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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Auto Club 400

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California going into the Auto Club 400 on FOX at 3:30 p.m. ET on March 22.
AUTO CLUB-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Clean Harbors Ford)

  • One win, four top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.8
  • Average Running Position of 13.5, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.7, eighth-best
  • 217 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • 1,243 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.601 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 2,484 Laps in the Top 15 (67.3%), eighth-most
  • 676 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 10th-most

 

Clint Bowyer (No. 15 BlueDEF Toyota)

  • Two top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.9
  • Average Running Position of 12.9, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.1, ninth-best
  • 74 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
  • 1,211 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.347 mph, 11th-fastest
  • 1,918 Laps in the Top 15 (60.2%), 12th-most

 

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)

  • One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 11.9
  • Average Running Position of 14.6, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.6, 12th-best
  • 94 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
  • 1,368 Green Flag Passes, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.271 mph, 12th-fastest
  • 2,401 Laps in the Top 15 (65.1%), ninth-most
  • 762 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

Carl Edwards (No. 19 Subway Toyota)

  • One win, eight top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 8.5
  • Average Running Position of 12.5, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.8, fifth-best
  • 154 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.692 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 2,773 Laps in the Top 15 (75.1%), fourth-most
  • 754 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 AXALTA Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, 10 top fives, 11 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 11.8
  • Average Running Position of 10.2, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.3, sixth-best
  • 252 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • 1,391 Green Flag Passes, second-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.729 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 2,756 Laps in the Top 15 (74.7%), sixth-most
  • Series-high 831 Quality Passes

 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota)

  • One top five, four top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 19.0
  • Average Running Position of 13.9, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.7, 11th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.376 mph, 10th-fastest
  • 1,926 Laps in the Top 15 (64.6%), 11th-most

 

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

  • One win, four top fives, nine top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.4
  • Average Running Position of 12.5, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.7, seventh-best
  • 126 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • 1,277 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.559 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 2,662 Laps in the Top 15 (72.1%), seventh-most
  • 742 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Pro Services Chevrolet)

  • Five wins, 12 top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 6.7
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 6.0
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 120.1
  • Series-high 504 Fastest Laps Run
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 172.393 mph
  • Series-high 3,432 Laps in the Top 15 (93.0%)
  • 767 Quality Passes, third-most

 

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet)

  • One win, four top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 16.0
  • Driver Rating of 91.5, 10th-best
  • 109 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • 1,264 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
  • 2,315 Laps in the Top 15 (62.7%), 10th-most
  • 738 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 DeWalt Toyota)

  • Three wins, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 9.8
  • Average Running Position of 9.1, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 106.2, third-best
  • 137 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.784 mph, third-fastest
  • 3,066 Laps in the Top 15 (83.1%), second-most
  • 735 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Rush Truck Centers Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, seven top fives, 13 top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.5
  • Average Running Position of 10.5, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.7, fourth-best
  • 226 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.657 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 2,773 Laps in the Top 15 (75.1%), fourth-most
  • 752 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Top 16 at Auto Club Speedway

Rank

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

1

Kevin Harvick

21

0

1

4

9

2

16.4

94.7

2

Joey Logano

8

0

0

2

2

0

18.4

78.1

3

Martin Truex Jr.

14

0

0

0

3

2

20.1

75.7

4

Kasey Kahne

18

1

1

4

10

3

16.0

91.5

5

AJ Allmendinger

10

0

0

0

1

1

19.1

71.5

6

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

22

0

0

5

6

5

19.5

78.1

7

Jimmie Johnson

20

1

5

12

14

0

6.7

120.1

8

Ryan Newman

20

1

0

4

8

3

17.4

81.4

9

Brad Keselowski

6

0

0

0

0

0

23.3

71.6

10

Matt Kenseth

22

1

3

9

15

0

9.8

106.2

11

Paul Menard

12

0

0

0

2

0

22.0

62.3

12

Casey Mears

18

0

0

0

2

1

22.3

65.8

13

Denny Hamlin

13

3

0

1

4

3

19.0

90.7

14

Aric Almirola

7

0

0

0

0

3

31.6

49.3

15

Clint Bowyer

14

0

0

2

7

1

12.9

92.1

16

Greg Biffle

20

0

1

4

7

3

17.8

93.7

* – Based on last 16 races at Auto Club Speedway (2005 – 2014).

 

 

Auto Club Speedway Data

Season Race #: 5 of 36 (03-22-15)

Track Size: 2-miles

Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 14 degrees

Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 14 degrees

Banking/Frontstretch: 11 degrees

Banking/Backstretch: 3 degrees

Frontstretch Length:  3,100 feet

Backstretch Length:  2,500 feet

Race Length: 200 laps / 400 miles

 

Top 10 Driver Rating at Auto Club

Jimmie Johnson…………………… 119.6

Kyle Busch…………………………. 109.2

Matt Kenseth……………………….. 105.5

Tony Stewart……………………….. 102.0

Carl Edwards………………………… 98.5

Jeff Gordon………………………….. 96.2

Kevin Harvick………………………… 95.8

Greg Biffle……………………………. 95.5

Clint Bowyer…………………………. 92.9

Kasey Kahne………………………… 91.4

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (16 total) among active drivers at Auto Club Speedway

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2014 pole winner:

Matt Kenseth, Toyota

187.315 mph, 38.438 secs. 03-25-14

 

2014 race winner:

Kyle Busch, Toyota

132.987 mph, (3:05:53), 03-27-14

 

Track qualifying record:

Kyle Busch, Chevrolet

188.245 mph, 38.248 secs. 02-25-05

 

Track race record:

Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 155.012 mph (3:13:32); 6-22-97

 

Tony Stewart, Chevrolet

160.166 mph, (1:36:39; rain shortened), 03-25-12

 

At Auto Club Speedway:

History

  • Groundbreaking for California Speedway, as Auto Club Speedway was originally known, took place in November 1995.
  • The first race at Auto Club Speedway was a NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West race won by Ken Schrader on June 21, 1997.
  • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on June 22, 1997 and won by Jeff Gordon.
  • September 2004 was the first night race at Auto Club Speedway and that also was the first year both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series ran two races in a season there.
  • The track name was changed to Auto Club Speedway (ACS) in February 2008.

Notebook

  • There have been 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Auto Club Speedway, the track hosted one NSCS race a season from 1997-2003, then two races per season from 2004-2010. In 2011 Auto Club Speedway returned to a single race season.
  • 137 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club; 108 in more than one.
  • Jeff Gordon leads the series in starts at Auto Club Speedway with 25.
  • Joe Nemechek won the inaugural Coors Light pole (1997) with a speed of 183.015 mph (39.341 secs.).
  • 16 drivers have poles at Auto Club Speedway, led by Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch with three each.
  • Denny Hamlin (2011, 2012), Kurt Busch (2006 sweep) and Jamie McMurray (2010 sweep) are the three drivers to win consecutive poles at Auto Club Speedway.
  • Youngest ACS pole winner: Kyle Busch (2/27/2005 – 19 years, 9 months, 25 days).
  • Oldest ACS pole winner: Mike Skinner (4/30/2000 – 42 years, 10 months, 2 days).

 

  • 14 different drivers have won at ACS, led by Jimmie Johnson (five). Three other drivers have multiple wins at Auto Club Speedway: Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth each have three wins, Tony Stewart has two.
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Auto Club Speedway with nine, followed by Roush Fenway Racing with seven and Stewart Haas Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing each have two.
  • California-native Jimmie Johnson became the first and only driver to win from the pole at Auto Club Speedway in 2008.
  • Only two ACS races have been won from the front row both by six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championJimmie Johnson,  fall of 2008 (pole); and the fall of 2007 (second-place).
  • Nine of the 25 (36%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Auto Club Speedway have been won from a top-five starting position.
  • 13 of the 25 (52%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Auto Club Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Seven of the 24 (28%) races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 31st, by Matt Kenseth in the spring of 2006.
  • The most proficient starting position at ACS is pretty random. Three starting positions (third, ninth and 24th) have produced three winners each.
  • Youngest ACS winner: Kyle Busch (09/04/2005 – 20 years, 4 months, 2 days).
  • Oldest ACS winner: Rusty Wallace (04/29/2001 – 44 years, 8 months, 15 days).
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in runner-up finishes at Auto Club Speedway with five; followed by his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon with four.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-five finishes at Auto Club Speedway with 12; followed by Jeff Gordon(10), Matt Kenseth (nine), Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch (eight each).
  • Matt Kenseth leads the series in top-10 finishes with 15; followed by Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards (14 each) and Tony Stewart (13).
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in average finish at ACS with a 6.650.
  • Jimmie Johnson (6.6), Carl Edwards (8.5) and Matt Kenseth (9.8) are the only three active drivers with an average finish in the top 10 at Auto Club Speedway.
  • There have been three green-white-checkered finishes at Auto Club Speedway: 2005 (250/254), 2006 (250/251) and 2014 (200/206).
  • Three active drivers have posted their first NSCS Coors Light pole at Auto Club Speedway: Carl Edwards(9/4/2005) and Joe Nemechek (6/22/1997). Kyle Busch won his first pole (2/27/05) and first series win (9/4/05) at ACS in 2005.
  • Greg Biffle (4/28/02) and J.J. Yeley (9/5/04) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Auto Club Speedway.
  • Jimmie Johnson posted his first series career win at Auto Club Speedway on April 28, 2002.
  • Jimmie Johnson (fall of 2009 – spring of 2010) and Kyle Busch (2013, 2014) are the only drivers to win consecutive races at Auto Club Speedway.
  • 12 of the 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who have won at Auto Club Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jeff Gordon (1997 – inaugural event) and Jimmie Johnson(2002) are the only drivers to win at ACS in their first appearance.
  • Tony Stewart competed at Auto Club Speedway 18 times before winning in the fall of 2010; the longest span of any the 14 winners. Only Stewart (18) and Kevin Harvick (17) have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Auto Club Speedway.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Auto Club Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 22.
  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Auto Club Speedway was the (3/27/2011) race won by Kevin Harvick with a MOV of 0.144 second over Jimmie Johnson.
  • Three reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions have gone on to win at Auto Club Speedway the following season: Tony Stewart (2012), Jeff Gordon (1999) and Jimmie Johnson - the only one to do it multiple times (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010).
  • Two drivers have won at Auto Club Speedway and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the same season: Jeff Gordon (1997) and Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010).
  • Two female drivers have competed at Auto Club Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick. **Note: Robinson first attempted to qualify for the race at ACS on 4/29/2001 but failed to make the event.

 

 

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Shawna Robinson

43

42

4/28/2002

Danica Patrick

40

26

3/24/2013

Danica Patrick

27

14

3/23/2014

 

  • Only three car numbers have produced three or more Auto Club Speedway NSCS wins:

Car Number – Drivers – (Years)

o    No. 48  – Jimmie Johnson (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010)

o    No. 17 – Matt Kenseth (2006, 2007 and 2009)

o    No24 – Jeff Gordon (1997, 1999 and 2004)

 

NASCAR in California

  • There have been 137 NASCAR Sprint Cup races among 15 different tracks in California.
  • Auto Club Speedway has hosted the second most NSCS events among active California tracks.

 

Track Name

City

NSCS

Riverside International Raceway

Riverside

48

Sonoma Raceway

Sonoma

26

Auto Club Speedway

Fontana

25

Ontario Motor Speedway

Ontario

9

California State Fairgrounds

Sacramento

6

Carrell Speedway

Gardena

4

Ascot Stadium

Los Angeles

3

Bay Meadows Race Track

San Mateo

3

Marchbanks Speedway

Hanford

3

Oakland Stadium

Oakland

3

Redwood Speedway

Eureka

2

Willow Springs Speedway

Lancaster

2

Capitol Speedway

Sacramento

1

Merced Fairgrounds

Merced

1

Santa Clara Fairgrounds

San Jose

1

 

 

NASCAR in California

  • 431 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as California.
  • 39 drivers from California have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series. 25 of the 39 California native NASCAR winners have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

 

Driver

NSCS

NXS

NCWTS

Jeff Gordon

92

5

0

Jimmie Johnson

71

1

0

Kevin Harvick

30

45

14

Marvin Panch

17

0

0

Ernie Irvan

15

3

0

Dick Rathmann

13

0

0

Dan Gurney

5

0

0

Eddie Gray

4

0

0

Parnelli Jones

4

0

0

Eddie Pagan

4

0

0

Robby Gordon

3

1

0

Ray Elder

2

0

0

Danny Letner

2

0

0

Marvin Porter

2

0

0

AJ Allmendinger

1

2

0

Dick Brooks

1

0

0

Marvin Burke

1

0

0

Jim Cook

1

0

0

Lou Figaro

1

0

0

Danny Graves

1

0

0

Johnny Mantz

1

0

0

Casey Mears

1

1

0

Bill Norton

1

0

0

John Soares

1

0

0

Danny Weinberg

1

0

0

Ron Hornaday Jr

0

4

51

Kyle Larson

0

2

1

Jason Leffler

0

2

1

David Gilliland

0

1

0

Ryan Reed

0

1

0

Joe Ruttman

0

1

13

Boris Said

0

1

1

Mike Skinner

0

1

28

Matt Crafton

0

0

6

Cole Custer

0

0

1

Justin Lofton

0

0

1

Tyler Reddick

0

0

1

Scott Speed

0

0

1

Brandon Whitt

0

0

1

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