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News - Statistical Advance: Analyzing The STP 400


April 16, 2012

 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 16, 2012) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas going into the STP 400 on April 22.
 
KANSAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M / Novec Ford)
·         Two wins, six top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 8.3
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 6.5
·         Driver Rating of 118.0, second-best
·         190 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 162.291 mph, second-fastest
·         Series-high 1,957 Laps in the Top 15 (93.9%)
·         346 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), second-most
 
Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-hour Energy Toyota)
·         One top five, three top 10s
·         Average finish of 12.0
·         Average Running Position of 15.4, 11th-best
·         Driver Rating of 88.7, 11th-best
·         566 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 161.540 mph, seventh-fastest
 
Kurt Busch (No. 51 Phoenix Construction Services Inc. Chevrolet)
·         Three top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 17.7
·         Average Running Position of 15.0, 10th-best
·         Driver Rating of 90.9, eighth-best
·         110 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         534 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 161.435 mph, eighth-fastest
·         1,186 Laps in the Top 15 (56.9%), 10th-most
 
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)
·         Four top fives, seven top 10s
·         Average finish of 10.7
·         Average Running Position of 12.7, sixth-best
·         Driver Rating of 97.3, sixth-best
·         113 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         540 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 161.654 mph, fifth-fastest
·         1,368 Laps in the Top 15 (65.6%), sixth-most
·         302 Quality Passes, fifth-most
 
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, eight top fives, nine top 10s
·         Average finish of 10.3
·         Average Running Position of 8.3, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 105.4, fourth-best
·         99 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 162.136 mph, third-fastest
·         1,884 Laps in the Top 15 (90.4%), second-most
·         321 Quality Passes, fourth-most
 
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota)
·         Two top fives, two top 10s
·         Average finish of 15.8
·         Average Running Position of 15.8, 13th-best
·         Driver Rating of 85.1, 12th-best
·         44 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
·         555 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 161.427 mph, ninth-fastest
·         1,324 Laps in the Top 15 (63.5%), ninth-most
·         297 Quality Passes, sixth-most
 
Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet)
·         One top five, five top 10s
·         Average finish of 13.6
·         Average Running Position of 13.5, ninth-best
·         Driver Rating of 90.0, 10th-best
·         64 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
·         599 Green Flag Passes, second-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 161.418 mph, 11th-fastest
·         1,335 Laps in the Top 15 (64.1%), eighth-most
·         270 Quality Passes, eighth-most
 
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, four top fives, nine top 10s; three poles
·         Average finish of 8.4
·         Average Running Position of 7.0, second-best
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 120.6
·         Series-high 316 Fastest Laps Run
·         566 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 162.485 mph
·         1,879 Laps in the Top 15 (90.2%), third-most
·         Series-high 364 Quality Passes
 
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)
·         One top five, three top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 17.0
·         Average Running Position of 15.7, 12th-best
·         Driver Rating of 85.0, 13th-best
·         66 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·         568 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 161.277 mph, 13th-fastest
·         1,146 Laps in the Top 15 (55.0%), 12th-most
·         216 Quality Passes, 12th-most
 
Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)
·         Three top fives, six top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 18.0
·         Average Running Position of 11.1, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 101.5, fifth-best
·         108 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 161.583 mph, sixth-fastest
·         1,589 Laps in the Top 15 (76.2%), fifth-most
·         259 Quality Passes, ninth-most
 
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
·         One win, two top fives, two top 10s
·         Average finish of 10.0
·         Average Running Position of 13.2, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 90.8, ninth-best
 
Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota)
·         One win, two top fives, five top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 13.1
·         Average Running Position of 12.9, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 92.9, seventh-best
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 161.426 mph, 10th-fastest
·         1,358 Laps in the Top 15 (65.2%), seventh-most
·         210 Quality Passes, 13th-most
 
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, five top fives, eight top 10s
·         Average finish of 12.2
·         Average Running Position of 8.7, fourth-best
·         Driver Rating of 105.9, third-best
·         137 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 161.960 mph, fourth-fastest
·         1,740 Laps in the Top 15 (83.5%), fourth-most
·         322 Quality Passes, third-most
 
Chase Contenders
 
The Top 12
 
Following Race 7 of 36
 
                                                                                Rank        Season
                                                                                Last          Driver

Driver Points Wins Poles Week Rating
1. Greg Biffle 273 1 1 1 109.1
2. Matt Kenseth 254 1 0 4 103.0
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 254 0 0 2 100.1
4. Martin Truex Jr. 253 0 1 6 100.2
5. Kevin Harvick 249 0 0 5 99.6
6. Denny Hamlin 242 1 1 7 100.1
7. Tony Stewart 234 2 0 3 97.8
8. Jimmie Johnson 233 0 0 10 101.8
9. Ryan Newman 225 1 0 8 84.9
10. Clint Bowyer 219 0 0 9 88.0
11. Carl Edwards 215 0 1 11 79.5
12. Paul Menard 192 0 0 14 75.1
ADDITIONAL DRIVERS
13. Joey Logano 192 32. Dave Blaney 104
14. Kyle Busch 184 33. Landon Cassill 91
15. Brad Keselowski 183 34. Travis Kvapil 85
16. Jeff Burton 179 35. Brian Vickers 66
17. Jeff Gordon 177 36. David Stremme 63
18. Juan Pablo Montoya 174 37. J.J. Yeley 60
19. AJ Allmendinger 172 38. Brendan Gaughan 50
20. Mark Martin 170 39. Michael McDowell 47
21. Regan Smith 167 40. Ken Schrader 47
22. Aric Almirola 166 41. Tony Raines 35
23. Jamie McMurray 160 42. Terry Labonte 27
24. Marcos Ambrose 159 43. Josh Wise 26
25. Bobby Labonte 152 44. Hermie Sadler 13
26. Kurt Busch 147 45. Scott Riggs 12
27. Kasey Kahne 130 46. Robby Gordon 6
28. Casey Mears 119 47. Scott Speed 1
29. David Ragan 109
30. David Gilliland 109
31. David Reutimann 106
Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season.
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final 2012 Top 12 at Kansas Speedway
  Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating    
1 Greg Biffle 11 1 2 6 8 1 8.3 118.0
2 Matt Kenseth 12 1 0 3 6 2 18.0 101.5
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12 1 0 1 5 2 17.3 83.6
4 Martin Truex Jr. 7 0 0 0 0 1 26.3 80.7
5 Kevin Harvick 12 0 0 1 5 1 13.6 90.0
6 Denny Hamlin 8 0 0 2 2 0 15.8 85.1
7 Tony Stewart 12 0 2 5 8 1 12.2 105.9
8 Jimmie Johnson 11 3 2 4 9 1 8.4 120.6
9 Ryan Newman 12 0 1 3 4 2 17.3 64.1
10 Clint Bowyer 7 0 0 1 3 0 12.0 88.7
11 Carl Edwards 9 0 0 4 7 1 10.7 97.3
12 Paul Menard 6 0 0 0 1 0 20.5 70.9
* – Based on last eight Kansas Speedway races

Kansas Speedway Data
 
Race #: 8 of 36 (04-22-12)
Track Size: 1.5 miles
Race Length: 400.5 miles
·     Banking/corners: 15 degrees
·     Banking/straights: 10.4 degrees
·     Frontstretch: 2,685 feet
·     Backstretch: 2,207 feet
 
Top 12 Driver Rating at Kansas
Jimmie Johnson........................ 120.6
Greg Biffle................................ 118.0
Tony Stewart............................. 105.9
Jeff Gordon.............................. 105.4
Matt Kenseth............................. 101.5
Carl Edwards.............................. 97.3
Mark Martin................................. 92.9
Kurt Busch.................................. 90.9
Brad Keselowski......................... 90.8
Kevin Harvick.............................. 90.0
Clint Bowyer............................... 88.7
Denny Hamlin............................. 85.1
Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (eight total) at Kansas.
 
Qualifying/Race Data
2011 pole winner: Kurt Busch,
174.752 mph, 30.901 seconds
2011 race winner: Brad Keselowski,
(137.184 mph, 06-05-11)
Track qualifying record: Matt Kenseth, (180.856 mph, 29.858 seconds,
10-08-05)
Track race record: Greg Biffle,
(138.077 mph, 11-03-10)
 
Driver Ratings for Winners
Driver Year Driver Rating Series Driver Rating Rank
Brad Keselowski 2011 Spring 76.1 17th
Greg Biffle 2010 132.3 2nd
Tony Stewart 2009 91.3 9th
Jimmie Johnson 2008 115.6 2nd
Greg Biffle 2007 115.4 3rd
Tony Stewart 2006 117.6 3rd
* Pre-Race Driver Ratings of the year the driver won at Kansas Speedway (2011 spring race and previous five races).
 
NASCAR in Kansas
·         There have been 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Kansas, all at Kansas Speedway. The only other Kansas track to hold a NASCAR national series race was Heartland Park in Topeka, which hosted five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races from 1995-99.
·         16 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Kansas, including Jim Roper who won the very first NASCAR Sprint Cup race – Charlotte in 1949.
·         There have been two race winners in the top three NASCAR national series from Kansas:
 
Driver
NSCS
NNS
NCWTS
Clint Bowyer
5
8
3
Jim Roper
1
0
0
 
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