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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

Statistical Advance: Analyzing The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

 

 

 2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Entry List 

AJ Allmendinger

Aric Almirola

Kyle Busch

Kurt Busch

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Carl Edwards

Jeff Gordon

Denny Hamlin

Kevin Harvick

Jimmie Johnson

Kasey Kahne

Matt Kenseth

Brad Keselowski

Joey Logano

Jamie McMurray

Ryan Newman

Tony Stewart

Fan Vote Winner DANICA PATRICK

Sprint Showdown – Segment 1 Winner GREG BIFFLE

Sprint Showdown – Segment 2 Winner CLINT BOWYER

 

NASCAR Sprint All-Star Wins List

 

Year    Driver                      Year        Driver

1985    Darrell Waltrip       2000        Dale Earnhardt Jr.

1986    Bill Elliott                                2001        Jeff Gordon

1987    Dale Earnhardt      2002        Ryan Newman

1988    Terry Labonte        2003        Jimmie Johnson

1989    Rusty Wallace        2004        Matt Kenseth

1990    Dale Earnhardt      2005        Mark Martin

1991    Davey Allison        2006        Jimmie Johnson

1992    Davey Allison        2007        Kevin Harvick

1993    Dale Earnhardt      2008        Kasey Kahne

1994    Geoff Bodine         2009        Tony Stewart

1995    Jeff Gordon           2010        Kurt Busch

1996    Michael Waltrip     2011        Carl Edwards

1997    Jeff Gordon           2012        Jimmie Johnson

1998    Mark Martin            2013        Jimmie Johnson

1999    Terry Labonte        2014        Jamie McMurray

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 12, 2015) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. going into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 16 (7 p.m. on FOX Sports 1).

 

SPRINT ALL-STAR-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)

  • One win, five top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.4
  • Average Running Position of 8.8, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 83.5, fifth-best
  • 48 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • 320 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 179.918 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 746 Laps in the Top 15 (80.2%), sixth-most
  • 273 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), seventh-most

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Red Nose Day Toyota)

  • Three top fives, four top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 12.3
  • Average Running Position of 7.3, second-best
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 108.1
  • 84 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 181.329 mph
  • 664 Laps in the Top 15 (79.0%), ninth-most

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Mountain Dew Baja Blast Chevrolet)

  • One win, five top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 8.0
  • Driver Rating of 78.5, 11th-best
  • 23 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • Series-high 372 Green Flag Passes
  • 757 Laps in the Top 15 (81.4%), fifth-most
  • Series-high 298 Quality Passes

 

Carl Edwards (No. 19 ARRIS Toyota)

  • One win, four top fives, six top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 10.4
  • Average Running Position of 9.9, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 84.6, fourth-best
  • 62 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • 233 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 179.874 mph, 10th-fastest
  • 676 Laps in the Top 15 (79.5%), seventh-most
  • 203 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, six top fives, nine top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.0
  • Average Running Position of 8.5, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 82.1, eighth-best
  • 62 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • 310 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 180.490 mph, third-fastest
  • Series-high 836 Laps in the Top 15 (89.9%)
  • 286 Quality Passes, third-most

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet)

  • One win, three top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 9.9
  • Average Running Position of 10.5, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 82.4, sixth-best
  • 31 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • 331 Green Flag Passes, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 179.927 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 659 Laps in the Top 15 (70.9%), 10th-most
  • 263 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet)

  • Four wins, eight top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 6.2
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 6.9
  • Driver Rating of 104.2, second-best
  • Series-high 147 Fastest Laps Run
  • 307 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 180.878 mph, second-fastest
  • 825 Laps in the Top 15 (88.7%), second-most
  • 278 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet)

  • One win, two top fives, four top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.7
  • Average Running Position of 10.5, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 81.3, ninth-best
  • 53 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • 315 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 180.143 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 676 Laps in the Top 15 (72.7%), seventh-most
  • 274 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)

  • One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 6.2
  • Average Running Position of 8.7, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.3, third-best
  • 47 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • 325 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 180.049 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 779 Laps in the Top 15 (83.8%), fourth-most
  • 282 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford)

  • Two top fives, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 8.8
  • Average Running Position of 10.5, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 78.2, 12th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 180.366 mph, fifth-fastest

 

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Top 16 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

 

Rank Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Kevin Harvick 14 0 1 3 8 3 9.9 82.4
2 Martin Truex Jr. 5 0 0 1 2 2 13.6 59.2
3 Jimmie Johnson 13 1 4 8 9 1 6.2 104.2
4 Joey Logano 4 0 0 2 3 1 8.8 78.2
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 15 0 1 5 12 1 8.0 78.5
6 Brad Keselowski 6 0 0 1 3 1 12.7 55.2
7 Matt Kenseth 14 2 1 6 11 1 6.2 88.3
8 Jamie McMurray 8 0 1 1 3 3 14.0 71.6
9 Jeff Gordon 21 0 3 6 9 5 10.0 82.1
10 Kasey Kahne 11 1 1 2 4 4 11.7 81.3
11 Aric Almirola 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
12 Paul Menard 1 0 0 0 0 0 16.0 58.1
13 Ryan Newman 13 1 1 3 7 4 10.1 75.6
14 Kurt Busch 13 0 1 5 7 3 10.4 83.5
15 Denny Hamlin 8 0 0 2 5 2 11.3 69.2
16 Clint Bowyer 6 0 0 0 1 0 14.2 54.8

* – Based on last 11 NASCAR Sprint All-Star races.
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Statistical Advance

 

 

Charlotte Motor Speedway Data Track Size: 1.5 miles

·     Banking Turns: 24 degrees

·     Banking/Frontstretch: 5 degrees

·     Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees

·     Frontstretch: 1,980 feet

·     Backstretch: 1,500 feet

 

Top 10 All-Star Driver Ratings

Kyle Busch…………………………. 108.1

Jimmie Johnson…………………… 104.2

Matt Kenseth………………………… 88.3

Carl Edwards………………………… 84.6

Kurt Busch……………………………. 83.5

Kevin Harvick………………………… 82.4

Jeff Gordon………………………….. 82.1

Kasey Kahne………………………… 81.3

Dale Earnhardt Jr…………………… 78.5

Joey Logano………………………… 78.2

 

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 NASCAR Sprint All-Star races (10 total).

 

2014 Race Winner:

Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet

100.517 mph, (01:20:35), 05-16-14

 

2014 Showdown Winner:

Clint Bowyer, Toyota

117.711 mph, (00:30:35), 05-16-14

 

2014 Showdown Runner-Up:

AJ Allmendinger

 

2014 Sprint Fan Vote Winner:

Josh Wise

 

NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race:

Notebook

  • There have been 30 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races.
  • The first NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race was in 1985.
  • 29 have been held at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In 1986, the event was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and won by Bill Elliott. That season was also the first year for what is now known as the Sprint Showdown.
  • 92 drivers have run in at least one NASCAR Sprint All-Star race, with 76 competing in more than one.
  • Mark Martin has participated in 24 races, more than any other driver. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in Sprint All-Star starts with 21, followed by Tony Stewart with 16.
  • There have been 20 different winners of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race.
  • Jimmie Johnson (2003, 2006, 2012 and 2013) leads the series with the most NASCAR Sprint All-Star race wins with four.
  • Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990 and 1993) and Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997 and 2001) are the only three-time winners of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip won the inaugural NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in 1985 at an average speed of 161.184 mph.
  • The race has featured a field that ranged from 10 drivers in 1986 to 27 in 2002. Last season’s field had 22 participants.
  • Davey Allison (1991 and 1992), Terry Labonte (1988 and 1999) and Mark Martin (1998 and 2005) are the only other drivers to post multiple victories in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race.
  • Davey Allison (1991, 1992) and Jimmie Johnson (2012, 2013) are the only drivers to ever win consecutive NASCAR Sprint All-Star races.

 

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) and Ryan Newman (2002) are the only drivers to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in their rookie season.
  • Jeff Gordon is the youngest winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at 23 years, 9 months and 18 days (1995).
  • Mark Martin is the oldest NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winner at 46 years, 4 months and 12 days (2005).
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series among active drivers in average finish in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race with a 6.154; followed by Matt Kenseth with a 6.214.
  • Seven active drivers have an average finish in the top 10 for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: Jimmie Johnson (6.1), Matt Kenseth (6.2), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (8.0), Tony Stewart (8.4), Joey Logano (8.7) Kevin Harvick (9.9) and Jeff Gordon (10.0).
  • Terry Labonte won the inaugural Coors Light pole for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in 1985.
  • 16 drivers have won Coors Light poles for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race, led by Bill Elliott with four. Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with three. Carl Edwards has won the last two consecutive poles for the Sprint All-Star Race (2013, 2014).
  • Four drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race: Davey Allison (1991, 1992) Bill Elliott (1997, 1998), Kyle Busch (2011, 2012) and Carl Edwards (2013, 2014).
  • The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race has been won from the pole position four times; the first three came in consecutive years: Dale Earnhardt (1990) and Davey Allison (1991 and 1992). Kurt Busch posted the fourth win from the pole in 2010.
  • The front row starting positions and fourth-place are the three most proficient starting positions in the field, producing more winners (four each) than any other starting positions in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
  • Eight of the 30 (26.7%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star races have been won from the front row: four from the pole and four from second-place.
  • 17 of the 30 (56.7%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star races have been won from a top-five starting position.
  • 21 of the 30 (70%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Two of the 30 (6.7%) NASCAR Sprint All-Star races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
  • The deepest in the field a NASCAR Sprint All-Star race winner has started was 27th, by Ryan Newman in 2002.

 

  • Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won eight NASCAR Sprint All-Star races (most all-time): Jimmie Johnson (four: 2003, 2006, 2012, 2013), Jeff Gordon (three: 1995, 1997, 2001) and Terry Labonte (one: 1999).
  • Several other active teams have won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: Richard Childress Racing and Roush Fenway Racing have four (4) NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race titles each, and Team Penske has two (2). Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, the Wood Brothers, Richard Petty Motorsports and Stewart Haas Racing each have one Sprint All-star win.
  • All four Hendrick Motorsports drivers – Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne – have won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, making HMS the only multi-car team to have a complete roster of former NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race champions – note: Earnhardt Jr. and Kahne won while driving for other teams.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-five finishes in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race with nine; followed by Tony Stewart (eight) and Jimmie Johnson (eight).
  • Bill Elliott leads the series in top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race with 13; followed by Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 12 each. Matt Kenseth has 11 top-10s.
  • Five drivers have won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the same year: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990, 1993), Rusty Wallace (1989), Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997, 2001) and Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2013).
  • In 2008, Kasey Kahne became the first driver to get into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race by the Sprint Fan Vote and go on to win the event.
  • There have been 10 different Sprint Fan Vote winners in the last 10 years of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the only driver in event history to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (2000), Sprint Showdown (2012) and Sprint Fan Vote (2011).
  • Seven times from seven different drivers has the winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race gone on to win the Coke Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway the following weekend: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Davey Allison (1991), Dale Earnhardt (1993), Jeff Gordon (1997), Jimmie Johnson (2003), Kasey Kahne (2008) and Kurt Busch (2010).
  • The record for lead changes in a NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is 10 in 2004. Last season’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race had nine lead changes.
  • The record for different leaders in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is nine in 2002. Last season’s race had six different leaders.
  • The series best Driver Rating performance by a NASCAR Sprint All-Star race winner was Carl Edwards posting a 141.7 in 2011.
  • Top 3 leaders in Driver Rating for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: Kyle Busch (108.9), Jimmie Johnson (103.9) and Matt Kenseth (88.9).
  • 11 of the 17 drivers qualified to compete in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race have captured the event title. Those 11 drivers have a combined 16 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race victories.
  • Roush Fenway Racing has fielded at least one entry in every NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race from 1990-2014, however no RFR drivers are currently eligible for this season’s event and will need to transfer in via the Sprint Showdown or winning the Sprint Fan Vote.
  • Kyle Busch has made nine NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race starts without a victory, the most of any eligible driver. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin has made eight (8) starts, the second-highest total among drivers looking for win No. 1.
  • Greg Biffle has qualified for 11 consecutive NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race events (2004-2014), however he isn’t currently qualified for the race. It is the longest active streak among drivers not currently in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race field.
  • The six drivers qualified for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race looking for their first win in the event are Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, AJ Allmendinger and Aric Almirola.
  • Chevrolet (17) and Ford (10) have combined to win 27 or the 30 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race events – the remaining three belong to Dodge (two) and Pontiac (one). Toyota is looking for its first event title.
  • Among those eligible for the 2015 event Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jamie McMurray each have career wins in both the Sprint Showdown qualifier and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
  • Martin Truex Jr. is the only driver in the Sprint Showdown field with multiple victories in the qualifying race (2007, 2010).
  • No driver has ever won the Sprint Showdown and advanced to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
  • Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards are the only three drivers who have won each the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the Sprint Fan Vote.  Kahne won the vote and event in 2008, Earnhardt Jr. won the race in 2000 and Sprint Fan Vote in 2011. Carl Edwards won the Sprint Fan Vote in 2010 and the Sprint All-Star Race in 2011.
  • Josh Wise (2014), Danica Patrick (2013), Bobby Labonte (2012) and Martin Truex Jr. (2005) are the only drivers in the 2015 Sprint Fan Vote who have previously won the fans’ transfer position.
  • No driver has ever won multiple Sprint Fan Vote awards.

 

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