NASCAR Information Sunday, September 2, 2018

2018 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most wins this season: 7 Kevin Harvick
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 5 Kyle Larson (Winless)
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 14 Kyle Busch
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 18 Kevin Harvick
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 21 Kevin Harvick
  • Best average finish this season: 7.6 Kyle Busch
  • Best average finish of winless drivers this season: 12.5 Denny Hamlin
  • Most laps led this season: 1198 Kevin Harvick
  • Most laps led by non-winner this season: 666 Kyle Larson (4th most behind Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch & Martin Truex Jr.)
  • Most races led this season: 17 Kevin Harvick
  • Most poles this season: 4 Martin Truex Jr.
  • 10 Different winners in 25 races this season – 1 Race to Playoffs
  • Fewest number of winners after 26 races in Playoff era: 10 (2008)
  • 4 Won Stage 1 & 2 this season, but didn’t win race –
  • Brad Keselowski (Bristol April), Joey Logano (Richmond April), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Daytona July) & Kyle Larson (Darlington)
  • Brad Keselowski: Won back-to-back races twice – Richmond 9/14-2014 Chicagoland and Daytona 7/16-2016 Kentucky
  • 3 of last 4 winners ended winless streaks of 29 races or longer – Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch & Brad Keselowski
  • First win of season for 3 of last 4 winners – Chase Elliott (Watkins Glen), Kurt Busch (Bristol) & Brad Keselowski (Darlington)
  • Kyle Larson failed to win last 4 races after leading most laps – 3 Times this season (Bristol April, Kansas May & Darlington)
  • Kyle Larson passed for the final lead change twice this season – Bristol April & Darlington
  • Kyle Larson best Chevrolet finisher 10 of 25 races this season
  • Brad Keselowski best Ford finisher only 3 races this season including Darlington last week
  • Chevrolet: Only 1 win in last 24 races – Watkins Glen (Chase Elliott)
  • Ford: 12 Wins this season (10 by Stewart-Haas Racing) – 10 Wins all of last season
  • Ford: 3 Straight wins
  • Chase Elliott best Hendrick Motorsports finisher 13 races this season including 6 of last 7 races
  • Only 1 Hendrick Motorsports top 20 finisher at Darlington – Chase Elliott finished 5th
  • Daniel Suarez only Joe Gibbs Racing finisher outside top 10 at Darlington – Finished 29th
  • Team Penske finished 1-2 five times – 4 Times by Brad Keselowski & Joey Logano
  • Kevin Harvick leads all with 12 Stage wins this season – Drove for the Cycle three times
  • Martin Truex Jr. 19 Stage wins last season (Most) – 7 Stage wins this season (Drove for the Cycle twice)
  • Brad Keselowski 12 Career Stage wins – Went on to win only once after winning a Stage (Talladega 10/17)
  • Ryan Blaney: 5 Stage wins each this season – Winless
  • 8 Races won Driving for the Cycle – Martin Truex Jr. 4, Kevin Harvick 3 & Kyle Busch 1
  • 3 Won Driving for the Cycle after starting on pole – Martin Truex Jr. (2018 Auto Club & 2018 Kentucky) & Kyle Busch (Charlotte 5/18)
  • 2 Won first career race this season – Erik Jones (Daytona July) & Chase Elliott (Watkins Glen)
  • 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
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 14 of 19 wins starting from first 2 rows
  • 1 Winner started rear of field this season – Austin Dillon (Daytona 500)
  • 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.
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change 6 times this season – Twice by Kevin Harvick
  • Ryan Blaney led most laps in 3 career races (2 This season) – Winless all 3 races
  • 2 Races settled by last lap pass this season – Daytona 500 & Daytona July
  • 4 Overtime races this season – Daytona 500, Richmond April, Daytona July & Pocono July (Kyle Busch won 2)
  • 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)
  • Stewart-Haas Racing won 10 of 25 races this season (Season high) – 3 Wins all of last season
  • 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
  • No Hendrick Motorsports driver finished top 10 in 3 races this season (All 1.5-mile tracks) – Las Vegas March, Kansas May & Kentucky

2018 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most wins this season: 4 Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bell & Kyle Larson
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 4 Justin Allgaier & Christopher Bell
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 12 Justin Allgaier
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 13 Justin Allgaier & Christopher Bell
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 20 Cole Custer & Elliott Sadler
  • Most laps led this season: 525 Kyle Larson
  • Most laps led by non-winner this season: 237 Cole Custer
  • Most races led this season: 15 Christopher Bell
  • Most poles this season: 4 Cole Custer
  • 12 Different winners in 24 races this season – 2 Races to Playoffs
  • Elliott Sadler: Winless this season – 4 Stage wins
  • Ross Chastain: Darlington Stage 1 & 2 winner last week (Finished 25th) – First career Stage wins
  • Stages 1, 2 & race won 5 times this season –
  • Kevin Harvick (Atlanta), Joey Logano (Auto Club), Justin Allgaier (Iowa June), Kyle Larson (Daytona July) & Kyle Larson (Bristol Aug.)
  • 2 NXS & MENCS weekend sweeps this season – Kevin Harvick (Atlanta) & Brad Keselowski (Darlington
  • 1 Won first career race this season – Spencer Gallagher (Talladega)
  • Cole Custer best NXS regular 3 races this season including Darlington
  • Only 4 won after qualifying 11th or worse this season
  • 2 Winners started rear of field this season & won – Kyle Larson Chicagoland & Christopher Bell Kentucky
  • Justin Allgaier: 4 Wins this season – Career-high (Only 2nd multiple-win season – 2 Wins last year)
  • Justin Allgaier: 6 Wins last 2 seasons – 3 Wins previous 6 full-time seasons
  • Christopher Bell: Winless last 5 races – 3 Wins previous 3 races
  • 1 Race settled by last lap pass this season (Talladega) – Spencer Gallagher passed Tyler Reddick
  • Tyler Reddick best Chevrolet finisher 2 races this season – Daytona Feb. (Winner) & Darlington (3rd)
  • #22 best Ford finisher 12 of 24 races this season (50%)
  • #18 Best Toyota finisher 10 of 24 races this season (42%)
  • Ford: 7 Wins this season – #22 Team Penske Ford won 6
  • 6 Overtime races this season – Daytona Feb., Talladega, Charlotte May, Daytona July, Iowa July & Bristol Aug.
  • *Daytona 2/17/18 – 5 Overtimes
  • 5 Races won by Rookie of the Year contenders this season – 4 by Christopher Bell
  • Tyler Reddick best Rookie of the Year contender 1 of last 11 races – Finished 3rd at Darlington
  • Youngest winner: Tyler Reddick – 22
  • Oldest winner: Kevin Harvick – 42
  • Tyler Reddick best JR Motorsports finisher 3 races this season including Darlington
  • Matt Tifft best Richard Childress Racing finisher 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