If you’re hoping to see a Xfinity Series regular driver win this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, you may want to temper your expectations.
In the last 25 Xfinity races at the 1.5-mile track, only one Xfinity regular has visited victory lane.
That honor belongs to Mike Bliss.
Bliss only won twice in 359 Xfinity starts, both coming at Charlotte in 2004 and 2009.
Other than that, NASCAR’s home track has been a haven for Cup drivers in the Xfinity Series in recent memory.
In the last 11 Xfinity races there, Austin Dillon (two), Joey Logano (two), Brad Keselowski (two) and Kyle Busch (two) combined to win eight times. Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson won the other three.
Three times a Cup driver has completed the weekend sweep at the track, but none have done it since Mark Martin in 1995.
One stat going in favor of Xfinity drivers is in the recent past at 1.5-mile tracks. In the last six races at that type of track, there have been six different winners. The last two were won by non-Cup drivers, Justin Allgaier (Chicago) and Tyler Reddick (Kentucky).
Here’s some more interesting stats ahead of the Drive for the Cure 300.
- Only three of the last 33 races at Charlotte were won from the pole. Two of the three came in 2015 when Austin Dillon won both races from the pole.
- There were 12 cautions at Charlotte in May, the most in a race this season and the most in the last 17 races at Charlotte.
- The driver leading the most laps failed to win the last four October races.
- The final green flag stretch at Kentucky, the last race on a 1.5 mile track, was 104 laps, the longest green flag stretch to end a race on a 1.5 mile track in the last 70 races
- Justin Allgaier won from 14th at Chicagoland in September, the only race on a 1.5 mile track won from a starting position outside the top 10 in the last 25 races.