NASCAR Information Sunday, October 1, 2017

2017 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Playoff wins this season: 2 Kyle Busch
  • Most Playoff race 2nd-place finishes this season: 2 Chase Elliott (Winless)
  • Most Playoff race top 5 finishes this season: 3 Kyle Larson & Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most Playoff race top 10 finishes this season: 3 Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson & Martin Truex Jr.
  • Best Playoff race average finish this season: 3.3 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most Playoff race laps led this season: 302 Kyle Busch
  • Most Playoff races led this season: 3 Kyle Busch & Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most wins this season: 5 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 8 Kyle Larson (4 Wins)
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 12 Kyle Larson
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 14 Kyle Larson (Career-high)
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 20 Martin Truex Jr. (17 All of last season)
  • Most poles this season: 8 Kyle Busch (Career-high)
  • Most front-row starts this season: 10 Kyle Busch
  • Most top 6 starts this season: 21 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most top 12 starts this season: 25 Kyle Busch & Jamie McMurray
  • Best average start this season: 6.5 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most laps led this season: 1886 Martin Truex Jr. (Career-high)
  • Most laps led by winless drivers this season: 364 Chase Elliott
  • Most races led this season: 24 Kyle Busch

  • 14 Different winners in 29 races this season
  • 2 Different winners 3 Playoff races this season
  • 4 Different winners from 4 different teams & 3 different manufacturers in 7 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season
  • Martin Truex Jr. won 4 of 7 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season – Finished 8th or better every race
  • Kyle Busch: 4 Wins streaks – Won 3 straight races once (2015 Kentucky, New Hampshire & Indianapolis)
  • Last to win 3 straight races: Joey Logano (Charlotte 10/15, Kansas 10/15 & Talladega 10/15)
  • Kyle Busch: 4 Wins last 9 races – Winless previous 36 races
  • Kyle Busch: 12 Straight races led (905 Laps led) – Career-long streak
  • Chase Elliott: 5 Career 2nd-place finishes (Winless) – Bill Elliott finished 2nd in 8 races before first win (Riverside 11/20/83)
  • Chase Elliott: 138 Laps led at Dover – Career-high
  • Jimmie Johnson: 4 Top 5 finishes this season – 3 Wins
  • Jimmie Johnson: Finished 3rd at Dover – Ended career-long streak at 15 straight races without a top 5
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 3 Straight top 5 finishes (5 Straight races led – 514 Laps led)
  • Kyle Larson: 4 Straight top 5 finishes – Ties career-long streak (Earlier this season)
  • Clint Bowyer: Best finish last 7 races: 6th – Dover
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 1 Top 10 finish last 13 races – Finished 7th at Dover
  • Daniel Suarez: Finished 12th or better last 4 races – 3 Top 10 finishes
  • Jamie McMurray: Best finish last 6 races: 9th – Dover
  • Brad Keselowski: Finished 11th or better last 4 races – 3 Straight top 10 finishes
  • Matt Kenseth: Finished 11th or better last 3 races – 2 Top 10 finishes
  • Denny Hamlin: 0 for 24 at Charlotte – Tied with Dover for most races at a track without a win
  • Best Playoff finisher last 2 races: Kyle Busch – Winner
  • Worst Playoff finisher last race: Denny Hamlin – 35th
  • Best non-Playoff finisher last race: Clint Bowyer – 6th
  • Martin Truex Jr. passed for final lead change 4 of last 7 races
  • 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
  • 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
  • Chase Elliott passed for final lead change at Dover – Finished 2nd
  • Kyle Busch led most laps 8 races this season – 2 Wins in those races (Pocono July & New Hampshire Sept.)
  • Jimmie Johnson led 18 or fewer laps 3 of last 4 wins
  • Final lead change with 5 or fewer laps to go 6 of last 10 races
  • Final lead change with 10 or fewer laps to go 16 of 29 races this season
  • Leader of most laps won only 9 of 29 races this season – Truex Jr. 4, Kyle Busch 2, Larson 2 & Hamlin 1
  • 10 To go leader failed to win 14 races this season – Chase Elliott led with 10 to go in Daytona 500 & Dover Oct.
  • Chase Elliott best Chevrolet finisher 4 races this season including 2 of last 3 races
  • Clint Bowyer best Ford finisher 3 races this season including Dover
  • Kyle Busch best Toyota finisher 4 of last 9 races – All 4 wins
  • 3 of last 4 Chevrolet wins by Kyle Larson
  • Ford: 8 Wins in 29 races this season (Winless last 12 races) – 8 Wins all of last season
  • Toyota: 9 Wins last 12 races – Only 2 wins previous 17 races this season
  • Toyota: 3 Straight wins – Longest streak this season
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 6 Wins last 11 races – Winless previous 20 races
  • Daniel Suarez best Rookie finisher 2 of last 3 races
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 6 Wins this season – 12 Wins all of last season (Led all teams)
  • Ryan Newman best Richard Childress Racing finisher 7 of last 10 races
  • Chase Elliott best Hendrick Motorsports finisher 7 of last 9 races including last 3
  • Clint Bowyer best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher last 2 races
  • 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 5 times
  • Stage 2 winner went on to win race 3 times – Martin Truex Jr. (Las Vegas & Kentucky) and Kyle Busch (New Hampshire Sept.)
  • Jimmie Johnson: 3 Wins this season – 1 Stage win (Sonoma Stage 1)
  • 8 Won Stage 1 & Stage 2 – Twice went on to win race (Martin Truex Jr. Las Vegas & Kentucky)
  • 13 Drivers won Stages this season – 4 Have yet to win a race (Bowyer, Elliott, Kenseth & Suarez)
  • Martin Truex Jr. leads all with 19 Stage wins – 5 Race wins
  • Martin Truex Jr. won Stage 1 & 2 five times
  • Martin Truex Jr. started 3rd or better all 5 wins this season
  • 5 Wins from pole this season – 4 By drivers named Kyle (Kyle Busch 2 & Kyle Larson 2)
  • Jimmie Johnson: 5 Wins starting rear of field – 3 of last 4 wins came starting rear of field
  • Jimmie Johnson started rear of field 6 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)
  • Last winner in backup car: Denny Hamlin – New Hampshire 7/17
  • Last winner after free-pass: Martin Truex Jr. – 2016 Chicagoland
  • 3 Won after pit road speeding penalty this season:
  • Kurt Busch Daytona 500, Brad Keselowski Martinsville April & Martin Truex Jr. Chicagoland
  • No pit road speeding penalties at Indianapolis, Watkins Glen & Darlington
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 7 Pit road speeding penalties this season – Most
  • Martin Truex Jr. led with 10 to go 4 of last 7 races – 1 Win (Chicagoland)
  • Martin Truex Jr. led at mid-race 8 times this season – Failed to win 5
  • 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
  • 9 Overtime races this season – Leader at scheduled distance won 5
  • Kyle Larson: 4 Wins this season – 3 Overtime wins (Auto Club, Michigan Aug. & Richmond Sept.)
  • Youngest winner: Ryan Blaney – 23
  • 20 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)
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won 2 of the 3 closest races this season – Talladega May & Daytona July
  • 9 Different teams won this season
  • 4 Crew chiefs won first race this season: Justin Alexander, Jeremy Bullins, Luke Lambert & Keith Rodden
  • Chad Johnston: 6 Career wins (1 Martin Truex Jr. & 5 Kyle Larson)
  • 6 Winning crew chiefs were suspended this season –
  • Paul Wolfe, Rodney Childers, Todd Gordon, Adam Stevens, Chad Johnston & Mike Wheeler
  • Roush Fenway Racing ended 101-race winless streak at Talladega May
  • Richard Childress Racing ended 112-race winless streak at Phoenix March
  • 3 Won first career race this season – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Talladega, Austin Dillon Charlotte & Ryan Blaney Pocono
  • 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)
  • Kyle Busch ended 36-race winless streak this season (Pocono July)

 

2017 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Most wins this season: 5 Kyle Busch
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 5 Ryan Blaney (2 Wins)
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 7 Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch & Kyle Larson
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 11 Elliott Sadler (Winless)
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 21 Elliott Sadler
  • Best average finish this season (Drivers competing every race): 9.4 Elliott Sadler
  • Most laps led this season: 731 Kyle Busch
  • Most races led this season: 12 Justin Allgaier
  • Most poles this season: 7 Kyle Busch
  • Most top 6 starts this season: 14 William Byron
  • Most top 12 starts this season: 24 Daniel Hemric
  • 15 Different winners in 28 races this season
  • 6 Different winners in 7 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season
  • 8 Different winners in last 8 races – Hornish Jr., Kyle Busch, Clements, Hamlin, Keselowski, Allgaier, Reddick & Blaney
  • 3 Racing #22: Hornish Jr., Keselowski & Blaney – 2 Racing #18: Kyle Busch & Hamlin
  • Best Playoff finisher last race: Justin Allgaier 2nd
  • Worst Playoff finisher both Playoff races this season: Jeremy Clements 22nd both races
  • Best non-Playoff NXS finisher last race: Ryan Blaney Winner
  • Ty Dillon, Brandon Jones, Brennan Poole & Ryan Sieg eliminated Round of 12 last season
  • 22 Won Stages this season – 12 Winless in races
  • Elliott Sadler lead full time NXS drivers with 5 Stage wins each
  • 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
  • 2 Winners from rear of field this season: Ryan Blaney (Charlotte May) & William Byron (Daytona June)
  • #22 passed for final lead change 5 races this season – Daytona Feb., Auto Club, Bristol April, Daytona June & Darlington
  • Daniel Suarez passed for final lead change 4 races this season including Dover last week – Winless
  • Justin Allgaier best Chevrolet finisher 5 races this season including 2 of last 3
  • Cole Custer best Ford finisher 4 of last 10 races
  • Matt Tifft best Toyota finisher 5 of last 11 races
  • #22 Best Ford finisher 17 of 28 races this season – 4 Wins (Pocono, Mid-Ohio, Richmond Sept. & Dover Sept.)
  • #18 Best Toyota finisher 11 of 28 races this season – 6 Wins
  • William Byron best Rookie of the Year contender at Dover (Finished 3rd) – First time best Rookie finisher last 4 races
  • 1 Rookie of the Year contender won this season – William Byron at Iowa June, Daytona June & Indianapolis
  • #18 won 6 races this season – Kyle Busch (5) & Denny Hamlin (1)
  • #20 won 4 races this season – Erik Jones (2), Denny Hamlin 1 & Ryan Preece (1)
  • Joe Gibbs Racing winless last 4 races – 6 Wins previous 9 races
  • Daniel Hemric best Richard Childress Racing finisher last 3 races
  • Matt Tifft best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher 6 of last 14 races
  • Justin Allgaier best JR Motorsports finisher last 3 races
  • 8 Won first pole this season – Bell, Benjamin, Byron, Hemric, B. Jones, Koch, Poole & Preece
  • Brad Keselowski leads all with 8 Stage wins – 2 Wins (Pocono & Richmond Sept.)
  • 7 Won Stage 1 & went on to win race this season
  • 6 Won Stage 2 & went on to win race
  • Brad Keselowski (Pocono June) & Kyle Busch (Bristol Aug.) only drivers to win both Stages & race
  • 8 Winners from pole this season – Kyle Busch 4, Denny Hamlin 1, Sam Hornish Jr. 1, Kyle Larson 1 & Ryan Preece 1
  • Last 2 wins after free-pass: Kyle Busch (2014 & ‘16 Kansas)
  • Last winner after speeding penalty: Kyle Busch (Bristol 8/17)
  • Final lead change with 10 or fewer laps to go 10 races this season
  • 2 Races settled by last lap pass this season – Pocono & Michigan
  • 5 Overtime races this season – Daytona Feb., Richmond April, Daytona June, Iowa July & Darlington
  • Youngest winner: William Byron – 19
  • Oldest winner: Sam Hornish Jr. – 38
  • Closest margin-of-victory this season: Michigan .012 seconds (Denny Hamlin over William Byron)