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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race


May 14, 2012

 
Statistical Advance: Analyzing The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 14, 2012) Ė 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 19.

NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE SPECIFIC STATISTICS
Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M/ American Red Cross Ford)
         Two top fives, three top 10s
         Average finish of 12.3
         Average Running Position of 10.1, 12th-best
         Driver Rating of 82.7, 11th-best
         34 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
         174 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 178.272 mph, ninth-fastest
         452 Laps in the Top 15 (68.5%), 11th-most
         146 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 10th-most
 
Kurt Busch (No. 51 Phoenix Construction Services Inc. Chevrolet)
         One win, four top fives, five top 10s
         Average finish of 11.1
         Average Running Position of 8.8, seventh-best
         Driver Rating of 85.2, eighth-best
         30 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
         198 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 177.969 mph, 13th-fastest
         539 Laps in the Top 15 (81.7%), fifth-most
         178 Quality Passes, sixth-most
 
 
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&Mís Toyota)
         One top five, two top 10s; two poles
         Average finish of 13.8
         Average Running Position of 6.8, third-best
         Driver Rating of 106.8, third-best
         63 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 179.322 mph, second-fastest
         459 Laps in the Top 15 (80.5%), ninth-most
 
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)
         One win, three top fives, four top 10s
         Average finish of 9.3
         Average Running Position of 9.3, 11th-best
         Driver Rating of 89.6, sixth-best
         57 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
         167 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 178.047 mph, 11th-fastest
         473 Laps in the Top 15 (81.6%), eighth-most
         146 Quality Passes, 10th-most
 
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
         Three wins, six top fives, nine top 10s
         Average finish of 9.3
         Average Running Position of 8.3, fifth-best
         Driver Rating of 85.1, ninth-best
         52 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
         196 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 178.563 mph, sixth-fastest
         606 Laps in the Top 15 (91.8%), second-most
         180 Quality Passes, fifth-most
 
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Patriotic Chevrolet)
         Two wins, six top fives, six top 10s; one pole
         Average finish of 7.2
         Average Running Position of 5.9, second-best
         Driver Rating of 108.9, second-best
         Series-high 126 Fastest Laps Run
         218 Green Flag Passes, second-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 179.237 mph, third-fastest
         Series-high 628 Laps in the Top 15 (95.2%)
         Series-high 200 Quality Passes
 
Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)
         One win, four top fives, eight top 10s; two poles
         Average finish of 6.5
         Average Running Position of 7.6, fourth-best
         Driver Rating of 94.0, fourth-best
         36 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
         209 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 178.286 mph, eighth-fastest
         577 Laps in the Top 15 (87.4%), third-most
         186 Quality Passes, fourth-most
 
Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota)
         Two wins, six top fives, 10 top 10s
         Average finish of 10.9
         Average Running Position of 8.6, sixth-best
         Driver Rating of 86.1, seventh-best
         35 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
         169 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 178.586 mph, fifth-fastest
         516 Laps in the Top 15 (78.2%), sixth-most
         142 Quality Passes, 12th-most
 
Ryan Newman (No. 39 Tornados Chevrolet)
         One win, three top fives, six top 10s; one pole
         Average finish of 9.2
         Average Running Position of 9.2, eighth-best
         Driver Rating of 81.9, 13th-best
         20 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
         217 Green Flag Passes, third-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 178.035 mph, 12th-fastest
         550 Laps in the Top 15 (83.3%), fourth-most
         187 Quality Passes, third-most
 
 Tony Stewart (No. 14 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet)
         One win, eight top fives, nine top 10s
         Average finish of 7.1
         Average Running Position of 11.1, 13th-best
         Driver Rating of 83.9, 10th-best
         12 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
         213 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 178.225 mph, 10th-fastest
         458 Laps in the Top 15 (69.4%), 10th-most
         169 Quality Passes, eighth-most

2012 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Entry List
Marcos Ambrose Fan Vote Winner
Trevor Bayne Winner Sprint Showdown
Greg Biffle Second Place Sprint Showdown
Clint Bowyer
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Carl Edwards
Jeff Gordon
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Jimmie Johnson
Kasey Kahne
Matt Kenseth
Brad Keselowski
Mark Martin
Paul Menard
Ryan Newman
David Ragan
Regan Smith
Tony Stewart
 
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Wins List
Year
Driver
Year
Driver
1985
Darrell Waltrip
1999
Terry Labonte
1986
Bill Elliott
2000
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
1987
Dale Earnhardt
2001
Jeff Gordon
1988
Terry Labonte
2002
Ryan Newman
1989
Rusty Wallace
2003
Jimmie Johnson
1990
Dale Earnhardt
2004
Matt Kenseth
1991
Davey Allison
2005
Mark Martin
1992
Davey Allison
2006
Jimmie Johnson
1993
Dale Earnhardt
2007
Kevin Harvick
1994
Geoff Bodine
2008
Kasey Kahne
1995
Jeff Gordon
2009
Tony Stewart
1996
Michael Waltrip
2010
Kurt Busch
1997
Jeff Gordon
2011
Carl Edwards
1998
Mark Martin
 
 
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 12 Driver Rating at Charlotte
List consists of drivers with more than one NASCAR Sprint All-Star race start
 
Jimmie Johnson........................ 108.9
Kyle Busch............................... 106.8
Matt Kenseth.............................. 94.0
Carl Edwards.............................. 89.6
Mark Martin................................ 86.1
Kurt Busch................................. 85.2
Jeff Gordon................................. 85.1
Tony Stewart.............................. 83.9
Greg Biffle.................................. 82.7
Ryan Newman............................ 81.9
Joey Logano.............................. 80.5
Brian Vickers............................. 79.6
Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 NASCAR Sprint All-Star races (seven total).
 
 
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race:
Notebook
         There have been 27 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races.
         The first NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race was in 1985.
         26 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.
         86 drivers have run in at least one all-star race.
         There have been 19 different winners of the all-star race.
         Mark Martin has participated in 22 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 eight different winners in the last eight 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 races. 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).
         In two starts Joey Logano leads the series with an average finish of 5.5 in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race; followed by Matt Kenseth with a 6.5 average finish in 11 appearances and Tony Stewart with a 7.1 average finish in 13 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race appearances.
         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 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.
 
Driver Ratings for Winners
Driver
Year
Driver Rating
Series Driver Rating Rank
Carl Edwards
2011
79.2
14th
Kurt Busch
2010
85.0
12th
Tony Stewart
2009
84.4
13th
Kasey Kahne
2008
81.7
16th
Kevin Harvick
2007
72.5
24th
Jimmie Johnson
2006
114.4
1st
* Pre-Race Driver Ratings of the year the driver won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star (last six races).
 
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