NASCAR Information Sunday, October 28, 2018

2018 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • 12 Different winners in 33 races this season
  • 6 Different winners in 7 Playoff races this season
  • 5 Different winners in 9 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season
  • Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick finished 1-2 at ISM Raceway March & Texas April
  • Joey Logano average finish last 12 races: 9.3 (Best) – Average Playoff race finish: 6.4 (Best)
  • Joey Logano won back-to-back races once – Charlotte 10/15, Kansas 10/15 & Talladega 10/15
  • Joey Logano: 2 Wins this season – NASCAR’s longest track (Talladega) & shortest track (Martinsville)
  • Martin Truex Jr. passed for lead on final lap 3 races this season & passed with 2 to go at Kansas May
  • Martin Truex Jr. passed for final lead change 5 races this season – All 5 with 11 or fewer laps to go
  • Martin Truex Jr.: Winless last 14 races – Longest streak since 2015-‘16
  • Chase Elliott only repeat winner last 10 Playoff races (2 Wins) – 8 Others 1 win each
  • Chase Elliott: 3 Wins last 12 races – Winless previous 98 races
  • Chase Elliott best Hendrick Motorsports finisher 18 of 33 races this season (55%)
  • 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)
  • Kevin Harvick: Winless last 10 races – Longest streak this season
  • Kevin Harvick best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher 18 races this season – Only once in Playoff races
  • Worst Playoff finisher last race: Clint Bowyer – Finished 21st (Worst Playoff finisher 1st race Round of 12)
  • Clint Bowyer raced into Round of 12 this season – Before Charlotte Roval 13th (-4) After Charlotte Roval 9th (+7)
  • Best non-Playoff finisher last race: Denny Hamlin – Finished 2nd (Best non-Playoff finisher 1st race Round of 12)
  • Denny Hamlin best Toyota finisher 4 of last 5 races
  • Denny Hamlin best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher 7 races this season – 4 Times in Playoff races (4 of last 5)
  • Aric Almirola best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher in 3 of 7 Playoff races this season
  • 1 Chevrolet win in 9 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season – Chase Elliott (Kansas Oct.)
  • First win at track for last 5 winners –
  • Blaney (Charlotte Roval), Elliott (Dover), Almirola (Talladega), Elliott (Kansas) & Logano (Martinsville)
  • Leader of most laps failed to win 9 of last 10 races – Joey Logano won Martinsville Oct.
  • 5 Races settled by last lap pass this season – Winner led only final lap 3 races
  • 3 of last 5 races settled by last lap pass
  • Chevrolet: Only 4 wins this season – 3 Wins by Chase Elliott (Last 3 Chevrolet wins all Chase Elliott)
  • Ford: 17 Wins this season (11 by Stewart-Haas Racing & 6 by Team Penske) – 10 Wins all of last season
  • Toyota: 1 Win last 12 races – Kyle Busch at Richmond
  • 2 of last 3 races closest margin-of-victory this season – Talladega Oct. & Martinsville Oct.
  • Closest margin-of-victory this season: .105 Seconds – Talladega Oct. (Aric Almirola over Clint Bowyer)
  • 2nd closest margin-of-victory this season: .107 Seconds – Martinsville Oct. (Joey Logano over Denny Hamlin)
  • Team Penske: 6 Wins this season; 3 Playoff race wins this season (Leads all teams) – 3 Different drivers (2 Eliminated from Playoffs)
  • Team Penske: 5 Wins last 9 races – 3 Playoff race wins (Leads all teams)
  • Most Playoff race wins this season: 2 Chase Elliott (3 Career wins – 2 Playoff race wins)
  • Most Playoff race 2nd-place finish: 2 Denny Hamlin (Eliminated from Playoffs)
  • Most Playoff race top 3 finishes: 3 Martin Truex Jr. (All 3rd-place finishes)
  • Most Playoff race top 5 finishes: 4 Joey Logano & Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most Playoff race top 10 finishes this season: 6 Joey Logano
  • Best Playoff race average finish this season: 6.4 Joey Logano
  • Most Playoff race laps led this season: 462 Kevin Harvick (Joey Logano 2nd with 461 – 409 Last 2 races)
  • Most Playoff races led this season: 7 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 Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 26 Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick
  • Best average finish this season: 8.4 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
  • 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 (Regular season average: 8.7)
  • 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)
  • Justin Allgaier worst finish last 84 races: 38th – Kansas Oct.
  • 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