Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Coke Zero 400

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 2, 2012) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida going into the Coke Zero 400 on July 7.

 

DAYTONA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

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

  • Two top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.8
  • Average Running Position of 15.8, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.4, seventh-best
  • 2,785 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 187.533 mph, seventh-fastest

 

Jeff Burton (No. 31 Wheaties Chevrolet)

  • One win, eight top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.5
  • Average Running Position of 15.6, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 86.0, ninth-best
  • 56 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
  • 3,142 Green Flag Passes, second-most
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 187.713 mph
  • 1,549 Laps in the Top 15 (57.0%), seventh-most
  • 1,912 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

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

  • 10 top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.3
  • Average Running Position of 15.5, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.4, third-best
  • 58 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • 1,693 Laps in the Top 15 (62.3%), third-most
  • 1,927 Quality Passes, third-most

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota)

  • One win, five top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.6
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 12.4
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 97.5
  • Series-high 72 Fastest Laps Run
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 187.588 mph, fourth-fastest
  • Series-high 1,932 Laps in the Top 15 (71.1%)
  • Series-high 2,098 Quality Passes

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard – An American Salute / Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, nine top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.5
  • Average Running Position of 15.0, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.0, fifth-best
  • 65 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • 2,867 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 187.560 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 1,674 Laps in the Top 15 (61.6%), fourth-most
  • 1,910 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Subway Ford)

  • Four top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.3
  • Average Running Position of 17.1, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 83.1, 12th-best
  • 3,015 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • 1,512 Laps in the Top 15 (55.7%), ninth-most
  • 2,042 Quality Passes, second-most

 

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Pepsi MAX Chevrolet)

  • Six wins, 12 top fives, 19 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 16.2
  • Average Running Position of 15.1, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.9, sixth-best
  • 1,548 Laps in the Top 15 (57.0%), eighth-most
  • 1,665 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)

  • Two top fives, two top 10s
  • Average finish of 20.7
  • Average Running Position of 16.8, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 83.5, 11th-best
  • 61 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 187.515 mph, ninth-fastest

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Folds of Honor / Rheem Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, five top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 15.0
  • Driver Rating of 86.1, eighth-best
  • 70 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • 2,869 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 187.583 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 1,400 Laps in the Top 15 (51.5%), 11th-most

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)

  • One win, six top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 18.2
  • Average Running Position of 14.9, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 83.5, 10th-best
  • 1,613 Laps in the Top 15 (59.4%), sixth-most
  • 1,680 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Zest Ford)

  • Two wins, five top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.7
  • Average Running Position of 15.0, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.8, fourth-best
  • 70 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • 1,656 Laps in the Top 15 (61.0%), fifth-most
  • 1,816 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

Ryan Newman (No. 39 Aspen Dental Chevrolet)

  • One win, two top fives, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 22.0
  • Driver Rating of 81.7, 13th-best
  • 58 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • 2,796 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
  • 1,406 Laps in the Top 15 (51.8%), 10th-most
  • 1,603 Quality Passes, 13th-most

 

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, seven top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 16.7
  • Average Running Position of 13.5, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.1, second-best
  • 66 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 187.605 mph, third-fastest
  • 1,760 Laps in the Top 15 (64.8%), second-most

 

 

 

Chase Contenders

The Top 10

Following Race 17 of 36

  

Driver Points    Wins       Poles         Rank last week Season Driver Rating
1. Matt Kenseth  633 1 0 1 104.6
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  622 1 0 3 101.4
3. Jimmie Johnson  610 2 1 4 108.8
4. Greg Biffle  608 1 2 2 104.5
5. Denny Hamlin  565 2 1 8 98.5
6. Kevin Harvick  565 0 0 6 93.7
7. Clint Bowyer  557 1 0 7 92.2
8. Martin Truex Jr.  556 0 1 9 96.2
9. Tony Stewart  545 2 0 5 91.7
10. Brad Keselowski  537 3 0 10 94.0

 

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

11. Carl Edwards                  503         34. David Reutimann        219
12. Kyle Busch (1 win)           495         35. J.J. Yeley                  117
13. Paul Menard                   477         36. David Stremme          111
14. Ryan Newman (1 win)      463         37. Brian Vickers             106
15. Kasey Kahne (1 win)        463         38. Michael McDowell        89
16. Joey Logano (1 win)         463         39. Ken Schrader               73
17. Marcos Ambrose             456         40. Josh Wise                   66
18. Jeff Gordon                    453         41. Tony Raines                61
19. Jamie McMurray             431         42. Brendan Gaughan         50
20. Jeff Burton                     428         43. Terry Labonte             42
21. Juan Pablo Montoya        417         44. Michael Waltrip           40
22. Aric Almirola                   406         45. Stephen Leicht            40
23. AJ Allmendinger              400         46. Scott Speed                36
24. Kurt Busch                     356         47. Scott Riggs                 28
25. Bobby Labonte                353         48. Boris Said                   15
26. Regan Smith                   349         49. Hermie Sadler III          13
27. Mark Martin                    341         50. Robby Gordon             11
28. Casey Mears                  323         51. Bill Elliott                      7
29. David Ragan                   293         52. Tomy Drissi                  6
30. David Gilliland                 280         53. Stacy Compton             5
31. Travis Kvapil                   256         54. David Mayhew              4
32. Landon Cassill                246         55. Chris Cook                   2
33. Dave Blaney                   228

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. After race No. 26, the top 10 earn a berth in the Chase. Spots 11 and 12 – the Wild Cards – will go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20.

 The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2012 Top 12 at 

Daytona International Speedway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Matt Kenseth

25

0

2

5

12

4

16.7

89.8

 

2

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

25

1

2

9

14

3

14.5

88.0

 

3

Jimmie Johnson

21

2

1

6

9

4

18.2

83.5

 

4

Greg Biffle

19

1

1

3

5

2

20.5

75.4

 

5

Denny Hamlin

13

0

0

2

2

0

20.7

83.5

 

6

Kevin Harvick

22

1

2

5

10

2

15.0

86.1

 

7

Clint Bowyer

13

0

0

2

6

1

14.8

87.4

 

8

Martin Truex Jr.

14

1

0

0

1

2

21.5

79.4

 

9

Tony Stewart

27

1

3

7

12

4

16.7

97.1

 

10

Brad Keselowski

6

0

0

0

0

3

27.7

66.3

 

11

Carl Edwards

15

1

0

4

7

2

17.3

83.1

 

12

Kyle Busch

15

0

1

5

6

3

17.6

97.5

 

* – Based on last 15 races at Daytona International Speedway in 2011.

 

The Wild Card Standings Following: Kentucky Speedway

Pos.

Driver

Wins

Pts. Pos.

Points

Pts. From 10th

1

Kyle Busch

1

12

495

-42

2

Kasey Kahne

1

14

463

-74

3

Ryan Newman

1

15

463

-74

4

Joey Logano

1

16

463

-74

5

Carl Edwards

0

11

503

-34

6

Paul Menard

0

13

477

-60

7

Marcos Ambrose

0

17

456

-81

8

Jeff Gordon

0

18

453

-84

9

Jamie McMurray

0

19

431

-106

10

Jeff Burton

0

20

428

-109

The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.

 

Statistical Advance

Daytona International Speedway DataRace #: 18 of 36 (07-07-12)Track Size: 2.5 milesRace Length: 160 laps / 400 miles•	Banking/Turns: 31 degrees •	Banking/Tri-Oval: 18 degrees•	Banking/Straights: 3 degrees•	Frontstretch: 3,800 feet •	Backstretch: 3,000 feetTop 12 Driver Rating at DaytonaKyle Busch	97.5Tony Stewart	97.1Kurt Busch	91.4Matt Kenseth	89.8Dale Earnhardt Jr.	88.0Jeff Gordon	87.9Clint Bowyer	87.4Kevin Harvick	86.1Jeff Burton	86.0Jimmie Johnson	83.5Denny Hamlin	83.5Carl Edwards	83.1Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (15 total) at Daytona. Qualifying/Race Data2011 pole winner: Mark Martin, Chevrolet(182.065 mph, 49.433 seconds)2011 race winner: David Ragan, Ford (159.491 mph, 2:39:53, 07-02-11)Track qualifying record: Bill Elliott, Ford(210.364 mph, 42.783 seconds)Track race record: Bobby Allison, Mercury (173.473 mph, 2:48:55, 02-17-80)

At Daytona International Speedway:

History

  • Groundbreaking for Daytona International Speedway was Nov. 25, 1957. The soil underneath the banked corners was dug from the infield of the track and the hole filled with water. It is now known as Lake Lloyd.
  • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959.
  • Richard Petty won his 200th career race on July 4, 1984 at Daytona.
  • Lights were installed in the spring of 1998. However, the race was delayed until October that year due to thick smoke from wildfires. The second Daytona race has been held under lights ever since.
  • For only the second time in its history, Daytona International Speedway was repaved in 2010. The project began on Monday, July 5, 2010.

Notebook

  • There have been 130 NASCAR Sprint Cup races since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 54 have been 500 miles, 49 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were points races.
  • Fireball Roberts won the inaugural pole at Daytona.
  • Bob Welborn won the first race at Daytona, the 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500.
  • Lee Petty won the first Daytona 500 on Feb. 22, 1959.
  • Fireball Roberts won the first 400-mile race at Daytona, the 1963 Firecracker 400.
  • 54 drivers have posted poles; 20 have more than one.
  • Cale Yarborough leads all drivers with 12 poles.
  • Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with five poles; followed by Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Ken Schrader with three.
  • 56 drivers have won a race; 26 have won more than once.
  • Richard Petty leads all drivers in victories with 10.
  • Jeff Gordon has six victories, more than any other active driver.
  • The Wood Brothers have won 15 races at Daytona, more than any other car owner.
  • 17 full-length races at Daytona have been won from the pole, most recently 2010’s Coke Zero 400, won by polesitter Kevin Harvick.
  • A driver has swept both races at Daytona only four times, most recently by Bobby Allison in 1982.
  • The last 11 Daytona races that finished under green have had a margin of victory under a half second – this event last season ended under caution.
  • Last season’s July race set the track record for the most leaders with 25 and the February event set the record for the most lead changes with 74.
  • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona International Speedway winner: Trevor Bayne (02/20/2011 – 20 years, 0 months, 1 day).
  • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona International Speedway winner: Bobby Allison (02/14/1988 – 50 years, 2 months, 11 days).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NASCAR in Florida

  • There have been 169 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Florida.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach

130

Homestead-Miami Speedway

Homestead

13

Daytona Beach & Road Course

Daytona Beach

10

Palm Beach Speedway

W. Palm Beach

7

Speedway Park

Jacksonville

6

Five Flags Speedway

Pensacola

1

Golden Gate Speedway

Tampa

1

Titusville-Cocoa Speedway

Titusville

1

  • 161 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Florida.
  • There have been nine race winners from Florida in NASCAR’s three national series:

Driver

Hometown

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Fireball Roberts

Daytona Beach

33

0

0

LeeRoy Yarbrough

Jacksonville

14

0

0

Marshall Teague

Daytona Beach

7

0

0

Joe Nemechek

Lakeland

4

16

0

Bobby Johns

Miami

2

0

0

David Reutimann

Zephyrhills

2

1

1

Shorty Rollins

Pensacola

1

0

0

Rick Wilson

Bartow

0

2

0

Aric Almirola

Tampa

0

1

2

  

Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge, crosses the finishline to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday in Sparta, Ky.

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