Sprint Cup driver statistics – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Leave a comment

NASCAR heads west for the next three weeks, starting this Sunday with a trip to the Diamond in the Desert, the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

It’s the second consecutive 1.5-mile track for the series, but because it isn’t as abrasive as Atlanta Motor Speedway, Las Vegas’ surface will present a much different challenge for drivers.

“[At Atlanta,] we have, I don’t know, maybe a 3- or 4-second fall-off in tire,” Atlanta winner Jimmie Johnson said after his victory Sunday at Atlanta. “In Vegas, it will probably be just a second. Just a different dynamic in how the car works.”

Here’s a look at how top Sprint Cup drivers have fared over the years at Las Vegas, which was reconfigured in 2006 with progressive banking in the turns.

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Cheez-It Ford)
· Two top fives, six top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 14.5
· Average Running Position of 12.3, sixth-best
· Driver Rating of 97.9, fifth-best
· 150 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
· 568 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 170.725 mph, fifth-fastest
· 1,759 Laps in the Top 15 (65.4%), eighth-most
· 281 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 11th-most

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet)
· Three top fives, eight top 10s
· Average finish of 14.7
· Average Running Position of 14.0, eighth-best
· Driver Rating of 91.5, ninth-best
· 108 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
· 584 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 170.610 mph, sixth-fastest
· 1,857 Laps in the Top 15 (69.0%), sixth-most
· 336 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Carl Edwards (No. 19 Comcast Toyota)
· Two wins, five top fives, six top 10s
· Average finish of 9.2
· Average Running Position of 12.0, fifth-best
· Driver Rating of 97.8, sixth-best
· 159 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
· 636 Green Flag Passes, second-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 170.568 mph, seventh-fastest
· 1,879 Laps in the Top 15 (69.8%), fourth-most
· 390 Quality Passes, second-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 3M Chevrolet)
· One win, six top fives, eight top 10s
· Average finish of 15.0
· Average Running Position of 9.7, second-best
· Driver Rating of 103.7, second-best
· 181 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
· 548 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 170.927 mph, third-fastest
· Series-high 2,130 Laps in the Top 15 (79.2%)
· 385 Quality Passes, third-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet)
· Three top fives, five top 10s
· Average finish of 14.7
· Average Running Position of 11.6, fourth-best
· Driver Rating of 94.5, eighth-best
· 89 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
· 571 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 170.564 mph, eighth-fastest
· 1,870 Laps in the Top 15 (69.5%), fifth-most
· 316 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 KOBALT Tools Chevrolet)
· Four wins, five top fives, eight top 10s
· Average finish of 9.2
· Series-best Average Running Position of 8.9
· Series-best Driver Rating of 113.6
· Series-high 346 Fastest Laps Run
· 553 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
· Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 171.233 mph
· 2,090 Laps in the Top 15 (77.7%), third-most
· 365 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet)
· Three top fives, six top 10s; three poles
· Average finish of 13.5
· Average Running Position of 14.3, 11th-best
· Driver Rating of 88.1, 10th-best
· 94 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
· 609 Green Flag Passes, third-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 170.170 mph, 11th-fastest
· 1,735 Laps in the Top 15 (64.5%), ninth-most
· 290 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 DEWALT Toyota)
· Three wins, six top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 11.5
· Average Running Position of 14.0, 10th-best
· Driver Rating of 98.1, fourth-best
· 197 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 170.972 mph, second-fastest
· 1,774 Laps in the Top 15 (65.9%), seventh-most
· 295 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Joey Logano (No. 22 Pennzoil Ford)
· One top five, two top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 12.3
· Average Running Position of 13.8, seventh-best
· Driver Rating of 87.5, 11th-best
· Average Green Flag Speed of 170.111 mph, 12th-fastest

Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)
· Three top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 17.3
· Driver Rating of 81.9, 12th-best
· 37 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
· 1,667 Laps in the Top 15 (61.9%), 11th-most
· 298 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1/ Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet)
· One win, six top fives, nine top 10s
· Average finish of 14.0
· Average Running Position of 14.0, ninth-best
· Driver Rating of 97.1, seventh-best
· 188 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
· 538 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 170.498 mph, ninth-fastest
· 1,733 Laps in the Top 15 (64.4%), 10th-most
· 298 Quality Passes, seventh-most

source:

Track Data
Season Race #: 3 of 36 (3-8-15)
Track Size: 1.5-miles
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 20 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 20 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 9 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 9 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 2,275 feet
Backstretch Length: 1,572 feet
Race Length: 267 laps / 400.5 Kilometers

Qualifying/Race Data
2014 pole winner: Joey Logano, Ford, 193.278 mph, 27.939 secs. 03-07-14
2014 race winner: Brad Keselowski, Ford, 154.633 mph, (2:35:24), 03-09-14
Track qualifying record: Joey Logano, Ford, 193.278 mph, 27.939 secs., 03-07-14
Track race record: Brad Keselowski, Ford, 154.633 mph, (2:35:24), 03-09-14

NASCAR Power Rankings: Kevin Harvick still No. 1 after quiet Vegas

Leave a comment

Kevin Harvick didn’t have a flashy night Sunday in Las Vegas, but it didn’t keep him from retaining the No. 1 spot in this week’s NASCAR Power Rankings.

After winning the Bristol night race, Harvick finished in the top 10 in the first two stages in Vegas before placing 10th at race’s end.

Kurt Busch’s win at his home track vaulted him into the top 10 as 12 drivers received votes.

More: Playoff standings after Las Vegas

Here is this week’s NASCAR Power Rankings:

1. Kevin Harvick (Last week No. 1): In the last eight races he’s won three times and finished outside the top 10 only twice.

2. Martin Truex Jr. (Last week No. 5): Placed fourth for his 11th top-five finish in the last 14 races.

3. Alex Bowman (Last week unranked): Finished fifth for his second top five and fifth top-10 finish in the last six races.

4. Denny Hamlin (Last week unranked): Left Vegas with a third-place finish to snap a three-race streak of finishing outside the top 10.

5. Kurt Busch (Last week unranked): Snapped a 46-race winless streak with his victory and advanced to the Round of 8.

6. Kyle Busch (Last week No. 3): Finished sixth after a “dismal” night. He has four consecutive top 10s.

7. Brad Keselowski (Last week No. 5): Finished 13th to give him two finishes outside the top 10 since he won at Richmond.

8. Chase Briscoe (Last week unranked): Opened the Xfinity playoffs with his second consecutive win.

8. Chase Elliott (Last week No. 2): Led 73 laps, but had to settle for a 22nd-place finish in Vegas.

8. Joey Logano (Last week No. 3): Finished 14th for his second straight finish outside the top 10.

Also receiving votes: Erik Jones and Chris Buescher.

NASCAR announces changes to Kansas playoff weekend

Leave a comment

Citing “programming changes,” NASCAR announced shifts in the race dates and start times for its visit next month to Kansas Speedway.

The Xfinity, ARCA and Truck Series races have been shifted, while the Cup race remains at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Oct. 18.

The biggest move is the Truck Series race shifting from Friday night to Saturday afternoon.

Here are the changes.

Friday, Oct. 16, 8:30 p.m. ETARCA Menards Series on FS1 or FS2; network TBD at a later date (previously at 10 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Oct. 17, 4 p.m. ETTruck Series on FOX (previously Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. ET on FS1)

Saturday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. ET Xfinity on NBCSN (previously 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN)

 

Xfinity Series playoff standings after Las Vegas

Leave a comment

Chase Briscoe opened the Xfinity Series playoffs by earning his second consecutive win.

His victory Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway gives him 57 playoff points and an automatic spot in the Round of 8.

Harrison Burton holds the final transfer spot. He has a two-point advantage over Ross Chastain.

Behind Chastain below the cutline are Michael Annett (-10 points), Riley Herbst (-14) and Brandon Brown (-20).

Below is the full Xfinity Series playoff standings going into Saturday’s race at Talladega (4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Drivers in red are below the cutline to advance. Drivers in yellow are in the remaining playoff spots.

Xfinity Series playoff standings

Cup playoff standings after Las Vegas

Leave a comment

Kurt Busch flipped the script on the Cup playoff standings with his win Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

He entered the Round of 12 as the last driver in the playoff standings, but is the first driver to clinch a spot in the Round of 8.

Replacing Busch in the bottom spot of the playoff standings is Austin Dillon. He is 32 points behind Alex Bowman, who holds the final cutoff spot.

Behind Bowman is Kyle Busch (-9 points), Clint Bowyer (-20), Aric Almirola (-27) and Dillon.

“Obviously, the 1 car (Kurt Busch) was not a car that we needed to win a race,” Clint Bowyer said after Sunday’s race. “It’s been a hell of a battle back there with cars that are kind of in the same wheelhouse as far as points-wise. (Kurt Busch) winning changes that landscape quite a bit, but we’re only 20 points out.”

Here is the full playoff standings entering Sunday’s playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET on NBC).

Drivers in red are below the cutline to advance to the Round of 8. Drivers in yellow hold the remaining available playoff spots.

Cup playoff standings