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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing the 2015 Food City 500

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee going into the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes on April 19 (1 p.m. ET on FOX).

BRISTOL-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

Greg Biffle (No. 16 ORTHO Ford)

  • Six top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.9
  • Average Running Position of 13.0, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.5, fifth-best
  • 333 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • 893 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 115.537 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 7,144 Laps in the Top 15 (71.3%), third-most
  • 578 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), fourth-most

 

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)

  • Five wins, eight top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.5
  • Average Running Position of 14.0, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.6, eighth-best
  • 377 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • 973 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 115.524 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 6,358 Laps in the Top 15 (63.5%), eighth-most
  • 579 Quality Passes, third-most

 

Carl Edwards (No. 19 Comcast Business Toyota)

  • Three wins, five top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 14.8
  • Average Running Position of 14.4, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.9, 11th-best
  • 407 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 115.439 mph, 11th-fastest
  • 6,519 Laps in the Top 15 (65.1%), sixth-most

 

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 3M Chevrolet)

  • Five wins, 16 top fives, 24 top 10s; five poles
  • Average finish of 12.3
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 9.8
  • Driver Rating of 99.9, third-best
  • 426 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • 882 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 115.685 mph, third-fastest
  • 8,014 Laps in the Top 15 (80.0%), second-most
  • 622 Quality Passes, second-most

 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota)

  • One win, four top fives, eight top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 16.9
  • Driver Rating of 90.1, 10th-best
  • 398 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • 922 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 115.514 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 5,351 Laps in the Top 15 (59.4%), 12th-most

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet)

  • One win, nine top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.2
  • Average Running Position of 12.9, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.6, seventh-best
  • 386 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • 1,013 Green Flag Passes, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 115.641 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 6,433 Laps in the Top 15 (64.2%), seventh-most
  • 512 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)

  • One win, eight top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 15.0
  • Average Running Position of 13.4, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.9, sixth-best
  • 532 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • 6,746 Laps in the Top 15 (67.4%), fourth-most
  • 459 Quality Passes, 12th-most

 

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet)

  • One win, five top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.8
  • Driver Rating of 88.4, 12th-best
  • 460 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • 1,005 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
  • 5,467 Laps in the Top 15 (54.6%), 11th-most
  • 563 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)

  • Three wins, 12 top fives, 19 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 12.2
  • Average Running Position of 10.2, second-best
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 103.4
  • 546 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 115.744 mph, second-fastest
  • Series-high 8,188 Laps in the Top 15 (81.7%)
  • Series-high 657 Quality Passes

 

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford)

  • Two wins, four top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.1
  • Average Running Position of 11.8, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 98.6, fourth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 115.636 mph, fifth-fastest

 

Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)

  • One top 10
  • Average finish of 11.0
  • Average Running Position of 12.2, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.6, ninth-best
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 115.883 mph

 

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Top 16 at Bristol Motor Speedway

Rank

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

1

Kevin Harvick

28

1

1

9

12

3

14.2

91.6

2

Joey Logano

12

1

1

2

3

1

18.3

83.3

3

Martin Truex Jr.

18

0

0

2

2

2

20.3

80.5

4

Brad Keselowski

10

0

2

4

4

0

13.1

98.6

5

Kasey Kahne

22

1

1

5

10

3

17.8

88.4

6

Jimmie Johnson

26

1

1

8

14

1

15.0

91.9

7

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

30

0

1

7

14

2

12.9

87.5

8

Denny Hamlin

18

2

1

4

8

2

16.9

90.1

9

Aric Almirola

11

0

0

1

2

4

25.5

64.6

10

David Ragan

16

0

0

0

1

1

23.6

58.5

11

Jamie McMurray

24

0

0

3

10

1

17.4

78.3

12

Matt Kenseth

30

1

3

12

19

4

12.2

103.4

13

Jeff Gordon

44

5

5

16

24

6

12.3

99.9

14

Carl Edwards

21

2

3

5

9

2

14.8

89.9

15

Casey Mears

24

0

0

0

1

4

27.8

54.4

16

Paul Menard

15

0

0

1

6

0

17.3

73.4

* – Based on last 20 races at Bristol Motor Speedway (2005 – 2014).

 

 

 

Bristol Motor Speedway Data

Season Race #: 8 of 36 (04-19-15)

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 10 Active Driver Ratings at Bristol

Matt Kenseth……………………….. 103.4

Jeff Gordon………………………….. 99.9

Brad Keselowski……………………. 98.6

Greg Biffle……………………………. 93.5

Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 91.9

Kevin Harvick………………………… 91.6

Kurt Busch……………………………. 91.6

Kyle Larson………………………….. 91.6

Denny Hamlin……………………….. 90.1

Carl Edwards………………………… 89.9

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (20 total) among active drivers at Bristol Motor Speedway

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2014 pole winner:

Denny Hamlin, Toyota

129.991 mph, 14.761 secs. 03-14-14

 

2014 race winner:

Carl Edwards, Ford

84.051 mph, (3:11:23), 03-16-14

 

Track qualifying record:

Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet

131.362 mph, 14.607 secs. 08-22-14

 

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 in 2012 to eliminate part of the progressive banking.

Notebook

  • There have been 108 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.
  • 432 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol; 302 in more than one.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Bristol with 60. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 44 starts.
  • Fred Lorenzen won the inaugural Coors Light pole with a speed of 79.225 mph.
  • 47 different drivers have poles at Bristol, led by Mark Martin and Cale Yarborough with nine each.  Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five.
  • 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 multiple times: 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), Jeff Gordon (swept 2002) and Denny Hamlin (fall 2013, spring 2014).
    • Jeff Gordon leads (active drivers) the series in average starting position at Bristol with a 7.318.
    • 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).
    • 42 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; Roger Penske and Jack Roush are tied among active car owners for the most wins at Bristol with 11 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 (03/25/2007 – 21 years, 10 months, 23 days).
    • Oldest Bristol winner: Dale Earnhardt (08/28/1999 – 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 35. Toyota is ranked fifth among manufacturers with six wins at Bristol.
    • 35 of the 108 (32.4%) races at Bristol have been won from the front row: Pole position (22 wins); second-place (13 wins).
    • 86 of the 108 (79.6%) races have been won from a top-10 starting position; including 53 from the first four spots.
    • Five of the 108 (4.6%) races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20; most recent was Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2004 – he started 30th.
    • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 38th, by Elliott Sadler; in 2001.
    • Richard Petty leads the series in runner-up finishes at Bristol with 10; Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers with four.

 

 

  • Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty lead the series in top-five finishes at Bristol with 26 each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 16; followed by Matt Kenseth (12) and Kevin Harvick (nine).
  • Richard Petty has 37 top-10 finishes at Bristol, more than any other driver. Jeff Gordon leads the series among active drivers in top-10 finishes with 24; followed by Matt Kenseth (19) and Kurt Busch (15).
  • Greg Biffle leads the series (active drivers) in average finishing position at Bristol with an 11.917.
  • Eight of the last 10 races have ended with a Margin of Victory of less than a second at BMS.
  • There has been four green-white-checkered finishes at Bristol – all four were the spring race: 2007 (500/504); 2008 (500/506); 2009 (500/503); 2014 (500/503).
  • Two of the 107 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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 August 25, 2012.
  • Kurt Busch posted his first series career win at Bristol (2002), and Joey Logano won his first pole at Bristol (2010).
  • Ryan Newman leads the series (active drivers) with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol without visiting Victory Lane at 26.
  • 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

Danica Patrick

24

27

8/23/2014

Danica Patrick

36

18

3/16/2014

Danica Patrick

22

26

8/24/2013

Danica Patrick

41

28

3/17/2013

Danica Patrick

43

29

8/25/2012

Janet Guthrie

9

6

8/28/1977

Janet Guthrie

21

11

4/17/1977

 

  • 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

 

 

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STATISTICAL ADVANCE

NASCAR in Tennessee

  • There have been 169 NASCAR Sprint Cup races among six tracks in Tennessee.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol

108

Nashville Speedway

Lebanon

42

Smokey Mountain Raceway

Maryville

12

Kingsport Speedway

Kingsport

3

Chattanooga International Raceway

Chattanooga

2

Tennessee-Carolina Speedway

Newport

2

 

Tennessee Drivers In NASCAR

  • 105 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

NXS

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

 

  • Darrell Waltrip, from Franklin, Tennessee, was inducted into the 2012 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Waltrip is the only Tennessee native driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.
  • Only two of the 14 drivers from Tennessee have won at least one race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at a track located in the state of Tennessee: Darrell Waltrip (Bristol, 12 wins; Nashville eight wins) and Joe Lee Johnson (Nashville, one win).

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