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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Food City 500

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

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A look at some of the top statistical performers at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee going into the Food City 500 on Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

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2019 Driver Standings - Top 30

       

Rank

Drivers

Points

Starts

Wins

Stage Wins

Playoff Pts

Top 5s

Top 10s

DNFs

Poles

G/L

1

Kyle Busch

310

7

2

4

14

5

7

0

0

0

2

Denny Hamlin

302

7

2

1

11

4

6

0

0

0

3

Kevin Harvick

277

7

0

2

2

3

6

1

1

0

4

Joey Logano

275

7

1

2

7

3

4

0

1

0

5

Aric Almirola

245

7

0

0

0

1

6

1

1

1

6

Brad Keselowski

237

7

2

2

12

4

4

0

0

-1

7

Martin Truex Jr.

232

7

0

0

0

2

5

1

0

0

8

Ryan Blaney

219

7

0

2

2

3

3

2

1

0

9

Chase Elliott

218

7

0

0

0

1

2

1

0

0

10

Kurt Busch

213

7

0

0

0

2

5

0

0

0

11

Clint Bowyer

192

7

0

0

0

2

3

2

0

2

12

Kyle Larson

185

7

0

1

1

0

2

1

0

-1

13

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

183

7

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

-1

14

Daniel Suarez

180

7

0

0

0

1

3

1

0

2

15

Jimmie Johnson

176

7

0

0

0

1

3

0

1

0

16

Erik Jones

173

7

0

0

0

2

3

0

0

-2

17

Austin Dillon

160

7

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

1

18

William Byron

153

7

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

3

19

Alex Bowman

152

7

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

-2

20

Ryan Newman

152

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

-1

21

Paul Menard

149

7

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

-1

22

Chris Buescher

128

7

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

23

Ty Dillon

124

7

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

24

Matt DiBenedetto

104

7

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

25

Ryan Preece #

97

7

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

26

Michael McDowell

84

7

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

3

27

David Ragan

84

7

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

-1

28

Bubba Wallace

83

7

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

-1

29

Daniel Hemric #

72

7

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

-1

30

Corey LaJoie

67

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

BRISTOL-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

(Below are Loop Data stats from 2005-Present)

 

Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford Mustang)

  • Two top 10s
  • Average finish of 21.857, 13th-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.884, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 84.7, 12th-best
  • 90 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
  • 2024 Laps in the Top 15 (57.8), 12th-most
  • 300 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

  • Seven wins, ten top fives, 15 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 14.259, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.315, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 101.3, second-best
  • 964 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • 8819 Laps in the Top 15 (65.2), sixth-most
  • 766 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

Kurt Busch (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1)

  • Six wins, 11 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 15.821, 10th-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.919, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.1, seventh-best
  • 483 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
  • 8961 Laps in the Top 15 (63.9), eighth-most
  • 935 Quality Passes, series-most

 

Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1)

  • Two top fives, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.667, second-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.834, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.2, sixth-best
  • 119 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best
  • 2082 Laps in the Top 15 (69.4), fourth-most
  • 280 Quality Passes, 12th-most


Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

  • One win, seven top fives, 12 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 15.269, eighth-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.377, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.9, eighth-best
  • 523 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best
  • 8152 Laps in the Top 15 (62.6), ninth-most
  • 789 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang)

  • Two wins, 12 top fives, 19 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.214, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.864, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.9, fourth-best
  • 762 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best
  • 9734 Laps in the Top 15 (69.4), fifth-most
  • 876 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1)

  • Two wins, 12 top fives, 20 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 13.429, third-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.711, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.7, fifth-best
  • 691 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best
  • 9879 Laps in the Top 15 (70.4), third-most
  • 885 Quality Passes, third-most

 

Erik Jones (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

  • Two top fives, two top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 12.5, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 8.719, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 102.4, series-best
  • 112 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best
  • 1595 Laps in the Top 15 (79.8), series-most
  • 193 Quality Passes, 13th-most


Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford Mustang)

  • Two wins, four top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 18.056, 11th-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.252, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 86, 10th-best
  • 293 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • 5263 Laps in the Top 15 (58.4), 11th-most
  • 644 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1)

  • Two top fives, six top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.8, sixth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.547, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.7, third-best
  • 370 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • 3712 Laps in the Top 15 (74), second-most
  • 472 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang)

  • Two wins, five top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 15.6, ninth-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.767, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.3, ninth-best
  • 311 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
  • 5870 Laps in the Top 15 (58.6), 10th-most
  • 683 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

Ryan Newman (No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang)

  • Two top fives, 18 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 15.107, seventh-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.825, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 85, 11th-best
  • 191 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best
  • 9135 Laps in the Top 15 (65.1), seventh-most
  • 890 Quality Passes, second-most


Bristol Motor Speedway Data

Season Race #: 8 of 36 (04-07-19)

Track Size: 0.533-miles

Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 24-28 degrees

Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 24-28 degrees

Banking/Frontstretch: 4-8 degrees

Banking/Backstretch: 4-8 degrees

Frontstretch Length:  650 feet

Backstretch Length:  650 feet

Race Length: 500 laps / 266.5 miles

Stages 1 & 2 Length: 125 laps (each)

Final Stage Length: 250 laps

 

Top 10 Active Driver Ratings at Bristol

Erik Jones................................ 102.4

Kyle Busch............................... 101.3

Kyle Larson.............................. 100.7

Kevin Harvick............................. 96.9

Jimmie Johnson.......................... 93.7

Chase Elliott............................... 92.2

Kurt Busch................................. 91.1

Denny Hamlin............................. 90.9

Joey Logano............................... 89.3

Brad Keselowski......................... 86.0

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2018 races 
(28 total) among active drivers at Bristol Motor Speedway


MENCS Bristol Race Winners

Race Winners

Wins

Darrell Waltrip

12

Cale Yarborough

9

Dale Earnhardt

9

Rusty Wallace

9

Kyle Busch

7

Kurt Busch

6

David Pearson

5

Jeff Gordon

5

Bobby Allison

4

Carl Edwards

4

Matt Kenseth

4

Fred Lorenzen

3

Richard Petty

3

Alan Kulwicki

2

Brad Keselowski

2

Jimmie Johnson

2

Joey Logano

2

Kevin Harvick

2

Mark Martin

2

Terry Labonte

2

Benny Parsons

1

Bill Elliott

1

Bobby Johns

1

Charlie Glotzbach

1

Dale Earnhardt Jr

1

Dale Jarrett

1

Davey Allison

1

Denny Hamlin

1

Dick Hutcherson

1

Donnie Allison

1

Elliott Sadler

1

Ernie Irvan

1

Fireball Roberts

1

Jack Smith

1

Jeff Burton

1

Jim Paschal

1

Joe Weatherly

1

Junior Johnson

1

Kasey Kahne

1

Ned Jarrett

1

Paul Goldsmith

1

Tony Stewart

1

 

2018 Bristol race winner:

Kyle Busch, Toyota

77.465 mph, (03:26:25), 04-15-18

 

Track race record:

Charlie Glotzbach, Chevrolet

101.074 mph, (2:38:12), 07-11-7

 

Monster Energy Series - Achievable Milestones

  

Starts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Bowman

 

Has:

124

 

Needs:

1

To become the 183rd driver all-time in the Monster Energy Series to make 125 starts or more.

       

Wins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmie Johnson

 

Has:

83

 

Needs:

1

To tie Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for fourth on the all-time series wins list.

       

Kyle Busch

 

Has:

53

 

Needs:

1

To tie Lee Petty for 10th on the all-time series wins list.

       

Kevin Harvick

 

Has:

45

 

Needs:

1

To tie Buck Baker for 16th on the all-time series wins list.

       

Denny Hamlin

 

Has:

33

 

Needs:

4

To tie Bobby Isaac (37) for 22nd on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.

       

Kurt Busch

 

Has:

30

 

Needs:

1

To tie Denny Hamlin for 25th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.

       

Brad Keselowski

 

Has:

29

 

Needs:

1

To tie Kurt Busch for 26th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.

       

Joey Logano

 

Has:

22

 

Needs:

1

To tie Ricky Rudd for 34th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.

       

Busch Poles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Newman

 

Has:

51

 

Needs:

3

Tie Bill Elliott for eighth on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series poles list.

       

Jimmie Johnson

 

Has:

36

 

Needs:

1

To tie Geoff Bodine for 16th on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.

       

Kyle Busch

 

Has:

31

 

Needs:

1

To tie Fonty Flock for 23rd on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series poles list.

       

Denny Hamlin

 

Has:

30

 

Needs:

1

To tie Kyle Busch for 24th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series poles list.

 

 

 

Monster Energy Series - Achievable Milestones

  

Laps Led

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmie Johnson

 

Has:

18,767

 

Needs:

233

To become the ninth driver in the series to lead 19,000 laps.

       

Kyle Busch

 

Has:

16,276

 

Needs:

724

To become the 10th driver in the series to lead 17,000 laps.

       

Kevin Harvick

 

Has:

13,214

 

Needs:

786

To become the 11th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 14,000 laps.

       

Kurt Busch

 

Has:

9,545

 

Needs:

455

To become the 18th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 10,000 laps.

       

Denny Hamlin

 

Has:

9,313

 

Needs:

687

To become the 18th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 10,000 laps.

       

Martin Truex Jr.

 

Has:

7,549

 

Needs:

451

To become the 26th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 8,000 laps.

       

Brad Keselowski

 

Has:

6,853

 

Needs:

147

To become the 30th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 7,000 laps.

       

Joey Logano

 

Has:

5,232

 

Needs:

768

To become the 36th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 6,000 laps.

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