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NASCAR: Statistical analysis of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (September 4, 2019) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana going into the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, September 8 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, IMS and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Rank Driver Points Starts Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts Pts From Cutoff
1 Kyle Busch 983 25 4 10 30 Regular Season Champ
2 Denny Hamlin 877 25 4 3 23 In On Wins
3 Martin Truex Jr. 862 25 4 3 23
4 Brad Keselowski 832 25 3 4 19
5 Joey Logano 919 25 2 7 17
6 Kevin Harvick 864 25 2 4 14
7 Chase Elliott 780 25 2 4 14
8 Kurt Busch 790 25 1 3 8
9 Alex Bowman 694 25 1 0 5
10 Erik Jones 694 25 1 0 5
11 Kyle Larson 714 25 0 4 4 Clinched On Points
12 Ryan Blaney 710 25 0 2 2
13 William Byron 683 25 0 1 1
14 Aric Almirola 674 25 0 1 1
15 Clint Bowyer 625 25 0 0 0 8
16 Daniel Suarez 617 25 0 0 0 0
17 Ryan Newman 617 25 0 0 0 0
18 Jimmie Johnson 599 25 0 1 1 -18
19 Paul Menard 548 25 0 0 0 -69
20 Chris Buescher 531 25 0 0 0 -86
21 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 483 25 0 0 0 -134
22 Matt DiBenedetto 467 25 0 0 0 -150
23 Austin Dillon 454 25 0 2 2 -163
24 Ty Dillon 417 25 0 2 2 -200
25 Daniel Hemric # 370 25 0 0 0 -247
26 Ryan Preece # 333 25 0 0 0 -284
27 Bubba Wallace 317 25 0 0 0 -300
28 Michael McDowell 304 25 0 0 0 -313
29 Corey LaJoie 280 25 0 0 0 -337
30 David Ragan 268 25 0 0 0 -349

 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Data

Season Race #: 26 of 36 (09-08-19)

Track Size: 2.5-miles

Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 9 degrees

Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 9 degrees

Banking/Straights: 0 degrees

Frontstretch Length: 3,330 feet

Backstretch Length:  3,300 feet

Race Length: 160 laps / 400 miles

Stages 1 & 2 Length: 50 laps (each)

Final Stage Length: 60 laps

 

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Indianapolis

Kyle Busch…………………………….. 106.7

Jimmie Johnson……………………… 101.3

Kevin Harvick…………………………… 98.6

Kyle Larson……………………………… 98.6

Denny Hamlin………………………….. 94.1

Erik Jones……………………………….. 93.4

Brad Keselowski………………………. 91.6

Joey Logano……………………………. 90.2

Clint Bowyer…………………………….. 86.0

Ryan Blaney……………………………. 81.9

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2018 races (14 total) among active drivers at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2018 pole winner:

None – Due to inclement weather

2018 race winner:

Brad Keselowski, Ford

128.629 mph, (03:06:35), 09-10-18

Track qualifying record:

Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet

188.889 mph, 47.647 secs. 07-25-14

(Set in Round 1 of 3)

Track race record:

Bobby Labonte, Pontiac

155.912 mph, (02:33:56), 08-05-00

INDIANAPOLIS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

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

 

Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford)

  • Two top 15s
  • Average finish of 20.5, 13th-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.762, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 81.9, 10th-best
  • 8 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best
  • 382 Laps in the Top 15 (58.7%), 15th-most
  • 96 Quality Passes, 17th-most

 

Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

  • Three top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.231, eighth-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.735, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 86, ninth-best
  • 28 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • 1,187 Laps in the Top 15 (56.8%), fifth-most
  • 271 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Two wins, five top fives, 11 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 10.714, second-best
  • Average Running Position of 10.836, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 106.7, series-best
  • 201 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
  • 1,733 Laps in the Top 15 (77.0%), series-most
  • 391 Quality Passes, series-most

 

Kurt Busch (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • One top five, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 19.714, 12th-best
  • Average Running Position of 18.215, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 78.9, 12th-best
  • 23 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • 1,182 Laps in the Top 15 (52.5%), sixth-most

 

  • 292 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Monster Energy Series
Indianapolis Pole Winners
Pole Winners Poles
1 Jeff Gordon 3
2 Ernie Irvan 2
3 Kevin Harvick 2
4 Kyle Busch 2
5 Carl Edwards 1
6 Casey Mears 1
7 David Ragan 1
8 Denny Hamlin 1
9 Elliott Sadler 1
10 Jeff Burton 1
11 Jimmie Johnson 1
12 Jimmy Spencer 1
13 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
14 Mark Martin 1
15 Reed Sorenson 1
16 Rick Mast 1
17 Ricky Rudd 1
18 Ryan Newman 1
19 Tony Stewart 1

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Five top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 12.846, sixth-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.584, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.1, fifth-best
  • 79 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
  • 1,412 Laps in the Top 15 (67.5%), fourth-most
  • 350 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

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

  • One win, six top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 10.286, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.722, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 98.6, third-best
  • 98 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • 1,633 Laps in the Top 15 (72.5%), second-most
  • 377 Quality Passes, second-most

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Four wins, six top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.214, seventh-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.589, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 101.3, second-best
  • 182 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • 1,576 Laps in the Top 15 (70.0%), third-most
  • 360 Quality Passes, third-most

 

Erik Jones (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • One top five, one top 10
  • Average finish of 16, 11th-best
  • Average Running Position of 10.271, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.4, sixth-best
  • 7 Fastest Laps Run, 17th-best
  • 263 Laps in the Top 15 (80.4%), 18th-most

 

  • 62 Quality Passes, 22nd-most

Monster Energy Series
Indianapolis Race Winners
Race Winners Wins
1 Jeff Gordon 5
2 Jimmie Johnson 4
3 Dale Jarrett 2
4 Kyle Busch 2
5 Tony Stewart 2
6 Bill Elliott 1
7 Bobby Labonte 1
8 Dale Earnhardt 1
9 Jamie McMurray 1
10 Kasey Kahne 1
11 Kevin Harvick 1
12 Paul Menard 1
13 Ricky Rudd 1
14 Ryan Newman 1
15 Brad Keselowski 1


Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)

  • One win, two top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.111, third-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.533, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.6, seventh-best
  • 47 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
  • 912 Laps in the Top 15 (62.9%), 11th-most
  • 225 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • One top five, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.6, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 9.735, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 98.6, fourth-best
  • 7 Fastest Laps Run, 16th-best
  • 715 Laps in the Top 15 (88.2%), 12th-most
  • 185 Quality Passes, 13th-most

 

Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)

  • Three top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.8, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.891, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.2, eighth-best
  • 22 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best
  • 1,048 Laps in the Top 15 (65.1%), eighth-most
  • 252 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

Ryan Newman (No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

  • One win, three top fives, five top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 15.643, ninth-best
  • Average Running Position of 18.23, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 78.9, 13th-best
  • 30 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best
  • 1,033 Laps in the Top 15 (45.9%), ninth-most
  • 241 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

 

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2019 Top 16 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Rank Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Kyle Busch 14 2 2 5 11 1 10.7 106.7
2 Joey Logano 10 0 0 3 6 0 11.8 90.2
3 Denny Hamlin 13 1 0 5 7 0 12.8 94.1
4 Kevin Harvick 18 2 1 6 12 0 9.4 98.6
5 Martin Truex Jr 14 0 0 1 3 3 20.9 78.4
6 Brad Keselowski 9 0 1 2 5 0 11.1 91.6
7 Kurt Busch 18 0 0 1 6 3 18.8 78.9
8 Chase Elliott 4 0 0 0 0 1 21.8 68.7
9 Kyle Larson 5 0 0 1 3 1 12.6 98.6
10 Ryan Blaney 4 0 0 0 0 2 20.5 81.9
11 Alex Bowman 3 0 0 0 0 1 38.7 34.3
12 Erik Jones 2 0 0 1 1 1 16.5 93.4
13 William Byron 1 0 0 0 0 0 19.0 73.2
14 Aric Almirola 7 0 0 0 0 0 22.3 67.5
15 Clint Bowyer 13 0 0 3 4 1 14.2 86.0
16 Daniel Suarez 2 0 0 0 1 0 12.5 76.3

* – Based on last 14 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2005 – 2018)

Loop Data Leaders: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Monster Energy Series – Top 3 In Key Loop Data Statistics
Driver Rating Avg. Running Position Laps Led
Kyle Busch 106.7 Kyle Larson 9.735 Kyle Busch 324
Jimmie Johnson 101.3 Erik Jones 10.271 Jimmie Johnson 302
Kevin Harvick 98.6 Kyle Busch 10.836 Kevin Harvick 152
Fastest Laps Run % of Laps in the Top 15 Quality Passes
Kyle Busch 201 Kyle Busch 1,733 (77.0%) Kyle Busch 391
Jimmie Johnson 182 Kevin Harvick 1,633 (72.5%) Kevin Harvick 377
Kevin Harvick 98 Jimmie Johnson 1,576 (70.0%) Jimmie Johnson 360
Loop Data stats are from 2005 – Present

At Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

History

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) has existed since 1909, and is the original “Speedway”, the first racing facility to incorporate the word into its name.
  • With a permanent seating capacity for more than 250,000-plus people and infield seating that raises capacity to an approximate 400,000, it is the largest and highest-capacity sporting facility in history.
  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was August 6, 1994 – won by Hendrick Motorsport’s driver Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet).
  • There have been 25 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; one per year from 1994 through 2018.

Starts

  • A total of 157 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; 125 have competed in more than one.
  • Jeff Gordon leads the Monster Energy Series in starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with 23.
  • Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman lead all active series drivers in starts at Indianapolis with 18 each.
  • Three drivers have made their first Monster Energy Series career start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Danny Sullivan and Geoff Brabham (8/6/1994); Ron Barfield Jr. (8/3/1997).
  • David Green (two starts) leads the series in average starting position at Indianapolis with a 6.0.
  • Ryan Newman leads all active series drivers in average starting position at Indianapolis with a 9.7.

Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Avg. Start Starts Rank Active Drivers Avg. Start Starts
1 David Green 6.000 2 1 Ryan Newman 9.667 18
2 Juan Pablo Montoya 6.625 8 2 Erik Jones 11.000 2
3 Kenny Irwin Jr 9.500 2 3 Brad Keselowski 11.778 9
4 Ryan Newman 9.667 18 4 Jimmie Johnson 12.059 17
5 Erik Jones 11.000 2 5 Joey Logano 12.300 10
6 Brad Keselowski 11.778 9 6 Denny Hamlin 12.385 13
7 Kasey Kahne 11.929 14 7 Kyle Larson 12.400 5
8 Jimmie Johnson 12.059 17 8 Kevin Harvick 12.722 18
9 Dale Earnhardt 12.286 7 9 Kurt Busch 15.056 18
10 Joey Logano 12.300 10 10 Kyle Busch 15.143 14

 

 

Poles

Monster Energy Series
Active Indianapolis Pole Winners
Pole Winners Poles
1 Kevin Harvick 2
2 Kyle Busch 2
3 Denny Hamlin 1
4 Jimmie Johnson 1
5 Ryan Newman 1
  • In total 19 different series drivers have won a Busch Pole Award at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; five are active this weekend.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the Monster Energy Series in poles at Indianapolis with three (1995, 1996, 1999).
  • Kevin Harvick (2003, 2014) and Kyle Busch (2016, 2017) lead all active drivers in poles at Indianapolis with two each.
  • Rick Mast won the inaugural Busch Pole Award at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1994 with a speed of 172.414 mph (Ford). 
  • Three drivers have won consecutive Busch poles at Indianapolis: Kyle Busch (2016-17), Jeff Gordon (1995-96) and Ernie Irvan (1997-98).
  • Youngest Indianapolis Busch pole winner: Reed Sorenson (07/29/2007 – 21 years, 5 months, 24 days).
  • Oldest Indianapolis Busch pole winner: Mark Martin (07/26/2009 – 50 years, 6 months, 17 days).
  • Reed Sorenson (07/29/07) is the only driver to post his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • Five different manufacturers have won at least one pole in the Monster Energy Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; led by Chevrolet with 10, followed by Ford (six), Toyota (four), Dodge (two) and Pontiac (two).

Wins

Monster Energy Series
Active Indianapolis Race Winners
Race Winners Wins
1 Jimmie Johnson 4
2 Kyle Busch 2
3 Kevin Harvick 1
4 Paul Menard 1
5 Ryan Newman 1
6 Brad Keselowski 1
  • A total of 15 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, six are active this weekend.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the series in wins at Indianapolis with five victories (1994, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2014).
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active series drivers in wins at Indianapolis with four victories (2006, 2008, 2009, 2012).
  • Kyle Busch is the only other active driver with multiple wins (2015, 2016).
  • Jimmie Johnson (2008-09) and Kyle Busch (2015-16) are the only two drivers to win consecutive Monster Energy Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • Youngest Indianapolis winner: Jeff Gordon (08/06/1994 – 23 years, 0 months, 2 days).
  • Oldest Indianapolis winner: Bill Elliott (08/04/2002 – 46 years, 9 months, 27 days).
  • Paul Menard (07/31/11) is the only series driver to post his first career MENCS win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • Four of the 25 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races (16%) at Indianapolis have been won from the Busch pole: Kevin Harvick (2003), Jimmie Johnson (2008), Ryan Newman (2013) and Kyle Busch (2016).
  • The pole position is the most proficient starting positions in the field, producing four winners – more than any other starting position at Indianapolis.
  • Six of the 25 (24%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Indianapolis have been won from the front row: four from the pole and two from second-place.

MENCS Wins by Starting Positions at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Starting Position Wins Winning % Starting Position Wins Winning %
1 4 16.00% 13 1 4.00%
2 2 8.00% 14 1 4.00%
3 3 12.00% 15 1 4.00%
4 2 8.00% 16 1 4.00%
5 1 4.00% 19 1 4.00%
6 2 8.00% 22 1 4.00%
7 1 4.00% 24 1 4.00%
9 1 4.00% 27 1 4.00%
11 1 4.00%  
Stats Winning % Wins
Winning from the First Starting Position: 16.00% 4
Winning from the Front Row: 24.00% 6
Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position: 48.00% 12
Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position: 64.00% 16
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20: 12.00% 3

 

  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Indianapolis is 27th, by Jeff Gordon in 2001.
  • In 2016, Kyle Busch became the first driver in history to sweep both the NASCAR Xfinity Series race from the pole and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race from the pole in the same weekend at Indianapolis.
  • All seven active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race winners at Indianapolis Motor Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane.
  • Jeff Gordon won the Brickyard 400 in his first start at Indianapolis (inaugural event 1994).
  • Ryan Newman competed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 12-times before winning in 2013; the longest span of any the six active series winners.
  • Kurt Busch leads the series among active drivers with the most starts at Indianapolis without visiting Victory Lane at 18; followed by Martin Truex Jr. (14).
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Indianapolis in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with 10; followed by Joe Gibbs Racing (five) and Richard Childress Racing (three).
  • Four different manufacturers have won at Indianapolis; led by Chevrolet with 17 victories; followed by Ford (four), Toyota (two), Dodge and Pontiac each have one.
  • Chevrolet won 12-straight from 2003-2014.

 

Additional Finishing Positions

  • A total of 18 different drivers have finished runner up in Monster Energy Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace and Matt Kenseth lead the series in runner-up finishes at Indianapolis with three each.
  • Kyle Busch leads all active Monster Energy Series drivers in runner-up finishes with two.
  • A total of 43 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished in the top-five at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Indianapolis with 12; followed by Matt Kenseth (nine) and Tony Stewart (seven).
  • Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick lead all active drivers in top fives with six each.
  • A total of 63 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished inside the top-10 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at Indianapolis with 17.
  • Kevin Harvick leads all active series drivers in top 10s at Indianapolis with 12.
  • Daniel Suarez leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Indianapolis with a 7.0 in one start. Below are the top five MENCS drivers (all-time and active) in average finish at IMS:

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Average Finish Starts Rank Active Drivers Average Finish Starts
1 Kevin Harvick 9.389 18 1 Kevin Harvick 9.389 18
2 Tony Stewart 9.722 18 2 Kyle Busch 10.714 14
3 Morgan Shepherd 10.000 4 3 Brad Keselowski 11.111 9
4 Jeff Gordon 10.043 23 4 Joey Logano 11.800 10
5 Rusty Wallace 10.250 12 5 Daniel Suarez 12.500 2
6 Dale Earnhardt 10.429 7 6 Kyle Larson 12.600 5
7 Kyle Busch 10.714 14 7 Denny Hamlin 12.846 13
8 Brad Keselowski 11.111 9 8 Clint Bowyer 14.154 13
9 Ernie Irvan 11.800 5 9 Jimmie Johnson 15.412 17
10 Joey Logano 11.800 10 10 Chris Buescher 16.000 3

Track Specific Stats

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring (1993) the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the August 3, 1997 race won by Ricky Rudd over Bobby Labonte with a margin of victory of 0.183 second.

Top Five Monster Energy Series Margin of Victory Finishes at Indianapolis

Date Margin of Victory Race Winner Runner-Up
8/3/1997 0.183 Ricky Rudd Bobby Labonte
7/27/2008 0.332 Jimmie Johnson Carl Edwards
7/26/2015 0.332 Kyle Busch Joey Logano
8/5/1995 0.370 Dale Earnhardt Rusty Wallace
7/26/2009 0.400 Jimmie Johnson Mark Martin

 

  • Four of the 25 series races at Indianapolis have resulted with NASCAR Overtime:
Date Scheduled No. of Laps Actual No. of Laps NASCAR Overtime Laps Race Winner
7/23/2017 160 167 7 Kasey Kahne
7/24/2016 160 170 10 Kyle Busch
7/26/2015 160 164 4 Kyle Busch
8/8/2004 160 161 1 Jeff Gordon

 

  • None of the 25 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway only once – last season’s event (2018).

 

Lap Leader Stats

  • A total of 82 different series drivers have led at least one lap at Indianapolis.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the series in laps led at Indianapolis with 528 laps led in 23 starts.
  • Kyle Busch leads all active series drivers in laps led at Indianapolis with 324 laps led in 14 starts.

Top 10 Monster Energy Series Lap Leaders at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Rank All-Time Drivers Laps Led Laps Completed % Starts
1 Jeff Gordon 528 3,519 15.0% 23
2 Kyle Busch 324 2,156 15.0% 14
3 Jimmie Johnson 302 2,543 11.9% 17
4 Tony Stewart 227 2,895 7.8% 18
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 203 1,229 16.5% 8
6 Kevin Harvick 203 2,890 7.0% 18
7 Dale Jarrett 186 2,003 9.3% 13
8 Kasey Kahne 170 2,140 7.9% 14
9 Bill Elliott 157 2,558 6.1% 16
10 Rusty Wallace 148 1,852 8.0% 12

 

  • The most laps led in a Monster Energy Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is 149 laps led of 170 laps completed by Kyle Busch on July 24, 2016 – he won the event starting from the pole position.
  • The most laps led in a Monster Energy Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway by a driver that did not win the event was 116 laps led by Juan Pablo Montoya who finished 11th on July 26, 2009 – he started second.

 

Female Competitor Stats

  • Danica Patrick became the first female driver to compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2013.
Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Driver Rating Date
Danica Patrick 23 11 62.3 7/23/2017
Danica Patrick 24 22 57.8 7/24/2016
Danica Patrick 15 27 76.0 7/26/2015
Danica Patrick 14 42 67.0 7/27/2014
Danica Patrick 33 30 48.5 7/28/2013
Averages 21.8 26.4 62.3
  • Shawna Robinson (08/05/01) is the only other female driver to attempt to compete in the series at Indianapolis, but she failed to qualify for the event.

NASCAR in Indiana

  • A total of 81 NASCAR national series races have been held in the state of Indiana.
Tracks in Indiana
Track Name City MENCS NXS NGOTS Total Races
1 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway 25 7 0 32
2 Lucas Oil Raceway Indianapolis 0 30 17 47
3 Funks Speedway Winchester 1 0 0 1
4 Playland Park Speedway South Bend 1 0 0 1
Totals 27 37 17 81
  • The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Indiana was at Funks Speedway in Winchester on October 15, 1950. The race was won by Lloyd Moore in a Mercury.

 

Indiana Drivers in NASCAR

  • A total of 82 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Indiana.
  • 12 of the 82 drivers from Indiana have won a NASCAR national series event; led by Tony Stewart from Columbus, Indiana with 62 NASCAR national series combined wins.
  • Tony Stewart (2005, 2007) from Columbus and Ryan Newman (2013) from South Bend are the only two drivers from Indiana to win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Drivers From Indiana
Driver MENCS NXS NGOTS Totals
1 Tony Stewart 49 11 2 62
2 Ryan Newman 18 7 1 26
3 Darel Dieringer 7 0 0 7
4 Charlie Glotzbach 4 0 0 4
5 John Andretti 2 0 0 2
6 Earl Balmer 1 0 0 1
7 Larry Frank 1 0 0 1
8 Justin Haley 1 0 3 4
9 Dick Passwater 1 0 0 1
10 Tony Raines 0 0 4 4
11 Chase Briscoe 0 2 2 4
12 Kenny Irwin Jr 0 0 2 2
Totals 84 20 14 118

 

Monster Energy Series – Achievable Milestones
Wins            
Jimmie Johnson   Has: 83   Needs: 1
To tie Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for fourth on the all-time series wins list.
Kyle Busch   Has: 55   Needs: 21
To tie Dale Earnhardt for eighth on the all-time Monster Energy Series wins list.
Kevin Harvick   Has: 47   Needs: 1
To tie Herb Thomas for 15th on the all-time Monster Energy Series wins list.
Denny Hamlin   Has: 35   Needs: 2
To tie Bobby Isaac (37) for 22nd on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
Kurt Busch   Has: 31   Needs: 1
To tie Dale Jarrett for 25th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
Brad Keselowski   Has: 30   Needs: 2
To tie Dale Jarrett for 25th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
Joey Logano   Has: 23   Needs: 2
To tie Jim Paschal and Joe Weatherly for 32nd on the all-time Monster Energy Series wins list.
Martin Truex Jr.   Has: 23   Needs: 2
To tie Jim Paschal and Joe Weatherly for 32nd on the all-time Monster Energy Series wins list.

Monster Energy Series – Achievable Milestones
Busch Poles            
Ryan Newman   Has: 51   Needs: 3
Tie Bill Elliott for eighth on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.
Jimmie Johnson   Has: 36   Needs: 1
To tie Geoff Bodine for 16th on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.
Kyle Busch   Has: 31   Needs: 1
To tie Fred Lorenzen and Fireball Roberts for 21st on the all-time series poles list.
Denny Hamlin   Has: 31   Needs: 1
To tie Fred Lorenzen and Fireball Roberts for 21st on the all-time series poles list.
Kevin Harvick   Has: 29   Needs: 1
To tie Denny Hamlin for 25th on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.
Kurt Busch   Has: 27   Needs: 1
To tie Kevin Harvick for 27th on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.
Joey Logano   Has: 22   Needs: 1
To tie Dale Earnhardt, Jack Smith, Ken Schrader for 33rd on the all-time series poles list.
Laps Led            
Jimmie Johnson   Has: 18,787   Needs: 213
To become the ninth driver in the series to lead 19,000 laps.
Kyle Busch   Has: 17,015   Needs: 985
To become the 10th driver in the series to lead 18,000 laps.
Kevin Harvick   Has: 13,675   Needs: 325
To become the 11th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 14,000 laps.
Kurt Busch   Has: 9,709   Needs: 291
To become the 18th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 10,000 laps.
Denny Hamlin   Has: 9,596   Needs: 404
To become the 18th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 10,000 laps.
Martin Truex Jr.   Has: 8,149   Needs: 851
To become the 21st driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 9,000 laps.
Brad Keselowski   Has: 7,281   Needs: 719
To become the 26th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 8,000 laps.
Joey Logano   Has: 5,758   Needs: 242
To become the 36th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 6,000 laps.

 

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