NASCAR Information Sunday, October 21, 2018

2018 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • 12 Different winners in 32 races this season
  • 5 Different winners in 6 Playoff races this season
  • 3 Different winners in 5 races on short tracks this season – Kyle Busch (3), Clint Bowyer (1) & Kurt Busch (1)
  • Kyle Busch: 5 Wins in last 8 short track races
  • Kyle Busch only repeat winner last 11 short track races (5 Wins) – 6 Others 1 win each
  • Leader of most laps failed to win last 9 races
  • Chase Elliott: 3 Wins last 11 races – Winless previous 98 races
  • Chase Elliott only repeat winner last 9 Playoff races (2 Wins) – 7 Others 1 win each
  • Chase Elliott led only final 11 laps at Dover Oct & final 44 laps at Kansas Oct.
  • Chevrolet: Only 4 wins this season – 3 Wins by Chase Elliott (Last 3 Chevrolet wins all Chase Elliott)
  • Hendrick Motorsports won 3 races this season – All 3 by Chase Elliott
  • Chase Elliott best Hendrick Motorsports finisher 17 of 32 races this season (53%)
  • Bill Elliott won Cup Series championship 30 years ago (1988)
  • Ned & Dale Jarrett and Lee & Richard Petty only father-son MENCS champions
  • Youngest champion: Bill Rexford 23-Years-old (1950)
  • Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick & Martin Truex Jr. 18 wins combined this season – Only 1 Playoff race win
  • Kevin Harvick: Winless in Playoff races this season – Playoff race wins previous 6 seasons (2012-’17)
  • Team Penske drivers Ryan Blaney & Brad Keselowski 1 Playoff race win each this season – Eliminated from Playoffs
  • Kevin Harvick: Winless last 9 races – Longest streak this season
  • Martin Truex Jr.: Winless last 13 races – Longest streak since 2015-‘16
  • Worst Playoff finisher last race: Kurt Busch – Finished 18th (Advanced to Round of 8)
  • Best non-Playoff finisher last race: Erik Jones – Finished 4th (Only non-Playoff driver in top 10)
  • Clint Bowyer raced into Round of 12 this season – Before Charlotte Roval 13th (-4) After Charlotte Roval 9th (+7)
  • Kyle Larson eliminated Round of 12 last 2 seasons
  • Clint Bowyer ended career-long 190-race winless streak at Martinsville March
  • Kevin Harvick won Stage 2 last 3 races – Finished 6th at Dover, 28th at Talladega & 12th at Kansas
  • Kevin Harvick leads all with 16 Stage wins this season – Drove for the Cycle three times
  • Brad Keselowski passed for final lead change 2 Playoff races this season – Richmond & Kansas
  • Aric Almirola best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher 5 races this season including 3 of the 6 Playoff races
  • Aric Almirola best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher in 3 Playoff races this season – Other 3 teammates best finisher 1 time each
  • Martin Truex Jr. 19 Stage wins last season (Most) – 10 Stage wins this season (Drove for the Cycle twice)
  • Kyle Larson: 4 Stage wins this season – Winless
  • Ford: 16 Wins this season (11 by Stewart-Haas Racing & 5 by Team Penske) – 10 Wins all of last season
  • Toyota: 1 Win last 11 races – Kyle Busch at Richmond
  • All 4 Stewart-Haas Racing drivers won this season – Harvick 7, Bowyer 2, Almirola 1 & Kurt Busch 1
  • Stewart-Haas Racing won 11 of 32 races this season (Season high) – 3 Wins all of last season
  • 2 of last 4 races settled by last lap pass – 2017 Martinsville Playoff race settled by last lap pass
  • Youngest winners: Erik Jones 22Y, 1M, 7D & Chase Elliott 22Y, 8M, 8D
  • Oldest winner: Kevin Harvick – 42
  • Most Playoff race wins this season: 2 Chase Elliott (3 Career wins – 2 Playoff race wins)
  • Most Playoff race top 10 finishes this season: 5 Joey Logano
  • Best Playoff race average finish this season: 7.3 Joey Logano
  • Most Playoff race laps led this season: 462 Kevin Harvick
  • Most Playoff races led this season: 6 Brad Keselowski (Every race)
  • Most wins this season: 7 Kyle Busch (Career high: 8 2008) & Kevin Harvick (Career high)
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 6 Kyle Larson (Winless)
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 16 Kyle Busch
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 20 Kevin Harvick
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 25 Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick
  • Best average finish this season: 8.5 Kyle Busch
  • Most laps led this season: 1682 Kevin Harvick (3rd most laps led in a season)
  • Most laps led by non-winner this season: 737 Kyle Larson (4th most behind Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch & Martin Truex Jr.)
  • Most races led this season: 23 Kevin Harvick
  • Most poles this season: 5 Kurt Busch

2018 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most wins this season: 6 Christopher Bell
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 5 Justin Allgaier
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 15 Justin Allgaier
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 17 Christopher Bell
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 23 Cole Custer & Elliott Sadler
  • Most laps led this season: 635 Justin Allgaier
  • Most laps led by non-winner this season: 397 Daniel Hemric
  • Most races led this season: 18 Christopher Bell
  • Most poles this season: 5 Cole Custer
  • Most Playoff race wins this season: 2 Christopher Bell
  • Most Playoff race top 5 finishes this season: 3 Christopher Bell
  • Daniel Hemric only driver to finish top 10 all 4 Playoff races this season
  • Best average finish of Playoff drivers this season: 5.5 Daniel Hemric
  • Worst average finish of Playoff drivers this season: 22.0 Justin Allgaier
  • Most Playoff laps led this season: 190 Daniel Hemric
  • Daniel Hemric only driver to lead laps every Playoff race this season
  • 15 Different winners in 30 races this season
  • 3 Different winners in 4 Playoff races this season – Christopher Bell 2 wins
  • #42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet won 4 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season with 3 different drivers
  • 7 Different winners in 8 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season – Kyle Larson 2 wins
  • 1 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota win on 1.5-mile track this season – Christopher Bell (Kentucky)
  • Daniel Hemric: No career wins – 8 Stage wins this season (Leads all drivers)
  • Daniel Hemric won Stages in 6 of last 8 races – Winless
  • Daniel Hemric won Stages in first 4 Playoff races this season
  • Daniel Hemric won last 2 poles
  • Daniel Hemric passed for final lead change 3 times this season including last race
  • Daniel Hemric led most laps 2 races this season (Talladega & Kansas) – Winless
  • First-time winners 3 of last 5 races – Ross Chastain (Las Vegas), Chase Briscoe (Charlotte Roval) & John Hunter Nemechek (Kansas)
  • 4 Won first career race this season –
  • Spencer Gallagher (Talladega), Ross Chastain (Las Vegas Sept.), Chase Briscoe (Charlotte Roval) & John Hunter Nemechek (Kansas)
  • Youngest winner: John Hunter Nemechek – 21
  • Justin Allgaier: 10 Career wins – 5 Wins this season (Only 2nd multiple-win season – 2 Wins last year)
  • Justin Allgaier: 7 Wins last 2 seasons – 3 Wins previous 6 full-time seasons
  • Christopher Bell: 2 Wins last 4 races – Winless previous 7 races
  • No Toyota finished top 10 at Kansas – 2nd time this season (Mid-Ohio)
  • Elliott Sadler best JR Motorsports finisher only 1 of last 14 races – Kansas
  • Daniel Hemric best Richard Childress Racing finisher 5 of last 6 races
  • 7 Races won by Rookie of the Year contenders this season – 6 by Christopher Bell (Most all-time)
  • Best Playoff finisher last race: Daniel Hemric – Finished 2nd
  • Worst Playoff finisher last race: Austin Cindric – Finished 39th
  • Ford: 8 Wins this season – #22 Team Penske Ford won 6
  • Toyota: 2 Wins last 4 races – Winless previous 7 races
  • Last 5 Toyota wins all by Christopher Bell
  • Ryan Preece best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher 2 of last 3 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 2nd in 2 closest finishes this season – Daytona Feb. & Daytona July
  • 2 Winners started rear of field this season & won – Kyle Larson Chicagoland & Christopher Bell Kentucky
  • 1 Race settled by last lap pass this season (Talladega) – Spencer Gallagher passed Tyler Reddick
  • Ryan Reed best Ford finisher 2 of last 4 races
  • Chad Finchum best Toyota finisher last race – Finished 16th
  • 6 Overtime races this season – Daytona Feb., Talladega, Charlotte May, Daytona July, Iowa July & Bristol Aug.
  • *Daytona 2/17/18 – 5 Overtimes
  • Oldest winner: Kevin Harvick – 42