Sprint Cup driver statistics – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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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

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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 viewer’s guide for Charlotte Roval

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Sunday provides a final chance for drivers to advance to the Round of 8 and keep their Cup championship hopes alive.

Talladega winner Chase Elliott is the only driver who has advanced to the next round. That leaves seven spots available going into Sunday’s race at the Charlotte Roval (2 p.m. ET on NBC).

Chase Briscoe holds the final transfer spot by a tiebreaker over Austin Cindric. At least for now.

William Byron is 11 points behind both drivers, but Hendrick Motorsports will appeal Byron’s 25-point penalty from Texas on Thursday. Should Hendrick win and Byron get those points back, he would move into a transfer spot.

There’s just part of what to watch for in Sunday’s race.

Favorites to be No. 20

This season remains tied for the most different winners in series history at 19, but there are a few candidates who could become the 20th different winner this year on Sunday.

Among the favorites to do so:

Ryan Blaney, who came close to winning last week at Talladega, won the inaugural Cup race at the Roval in 2018.

Martin Truex Jr., who has four career Cup wins on road courses, still seeks his first victory of the season.

Michael McDowell, who is coming off a third-place finish at Talladega, has had a career-high 12 top-10 finishes this season, including top 10s in each of the last four road course events this year.

Will history repeat?

Last year, the four drivers eliminated after the Roval were Kevin Harvick, Alex Bowman, Christopher Bell and William Byron.

Harvick was eliminated in the first round this year, but Byron (-11 to the cutline) and Bell (-33) are in jeopardy of being eliminated in this round again. Bowman stated Tuesday that he will miss his second consecutive race because of continued concussion symptoms. He will be among the four eliminated from title contention.

Bowman missed last weekend’s race because of concussion-like symptoms suffered at Texas. A decision on if he’ll be able to race at the Roval will come later this week.

Will chaos continue?

Consider what some of the former Roval winners have endured on their way to the checkered flag:

In 2019, Chase Elliott drove into the Turn 1 wall on a restart while the leader. He recovered to win.

In 2020, Elliott overcame a loose wheel to win for the second year in a row.

In 2021, Kyle Larson won after his team changed batteries and put the alternator belt back on.

Could a similar fate be in store for this year’s winner? Or will they have a cleaner day?

Entry lists

Thirty-nine drivers are entered including IndyCar driver Conor Daly, former Formula 1 driver Daniil Kvyat, former 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Mike Rockenfeller and former 24 Hours of Daytona winner Joey Hand. JJ Yeley will drive the No. 51 for Cody Ware, who stated that he would skip this event because of his ankle injury at Texas the footwork needed on a road course.

Charlotte Roval Cup entry list

The Xfinity entry list includes 41 drivers for 38 spots. Among those joining the series regulars are IndyCar driver Marco Andretti and former F1 driver Daniil Kvyat.

Charlotte Roval Xfinity entry list

This week’s schedule and forecast

(All times Eastern)

Saturday, Oct. 8

Forecast: Partly cloudy with a high of 66 degrees. No chance of rain during the Xfinity race.

  • 10 – 10:30 a.m. — Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)
  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. — Xfinity qualifying (NBC Sports App)
  • 12 – 1 p.m. — Cup practice (NBC Sports App, USA Network coverage begins at 12:30 p.m.)
  • 1 – 2 p.m. — Cup qualifying (USA Network, NBC Sports App)
  • 3 p.m. — Xfinity race (67 laps, 155.44 miles; NBC, Peacock, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, Oct. 9

Forecast: Sunny with a high of 64 degrees. No chance of rain during the race.

  • 2 p.m. — Cup race (109 laps, 252.88 miles; NBC, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

 

Hailie Deegan to make Xfinity debut at Las Vegas

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Hailie Deegan announced Tuesday that she will make her Xfinity Series debut Oct. 15 Las Vegas Motor Speedway on NBC and Peacock.

The 21-year-old Deegan is in her second full-time season in the Camping World Truck Series. She finished a career-high sixth in that series last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

She will drive the No. 07 car for SS Green Light Racing with Jeff Lefcourt.

 

 

Alex Bowman to miss Charlotte Roval race

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Alex Bowman announced Tuesday night on social media that he will sit out this weekend’s Cup playoff race at the Charlotte Roval.

Bowman said on social media: “I am continuing to make strides in my recovery to make sure I can return to competition at 100%.”

This will be the second consecutive race he will have missed because of concussion-like symptoms after his crash at Texas Motor Speedway.

Noah Gragson will drive the No. 48 car this weekend for Bowman.

“Alex’s health is our first priority,” said Jeff Andrews, president and general manager of Hendrick Motorsports, in a statement. “We’re focused on supporting his recovery and seeing him back in his race car when the time is right. Alex has a long career ahead of him, so we will invest the necessary time and take our guidance from medical experts. We’re putting no pressure on him to return before he’s 100% ready.”

Bowman will be one of the four drivers eliminated from title contention Sunday.

Also Tuesday, Cody Ware announced that he will sit out this weekend’s Cup race at the Charlotte Roval, as he continues to recover from the ankle injury he suffered at Texas.

NASCAR Power Rankings: Chase Elliott leaps to the front

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A slick late-race move by Chase Elliott carried him to Victory Lane Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway — and back to the top of the NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings.

Elliott is the only driver with five victories this season. No one else in the playoffs has more than two (Tyler Reddick, eliminated from the championship hunt, has won three times).

Elliott, already qualified for the Round of 8 with his Talladega win, will be among the favorites in Sunday’s race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (2 p.m. ET, NBC).

Here’s how the rankings look approaching the end of the Round of 12:

NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings

1. Chase Elliott (No. 3 last week) — Elliott’s power move to win at Talladega was quite impressive and gave him four top-five finishes in the past 10 races. Clearly, he has re-established himself as the championship favorite.

2. Denny Hamlin (No. 1 last week) — Hamlin drops a spot despite a strong run (20 laps led and finishing fifth) at Talladega. Count him in the hunt for an elusive first championship.

3. Ryan Blaney (No. 8 last week) — Blaney simply will not go away despite continuing as the playoffs’ only winless driver (not including the Texas All-Star Race). He was victimized by Chase Elliott on Sunday at Talladega, finishing .046 seconds short of victory and a push into the next round.

4. Kyle Larson (No. 2 last week) — Superspeedway racing generally is not Larson’s strong point. He finished 18th Sunday despite leading eight laps and being in the front group much of the day.

5. Joey Logano (No. 4 last week) — Logano had an unusually poor performance at Talladega. He was involved in an early-race accident and struggled much of the rest of the day, finishing 27th.

MORE: Elliott celebrates, Logano laments

6. Ross Chastain (No. 7 last week) — Chastain tied Aric Almirola for most laps led (36) at Talladega and has been consistent as of late with three finishes of seventh or better in the past four races.

7. William Byron (No. 5 last week) — Byron’s worst news last week came off the track as he was penalized by NASCAR for dumping Denny Hamlin under caution at Texas. He finished 12th at Talladega.

8. Chase Briscoe (No. 9 last week) — Briscoe is quietly making the case that he could make the Round of 8 and challenge for the title.

MORE: Winners and losers at Talladega

9. Daniel Suarez (unranked last week) — Suarez maneuvered through the Talladega draft with style and came home eighth. He has three top 10s in the past seven races.

10. Christopher Bell (No. 6 last week) — Bell had a rough day at Talladega and will be looking to Sunday’s race at the Roval for redemption.

Dropped out: Tyler Reddick (No. 10 last week).