Eighteen up, 18 to go. And if the second half resembles the first, expect high speeds and passing – lots of passing.
A number of race tracks have seen their record books rewritten during the first half. A sampling…
- At Las Vegas Motor Speedway, there were 31 green flag passes for the lead, a new track best since the inception of Loop Data in 2005.
- At Auto Club Speedway, there were 41 green flag passes for the lead, which tied a track record.
- The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway saw 35 passes for the lead, which tied a race best.
- Dover featured 25 passes for the lead, which set a track Loop Data record
- During last week’s Daytona night race, there were 9,574 green flag passes – a new track record.
Those figures, as well as qualifying speeds, underlined the Gen-6 race car’s 2013 debut. In all, eight qualifying records have been set this season. The list: Bristol, Martinsville, Texas, Kansas, Richmond, Darlington, Charlotte and Kentucky.
Among some of the other impressive first-half stats generated by Gen-6 car:
- 10 different race winners, and 10 different Coors Light Pole winners
- Through 18 races, 52.3% of cars have finished on the lead lap versus 41.1% last year
- The average margin of victory has dropped to 1.403 seconds, the closest since 2010. Additionally, 10 races have ended with an MOV under one second, the most since 2010.
- 81.7% of cars are finishing the race through 15 races, versus 75.8% last season.