NASCAR Information Sunday, October 8, 2017

2017 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Playoff wins this season: 2 Kyle Busch & Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most Playoff race 2nd-place finishes this season: 3 Chase Elliott (Winless)
  • Most Playoff race top 5 finishes this season: 4 Martin Truex Jr. (Every race)
  • Most Playoff race top 10 finishes this season: 4 Kyle Larson & Martin Truex Jr.
  • Best Playoff race average finish this season: 2.8 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most Playoff race laps led this season: 331 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most Playoff races led this season: 4 Kyle Busch & Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most wins this season: 6 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 & Martin Truex Jr. (Career-high for each)
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 21 Martin Truex Jr. (Career-high: 22 – 2015)
  • 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: 26 Kyle Busch
  • Best average start this season: 6.8 Kyle Busch
  • Most laps led this season: 1977 (23 from 2000) Martin Truex Jr. (Career-high)
  • Most laps led by winless drivers this season: 376 Chase Elliott
  • Most races led this season: 25 Kyle Busch
  • 14 Different winners in 30 races this season
  • 2 Different winners 4 Playoff races this season – Kyle Busch 2 & Martin Truex Jr. 2
  • Same top 4 finishers 2017 Chicagoland Playoff race & 2017 Charlotte Playoff race
  • 10 To go leader failed to win 14 races this season including all 3 restrictor-plate races
  • 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
  • 2 Different winners in 3 restrictor-plate races this season – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won twice
  • Ford won last 6 restrictor-plate races – 3 Different teams (Penske 3, Roush 2 & Stewart-Haas 1)
  • Closest margin-of-victory this season: .095 Seconds – Talladega May (Ricky Stenhouse Jr. over Jamie McMurray)
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won 2 of the 3 closest races this season – Talladega May & Daytona July
  • Roush Fenway Racing ended 101-race winless streak at Talladega May
  • Top 5 Charlotte finishers all from different teams – Furniture Row, Hendrick, Stewart-Haas, Gibbs & Ganassi
  • Best Playoff finisher last race: Martin Truex Jr. – Winner
  • Worst Playoff finisher last race: Kyle Busch – 29th
  • Best non-Playoff finisher last race: Daniel Suarez – 6th
  • Martin Truex Jr. won first race in Round of 16 & Round of 12
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 4 Straight top 5 finishes (Career-long streak) – 2 Wins (6 Straight races led – 605 Laps led)
  • Chase Elliott: 6 Career 2nd-place finishes (Winless) – Bill Elliott finished 2nd in 8 races before first win (Riverside 11/20/83)
  • Chase Elliott: 6 Career 2nd-place finishes – 3 2nd-place finishes in 4 races this season
  • Kevin Harvick: Led most laps in 3 races this season including Charlotte (149) – Winless all 3
  • Jamie McMurray: Best finish in last 15 races: 5th – Charlotte
  • Daniel Suarez: Finished 12th or better last 5 races – 3 Straight top 10 finishes (6th at Charlotte after speeding penalty)
  • Ryan Blaney: Best finish last 8 races: 8th – Charlotte
  • Kasey Kahne: 1 Top 10 finish last 10 races – Finished 9th at Charlotte
  • Kyle Larson: 5 Straight top 10 finishes – Ties career-long streak (2014)
  • Kyle Busch: 2 Wins last 3 races – Finished 29th at Charlotte
  • Kyle Busch: 13 Straight races led (927 Laps led) – Career-long streak
  • Kevin Harvick won Stage 1 & 2 at Charlotte last week – First Stage wins in last 28 races (Since Atlanta March)
  • Martin Truex Jr. started 3rd or better 5 of 6 wins this season – Started 17th in Charlotte Playoff race
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ended 157-race winless streak this season (Talladega May)
  • Kyle Larson passed Martin Truex Jr. for final lead change last 2 wins – Michigan Aug. & Richmond Sept.
  • Kevin Harvick passed for final lead change 2 of last 4 races
  • Chase Elliott best Chevrolet finisher 5 races this season including 3 of last 4 races
  • Martin Truex Jr. best Toyota finisher 10 of 30 races this season
  • 3 of last 4 Chevrolet wins by Kyle Larson
  • Ford: 8 Wins in 30 races this season (Winless last 13 races) – 8 Wins all of last season
  • Toyota: 10 Wins last 13 races – Only 2 wins previous 17 races this season
  • Toyota: 4 Straight wins – Longest streak this season
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 6 Wins last 12 races – Winless previous 20 races
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 6 Wins this season – 12 Wins all of last season (Led all teams)
  • Kyle Larson: 4 Wins this season – 3 Overtime wins (Auto Club, Michigan Aug. & Richmond Sept.)
  • Chase Elliott best Hendrick Motorsports finisher 8 of last 10 races including last 4
  • 21 Wins this season by drivers 32-years-old or older
  • Furniture Row Racing: 12 Wins – 6 This season
  • 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)
  • 9 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 – 6 Race wins
  • Martin Truex Jr. won Stage 1 & 2 five times
  • 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)
  • 3 Won after pit road speeding penalty this season:
  • Kurt Busch Daytona 500, Brad Keselowski Martinsville April & Martin Truex Jr. Chicagoland
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 7 Pit road speeding penalties this season – Most
  • Martin Truex Jr. led with 10 to go 5 of last 8 races – 2 Wins (Chicagoland & Charlotte)
  • Martin Truex Jr. led at mid-race 8 times this season – Failed to win 5
  • Martin Truex Jr. passed for final lead change 4 of last 8 races
  • 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
  • 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 11 races
  • Final lead change with 10 or fewer laps to go 16 of 30 races this season
  • Leader of most laps won only 9 of 30 races this season – Truex Jr. 4, Kyle Busch 2, Larson 2 & Hamlin 1
  • Daniel Suarez best Rookie finisher 3 of last 4 races
  • 10 Overtime races this season – Leader at scheduled distance won 6
  • 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
  • Youngest winner: Ryan Blaney – 23
  • 3 Won first career race this season – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Talladega, Austin Dillon Charlotte & Ryan Blaney Pocono
  • Largest margin-of-victory this season: 7.179 Seconds – Chicagoland (Martin Truex Jr. over Chase Elliott)

2017 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Most Playoff race top 5 finishes this season: 3 Brennan Poole (Every race)
  • Most Playoff race laps led this season: 174 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: 8 Ryan Blaney
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 11 Elliott Sadler (Winless)
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 22 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 & Elliott Sadler
  • Most poles this season: 7 Kyle Busch
  • Most top 6 starts this season: 15 William Byron
  • Most top 12 starts this season: 25 Daniel Hemric
  • 16 Different winners in 29 races this season
  • 7 Different winners in 8 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season
  • 3 Different winners in 3 Playoff races this season
  • 9 Different winners in last 9 races – Hornish Jr., Kyle Busch, Clements, Hamlin, Keselowski, Allgaier, Reddick, Blaney & Bowman
  • 3 Racing #22: Hornish Jr., Keselowski & Blaney; 2 Racing #18: Kyle Busch & Hamlin; 2 Racing #42: Reddick & Bowman
  • 8 Won first pole this season – Bell, Benjamin, Byron, Hemric, B. Jones, Koch, Poole & Preece
  • Best Playoff finisher 2 of 3 races this season: Brennan Poole (2nd at Kentucky & 5th at Charlotte)
  • Worst Playoff finisher last race: Justin Allgaier 33rd
  • Best non-Playoff NXS finisher last race: Alex Bowman Winner
  • Brendan Gaughan, Michael Annett, Blake Koch & Jeremy Clements eliminated Round of 12 this season
  • Elliott Sadler leads full time NXS drivers with 5 Stage wins
  • 5 Won first career NXS race this season
  • Last 2 wins after free-pass: Kyle Busch (2014 & ‘16 Kansas)
  • #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
  • William Byron passed for final lead change 2 races this season including Charlotte Oct.
  • Cole Custer best Ford finisher 4 of last 11 races
  • Matt Tifft best Toyota finisher 5 of last 12 races
  • #22 Best Ford finisher 17 races this season – 4 Wins
  • #18 Best Toyota finisher 12 this season – 6 Wins
  • #42 Best Chevrolet finisher 7 races this season – 5 Wins
  • Cole Custer best Rookie of the Year contender 2 of last 3 races
  • #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)
  • #42 won 5 races this season – Kyle Larson (3), Alex Bowman (1) & Tyler Reddick (1)
  • Joe Gibbs Racing winless last 5 races – 6 Wins previous 9 races
  • Matt Tifft best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher 6 of last 15 races
  • No JR Motorsports finisher in top 5 at Charlotte – First time no JRM finisher in top 5 in last 8 races
  • 23 Won Stages this season – 13 Winless in races
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Last winner after speeding penalty: Kyle Busch (Bristol 8/17)
  • Final lead change with 10 or fewer laps to go 10 races this season
  • 10 To go leader failed to win 6 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
  • 1 Rookie of the Year contender won this season – William Byron at Iowa June, Daytona June & Indianapolis
  • 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. (Tyler Reddick over Brennan Poole)