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By the Numbers: Kentucky Speedway prepares for more history

July 07, 2011, , NASCAR.com



By the Numbers: Kentucky Speedway prepares for more history

Kentucky Speedway is a 1.5-mile tri-oval with 14 degrees banking in the corners. The frontstretch is 1,662 feet with 8 degrees banking; the tri-oval is 57-feet wide and includes a 12-foot apron. The backstretch is 1,600 feet with 4 degrees banking.

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2 -- Wins at Kentucky for Ron Hornaday, the only driver with more than one. Hornaday holds track marks as the only pole-sitter to win at Kentucky (2009) and for the worst starting position of any winner (22nd in 2006).

5 -- Times in the past seven races at Kentucky the margin of victory has been less than 1 second. However, Mike Bliss' MOV of 18.197 seconds at Kentucky in 2002 is the largest in series history.

6 -- Drivers who won at Kentucky in their championship seasons: Greg Biffle (2000); Mike Bliss (2002); Bobby Hamilton (2004); Johnny Benson (2008); Ron Hornaday (2009); Todd Bodine (2010).

8 -- Races at Kentucky won from a top-five starting position; the other three have been won from 14th or worse, all in the past six races.

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1 -- Races at Kentucky won by a driver 30 years or younger: Carl Edwards (23 in 2003). The past seven races have been won from a driver 45 years or older.

Side note: Five of the top 10 in series points -- 2. Cole Whitt; 4. Austin Dillon; 7. James Buescher; 8. Parker Kligerman; 9. Joey Coulter -- are 21 years or younger; of that group only Dillon (twice) has won a race.

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1 -- Times in series history a driver has won three consecutive races at a track from the pole: Joey Logano at Kentucky (2008-10). Logano is the only repeat pole winner and repeat race winner at Kentucky.

Side note: Logano is one of three first-time winners at Kentucky, joining David Gilliland (2006) and Stephen Leicht (2007). For Gilliland and Leicht, it is their only wins in NASCAR.

3 -- Active tracks where there has not been a green-white-checkered finish in series history: Iowa, Nashville and Kentucky. However, the last green-flag stretch at Kentucky has been 16 laps or less in seven of the past 10 races.

3.4 -- Average starting position of Kentucky winners, including four from the pole: Carl Edwards (2005) and Joey Logano (2008-10). Only one of the 10 races there have been won from a starting position worse than sixth: Kevin Harvick started 11th in the inaugural race in 2001.

Side note 1: Seven of the past eight series races on 1.5-mile tracks have been won from a top-five starting position.

Side note 2: The pole winner at Kentucky has finished outside the top 10 only once: Regan Smith (19th in 2007).

311 -- Laps led at Kentucky by Kyle Busch, most of any driver. Busch has led in all four starts he has made there. He led just three laps in winning in his first trip to the track in 2004; he led 162 laps in his most recent race there, finishing second in 2009 (both set track marks for fewest laps led by a winner and most laps led by a non-winner).

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8 -- Races at Kentucky won by drivers age 25 or younger. In 2008, Joey Logano became the youngest driver to win a race in series history (18 years, 21 days). Only two winners were older than 25: Todd Bodine (38 in 2002) and David Gilliland (30 in 2006).

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6.7 -- Average finish in the past 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks for Carl Edwards, best among all drivers. Edwards has series-bests with two wins (Homestead, 2010, and Las Vegas, 2011) and six top-fives during that stretch.

7 -- Drivers entered in the Cup Series race this week who have won at Kentucky: Greg Biffle (Truck); Kyle Busch (Nationwide); Carl Edwards (Truck and Nationwide); David Gilliland (Nationwide); Kevin Harvick (Nationwide); Joey Logano (Nationwide); Mike Skinner (Truck).

15 -- Victories on 1.5-mile tracks (94 races) for Jimmie Johnson, most of all time. Other current drivers with 10 or more wins on 1.5-mile tracks: Jeff Gordon (14/142 starts); Tony Stewart (11/114); Carl Edwards (10/67); Mark Martin (10/170).

Side note: The other drivers with 10 or more wins on 1.5-mile tracks are all Hall of Famers: Dale Earnhardt (14/Class of 2010); Richard Petty (13/Class of 2010); Bobby Allison (12/Class of 2011); Cale Yarborough (10/Class of 2012).

77 -- Combined wins on 1.5-mile tracks for Hendrick Motorsports (39) and Roush Fenway Racing (38). Other teams with 10 or more wins on 1.5-mile tracks: Joe Gibbs Racing (25); Richard Childress Racing (18); Wood Brothers Racing (18); Petty Enterprises (16).

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10 -- Drivers entered in the Cup Series race this week who have made 20 or more starts on 1.5-mile tracks without winning: Robby Gordon (95 races), Mike Skinner (62), Martin Truex Jr. (59), Clint Bowyer (54), Paul Menard (47), Juan Montoya (45), David Ragan (44), A.J. Allmendinger (35), Regan Smith (28), Joey Logano (26).

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11 -- Drivers entered in both the Nationwide and Cup races at Kentucky: Mike Bliss, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Mark Martin, Joe Nemechek, David Reutimann, David Stremme. The previous high of Cup drivers in a Nationwide race when it was a non-companion event was eight in 2006. Busch also is entered in the Truck race, making him the only driver scheduled to compete in all three events.

Side note: Travis Kvapil and David Starr are each entered in the Truck and Cup races; three drivers are scheduled to pull the Truck/Nationwide double: Johnny Chapman, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Elliott Sadler.

18.2 -- Carl Edwards' average finish at Kentucky in nine races (six Nationwide, three Truck). Despite being the only driver to win there in both series, Edwards has only one other finish better than 18th -- second last year in the Nationwide race.

99 -- Size of Gallatin County, Ky., where Kentucky Speedway is located, in square miles, making it, by land area, the smallest of Kentucky's 120 counties. Kentucky Speedway is built on 850 acres.

1,600 -- Population of Sparta, Ky., where Kentucky Speedway is located. The track is 63 miles from Louisville, Ky., and 35 miles from Cincinnati. Nearly seven million people live within a 100-mile radius of the track.

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153,000,000 -- Cost, in dollars, to build Kentucky Speedway. It was the largest excavation project ever in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Ground was broke on July 18, 1998; the track opened on June 16, 2000. The first Truck race was held the following day and the series has competed there every year since (and for the first time will hold two events this season); the Nationwide Series has raced there every year beginning in 2001.

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