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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing the KOBALT 400

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada going into the KOBALT 400 on

March 8.
LAS VEGAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Cheez-It Ford)

  • Two top fives, six top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.5
  • Average Running Position of 12.3, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.9, fifth-best
  • 150 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • 568 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 170.725 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 1,759 Laps in the Top 15 (65.4%), eighth-most
  • 281 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 11th-most

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet)

  • Three top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.7
  • Average Running Position of 14.0, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.5, ninth-best
  • 108 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • 584 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 170.610 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 1,857 Laps in the Top 15 (69.0%), sixth-most
  • 336 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

 

 

 

Carl Edwards (No. 19 Comcast Toyota)

  • Two wins, five top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 9.2
  • Average Running Position of 12.0, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.8, sixth-best
  • 159 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • 636 Green Flag Passes, second-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 170.568 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 1,879 Laps in the Top 15 (69.8%), fourth-most
  • 390 Quality Passes, second-most

 

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 3M Chevrolet)

  • One win, six top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.0
  • Average Running Position of 9.7, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 103.7, second-best
  • 181 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • 548 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 170.927 mph, third-fastest
  • Series-high 2,130 Laps in the Top 15 (79.2%)
  • 385 Quality Passes, third-most

 

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

  • Three top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.7
  • Average Running Position of 11.6, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.5, eighth-best
  • 89 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • 571 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 170.564 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 1,870 Laps in the Top 15 (69.5%), fifth-most
  • 316 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 KOBALT Tools Chevrolet)

  • Four wins, five top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 9.2
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 8.9
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 113.6
  • Series-high 346 Fastest Laps Run
  • 553 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 171.233 mph
  • 2,090 Laps in the Top 15 (77.7%), third-most
  • 365 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

 

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet)

  • Three top fives, six top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 13.5
  • Average Running Position of 14.3, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.1, 10th-best
  • 94 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • 609 Green Flag Passes, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 170.170 mph, 11th-fastest
  • 1,735 Laps in the Top 15 (64.5%), ninth-most
  • 290 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 DEWALT Toyota)

  • Three wins, six top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.5
  • Average Running Position of 14.0, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 98.1, fourth-best
  • 197 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 170.972 mph, second-fastest
  • 1,774 Laps in the Top 15 (65.9%), seventh-most
  • 295 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

Joey Logano (No. 22 Pennzoil Ford)

  • One top five, two top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 12.3
  • Average Running Position of 13.8, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.5, 11th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 170.111 mph, 12th-fastest

 

Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)

  • Three top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.3
  • Driver Rating of 81.9, 12th-best
  • 37 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
  • 1,667 Laps in the Top 15 (61.9%), 11th-most
  • 298 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1/ Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet)

  • One win, six top fives, nine top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.0
  • Average Running Position of 14.0, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.1, seventh-best
  • 188 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • 538 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 170.498 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 1,733 Laps in the Top 15 (64.4%), 10th-most
  • 298 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Top 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Rank

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

1

Joey Logano

6

1

0

1

2

0

12.3

87.5

2

Jimmie Johnson

13

0

4

5

8

0

9.2

113.6

3

Kevin Harvick

14

0

0

3

5

0

14.7

94.5

4

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

15

0

0

3

8

2

14.7

91.5

5

Martin Truex Jr.

9

0

0

0

2

0

16.0

81.9

6

Casey Mears

11

0

0

0

3

0

20.9

57.3

7

Kasey Kahne

11

3

0

3

6

2

13.5

88.1

8

AJ Allmendinger

5

0

0

0

0

0

26.4

60.7

9

Aric Almirola

6

0

0

0

0

3

31.3

51.2

10

Clint Bowyer

9

0

0

1

3

0

17.8

74.2

11

David Gilliland

8

0

0

0

0

1

27.0

49.5

12

Sam Hornish Jr.

3

0

0

0

0

0

28.3

62.3

13

Greg Biffle

11

1

0

2

6

1

14.5

97.9

14

Carl Edwards

10

0

2

5

6

0

9.2

97.8

15

David Ragan

8

0

0

0

1

1

26.9

52.3

16

Danica Patrick

2

0

0

0

0

0

27.0

49.3

* – Based on last 10 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (2005 – 2014).

 

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Data

Season Race #: 3 of 36 (3-8-15)

Track Size: 1.5-miles

Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 20 degrees

Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 20 degrees

Banking/Frontstretch: 9 degrees

Banking/Backstretch: 9 degrees

Frontstretch Length:  2,275 feet

Backstretch Length:  1,572 feet

Race Length: 267 laps / 400.5 Kilometers

 

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Las Vegas

Jimmie Johnson…………………… 113.6

Jeff Gordon………………………… 103.7

Kyle Busch…………………………. 103.4

Matt Kenseth………………………… 98.1

Greg Biffle……………………………. 97.9

Carl Edwards………………………… 97.8

Tony Stewart…………………………. 97.1

Kevin Harvick………………………… 94.5

Dale Earnhardt Jr…………………… 91.5

Kasey Kahne………………………… 88.1

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (10 total) among active drivers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2014 pole winner:

Joey Logano, Ford

193.278 mph, 27.939 secs. 03-07-14

 

2014 race winner:

Brad Keselowski, Ford

154.633 mph, (2:35:24), 03-09-14

 

Track qualifying record:

Joey Logano, Ford

193.278 mph, 27.939 secs. 03-07-14

 

Track race record:

Brad Keselowski, Ford

154.633 mph, (2:35:24), 03-09-14

 

 

At Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

History

  • The construction to build the superspeedway known today as Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) began in 1995. Speedway Motorsports Inc. acquired the property in 1998.
    • The first NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race won byKen Schrader on Nov. 2, 1996.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was held on March 1, 1998, won by Mark Martin.
    • In 2006, the track was reconfigured to include progressive banking.

Notebook

  • There have been 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • 135 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas; 100 in more than one.
  • Two drivers have participated in all 17 races: Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon.
  • Dale Jarrett won the inaugural pole with a speed of 168.224 mph (32.773 secs.).
  • 11 drivers have poles at LVMS, led by Kasey Kahne with three (2004, 2007 and 2012).
  • Kyle Busch is the only driver to win consecutive poles at LVMS from (2008-‘09).
  • Youngest LVMS pole winner: Kyle Busch (3/2/2008 – 22 years, 10 months, 0 days).
  • Oldest LVMS pole winner: Dale Jarrett (3/4/2001 – 44 years, 3 months, 6 days).
  • 10 different drivers have won at LVMS, led by Jimmie Johnson (four). Three other drivers have multiple wins at Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth (three), Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards (each have two).
  • Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in wins at Las Vegas with seven, followed by Hendrick Motorsportswith five.
  • Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch became the first and only driver to win from the pole, in 2009.
  • Only three LVMS races (17.6%) have been won from the front row: Kyle Busch, 2009 (pole); Carl Edwards,2008 (second-place); Brad Keselowski, 2014 (second-place).
  • Four of the 17 races (23.5%) have been won from a top-five starting position at Las Vegas.
  • Eight of the 17 (47%) races have been won from a top-10 starting position at Las Vegas.
  • Four of the 17 races (23.5%) at Las Vegas have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 25th, by Matt Kenseth in 2004.
  • Youngest LVMS winner: Kyle Busch (03/01/2009 – 23 years, 9 months, 27 days).
  • Oldest LVMS winner: Sterling Marlin (03/03/2002 – 44 years, 7 months, 32 days).
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series in runner-up finishes at Las Vegas with three; followed by Kasey Kahneand Tony Stewart with two each.
  • Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart lead the series in top-five finishes at Las Vegas with six each.
  • Mark Martin has 10 top-10 finishes, more than any other driver. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with nine top-10 finishes.
  • Carl Edwards leads the series in average finish at LVMS with a 9.200; Jimmie Johnson (9.231) is the only other active driver with an average finish in the top 10.
  • There has been one green-white-checkered finish at Las Vegas: 2006 (270/267).
  • Kyle Busch made his first start and Kasey Kahne won his first pole at Las Vegas, in the same event (2004).
  • Aric Almirola made his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2007.
  • Three drivers have won consecutive races at Las Vegas: Jeff Burton (1999, 2000); Matt Kenseth (2003, 2004) and Jimmie Johnson is the only one of the three to win three consecutive races (2005, 2006 and 2007).
  • Eight of the 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who have won at Las Vegas participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Mark Martin (1998; inaugural event) is the only driver to win at Las Vegas in his first appearance.
  • Tony Stewart competed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 13 times before winning (2012); the longest span of any the nine winners. Stewart is the only driver to have made 10 or more attempts before his first win at LVMS.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series (active drivers) with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Las Vegas without visiting Victory Lane with 15.
  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Las Vegas was the (3/12/2006) race won by Jimmie Johnson with a MOV of 0.045 second.

 

 

 

  • No driver has won the first three races of the season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The five drivers that have won the first two events of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season are: Matt Kenseth (2009), Jeff Gordon (1997), David Pearson (1976), Bob Welborn (1959) and Marvin Panch (1957).
  • Three reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions have gone on to win at Las Vegas the following season:Matt Kenseth (2004), Jimmie Johnson is the only one to do it multiple times (2007, 2010) and Tony Stewart(2012).
  • Three drivers have won at Las Vegas and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the same season:Jeff Gordon (2001), Matt Kenseth (2003) and Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2007 and 2010).
  • Danica Patrick and Shawna Robinson are the only two female drivers to compete at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Danica Patrick

22

21

3/9/2014

Danica Patrick

37

33

3/10/2013

Shawna Robinson

36

42

3/3/2002

 

  • Only two car numbers have produced three or more Las Vegas NSCS wins:

Car Number – Drivers – (Years)

o    No. 48  - Jimmie Johnson (2005-2007 and 2010)

o    No. 99 – Jeff Burton (1999, 2000) Carl Edwards (2008, 2011)

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