NASCAR Information Sunday, September 3, 2017

2017 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most wins this season: 4 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 7 Kyle Larson (3 Wins)
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 10 Kyle Larson
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 11 Brad Keselowski
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 17 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most poles this season: 6 Kyle Busch
  • Most front-row starts this season: 8 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most top 6 starts this season: 17 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most top 12 starts this season: 23 Jamie McMurray
  • Best average start this season: 7.0 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most laps led this season: 1448 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most laps led by winless drivers this season: 310 Erik Jones
  • Most races led this season: 20 Kyle Busch
  • 14 Different winners in 25 races this season (13 Count toward Playoff)
  • 4 Different winners in 4 short track races this season
  • Team Penske: 2 Short track wins this season – Martinsville April (Keselowski) & Richmond April (Logano)
  • Denny Hamlin: 2 Wins last 7 races – Winless previous 28 races
  • Denny Hamlin: Back-to-back wins twice in career – Pocono 6/10 & Michigan 6/10 and Bristol 8/12 & Atlanta 9/12 (3 Richmond wins – All in Race to the Playoff races including last season)
  • Denny Hamlin: 31 Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins – 7 Wins in September (Most of all months)
  • Denny Hamlin: Last 9 wins came on 9 different tracks
  • Denny Hamlin: 7th multiple-win season – 3rd straight
  • Denny Hamlin: Won 4 of last 7 races for Joe Gibbs Racing
  • Kyle Busch: 5 Straight top 10 finishes – 3 Top 2 finishes last 5 races
  • Kyle Busch: 8 Straight races led (565 Laps led) – Career-longest streak: 10 Straight (2015)
  • Kurt Busch: 4 Top 5 finishes this season – 2 Straight top 5 finishes
  • Kurt Busch: Best finish since 2017 Daytona 500 win: 3rd – Darlington
  • Kurt Busch: Finished 11th or better last 4 races – 3 Top 10 finishes
  • Austin Dillon: 1 Top 5 finish last 13 races – Finished 4th at Darlington
  • Erik Jones: 5 Straight top 10 finishes – Career-longest streak
  • Erik Jones: 4 Career top 5 finishes – 3 Straight top 5 finishes
  • Jimmie Johnson: No top 5 finishes last 12 races – Career-longest streak
  • Ryan Newman: 3 Straight top 10 finishes – Longest streak since 2015
  • Kevin Harvick: 300 Career top 10 finishes (600th race at Richmond this weekend)
  • Kevin Harvick: Failed to win last 11 races after starting first
  • 3 Won first career race this season – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Talladega, Austin Dillon Charlotte & Ryan Blaney Pocono
  • 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 twice – Martin Truex Jr. Las Vegas & Kentucky
  • Jimmie Johnson: 3 Wins this season – 1 Stage win (Sonoma Stage 1)
  • Kyle Busch: 10 Stage wins this season (2nd-most) – 2 Wins this season (Pocono July & Bristol Aug.)
  • 8 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 17 Stage wins (37 Playoff points – Leader) – 4 Race wins
  • Last to win consecutive races: Jimmie Johnson (Texas 4/17 & Bristol 4/17)
  • 4 Wins from pole this season – 3 By drivers named Kyle (Kyle Larson 2 & Kyle Busch 1)
  • Jimmie Johnson: Last 5 top 5 finishes were all wins
  • 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)
  • Last winner in backup car: Denny Hamlin – New Hampshire 7/17
  • Last previous winner in backup car: Kurt Busch – Michigan 6/15
  • Last winner after free-pass: Martin Truex Jr. – 2016 Chicagoland
  • 2 Won after pit road speeding penalty this season: Kurt Busch Daytona 500 & Brad Keselowski Martinsville April
  • No pit road speeding penalties at Indianapolis, Watkins Glen & Darlington
  • Denny Hamlin: Most laps led in a race this season – 124 (Darlington)
  • Martin Truex Jr. passed for final lead change 2 of last 3 races – 2 To go at Michigan & 3 to go at Darlington
  • 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 6 races this season – 1 Win in those races (Pocono July)
  • Kyle Busch failed to win 6 of last 7 races after leading most laps
  • Kurt Busch: 13 Laps led this season – 7 Laps led at Darlington
  • Jimmie Johnson led 18 or fewer laps 3 of last 4 wins
  • Final lead change with 10 or fewer laps to go 14 of 25 races this season
  • Leader of most laps won only 8 of 25 races this season – Truex Jr. 4, Larson 2, Kyle Busch 1 & Hamlin 1
  • 4 Winners this season have led a total of 143 laps – Stenhouse Jr. 50, Newman 38, Kahne 31, Kurt Busch 13 & A. Dillon 11
  • 10 To go leader failed to win 12 races this season
  • Martin Truex Jr. failed to win 2 of last 3 races after leading with 10 laps to go
  • Austin Dillon best Chevrolet finisher at Darlington (4th) – 2nd time best Chevrolet finisher this season
  • Kurt Busch best Ford finisher 4 times this season – Best Ford finisher last 2 races
  • Denny Hamlin best Toyota finisher 4 of last 11 races
  • Ford: 8 Wins in 25 races this season (Winless last 8 races) – 8 Wins all of last season
  • Toyota: 6 Wins last 8 races – Only 2 wins previous 17 races this season
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 4 Wins last 7 races – Winless previous 20 races
  • Erik Jones best Rookie finisher last 3 races – All top 5 finishes
  • Joe Gibbs Racing swept NXS & MENCS races at Bristol (Kyle Busch) & Darlington (Denny Hamlin)
  • 9 Different teams won this season
  • 4 Crew chiefs won first race this season: Justin Alexander, Jeremy Bullins, Luke Lambert & Keith Rodden
  • 5 Winning crew chiefs were suspended this season – Paul Wolfe, Rodney Childers, Todd Gordon, Adam Stevens & Chad Johnston
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 4 Wins this season – 12 Wins all of last season (Led all teams)
  • No Hendrick Motorsports drivers finished top 10 in 3 of last 4 races including last 2
  • Austin Dillon best Richard Childress Racing finisher at Darlington (4th) – First time best RCR finisher last 6 races
  • Denny Hamlin best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher at Darlington (Winner) – First time best JGR finisher last 6 races
  • Chase Elliott best Hendrick Motorsports finisher 4 of last 5 races
  • Kurt Busch best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher last 3 races
  • 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
  • 8 Overtime races this season – Leader at scheduled distance won 4
  • Kyle Larson won 2 Overtime races this season – Auto Club & Michigan Aug.
  • 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
  • Roush Fenway Racing ended 101-race winless streak at Talladega May
  • Richard Childress Racing ended 112-race winless streak at Phoenix March
  • Youngest winner: Ryan Blaney – 23
  • 17 Wins this season by drivers 32-years-old or older
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ended 157-race winless streak this season (Talladega May)
  • Austin Dillon ended 132-race winless streak this season (Charlotte May)
  • Ryan Newman ended 127-race winless streak this season (Phoenix March)
  • Kasey Kahne ended 102-race winless streak this season (Indianapolis July)
  • Kyle Busch ended 36-race winless streak this season (Pocono July)

 

2017 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Most wins this season: 5 Kyle Busch
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 5 Ryan Blaney (1 Win)
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 6 Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson & Joey Logano
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 9 Elliott Sadler (Winless)
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 17 Elliott Sadler
  • Best average finish this season (Drivers competing every race): 10.0 Elliott Sadler
  • Most laps led this season: 549 Kyle Busch
  • Most races led this season: 11 Justin Allgaier
  • Most poles this season: 6 Kyle Busch
  • Most top 6 starts this season: 12 William Byron & Daniel Hemric
  • Most top 12 starts this season: 20 Daniel Hemric
  • Most lead lap finishes this season: 20 William Byron
  • 9 Races remaining / 2 Regular season races remaining / 7 Playoff races
  • 14 Different winners in 24 races this season
  • 5 Different winners from 3 different teams in 5 short track races this season
  • #20 won 2 of 5 short track races this season – Erik Jones (Bristol April) & Ryan Preece (Iowa July)
  • Joe Gibbs Racing won 3 of 5 short track races this season with 3 different drivers – Kyle Busch, E. Jones & Preece
  • 8 Won first pole this season – Bell, Benjamin, Byron, Hemric, B. Jones, Koch, Poole & Preece
  • 20 Won Stages this season – 10 Winless in races
  • Brad Keselowski leads all with 7 Stage wins – 1 Win (Pocono)
  • Elliott Sadler leads NXS regulars with 5 Stage wins (3 at Daytona) – Winless
  • 7 Won Stage 1 & went on to win race this season
  • 4 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.)
  • William Byron best NXS regular at Darlington (Finished 5th) – Best NXS regular 6 of last 12 races
  • 8 Winners from pole this season – Kyle Busch 4, Denny Hamlin 1, Sam Hornish Jr. 1, Kyle Larson 1 & Ryan Preece 1
  • 6 of last 9 races won from pole – Kentucky, New Hampshire, Iowa, Mid-Ohio, Bristol Aug. & Darlington
  • 2 Winners from rear of field this season: Ryan Blaney (Charlotte May) & William Byron (Daytona June)
  • #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 10 races this season
  • 2 Races settled by last lap pass this season – Pocono & Michigan
  • #22 Best Ford finisher 15 of 24 races this season – 2 Wins (Pocono & Mid-Ohio)
  • #18 Best Toyota finisher 10 of 24 races this season – 6 Wins
  • Team Penske #12 won 4 of last 6 races competed
  • Chevrolet won only 4 of last 13 races – 3 Won by William Byron
  • 5 Overtime races this season – Daytona Feb., Richmond April, Daytona June, Iowa July & Darlington
  • William Byron best Rookie of the Year contender at Darlington (Finished 5th) – 8th time best Rookie finisher in last 12 races
  • 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
  • #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)
  • Joe Gibbs Racing won 6 of last 9 races
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 3 1-2 finishes in last 8 races – New Hampshire, Iowa July & Bristol Aug.
  • William Byron best JR Motorsports finisher at Darlington (Finished 5th) – First time best JRM finisher in last 5 races
  • Closest margin-of-victory this season: Michigan .012 seconds (Denny Hamlin over William Byron)