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Stats advance: Analyzing the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

May 13, 2014, NASCAR.com

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A statistical lookahead to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina, going into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 17.

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SPRINT ALL-STAR-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
 
Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
Two top fives, three top 10s
Average finish of 13.5
Average Running Position of 10.5, 11th-best
Driver Rating of 78.4, 12th-best
34 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
211 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 179.280 mph, ninth-fastest
581 Laps in the Top 15 (69.2%), 10th-most
183 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 11th-most

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)
One win, five top fives, seven top 10s
Average finish of 10.3
Average Running Position of 8.7, fourth-best
Driver Rating of 86.4, fifth-best
48 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
267 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 179.310 mph, seventh-fastest
676 Laps in the Top 15 (80.5%), fifth-most
246 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)
Three top fives, four top 10s; three poles
Average finish of 11.3
Series-best Average Running Position of 6.5
Series-best Driver Rating of 110.3
80 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 180.575 mph
639 Laps in the Top 15 (85.2%), seventh-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)
One win, three top fives, five top 10s; one pole
Average finish of 11.1
Average Running Position of 10.4, 10th-best
Driver Rating of 82.8, sixth-best
59 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 179.187 mph, 10th-fastest
586 Laps in the Top 15 (77.1%), eighth-most
178 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet)
Three wins, six top fives, nine top 10s
Average finish of 9.7
Average Running Position of 8.8, sixth-best
Driver Rating of 81.6, eighth-best
53 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
282 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 179.684 mph, fifth-fastest
Series-high 776 Laps in the Top 15 (92.4%)
258 Quality Passes, third-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Patriotic Chevrolet)
Four wins, eight top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
Average finish of 6.2
Average Running Position of 6.9, second-best
Driver Rating of 106.3, second-best
Series-high 143 Fastest Laps Run
275 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 180.223 mph, second-fastest
735 Laps in the Top 15 (87.5%), second-most
248 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet)
One win, two top fives, four top 10s; one pole
Average finish of 11.5
Average Running Position of 10.9, 12th-best
Driver Rating of 79.7, ninth-best
43 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
284 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 179.366 mph, sixth-fastest
586 Laps in the Top 15 (69.8%), eighth-most
243 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota)
One win, five top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles
Average finish of 6.5
Average Running Position of 8.7, fifth-best
Driver Rating of 88.3, third-best
44 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
286 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 179.295 mph, eighth-fastest
692 Laps in the Top 15 (82.4%), fourth-most
253 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford)
Two top fives, three top 10s
Average finish of 4.3
Average Running Position of 8.4, third-best
Driver Rating of 87.3, fourth-best
Average Green Flag Speed of 179.726 mph, fourth-fastest

Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Bass Pro Chevrolet)
Average finish of 14.8
Average Running Position of 12.7
Driver Rating of 63.5, 23rd-best
211 Green Flag Passes
391 Laps in the Top 15 (67.4%)

Ryan Newman (No. 31 CAT-Quicken Loans Chevrolet
One win, three top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
Average finish of 9.6
Average Running Position of 9.5, eighth-best
Driver Rating of 79.1, 11th-best
21 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
304 Green Flag Passes, second-most
710 Laps in the Top 15 (84.5%), third-most
266 Quality Passes, second-most

Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet)
Average finish of 12.5
Average Running Position of 14.8
Driver Rating of 64.6, 21st-best
128 Green Flag Passes
184 Laps in the Top 15 (49.7%)

Brian Vickers (No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota)
One top five, one top 10
Average finish of 9.3
Driver Rating of 79.6, 10th-best
64 Green Flag Passes
113 Laps in the Top 15 (66.5%)

Charlotte Motor Speedway Data
Track Size: 1.5-miles
Banking Turns: 24 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 5 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 1,980 feet
Backstretch Length: 1,500 feet

Top 10 All-Star Driver Ratings
Kyle Busch ............................... 110.3
Jimmie Johnson ........................ 106.3
Matt Kenseth .............................. 88.3
Joey Logano ............................... 87.4
Kurt Busch ................................. 86.4
Carl Edwards............................... 82.8
Joe Nemechek ............................ 82.4
Jeff Gordon ................................. 81.6
Kasey Kahne ............................... 79.7
Brian Vickers ............................... 79.6
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 All-Star
Races (nine total)

SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE:
Notebook

There have been 29 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races.
The first NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race was in 1985.
28 have been held at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In 1986, the event was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and won by Bill Elliott. That season was also the first year for what is now known as the Sprint Showdown.
91 drivers have run in at least one NASCAR Sprint All-Star race, with 76 competing in more than one.
Mark Martin has participated in 24 races, more than any other driver. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in Sprint All-Star starts with 20, followed by Tony Stewart with 15.
There have been 19 different winners of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race.
Jimmie Johnson (2003, 2006, 2012 and 2013) leads the series with the most NASCAR Sprint All-Star race wins with four.
Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990 and 1993) and Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997 and 2001) are three-time winners of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race.
NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip won the inaugural NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in 1985 at 161.184 mph.
The race has featured a field that ranged from 10 drivers in 1986 to 27 in 2002. This year’s field will have 22 participants.
Davey Allison (1991 and 1992), Terry Labonte (1988 and 1999) and Mark Martin (1998 and 2005) are the only other drivers to post multiple victories in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race.
Davey Allison (1991, 1992) and Jimmie Johnson (2012, 2013) are the only drivers to ever win consecutive Sprint All-Star events.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) and Ryan Newman (2002) are the only drivers to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in their rookie season.
Jeff Gordon is the youngest winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at 23 years, 9 months and 18 days (1995). Mark Martin is the oldest at 46 years, 4 months and 12 days (2005).
Joey Logano (three starts) leads the series among active drivers with an average finish of 4.3 in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race.
Eight drivers including Joey Logano, have an average finish in the top 10 for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race: Jimmie Johnson (6.2), Matt Kenseth (6.5), Tony Stewart (8.2), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (8.3), Brian Vickers (9.3), Ryan Newman (9.6) and Jeff Gordon (9.7).
Terry Labonte won the inaugural Coors Light pole for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in 1985.
16 drivers have won Coors Light poles for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race, led by Bill Elliott with five. Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with three. Carl Edwards won last season’s pole.
Three drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race: Davey Allison (1991, 1992) Bill Elliott (1997, 1998) and Kyle Busch (2011, 2012).
The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race has been won from the pole position four times; the first three came in consecutive years: Dale Earnhardt (1990) and Davey Allison (1991 and 1992). Kurt Busch posted the fourth win from the pole in 2010.
The front row starting positions are the two most proficient starting positions in the field, producing more winners (four each) than any other starting positions in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race.
Eight of the 29 (27.5%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star races have been won from the front row: four from the pole and four from second-place.
21 of the 29 (72.4%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
Two of the 29 (6.8%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
The deepest in the field a NASCAR Sprint All-Star race winner has started was 27th, by Ryan Newman in 2002.
Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won eight NASCAR Sprint All-Star races: Jimmie Johnson (four), Jeff Gordon (three) and Terry Labonte (one).
NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-five finishes in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race with nine; followed by Tony Stewart (eight) and Jimmie Johnson (eight).
Bill Elliott leads the series in top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race with 13; followed by Dale Earnhardt with 12. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with 11 each.
Five drivers have won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the same year: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990, 1993), Rusty Wallace (1989), Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997, 2001) and Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2013).
In 2008, Kasey Kahne became the first driver to get into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race by the Sprint Fan Vote and go on to win the event.
Seven times from seven different drivers has the winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race gone on to win the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway the following weekend: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Davey Allison (1991), Dale Earnhardt (1993), Jeff Gordon (1997), Jimmie Johnson (2003), Kasey Kahne (2008) and Kurt Busch (2010).
The record for lead changes in a NASCAR Sprint All-Star race is 10 in 2004.
The record for different leaders in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race is nine in 2002.
The series best Driver Rating performance by a NASCAR Sprint All-Star race winner was Carl Edwards posting a 141.7 in 2011.

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