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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

May 16, 2011


Statistical Advance:

Analyzing The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 16, 2011) Ė Below are notebook item facts for this weekendís NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race:


Charlotte Motor Speedway Data

Track Size: 1.5 miles

     Banking/Corners:  24 degrees

     Banking/Straights: 5 degrees

     Frontstretch: 1,980 feet

     Backstretch: 1,500 feet


2011 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

Entry List


Bayne, Trevor

Biffle, Greg

Bowyer, Clint

Busch, Kurt

Busch, Kyle

Edwards, Carl

Gordon, Jeff

Hamlin, Denny

Harvick, Kevin

Johnson, Jimmie

Kahne, Kasey

Kenseth, Matt

Martin, Mark

McMurray, Jamie

Montoya, Juan Pablo

Newman, Ryan

Reutimann, David

Smith, Regan

Stewart, Tony

Fan Vote Winner

Winner Sprint Showdown

Second Place Sprint Showdown


NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race


         There have been 26 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races.

         The first NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race was in 1985.

         25 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.

         84 drivers have run in at least one All-Star Race.

         There have been 18 different winners of the All-Star Race.

         Mark Martin has participated in 21 races, more than any other driver.

         The race has featured a field that ranged from 10 drivers in 1986 to 27 in 2002.

         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.

         There have been seven different winners in the last seven NASCAR Sprint All-Star races.

         Davey Allison (1991 and 1992), Terry Labonte (1988 and 1999), Mark Martin (1998 and 2005) and Jimmie Johnson (2003 and 2006) are the only other drivers to post multiple victories in the All-Star Race. Allison is the only driver to ever win consecutive All-Star events.

         Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) and Ryan Newman (2002) are the only drivers to win the 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 at 46 years, 4 months and 12 days (2005).

         Matt Kenseth has a 6.6 average finish in 10 appearances in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the best of any driver in this weekendís field; followed by Jimmie Johnson with a 6.7 average finish in nine appearances. The best average finish by a driver with more than five starts is Ken Schrader, at 6.125.

         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 last season.

         The deepest in the field an All-Star Race winner has started was 27th, by Ryan Newman in 2002.

         Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won six All-Star Races: Jeff Gordon (three), Jimmie Johnson (two) and Terry Labonte (one).

         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).

         The record for lead changes in a NASCAR Sprint All-Star race is 10 in 2004. The most different leaders is nine in 2002.

Loop Data

         Below are some top statistical performers in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race since the inception of Loop Data in 2005:

Kurt Busch (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge)

                     Average Running Position of 8.0, fifth-best

                     Driver Rating of 91.2, fourth-best

                     30 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

                     Average Green Flag Speed of 177.512 mph, eighth-fastest

                     477 Laps in the Top 15 (85.2%), fourth-most

                     135 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), eighth-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&Mís Toyota)

                     Average Running Position of 7.7, third-best

                     Driver Rating of 104.6, second-best

                     54 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

                     Average Green Flag Speed of 178.601 mph, second-fastest

                     359 Laps in the Top 15 (76.4%), 11th-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)

                     Average Running Position of 8.3, seventh-best

                     Driver Rating of 86.8, seventh-best

                     49 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

                     158 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most

                     Average Green Flag Speed of 177.900 mph, fifth-fastest

                     509 Laps in the Top 15 (90.9%), second-most

                     145 Quality Passes, fifth-most


Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)

                     Average Running Position of 11.1, 12th-best

                     Driver Rating of 81.6, 10th-best

                     11 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most

                     163 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most

                     380 Laps in the Top 15 (67.9%), eighth-most

                     130 Quality Passes, ninth-most


Jimmie Johnson (No. 5 Lowe's 5% Every Day Chevrolet)

                     Series-best Average Running Position of 5.5

                     Series-best Driver Rating of 112.8

                     Series-high 112 Fastest Laps Run

                     162 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

                     Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 178.629 mph

                     Series-high 533 Laps in the Top 15 (95.2%)

                     150 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Crown Royal Ford)

                     Average Running Position of 7.4, second-best

                     Driver Rating of 95.5, third-best

                     30 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

                     163 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most

                     Average Green Flag Speed of 177.514 mph, seventh-fastest

                     480 Laps in the Top 15 (85.7%), third-most

                     142 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Mark Martin (No. 25 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)

                     Average Running Position of 8.1, sixth-best

                     Driver Rating of 91.0, fifth-best

                     35 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

                     142 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most

                     Average Green Flag Speed of 178.004 mph, fourth-fastest

                     451 Laps in the Top 15 (80.5%), seventh-most

                     125 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Ryan Newman (No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet)

                     Average Running Position of 8.6, eighth-best

                     Driver Rating of 86.4, eighth-best

                     20 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

                     174 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most

                     Average Green Flag Speed of 177.451 mph, ninth-fastest

                     460 Laps in the Top 15 (82.1%), sixth-most

                     158 Quality Passes, third-most


Tony Stewart (No. 14 Burger King Chevrolet)

                     Driver Rating of 81.3, 11th-best

                     9 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most

                     187 Green Flag Passes, third-most

                     358 Laps in the Top 15 (63.9%), 12th-most

                     144 Quality Passes, sixth-most


NASCAR Sprint All-Star Wins List

Year                 Driver

1985                 Darrell Waltrip

1986                 Bill Elliott

1987                 Dale Earnhardt

1988                 Terry Labonte

1989                 Rusty Wallace

1990                 Dale Earnhardt

1991                 Davey Allison

1992                 Davey Allison

1993                 Dale Earnhardt

1994                 Geoff Bodine

1995                 Jeff Gordon

1996                 Michael Waltrip

1997                 Jeff Gordon

1998                 Mark Martin

1999                 Terry Labonte

2000                 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2001                 Jeff Gordon

2002                 Ryan Newman

2003                 Jimmie Johnson

2004                 Matt Kenseth

2005                 Mark Martin

2006                 Jimmie Johnson

2007                 Kevin Harvick

2008                 Kasey Kahne

2009                 Tony Stewart

2010                 Kurt Busch


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