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Statistical advance for Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway

 

Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Quaker State 400

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (July 9, 2018) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky going into the Quaker State 400 on July 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

2019 Driver Standings – Top 30
Rank Drivers Points Starts Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Poles
1 Joey Logano 700 18 2 7 17 9 12 0 3
2 Kyle Busch 682 18 4 5 25 10 15 0 0
3 Kevin Harvick 625 18 0 4 4 5 11 2 3
4 Brad Keselowski 613 18 3 4 19 7 9 1 0
5 Martin Truex Jr. 597 18 4 2 22 7 11 2 0
6 Denny Hamlin 588 18 2 3 13 7 10 1 0
7 Chase Elliott 585 18 1 2 7 6 7 3 2
8 Kurt Busch 564 18 0 0 0 4 10 0 0
9 Alex Bowman 534 18 1 0 5 4 6 1 0
10 Aric Almirola 512 18 0 0 0 1 10 2 1
11 Ryan Blaney 508 18 0 2 2 5 7 3 1
12 William Byron 498 18 0 1 1 1 6 1 3
13 Jimmie Johnson 474 18 0 0 0 3 8 0 1
14 Kyle Larson 473 18 0 3 3 2 6 4 1
15 Clint Bowyer 444 18 0 0 0 5 8 5 0
16 Ryan Newman 443 18 0 0 0 1 6 0 0
17 Daniel Suarez 440 18 0 0 0 2 6 2 0
18 Erik Jones 430 18 0 0 0 4 8 1 0
19 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 398 18 0 0 0 1 2 2 0
20 Paul Menard 390 18 0 0 0 0 2 1 0
21 Chris Buescher 369 18 0 0 0 0 3 2 0
22 Austin Dillon 366 18 0 2 2 0 3 3 3
23 Ty Dillon 310 18 0 2 2 1 2 0 0
24 Daniel Hemric # 293 18 0 0 0 1 1 1 0
25 Matt DiBenedetto 276 18 0 0 0 1 2 4 0
26 Ryan Preece # 235 18 0 0 0 1 2 4 0
27 Michael McDowell 222 18 0 0 0 1 1 3 0
28 Bubba Wallace 218 18 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
29 Corey LaJoie 213 18 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
30 David Ragan 208 18 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

 

Kentucky Speedway Data

Season Race #: 19 of 36 (07-13-19)

Track Size: 1.5-miles

Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 17 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: 267 laps / 400.5 miles

Stage 1 & 2 Length: 80 laps (each)

Final Stage Length: 107 laps

 

 

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Kentucky

Kyle Busch…………………………….. 124.4

Brad Keselowski…………………….. 109.6

Martin Truex Jr………………………. 105.7

Kevin Harvick…………………………. 105.5

Erik Jones……………………………….. 99.2

Jimmie Johnson……………………….. 95.1

Ryan Blaney……………………………. 94.7

Joey Logano……………………………. 91.2

Chase Elliott…………………………….. 90.5

Kurt Busch………………………………. 89.3

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2018 races
(eight total) among active drivers at Kentucky Speedway.

Kentucky Qualifying/Race Data

2018 pole winner:

Martin Truex Jr., Toyota

188.890 mph, 28.588 secs., 07-13-18

2018 race winner:

Martin Truex Jr., Toyota

150.454 mph, (02:39:43), 07-14-18

Track qualifying record:

Kyle Busch, Toyota

190.282 mph, 28.379 secs., 07-06-17

Track race record:

Martin Truex Jr., Toyota

150.454 mph, (02:39:43), 07-14-18

KENTUCKY-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

(Driver stats in the below section are from 2005-Present)

 

Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford)

  • One top five, two top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.667, 10th-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.09, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.7, seventh-best
  • 34 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best
  • 541 Laps in the Top 15 (67.5), eighth-most
  • 70 Quality Passes, 13th-most

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Two wins, six top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 5, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 4.651, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 124.4, series-best
  • 290 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
  • 2061 Laps in the Top 15 (96.5), second-most
  • 224 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

Kurt Busch (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • One top five, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 12, sixth-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.5, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.3, 10th-best
  • 40 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • 1442 Laps in the Top 15 (67.5), ninth-most
  • 242 Quality Passes, second-most

 

Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • One top five, one top 10
  • Average finish of 15.667, 11th-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.245, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.5, ninth-best
  • 5 Fastest Laps Run, 21st-best
  • 601 Laps in the Top 15 (75), fifth-most
  • 102 Quality Passes, 11th-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Three top fives, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.125, 12th-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.806, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.4, 11th-best
  • 67 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best
  • 1281 Laps in the Top 15 (60), 12th-most
  • 204 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

  • One top five, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 9.375, third-best
  • Average Running Position of 7.741, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 105.5, fourth-best
  • 90 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
  • 1934 Laps in the Top 15 (90.5), third-most
  • 279 Quality Passes, series-most

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • One top five, five top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 15.375, ninth-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.936, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.1, sixth-best
  • 134 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
  • 1446 Laps in the Top 15 (67.7), seventh-most
  • 205 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

Erik Jones (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Two top 10s
  • Average finish of 6.5, second-best
  • Average Running Position of 8.98, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 99.2, fifth-best
  • 11 Fastest Laps Run, 15th-best
  • 521 Laps in the Top 15 (97.6), series-most

 

  • 73 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)

  • Three wins, four top fives, six top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.375, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.211, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 109.6, second-best
  • 280 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • 1659 Laps in the Top 15 (77.7), fourth-most
  • 191 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • One top five, two top 10s
  • Average finish of 21, 13th-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.984, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 85, 12th-best
  • 51 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • 852 Laps in the Top 15 (63.8), 10th-most
  • 173 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)

  • Two top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.5, seventh-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.803, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.2, eighth-best
  • 52 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best
  • 1362 Laps in the Top 15 (63.8), 11th-most
  • 181 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

Martin Truex Jr (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Two wins, two top fives, five top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 10.125, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 9.643, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 105.7, third-best
  • 225 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • 1567 Laps in the Top 15 (73.4), sixth-most
  • 242 Quality Passes, third-most

 

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2019 Top 16 at Kentucky Speedway

Rank Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Joey Logano 8 0 0 2 5 1 13.5 91.2
2 Kyle Busch 8 1 2 6 7 0 5 124.4
3 Kevin Harvick 8 0 0 1 6 0 9.4 105.5
4 Brad Keselowski 8 1 3 4 6 1 11.4 109.6
5 Martin Truex Jr 8 1 2 2 5 0 10.1 105.7
6 Denny Hamlin 8 0 0 3 3 2 16.1 88.4
7 Chase Elliott 3 0 0 1 1 0 15.7 90.5
8 Kurt Busch 8 0 0 1 5 1 12 89.3
9 Alex Bowman 3 0 0 0 0 1 35.3 41.7
10 Aric Almirola 6 0 0 0 1 1 20 75.2
11 Ryan Blaney 3 0 0 1 2 0 15.7 94.7
12 William Byron 1 0 0 0 0 0 20 65.3
13 Jimmie Johnson 8 1 0 1 5 2 15.4 95.1
14 Kyle Larson 5 0 0 1 2 1 21 85
15 Clint Bowyer 8 0 0 1 1 1 18 79.6
16 Ryan Newman 8 0 0 3 3 1 15.1 82.4

* – Based on last eight MENCS races at Kentucky Speedway (2011 – 2017).

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2019 Top Five Leaders In Loop Data:

Kentucky Speedway (Loop Data Era: 2005-Present)

Driver Rating Average Running Position Laps In The Top 15
Drivers Driver Rating Drivers Avg. Running Pos. Drivers Laps in Top 15
Kyle Busch 124.4 Kyle Busch 4.651 Kyle Busch 2,601 (96.5%)
Brad Keselowski 109.6 Kevin Harvick 7.741 Kevin Harvick 1,934 (90.5%)
Martin Truex Jr 105.7 Erik Jones 8.980 Martin Truex Jr 1,659 (77.7%)
Kevin Harvick 105.5 Martin Truex Jr 9.643 Brad Keselowski 1,567 (73.4%)
Erik Jones 99.2 Brad Keselowski 11.211 Jimmie Johnson 1,446 (67.7%)
Laps Led Quality Passes Fastest Laps Run
Drivers Laps Led Drivers Quality Passes Drivers Fastest Laps
Kyle Busch 549 (25.7%) Kevin Harvick 279 Kyle Busch 290 (13.6%)
Brad Keselowski 521 (24.4%) Martin Truex Jr 242 Brad Keselowski 280 (13.1%)
Martin Truex Jr 373 (17.5%) Kurt Busch 242 Martin Truex Jr 225 (10.5%)
Jimmie Johnson 206 (9.6%) Kyle Busch 224 Jimmie Johnson 134 (6.3%)
Kevin Harvick 128 (6.0%) Jimmie Johnson 205 Kevin Harvick 90 (4.2%)

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.
  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was held at Kentucky Speedway in 2011 – won by Kyle Busch.
  • The first NASCAR Xfinity Series race was held at Kentucky Speedway in 2001 – won by Kevin Harvick.
  • The first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race was held at Kentucky Speedway in 2000 – won by Greg Biffle.
  • During the 2016 season, the track underwent a repave. The banking in Turns 1 and 2 were increased to 17 degrees.
  • There have been eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway since the first race in 2011 – one race per season.

Starts

  • A total of 86 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway; 63 have competed in more than one.
  • 17 different drivers have made all eight series starts at Kentucky Speedway.
  • Brad Keselowski (eight starts) leads all drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Kentucky with a 5.125.

 

Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Kentucky Speedway

Rank Drivers Average Start Starts
1 Brad Keselowski 5.125 8
2 Kyle Busch 5.750 8
3 Erik Jones 8.000 2
4 Jeff Gordon 8.200 5
5 Ryan Blaney 9.333 4
6 Kevin Harvick 9.500 8
7 Martin Truex Jr 9.875 8
8 Daniel Suarez 10.000 2
9 Jimmie Johnson 10.500 8
10 Joey Logano 10.500 8

 

Monster Energy Series
Drivers That Started On The Pole
Or In The First Starting Position at Kentucky
Drivers Season
Kyle Busch* 2011
Jimmie Johnson 2012
Dale Earnhardt Jr 2013
Brad Keselowski 2014
Kyle Larson* 2015
Kevin Harvick* 2016
Kyle Busch 2017
Martin Truex Jr 2018
* – Denotes the driver started first but was not a pole winner due to qualifying being cancelled 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poles

The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying session at Kentucky Speedway was cancelled due to weather. The starting line-up was set per the Rule Book – Kyle Busch started from first.

·        Jimmie Johnson (2012), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2013), Brad Keselowski (2014), Kyle Busch (2017) and Martin Truex Jr. are the five Monster Energy drivers that have won Busch poles at Kentucky; four of the five are active this weekend.

·        Youngest Kentucky pole winner: Brad Keselowski (06/28/2014 – 30 years, 4 months, 16 days).

·        Oldest Kentucky pole winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (06/30/2013 – 38 years, 8 months, 20 days).

·        Three manufacturers have won poles at Kentucky in the MENCS – Chevrolet (2012, 2013), Ford (2014) and Toyota (2017 and 2018).

Monster Energy Series
Race Winners at Kentucky
Race Winner Season
Kyle Busch 2011
Brad Keselowski 2012
Matt Kenseth 2013
Brad Keselowski 2014
Kyle Busch 2015
Brad Keselowski 2016
Martin Truex Jr 2017
Martin Truex Jr 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wins

·         A total of four different Monster Energy Series drivers have won at Kentucky Speedway; three are active this weekend.

·        Brad Keselowski leads the series in wins at Kentucky with three; followed by Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. with two each.

·        Youngest Kentucky winner: Kyle Busch (07/09/2011 – 26 years, 2 months, 7 days).

·        Oldest Kentucky winner: Matt Kenseth (06/30/2013 – 41 years, 3 months, 20 days).

·        The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field producing more winners (three) than any other position on the grid.

·        Brad Keselowski (2014) and Martin Truex Jr. (2018) won at Kentucky in the Monster Energy Series from the Busch pole.

·        Kyle Busch won the inaugural Monster Energy Series race at Kentucky from the first starting position; due to the qualifying session being cancelled for the 2011 race.

·        Five of the eight (62.5%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky have been won from the front row – Three from the first starting position (2011, 2014 and 2018) and two from the second starting position (2016, 2017).

·        Seven of the eight (87.5%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky have been won from a top-10 starting position.

·        The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kentucky is 16th, by Matt Kenseth in 2013.

·        In total three different organizations have won at Kentucky Speedway in the Monster Energy Series.

·        Team Penske (2012, 2014 and 2016) and Joe Gibbs Racing (2011, 2013 and 2015) lead the series in wins at Kentucky with three each. Furniture Row Racing has the other two wins at Kentucky (2017, 2018).

·        Three different manufacturers have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kentucky: Toyota (2011, 2013, 2015 and 2018), Ford (2014, 2016) and Dodge (2012). Kentucky is the only active track Chevrolet does not have a win.

Additional Finishing Position Stats

  • In total eight different drivers have posted runner-up finishes in the Monster Energy Series at Kentucky:  David Reutimann (2011), Kasey Kahne (2012), Jamie McMurray (2013), Kyle Busch (2014), Joey Logano (2015), Carl Edwards (2016), Kyle Larson (2017) and Ryan Blaney (2018).
  • A total of 21 different Monster Energy Series drivers have posted top-five finishes at Kentucky; led by Kyle Busch with six top fives; followed by Brad Keselowski with four.
  • A total of 26 different Monster Energy Series drivers have posted top-10 finishes at Kentucky; led by Kyle Busch with seven; followed by Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth with six each.
  • Kyle Busch leads the series in average finishing position at Kentucky with a 5.0.

Top 10 in Average Finish at Kentucky Speedway

Rank Drivers Average Finish Starts
1 Kyle Busch 5.000 8
2 Erik Jones 6.500 2
3 Jeff Gordon 7.200 5
4 Matt Kenseth 8.375 8
5 Kevin Harvick 9.375 8
6 Martin Truex Jr 10.125 8
7 Brad Keselowski 11.375 8
8 Carl Edwards 11.500 6
9 Kurt Busch 12.000 8
10 Joey Logano 13.500 8

Track Event Stats

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway was the 2016 event. Only one of the eight races has ended under caution at Kentucky (2017).

Below are the seven Monster Energy Series races at Kentucky ranked by closest margin of victory:

Margin Of Victory Winner Runner-Up Season
0.175 Brad Keselowski Carl Edwards 2016
0.179 Kyle Busch David Reutimann 2011
0.699 Matt Kenseth Jamie McMurray 2013
1.014 Brad Keselowski Kyle Busch 2014
1.594 Kyle Busch Joey Logano 2015
1.901 Martin Truex Jr Ryan Blaney 2018
4.399 Brad Keselowski Kasey Kahne 2012

 

  • One of the seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish.
Winner Runner-Up Season Scheduled Laps Actual Laps NASCAR Overtime
Martin Truex Jr Kyle Larson 2017 267 274 7
  • None of the seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway three times – 2011, 2015 and 2016 races.
  • Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Kentucky with 549 laps led in eight starts.

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