Weird stats early in the 2019 NASCAR season
By Steve Luvender | Wednesday, March 13, 2019
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Using the shiny new Stats Hub on NASCAR.com, we've uncovered some unexpected statistics about early trends in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season -- and they're mostly notable because only one-ninth of the season is in the books. Now it's up to you to read too much into these expertly curated figures and form conclusions about how your driver's going to have the best (or worst) season in history, even though eight months remain until a champion is crowned in Miami.
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Despite missing the playoffs in 2018, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. boasts the third-best average starting position (8.5) of all drivers after four races in 2019.
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Kyle Busch hasn't finished worse than sixth in 2019.
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Talk about bad luck: Matt DiBenedetto, who hasn't scored a top-20 finish in 2019, has an average mid-race running position of 14.8 -- even better than Atlanta winner Brad Keselowski.
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After four races, Germain Racing driver Ty Dillon has a better average finish (18.8) than brother Austin Dillon of Richard Childress Racing (19.5), and has finished on the lead lap twice compared to his older bro, who has yet to finish on the lead lap.
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Alex Bowman has the second-highest pass differential (passes minus times passed) of all full-time drivers (+59), behind only Kyle Busch (+113).
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Austin Dillon has the lowest pass differential score of all full-time drivers (-63).
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David Ragan has made more green-flag passes after four races in 2019 than Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick.
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Martin Truex Jr. is ranked 25th in terms of completing green-flag passes after four races in 2019.
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2018 playoff contenders Clint Bowyer, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones and Alex Bowman have yet to lead a lap in 2019.
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William Byron ranks sixth in laps led in 2019 (65) among all drivers, ahead of two race winners (Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin).
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Driver-gone-TV-analyst Jamie McMurray, who only started in the Daytona 500, has led as many laps as Martin Truex Jr. after four races in 2019.
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Ryan Blaney has led the second-most laps of any driver in 2018, but only has one top-20 finish to show for his efforts.