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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing IRWIN Tools Night Race

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee going into the IRWIN Tools Night Race on August 24.

 

BRISTOL-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M AAD Car Care Ford)

·       Six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole

·       Average finish of 12.1

·       Average Running Position of 12.4, third-best

·       Driver Rating of 95.8, fifth-best

·       315 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

·       Average Green Flag Speed of 114.807 mph, fourth-fastest

·       6,230 Laps in the Top 15 (73.2%), third-most

·       447 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), fifth-most

 

Kurt Busch (No. 78 Furniture Row/Sealy Chevrolet)

·       Five wins, seven top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole

·       Average finish of 13.4

·       Average Running Position of 13.2, seventh-best

·       Driver Rating of 92.8, seventh-best

·       301 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

·       838 Green Flag Passes, third-most

·       Laps in the Top 15 (65.5%), sixth-most

·       478 Quality Passes, third-most

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Doublemint Toyota)

·       Five wins, eight top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole

·       Average finish of 9.8

·       Average Running Position of 12.7, sixth-best

·       Series-best Driver Rating of 103.0

·       Series-high 581 Fastest Laps Run

·       Average Green Flag Speed of 114.862 mph, third-fastest

·       5,760 Laps in the Top 15 (67.7%), fifth-most

·       440 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet)

·       One win, seven top fives, 13 top 10s

·       Average finish of 11.6

·       Average Running Position of 14.0, ninth-best

·       Driver Rating of 87.9, 10th-best

·       Series-high 954 Green Flag Passes

·       Average Green Flag Speed of 114.668 mph, ninth-fastest

·       5,161 Laps in the Top 15 (60.6%), 10th-most

·       440 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)

·       Two wins, four top fives, seven top 10s; two poles

·       Average finish of 14.6

·       Average Running Position of 15.4, 12th-best

·       Driver Rating of 86.5, 13th-best

·       292 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

·       5,208 Laps in the Top 15 (61.2%), eighth-most

 

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Standox Chevrolet)

·       Five wins, 16 top fives, 22 top 10s; five poles

·       Average finish of 12.4

·       Series-best Average Running Position of 9.6

·       Driver Rating of 100.6, second-best

·       372 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

·       Average Green Flag Speed of 114.863 mph, second-fastest

·       Series-high 6,974 Laps in the Top 15 (81.9%)

·       475 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota)

·       One win, four top fives, seven top 10s

·       Average finish of 15.3

·       Average Running Position of 15.2, 11th-best

·       Driver Rating of 90.8, eighth-best

·       371 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

·       759 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

·       Average Green Flag Speed of 114.672 mph, eighth-fastest

·       4,327 Laps in the Top 15 (57.6%), 12th-most

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet)

·       One win, nine top fives, 12 top 10s

·       Average finish of 12.6

·       Average Running Position of 13.6, eighth-best

·       Driver Rating of 90.3, ninth-best

·       817 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most

·       Average Green Flag Speed of 114.756 mph, sixth-fastest

·       5,163 Laps in the Top 15 (60.6%), ninth-most

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Dover White Chevrolet)

·       One win, seven top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole

·       Average finish of 14.3

·       Average Running Position of 12.5, fourth-best

·       Driver Rating of 93.8, sixth-best

·       468 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

·       Average Green Flag Speed of 114.633 mph, 12th-fastest

·       6,135 Laps in the Top 15 (72.1%), fourth-most

·       374 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Axalta Coating Systems Chevrolet)

·       One win, four top fives, eight top 10s; one pole

·       Average finish of 18.2

·       Driver Rating of 86.8, 11th-best

·       365 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

·       750 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

·       4,317 Laps in the Top 15 (50.7%), 13th-most

 

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)

·       Two wins, 10 top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole

·       Average finish of 12.9

·       Average Running Position of 10.8, second-best

·       Driver Rating of 99.9, third-best

·       412 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

·       Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 114.866 mph

·       6,801 Laps in the Top 15 (79.9%), second-most

·       491 Quality Passes, second-most

 

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford)

·       Two wins, three top fives, three top 10s

·       Average finish of 12.1

·       Average Running Position of 12.6, fifth-best

·       Driver Rating of 99.0, fourth-best

·       Average Green Flag Speed of 114.761 mph, fifth-fastest

 

Ryan Newman (No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet)

·       One top five, 13 top 10s; three poles

·       Average finish of 16.9

·       Average Running Position of 15.4, 13th-best

·       Driver Rating of 86.7, 12th-best

·       716 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

·       Average Green Flag Speed of 114.582 mph, 13th-fastest

·       5,460 Laps in the Top 15 (64.1%), seventh-most

·       401 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

Chase Contenders

The Top 10

Following Race 23 of 36

                                                                        Rank     Season
                                                                                Last      Driver

Driver Points Wins Poles Week Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson 813 4 2 1 111.3
2. Clint Bowyer 772 0 0 2 93.6
3. Carl Edwards 762 1 1 3 93.0
4. Kevin Harvick 749 2 0 4 93.1
5. Kyle Busch 706 3 3 5 102.9
6. Matt Kenseth 688 4 2 7 108.2
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 679 0 1 6 94.1
8. Brad Keselowski 667 0 1 8 92.8
9. Kurt Busch 665 0 1 11 94.5
10. Greg Biffle 663 1 0 9 82.5
ADDITIONAL DRIVERS
11. Kasey Kahne (2 wins) 659 32. David Stremme 314
12. Martin Truex Jr. (1 win) 653 33. David Reutimann 314
13. Joey Logano (1 win) 646 34. JJ Yeley 297
14. Jeff Gordon 637 35. Travis Kvapil 291
15. Ryan Newman (1 win) 636 36. AJ Allmendinger 278
16. Jamie McMurray 622 37. Michael McDowell 115
17. Paul Menard 599 38. Timmy Hill 114
18. Tony Stewart (1 win) 594 39. Michael Waltrip 102
19. Aric Almirola 587 40. Scott Speed 94
20. Jeff Burton 561 41. Terry Labonte 77
21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 556 42. Ken Schrader 68
22. Marcos Ambrose 554 43. Boris Said 48
23. Juan Pablo Montoya 549 44. Ron Fellows 31
24. Casey Mears 492 45. Alex Kennedy 21
25. Denny Hamlin 439 46. Justin Marks 14
26. David Ragan (1 win) 420 47. Victor Gonzalez Jr. 10
27. Danica Patrick 418 48. Scott Riggs 10
28. David Gilliland 395 49. Brian Keselowski 9
29. Mark Martin 379 50. Tomy Drissi 8
30. Dave Blaney 343 51. Jacques Villeneuve 3
31. Bobby Labonte 337 52. Jason Leffler 1

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 2012 Top 12 at Bristol Motor Speedway

Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Jimmie Johnson 23 1 1 7 13 1 14.3 93.8
2 Clint Bowyer 15 0 0 5 8 2 16.2 82.6
3 Carl Edwards 18 2 2 4 7 1 14.6 86.5
4 Kevin Harvick 25 0 1 9 12 2 12.6 90.3
5 Kyle Busch 17 1 5 8 12 0 9.8 103.0
6 Matt Kenseth 27 1 2 10 17 4 12.9 99.9
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 27 0 1 7 13 1 11.6 87.9
8 Brad Keselowski 7 0 2 3 3 0 12.1 99.0
9 Kurt Busch 25 1 5 7 14 2 13.4 92.8
10 Greg Biffle 21 1 0 6 11 1 12.1 95.8
11 Kasey Kahne 19 1 1 4 8 3 18.2 86.8
12 Martin Truex Jr. 15 0 0 2 2 1 18.3 82.4

* – Based on last 17 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2013 Wild Card Standings Following Michigan

Pos Driver Wins Pts Pos Points Pts From 10th Starts Poles T5s T10s DNFs
1 Kasey Kahne 2 11 659 -4 23 0 7 10 3
2 Martin Truex Jr. 1 12 653 -10 23 0 5 9 2
3 Joey Logano 1 13 646 -17 23 1 6 12 2
4 Ryan Newman 1 15 636 -27 23 1 4 10 5
5 Tony Stewart 1 18 594 -69 21 0 5 8 0
6 Jeff Gordon 0 14 637 -26 23 0 5 9 5
7 Jamie McMurray 0 16 622 -41 23 1 1 5 0
8 Paul Menard 0 17 599 -64 23 0 1 5 1
9 Aric Almirola 0 19 587 -76 23 0 1 5 4
10 Jeff Burton 0 20 561 -102 23 0 2 5 2
11 David Ragan 1 26 420 -243 23 0 1 1 3

The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.

 

Bristol Motor Speedway Data

Season Race #: 4 of 36 (03-17-13)

Track Size: 0.533-miles

Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 24-28 degrees

Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 24-28 degrees

Banking/Frontstretch: 4-8 degrees

Banking/Backstretch: 4-8 degrees

Frontstretch Length:  650 feet

Backstretch Length:  650 feet

Race Length: 500 laps / 266.5 miles

 

Top 12 Driver Ratings at Bristol

Kyle Busch………………………… 103.0

Jeff Gordon……………………….. 100.6

Matt Kenseth………………………. 99.9

Brad Keselowski…………………. 99.0

Greg Biffle………………………….. 95.8

Jimmie Johnson………………….. 93.8

Kurt Busch…………………………. 92.8

Denny Hamlin…………………….. 90.8

Kevin Harvick……………………… 90.3

Dale Earnhardt Jr.……………….. 87.9

Kasey Kahne.……………………… 86.8

Ryan Newman…………………….. 86.7

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 total) among active drivers at Bristol Motor Speedway

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2012 pole winner: None due to weather

2012 race winner: Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 84.402 mph, (3:09:27), 08-25-12

Track qualifying record: Kyle Busch, Toyota, 129.535 mph, 14.813 secs. 03-15-13

Track race record: Charlie Glotzbach, Chevrolet, 101.074 mph, (2:38:12), 07-11-71

 

At Bristol Motor Speedway:

History

·       Groundbreaking for Bristol International Speedway, as Bristol Motor Speedway was originally known, took place in 1960. The track was an exact half-mile.

·       First NASCAR Sprint Cup race was July 30, 1961; Jack Smith won the event (with relief from Johnny Allen).

·       In the fall of 1969, the track was reshaped and re-measured to .533-miles.

·       The name changed to Bristol International Raceway in 1978.

·       The first night race was held in the fall of 1978.

·       The surface was changed from asphalt to concrete in 1992.

·       The name changed to Bristol Motor Speedway in May 1996.

·       The track was resurfaced between races in 2007, and the turns were ground down last season to eliminate part of the progressive banking.

Notebook

·       There have been 105 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway since the first race in 1961, two races each season.

·       All races have been scheduled for 500 laps, except for both races in 1976 and the second in 1977, which were 400 laps.

·       422 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol; 294 in more than one.

·       NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Bristol with 60. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 58 starts.

·       Fred Lorenzen won the inaugural Coors Light pole with a speed of 79.225 mph.

·       46 different drivers have poles at Bristol, led by Mark Martin and Cale Yarborough with nine each.  Martin swept both poles at Bristol in 2009.

·       The race winner has started from the pole 22 times, the most productive starting position. The last driver to win from the pole was Carl Edwards, in the night race of 2008.

·       Four drivers have won from the pole position more than once: Bobby Allison (1972 twice), Cale Yarborough(1973, 1977 twice, 1980), Darrell Waltrip (1981 twice, 1982) and Rusty Wallace (1991, 1993, 1999, 2000).

·     10 different drivers have posted consecutive poles at Bristol Motor Speedway; Mark Martin is the only of the 10 to win four consecutive poles at Bristol: Fireball Roberts (swept 1962), Fred Lorenzen (swept 1963), Richard Petty (1967-’68), Bobby Allison (swept 1972), Cale Yarborough (swept 1973; swept 1977; swept 1980),Darrell Waltrip (swept 1981), Geoff Bodine (swept 1986), Mark Martin (swept 1995-1996– all four races; and swept 2009); Rusty Wallace (swept 1998) and Jeff Gordon (swept 2002).

·       Jeff Gordon leads (active drivers) the series in average starting position at Bristol with a 6.876. 

·       Youngest Bristol pole winner: Joey Logano (3/21/2010 – 19 years, 9 months, 25 days) – his first series career pole.

·       Oldest Bristol pole winner: Harry Gant (8/27/1994 – 54 years, 7 months, 17 days).

·       41 different drivers have won at Bristol, led by Darrell Waltrip (12). Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Buscheach have five wins, the most among active drivers.

·       Junior Johnson leads the series in car owner wins at Bristol with 16; Rick Hendrick, Roger Penske and Jack Roush are tied among active car owners for the most wins at Bristol with 10 each.

·       12 drivers have won consecutive races at Bristol led by Darrell Waltrip with seven consecutive victories from 1981-1984. The other 11 are Fred Lorenzen (1963-1964 sweep), David Pearson (1968 sweep), Bobby Allison(1972 sweep), Cale Yarborough did it twice (1974 sweep and four straight from 1976-1977), Richard Petty(1975 sweep), Dale Earnhardt also did twice (1985 sweep and 1987 sweep), Alan Kulwicki (1992 sweep),Rusty Wallace (2000 sweep), Kurt Busch (2003 sweep and 2004 spring race), Kyle Busch (2009 sweep), andBrad Keselowski (2011 fall-2012 spring).

·       Youngest Bristol winner: Kyle Busch (3/25/2007 – 21 years, 10 months, 23 days).

·       Oldest Bristol winner: Dale Earnhardt (8/28/1999 – 48 years, 3 months, 30 days).

·       Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Bristol; led by Chevrolet with 43 victories; followed byFord with 33. Toyota is ranked fifth among Manufacturers with five wins at Bristol.

·       84 of the 105 (80%) races have been won from a top-10 starting position; including 53 from the first four spots.

·       35 of the 105 (33.3%) races at Bristol have been won from the front row: Pole position (22 wins); second-place (13 wins).

·       Five of the 105 (4.7%) races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.

·       The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 38th, by Elliott Sadler; in 2001.

·     Mark Martin leads the series (among active drivers) in runner-up finishes at Bristol with six; followed by Kevin Harvick and erry Labonte with four.

·     Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty lead the series in top-five finishes at Bristol with 26 each. Terry Labonteleads the series among active drivers with 19 followed by Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin (16).

·    Richard Petty has 37 top-10 finishes, more than any other driver. Terry Labonte leads the series among active drivers in top-10 finishes with 33; followed by Mark Martin with 23 and Jeff Gordon with 22.

·       Kyle Busch leads the series (active drivers) in average finish at Bristol with a 9.824.

·       Six of the last eight races have ended with a Margin of Victory of less than a second.   

·   There has been three green-white-checkered finishes at Bristol – all three were the spring race: 2007 (500/504); 2008 (500/506); 2009 (500/503).

·     Two of the 105 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Bristol Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the event on 3/31/1996. 

·      Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway three times; most recently this event last season.    

·       Kurt Busch posted his first series career win at Bristol (2002), and Joey Logano won his first pole at Bristol (2010).

·       All 15 active NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers who have won at Bristol Motor Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane – among the active winners Kurt Busch won in the fewest starts (third) at Bristol.

·       Jeff Burton competed at Bristol Motor Speedway 28 times before winning (2008 spring race); the longest span of any the 15 active winners. Burton is the only active driver to have made 20 or more attempts before his first win at BMS. Kasey Kahne, who won earlier this season made 18 previous starts before his win at BMS.

·     Bobby Labonte leads the series (active drivers) with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Bristol without visiting Victory Lane with 41.

·    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Bristol was the 3/25/2007 race won by Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.064 second.

·       Two female drivers have made NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Janet Guthrie

21

11

4/17/1977

Janet Guthrie

9

6

8/28/1977

Danica Patrick

43

29

8/25/2012

Danica Patrick

41

28

3/17/2013

·       Four car numbers have produced eight or more Bristol NSCS wins:

Car Number – (Number of Wins) – Most Recent Win

o   No. 11  - (19 wins) – Denny Hamlin, 2012

o   No. 2 – (12 wins) – Brad Keselowski, 2012

o   No. 17 – (eight wins) – Matt Kenseth, 2006

o   No. 3 – (eight wins) – Dale Earnhardt, 1999

NASCAR in Tennessee

·       There have been 166 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Tennessee.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol

105

Nashville Speedway

Lebanon

42

Smokey Mountain Raceway

Maryville

12

Kingsport Speedway

Kingsport

3

Chattanooga International Raceway

Chattanooga

2

Tennessee-Carolina Speedway

Newport

2

·       103 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Tennessee.

·       14 drivers from Tennessee have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series.

Driver

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Darrell Waltrip

84

13

0

Sterling Marlin

10

2

0

Bobby Hamilton

4

1

10

Joe Lee Johnson

2

0

0

Trevor Bayne

1

2

0

Paul Lewis

1

0

0

Bobby Hamilton Jr

0

5

0

Jeff Purvis

0

4

0

L.D. Ottinger

0

3

0

Mike Alexander

0

2

0

Casey Atwood

0

2

0

Brad Teague

0

1

0

Chad Chaffin

0

0

2

John King

0

0

1

 

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