NASCAR Information Sunday, October 29, 2017

2017 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Playoff wins this season: 3 Kyle Busch & Martin Truex Jr. (6 Wins in 7 Playoff races)
  • Most Playoff race 2nd-place finishes this season: 3 Chase Elliott (Winless)
  • Most Playoff race top 5 finishes this season: 6 Martin Truex Jr. (Finished 23rd at Talladega)
  • Most Playoff race top 10 finishes this season: 6 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Best Playoff race average finish this season: 5.3 Martin Truex Jr. (Brad Keselowski 2nd with 7.6)
  • Most Playoff race laps led this season: 624 Kyle Busch (Martin Truex Jr. 2nd with 422)
  • Fewest Playoff race laps led this season among Playoff drivers: 29 Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Playoff races led this season: 7 Kyle Busch (Every race)
  • 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: 13 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 16 Martin Truex Jr. (Career-high)
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 23 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: 23 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most top 12 starts this season: 27 Kyle Busch
  • Best average start this season: 7.0 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most laps led this season: 2068 Martin Truex Jr. (Career-high)
  • Most laps led by winless drivers this season: 525 Chase Elliott (883 Career laps led – Winless)
  • Most races led this season: 28 Kyle Busch

  • 14 Different winners in 33 races this season
  • 4 Different winners from 4 different teams & 3 different manufacturers in 9 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season
  • Martin Truex Jr. won 6 of 9 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 Straight wins on 1.5-mile tracks – Most all-time
  • 3 Different winners 7 Playoff races this season – Kyle Busch 3, Martin Truex Jr. 3 & Brad Keselowski 1
  • Martin Truex Jr. won all 3 Playoff races on 1.5-mile tracks this season (2 of final 3 races on 1.5-mile tracks)
  • Martin Truex Jr. best Toyota finisher 11 of 33 races this season (33%)
  • Kyle Busch ended 36-race winless streak at Pocono July – Longest winless streak since: 3 Races
  • Kyle Busch & Martin Truex Jr. finished 1-2 three times including Texas 4/13/13
  • Kyle Busch raced into Round of 8 at Kansas – 9th (-7) pre-race & 7th (+13) post-race
  • Last to win consecutive races: Kyle Busch (New Hampshire 9/17 & Dover 10/17)
  • Kyle Busch has 4 career win streaks – Won back-to-back races 3 times & 3 straight races once
  • Kyle Busch: 16 Straight races led (1227 Laps led) – Career-long streak (Bobby Allison all-time record 39 straight)
  • Kyle Busch led most laps 10 races this season – 3 Wins in those races (Pocono July, New Hampshire Sept. & Martinsville Oct.)
  • Kyle Busch passed 4000 laps led on 1.5-mile tracks at Kansas Oct.
  • Brad Keselowski leads all with 4 Stage wins in Playoff races this season
  • Brad Keselowski led with 10 to go 4 races this season – Only 1 win (Martinsville April)
  • Jimmie Johnson only Playoff driver without a Playoff race Stage win this season (29 Playoff laps led is fewest among Playoff drivers)
  • No Chevrolet finished top 10 at Martinsville Oct. – First time since Atlanta 3/9/98
  • Worst Playoff finisher 2017 Martinsville Playoff race: Chase Elliott – 27th (123 Laps led was 2nd most ever in a race)
  • Chase Elliott best Chevrolet finisher 4 of 7 Playoff races this season
  • Best non-Playoff finisher last race: Clint Bowyer – 3rd (2nd time best non-Playoff finisher this season)
  • Jimmie Johnson started rear of field 7 races this season – Most of all drivers
  • Denny Hamlin pit road speeding penalties in 5 races this season including last 2 – Finished 7th or better all 5
  • Denny Hamlin passed for final lead change 3 races this season including on final lap at Martinsville
  • Martin Truex Jr. only driver to sweep every Stage in MENCS race – 2017 Las Vegas & 2017 Kentucky
  • Martin Truex Jr. started 3rd or better 6 of 7 wins this season – Started 17th in Charlotte Playoff race
  • 10 To go leader failed to win 16 races this season including 3 of the 5 races in October
  • Final lead change with 10 or fewer laps to go 18 of 33 races this season (55%)
  • 4 Races settled by last lap pass this season – Daytona 500, Talladega May, Talladega Oct. & Martinsville Oct.
  • Leader of most laps won only 10 of 33 races this season – Truex Jr. 4, Kyle Busch 3, Larson 2 & Hamlin 1
  • 11 Overtime races this season – Leader at scheduled distance won 6
  • Martinsville Oct. margin-of-victory 3rd closest this season (.141 Seconds) – Kyle Busch over Martin Truex Jr.
  • Ford: 8 Wins in 33 races this season – 1 Win in last 16 races (Talladega Oct.)
  • Toyota: 12 Wins last 16 races – Only 2 wins previous 17 races this season
  • Toyota won 6 of 7 Playoff races this season (6th-place Denny Hamlin best Toyota finisher at Talladega)
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 7 Wins last 15 races – Winless previous 20 races
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change 6 races this season
  • Jimmie Johnson: 3 Wins this season – 1 Stage win (Sonoma Stage 1)
  • 10 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 – 7 Race wins
  • Martin Truex Jr. won Stage 1 & 2 five times
  • 3 Won first career race this season – Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon & Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  • 6 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
  • 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. Chicagoland
  • 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
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. best Hendrick Motorsports finisher 2 of last 3 races
  • Clint Bowyer best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher 3 of last 6 races
  • Daniel Suarez best Rookie finisher 4 of last 7 races
  • Youngest winner: Ryan Blaney – 23
  • 24 Wins this season by drivers 32-years-old or older

2017 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Playoff race top 5 finishes this season: 3 Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney & Brennan Poole
  • Most Playoff race top 10 finishes this season: 4 Elliott Sadler & Matt Tifft
  • Most Playoff race laps led this season: 193 Erik Jones (William Byron leads Playoff drivers – 68)
  • Most Playoff races led this season: 3 Ryan Blaney
  • Most wins this season: 5 Kyle Busch
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 5 Ryan Blaney (2 Wins)
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 9 Ryan Blaney
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 11 Elliott Sadler (Winless)
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 23 Elliott Sadler
  • Best average finish this season (Drivers competing every race): 9.3 Elliott Sadler
  • Most laps led this season: 731 Kyle Busch
  • Most races led this season: 12 Justin Allgaier & Elliott Sadler
  • Most poles this season: 7 Kyle Busch
  • Most top 6 starts this season: 16 William Byron
  • Most top 12 starts this season: 26 Daniel Hemric
  • 17 Different winners in 30 races this season
  • Record for most different winners in a season: 18 (1988)
  • 8 Different winners in 9 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season
  • 10 Different winners in last 10 races – Hornish Jr., Kyle Busch, Clements, Hamlin, Keselowski, Allgaier, Reddick, Blaney & Bowman, C. Bell
  • 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)
  • 6 Won first career NXS race this season – Bell, Bowman, Byron, Clements, Reddick & Preece
  • First career win for 3 of last 4 winners – Tyler Reddick (Kentucky), Alex Bowman (Charlotte) & Christopher Bell (Kansas)
  • First career win for last 3 winners on 1.5-mile tracks
  • 9 Won first pole this season – Bell, Benjamin, Byron, Hemric, B. Jones, Koch, Poole, Preece & Reddick
  • Erik Jones led most laps 4 races this season – Failed to win 3
  • Erik Jones most laps led in a race: 186 Kansas Oct. (Finished 15th)
  • Erik Jones passed for final lead change 5 races this season
  • #22 Best Ford finisher 18 races this season – 4 Wins
  • #18 Best Toyota finisher 13 races this season – 7 Wins
  • #42 Best Chevrolet finisher 8 races this season – 5 Wins
  • #18 won 7 races this season – Kyle Busch (5), Christopher Bell (1) & Denny Hamlin (1)
  • #20 won 4 races this season – Erik Jones (2), 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)
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 1 Win last 6 races (Christopher Bell at Kansas) – 4 Wins previous 6 races
  • Best Playoff finisher last race: William Byron 5th
  • Worst Playoff finisher last race: Cole Custer 19th
  • Best non-Playoff NXS finisher last race: Christopher Bell Winner
  • 23 Won Stages this season – 12 Winless in races
  • Elliott Sadler leads full time NXS drivers with 5 Stage wins
  • 7 Won Stage 1 & went on to win race this season
  • 6 Won Stage 2 & went on to win race this season
  • Brad Keselowski (Pocono June) & Kyle Busch (Bristol Aug.) only drivers to win both Stages & race
  • 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
  • 8 Winners from pole this season – Kyle Busch 4, Denny Hamlin 1, Sam Hornish Jr. 1, Kyle Larson 1 & Ryan Preece 1
  • 2 Winners from rear of field this season: Ryan Blaney (Charlotte May) & William Byron (Daytona June)
  • William Byron finished 4th at Kansas after starting rear of field
  • Last 2 wins after free-pass: Kyle Busch (2014 & ‘16 Kansas)
  • Last winner after speeding penalty: Kyle Busch (Bristol 8/17)
  • #22 passed for final lead change 5 races this season – Daytona Feb., Auto Club, Bristol April, Daytona June & Darlington
  • Final lead change with 10 or fewer laps to go 11 races this season
  • 10 To go leader failed to win 7 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
  • William Byron best Rookie of the Year 2 of last 3 races
  • 1 Rookie of the Year contender won this season – William Byron at Iowa June, Daytona June & Indianapolis
  • Last to win in first NASCAR Xfinity Series race – Kurt Busch (Texas 4/06)
  • 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)
  • Largest margin-of-victory this season: Kentucky Sept. 14.540 (Tyler Reddick over Brennan Poole)