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By the Numbers: NASCAR's all-in for Bluegrass state

June 28, 2012, ,

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11 -- Eleven of the 25 NASCAR national-series races held at Kentucky Speedway have been won from the front row, and 20 from the first three rows. The average starting position of Truck Series winners is 6.7; for the Nationwide Series, it is 3.6. Sprint Cup Series winner Kyle Busch was awarded the pole based on his practice time after qualifying for the inaugural was canceled.


Breakout Number

8 -- Eight of the past nine Kentucky races have been won by a driver older than 45, and only two of the 13 races have been won by a driver younger than 30. Three drivers younger than 30 have won this season, including two entered in this week's race -- points leader Justin Lofton (26) and James Buescher (22). Only one driver older than 45 has won this season -- 48-year-old Todd Bodine, who won at Kentucky as a 46-year-old in 2010.


Track Tidbit

7 -- Seven of the past nine races at Kentucky have had a margin of victory of less than a second. However, the largest MOV in series history took place at Kentucky, where Mike Bliss won by 18.197 seconds in 2002.

Recent Trends

0 -- Brad Keselowski Racing has yet to win in 52 Truck Series races, but both of its drivers entered in this week's race have won at Kentucky: Brad Keselowski in the Nationwide Series and Parker Kligerman in ARCA. Kligerman is a three-time runner-up in Trucks, including at Kentucky in 2010. Keselowski is looking to become the 24th driver to win in all three national series.

7 -- Points leader Justin Lofton has finished in the top 10 in all seven races this season. He doesn't have a top-10 at Kentucky, but has finished 11th twice with a worst of 15th in three starts.

7 -- There have been seven different winners in the first seven races of 2012, the most to start a season in series history (18 seasons). Ron Hornaday (three) is the only repeat winner at Kentucky in 13 races. Hornaday has not won this season.

11 -- The driver leading with 10 laps to go has won 11 of the 13 races at Kentucky.

18 -- Ty Dillon finished 18th at Kentucky last year, his first career start in the Truck Series. He has finished in the top 10 in every race since, totaling nine. He has set a rookie record with top-10s in the first seven races this season.


Breakout Number

3 -- Joey Logano, with three poles and three wins, is the only repeat pole and race winner in the 11 series races at Kentucky. Logano became the first driver in series history to win three consecutive races at a track from the pole (at Kentucky in 2008-10). His 2008 win stands as the youngest driver to win a race in series history (18 years, 21 days). Logano has one win from the pole this season (Fontana) and leads all drivers in 2012 with three poles and five wins.


Track Tidbit

0 -- There has never been a green-white-checkered finished at Kentucky, one of only two active tracks without a GWC (Iowa). The last green-flag stretch has been less than 10 laps in only three races, and has been least 26 laps in three of the past four races.

Recent Trends

1 -- Justin Allgaier is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all three races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2012. Allgaier finished fifth and eighth in his first two Kentucky starts; he finished 19th last year, one lap down.

4 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has finished outside the top 10 in the past four races, only the second time in his past 58 starts he went four consecutive races without a top-10. He has finished ninth in both of his Kentucky starts (2009 and '11), including his first career top-10, and won there in ARCA ('08).

5 -- The driver leading the most laps has won only five of the 14 races this season, including two each by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Joey Logano. The driver leading the most laps has won only five of the 11 races at Kentucky; Logano has led he most laps in just one of his three Kentucky wins.

6 -- Brad Keselowski has won six races on 1.5-mile tracks, including five of the past 10. He set a track record (138.408 mph) en route to victory last year at Kentucky, where he has a 2.8 average finish in four starts. His only win of the season came at Charlotte in the most recent race on a 1.5-mile track.

40 -- Fourth-place Sam Hornish Jr. has gained 40 points on the leader in the past four races to move to 34 behind Elliott Sadler. He and second-place Austin Dillon both were at least 34 points behind the leader at least once this season. Hornish leads all drivers in points earned (115) in the past four races. Hornish will be making his first series start at Kentucky, but has a history there with a 2006 IRL win.


Breakout Number

4 -- Greg Biffle leads all drivers in top-fives (four), average finish (3.3), laps led (296), race points (170) and bonus points (seven) in the four races this season on 1.5-mile tracks. Biffle, who won at Texas to end a 49-race winless streak, finished 21st last year at Kentucky; he only had four top-10 finishes in the 11 1.5-mile races in 2011. Biffle was the first NASCAR national-series winner at Kentucky, in 2000 (Truck Series).


Track Tidbit

7 -- Projects to streamline traffic flows have resulted in the widening of the main stretch of highway leading to the speedway to seven lanes and upgrading the parking to allow for an additional 20,000 vehicles, bringing the total to 50,000.

Recent Trends

0 -- Of the four winners on 1.5-mile tracks this season, none scored a top-10 in the first race at Kentucky. Denny Hamlin (Kansas winner) finished 11th; Tony Stewart (Las Vegas) was 12th; Kasey Kahne (Charlotte) finished 13th; and Greg Biffle (Texas) was 21st.

2 -- Kyle Busch has finished in the top five in only two of the nine races at 1.5-mile tracks since his Kentucky win. He has finished in the top 10 in only four of the last 16 1.5-mile track races.

3 -- Jimmie Johnson finished third last year at Kentucky; he has two runner-up finishes and a third place in 2012 at 1.5-mile tracks. Although he is the all-time leader with 15 wins on 1.5-mile tracks, he only has one victory (at Kansas in October 2011) in the past 24 such races.

10 -- Jeff Gordon finished 10th last year at Kentucky, one of his 90 career top-10s on 1.5-mile tracks -- most of all drivers. Gordon also is the all-time leader with 65 top-fives on 1.5-mile tracks.

12 -- Carl Edwards has scored a top-10 finish in the past 12 races at 1.5-mile tracks, including nine top-fives, but no wins. Furthermore, he has finished ninth or better in 15 of the past 16 races on 1.5-mile tracks dating to Homestead 2010. He finished fifth last year at Kentucky.

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