DAYTONA BEACH (March 19, 2012) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Auto Club Speedway going into the Auto Club 400 on March 25.

AUTO CLUB-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)

  • One win, four top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.9
  • Average Running Position of 13.2, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.2, eighth-best
  • 214 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • 984 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.251 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 2,140 Laps in the Top 15 (67.8%), eighth-most
  • 556 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 11th-most

Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-hour Energy Toyota)

  • Two top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.6
  • Average Running Position of 13.0, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.3, 11th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 170.755 mph, 12th-fastest

Kurt Busch (No. 51 Phoenix Construction Services Inc. Chevrolet)

  • One win, four top fives, eight top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 12.9
  • Average Running Position of 14.4, 11th-best
  •  Driver Rating of 89.9, 12th-best
  • 1,076 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 170.780 mph, 11th-fastest
  • 629 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota)

  • One win, five top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 12.0
  • Average Running Position of 10.2, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 104.0, third-best
  • 177 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.227 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 2,474 Laps in the Top 15 (78.4%), third-most
  • Series-high 690 Quality Passes

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Subway Ford)

  • One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 9.0
  • Average Running Position of 12.6, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 98.3, sixth-best
  • 153 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.259 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 2,343 Laps in the Top 15 (74.3%), sixth-most
  • 612 Quality Passes, eighth-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, 10 top fives, 11 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 11.2
  • Average Running Position of 9.9, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.9, seventh-best
  • 189 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • 1,074 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.189 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 2,401 Laps in the Top 15 (76.1%), fourth-most
  • 688 Quality Passes, second-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota)

  • One top five, four top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 19.2
  • Driver Rating of 87.5, 13th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 170.744 mph, 13th-fastest

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet)

  • One win, three top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.2
  • Average Running Position of 12.7, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.7, ninth-best
  • 92 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
  • 1,050 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 170.948 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 2,252 Laps in the Top 15 (71.4%), seventh-most
  • 597 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s / Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevrolet)

  • Five wins, 12 top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 5.1
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 5.4
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 123.1
  • Series-high 440 Fastest Laps Run
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 171.955 mph
  • Series-high 3,013 Laps in the Top 15 (95.5%)
  • 676 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Quaker State Chevrolet)

  • One win, four top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.9
  • Average Running Position of 14.7, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.8, 10th-best
  • 106 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • 1,029 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
  • 1,947 Laps in the Top 15 (61.7%), 11th-most
  • 600 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

  • Three wins, eight top fives, 13 top 10s
  • Average finish of 9.9
  • Average Running Position of 9.1, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 107.2, second-best
  • 128 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • 991 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.335 mph, second-fastest
  • 2,608 Laps in the Top 15 (82.7%), second-most
  •  615 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota)

  • One win, six top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.7
  • Average Running Position of 9.9, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.5, fourth-best
  • 144 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.309 mph, third-fastest
  • 2,079 Laps in the Top 15 (78.3%), 10th-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

  • One win, five top fives, 11 top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.1
  • Average Running Position of 10.7, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.1, fifth-best
  • 190 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.188 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 2,373 Laps in the Top 15 (75.2%), fifth-most
  • 632 Quality Passes, fifth-most
 




 

Chase Contenders

 

The Top 12

Following Race 4 of 36

 

Driver Points Wins Poles Rank Last Week Season Driver Rating
1. Greg Biffle  157 0 1 1 110.8
2. Kevin Harvick  148 0 0 2 101.5
3. Matt Kenseth  145 1 0 5 106.4
4. Martin Truex Jr. 139 0 0 8 99.8
5. Denny Hamlin 137 1 0 3 96.9
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 137 0 0 4 97.1
7. Tony Stewart  130 1 0 7 100.6
8. Clint Bowyer  126 0 0 14 85.2
9. Joey Logano  126 0 0 9 88.3
10. Paul Menard 123 0 0 11 81.8
11. Jeff Burton 120 0 0 15 93.8
12. Ryan Newman 118 0 0 13 79.1

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ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

13. Brad Keselowski           113 32. Kasey Kahne                 57
14. Carl Edwards               107 33. Landon Cassill                54
15. Kyle Busch                    99  34. Brendan Gaughan           49
16. Mark Martin                   97 35. Travis Kvapil                  47 
17. Jimmie Johnson             96 36. David Stremme              44 
18. Juan Pablo Montoya       96 37. Brian Vickers                  40
19. Jamie McMurray            94 38. Michael McDowell            34
20. Regan Smith                 94 39. JJ Yeley                         33
21. Bobby Labonte               92 40. Terry Labonte                27
22. Aric Almirola                  88 41. Tony Raines                  25
23. Jeff Gordon                   85 42. Ken Schrader                25 
24. Marcos Ambrose            82 43. Josh Wise                     11
25. Dave Blaney                  76 44. Robby Gordon                6
26. AJ Allmendinger             72 45. Scott Riggs                    5
27. Kurt Busch                    70 46. Timmy Hill                    2
28. David Ragan                 66  
29. David Gilliland                66  
30. David Reutimann           62  
31. Casey Mears                 60  

  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 Auto Club Speedway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Greg Biffle

17

0

1

4

5

3

17.9

95.2

 

2

Kevin Harvick

18

0

1

3

8

2

16.2

93.7

 

3

Matt Kenseth

19

0

3

8

13

0

9.9

107.2

 

4

Martin Truex Jr.

11

0

0

0

2

2

21.2

75.4

 

5

Denny Hamlin

11

1

0

1

4

2

19.2

87.5

 

6

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

19

0

0

3

4

5

21.7

73.6

 

7

Tony Stewart

20

0

1

5

11

2

14.1

100.1

 

8

Clint Bowyer

11

0

0

2

7

0

10.6

92.3

 

9

Joey Logano

5

0

0

1

1

0

16.2

71.4

 

10

Paul Menard

9

0

0

0

0

0

25.3

57.8

 

11

Jeff Burton

22

0

0

6

7

2

16.9

85.2

 

12

Ryan Newman

17

1

0

4

6

3

18.2

79.1

 

* – Based on last 13 Auto Club Speedway races.


At Auto Club Speedway:

History

  • Groundbreaking for California Speedway, as Auto Club Speedway was originally known, took place in November 1995.
  • The first race at Auto Club Speedway was a NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West race won by Ken Schrader on June 21, 1997.
  • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on June 22, 1997 and won by Jeff Gordon.
  • September 2004 was the first night race at Auto Club Speedway and that also was the first year both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series ran two races in a season there.
  • The track name was changed to Auto Club Speedway in February 2008.

 

Notebook

  • There have been 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Auto Club Speedway since the track opened in 1997.
  • Four drivers have competed in all 22 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek.
  • Joe Nemechek won the pole for the inaugural race in 1997.
  • There have been 15 different pole winners, led by Kurt Busch (three). Jamie McMurray and Jeff Gordon each have two poles.
  • Fifteen different drivers have posted victories. Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with five wins. Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth each have won three races.
  • Hendrick Motorsports has won nine races, more than any other team.
  • Eleven of the 22 races were won from starting positions outside the top 10; only one has been won from the pole (Jimmie Johnson in 2008). The most prolific two starting positions are third and 24th, with three victories each.
  • Matt Kenseth won the 2006 spring race from the 31st starting position, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started.
  • Three active drivers have averaged a top-10 finish: Jimmie Johnson (5.1), Carl Edwards (9.0) and Matt Kenseth (9.9).
  • Jimmie Johnson (9.0) is the only active driver to have an average starting position in the top 10 at Auto Club Speedway.
  • Kyle Busch won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole (2/05) and first race (9/05) at Auto Club Speedway.
  • Jimmie Johnson won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at ASC on April 28, 2002.
  • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club Speedway winner: Kyle Busch (9/5/2005 – 20 years, 4 months, 2 days). This was Busch’s first career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory.
  • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club Speedway winner: Rusty Wallace (4/29/2001 – 44 years, 8 months, 15 days)

 

Auto Club Speedway Data

Race # 5 of 36 (3-29-12)

Track Size: 2 miles

  • Race Length: 200 laps/400 miles
  • Banking/Corners: 14 degrees
  • Banking/Frontstretch: 11 degrees
  • Banking/Backstretch: 3 degrees


Top 12 Driver Rating at Auto Club

  • Jimmie Johnson…………………… 123.1
  • Matt Kenseth……………………….. 107.2
  • Kyle Busch…………………………. 104.0
  • Mark Martin…………………………. 100.5
  • Tony Stewart……………………….. 100.1
  • Carl Edwards………………………… 98.3
  • Jeff Gordon………………………….. 97.9
  • Greg Biffle……………………………. 95.2
  • Kevin Harvick………………………… 93.7
  • Kasey Kahne………………………… 92.8
  • Clint Bowyer…………………………. 92.3
  • Kurt Busch……………………………. 89.9

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (13 total) at Auto Club.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

  • 2011 pole winner: Juan Pablo Montoya, 184.653 mph 38.992 seconds
  • 2011 race winner: Kevin Harvick, 150.849 mph, 3-27-11
  • Track qualifying record: Kyle Busch (188.245 mph, 38.248 seconds, 2-25-05)
  • Track race record: Jeff Gordon (155.012 mph, 6-22-97)

 

Driver Ratings for Winners

Driver

Year

Driver Rating

Series Driver Rating Rank

 
 

Kevin Harvick

2011

92.2

10th

 

Tony Stewart

2010 Fall

96.8

8th

 

Jimmie Johnson

2010 Spring

122.3

1st

 

Jimmie Johnson

2009 Fall

119.4

1st

 

Matt Kenseth

2009 Spring

131.4

2nd

 

Jimmie Johnson

2008 Fall

114.7

1st

 

* Pre-Race Driver Ratings of the year the driver won at Auto Club Speedway (the past 6 races).


NASCAR in California

  • There have been 131 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in California:
  • 418 NASCAR drivers have their home state recorded as California.
  • There have been 33 race winners from California in NASCAR’s three national series. Below are those winners, and a breakdown of wins by national series:

Driver

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Jeff Gordon

85

5

0

Jimmie Johnson

55

1

0

Kevin Harvick

18

37

13

Marvin Panch

17

0

0

Ernie Irvan

15

3

0

Dick Rathmann

13

0

0

Dan Gurney

5

0

0

Eddie Gray

4

0

0

Parnelli Jones

4

0

0

Eddie Pagan

4

0

0

Robby Gordon

3

1

0

Ray Elder

2

0

0

Danny Letner

2

0

0

Marvin Porter

2

0

0

Dick Brooks

1

0

0

Marvin Burke

1

0

0

Jim Cook

1

0

0

Lou Figaro

1

0

0

Danny Graves

1

0

0

Johnny Mantz

1

0

0

Casey Mears

1

1

0

Bill Norton

1

0

0

John Soares

1

0

0

Danny Weinberg

1

0

0

Ron Hornaday Jr

0

4

51

Jason Leffler

0

2

1

David Gilliland

0

1

0

Joe Ruttman

0

1

13

Boris Said

0

1

1

Mike Skinner

0

1

28

Matt Crafton

0

0

2

Scott Speed

0

0

1

Brandon Whitt

0

0

1

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