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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky going into the Quaker State 400 on June 29.

KENTUCKY-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Ford)
·        Average finish of 21.0
·        Average Running Position of 13.4, 11th-best
·        Driver Rating of 84.9, 13th-best
·        23 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·        172 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 170.814 mph, eighth-fastest
·        420 Laps in the Top 15 (78.7%), eighth-most
·        88 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), fifth-most
Kurt Busch (No. 78 Furniture Row/Serta Chevrolet)
·        One top 10
·        Average finish of 14.0
·        Average Running Position of 12.1, seventh-best
·        Driver Rating of 92.6, eighth-best
·        20 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 170.386 mph, 13th-fastest
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Doublemint Toyota)
·        One win, one top five, two top 10s
·        Average finish of 5.5
·        Series-best Average Running Position of 3.6
·        Series-best Driver Rating of 133.0
·        Series-high 92 Fastest Laps Run
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 171.694 mph, third-fastest
·        516 Laps in the Top 15 (96.6%), third-most
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard Youth Foundation Chevrolet)
·        One top five, one top 10
·        Average finish of 17.0
·        Average Running Position of 13.1, 10th-best
·        Driver Rating of 88.3, 11th-best
·        18 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
·        156 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 170.654 mph, ninth-fastest
·        301 Laps in the Top 15 (56.4%), 13th-most
·        68 Quality Passes, 11th-most
Carl Edwards (No. 99 UPS Ford)
·        One top five, one top 10
·        Average finish of 12.5
·        Average Running Position of 9.7, fifth-best
·        Driver Rating of 94.3, seventh-best
·        10 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 170.928 mph, seventh-fastest
·        456 Laps in the Top 15 (85.4%), fifth-most
·        91 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)
·        One top five, two top 10s
·        Average finish of 7.5
·        Average Running Position of 13.9, 12th-best
·        Driver Rating of 89.8, ninth-best
·        14 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
·        173 Green Flag Passes, third-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 170.496 mph, 12th-fastest
·        335 Laps in the Top 15 (62.7%), 10th-most
·        93 Quality Passes, second-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)
·        One top five, one top 10
·        Average finish of 7.0
·        Average Running Position of 8.7, fourth-best
·        Driver Rating of 105.0, fourth-best
·        32 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 170.968 mph, fourth-fastest
·        430 Laps in the Top 15 (80.5%), sixth-most
·        69 Quality Passes, 10th-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)
·        Average finish of 13.5
·        Average Running Position of 12.3, eighth-best
·        Driver Rating of 88.2, 12th-best
·        164 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
·        424 Laps in the Top 15 (79.4%), seventh-most
·        77 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Dover White Chevrolet)
·        One top five, two top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 4.5
·        Average Running Position of 4.7, third-best
·        Driver Rating of 119.5, third-best
·        56 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·        Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 171.807 mph
·        523 Laps in the Top 15 (97.9%), second-most
·        92 Quality Passes, third-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Quaker State Chevrolet)
·        One top five, one top 10
·        Average finish of 7.5
·        Average Running Position of 15.1, 13th-best
·        Driver Rating of 96.7, sixth-best
·        31 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·        Series-high 230 Green Flag Passes
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 170.961 mph, fifth-fastest
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)
·        Two top 10s
·        Average finish of 6.5
·        Average Running Position of 10.0, sixth-best
·        Driver Rating of 98.2, fifth-best
·        19 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 170.936 mph, sixth-fastest
·        510 Laps in the Top 15 (95.5%), fourth-most
·        Series-high 122 Quality Passes
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford)
·        One win, one top five, two top 10s
·        Average finish of 4.0
·        Average Running Position of 3.9, second-best
·        Driver Rating of 128.2, second-best
·        72 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 171.762 mph, second-fastest
·        Series-high 526 Laps in the Top 15 (98.5%)
Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
·        One top 10
·        Average finish of 13.0
·        Average Running Position of 12.8, ninth-best
·        Driver Rating of 88.8, 10th-best
·        77 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Chase Contenders
The Top 10
Following Race 16 of 36
                                                                                Rank          Season

                                                                                                    Last            Driver

Driver Points Wins Poles Week Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson 573 3 1 1 112.7
2. Carl Edwards 548 1 1 2 93.7
3. Clint Bowyer 528 0 0 3 94.6
4. Kevin Harvick 510 2 0 4 95.4
5. Matt Kenseth 481 3 2 5 112.9
6. Greg Biffle 479 1 0 8 84.8
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 479 0 0 7 95.1
8. Kyle Busch 461 2 2 6 101.4
9. Brad Keselowski 454 0 0 9 91.0
10. Martin Truex Jr. 453 1 0 13 97.0
ADDITIONAL DRIVERS
11. Kasey Kahne (1 win) 445 32. David Reutimann 232
12. Paul Menard 445 33. David Stremme 217
13. Jeff Gordon 441 34. J.J. Yeley 213
14. Joey Logano 439 35. Travis Kvapil 205
15. Tony Stewart (1 win) 433 36. AJ Allmendinger 158
16. Aric Almirola 428 37. Michael McDowell 83
17. Kurt Busch 425 38. Timmy Hill 80
18. Ryan Newman 418 39. Scott Speed 75
19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 406 40. Michael Waltrip 63
20. Jeff Burton 403 41. Terry Labonte 52
21. Jamie McMurray 395 42. Scott Speed 39
22. Marcos Ambrose 380 43. Boris Said 26
23. Juan Pablo Montoya 371 44. Ron Fellows 22
24. Casey Mears 333 45. Justin Marks 14
25. Denny Hamlin 320 46. Scott Riggs 10
26. Mark Martin 314 47. Victor Gonzalez Jr. 7
27. Danica Patrick 292 48. Tomy Drissi 6
28. David Gilliland 281 49. Brian Keselowski 4
29. David Ragan (1 win) 276 50. Alex Kennedy 4
30. Bobby Labonte 257 51. Jacques Villeneuve 3
31. Dave Blaney 245 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 Kentucky Speedway

Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Jimmie Johnson 2 1 0 1 2 0 4.5 119.5
2 Carl Edwards 2 0 0 1 1 0 12.5 94.3
3 Clint Bowyer 2 0 0 0 0 1 25.5 70.5
4 Kevin Harvick 2 0 0 0 0 0 13.5 88.2
5 Matt Kenseth 2 0 0 0 2 0 6.5 98.2
6 Greg Biffle 2 0 0 0 0 0 21.0 84.9
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2 0 0 1 1 0 17.0 88.3
8 Kyle Busch 2 0 1 1 2 0 5.5 133.0
9 Brad Keselowski 2 0 1 1 2 0 4.0 128.2
10 Martin Truex Jr. 2 0 0 0 1 0 13.0 88.8
11 Kasey Kahne 2 0 0 1 1 0 7.5 96.7
12 Paul Menard 2 0 0 0 0 0 18.0 80.2
* – Based on last two races at Kentucky Speedway.
 
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2013 Wildcard Standings Following Sonoma

                                       Points           Points

Rank Drivers Wins Position Points From 10th Starts Poles T5s T10s DNFs
1 Kasey Kahne 1 11 445 -8 16 0 5 7 2
2 Tony Stewart 1 15 433 -20 16 0 3 5 0
3 Paul Menard 0 12 445 -8 16 0 0 4 0
4 Jeff Gordon 0 13 441 -12 16 0 4 5 4
5 Joey Logano 0 14 439 -14 16 0 4 7 2
6 Aric Almirola 0 16 428 -25 16 0 0 4 2
7 Kurt Busch 0 17 425 -28 16 1 4 6 2
8 Ryan Newman 0 18 418 -35 16 0 2 7 4
9 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0 19 406 -47 16 0 0 0 0
10 Jeff Burton 0 20 403 -50 16 0 1 3 1
11 David Ragan 1 29 276 -177 16 0 1 1 3

 

At Kentucky Speedway:
History
·        In 1998, the track broke ground in Sparta, Kentucky, and opened as a 1.5-mile speedway in 2000.
·        The original owners, Jerry Carroll and four other investors owned the track until 2008, when current owners, Speedway Motorsports Inc. purchased the facility.
·        Since 2000, the track has hosted 13 NASCAR Nationwide Series (2001-2012) and 15 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races (2000-2012).
·        The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held there in 2011 – won by Kyle Busch.
Notebook
·        There have been two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway since the first race in 2011 – one race per season.
·        Fifty drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway; 36 in more than one.
·        The first NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying at Kentucky was cancelled due to weather. The starting line-up was set per the rule book.
·        Jimmie Johnson has the only Coors Light pole at Kentucky – 181.818 mph, 29.700 secs.
·        Youngest and oldest Kentucky pole winner: Jimmie Johnson (6/30/2012 – 36 years, nine months, 13 days).
·        Two different NSCS drivers have won at Kentucky Speedway: Kyle Busch (7/09/2011) and Brad Keselowski(6/30/2012).
·        Youngest Kentucky winner: Kyle Busch (6/30/2011 – 26 years, two months, seven days).
·        Oldest Kentucky winner: Brad Keselowski (6/30/2012 – 28 years, four months, 18 days).
·        Joe Gibbs Racing (2011) and Penske Racing (2012) each have one victory at Kentucky Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
·        Two different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Kentucky: Toyota (2011) and Dodge (2012).
·        Kyle Busch won the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky from the first starting position (qualifying was canceled; starting lineup set by rule book).
·        One of the two (50%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky have been won from the front row.
·        Both of the NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky have been won from a top-five starting position.
·        The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kentucky was fourth, by Brad Keselowski last season.
·        Two different drivers have posted NSCS runner-up finishes at Kentucky: David Reutimann (2011) and Kasey Kahne (2012).
·        In the two NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky, 10 different drivers have posted top-five finishes.
·        In the two NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky 15 different drivers have posted top-10 finishes; five have posted two: Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth.
·        Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Kentucky with a 1.500.
·        Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Kentucky with a 4.0. Jimmie Johnson (4.5), Kyle Busch (5.5), Matt Kenseth (6.5), Denny Hamlin (7.0), Jeff Gordon (7.5), Kasey Kahne (7.5),are the other active drivers with an average finish in the top 10.
·        The closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway was the June 30, 2012 race won by Kyle Busch over David Reutimann with a MOV of 0.179 second.
·        Neither of the two NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky Speedway have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish.
·        Neither of the two NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kentucky Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
·        Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway once; the 2011 race.
·        Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Kentucky with 243 laps led in two starts. Brad Keselowski has led the second-most with 147.
·        Danica Patrick will attempt to become the first female driver to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway.
Kentucky Speedway Data
Season Race #: 17 of 36 (06-29-13)
Track Size: 1.5-miles
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 14 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 14 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 8 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 8 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 1,662 feet
Backstretch Length: 1,600 feet

Race Length: 200 laps / 300 miles

Top 12 Driver Rating at Kentucky
Kyle Busch 133.0
Brad Keselowski 128.2
Jimmie Johnson 119.5
Denny Hamlin 105.0
Matt Kenseth. 98.2
Kasey Kahne 96.7
Carl Edwards 94.3
Kurt Busch 92.6
Jeff Gordon 89.8
Martin Truex Jr. 88.8
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88.3
Kevin Harvick 88.2

NASCAR in Kentucky
  • There have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Kentucky.
Track Name City NSCS
Kentucky Speedway Sparta 2
Corbin Speedway Corbin 1

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