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NASCAR News: Statistical analysis of the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

 

Statistical Advance: Analyzing the South Point 400

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 9, 2019) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada, going into the South Point 400 on Sunday, September 15 at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

 

Rank Driver Points Ldr Nxt Starts Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts
1 Kyle Busch 2,045 0 0 26 4 10 45
2 Denny Hamlin 2,030 -15 15 26 4 3 30
3 Martin Truex Jr 2,029 -16 1 26 4 3 29
4 Kevin Harvick 2,028 -17 1 26 3 5 28
5 Joey Logano 2,028 -17 0 26 2 8 28
6 Brad Keselowski 2,024 -21 4 26 3 4 24
7 Chase Elliott 2,018 -27 6 26 2 4 18
8 Kurt Busch 2,011 -34 7 26 1 3 11
9 Alex Bowman 2,005 -40 6 26 1 0 5
10 Erik Jones 2,005 -40 0 26 1 0 5
11 Kyle Larson 2,005 -40 0 26 0 4 5
12 Ryan Blaney 2,004 -41 1 26 0 2 4
13 William Byron 2,001 -44 3 26 0 1 1
14 Aric Almirola 2,001 -44 0 26 0 1 1
15 Clint Bowyer 2,000 -45 1 26 0 0 0
16 Ryan Newman 2,000 -45 0 26 0 0 0

 

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Data

Season Race #: 27 of 36 (09-15-19)

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 miles)

Stage 1 & 2 Length: 80 laps (each)

Final Stage Length: 107 laps

 

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Las Vegas

Jimmie Johnson…………………… 104.6

Kyle Busch…………………………. 103.7

Kevin Harvick……………………… 102.5

Joey Logano……………………….. 101.6

Brad Keselowski……………………. 96.1

Martin Truex Jr……………………… 95.7

Kyle Larson………………………….. 93.3

Chase Elliott…………………………. 91.3

Ryan Blaney…………………………. 90.2

Erik Jones……………………………. 87.5

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2019 races (16 total) among active drivers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

 

 

 

 

LAS VEGAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

(Driver loop stats below are from 2005 – Present)

 

1 – Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 110.3, series-best

2019 Rundown

  • Four wins, 13 top fives, 21 top 10s
  • Led 1,166 laps
  • Average Finish of 8.2

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, seven top fives, nine top 10s, two poles
  • Average finish of 12.2, second-best
  • Average Running Position of 9.252, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 103.7, second-best
  • 197 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
  • 3,272 Laps in the Top 15 (81.2%), series-most
  • 618 Quality Passes, second-most

 

2 – Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.2, sixth-best

2019 Rundown

  • Four wins, 13 top fives, 17 top 10s, one pole
  • Led 373 laps
  • Average Finish of 9.7

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Two top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.7, eighth-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.668, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 82.9, 11th-best
  • 41 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best
  • 2,216 Laps in the Top 15 (55%), eighth-most
  • 521 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

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

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.9, fourth-best

2019 Rundown

  • Four wins, ten top fives, 15 top 10s
  • Led 614 laps
  • Average Finish of 11.3

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, four top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.5, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.661, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.7, sixth-best
  • 212 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
  • 2,810 Laps in the Top 15 (69.7%), fourth-most
  • 545 Quality Passes, third-most

 

 

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Monster Energy Series Winners

Race Winner Date
Joey Logano 3/3/2019
Brad Keselowski 9/16/2018
Kevin Harvick 3/4/2018
Martin Truex Jr 3/12/2017
Brad Keselowski 3/6/2016
Kevin Harvick 3/8/2015
Brad Keselowski 3/9/2014
Matt Kenseth 3/10/2013
Tony Stewart 3/11/2012
Carl Edwards 3/6/2011
Jimmie Johnson 2/28/2010
Kyle Busch 3/1/2009
Carl Edwards 3/2/2008
Jimmie Johnson 3/11/2007
Jimmie Johnson 3/12/2006
Jimmie Johnson 3/13/2005
Matt Kenseth 3/7/2004
Matt Kenseth 3/2/2003
Sterling Marlin 3/3/2002
Jeff Gordon 3/4/2001
Jeff Burton 3/5/2000
Jeff Burton 3/7/1999
Mark Martin 3/1/1998

Las Vegas Race Data:

Track race record:

Brad Keselowski, Ford

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

 

2018 race winner:

Brad Keselowski, Ford

111.849 mph, (03:28:15), 09-16-18

 

 

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

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.8, second-best

2019 Rundown

  • Three wins, nine top fives, 17 top 10s, five poles
  • Led 712 laps
  • Average Finish of 11.6

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Two wins, six top fives, nine top 10s, one pole
  • Average finish of 14.3, ninth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.14, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 102.5, third-best
  • 317 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • 3,140 Laps in the Top 15 (73.1%), second-most
  • 515 Quality Passes, sixth-most
  • 863 Laps in the Top 15 (80.4), third-most
  • 169 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

5 – Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.3, third-best

2019 Rundown

  • Two wins, ten top fives, 15 top 10s, two poles
  • Led 672 laps
  • Average Finish of 10.3

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, five top fives, eight top 10s, one pole
  • Average finish of 8.5, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 9.392, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 101.6, fourth-best
  • 164 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best
  • 2,558 Laps in the Top 15 (79.3%), sixth-most
  • 452 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

6 – Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.9, fifth-best

2019 Rundown

  • Three wins, nine top fives, 14 top 10s, two poles
  • Led 966 laps
  • Average Finish of 12.5

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Three wins, six top fives, eight top 10s, two poles
  • Average finish of 12.3, seventh-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.535, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.1, fifth-best
  • 234 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • 2,233 Laps in the Top 15 (69.2%), seventh-most
  • 379 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

 

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Monster Energy Series

Pole Winners

Pole Winner Date
Kevin Harvick 3/1/2019
Erik Jones 9/16/2018
Ryan Blaney 3/2/2018
Brad Keselowski 3/12/2017
Kurt Busch 3/6/2016
Jeff Gordon 3/8/2015
Joey Logano 3/9/2014
Kasey Kahne 3/11/2012
Matt Kenseth 3/6/2011
Kurt Busch 2/28/2010
Kyle Busch 3/1/2009
Kyle Busch 3/2/2008
Kasey Kahne 3/11/2007
Greg Biffle 3/12/2006
Ryan Newman 3/13/2005
Kasey Kahne 3/7/2004
Bobby Labonte 3/2/2003
Todd Bodine 3/3/2002
Dale Jarrett 3/4/2001
Ricky Rudd 3/5/2000
Bobby Labonte 3/7/1999
Dale Jarrett 3/1/1998

 

Las Vegas Qualifying Data:

Track qualifying record:

Kurt Busch, Chevrolet

196.328 mph. 27.505 secs. 03-04-16

 

2018 pole winner:

Erik Jones, Toyota

188.121 mph, 28.705 secs. 09-15-18

 

 

 

 

7 – Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.5, seventh-best

2019 Rundown

  • Two wins, eight top fives, 11 top 10s, three poles
  • Led 531 laps
  • Average Finish of 13.7

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • One top five, two top 10s
  • Average finish of 24.0, 23rd-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.489, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.3, eighth-best
  • 35 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best
  • 1,111 Laps in the Top 15 (82.9%), 14th-most
  • 242 Quality Passes, 14th-most

 

8 – Kurt Busch (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 89.9, ninth-best

2019 Rundown

  • One win, five top fives, 14 top 10s
  • Led 188 laps
  • Average Finish of 11.8

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Two top fives, five top 10s, two poles
  • Average finish of 22.1, 19th-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.649, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 82.9, 12th-best
  • 62 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • 2,015 Laps in the Top 15 (50%), ninth-most
  • 376 Quality Passes, 12th-most

 

9 – Alex Bowman (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 83.2, 13th-best

2019 Rundown

  • One win, four top fives, seven top 10s
  • Led 182 laps
  • Average Finish of 14.2

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • One top 15, three top 20s
  • Average finish of 25.2, 26th-best
  • Average Running Position of 23.822, 24th-best
  • Driver Rating of 60.1, 22nd-best
  • 20 Fastest Laps Run, 18th-best
  • 532 Laps in the Top 15 (39.7%), 20th-most
  • 164 Quality Passes, 20th-most

10 – Erik Jones (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.9. 12th-best

2019 Rundown

  • One win, nine top fives, 13 top 10s
  • Led 162 laps
  • Average Finish of 14.4

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • One top 10, one pole
  • Average finish of 19.0, 15th-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.028, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.5, 10th-best
  • 20 Fastest Laps Run, 16th-best
  • 866 Laps in the Top 15 (80.7%), 17th-most
  • 180 Quality Passes, 18th-most

 

11 – Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.0, 10th-best

2019 Rundown

  • Six top fives, 12 top 10s, one pole
  • Led 302 laps
  • Average Finish of 15.2

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Three top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.4, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.781, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.3, seventh-best
  • 62 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best
  • 1,236 Laps in the Top 15 (66%), 13th-most
  • 271 Quality Passes, 13th-most

 

12 – Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.7, eighth-best

2019 Rundown

  • Seven top fives, 12 top 10s, one pole
  • Led 384 laps
  • Average Finish of 14.6

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Two top fives, four top 10s, one pole
  • Average finish of 10.7, third-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.432, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.2, ninth-best
  • 40 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best
  • 1,065 Laps in the Top 15 (66.3%), 15th-most
  • 190 Quality Passes, 17th-most

13 – William Byron (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.7, 15th-best

2019 Rundown

  • Three top fives, nine top 10s, four poles
  • Led 181 laps
  • Average Finish of 14.3

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • One top 20
  • Average finish of 26.7, 28th-best
  • Average Running Position of 21.567, 20th-best
  • Driver Rating of 62.9, 21st-best
  • 10 Fastest Laps Run, 23rd-best
  • 246 Laps in the Top 15 (30.5%), 24th-most
  • 75 Quality Passes, 24th-most

 

14 – Aric Almirola (No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 83.0, 14th-best

2019 Rundown

  • One top five, ten top 10s, one pole
  • Led 112 laps
  • Average Finish of 14.8

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Three top 10s
  • Average finish of 22.9, 20th-best
  • Average Running Position of 23.329, 22nd-best
  • Driver Rating of 64, 20th-best
  • 16 Fastest Laps Run, 21st-best
  • 982 Laps in the Top 15 (30.4%), 16th-most
  • 236 Quality Passes, 15th-most

 

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

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 85.6, 11th-best

2019 Rundown

  • Six top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Led 86 laps
  • Average Finish of 15.7

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • One top five, four top 10s,
  • Average finish of 17.9, 14th-best
  • Average Running Position of 18.296, 18th-best
  • Driver Rating of 72.3, 18th-best
  • 29 Fastest Laps Run, 14th-best
  • 1,817 Laps in the Top 15 (45.1%), 11th-most
  • 410 Quality Passes, 10th-most

16 – Ryan Newman (No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 71.7, 18th-best

2019 Rundown

  • One top five, nine top 10s
  • Led 16 laps
  • Average Finish of 14.0

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Four top fives, nine top 10s, one pole
  • Average finish of 15.9, 10th-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.283, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 80.5, 13th-best
  • 54 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • 2,644 Laps in the Top 15 (61.5%), fifth-most
  • 532 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Fast Facts: Race #1 (Las Vegas)

  • This is the second year the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs has opened at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. New Hampshire was the first race of the Playoffs from 2004 – 2010, and Chicago was the first race from 2011 – 2017.
  • Of the 10 tracks on the Playoff schedule in 2018, the three tracks in the Round of 16 (Las Vegas, Richmond and the Charlotte Road Course) have all hosted the fewest Playoff races with just their second Playoff event happening this season.
  • Four times the winner of the opening race of the postseason has went on to win the title – 2004, 2011, 2012, and 2017:

o   In 2004 (inaugural MENCS Playoffs), Kurt Busch won the opening race of the Playoff at New Hampshire and went on to win the title.

o   In 2011 (race was delayed until Monday due to rain), Tony Stewart won his first race of the season at Chicago to open the Playoffs. Stewart went on to set the record for the most wins in a Playoff run with five victories and the title.

o   In 2012, Brad Keselowski won the Playoff race at Chicago and went on to win the title.

o   In 2017, Martin Truex Jr. won the Playoff race at Chicago and went on to win the title.

  • The worst finish in the opening race of the Playoffs by a driver that went on to win the title was Jimmie Johnson’s 39th-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the 2006 postseason.
  • The worst finish in the opening Playoff race at Chicago for a driver that went on to win the title was Jimmie Johnson’s 12th-place finish in 2016. Eventual champions and their finish at Chicago: 2015 Kyle Busch – ninth; 2014 Kevin Harvick – fifth; 2013 Jimmie Johnson – fifth; 2012 Brad Keselowski – first; 2011 Tony Stewart – first.
  • The worst finish in the opening race of the Playoffs at Las Vegas by a driver that went on to win the title was Joey Logano’s third-place finish last season.
  • No non-Playoff driver has ever won the opening race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
  • Since the inception of the elimination-style format of the Playoffs in 2014, the deepest seeded drivers entering the Playoffs to go on and win the title were Kevin Harvick, 2014 (seventh seed) and Joey Logano, 2018 (seventh seed); the remaining champions all started within the top five: Kyle Busch, 2015 (No. 1 seed); Jimmie Johnson, 2016 (fifth seed); Martin Truex Jr. (No. 1 seed).

 

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

Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Kyle Busch 16 2 1 7 9 2 12.3 103.7
2 Denny Hamlin 15 0 0 2 7 1 13.7 82.9
3 Martin Truex Jr 15 0 1 4 7 0 11.5 95.7
4 Kevin Harvick 20 1 2 6 9 2 14.8 102.5
5 Joey Logano 12 1 1 5 8 0 8.5 101.6
6 Brad Keselowski 12 1 3 6 8 0 12.3 96.1
7 Chase Elliott 5 0 0 1 2 3 24.0 91.3
8 Kurt Busch 19 2 0 2 5 4 21.5 82.9
9 Alex Bowman 5 0 0 0 0 1 25.2 60.1
10 Erik Jones 4 1 0 0 1 1 19.0 87.5
11 Kyle Larson 7 0 0 3 4 0 11.4 93.3
12 Ryan Blaney 6 1 0 2 4 0 10.7 90.2
13 William Byron 3 0 0 0 0 1 26.7 62.9
14 Aric Almirola 12 0 0 0 3 3 22.9 64.0
15 Clint Bowyer 15 0 0 1 4 0 17.9 72.3
16 Ryan Newman 20 1 0 4 9 2 16.0 80.5

* – Based on last 16 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (2005 – 2019).

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 by Ken Schrader on Nov. 2, 1996.
    • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was held on March 1, 1998. Dale Jarrett won the pole for the event and Mark Martin won the race.
    • In 2006, the track was reconfigured to include progressive banking.
    • In total there have been 23 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 1.5-mile track has hosted one race per season from 1998 to 2017; last season marked the first time Las Vegas hosted two Monster Energy Series events in a single season.

Starts

  • In total 159 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; 123 have competed in more than one.
  • Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman lead the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with 20 each.
  • A total of six drivers have made their Monster Energy Series career debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Stanton Barrett (1999), Kyle Busch (2004), Timmy Hill (2012), Jon Wood, Aric Almirola (2007) and Cole Custer (2018).
  • Joey Logano (12 starts) leads the Monster Energy Series in average starting position at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a 7.8.

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

Rank All-Time Drivers Average Start Starts Rank Active Drivers Average Start Starts
1 Joey Logano 7.8 12 1 Joey Logano 7.8 12
2 Kyle Busch 8.9 16 2 Kyle Busch 8.9 16
3 Erik Jones 9.0 4 3 Erik Jones 9.0 4
4 Jerry Nadeau 9.4 6 4 Kyle Larson 9.6 7
5 Kyle Larson 9.6 7 5 Chase Elliott 10.0 5
6 Chase Elliott 10.0 5 6 Kurt Busch 10.0 19
7 Kurt Busch 10.0 19 7 Brad Keselowski 10.7 12
8 Brad Keselowski 10.7 12 8 Ryan Blaney 11.2 6
9 Scott Riggs 10.8 7 9 Jimmie Johnson 12.7 19
10 Kasey Kahne 10.9 15 10 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 14.8 8

 

Poles

Pole Winners at Las Vegas
Pole Winners (16) Poles
Kasey Kahne 3
Bobby Labonte 2
Dale Jarrett 2
Kurt Busch 2
Kyle Busch 2
Brad Keselowski 1
Erik Jones 1
Greg Biffle 1
Jeff Gordon 1
Joey Logano 1
Matt Kenseth 1
Ricky Rudd 1
Ryan Blaney 1
Ryan Newman 1
Todd Bodine 1
Kevin Harvick 1
  • A total of 16 different drivers have won a Busch Pole Award in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas, eight are active this weekend.
  • Kasey Kahne leads the series in poles at Las Vegas with three poles (2004, 2007 and 2012).
  • Five drivers have multiple poles – Kasey Kahne (three), Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch (two each).
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett won the series’ inaugural pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 168.224 mph (32.773 secs.).
  • Kyle Busch is the only driver to win consecutive poles at LVMS from 2008-2009.
  • Youngest LVMS pole winner: Erik Jones (Sept. 16, 2018 – 22 years, 3 months, 17 days).
  • Oldest LVMS pole winner: Dale Jarrett (Mar. 4, 2001 – 44 years, 3 months, 6 days).
  • Only one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver has posted his first career pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Kasey Kahne (03/07/2004).
  • In total five different manufacturers have won a pole at Las Vergas Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy Series; led by Ford (10), and followed by Chevrolet (four), Dodge (four), Toyota (three) and Pontiac (one).

Wins

Race Winners – Las Vegas
Winners (13) Wins
Jimmie Johnson 4
Brad Keselowski 3
Matt Kenseth 3
Carl Edwards 2
Jeff Burton 2
Kevin Harvick 2
Jeff Gordon 1
Kyle Busch 1
Mark Martin 1
Martin Truex Jr 1
Sterling Marlin 1
Tony Stewart 1
Joey Logano 1
  • A total of 13 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; six are active this weekend.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with four victories (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010).
  • Six drivers (all-time) have multiple Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins at Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson (four), Matt Kenseth (three), Brad Keselowski (three), Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards (each have two).
  • Youngest LVMS winner: Kyle Busch (Mar. 01, 2009 – 23 years, 9 months, 27 days).
  • Oldest LVMS winner: Sterling Marlin (Mar. 03, 2002 – 44 years, 7 months, 32 days).

 

  • Three drivers have won consecutive races at Las Vegas: Jeff Burton (1999, 2000); Matt Kenseth (2003, 2004) and Jimmie Johnson, who is the only driver to win three consecutive races (2005, 2006 and 2007).
  • Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in wins at Las Vegas with seven victories, followed by Hendrick Motorsports with five, Stewart-Haas Racing (four), Team Penske (three), Joe Gibbs Racing (two),  Chip Ganassi Racing and Furniture Row Racing (each have one).
  • Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch became the first and only driver to win from the pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy Series, he accomplished the feat on March 1, 2009.
  • Five of the 23 Las Vegas races (21.7%) have been won from the front row: Kyle Busch, 2009 (pole); Carl Edwards, 2008 (second starting position); Brad Keselowski, 2014 (second starting position); Martin Truex Jr., 2017 (second starting position); Kevin Harvick, 2018 (second starting position).
  • The second starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field producing more winners (four) than any other starting position at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

 

MENCS Wins by Starting Positions at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Starting Position Wins Winning % Starting Position Wins Winning %
1 1 4.35% 13 1 4.35%
2 4 17.39% 17 1 4.35%
3 2 8.70% 18 2 8.70%
4 1 4.35% 19 1 4.35%
7 2 8.70% 20 1 4.35%
9 1 4.35% 23 1 4.35%
10 1 4.35% 24 2 8.70%
11 1 4.35% 25 1 4.35%
Stats Winning % Wins
Winning from the Pole: 4.35% 1
Winning from the Front Row: 21.74% 5
Winning from a Top-5 Starting Position: 34.78% 8
Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position: 52.17% 12
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20: 17.39% 4

 

  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 25th, by Matt Kenseth in 2004.
  • Eight of the 13 Monster Energy NASCAR 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.
  • Ryan Newman leads the series among active drivers with the most starts at Las Vegas without visiting Victory Lane at 20 races; followed by Kurt Busch with 19.

 

  • Four manufacturers have visited Victory Lane in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas, led by Ford (12), Chevrolet (seven), Toyota (three) and Dodge (one).
  • No Monster Energy Series drivers have won their first career race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

 

Additional Finishing Positions

  • A total of 17 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished runner-up at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series in runner-up finishes at Las Vegas with three.
  • Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson lead all active drivers in second-place finishes in the Monster Energy Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with two each.

 

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at LVMS (All-Time & Active)
Drivers Runner-Up Finishes Active Drivers Runner-Up Finishes
Dale Earnhardt Jr 3 Kyle Busch 2
Kasey Kahne 2 Kyle Larson 2
Kyle Busch 2 Clint Bowyer 1
Kyle Larson 2 Jimmie Johnson 1
Tony Stewart 2 Joey Logano 1
Kevin Harvick 1
Martin Truex Jr 1
Brad Keselowski 1

 

  • A total of 39 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished inside the top-five at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • Kyle Busch leads the series in top-five finishes at Las Vegas with seven top fives.

 

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at LVMS (All-Time & Active)
Drivers Top Fives Active Drivers Top Fives
Kyle Busch 7 Kyle Busch 7
Brad Keselowski 6 Brad Keselowski 6
Jeff Gordon 6 Jimmie Johnson 6
Jimmie Johnson 6 Kevin Harvick 6
Kevin Harvick 6 Joey Logano 5
Mark Martin 6
Matt Kenseth 6
Tony Stewart 6

 

 

  • A total of 59 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished inside the top-10 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin lead the series in top-10 finishes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with 10 each.
  • Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers in top-10 finishes at Las Vegas with nine each.

 

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at LVMS (All-Time & Active)
Drivers Top 10s Active Drivers Top 10s
Dale Earnhardt Jr 10 Jimmie Johnson 9
Mark Martin 10 Ryan Newman 9
Matt Kenseth 10 Kevin Harvick 9
Jimmie Johnson 9 Kyle Busch 9
Ryan Newman 9 Brad Keselowski 8
Tony Stewart 9 Joey Logano 8

 

  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in average finishing position at Las Vegas with a 7.667.
  • Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy Series in average finish at LVMS with a 8.5.

 

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Las Vegas (All-Time & Active)
Rank All-Time Driver Average Finish Starts Rank Active Drivers Average Finish Starts
1 Dale Earnhardt 7.7 3 1 Joey Logano 8.5 12
2 Joey Logano 8.5 12 2 Ryan Blaney 10.7 6
3 Ryan Blaney 10.7 6 3 Kyle Larson 11.4 7
4 Kyle Larson 11.4 7 4 Martin Truex Jr 11.5 15
5 Martin Truex Jr 11.5 15 5 Jimmie Johnson 12.0 19
6 Jimmie Johnson 12.0 19 6 Kyle Busch 12.3 16
7 Jeff Burton 12.2 17 7 Brad Keselowski 12.3 12
8 Kyle Busch 12.3 16 8 Denny Hamlin 13.7 15
9 Brad Keselowski 12.3 12 9 Kevin Harvick 14.8 20
10 Carl Edwards 12.7 12 10 Paul Menard 15.6 14

 

Female Competitors

  • Danica Patrick and Shawna Robinson are the only two female drivers to compete at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Driver Season Starting Position Finishing Position Driver Rating
Danica Patrick 2017 28 36 40.8
Danica Patrick 2016 18 21 54.9
Danica Patrick 2015 21 27 60.4
Danica Patrick 2014 22 21 58.0
Danica Patrick 2013 37 33 40.5
Averages 25.2 27.6 50.9
Driver Season Starting Position Finishing Position Driver Rating
Shawna Robinson 2002 36 42 N/A

Track Specific Stats

  • Twice the Monster Energy Series race has resulted with a NASCAR Overtime finish at Las Vegas:
Date Scheduled No. of Laps Actual No. of Laps NASCAR Overtime Winner Runner-Up
3/12/2006 267 270 3 Jimmie Johnson Matt Kenseth
9/16/2018 267 272 5 Brad Keselowski Kyle Larson

 

  • Only one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas has ended early due to weather:
Date Scheduled No. of Laps Actual No. of Laps No. of Fewer Laps Winner Runner-Up
3/5/2000 267 148 119 Jeff Burton Tony Stewart

 

  • Qualifying has only been cancelled once at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy Series in 2013. As a result, Brad Keselowski started from the first starting position.
  • The closest margin of victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was the March 12, 2006 race won by Jimmie Johnson over Matt Kenseth by a margin of 0.045 second.

Top Five Closest Margins of Victory in the Monster Energy Series at Las Vegas

Margin of Victory Race Winner Runner-Up Date
0.045 Jimmie Johnson Matt Kenseth 3/12/2006
0.236 Joey Logano Brad Keselowski 3/3/2019
0.411 Kyle Busch Clint Bowyer 3/1/2009
0.461 Tony Stewart Jimmie Johnson 3/11/2012
0.504 Carl Edwards Dale Earnhardt Jr 3/2/2008

 

NASCAR in Nevada

  • There has been a total of 72 NASCAR national series races among two tracks in the state of Nevada.
Tracks in Nevada
Track Name City Monster Energy Xfinity Gander Outdoors Total First Year
Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas 23 24 24 71 1996
Las Vegas Park Speedway Las Vegas 1 0 0 1 1955
Totals 24 24 24 72

 

  • The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Nevada was at Las Vegas Park Speedway on October 16, 1955. Las Vegas Park Speedway was a 1-mile dirt track, and the event was 200 laps. Norm Nelson won the race driving a Chrysler.

Nevada in NASCAR

  • A total of 28 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Nevada.
  • Five drivers with their home state recorded as Nevada have won at least one NASCAR national series race.

 

Drivers From  Nevada
Driver Monster Energy Xfinity Gander Outdoors Combined
Kyle Busch 55 96 56 207
Kurt Busch 31 5 4 40
Brendan Gaughan 0 2 8 10
Spencer Gallagher 0 1 0 1
Noah Gragson 0 0 2 2
Totals 86 104 70 260

 

Monster Energy Series – Achievable Milestones
Starts            
Kurt Busch   Has: 674   Needs: 1
To become the 19th driver all-time to make 675 or more series starts.
Kyle Busch   Has: 524   Needs: 1
To become the 39th driver all-time to make 525 or more series starts.
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: 48   Needs: 1
To tie Tony Stewart for 14th 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: 30   Needs: 1
To tie Denny Hamlin, Fonty Flock, Kyle Busch for 23rd on the all-time 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: 18,791   Needs: 209
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: 13,793   Needs: 207
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: 5,769   Needs: 231
To become the 36th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 6,000 laps.

 

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