NASCAR Monday, April 3, 2017

2017 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most wins this season: 2 Brad Keselowski
  • Most 2nd-place finishes this season: 3 Kyle Larson
  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 4 Kyle Larson
  • Most top 5 finishes this season: 5 Brad Keselowski
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 5 Brad Keselowski & Joey Logano (Team Penske)
  • Best average finish this season: 6.0 Kyle Larson
  • Best average start this season: 4.3 Brad Keselowski (Started 7th or better every race)
  • Most laps led this season: 413 Kyle Busch & 342 Kevin Harvick (Both winless – 42% of laps led this season)
  • Most races led this season: 5 Kyle Larson & Joey Logano
  • 5 Different winners in 6 races this season
  • 4 Winners in first 6 races last season are winless this season – Kyle Busch, Hamlin, Harvick & Johnson
  • *Hamlin, Harvick & Johnson don’t have a top 5 finish this season
  • 6 Drivers won Stages 1 & 2 this season – 4 Have yet to win a race (Kyle Busch, Elliott, Harvick & Logano)
  • Martin Truex Jr. leads all with 4 wins in Stages 1 & 2
  • Last to win consecutive races: Brad Keselowski (Daytona 7/16 & 2016 Kentucky)
  • Brad Keselowski: 2 Wins last 5 races (Winless previous 19 races) – First repeat winner this season
  • Brad Keselowski: Won back-to-back races twice – Richmond 9/14-2014 Chicagoland and Daytona 7/16-2016 Kentucky
  • Brad Keselowski: 5 Straight top 5 finishes – Career-longest streak
  • 2 Won after pit road speeding penalty this season: Kurt Busch Daytona 500 & Brad Keselowski Martinsville April
  • 9 Speeding penalties by 8 drivers at Martinsville April
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change 2 of last 3 races
  • Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Kyle Busch (2) & Hamlin (1) passed for final lead change last 3 races
  • Final lead change with 7 or fewer laps to go 5 of 6 races this season
  • Leader of most laps won only 2 of 6 races this season
  • Kyle Busch led most laps 2 of last 3 races – Failed to win both
  • Kyle Busch failed to win last 3 races after he led most laps – Bristol 8/16, Phoenix March & Martinsville April
  • Kyle Busch: 274 Laps led at Martinsville April (Finished 2nd) – Only 3 wins in 8 races after leading more than 250 laps
  • Kyle Busch: Finished 2nd in 3 races since last win – 2016 Indianapolis
  • Brad Keselowski: 116 Laps led at Martinsville April – Most laps led in a race since 312 at Texas 11/15
  • Brad Keselowski: Last 2 wins were first win at that track (Atlanta & Martinsville) – Winless at Texas
  • Brad Keselowski: Last 7 wins all on different tracks
  • Joey Logano: 4 Straight races led
  • Kevin Harvick: 342 Laps led this season (2nd-most) – No laps led last 4 races
  • 10 To go leader failed to win 4 races this season
  • Chase Elliott best Chevrolet finisher at Martinsville – First time best Chevrolet finisher this season
  • Brad Keselowski best Ford finisher 3 of 6 races this season
  • Kyle Busch best Toyota finisher 2 of last 3 races
  • Hendrick Motorsports best Chevrolet only once this season – Martinsville April (Chase Elliott)
  • Stewart-Haas Racing best Ford only once this season – Daytona 500 (Kurt Busch)
  • Ford: 3 Wins in 6 races this season – 3 Wins in first 16 races last season
  • Erik Jones best Rookie finisher 3 of 6 races this season including Martinsville – Finished 12th
  • 5 Wins this season by drivers 33-years-old or older
  • 2 Different winners in 2 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season – Keselowski (Atlanta) & Truex Jr. (Las Vegas)
  • 4 Different teams won last 4 races – Furniture Row, Childress, Ganassi & Penske
  • Hendrick Motorsports winless first 6 races this season – First time since 2012 (Winless first 10 races)
  • Joe Gibbs Racing winless first 6 races this season – First time since 2007 (Winless first 16 races)
  • First time since 1994 both Gibbs & Hendrick winless in first 6 races of a season
  • Gibbs & Hendrick each had wins in first 6 races of a season 4 straight years (2013-’16)
  • Austin Dillon best Richard Childress Racing finisher last 2 races
  • Kyle Busch best Joe Gibbs Racing finisher 2 of last 3 races
  • Chase Elliott best Hendrick Motorsports finisher 3 of last 4 races
  • Clint Bowyer best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher 3 of last 4 races
  • Kyle Busch & Brad Keselowski finished 1-2 nine times – Keselowski won last 3
  • Martin Truex Jr. first driver to win all 3 segments in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race – 2017 Las Vegas
  • 1 Win from pole this season: Kyle Larson Auto Club
  • 1 Race settled by last lap pass this season – Daytona 500
  • 2 Overtime races this season – Phoenix March & Auto Club
  • Youngest winner: Kyle Larson – 24
  • Oldest winner: Ryan Newman – 39
  • Closest margin-of-victory this season: .228 Seconds – Daytona 500 (Kurt Busch over Blaney)
  • Roush Fenway Racing winless last 98 races – Last win: 2014 Sonoma (Carl Edwards)

 

2017 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES STATS HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Most top 3 finishes this season: 3 Kyle Larson
  • Most top 10 finishes this season: 4 William Byron, Elliott Sadler & Darrell Wallace Jr.
  • Most laps led this season: 176 Joey Logano
  • Most races led this season: 3 Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski & Kyle Larson
  • 5 Different winners in 5 races this season
  • Most different winners to start season since 2006 – 8 Different winners
  • 6 Different winners in last 6 races dating back to 2016 season-finale
  • 5 Different teams won first 5 races this season
  • Last 17 winners started 7th or better
  • William Byron best finisher eligible for championship points at Auto Club (5th) – First time best NXS finisher
  • Brad Keselowski finished 2nd in three races since last win – Texas 11/15
  • Joey Logano: Last 4 wins came racing Team Penske #12
  • Ryan Reed (65 Races) & Justin Allgaier (80 Races) ended long winless streaks this season
  • Joey Logano passed for final lead change last race – Finished 2nd
  • #22 passed for final lead change 2 races this season – Daytona Feb. & Auto Club
  • Chevrolet: 2 Straight wins – Winless previous 5 races
  • Joey Logano: Last 4 wins came racing Team Penske #12
  • Team Penske #22 winless since Texas 11/15 – Finished 2nd six times since last win
  • Team Penske #22 passed for final lead change in 11 races since last win
  • William Byron best Rookie finisher 4 of 5 races this season
  • Last to win in first NASCAR Xfinity Series race – Kurt Busch (Texas 4/06)
  • Youngest winner: Ryan Reed – 23
  • Oldest winner: Kyle Busch – 31
  • William Byron best JR Motorsports finisher last race (Finished 5th) – First time best JRM finisher
  • Darrell Wallace Jr. best Roush Fenway Racing finisher last 4 races – Finished 6th all 4 races
  • Closest margin-of-victory this season: Auto Club .127 seconds (Kyle Larson over Joey Logano)