 4 crew chiefs)
  • Paul Wolfe, Rodney Childers, Todd Gordon, Adam Stevens, Chad Johnston & Mike Wheeler
  • Chevrolet winless in Playoff races this season – No Championship 4 driver racing Chevrolet
  • Ford: 10 Wins in 35 races this season – 2 Wins in last 5 races 
  • Toyota: 13 Wins last 18 races – Only 2 wins previous 17 races this season 
  • Toyota won 7 of 9 Playoff races this season (Hamlin 6th at Talladega & Truex Jr. 2nd at Texas) 
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 8 Wins last 17 races – Winless previous 20 races 
  • 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)
  • Matt Kenseth ended 51-race winless streak (Phoenix Nov.) 
  • Kyle Busch ended 36-race winless streak this season (Pocono July 
  • 3 Won first career race this season – Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon & Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  • 13 Drivers won Stages this season – 3 Have yet to win a race (Bowyer, Elliott & Suarez)
  • Jimmie Johnson: 5 Wins starting rear of field – 3 of last 4 wins came starting rear of field 
  • Jimmie Johnson started rear of field 7 races this season – Most of all drivers 
  • Jimmie Johnson wasn’t best Hendrick Motorsports finisher in a Playoff race this season
  • Best finisher dropping to rear of field this season:
  • Winner – Jimmie Johnson (Texas April & Dover June) & Joey Logano (Richmond April)
  • 3 Won after pit road speeding penalty this season:
  • Kurt Busch Daytona 500, Brad Keselowski Martinsville April & Martin Truex Jr. Chicagolan 
  • No pit road speeding penalties at Indianapolis, Watkins Glen & Darlingto 
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. pit road speeding penalties in 8 races this season – Most
  • Kyle Larson passed Martin Truex Jr. for final lead change last 2 wins – Michigan Aug. & Richmond Sept 
  • Kyle Larson took lead for final time with 6 or fewer laps to go in 3 of 4 wins this season – 5 of fewer last 2 wins
  • 3 of last 4 Chevrolet wins by Kyle Larson
  • Kyle Larson: 4 Wins this season – 3 Overtime wins (Auto Club, Michigan Aug. & Richmond Sept.)
  • Jimmie Johnson led 18 or fewer laps 3 of last 4 wins
  • 4 Races settled by last lap pass this season – Daytona 500, Talladega May, Talladega Oct. & Martinsville Oct 
  • Erik Jones best Rookie finisher last 2 races
  • 11 Overtime races this season – Leader at scheduled distance won 6
  • Youngest winner: Ryan Blaney – 23
  • Oldest winner: Matt Kenseth – 45
  • 26 Wins this season by drivers 32-years-old or older
  • Closest margin-of-victory this season: .095 Seconds – Talladega May (Ricky Stenhouse Jr. over Jamie McMurray 
  • Largest margin-of-victory this season: 7.179 Seconds – Chicagoland (Martin Truex Jr. over Chase Elliott)
  • Roush Fenway Racing ended 101-race winless streak at Talladega Ma 
  • Richard Childress Racing ended 112-race winless streak at Phoenix March

2017 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • William Byron: 4 Wins this season – 1 Playoff race win (Only 2017 Playoff driver with a Playoff race wi
  • William Byron leads Championship 4 drivers with 8.5 average finish in Playoff races this season
  • Justin Allgaier & William Byron lead Championship 4 drivers with 3 top 5 finishes in 6 Playoff races this season
  • Elliott Sadler leads Championship 4 drivers with 5 Top 10 finishes in 6 Playoff races this season – Finished 18th at Phoenix
  • (Tied for most Playoff top 10 finishes this season – Blaney, Custer & Tifft)
  • Justin Allgaier: Best finisher of Championship 4 drivers in 9 races this season – Twice in Playoff races
  • William Byron: Best finisher of Championship 4 drivers in 14 races this season (44%) – Leads Championship 4 driver 
  • Daniel Hemric: Best finisher of Championship 4 drivers in 4 races this season – Fewest of Championship 4 drivers
  • Elliott Sadler: Best finisher of Championship 4 drivers in 5 races this season – Once in Playoff races (Finished 4th at Texas 
  • Justin Allgaier & William Byron each best finisher of Championship 4 drivers in 2 of 6 Playoff races this season
  • Elliott Sadler best finisher of Championship 4 drivers 1 of 6 Playoff races this season – Finished 4th at Texas
  • Daniel Hemric best finisher of Championship 4 drivers 1 of 6 Playoff races this season – Finished 7th at Charlotte
  • Most wins this season: 5 Kyle Busch
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 7 Ryan Blaney (2 Wins)
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 11 Ryan Blaney
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 12 Ryan Blaney & Elliott Sadler
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 24 Elliott Sadler
  • Best average finish this season (Drivers competing every race): 9.4 Elliott Sadle 
  • Most laps led this season: 751 Erik Jones
  • Most races led this season: 12 Justin Allgaier Ryan Blaney & Elliott Sadler
  • Most poles this season: 7 Kyle Busch
  • Most top 6 starts this season: 17 William Byron
  • Most top 12 starts this season: 28 Daniel Hemric
  • 17 Different winners in 32 races this season
  • 8 Different winners in 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season
  • Record for most different winners in a season: 18 (1988)
  • 12 Different winners in last 12 races
  • Hornish Jr., Kyle Busch, Clements, Hamlin, Keselowski, Allgaier, Reddick, Blaney, Bowman, Bell, E. Jones, Byron
  • 3 Racing #22: Hornish Jr., Keselowski & Blaney; 3 Racing #18: Kyle Busch, Hamlin & Bell; 2 Racing #42: Reddick & Bowman
  • Record for most consecutive different winners: 13 (1988)
  • Best Playoff finisher last race: William Byron – Only 2017 Playoff driver to win Playoff race this season
  • Worst Playoff finisher last race: Brennan Poole (38th) – Best Playoff finisher 2 Playoff races this seaso 
  • Best non-Playoff NXS finisher last race: Ryan Blaney 2nd
  • 6 Won first career NXS race this season – Bell, Bowman, Byron, Clements, Reddick & Preece
  • 23 Won Stages this season – 12 Winless in races
  • Elliott Sadler leads full time NXS drivers with 5 Stage wins
  • 8 Won Stage 1 & went on to win race this season
  • 7 Won Stage 2 & went on to win race this season
  • Brad Keselowski (Pocono June), Kyle Busch (Bristol Aug.) & Erik Jones (Texas Nov.) only drivers to win both Stages & rac
  • 2 NXS & MENCS weekend sweeps this season – Kyle Larson (Auto Club) & Kyle Busch (Bristol Aug.
  • 3 Won back-to-back races this season – Erik Jones, William Byron & Kyle Busch
  • 9 Won first pole this season – Bell, Benjamin, Byron, Hemric, B. Jones, Koch, Poole, Preece & Reddick
  • 9 Winners from pole this season – Kyle Busch 4, Denny Hamlin 1, Sam Hornish Jr. 1, Erik Jones 1, Kyle Larson 1 & Ryan Preece 1
  • 2 Winners from rear of field this season: Ryan Blaney (Charlotte May) & William Byron (Daytona June)
  • First career win for 3 of last 6 winners – Tyler Reddick (Kentucky), Alex Bowman (Charlotte) & Christopher Bell (Kansas)
  • First career win for 3 of last 4 winners on 1.5-mile track
  • #22 passed for final lead change 6 races this season – Daytona Feb., Auto Club, Bristol April, Daytona June, Darlington & Phoenix Nov. 
  • Erik Jones led most laps 5 races this season – Failed to win 3
  • Erik Jones led most laps 2 of last 3 races – 186 at Kansas & 142 at Texas (82%) 
  • Final lead change with 10 or fewer laps to go 12 races this season
  • 10 To go leader failed to win 8 races this season 
  • 2 Races settled by last lap pass this season – Pocono & Michigan 
  • #22 Best Ford finisher 20 races this season – 4 Wins 
  • #18 Best Toyota finisher 13 races this season – 7 Wins 
  • #42 Best Chevrolet finisher 9 races this season – 5 Wins
  • 5 Overtime races this season – Daytona Feb., Richmond April, Daytona June, Iowa July & Darlington 
  • William Byron best Rookie of the Year contender 3 of last 5 races
  • 1 Rookie of the Year contender won this season – William Byron at Iowa June, Daytona June, Indianapolis & Phoenix Nov.
  • Youngest winner: William Byron – 19
  • Oldest winner: Sam Hornish Jr. – 38
  • #18 won 7 races this season – Kyle Busch (5), Christopher Bell (1) & Denny Hamlin (1)
  • #20 won 5 races this season – Erik Jones (3), Denny Hamlin (1) & Ryan Preece (1)
  • #22 won 4 races this season – Brad Keselowski (2), Ryan Blaney (1) & Sam Hornish Jr. (1)
  • #42 won 5 races this season – Kyle Larson (3), Alex Bowman (1) & Tyler Reddick (1)
  • JR Motorsports: 1 Win last 6 races – Phoenix Nov. (William Byron) 
  • Closest margin-of-victory this season: Michigan .012 seconds (Denny Hamlin over William Byron)
  • Largest margin-of-victory this season: Kentucky Sept. 14.540 (Tyler Reddick over Brennan Poole)