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Stats advance: Analyzing the Dover Cup race

May 27, 2014, NASCAR.com

Stats advance: Analyzing the Dover Cup race
A statistical lookahead to the longest race for the Sprint Cup Series

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware, going into the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks on June 1. FOX's coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET and the race is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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DOVER-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
Two wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
Average finish of 12.3
Average Running Position of 10.7, fourth-best
Driver Rating of 101.0, fifth-best
434 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
772 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 143.808 mph, fourth-fastest
5,443 Laps in the Top 15 (75.6%), fourth-most
497 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), third-most
 
Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Cherry 5-Hour Energy for Special Ops Warrior Foundation Toyot
a)
One top five, nine top 10s
Average finish of 12.6
Average Running Position of 12.5, eighth-best
Driver Rating of 91.6, eighth-best
178 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 143.580 mph, seventh-fastest
4,654 Laps in the Top 15 (72.7%), eighth-most
379 Quality Passes, ninth-most
 
Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet
)
One win, six top fives, eight top 10s
Average finish of 18.2
Average Running Position of 13.2, ninth-best
Driver Rating of 92.5, seventh-best
275 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
762 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 143.525 mph, eighth-fastest
4,284 Laps in the Top 15 (59.5%), 10th-most
399 Quality Passes, sixth-most
 
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Peanut Butter Toyota
)
Two wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s
Average finish of 12.8
Average Running Position of 10.8, fifth-best
Driver Rating of 106.0, third-best
396 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 143.914 mph, third-fastest
5,574 Laps in the Top 15 (77.4%), third-most
471 Quality Passes, fifth-most
 
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Subway Ford
)
One win, eight top fives, 12 top 10s
Average finish of 10.0
Average Running Position of 10.4, third-best
Driver Rating of 101.3, fourth-best
487 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
734 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 143.732 mph, sixth-fastest
5,239 Laps in the Top 15 (72.7%), sixth-most
Series-high 498 Quality Passes
 
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet
)
Four wins, 17 top fives, 24 top 10s; four poles
Average finish of 11.6
Average Running Position of 12.5, seventh-best
Driver Rating of 93.7, sixth-best
261 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
759 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 143.735 mph, fifth-fastest
5,415 Laps in the Top 15 (75.2%), fifth-most
Series-high 498 Quality Passes
 
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Patriotic Chevrolet
)
Eight wins, 12 top fives, 17 top 10s; three poles
Average finish of 8.7
Series-best Average Running Position of 6.8
Series-best Driver Rating of 121.1
Series-high 990 Fastest Laps Run
Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 144.276 mph
Series-high 6,261 Laps in the Top 15 (86.9%)
376 Quality Passes, 10th-most
 
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota
)
Two wins, 13 top fives, 19 top 10s; one pole
Average finish of 13.4
Average Running Position of 9.1, second-best
Driver Rating of 107.9, second-best
452 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
695 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 144.018 mph, second-fastest
5,827 Laps in the Top 15 (80.9%), second-most
480 Quality Passes, fourth-most
 
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford
)
One win, two top fives, two top 10s
Average finish of 16.0
Average Running Position of 14.7, 10th-best
Driver Rating of 84.9, 12th-best
Average Green Flag Speed of 143.297 mph, 11th-fastest
 
Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet
)
Three wins, six top fives, 12 top 10s; four poles
Average finish of 12.9
Average Running Position of 12.3, sixth-best
Driver Rating of 89.4, 10th-best
Average Green Flag Speed of 143.328 mph, 10th-fastest
4,891 Laps in the Top 15 (67.9%), seventh-most
367 Quality Passes, 11th-most
 
Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet
)
One win, one top five, six top 10s; two poles
Average finish of 17.0
Average Running Position of 14.9, 12th-best
Driver Rating of 89.4, ninth-best
243 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
Average Green Flag Speed of 143.396 mph, ninth-fastest
3,995 Laps in the Top 15 (62.4%), 12th-most
363 Quality Passes, 12th-most

 
At Dover International Speedway:

History
The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969.
The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on July 6, 1969 – won by Richard Petty.
The first two races at Dover were 300 miles. The race length was changed to 500 miles in 1971.
The track surface was changed to concrete in 1995.
The race length was changed to 400 miles beginning with the second race in 1997.
The track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002.

Notebook
There have been 88 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway, one race in 1969 and 1970, two races per year since 1971.
375 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway; 271 in more than one.
Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Dover with 56. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 42 starts; followed by Joe Nemechek with 39.
David Pearson won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Dover in 1969 with a speed of 130.430 mph.
37 drivers have Coors Light poles at Dover, led by David Pearson with six. Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers in poles with four each.
Nine drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Dover with three; from 1973 to the spring race of 1974.
Two active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover: Ryan Newman (fall 2005 and spring 2006), and Denny Hamlin (fall 2012 and spring 2013).
Youngest Dover pole winner: Jeff Gordon (06/04/1995 – 23 years, 10 months, 0 days).
Oldest Dover pole winner: Mark Martin (06/01/2012 – 53 years, 4 months, 23 days).
34 different drivers have won at Dover International Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with eight wins (2002 sweep, fall 2005, 2009 sweep, 2010 fall, spring 2012 and fall 2013).
12 drivers have posted consecutive wins at Dover International Speedway, including three consecutive by David Pearson (fall 1972 and 1973 sweep), Rusty Wallace (fall 1993 and 1994 sweep) and Jeff Gordon (fall 1995 and 1996 sweep).
Youngest Dover winner: Kyle Busch (06/01/2008 – 23 years, 0 months, 30 days).
Oldest Dover winner: Harry Gant (05/31/1992 – 52 years, 4 months, 21 days).
Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Dover in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 15: Jimmie Johnson (eight), Jeff Gordon (four), Geoff Bodine (one), Ken Schrader (one) and Ricky Rudd (one).
Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Dover; led by Chevrolet with 34 victories; followed by Ford with 25.
13 of the 88 (14.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the Coors Light pole; the two most recent were Jimmie Johnson in 2009 and 2010.
The second-place starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (15) than any other starting position at Dover International Speedway.   
28 of the 88 (31.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 15 from second-place.
69 of the 88 (78.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-10 starting position.
Five of the 88 (5.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 – most recently: Tony Stewart, spring 2013 (22nd-place starting position)
The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Dover was 37th, by Kyle Petty in the spring of 1995.
Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Dover with eight; followed by Dale Earnhardt with five. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with four.
Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Dover with 24; followed by Dale Earnhardt with 19.  Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 17.
Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Dover with 33; followed by Richard Petty and Ricky Rudd with 26 each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 24.
Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Dover with a 9.042.
Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Dover with an 8.667; Carl Edwards (10.000) is the only other active driver with an average finish in the top 10.
11 of the 12 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Dover International Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jimmie Johnson won at Dover in his first two appearances.     
Jeff Burton competed at Dover International Speedway 25 times before winning in the fall of 2006; the longest span of any the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
Among the 16 active NSCS Dover winners Kurt Busch (22) and Matt Kenseth (14) made 10 or more attempts before their first win.
Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover without visiting Victory Lane at 39; followed by Kevin Harvick with 26.
Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway was the September 25, 2005 race won by Jimmie Johnson over Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.08 second.
There has been one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Dover International Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): fall of 2005 (400/404).
Not one of the 87 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway has been shortened due to weather conditions.   
Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway five times: fall of 1984, spring of 2001, fall of 2003, spring of 2005 and spring of 2011.  
Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Dover International Speedway: Matt Kenseth (9/20/98), Kurt Busch (9/24/00) and David Ragan (9/24/06).
Two active drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Dover International Speedway: Matt Kenseth (06/02/02) and Michael Waltrip (06/03/1991).     
One active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has posted his first career win at Dover International Speedway: Martin Truex Jr. (06/04/07).
Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Dover with 2,704 laps led in 24 starts.
If Jimmie Johnson leads 296 laps or more this weekend he will surpass the 3,000 laps led mark at Dover International Speedway, becoming the seventh driver in series history to lead 3,000 or more laps at a single track. Jeff Gordon is the only other active driver to accomplish the feat (Martinsville – 3,593 laps led).
Two female drivers have competed at Dover International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
There have been 88 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Delaware all at Dover International Speedway.
Eight drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Delaware; none of the eight have recorded a victory in NASCAR national series competition.

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