NASCAR Information Sunday, October 7, 2018

2018 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Best Playoff race average finish this season: 7.8 Joey Logano
  • Most Playoff race laps led this season: 340 Kevin Harvick
  • Most Playoff races led this season: 4 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: 15 Kyle Busch
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 20 Kevin Harvick
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 25 Kevin Harvick
  • Best average finish this season: 8.2 Kyle Busch
  • Best average finish of winless drivers this season: 12.6 Denny Hamlin
  • Most laps led this season: 1560 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: 21 Kevin Harvick
  • Most poles this season: 4 Kurt Busch & Martin Truex Jr.
  • 11 Different winners in 30 races this season
  • 4 Different winners in 4 Playoff races this season
  • Worst Playoff finisher last race: Clint Bowyer – Finished 35th
  • Best non-Playoff finisher last race: Denny Hamlin – Finished 2nd
  • Martin Truex Jr.: Winless last 11 races – Longest winless streak since 2016
  • 2 Won first career race this season – Erik Jones (Daytona July) & Chase Elliott (Watkins Glen)
  • Chase Elliott: 2 Wins last 9 races – Winless previous 98 races
  • Last 2 winners won their 2nd career race – Ryan Blaney (Charlotte Roval) & Chase Elliott (Dover)
  • Leader of most laps failed to win last 7 races
  • Aric Almirola passed for final lead change 2 races this season – Daytona 500 & Dover Oct.
  • Martin Truex Jr. led most laps 2 of 4 Playoff races this season – Finished 3rd at Las Vegas & Richmond
  • Joey Logano best Ford finisher at Dover (Finished 3rd) – First time best Ford finisher in last 20 races
  • Denny Hamlin best Toyota finisher only 4 races this season including last 2
  • Chevrolet: Only 3 wins this season – 2 Wins by Chase Elliott
  • Ford: 15 Wins this season (10 by Stewart-Haas Racing & 5 by Team Penske) – 10 Wins all of last season
  • Toyota: 1 Win last 9 races – Kyle Busch at Richmond
  • Team Penske won 4 of last 6 races
  • Stewart-Haas Racing won 10 of 30 races this season (Season high) – 3 Wins all of last season
  • Chase Elliott best Hendrick Motorsports finisher 16 races this season (53%)
  • Denny Hamlin best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher 5 races this season including last 2
  • Only 2 top 5 finishes for Richard Childress Racing this season – Daytona 500 & Michigan Aug.
  • Only 2 top 5 finishes for Roush Fenway Racing this season – Bristol April & Talladega April
  • Chase Elliott only Hendrick Motorsports driver in top 15 at Dover – Winner
  • All 4 Joe Gibbs Racing drivers finished top 10 at Dover
  • Kevin Harvick leads all with 14 Stage wins this season – Drove for the Cycle three times
  • 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
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change 6 times this season – Twice by Kevin Harvick
  • Kyle Larson failed to win last 5 races after leading most laps – 4 Times this season
  • 5 Winners from pole this season:
  • Martin Truex Jr. Auto Club, Kyle Busch Bristol April, Kevin Harvick Kansas May, Kyle Busch Charlotte May & Martin Truex Jr. Kentucky
  • Brad Keselowski: 2 of 3 wins this season from 13th starting position
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 14 of 19 wins starting from first 2 rows
  • 2 Winners started rear of field this season – Austin Dillon (Daytona 500) & Kyle Busch (Richmond Sept.)
  • Clint Bowyer ended career-longest 190-race winless streak at Martinsville March
  • Kurt Busch ended career-longest Stewart-Haas Racing 58-race winless streak at Bristol Aug.
  • Ryan Blaney ended 50-race winless streak at Charlotte Roval last week
  • 3 Races settled by last lap pass this season – Martin Truex Jr. passed for final lead change last 2 (Daytona July & Charlotte Roval)
  • 6 Overtime races this season – Daytona 500, Richmond April, Daytona July, Pocono July, Las Vegas Sept. & Dover Oct.
  • Youngest winners: Erik Jones 22Y, 1M, 7D & Chase Elliott 22Y, 8M, 8D
  • Oldest winner: Kevin Harvick – 42
  • Closest margin-of-victory this season: .125 Seconds – Daytona July (Erik Jones over Martin Truex Jr.)
  • Martin Truex Jr. won 2 races with largest margin-of-victory this season (Both in California) – Sonoma & Auto Club
  • Kyle Busch finished 2nd in 4 races this season – All to Stewart-Haas Racing drivers (3 To Kevin Harvick)
  • No Hendrick Motorsports driver finished top 10 in 6 races this season

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
  • Most laps led this season: 635 Justin Allgaier
  • Most laps led by non-winner this season: 278 Cole Custer
  • Most races led this season: 18 Christopher Bell
  • Most poles this season: 5 Cole Custer
  • Christopher Bell: Only driver to finish top 5 in all 3 Playoff races this season – 2 Wins
  • 2 Drivers finished top 10 all 3 Playoff races this season – Christopher Bell & Daniel Hemric
  • Justin Allgaier: 16.7 Playoff race average this season – Worst of Playoff drivers
  • 14 Different winners in 29 races this season
  • 2 Winners in 3 Playoff races this season – Christopher Bell 2 wins
  • Christopher Bell: 3 Career Playoff race wins – Most all-time (2017 Kansas, Richmond Sept. & Dover Oct.)
  • 6 Different winners in 7 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)
  • Austin Cindric raced into Round of 8 – 9th in Playoffs -9 pre-race & 7th in Playoffs +3 post-race
  • Ross Chastain eliminated at Dover – 8th in Playoffs +9 pre-race & 9th in Playoffs -9 post-race
  • Worst Playoff finisher last race: Ryan Reed – Finished 16th
  • Best non-Playoff finisher last race: Ryan Preece – Finished 4th
  • Daniel Hemric: No career wins – 7 Stage wins this season (Tied for most – Kyle Larson)
  • Daniel Hemric won Stages in 5 of last 7 races – Winless
  • Daniel Hemric won Stages in first 3 Playoff races this season
  • 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 3 races – Winless previous 7 races
  • 7 Races won by Rookie of the Year contenders this season – 6 by Christopher Bell (Most all-time)
  • Christopher Bell best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher 4 of last 5 races
  • Daniel Hemric best Richard Childress Racing finisher 4 of last 5 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
  • Stages 1, 2 & race won 6 times this season –
  • Kevin Harvick (Atlanta), Joey Logano (Auto Club), Justin Allgaier (Iowa June),
  • Kyle Larson (Daytona July), Kyle Larson (Bristol Aug.) & Ross Chastain (Las Vegas Sept.)
  • 2 Won consecutive NXS races this season – Christopher Bell (3 Straight) & Kyle Larson (2 Straight)
  • 3 Won first career race this season –
  • Spencer Gallagher (Talladega), Ross Chastain (Las Vegas Sept.) & Chase Briscoe (Charlotte Roval)
  • 2 Winners started rear of field this season & won – Kyle Larson Chicagoland & Christopher Bell Kentucky
  • First-time winners 2 of last 4 races – Ross Chastain Las Vegas & Chase Briscoe Charlotte Roval
  • Brandon Jones passed for final lead change 4 times this season including last race
  • 1 Race settled by last lap pass this season (Talladega) – Spencer Gallagher passed Tyler Reddick
  • Ford: 8 Wins this season – #22 Team Penske Ford won 6
  • Toyota: 2 Wins last 3 races – Winless previous 7 races
  • Last 5 Toyota wins all by Christopher Bell
  • 6 Overtime races this season – Daytona Feb., Talladega, Charlotte May, Daytona July, Iowa July & Bristol Aug.
  • *Daytona 2/17/18 – 5 Overtimes
  • Youngest winner: Tyler Reddick – 22
  • Oldest winner: Kevin Harvick – 42