The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has run 12 races, a third of its 36-race schedule. At this milestone marker, we felt it fitting to delve into some of the competition statistics at this juncture – many of which provide some hard proof of what many drivers have suggested: It’s been an ultra-competitive start to the 2014 season.
- 10 different race winners through the first 12 races, the most since 2003, when there were 11. And there are only two multiple winners (Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick), adding drama to an already intriguing new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format.
- 10 different Coors Light Pole winners through the first 12 races, most since 1991, when there were also 10.
- Average of 12.2 leaders per race through 12 races, compared to 9.1 at this point last year.
- Average of 27.7 lead changes per race, compared to 17.7 at this point last year last year.
- 36 different drivers have led at least one lap.
- Average margin of victory is .651 seconds, the lowest through 12 races since the inception of electronic timing and scoring in 1993.
- 7 of the 12 races have had a margin of victory under one second.
- 56,657 green flag passes through the first 12 races, the most since the inception of loop data in 2005.
- 603 green flag passes for the lead through the first 12 races, the most since the inception of loop data in 2005.