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Stats advance: Analyzing the 5-Hour Energy 400

May 05, 2014, NASCAR.com

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A statistical lookahead to the first of two Sprint Cup Series stops at Kansas

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., going into the 5-Hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation on May 10.

KANSAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
 
Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Novec Ford)
·         Two wins, seven top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 10.3
·         Average Running Position of 9.1, second-best
·         Driver Rating of 106.9, third-best
·         205 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 165.911 mph, fourth-fastest
·         2,574 Laps in the Top 15 (81.7%), third-most
·         472 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 Toyota)
·         Two top fives, five top 10s
·         Average finish of 13.2
·         Driver Rating of 90.1, 10th-best
 
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet)
·         One top five, seven top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 15.9
·         Driver Rating of 89.9, 11th-best
·         773 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 165.549 mph, ninth-fastest
·         1,738 Laps in the Top 15 (60.2%), 12th-most
·         366 Quality Passes, 12th-most
 
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)
·         Five top fives, nine top 10s
·         Average finish of 10.8
·         Average Running Position of 12.3, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 96.6, sixth-best
·         125 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·         820 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 165.678 mph, fifth-fastest
·         2,166 Laps in the Top 15 (68.7%), sixth-most
·         457 Quality Passes, fourth-most
 
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Axalta Coatings Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, nine top fives, 11 top 10s
·         Average finish of 10.6
·         Average Running Position of 9.8, fourth-best
·         Driver Rating of 99.6, fourth-best
·         109 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
·         735 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 165.943 mph, third-fastest
·         2,669 Laps in the Top 15 (84.7%), second-most
·         474 Quality Passes, second-most
 
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota)
·         One win, three top fives, three top 10s
·         Average finish of 14.8
·         Average Running Position of 14.1, 11th-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.2, 12th-best
·         69 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
·         1,942 Laps in the Top 15 (67.3%), ninth-most
·         378 Quality Passes, 11th-most
 
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John's Chevrolet)
·         One win, two top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 12.1
·         Average Running Position of 12.2, sixth-best
·         Driver Rating of 95.9, seventh-best
·         140 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         Series-high 900 Green Flag Passes
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 165.653 mph, sixth-fastest
·         2,208 Laps in the Top 15 (70.1%), fifth-most
·         424 Quality Passes, fifth-most
 
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, six top fives, 13 top 10s; three poles
·         Average finish of 7.5
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 7.4
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 118.9
·         Series-high 470 Fastest Laps Run
·         853 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 166.603 mph
·         Series-high 2,812 Laps in the Top 15 (89.2%)
·         Series-high 566 Quality Passes
 
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance/Thankamillionteachers.com Chevrolet)
·         Three top fives, six top 10s; three poles
·         Average finish of 14.0
·         Average Running Position of 14.0, 10th-best
·         Driver Rating of 91.1, ninth-best
·         133 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·         856 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 165.547 mph, 10th-fastest
·         1,990 Laps in the Top 15 (63.1%), seventh-most
·         397 Quality Passes, eighth-most
 
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)
·         Two wins, six top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 14.6
·         Average Running Position of 9.6, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 109.6, second-best
·         232 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 165.946 mph, second-fastest
·         2,564 Laps in the Top 15 (81.3%), fourth-most
·         400 Quality Passes, seventh-most
 
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, six top fives, nine top 10s
·         Average finish of 12.3
·         Average Running Position of 11.3, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 97.5, fifth-best
·         137 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 165.625 mph, eighth-fastest
·         1,984 Laps in the Top 15 (68.8%), eighth-most
·         401 Quality Passes, sixth-most
 
Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet)
·         Three top fives, three top 10s
·         Average finish of 19.2
·         Average Running Position of 13.8, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 91.5, eighth-best
·         131 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 165.627 mph, seventh-fastest
·         1,791 Laps in the Top 15 (62.1%), 11th-most

Kansas Speedway Data
Season Race #: 11 of 36 (05-10-14)
Track Size: 1.5-miles
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 17 to 20 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 17 to 20 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 10 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 2,685 feet
Backstretch Length: 2,207 feet
Race Length: 267 laps / 400 miles


Top 10 Driver Ratings at Kansas
Jimmie Johnson .......................... 118.9
Matt Kenseth ............................... 109.6
Greg Biffle ................................... 106.9
Jeff Gordon ................................... 99.6
Tony Stewart ................................. 97.5
Carl Edwards................................. 96.6
Kevin Harvick ................................ 95.9
Martin Truex Jr .............................. 91.5
Kasey Kahne ................................. 91.1
Clint Bowyer .................................. 90.1
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013
races (12 total) among active drivers at Kansas
Speedway.


Qualifying/Race Data
2013 pole winner:
Matt Kenseth, Toyota
191.864 mph, 28.145 secs. 04-21-13

2013 race winner: Matt Kenseth, Toyota
133.611 mph, (02:59:51), 04-21-13

Track qualifying record: Matt Kenseth, Toyota
191.864 mph, 28.145 secs. 04-19-13

Track race record: Denny Hamlin, Toyota
133.611 mph, (02:59:51), 04-22-12

Kansas Speedway:
Histor
y
·         Groundbreaking was held on May 25, 1999.
·         The official opening of Kansas Speedway was in 2001, with the first events being an ARCA race and a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on the same day – June 2.
·         The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was on Sept. 30, 2001 – won by Jeff Gordon.
·         During the 2012 season, between the April and October events the 1.5-mile track underwent a repave adding variable banking in the corners.

Notebook
·         There have been 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway, one NSCS event from 2001 - 2010 and two races per year since 2011.
·         111 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas; 83 in more than one.
·         Seven drivers have started all 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway – Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman.
·         Jason Leffler won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Kansas Speedway in 2001 with a speed of 176.499 mph.
·         11 drivers have Coors Light poles at Kansas, led by Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne with three each.
·         Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to win consecutive Coors Light poles at Kansas Speedway (2007 and 2008).
·         Youngest Kansas pole winner: Jason Leffler (09/30/2001 – 26 years, 0 months, 14 days).
·         Oldest Kansas pole winner: Mark Martin (10/04/2009 – 50 years, 8 months, 25 days).
·         11 different drivers have won at Kansas Speedway, led by Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson with two each.
·         Roush Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports are tied for the most wins at Kansas in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with four each.
·         Chevrolet leads the series in wins at Kansas with eight victories; followed by Ford with four wins.
·         Four of the 16 (25%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole; Joe Nemechek (2004), Jimmie Johnson (2008), Matt Kenseth (spring 2013), Kevin Harvick (fall 2013).  
·         Five of the 16 (31.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from the front row: four from the pole and one from second-place.
·         10 of the 16 (62.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·         Two of the 16 (12.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
·         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kansas Speedway was 25th, by Brad Keselowski in the spring of 2011.
·         Youngest Kansas winner: Ryan Newman (10/05/2003 – 25 years, 9 months, 27 days).
·         Oldest Kansas winner: Mark Martin (10/09/2005 – 46 years, 9 months, 0 days).
·         Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman are tied for the series most runner-up finishes at Kansas Speedway with two each.  
·         Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway with nine; followed by Greg Biffle with seven.
·         Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway with 13; followed by Jeff Gordon (11), Edwards, Biffle, Kenseth and Stewart each have nine.
·         Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas Speedway with a 10.800.
·         Jimmie Johnson (7.533) leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Kansas Speedway – he is the only driver with an average finish in the top-10 at Kansas.
·         There has been one NSCS race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Kansas Speedway: fall of 2011 (267/272).
·         Only one of the 16 races at Kansas Speedway has been shortened due to weather conditions: fall of 2007.
·         Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.
·         Denny Hamlin has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway without posting a DNF (11).
·         Jason Leffler (09/30/2001) is the only driver to post his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Kansas Speedway.   
·         2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Austin Dillon (10/09/2011) and Denny Hamlin (10/09/2005) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Kansas Speedway.
·         Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth are the only two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers that have posted consecutive wins at Kansas Speedway: Gordon (2001 and 2002 – the first two NSCS events at Kansas) and Kenseth (fall of 2012, spring of 2013).
·         Nine of the 10 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Kansas Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jeff Gordon won at Kansas in his first appearance.  
·         Kevin Harvick competed at Kansas Speedway 15 times before winning last fall; the longest span of any the 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Kansas.
·         Kevin Harvick (15) and Matt Kenseth (13) have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Kansas Speedway.
·         Kurt Busch leads the series with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 16.
·         Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas Speedway was the (10/10/2004) race won by Joe Nemechek with a MOV of 0.081 second.
·         Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Kansas Speedway with 562 laps led in 15 starts.
·         Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Danica Patrick

29

43

10/6/2013

Danica Patrick

25

25

4/21/2013

Danica Patrick

40

32

10/21/2012

 
 

NASCAR in Kansas

  • There have been 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Kansas.

  • 17 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Kansas.

  • Two drivers from Kansas have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series; both have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

  • Driver

    NSCS

    NNS

    NCWTS

    Clint Bowyer

    8

    8

    3

    Jim Roper 1 0 0

     

     

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