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May 10, 2023

Pit road stats: Speedy stops at Kansas benefited Bubba Wallace, others


Bubba Wallace climbing into his No. 23 car with his helmet on

Speed was plentiful at Kansas Speedway last weekend, and that wasn’t just for the Next Gen cars alone.

Pit road was popping in the Sunflower State as teams put up some of the fastest times of the year. According to data by Racing Insights, six of the 10 single fastest four-tire pit stops of the year came at Kansas, including spots 2-6 on the list (full top 10 is below).

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The quickest of those was on Bubba Wallace’s No. 23 Toyota for the 23XI Racing team. His stop of 9.509 seconds on Lap 84 was the best of the day and the second-fastest of the entire season among all NASCAR Cup Series teams.

Most teams now display their own pit-stop time in their own pit box, and the data from the Next Gen cars essentially allows teams to see everybody’s times. At least one pit crew member credits that visibility leading to a spirit of competition at Kansas.

“I think when you start seeing faster stops, people start reaching for that,” said Ryan Flores, tire changer on the Team Penske No. 12 team and co-host of the “Stacking Pennies” podcast. “The only way to start reaching for that time is to take a bigger risk. Some guys fall in love with a certain (time) trying to be faster, and pit road is as hard as it’s ever been. The risk matches the reward, but the risk is really high.”

Wallace’s team consistently hit on pit road all day. In addition to having the fastest time on one four-tire stop, the No. 23 team also averaged the best time on all four-tire stops at 10.121 seconds.

Buoyed by the strength of crew Austin Dickey (front changer), Adam Hartman (rear changer), Brad Donaghy (tire carrier), Jorden Paige (jackman) and
Joshua Pech (fueler), Wallace drove to a fourth-place finish at Kansas, tied for his best finish of the year.

That pit-road performance moves the No. 23 team into fifth place on the season-long chart of fastest average four-tire pit stops of the year (see more below). William Byron’s No. 24 crew remains at the top of the rankings following Kansas.

See below to analyze additional pit-road statistics from Racing Insights.

10 FASTEST FOUR-TIRE PIT STOPS IN 2023

RankTrackDriverTime
1RichmondCorey LaJoie9.309 seconds
2KansasBubba Wallace9.509 seconds
t-3KansasTy Dillon9.543 seconds
t-3KansasDaniel Suárez9.543 seconds
t-5KansasJosh Berry (No. 48)9.576 seconds
t-5KansasKyle Larson9.576 seconds
7RichmondCorey LaJoie9.615 seconds
t-8PhoenixTy Gibbs9.643 seconds
t-8KansasAric Almirola9.643 seconds
10RichmondChase Briscoe9.647 seconds

BEST AVERAGE FOUR-TIRE PIT STOPS TIMES IN 2023

RankNumberDriverAverage stop
124William Byron11.227 seconds
21Ross Chastain11.237 seconds
t-36Brad Keselowski11.253 seconds
t-35Kyle Larson11.253 seconds
523Bubba Wallace11.257 seconds
64Kevin Harvick11.402 seconds
78Kyle Busch11.445 seconds
899Daniel Suárez11.447 seconds
911Denny Hamlin11.519 seconds
1014Chase Briscoe11.549 seconds

BEST PIT CREW BY RACE IN 2023

** Pit Times are in seconds

TrackFastest 4 Tire PitAverage 4 Tire Stop
DaytonaWilliam Byron 11.278Kyle Larson 12.763
Auto ClubDaniel Suárez 9.777Ross Chastain 10.896
Las VegasAlex Bowman 9.776Chase Briscoe 10.259
PhoenixTy Gibbs 9.643Corey LaJoie 10.404
AtlantaKyle Busch 10.243Kyle Busch 11.094
COTAMartin Truex Jr. 9.684Austin Dillon 10.668
RichmondCorey LaJoie 9.309Alex Bowman 10.388
Bristol DirtNANA
MartinsvilleKyle Larson 9.677Kyle Larson 10.051
TalladegaDaniel Suárez 11.011Ross Chastain 11.577
DoverBrad Keselowski 9.766Brad Keselowski 10.099
KansasBubba Wallace 9.509Bubba Wallace 10.121
DarlingtonKevin Harvick 9.576Martin Truex Jr. 10.162
CharlotteWilliam Byron 9.383William Byron 10.008
GatewayTy Gibbs 9.710Alex Bowman 9.743
SonomaKyle Busch 9.185Kyle Busch 10.089
NashvilleKyle Larson 9.281Chase Briscoe 10.081
Chicago StreetChase Elliott 11.877Kyle Larson 12.799
AtlantaAlex Bowman 10.177Daniel Suárez 11.044
New Hampshire Daniel Suárez 9.677Denny Hamlin 10.176
PoconoDenny Hamlin 9.810Ross Chastain 10.327
RichmondDaniel Suárez 9.260Ty Gibbs 9.764
MichiganDaniel Suárez 9.777Austin Dillon 10.310
Indianapolis RCTy Gibbs 11.178Ty Dillon 12.279
Watkins GlenBubba Wallace 10.942Kyle Larson 12.456
DaytonaErik Jones 10.277Erik Jones 11.578
DarlingtonChase Briscoe 9.409Austin Dillon 10.134
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