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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing Dover International Speedway

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware going into the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks on June 2.

 
DOVER-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
Aric Almirola (No. 43 Smithfield Ford)
·         One top 10
·         Average finish of 12.5
·         Driver Rating of 84.0, 13th-best
Greg Biffle (No. 16 Rite Aid Ford)
·         Two wins, six top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 12.4
·         Average Running Position of 10.0, fourth-best
·         Driver Rating of 103.3, fifth-best
·         431 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·         689 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 143.612 mph, third-fastest
·         5,090 Laps in the Top 15 (79.5%), third-most
·         Series-high 463 Quality Passes
Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-hour Energy Toyota)
·         One top five, seven top 10s
·         Average finish of 13.2
·         Average Running Position of 12.8, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 91.1, ninth-best
·         166 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 143.288 mph, eighth-fastest
·         3,970 Laps in the Top 15 (70.9%), ninth-most
·         322 Quality Passes, 11th-most
Jeff Burton (No. 31 Cheerios Chevrolet)
·         One win, eight top fives, 15 top 10s
·         Average finish of 15.7
·         Average Running Position of 14.4, 11th-best
·         Driver Rating of 87.0, 12th-best
·         184 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
·         Series-high 756 Green Flag Passes
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 143.034 mph, 12th-fastest
·         3,939 Laps in the Top 15 (61.5%), 11th-most
·         383 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Kurt Busch (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing/BeautyRest Chevrolet)
·         One win, six top fives, eight top 10s
·         Average finish of 18.4
·         Average Running Position of 12.9, 10th-best
·         Driver Rating of 93.4, seventh-best
·         237 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·         645 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 143.229 mph, ninth-fastest
·         3,942 Laps in the Top 15 (61.6%), 10th-most
·         348 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)
·         Two wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s
·         Average finish of 13.9
·         Average Running Position of 11.7, sixth-best
·         Driver Rating of 104.0, fourth-best
·         318 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 143.602 mph, fourth-fastest
·         4,774 Laps in the Top 15 (74.5%), sixth-most
·         390 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Subway Ford)
·         One win, eight top fives, 12 top 10s
·         Average finish of 8.3
·         Average Running Position of 9.9, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 104.5, third-best
·         487 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         651 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 143.526 mph, fifth-fastest
·         4,782 Laps in the Top 15 (74.7%), fifth-most
·         453 Quality Passes, second-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 AARP Credit Cards from Chase Chevrolet)
·         Four wins, 15 top fives, 22 top 10s; four poles
·         Average finish of 12.0
·         Average Running Position of 12.9, ninth-best
·         Driver Rating of 92.5, eighth-best
·         223 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
·         663 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 143.443 mph, seventh-fastest
·         4,676 Laps in the Top 15 (73.0%), seventh-most
·         426 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet)
·         Seven wins, 11 top fives, 16 top 10s; three poles
·         Average finish of 8.6
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 7.0
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 120.6
·         Series-high 878 Fastest Laps Run
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 143.988 mph
·         Series-high 5,570 Laps in the Top 15 (87.0%)
·         317 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)
·         Two wins, 13 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 12.6
·         Average Running Position of 8.5, second-best
·         Driver Rating of 107.8, second-best
·         379 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         651 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 143.691 mph, second-fastest
·         5,270 Laps in the Top 15 (82.3%), second-most
·         443 Quality Passes, third-most
Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota)
·         Four wins, 24 top fives, 32 top 10s; five poles
·         Average finish of 12.3
·         Average Running Position of 10.7, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 97.0, sixth-best
·         327 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         649 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 143.468 mph, sixth-fastest
·         4,816 Laps in the Top 15 (75.2%), fourth-most
·         369 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Ryan Newman (No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet)
·         Three wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s; four poles
·         Average finish of 12.1
·         Average Running Position of 12.2, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.8, 10th-best
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 143.056 mph, 11th-fastest
·         4,366 Laps in the Top 15 (68.2%), eighth-most
·         325 Quality Passes, 10th-most
Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
·         One win, one top five, six top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 15.6
·         Average Running Position of 15.0, 13th-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.3, 11th-best
·         213 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 143.065 mph, 10th-fastest
·         3,607 Laps in the Top 15 (64.4%), 13th-most
·         326 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Chase Contenders
The Top 12
Following Race 12 of 36
                                                                                Rank        Season
                                                                                Last          Driver

Driver Points Wins Poles Week Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson 445 2 1 1 112.4
2. Carl Edwards 413 1 0 2 92.7
3. Matt Kenseth 394 3 2 3 117.8
4. Clint Bowyer 385 0 0 5 96.1
5. Kasey Kahne 370 1 0 6 102.9
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 364 0 0 4 93.2
7. Kevin Harvick 362 2 0 10 94.5
8. Paul Menard 347 0 0 11 78.9
9. Martin Truex Jr. 336 0 0 14 93.7
10. Brad Keselowski 335 0 0 7 89.6
11. Kyle Busch 332 2 2 8 103.2
12. Aric Almirola 328 0 0 9 78.1
ADDITIONAL DRIVERS
13. Greg Biffle 324 30. Danica Patrick 211
14. Jamie McMurray 321 31. Dave Blaney 204
15. Jeff Gordon 320 32. J.J. Yeley 173
16. Ryan Newman 315 33. David Reutimann 172
17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 312 34. David Stremme 162
18. Kurt Busch 304 35. Travis Kvapil 131
19. Joey Logano 298 36. AJ Allmendinger 122
20. Tony Stewart 291 37. Scott Speed 75
21. Jeff Burton 290 38. Michael McDowell 74
22. Marcos Ambrose 269 39. Michael Waltrip 63
23. Juan Pablo Montoya 264 40. Timmy Hill 62
24. Denny Hamlin 238 41. Terry Labonte 52
25. Mark Martin 236 42. Ken Schrader 29
26. Casey Mears 231 43. Scott Riggs 6
27. David Ragan 216 44. Brian Keselowski 4
28. Bobby Labonte 215
29. David Gilliland 212
Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season. After race No. 26, the top 10 earn a berth in the Chase. Spots 11 and 12 – the Wild Cards – will go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2013 Top 12 at Dover International Speedway

Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Jimmie Johnson 22 3 7 11 16 2 8.6 120.6
2 Carl Edwards 17 0 1 8 12 0 8.3 104.5
3 Matt Kenseth 28 1 2 13 18 4 12.6 107.8
4 Clint Bowyer 14 0 0 1 7 0 13.2 91.1
5 Kasey Kahne 18 0 0 1 5 6 21.4 79.5
6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 26 0 1 5 8 1 17.2 78.1
7 Kevin Harvick 24 0 0 3 10 1 15.9 81.9
8 Paul Menard 11 0 0 0 1 0 20.2 64.9
9 Martin Truex Jr. 14 2 1 1 6 1 15.6 89.3
10 Brad Keselowski 6 0 1 1 1 0 14.3 83.1
11 Kyle Busch 16 0 2 7 10 3 13.9 104.0
12 Aric Almirola 2 0 0 0 1 0 12.5 84.0
* – Based on last 16 races at Dover International Speedway.
At Dover International Speedway:
History
·         The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969.
·         The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on July 6, 1969 – won by Richard Petty.
·         The first two races at Dover were 300 miles. The race length was changed to 500 miles in 1971.
·         The track surface was changed to concrete in 1995.
·         The race length was changed to 400 miles beginning with the second race in 1997.
·         The track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002.
 
Dover International Speedway Data
Season Race #: 13 of 36 (06-02-13)
Track Size: 1-mile
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 24 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 24 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 9 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 9 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 1,076 feet
Backstretch Length: 1,076 feet
Race Length: 400 laps / 400 miles
Top 12 Driver Rating at Dover
Jimmie Johnson 120.6
Matt Kenseth 107.8
Carl Edwards 104.5
Kyle Busch 104.0
Greg Biffle 103.3
Mark Martin 97.0
Kurt Busch 93.4
Jeff Gordon 92.5
Clint Bowyer 91.1
Ryan Newman 89.8
Martin Truex Jr. 89.3
Jeff Burton 87.0
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (16 total) among active drivers at Dover International Speedway.
Qualifying/Race Data
2012 pole winner: Mark Martin, Toyota, 158.297 mph, 22.742 secs. 6-1-12
2012 race winner: Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 122.835 mph, (03:15:23), 6-3-12
Track qualifying record: Jeremy Mayfield, Dodge, 161.522 mph, 22.288 secs. 6-6-04
Track race record: Mark Martin, Ford, 132.719 mph, (03:00:50), 9-21-97
Notebook
·         There have been 86 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway, one race in 1969 and 1970, two races per year since 1971.
·         371 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway; 268 in more than one.
·         NASCAR Hall of Famer Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover with 56. Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 53 starts; followed by Terry Labonte with 52.
·         David Pearson won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Dover in 1969 with a speed of 130.430 mph.
·         36 drivers have Coors Light Pole Awards at Dover, led by David Pearson with six. Mark Martin leads all active drivers in poles, with five, followed by Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman with four each.
·         Eight drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Dover with three; from 1973 to the spring race of 1974.
·         Three active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover: Mark Martin (fall 1988 and spring 1989),Bobby Labonte (fall 1996 and spring 1997) and Ryan Newman (fall 2005 and spring 2006).
·         Youngest Dover pole winner: Jeff Gordon (6/4/1995 – 23 years, 10 months, 0 days).
·         Oldest Dover pole winner: Mark Martin (6/1/2012 – 53 years, 4 months, 23 days).
·         34 different drivers have won at Dover International Speedway, led by Richard Petty, Bobby Allison and Jimmie Johnson with seven wins each.
·         12 drivers have posted consecutive wins at Dover International Speedway, including three consecutive by David Pearson (fall 1972 and 1973 sweep), Rusty Wallace (fall 1993 and 1994 sweep) and Jeff Gordon (fall 1995 and 1996 sweep).
·         Youngest Dover winner: Kyle Busch (6/1/2008 – 23 years, 0 months, 30 days).
·         Oldest Dover winner: Harry Gant (5/31/1992 – 52 years, 4 months, 21 days).
·         Hendrick Motorsportshas the most wins at Dover in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 14: Jimmie Johnson(seven), Jeff Gordon (four), Geoff Bodine (one), Ken Schrader (one) and Ricky Rudd (one).
·         Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Dover; led by Chevrolet with 32 victories; followed by Fordwith 25.
·         13 of the 86 (15.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover have been won from the pole position; the two most recent were Jimmie Johnson in 2009 and 2010.
·         The second-place starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (15) than any other starting position at Dover International Speedway.
·         28 of the 86 (32.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 15 from second place.
·         68 of the 86 (79.0%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·         Four of the 86 (4.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
·         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Dover was 37th, by Kyle Petty in the spring of 1995.
·         Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Dover with eight; followed by Dale Earnhardt with five.
·         Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Dover with 24; followed by Dale Earnhardt with 19.
·         Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Dover with 32; followed by Richard Petty and Ricky Ruddwith 26 each.
·         Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Dover with a 9.500.
·         Carl Edwards leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Dover with an 8.294; Jimmie Johnson (8.636) is the only other active driver with an average finish in the top 10.
·         15 of the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup winners at Dover International Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jimmie Johnson won at Dover in his first two appearances.
·         Jeff Burton competed at Dover International Speedway 25 times before winning in the fall of 2006; the longest span of any the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup winners.
·         Among the 16 active NSCS Dover winners, Jeff Burton (25), Kurt Busch (22), Mark Martin (22), Matt Kenseth(14), Bobby Labonte (13) and Ken Schrader (12) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win.
·         Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Dover without visiting Victory Lane at 37; followed by Kevin Harvick with 24.
·         Since the advent of electronic scoring, the closest margin of victory (MOV) in NSCS at Dover was the Sept. 25, 2005 race won by Jimmie Johnson over Kyle Busch with an MOV of 0.08 second.
·         There has been one NASCAR Sprint Cup race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Dover International Speedway: fall of 2005 – 400/404 (scheduled no. of laps/actual no. of laps).
·         Not one of the 86 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover has been shortened due to weather conditions.
·         Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover five times: fall of 1984, spring of 2001, fall of 2003, spring of 2005 and spring of 2011.
·         Four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Dover: Bobby Labonte(6/3/91), Matt Kenseth (9/20/98), Kurt Busch (9/24/00) and David Ragan (9/24/06).
·         Two active drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Award at Dover International Speedway: Matt Kenseth (6/2/02) and Michael Waltrip (6/3/1991).
·         One active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has posted his first career win at Dover International Speedway:Martin Truex Jr. (6/4/07).
·         Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Dover with 2,318 in 22 starts.
·         Two female drivers have competed at Dover International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup: Janet Guthrieand Danica Patrick.
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
Janet Guthrie
11
33
9/19/1976
Janet Guthrie
15
11
9/18/1977
Danica Patrick
38
28
9/30/2012
NASCAR in Delaware
·         There have been 86 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Delaware.
Track Name
City
NSCS
Dover International Speedway
Dover
86
·         Eight drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Delaware; none of the eight have recorded a victory in NASCAR national series competition.

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