NASCAR Las Vegas Monday, September 10, 2018

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES LAS VEGAS STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Las Vegas wins: 4 Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Las Vegas 2nd-place finishes: 3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Winless)
  • Most Las Vegas top 3 finishes: 6 Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Las Vegas top 10 finishes: 10 Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth & Mark Martin
  • Best Las Vegas average finish: 7.7 Dale Earnhardt
  • Most Las Vegas laps led: 595 Jimmie Johnson
  • 1.5-mile track winners this season: Kyle Busch & Kevin Harvick 3 wins each, Martin Truex Jr. 1 win (Kentucky)
  • 2018 Playoffs:
  • Chip Ganassi Racing (1): Kyle Larson
  • Furniture Row Racing (1): Martin Truex Jr.
  • Hendrick Motorsports (3): Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott & Jimmie Johnson
  • Joe Gibbs Racing (3): Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin & Erik Jones
  • Richard Childress Racing (1): Austin Dillon
  • Stewart-Haas Racing (4): Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch & Kevin Harvick
  • Team Penske (3): Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski & Joey Logano
  • Las Vegas March: Kevin Harvick won Stage 1, Stage 2 & led 214 laps – 2nd straight win (Atlanta & Las Vegas)
  • 3/7/18: Penalized 20 driver, 20 team owner points, crew chief Rodney Childers fined $50,000 and car chief
  • Robert “Cheddar” Smith suspended 2 races
  • Las Vegas 3/4/18: Rear window braces did not keep rear window glass rigid. Rocker panel extension not aluminum.
  • Las Vegas March
  • Kevin Harvick winner, Kyle Busch 2nd & Martin Truex Jr. 4th
  • Jamie McMurray (Lap 176), Chase Elliott (Lap 183) & Kurt Busch (Lap 183) involved in crashes
  • Austin Dillon, Jimmie Johnson & Ryan Newman all received free-pass – Jimmie Johnson started rear of field (Finished 12th)
  • Only 2 pit road speeding penalties – Denny Hamlin finished 17th & AJ Allmendinger finished 30th
  • Kevin Harvick led race-high 214 laps (80%) – Joey Logano led 2nd most 25 laps
  • Team Penske drivers finished 5th, 6th & 7th – Blaney, Keselowski & Logano
  • 12 Different winners in 21 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Las Vegas races (8 are champions)
  • 8 Different winners in 12 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Las Vegas races on reconfigured track
  • New Hampshire first Playoff race 2004-’10 (7 Years)
  • Chicagoland first Playoff race 2011-’17 (7 Years)
  • Last 7 Las Vegas races won by 5 champion drivers
  • Stage 1 & 2 winner went on to win both Las Vegas races – Martin Truex Jr. in 2017 & Kevin Harvick in March
  • 4 Won first Playoff race & championship in same season including 3 of last 7 champions
  • Kevin Harvick won 2 of last 4 Las Vegas races – 1 in SHR Chevrolet & 1 in SHR Ford
  • Jimmie Johnson: Winless last 8 Las Vegas races – 4 Wins previous 6 races
  • Martin Truex Jr.: Finished 11th or better last 4 Las Vegas races – 3 Top 5 finishes
  • Ryan Blaney: Finished 7th or better last 3 Las Vegas races – Finished 5th in March
  • Brad Keselowski: 6 Straight Las Vegas top 10 finishes – Tied all-time longest streak (Dale Earnhardt Jr.)
  • Joey Logano: 5 Straight Las Vegas top 10 finishes
  • Aric Almirola: 1 Top 10 finish in 10 Las Vegas races – Finished 10th in March
  • Jimmie Johnson: 1 Top 5 finish last 6 Las Vegas races – 5 Top 2 finishes previous 8 races
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change 2 of last 3 Las Vegas races
  • Brad Keselowski passed for final lead change 2 of last 4 Las Vegas races
  • Only 1 Las Vegas winner after winning pole – Kyle Busch (2009) – Started from the rear (Engine change)
  • Kyle Busch (2009) & Jeff Gordon (2015) started rear of field after winning pole
  • No driver leading 1st lap ever won Las Vegas Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race
  • Most consecutive laps led in a Las Vegas race: 72 – Kevin Harvick (3/18)
  • 10 To go leader failed to win 3 of last 5 Las Vegas races – 2 Won by Brad Keselowski
  • Jeff Burton finished 2nd, 1st & 1st in first 3 Las Vegas races
  • Jeff & Ward Burton finished 1-2 in 1999 Las Vegas race
  • Richard Childress Racing: Winless at Las Vegas
  • 8 Las Vegas races won from drivers starting in first 2 rows – All 8 in last 13 races
  • Roush Fenway Racing leads all teams with 7 Las Vegas wins – Winless last 7 races
  • Most consecutive Las Vegas wins: Jimmie Johnson won 3 straight (2005, ’06 & ’07)
  • Defending series champion won Las Vegas 5 times – Jimmie Johnson twice
  • Worst official starting position of winner: 25th – Matt Kenseth (2004)
  • *Kyle Busch won in 2009 after starting from rear of field
  • Jimmie Johnson led most laps 3 Las Vegas races – 1 Win (2005)
  • Most consecutive laps led from start: 52 – Jeff Gordon (2010)
  • 2 Las Vegas Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races settled by last lap pass
  • Closest Las Vegas margin-of-victory: .045 Seconds Jimmie Johnson over Matt Kenseth (2006)
  • Las Vegas winner went on to win championship in same season 6 times including Martin Truex Jr. in 2017
  • Kyle Busch only driver to miss Las Vegas race & win championship in same season (2015)
  • Best Las Vegas finish by Rookie of the Year contender: 2nd – Kasey Kahne (2004) & Kyle Busch (2005)
  • Only 1 Las Vegas Overtime finish (2006) – Matt Kenseth led at scheduled distance & Jimmie Johnson won
  • Jeff Burton won only shortened Las Vegas race (2000) – 148 of 267 laps
  • No Las Vegas race postponed
  • 13 of top 14 finishers in 1998 were Fords – Dale Earnhardt finished 8th in Chevrolet

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES LAS VEGAS STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Las Vegas wins: 4 Mark Martin
  • Most Las Vegas 2nd-place finishes: 3 Kyle Busch (2016 Winner)
  • Most Las Vegas top 3 finishes: 6 Mark Martin
  • Most Las Vegas top 5 finishes: 6 Kevin Harvick & Mark Martin
  • Most Las Vegas top 10 finishes: 8 Greg Biffle
  • Most Las Vegas laps led: 521 Kyle Busch
  • 16 Different winners in 22 NASCAR Xfinity Series Las Vegas races
  • 10 Different winners last 10 NASCAR Xfinity Series Las Vegas races
  • Last 7 winners were first-time Las Vegas winners
  • 11 Different winners in 12 NASCAR Xfinity Series Las Vegas races on reconfigured track
  • Last 6 Las Vegas winners led 106 or more laps
  • Tyler Reddick passed for final lead change last Las Vegas race – Finished 8th
  • 5 of 22 Las Vegas races won from pole – 2 of last 4 won from pole
  • Pole led no laps in 3 Las Vegas races
  • Joe Gibbs Racing won last 3 poles
  • Kyle Busch led 199 of 200 laps in 2016 (Led final 145 laps) – Darrell Wallace Jr. led lap 55
  • Worst start position of winner: 29th – Joe Nemechek (2003)
  • 1 Won first career race at Las Vegas – Jeff Green (1997)
  • Most laps led in a Las Vegas race: 199 – Kyle Busch (2016)
  • Most consecutive laps led from start: 89 – Kevin Harvick (2003)
  • Most consecutive Las Vegas laps led: 145 – Kyle Busch (2016)
  • Winner first took lead at lap 146 or later in 5 Las Vegas races
  • 2 Las Vegas Xfinity Series races settled by last lap pass
  • 1 Driver won Las Vegas & championship in same season – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 2012
  • Best Las Vegas finish by Rookie of the Year contender: 2nd – Greg Biffle (2001) & Christopher Bell (3/18)
  • 3 Las Vegas NXS Overtime finishes
  • 2 Swept Las Vegas NXS & MENCS races in same weekend – Jeff Burton (2000) & Brad Keselowski (2014)
  • Christopher Bell best full-time Xfinity Series driver last Las Vegas race – Finished 2nd
  • Christopher Bell Stage 1 winner last Las Vegas race – Finished 2nd
  • Kyle Larson Stage 2 winner last Las Vegas race – Winner