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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing the CHEEZ-IT 355 At The Glen

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York going into the CHEEZ-IT 355 At The Glen on August 11.

 

WATKINS GLEN-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

A J Allmendinger (No. 47 Scott Products Toyota)

·       One top five, two top 10s

·       Average finish of 9.0

·       Average Running Position of 14.2, ninth-best

·       Driver Rating of 92.4, eighth-best

·       Average Green Flag Speed of 119.404 mph, seventh-fastest

Marcos Ambrose (No. 9 Stanley/ CTC Jumpstart Ford)

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

·       Average finish of 2.0

·       Average Running Position of 9.1, second-best

·       Driver Rating of 120.1, second-best

·       95 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

·       Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 120.216 mph

·       342 Laps in the Top 15 (75.7%), 12th-most

·       134 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Kurt Busch (No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet)

·       One top five, four top 10s; one pole

·       Average finish of 20.8

·       Driver Rating of 90.7, ninth-best

·       47 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

·       317 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

·       Average Green Flag Speed of 119.514 mph, sixth-fastest

·       395 Laps in the Top 15 (54.6%), 10th-most

·       147 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)

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

·       Average finish of 9.0

·       Average Running Position of 10.9, fourth-best

·       Driver Rating of 110.2, fourth-best

·       60 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

·       Average Green Flag Speed of 119.645 mph, fourth-fastest

·       527 Laps in the Top 15 (72.8%), third-most

·       159 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Kelloggs/ CHEEZ-IT Ford)

·       Three top fives, five top 10s; one pole

·       Average finish of 9.4

·       Average Running Position of 12.8, seventh-best

·       Driver Rating of 94.0, seventh-best

·       506 Laps in the Top 15 (69.9%), fourth-most

·       162 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet)

·       Four wins, six top fives, nine top 10s; two poles

·       Average finish of 14.8

·       Average Running Position of 14.3, 10th-best

·       Driver Rating of 88.6, 13th-best

·       360 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

·       158 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota)

·       One top five, four top 10s

·       Average finish of 19.6

·       Average Running Position of 14.6, 11th-best

·       Driver Rating of 89.6, 10th-best

·       410 Laps in the Top 15 (64.9%), ninth-most

·       151 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)

·       One win, two top fives, six top 10s

·       Average finish of 13.1

·       Average Running Position of 15.6, 12th-best

·       Driver Rating of 88.8, 12th-best

·       329 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most

·       Average Green Flag Speed of 119.025 mph, 12th-fastest

·       442 Laps in the Top 15 (61.0%), fifth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)

·       Four top fives, six top 10s; one pole

·       Average finish of 13.2

·       Average Running Position of 9.8, third-best

·       Driver Rating of 102.0, fifth-best

·       27 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

·       Average Green Flag Speed of 119.623 mph, fifth-fastest

·       573 Laps in the Top 15 (79.1%), second-most

·       164 Quality Passes, third-most

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford)

·       Two top fives, two top 10s

·       Average finish of 8.0

·       Average Running Position of 12.7, sixth-best

·       Driver Rating of 101.7, sixth-best

·       25 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

·       Average Green Flag Speed of 119.384 mph, eighth-fastest

Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)

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

·       Average finish of 15.0

·       Average Running Position of 11.0, fifth-best

·       Driver Rating of 110.5, third-best

·       59 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

·       Average Green Flag Speed of 120.036 mph, third-fastest

·       431 Laps in the Top 15 (79.5%), sixth-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

·       Five wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s

·       Average finish of 7.9

·       Series-best Average Running Position of 5.7

·       Series-best Driver Rating of 120.4

·       Series-high 106 Fastest Laps Run

·       Average Green Flag Speed of 120.062 mph, second-fastest

·       Series-high 678 Laps in the Top 15 (93.6%)

·       Series-high 195 Quality Passes

Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)

·       Two top fives, four top 10s

·       Average finish of 13.7

·       Average Running Position of 13.1, eighth-best

·       Driver Rating of 89.2, 11th-best

·       431 Laps in the Top 15 (68.2%), sixth-most

·       162 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

Chase Contenders

The Top 10

Following Race 21 of 36

                                                                                  Rank         Season

                                                                                          Last           Driver

 

Driver Points Wins Poles Week Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson 772 4 2 1 114.9
2. Clint Bowyer 695 0 0 2 93.1
3. Carl Edwards 688 1 1 3 92.4
4. Kevin Harvick 675 2 0 4 92.3
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 656 0 1 5 95.5
6. Kyle Busch 646 2 3 7 102.5
7. Matt Kenseth 638 4 2 6 109.9
8. Kasey Kahne 612 2 0 9 102.7
9. Jeff Gordon 602 0 0 10 88.9
10. Greg Biffle 599 1 0 8 81.6

 

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS
11. Tony Stewart (1 win) 594 32. David Reutimann 307
12. Brad Keselowski 592 33. J.J. Yeley 296
13. Kurt Busch 588 34. David Stremme 285
14. Martin Truex Jr. (1 win) 584 35. Travis Kvapil 271
15. Ryan Newman (1 win) 575 36. AJ Allmendinger 244
16. Jamie McMurray 566 37. Michael McDowell 109
17. Joey Logano 561 38. Michael Waltrip 102
18. Aric Almirola 554 39. Timmy Hill 99
19. Paul Menard 532 40. Scott Speed 91
20. Jeff Burton 507 41. Terry Labonte 77
21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 505 42. Ken Schrader 68
22. Marcos Ambrose 500 43. Boris Said 26
23. Juan Pablo Montoya 476 44. Ron Fellows 22
24. Casey Mears 440 45. Justin Marks 14
25. Denny Hamlin 389 46. Scott Riggs 10
26. David Ragan (1 win) 376 47. Victor Gonzalez Jr. 7
27. Danica Patrick 373 48. Tomy Drissi 6
28. David Gilliland 368 49. Alex Kennedy 6
29. Mark Martin 361 50. Brian Keselowski 4
30. Bobby Labonte 328 51. Jacques Villeneuve 3
31. Dave Blaney 312 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 2013 Top 12 at Watkins Glen International

 

Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Jimmie Johnson 11 1 0 4 6 1 13.2 102.0
2 Clint Bowyer 7 0 0 1 2 0 15.6 81.2
3 Carl Edwards 8 1 0 3 5 0 9.4 94.0
4 Kevin Harvick 12 0 1 2 6 0 13.1 88.8
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 13 0 0 2 3 2 22.7 73.6
6 Kyle Busch 8 1 1 3 7 0 9.0 110.2
7 Matt Kenseth 13 0 0 0 4 0 15.0 76.6
8 Kasey Kahne 9 0 0 0 0 0 18.4 73.1
9 Jeff Gordon 20 2 4 6 9 3 14.8 88.6
10 Greg Biffle 10 0 0 1 3 1 23.8 75.6
11 Tony Stewart 14 0 5 7 10 0 7.9 120.4
12 Brad Keselowski 3 0 0 2 2 0 8.0 101.7

* – Based on last eight races at Watkins Glen International.

 

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2013 Wild Card Standings Following Second Pocono Race

 

Pos Driver Wins Pts Pos Points Pts From 10th Starts Poles T5s T10s DNFs
1 Tony Stewart 1 11 594 -5 21 0 5 8 0
2 Martin Truex Jr. 1 14 584 -15 21 0 4 8 2
3 Ryan Newman 1 15 575 -24 21 1 4 10 5
4 Brad Keselowski 0 12 592 -7 21 1 6 10 1
5 Kurt Busch 0 13 588 -11 21 1 5 9 2
6 Jamie McMurray 0 16 566 -33 21 1 1 5 0
7 Joey Logano 0 17 561 -38 21 0 5 10 2
8 Aric Almirola 0 18 554 -45 21 0 1 5 3
9 Paul Menard 0 19 532 -67 21 0 0 4 1
10 Jeff Burton 0 20 507 -92 21 0 2 4 2
11 David Ragan 1 26 376 -223 21 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.

 

At Watkins Glen International:

History

·       After several events were held on the streets of Watkins Glen, a permanent facility was opened in 1956.

·       The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was in 1957, won by Buck Baker (83.064 mph, 8/4/57).

·       After a six-year absence, NASCAR returned to The Glen in 1964 and 1965.

·       After a 21-year absence, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returned to The Glen, and has run one race a year there since 1986.

Notebook

·       There have been 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Watkins Glen International, one race per season.

·       The first NSCS race at Watkins Glen was scheduled for 101.2-miles in 1957, the second race was 161.7-miles (1964) and the third race was 151.8-miles (1965). Every race since has been scheduled for 220.5-miles.

·       245 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen; 151 in more than one.

·       Mark Martin, Michael Waltrip and Terry Labonte lead the series in starts at Watkins Glen with 22 each.

·       Buddy Baker won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Watkins Glen in 1957 with a speed of 87.071 mph.

·       18 drivers have Coors Light poles at Watkins Glen, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt and Mark Martin with three each.

·       Mark Martin is the only NASCAR Sprint Cup driver to post consecutive Coors Light poles at Watkins Glen (three) – 1993, 1994, and 1995.

·       Youngest Watkins Glen pole winner: Kyle Busch (8/15/2011 – 26 years, 3 months, 13 days).

·       Oldest Watkins Glen pole winner: Morgan Shepherd (8/13/1989 – 47 years, 10 months, 1 day).

·       18 different drivers have won at Watkins Glen International in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, led by Tony Stewart with five wins.  

·       Four drivers have posted consecutive wins at Watkins Glen, including three consecutive by Mark Martin (1993, ’94, ‘95) and Jeff Gordon (1997, ’98, ‘99). The other two drivers to win consecutive races at Watkins Glen areTony Stewart (2004, ’05) and Marcos Ambrose (2011, ’12).

·       Youngest Watkins Glen winner: Kyle Busch (8/10/2008 – 23 years, 3 months, 8 days).

·       Oldest Watkins Glen winner: Geoff Bodine (8/11/1996 – 47 years, 3 months, 24 days).

·       Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Watkins Glen in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with six: Jeff Gordon (four), Tim Richmond (one) and Ricky Rudd (one).

·       Six different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Watkins Glen; led by Chevrolet with 16 victories; followed by Ford with seven.

·       Nine of the 30 (30%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Watkins Glen have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Kyle Busch in 2008.

·       The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (nine) than any other starting position at Watkins Glen.

·       11 of the 30 (36.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Watkins Glen have been won from the front row: nine from the pole and two from second-place.

·       22 of the 30 (73.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Watkins Glen have been won from a top-10 starting position.

·       None of the NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Watkins Glen have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.

·       The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Watkins Glen was 18th, by Steve Park in the 2000.

·       Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Watkins Glen with three.

·       Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Watkins Glen with 12; followed by Ricky Rudd with eight.

·       Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Watkins Glen with 16; followed by Ricky Rudd, Rusty Wallace and Tony Stewart with 10 each.

·       Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Watkins Glen with a 6.182.

·       Marcos Ambrose leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Watkins Glen with a 2.000.

·       All seven of the active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Watkins Glen participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane.

·       Mark Martin (1993) and Kevin Harvick (2006) competed at Watkins Glen five times each before winning; the longest span of any the seven active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.

·       Terry Labonte and Michael Waltrip lead the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Watkins Glen without visiting Victory Lane at 22 each.

·       Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in road course wins with nine (Sonoma, five; Watkins Glen, four); Tony Stewart has the second most road course wins all-time with seven (Watkins Glen, five; Sonoma, two).

·       NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison holds the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record for the most wins (six) at a single road course track – Riverside International Raceway.

·       Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Watkins Glen was the 2001 race won by Jeff Gordon over Jeff Burton with a MOV of 0.172 second.

·       There have been two NASCAR Sprint Cup races resulting with green-white-checkered finishes at Watkins Glen (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): 2005 (90/92) and 2011 (90/92).

·       Only one of the 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Watkins Glen has been shortened due to weather conditions – the 1992 race – only 51 of the scheduled 90 laps were completed. The Aug. 14, 2011 race was the only NSCS race at Watkins Glen that was postponed to another date due to weather (8/15/2011).

·       Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Watkins Glen six times; most recently in 2008.

·       Todd Bodine (8/10/1997) posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Watkins Glen.

·       One active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has posted his first career win at Watkins Glen: Marcos Ambrose(08/15/11).

·       Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Watkins Glen with 233 laps led in 20 starts.

·       Danica Patrick will attempt to join Patty Moise as the second female NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to compete at Watkins Glen.

 

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Patty Moise

30

33

8/10/1987

Patty Moise

33

30

8/14/1988

Watkins Glen International Data

Season Race #: 22 of 36 (08-11-13)

Track Size: 2.45-miles

Number of Turns: 7

Race Length: 90 laps / 220.5 miles

 

Top 12 Driver Rating at Watkins Glen

Tony Stewart………………………. 120.4

Marcos Ambrose…………………. 120.1

Juan Pablo Montoya…………….. 110.5

Kyle Busch…………………………. 110.2

Jimmie Johnson…………………… 102.0

Brad Keselowski………………….. 101.7

Carl Edwards………………………… 94.0

AJ Allmendinger…………………….. 92.4

Kurt Busch…………………………… 90.7

Denny Hamlin……………………….. 89.6

Martin Truex Jr.…………………….. 89.2

Kevin Harvick……………………….. 88.8

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (eight total) among active drivers at Watkins Glen International.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2012 pole winner: Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 127.020 mph, 69.438 secs. 8-11-12

2012 race winner: Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 98.145 mph, (02:14:48), 8-12-12

Track qualifying record: Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 127.020 mph, 69.438 secs. 8-11-12

Track race record: Mark Martin, Ford, 103.030 mph, (02:11:54), 8-13-95

NASCAR in New York

·       There have been 68 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in New York.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Watkins Glen International

Watkins Glen

30

Monroe County Fairgrounds

Rochester

8

Islip Speedway

Islip

6

Bridgehampton Race Circuit

Bridgehampton

4

Fonda Speedway

Fonda

4

New York State Fairgrounds

Syracuse

3

Albany Saratoga Speedway

Malta

2

Altamont-Schenectady Fairgrounds

Altamont

2

Hamburg Speedway

Hamburg

2

Vernon Fairgrounds

Vernon

2

Airborne Speedway

Plattsburg

1

Buffalo Civic Stadium

Buffalo

1

Montgomery Air Base

Montgomery

1

State Line Speedway

Busti

1

Wine Creek Race Track

Owego

1

·       185 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as New York; 11 of them have posted at least one victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

·       Only two of the New York natives have won at Watkins Glen International in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series –Geoff Bodine (1996) and Steve Park (2000).

 

Driver

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Geoff Bodine

18

6

0

Jim Reed

7

0

0

Al Keller

2

0

0

Steve Park

2

3

1

Brett Bodine

1

5

0

Jim Hurtubise

1

0

0

Lloyd Moore

1

0

0

Bill Rexford

1

0

0

Greg Sacks

1

1

0

Regan Smith

1

3

0

Jack White

1

0

0

Todd Bodine

0

15

22

Mike McLaughlin

0

6

0

Donny Lia

0

0

1

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