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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Sprint Unlimited

Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Sprint Unlimited

 

 

Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

2016 Eligible Participants Include:  
2015 Coors Light Pole Winners  
AJ Allmendinger  
Kurt Busch  
Kyle Busch  
Carl Edwards  
Denny Hamlin  
Kevin Harvick  
Jimmie Johnson  
Kasey Kahne  
Matt Kenseth  
Brad Keselowski  
Jeff Gordon  
Joey Logano  
Former Sprint Unlimited Winners  
Dale Earnhardt Jr.  
Tony Stewart  
Former Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole Winners  
Greg Biffle  
Austin Dillon  
David Gilliland  
Danica Patrick  
Martin Truex Jr.  
2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers  
Clint Bowyer  
Jamie McMurray  
Paul Menard  
Ryan Newman  
2015 NSCS Championship Points  
Aric Almirola  
Kyle Larson  
Provisional Drivers  
If an eligible driver does not enter the race, the open position will be filled based on 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points.  
 
 
Casey Mears  
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  
Sam Hornish Jr.  
David Ragan  
Trevor Bayne  

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 8, 2016) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida going into the Sprint Unlimited on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. ET. A total of 25 drivers are eligible to participate in the annual preseason, 75 lap, non-points race. The event will be broadcast live on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

Eligible Driver’s Performances

 

AJ Allmendinger – No. 47 JTG / Daugherty Racing Ford

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2009     5          18         44         78                                 Running

2012     12         9          22         80         1          1          Running

 

 

Aric Almirola – No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2013     6          8          43         75                                 Running

2015     18         19         43         55                                 Accident

 

 

Greg Biffle – No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2005     5          2          16         70         1          44         Running

2007     13         5          16         70                                 Running

2008     20         17         16         48                               Accident

2009     17         26         16         72                                 Accident

2010     15         5          16         74         2          5          Accident

2011     5          11         16         75                                 Running

2012     6          7          16         82         3          17         Running

2013     2          4          16         75         1          2          Running

2015     14         7          16         67         1          1          Accident

 

Clint Bowyer – No. 15 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet                                       

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2008     14         21         07         70                                 Running

2011     9          7          33         75         2          4          Running

2012     8          17         15         82                                 Running

2015     20         18         15         45                                 Accident

 

 

Kurt Busch – No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet                                        

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2002     14         1          97         70         1          3          Running

2003     11         3          97         70         1          11         Running

2005     6          6          97         70                                 Running

2007     3          19         2          70         2          6          Running

2008     18         1          2          70                               Running

2009     9          12         2          78                                 Running

2010     23         22         2          32                                 Accident

2011     1          17         22         75         3          3          Running

2012     17         6          51         82                                 Accident

2013     13         18         78         15                                 Accident

2014     14         10         41         35                                 Accident

2015     15         13         41         67                                 Accident

 

 

Kyle Busch – No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota                                                

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2006     15         14         5          72         2          4          Running

2007     7          6          5          70         3          39         Running

2009     10         10         18         78         2          6          Running

2010     4          17         18         76                                 Running

2011     16         21         18         41         2          2          Accident

2012     1          2          18         82         2          3          Running

2013     16         13         18         14                                 Accident

2014     3          4          18         75         1          6          Running

2015     8          5          18         75                                 Running

 

 

Austin Dillon – No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2015     17         6          3          61                                 Accident

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. – No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet                                       

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2001     6          10         8          70                                 Running

2002     2          16         8          70         1          20         Running

2003     1          19         8          70         4          13         Running

2004     2          19         8          70                                 Running

2005     7          12         8          70                                 Running

2006     2          19         8          72         1          1          Running

2007     14         17         8          70                                 Running

2008     1          7          88         70         7          47         Running

2009     18         9          88         64         4          23         Accident

2010     11         11         88         76                                 Running

2011     19         1          88         27         3          4          Accident

2012     20         8          88         54         2          12         Accident

2013     8          16         88         75                                 Running

2014     9          14         88         65         1          7          Accident

2015     9          24         88         75         1          13         Running

 

Carl Edwards – No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota                                                                     

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2006     16         11         99         71                                 Running

2008     12         20         99         70         1          1          Running

2009     7          11         99         78         2          11         Running

2010     17         1          99         74         2          42         Accident

2011     21         3          99         33                                 Accident

2012     9          11         99         82                                 Running

2013     12         1          99         75                                 Running

2014     13         7          99         35                                 Accident

2015     3          14         19         75         1          1          Running

 

 

David Gilliland

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2007     2          13         38         70                                 Running

2008     19         5          38         48         1          2          Accident

Jeff Gordon                             

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status             

1994     1          6          24         20         1          2          Running

1995     4          5          24         20                                 Running

1996     9          7          24         20                                 Running

1997     1          3          24         20                                 Running

1998     14         5          24         25                                 Engine

1999     15         8          24         25                                 Running

2000     2          6          24         25                                 Running

2001     11         6          24         70                                 Running

2002     3          22         24         70                                 Running

2003     2          18         24         70         2          31         Running

2004     5          2          24         70         2          16         Running

2005     3          11         24         70                                 Running

2006     19         10         24         23                                 Accident

2007     21         11         24         31                                 Electrical

2008     4          22         24         70         1          1          Running

2009     4          28         24         78         2          2          Running

2010     6          23         24         76                                 Running

2011     6          12         24         75         1          1          Running

2012     15         14         24         73         3          16         Accident

2013     17         7          24         14                                 Accident

2014     12         13         24         35                                 Accident

2015     7          11         24         75                                 Running

 

 

Denny Hamlin – No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota                                                        

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2006     1          15         11         72         3          16         Running

2007     17         21         11         70                                 Running

2008     9          12         11         70                               Running

2009     13         5          11         78         2          4          Running

2010     5          24         11         76                                 Running

2011     12         4          11         75                                 Running

2012     5          16         11         82                                 Running

2013     15         5          11         14                                 Accident

2014     1          1          11         75         6          27         Running

2015     19         9          11         45                                 Accident

Kevin Harvick – No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet                                      

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2003     9          16         29         70                                 Running

2004     3          5          29         70         2          10         Running

2006     20         18         29         15                                 Engine

2007     5          20         29         70         2          11         Running

2009     1          27         29         78         1          1          Running

2010     1          2          29         76         5          21         Running

2011     7          18         29         75                                 Running

2012     22         22         29         54         3          4          Accident

2013     1          17         29         75         3          37         Running

2014     5          6          4          75         2          6          Running

2015     11         8          4          75         1          1          Running

 

 

Jimmie Johnson – No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2003     7          2          48         70         1          4          Running

2004     9          17         48         70                                 Running

2005     1          17         48         70         1          16         Running

2006     5          2          48         72         3          12         Running

2007     4          8          48         70                                 Running

2008     3          18         48         70                               Running

2009     14         21         48         77         1          2          Accident

2010     13         16         48         76                                 Running

2011     4          23         48         75         2          7          Running

2012     14         18         48         74         1          1          Accident

2013     14         11         48         14                                 Accident

2014     17         18         48         28                                 Accident

2015     22         17         48         45                                 Accident

 

 

Kasey Kahne – No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2005     9          13         9          70                                 Running

2006     18         5          9          35                                 Accident

2007     15         15         9          70                                 Running

2008     10         8          9          70                                 Running

2009     6          14         9          78         1          2          Running

2010     2          19         9          76                                 Running

2011     24         5          9          7                                  Engine

2012     13         19         4          79                                 Running

2013     7          3          5          75                                 Running

2015     23         2          5          45                                 Accident

Matt Kenseth – No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota                                                          

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2003     3          5          17         70         3          6          Running

2006     6          16         17         72                                 Running

2009     8          25         17         78         1          1          Running

2010     16         8          17         74                                 Accident

2011     13         19         17         74                                 Running

2012     21         23         17         54                                 Accident

2013     5          12         20         75         2          25         Running

2014     10         16         20         35                                 Accident

2015     1          16         20         75         4          21         Running

 

 

Brad Keselowski – No. 2 Team Penske Ford                                                                

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2012     4          3          2          82                                 Running

2014     2          5          2          75         3          8          Running

2015     25         4          2          22         1          2          Accident

 

 

Kyle Larson – No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Chevrolet                                                                                              Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2015     5          25         42         75                                 Running

 

 

Joey Logano – No. 22 Team Penske Ford                                                                    

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2009     28         19         20         3                                  Accident

2010     7          21         20         76                                 Running

2011     18         22         20         27                                 Accident

2012     18         10         20         54         1          1          Accident

2013     3          9          22         75                                 Running

2014     4          11         22         75         2          11         Running

2015     6          3          22         75                                 Running

 

 

Paul Menard – No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet                              

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2009     12         1          98         78         1          2          Running

2012     23         24         27         8                                  Accident

2015     21         1          27         45         1          7          Accident

Jamie McMurray – No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Chevrolet               

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2004     17         3          42         69         2          8          Accident

2006     8          17         26         72         1          1          Running

2008     22         4          26         24                                 Accident

2009     2          15         26         78         4          16         Running

2010     3          9          1          76         2          2          Running

2011     2          14         1          75                                 Running

2012     16         4          1          73         5          11         Accident

2014     6          2          1          75         2          10         Running

2015     24         21         1          45                                 Accident

Ryan Newman – No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet                                       

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2002     15         8          12         70                                 Running

2003     4          15         12         70                                 Running

2004     16         16         12         69         1          4          Accident

2005     2          7          12         70         1          4          Running

2006     17         7          12         68                                 Accident

2007     20         9          12         46                                 Engine

2008     23         17         12         70                                 Running

2010     19         4          39         74                                 Accident

2011     3          8          39         75         3          18         Running

2012     7          13         39         82                                 Running

2014     8          17         31         75                                 Running

2015     12         12         31         75                                 Running

 

 

Danica Patrick – No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet                                               

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2014     16         12         10         35                                 Accident

2015     10         15         10         75                                 Running

Tony Stewart – No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet                         

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2000     4          3          20         25                                 Running

2001     1          7          20         70                                 Running

2002     1          3          20         70         2          31         Running

2003     15         12         20         70                                 Running

2004     7          18         20         70                                 Running

2005     4          8          20         70                                 Running

2006     3          3          20         72         3          7          Running

2007     1          14         20         70         2          11         Running

2008     2          10         20         70         2          9          Running

2009     3          6          14         78         1          4          Running

2010     9          13         14         76         2          6          Running

2011     11         2          14         75         3          4          Running

2012     2          15         14         82         1          7          Running

2013     4          15         14         75         2          5          Running

2014     11         9          14         35                                 Accident

2015     13         22         14         67                                 Accident

 

 

Martin Truex Jr. – No. 87 Furniture Row Racing Toyota                                   

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2008     21         9          1          47                                 Accident

2012     19         1          56         54         2          7          Accident

2013     9          6          56         75         1          2          Running

2015     2          10         78         75         4          29         Running

 

 

 

Provisional Driver’s Performances

 

Casey Mears – No. 13 Germain Racing Toyota                                                             

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2005     13         18         41         70         1          2          Running

2008     6          24         5          70                                 Running

2009     15         24         07         77                                 Accident

2015     4          23         13         75                                 Running

 

 

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford                                           

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2014     15         3          17         35                                 Accident

2015     16         20         17         61                                 Accident

 

Provisional Driver’s Performances

 

David Ragan No. 23 BK Racing Toyota                                    

                                                            Times   Laps    

Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status

2009     26         16         6          3                                  Accident

2014     24         5          34         8                                  Accident

 

 

Sam Hornish Jr and Trevor Bayne

2016 would be their first career appearance in the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona.

 

 

The Sprint Unlimited Tidbits

The number of participants has ranged from a low of seven in 1981 to a high of 28 in 2009 (25 are eligible for this year’s event).

  • Jeff Gordon has appeared in the most consecutive Sprint Unlimited races, competing in 22 consecutive events from 1994-2015.
  • Tony Stewart leads all active drivers in consecutive Sprint Unlimited starts with 16.
  • There have been nine multiple winners in the Sprint Unlimited:
    • Dale Earnhardt won six events, most all-time (1980, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995).
    • Dale Jarrett won in 1996, 2000 and 2004.
    • Kevin Harvick won in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
    • Tony Stewart won in 2001, 2002 and 2007.
    • Other multiple winners: Neil Bonnett (1983-1984), Ken Schrader, (1989-1990), Jeff Gordon (1994 and 1997), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003 and 2008) and Denny Hamlin (2006 and 2014).
    • Bonnett, Schrader, Stewart and Harvick are the only drivers to win back-to-back Sprint Unlimited races. No driver has won three consecutive Sprint Unlimited events.

 

  • Buddy Baker (1979), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Jeff Gordon (1994), Dale Jarrett (1996) and Denny Hamlin (2006) all won the first Sprint Unlimited in which they competed.
  • Only five times in the 32-year history of the race has the winner gone on to win the Daytona 500:

      Bobby Allison (1982)

      Bill Elliott (1987)

      Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000)

Jeff Gordon (1997)

  • There have been four winners from the pole: Darrell Waltrip (1981), Bill Elliott (1987), Ken Schrader (1989) and Denny Hamlin (2014).
  • Two drivers have swept the Sprint Unlimited, Daytona 500 pole and Daytona 500 from 1979-2015: Dale Jarrett (2000) and Bill Elliott (1987)
  • One driver has swept the Sprint Unlimited, Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 from 1979-2015: Bobby Allison (1982).
  • Seven drivers have won the Sprint Unlimited (1979-2015) and the championship in the same season. Dale Earnhardt is the only one to have accomplished it multiple times (four times).

Tony Stewart (2002)

Jeff Gordon (1997)

Dale Earnhardt (1993)

Dale Earnhardt (1991)

Dale Earnhardt (1986)

Darrell Waltrip (1981)

Dale Earnhardt (1980)

  • Four drivers have won consecutive Sprint Unlimited races (1979-2015). None went on to win that year’s Daytona 500.

Kevin Harvick (2009-10)

Tony Stewart (2000-01)

Ken Schrader (1990-91)

Neil Bonnett (1983-84)

  • The format for The Sprint Unlimited has changed 13 times since its inception into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 1979.
  • Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has competed in the Sprint Unlimited (1979 – 2015).

 

 

     The Sprint Unlimited Manufacturer Wins Recap

 

Manufacturer          Victories          Last Victory – Driver

Chevrolet                20                     2013 – Kevin Harvick

Ford                       7                      2004 – Dale Jarrett

Toyota                    3                      2015 – Matt Kenseth                 

Buick                      2                      1982 – Bobby Allison

Oldsmobile             2                      1980 – Dale Earnhardt

Pontiac                   2                      2002 – Tony Stewart

Dodge                    1                      2011 – Kurt Busch

 

 

 

By the Numbers: The Sprint Unlimited

.013 – Margin of victory in seconds by Kyle Busch over Tony Stewart in 2012, the closest margin in Sprint Unlimited history

.058 – Margin of victory in seconds by Kurt Busch over Jamie McMurray in 2011, the second closest margin in Sprint Unlimited history

.08 – Margin of victory in seconds by Dale Earnhardt over Sterling Marlin in 1995, the third closest margin of victory in Sprint Unlimited history

1 – Laps led by Rusty Wallace (1998), Neil Bonnett (1983-84), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Dale Jarrett (2000 and 2004) and Kevin Harvick (2009) in the Sprint Unlimited races they won

2.75 – Average finish by Dale Earnhardt, best by any driver with multiple starts

4 – Number of drivers to win the Sprint Unlimited from the pole position – Darrell Waltrip (1981), Bill Elliott (1987), Ken Schrader (1989) and Denny Hamlin (2014).

5 – Drivers who have won the event in their first appearance (Buddy Baker, 1979; Dale Earnhardt, 1980; Jeff Gordon, 1994; Dale Jarrett, 1996; Denny Hamlin, 2006)

6 – Number of Sprint Unlimited wins by Dale Earnhardt, the series leader (1980, 86, 88, 91, 93, 95)

7 – Number of fewest starters in the field for the Sprint Unlimited (1981)

11 – Number of starts before winning, most since race began in 1979 (Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin)

14 – Number of different leaders in the 2009 event, most since race began in 1979

20 – Number of wins by Chevrolet in the Sprint Unlimited, leads all manufacturers

22 – Most consecutive starts in the Sprint Unlimited by Jeff Gordon (1994-2014).

27 – Kevin Harvick’s starting position in 2009, the lowest by a race winner in the event’s history

 

By the Numbers: The Sprint Unlimited

28 – Number of lead changes in the 2011 event, highest number since race began in 1979

44 – Laps led by Greg Biffle in 2005, the most by a driver who did not win the event

47 – Laps led by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2008, the most in a single Sprint Unlimited

197.802 mph – The fastest average speed of the race for the Sprint Unlimited was in 1987 won by Bill Elliott.

 

Breakdown of Sprint Unlimited Winners:

Year Driver   Year Driver
1979 Buddy Baker   1998 Rusty Wallace
1980 Dale Earnhardt   1999 Mark Martin
1981 Darrell Waltrip   2000 Dale Jarrett
1982 Bobby Allison   2001 Tony Stewart
1983 Neil Bonnett   2002 Tony Stewart
1984 Neil Bonnett   2003 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
1985 Terry Labonte   2004 Dale Jarrett
1986 Dale Earnhardt   2005 Jimmie Johnson
1987 Bill Elliott   2006 Denny Hamlin
1988 Dale Earnhardt   2007 Tony Stewart
1989 Ken Schrader   2008 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
1990 Ken Schrader   2009 Kevin Harvick
1991 Dale Earnhardt   2010 Kevin Harvick
1992 Geoff Bodine   2011 Kurt Busch
1993 Dale Earnhardt   2012 Kyle Busch
1994 Jeff Gordon   2013 Kevin Harvick
1995 Dale Earnhardt   2014 Denny Hamlin
1996 Dale Jarrett   2015 Matt Kenseth
1997 Jeff Gordon      

Loop Data: Last Five Winners

Season Winners Avg Run Pos % Laps in Top 15 Laps Led % Laps Led Driver Rating
2015 Matt Kenseth 8 81.3 21 28 118.9
2014 Denny Hamlin 5 92.0 27 36 127.5
2013 Kevin Harvick 4 98.7 40 53.3 113.7
2012 Kyle Busch 8 100 3 3.7 103.4
2011 Kurt Busch 7 94.7 3 4 107.1

 

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