DAYTONA BEACH (March 5, 2012) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway going into the Kobalt Tools 400 on March 11.

 

The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Trophy sits on top of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week on November 29, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR)

LAS VEGAS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M/Meguiar’s Ford)

  • One top five, five top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.8
  • Average Running Position of 10.5, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 104.0, fourth-best
  • 117 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 168.984 mph, third-fastest
  • 1,424 Laps in the Top 15 (75.3%), third-most
  • 215 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), seventh-most
Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, five top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.7
  • Average Running Position of 11.7, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.5, eighth-best
  • 44 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • 465 Green Flag Passes, second-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 168.406 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 1,298 Laps in the Top 15 (68.7%), sixth-most
  • 253 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Kurt Busch (No. 51 Tag Heuer Eyewear Chevrolet)

  • One top five, three top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 20.7
  • Average Running Position of 15.0, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 86.7, 11th-best
  • 1,060 Laps in the Top 15 (56.1%), 12th-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Brown Toyota)

  • One win, three top fives, four top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 15.0
  • Average Running Position of 10.2, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 104.7, third-best
  • 83 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 168.871 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 1,536 Laps in the Top 15 (81.3%), second-most
  • 273 Quality Passes, second-most
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet)

  • Two top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.8
  • Driver Rating of 82.3, 13th-best
  • 49 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • 427 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 168.350 mph, 10th-fastest
  • 1,081 Laps in the Top 15 (57.2%), 11th-most
  • 197 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)

  • Two wins, two top fives, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.0
  • Average Running Position of 12.1, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 98.2, sixth-best
  • 137 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • Series-high 486 Green Flag Passes
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 168.487 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 1,291 Laps in the Top 15 (68.3%), seventh-most
  • 265 Quality Passes, third-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont 20 Years Chevrolet)

  • One win, six top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.9
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 7.9
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 112.1
  • 177 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • 393 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 169.320 mph
  • Series-high 1,708 Laps in the Top 15 (90.4%)
  • Series-high 278 Quality Passes
Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)

  • Three top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.2
  • Average Running Position of 12.9, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.2, 10th-best
  • 40 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • 430 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 168.325 mph, 11th-fastest
  • 1,177 Laps in the Top 15 (62.3%), ninth-most
  • 186 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet)

  • Four wins, four top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.6
  • Average Running Position of 10.8, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 110.3, second-best
  • Series-high 240 Fastest Laps Run
  • 430 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 169.034 mph, second-fastest
  • 1,338 Laps in the Top 15 (70.8%), fifth-most
  • 258 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Zest Ford)

  • Two wins, five top fives, six top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.7
  • Driver Rating of 93.9, seventh-best
  • 132 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • 389 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 168.809 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 1,025 Laps in the Top 15 (54.2%), 13th-most
  • 187 Quality Passes, 11th-most
Joey Logano (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)

  • One top 10
  • Average finish of 14.0
  • Average Running Position of 12.5, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 85.5, 12th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 168.010 mph, 12th-fastest
Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota)

  • One win, six top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.1
  • Average Running Position of 14.4, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.3, ninth-best
  • 39 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 168.441 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 1,182 Laps in the Top 15 (62.5%), eighth-most
  • 192 Quality Passes, 10th-most
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

  • Five top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.8
  • Average Running Position of 11.9, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 101.3, fifth-best
  • 140 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  •  417 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 168.919 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 1,399 Laps in the Top 15 (74.0%), fourth-most
  • 263 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Chase Contenders

 The Top 12

Following Race 2 of 36

 

Driver   Pts Wins   Poles Rank Last week Season Drive Rating
1. Denny Hamlin 89 1 0 4  127.4
2. Greg Biffle 83 0 0 3  111.3
3. Kevin Harvick 81 0 0 7 108.9
4. Matt Kenseth 79 1 0 1 97.8
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 72 0 0 2 86.3
6. Martin Truex Jr. 71 0 0 12 99.5
7. Mark Martin 71 0 1 10 98.5
8. Joey Logano 70 0 0 9 100.0
 9. Kyle Busch 66 0 0 17 98.7
 10. Carl Edwards 63 0 1 8 79.6
 11. Bobby Labonte 58 0 0 14 68.8
 12. Brad Keselowski 52 0 0 29 91.4

  ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

13. Jeff Burton                     52           32. Kasey Kahne              25

14. Paul Menard                   52           33. Casey Mears              24

15. Tony Stewart                  52           34. David Stremme           22

16. Dave Blaney                   51           35. David Ragan               21

17. Clint Bowyer                   47           36. Jamie McMurray         21

18. Ryan Newman                46           37. Jimmie Johnson          18

19. Regan Smith                   45           38. J.J.Yeley                    18

20. Aric Almirola                   43           39. Brendan Gaughan        17

21. Marcos Ambrose             43           40. Michael McDowell       15

22. Jeff Gordon                    42           41. Josh Wise                  6

23. Juan Pablo Montoya        41           42. Robby Gordon              6

24. David Gilliland                 37           43. Scott Riggs                 2

25. AJ Allmendinger              36

26. Kurt Busch                     35

27. Landon Cassill                31

28. Terry Labonte                  27

29. David Reutimann             26

30. Tony Raines                   25

31. Travis Kvapil                   25

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 Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

1

Denny Hamlin

6

0

0

1

4

0

11.7

79.8

2

Greg Biffle

8

1

0

1

5

1

14.8

104.0

3

Kevin Harvick

11

0

0

3

4

0

13.2

92.2

4

Matt Kenseth

12

1

2

5

6

1

11.7

93.9

5

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

12

0

0

2

5

2

16.8

82.3

6

Martin Truex Jr.

6

0

0

0

1

0

17.5

73.4

7

Mark Martin

14

0

1

6

10

2

13.1

92.3

8

Joey Logano

3

0

0

0

1

0

14.0

85.5

9

Kyle Busch

8

2

1

3

4

2

15.0

104.7

10

Carl Edwards

7

0

2

2

3

0

11.0

98.2

11

Bobby Labonte

14

2

0

4

5

1

17.9

64.1

12

Brad Keselowski

3

0

0

0

0

0

30.0

47.5

* – Based on last seven Las Vegas Motor Speedway races.

At Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

History

  • The first NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race won by Ken Schrader on Nov. 2, 1996.
  • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was held on March 1, 1998, won by Mark Martin.
  • In 2006, the track was reconfigured to include progressive banking.

Notebook

  • There have been 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • Four drivers have participated in all 14 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin.
  • Dale Jarrett won the inaugural pole.
  • 10 drivers have poles at LVMS, led by Dale Jarrett, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch and Bobby Labonte (two each).
  • Eight different drivers have won, led by Jimmie Johnson (four). Three other drivers have multiple wins at Las Vegas: Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards and 2012 Daytona 500 champion Matt Kenseth (two each).
  • Only six of the 14 races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch became the first driver to win from the pole, in 2009.
  • Four of the 14 races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 25th, by Matt Kenseth in 2004.
  • There has been one green-white-checkered finish at Las Vegas: 2006 (270/267).
  • Kyle Busch made his first start and Kasey Kahne won his first pole at Las Vegas, in the same event (2004). Aric Almirola also made his first NASCAR Sprint Cup career start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Las Vegas Motor Speedway winner: Kyle Busch (03/01/2009 – 23 years, 9 months, 27 days)
  • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Las Vegas Motor Speedway winner: Sterling Marlin (03/03/2002 – 44 years, 7 months, 32 days)

 

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Data

Race #3 of 36 (3-11-12)

Track Size: 1.5 miles

  • Race Length: 267 laps/400.5 miles
  • Banking/Corners: 20 degrees
  • Banking/Frontstretch: 9 degrees
  • Banking/Backstretch: 9 degrees

Driver Rating at Las Vegas

  • Jeff Gordon                            117.0
  • Jimmie Johnson                     116.4
  • Kyle Busch                             108.0
  • Greg Biffle                              103.8
  • Tony Stewart                           98.7
  • Carl Edwards                          96.0
  • Matt Kenseth                          95.9
  • Jeff Burton                             95.6
  • Mark Martin                             94.7
  • Kevin Harvick                          92.2
  • Kurt Busch                              86.7
  • Joey Logano                          85.5

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (7 total) at Las Vegas.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

  • 2011 pole winner: Matt Kenseth (188.884 mph, 28.589 seconds)
  • 2011 race winner: Carl Edwards (135.508 mph, 3-6-11)
  • Track qualifying record: Matt Kenseth (188.884 mph, 28.589 seconds, 3-4-11)
  • Track race record: Mark Martin (146.554 mph, 3-1-98)

 

Driver Ratings for Winners  

Driver

Year

Driver Rating

Series Driver Rating Rank

Carl Edwards

2011

100.2

4th

Jimmie Johnson

2010

113.0

2nd

Kyle Busch

2009

110.7

2nd

Carl Edwards

2008

114.8

2nd

Jimmie Johnson

2007

103.7

5th

Jimmie Johnson

2006

117.8

1st

* Pre-Race Kobalt Tools 400 Driver Ratings of the year the driver won the Kobalt Tools 400 (the past 6 spring races).

 

NASCAR in Nevada

  • There have been 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in Nevada, one at Las Vegas Park Speedway in 1955 and the rest at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1996-Present).
  • 21 drivers all-time in NASCAR’s three national series have their home state as Nevada.
  • There have been three race winners from Nevada totaling a combined 143 victories in NASCAR’s three national series:
  • Driver

    NSCS

    NNS

    NCWTS

    Kurt Busch

    24

    3

    4

    Kyle Busch

    23

    51

    30

    Brendan Gaughan

    0

    0

    8

 

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