Statistical Advance: Shootout At Daytona

February 14, 2012
by Alan

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 13, 2012) – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing returns to the track Saturday night with the Shootout at Daytona. A total of 25 drivers are entered in the annual preseason, non-points race at Daytona International Speedway.

Following is a shootout-specific rundown of this year’s eligible drivers.

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
Denny Hamlin
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
Kevin Harvick
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
Jimmie Johnson
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
Kasey Kahne
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 4 7 Engine
Matt Kenseth
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
Brad Keselowski
None
Joey Logano
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
Jamie McMurray
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
Paul Menard
Times Laps
Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status
2009 12 1 27 62 1 2 Running
Juan Pablo Montoya
Times Laps
Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status
2010 10 20 42 76 Running
2011 20 13 42 27 Accident
Ryan Newman
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 17 23 12 70 Running
2010 19 4 39 74 Accident
2011 3 8 39 75 3 18 Running
David Ragan
Times Laps
Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status
2009 26 16 6 3 Accident
Tony Stewart
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
Martin Truex Jr.
Times Laps
Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status
2008 21 9 1 47 Accident
Michael Waltrip
Times Laps
Year Fin St Car Laps Led Led Status
1992 8 14 30 20 Running
2006 11 21 55 72 1 11 Running
2008 11 3 55 70 2 2 Running
2009 22 17 55 43 Accident
2010 21 15 51 69 Accident
2011 15 10 15 47 Accident

Shootout at Daytona Tidbits

  • The number of participants has ranged from a low of seven in 1981 to a high of 28 in 2009 (25 are entered for this year’s event).
  • The drivers with the most Shootout appearances:
    • Bill Elliott (23)
    • Mark Martin (23)
    • Rusty Wallace (19)
    • Ken Schrader (19)
    • Jeff Gordon (18)
  • Mark Martin had appeared in the most consecutive Shootout races, competing in 20 consecutive events from 1989-2008. The active leader in consecutive appearances is Jeff Gordon, with 18. This year marks his 19th.
  • There have been eight multiple winners in the Shootout:
    • Tony Stewart has won three of the last 10 (2001, 2002 and 2007).
    • Dale Earnhardt won six events, most all-time (1980, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995).
    • Dale Jarrett won in 1996, 2000 and 2004.
    • Other multiple winners: Neil Bonnett (1983-1984), Ken Schrader, (1989-1990), Jeff Gordon (1994 and 1997), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003 and 2008) and Kevin Harvick (2009-2010).
    • Bonnett, Schrader, Stewart and Harvick are the only drivers to win back-to-back races. No driver has ever won three consecutive Shootouts.
  • Buddy Baker (1979), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Jeff Gordon (1994), Dale Jarrett (1996) and Denny Hamlin (2006) all won the first Shootout 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:
  1.       Bobby Allison (1982)
  2.       Bill Elliott (1987)
  3.       Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000)

Jeff Gordon (1997)

  • There have been three winners from the pole: Darrell Waltrip (1981), Bill Elliott (1987) and Ken Schrader (1989).
  • Two drivers have swept the Shootout, Daytona 500 pole and Daytona 500 from 1979-2010: Dale Jarrett (2000) and Bill Elliott (1987).
  • One driver has swept the Shootout, Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 from 1979-2011: Bobby Allison (1982).
  • Seven drivers have won the Shootout (1979-2011) and the same season’s championship. Dale Earnhardt is the only one to have accomplished it multiple times – four times.
  1. Tony Stewart (2002)
  2. Jeff Gordon (1997)
  3. Dale Earnhardt (1993)
  4. Dale Earnhardt (1991)
  5. Dale Earnhardt (1986)
  6. Darrell Waltrip (1981)
  7. Dale Earnhardt (1980)
  • Four drivers have won consecutive Shootouts (1979-2010). None went on to win that year’s Daytona 500.
  1. Kevin Harvick (2009-10)
  2. Tony Stewart (2000-01)
  3. Ken Schrader (1990-91)
  4. Neil Bonnett (1983-84)
Shootout Manufacturer Recap
Manufacturer Victories Last Victory – Driver
Chevrolet 19 2010 – Kevin Harvick
Ford 7 2004 – Dale Jarrett
Buick 2 1982 – Bobby Allison
Oldsmobile 2 1980 – Dale Earnhardt
Pontiac 2 2002 – Tony Stewart
Dodge 1 2011 – Kurt Busch

By the Numbers: Shootout at Daytona
 .058 Margin of victory in seconds by Kurt Busch over Jamie McMurray in 2011, the closest margin in Shootout 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 Shootouts they won
2.75 – Average finish by Dale Earnhardt, best by any driver with multiple starts
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 Shootout wins by Dale Earnhardt, the series leader
7 – Number of fewest starters in the field for the Shootout (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
19 – Number of wins by Chevrolet in the Shootout, leads all manufacturers
 
27 – Kevin Harvick’s starting position in 2009, the lowest by a race winner in the event’s history
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 Shootout
98 – Number of all-time laps led in the Shootout (1979-2011) held by Dale Earnhardt

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