Statistical Advance: Analyzing Auto Club 400

AUTO CLUB-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Window Film Ford)

  • One win, four top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.2
  • Average Running Position of 12.7, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.9, eighth-best
  • 215 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • 1,024 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.400 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 2,269 Laps in the Top 15 (69.1%), eighth-most
  • 583 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 10.8
  • Average Running Position of 13.2, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.7, 11th-best
  • 1,003 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most

Kurt Busch (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing-Serta Chevrolet)

  • One win, four top fives, nine top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 12.7
  • Average Running Position of 14.7, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.2, 13th-best
  • 90 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
  • 1,141 Green Flag Passes, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 170.930 mph, 12th-fastest
  • 2,127 Laps in the Top 15 (64.8%), 10th-most
  • 631 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota)

  • One win, six top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.3
  • Average Running Position of 9.6, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 106.4, second-best
  • 195 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.427 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 2,603 Laps in the Top 15 (79.3%), third-most
  • 701 Quality Passes, third-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Subway Ford)

  • One win, seven top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 8.7
  • Average Running Position of 12.3, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 98.5, sixth-best
  • 153 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.437 mph, third-fastest
  • 2,472 Laps in the Top 15 (75.3%), sixth-most
  • 640 Quality Passes, seventh-most

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

  • Three wins, 10 top fives, 11 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 11.8
  • Average Running Position of 9.8, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.7, seventh-best
  • 200 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • 1,123 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.397 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 2,502 Laps in the Top 15 (76.2%), fourth-most
  • Series-high 715 Quality Passes

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota)

  • One top five, four top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 18.5
  • Average Running Position of 14.6, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.8, 12th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.018 mph, 10th-fastest
  • 1,738 Laps in the Top 15 (62.5%), 13th-most

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

  • One win, four top fives, nine top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.5
  • Average Running Position of 12.3, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.5, ninth-best
  • 1,097 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.138 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 2,381 Laps in the Top 15 (72.5%), seventh-most
  • 632 Quality Passes, eighth-most

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

  • Five wins, 12 top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 5.4
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 5.4
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 122.4
  • Series-high 456 Fastest Laps Run
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 172.113 mph
  • Series-high 3,142 Laps in the Top 15 (95.7%)
  • 708 Quality Passes, second-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)

  • One win, four top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.9
  • Average Running Position of 14.6, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.6, 10th-best
  • 107 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • 1,072 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 170.924 mph, 13th-fastest
  • 2,072 Laps in the Top 15 (63.1%), 11th-most
  • 627 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)

  • Three wins, eight top fives, 13 top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.3
  • Average Running Position of 9.5, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 105.2, third-best
  • 128 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • 1,044 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.459 mph, second-fastest
  • 2,689 Laps in the Top 15 (81.9%), second-most
  • 646 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota)

  • One win, six top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.6
  • Average Running Position of 9.9, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 99.7, fifth-best
  • 146 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.430 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 2,207 Laps in the Top 15 (79.3%), ninth-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, six top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.5
  • Average Running Position of 10.1, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 102.4, fourth-best
  • 216 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.426 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 2,502 Laps in the Top 15 (76.2%), fourth-most
  • 655 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. Brad Keselowski   166 0 0 2 110.0
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  157 0 0 3 101.7
3. Jimmie Johnson 151 1 0 1 117.4
4. Clint Bowyer 128 0 0 9 88.9
5. Greg Biffle   126 0 0 8 89.9
6. Denny Hamlin 125 0 0 4 99.0
7. Kasey Kahne 124 1 0 14 105.2
8. Carl Edwards 124 1 0 5 87.7
9. Paul Menard  118 0 0 12 81.7
10. Kyle Busch  115 0 1 17 95.2
11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 115 0 0 11 76.9
12. Joey Logano 104 0 0 15 84.5

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

  • 13. Matt Kenseth                  103         30. Dave Blaney                66
  • 14. Jamie McMurray             100         31. AJ Allmendinger           64
  • 15. Marcos Ambrose             99           32. David Reutimann         63
  • 16. Kurt Busch                     98           33. David Ragan               53
  • 17. Kevin Harvick                 98           34. David Stremme            50
  • 18. Martin Truex Jr.               96           35. David Gilliland              49
  • 19. Mark Martin                    95           36. Travis Kvapil                46
  • 20. Aric Almirola                   95           37. Michael McDowell        38
  • 21. Jeff Gordon                    90           38. Terry Labonte              37
  • 22. Casey Mears.                 89           39. Scott Speed                32
  • 23. Ryan Newman                87           40. Landon Cassill             25
  • 24. Tony Stewart                  85           41. Michael Waltrip            23
  • 25. Jeff Burton                     78           42. Ken Schrader               17
  • 26. Juan Pablo Montoya        77           43. Scott Riggs                   1
  • 27. J.J. Yeley                       75          
  • 28. Danica Patrick                69          
  • 29. Bobby Labonte                66

 

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 Auto Club Speedway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Brad Keselowski

4

0

0

0

0

0

22.8

64.5

 

2

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

20

0

0

4

5

5

20.8

75.8

 

3

Jimmie Johnson

18

1

5

12

14

0

5.4

122.4

 

4

Clint Bowyer

12

0

0

2

7

0

10.8

91.7

 

5

Greg Biffle

18

0

1

4

6

3

17.2

95.9

 

6

Denny Hamlin

12

2

0

1

4

2

18.5

89.8

 

7

Kasey Kahne

16

1

1

4

9

3

14.9

92.6

 

8

Carl Edwards

15

1

1

7

12

0

8.7

98.5

 

9

Paul Menard

10

0

0

0

0

0

24.7

57.8

 

10

Kyle Busch

15

1

1

6

10

1

11.3

106.4

 

11

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

0

0

0

0

0

0

-

-

 

12

Joey Logano

6

0

0

1

1

0

17.5

70.9

 

* – Based on last 14 races at Auto Club Speedway.

 

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 (ACS) in February 2008.

Notebook

· There have been 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Auto Club Speedway, the track hosted one NSCS race a season from 1997-2003, then two races per season from 2004-2010. In 2011 Auto Club Speedway returned to a single race season.

· 125 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club; 105 in more than one.

· Three drivers have participated in all 23 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte.

· Joe Nemechek won the inaugural pole with a speed of 183.015 mph (39.341 secs.)

· 15 drivers have poles at ACS, led by Kurt Busch with three.

· Kurt Busch (2006) and Jamie McMurray (2010) are the only two drivers to win consecutive poles at Auto Club Speedway.

· Youngest ACS pole winner: Kyle Busch (2/27/2005 – 19 years, 9 months, 25 days).

· Oldest ACS pole winner: Mike Skinner (4/30/2000 – 42 years, 10 months, 2 days).

· 14 different drivers have won at ACS, led by Jimmie Johnson (five). Three other drivers have multiple wins at Auto Club Speedway: Jeff Gordon and 2012 Daytona 500 champion Matt Kenseth each have three wins, Tony Stewart has two.

· Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Auto Club Speedway with nine, followed by Roush Fenway Racing with seven.

· California-native Jimmie Johnson became the first and only driver to win from the pole at Auto Club Speedway in 2008.

· Only two ACS races have been won from the front row both by five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson,  fall of 2008 (pole); and the fall of 2007 (second-place).

· 12 of the 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Auto Club Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.

· Seven of the 23 races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.

· The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 31st, by Matt Kenseth in the spring of 2006.

· Youngest ACS winner: Kyle Busch (09/04/2005 – 20 years, 4 months, 2 days).

· Oldest ACS winner: Rusty Wallace (04/29/2001 – 44 years, 8 months, 15 days).

· Jimmie Johnson leads the series in runner-up finishes at Auto Club Speedway with five; followed by his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon with four. 

· Jimmie Johnson lead the series in top-five finishes at Auto club Speedway with 12; followed by Jeff Gordon (10) and Matt Kenseth (eight).

· Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes with 14; followed by Matt Kenseth (13), Carl Edwards (12) and Tony Stewart (12).

· Jimmie Johnson leads the series in average finish at ACS with a 5.389;

· Jimmie Johnson (5.3) and Carl Edwards (8.7) are the only two active drivers with an average finish in the top 10 at Auto Club Speedway.

· There have been two green-white-checkered finishes at Auto Club Speedway: 2005 (250/254) and 2006 (250/251).

· Kyle Busch won his first pole (2/27/05) and first series win (9/4/05) at Auto Club Speedway. Jimmie Johnson also posted his first series career win at ACS in (4/28/02).

· Greg Biffle (4/28/02) and J.J. Yeley (9/5/04) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Auto Club Speedway.

· Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to win consecutive races at Auto Club Speedway (fall of 2009 – spring of 2010).

· 12 of the 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers who have won at Auto Club Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jeff Gordon (1997 – inaugural event) and Jimmie Johnson (2002) are the only drivers to win at ACS in their first appearance.

· Tony Stewart competed at Auto Club Speedway 18 times before winning in the fall of 2010; the longest span of any the 14 winners. Only Stewart (18) and Kevin Harvick (17) have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Auto Club Speedway.

· Jeff Burton and Bobby Labonte lead the series with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Auto Club Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 23.

· Since the advent of electronic scoring, the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Auto Club Speedway was the March 27, 2011 race won by Kevin Harvick with an MOV of 0.144 second.

· Three reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions have gone on to win at Auto Club Speedway the following season: Jeff Gordon (1999), Jimmie Johnson, who is the only one to do it multiple times, (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010) and Tony Stewart (2012).

· Two drivers have won at Auto Club Speedway and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the same season: Jeff Gordon (1997) and Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010).

· This weekend will be Danica Patrick’s first attempt at Auto Club Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Shawna Robinson is the only female driver to have made a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Auto Club Speedway to date. She did so on April 28, 2002 starting 43rd and finishing 42nd.

· Only three car numbers have produced three or more Auto Club Speedway NSCS wins:

Car Number – Drivers – (Years)

No. 48  – Jimmie Johnson (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010)

No. 17 – Matt Kenseth (2006, 2007 and 2009)

No. 24 – Jeff Gordon (1997, 1999 and 2004)

 

Auto Club Speedway Data

  • Season Race #: 5 of 36 (03-24-13)
  • Track Size: 2-miles
  • Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 14 degrees
  • Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 14 degrees
  • Banking/Frontstretch: 11 degrees
  • Banking/Backstretch: 3 degrees
  • Frontstretch Length:  3,100 feet
  • Backstretch Length:  2,500 feet
  • Race Length: 200 laps / 400 miles

 

Top 12 Driver Rating at Auto Club

  1. Jimmie Johnson…………………… 122.4
  2. Kyle Busch…………………………. 106.4
  3. Matt Kenseth……………………….. 105.2
  4. Tony Stewart……………………….. 102.4
  5. Mark Martin…………………………… 99.7
  6. Carl Edwards………………………… 98.5
  7. Jeff Gordon………………………….. 97.7
  8. Greg Biffle……………………………. 95.9
  9. Kevin Harvick………………………… 94.5
  10. Kasey Kahne………………………… 92.6
  11. Clint Bowyer…………………………. 91.7
  12. Denny Hamlin……………………….. 89.8

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (14 total) among active drivers at Auto Club Speedway

Qualifying/Race Data

  • 2012 pole winner: Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 186.403 mph, 38.626 secs. 03-23-12
  • 2012 race winner: Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 160.166 mph, (1:36:39), 03-25-12
  • Track qualifying record: Kyle Busch, Chevrolet, 188.245 mph, 38.248 secs. 02-25-05
  • Track race record: Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 160.166 mph, (1:36:39; rain shortened), 03-25-12

NASCAR in California

· There have been 133 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in California.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Riverside International Raceway

Riverside

48

Sonoma Raceway

Sonoma

24

Auto Club Speedway

Fontana

23

Ontario Motor Speedway

Ontario

9

California State Fairgrounds

Sacramento

6

Carrell Speedway

Gardena

4

Ascot Stadium

Los Angeles

3

Bay Meadows Race Track

San Mateo

3

Marchbanks Speedway

Hanford

3

Oakland Stadium

Oakland

3

Redwood Speedway

Eureka

2

Willow Springs Speedway

Lancaster

2

Capitol Speedway

Sacramento

1

Merced Fairgrounds

Merced

1

Santa Clara Fairgrounds

San Jose

1

 

NASCAR in California Cont.:

· 424 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as California.

· 34 drivers from California have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series. 24 of the 34 California native NASCAR winners have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Driver

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Jeff Gordon

87

5

0

Jimmie Johnson

61

1

0

Kevin Harvick

19

39

14

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

Justin Lofton

0

0

1

Scott Speed

0

0

1

Brandon Whitt

0

0

1

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