Statistically Speaking: Looking back at NASCAR’s 2018 season

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The 2018 season has been marked by domination.

With the exception of the Daytona 500—a race that is always highlighted by multiple lead changes—the leader has seemingly been unassailable.

Kevin Harvick won three straight races at Atlanta, Las Vegas and Phoenix without bothering to look in his rearview mirror for a competitor.

Martin Truex Jr. put on a clinic at Auto Club on his way to Victory Lane.

Even the Martinsville short track was showcased by drivers scooting out to an unchallenged lead. Denny Hamlin set sail in segment one, Ryan Blaney dominated segment two, while Clint Bowyer took the third stage and the checkers.

Performances like that can make it difficult to pay attention to the rest of the field, so now is a good time to see who else has been in the lead pack.

Laps Led (Top 10)

433 – Kevin Harvick

264 – Ryan Blaney

233 – Kyle Busch

215 – Clint Bowyer

193 – Denny Hamlin

143 – Martin Truex Jr.

74 – Kurt Busch

54 – Kyle Larson

51 – Brad Keselowski

40 – Ryan Newman

Laps Completed of 1,811 available (Top 10)

1,810 – Ryan Blaney

1,810 – Joey Logano

1,809 – Martin Truex Jr.

1,809 – Denny Hamlin

1,808 – Aric Almirola

1,807 – Clint Bowyer

1,806 – Kyle Larson

1,804 – Kyle Busch

1,803 – Alex Bowman

1,803 – Ryan Newman

Average Running Position (Top 10)

6.062 – Martin Truex Jr.

7.888 – Kyle Busch

8.501 – Joey Logano

8.554 – Brad Keselowski

9.277 – Ryan Blaney

9.592 – Denny Hamlin

10.157 – Kurt Busch

10.456 – Kevin Harvick

10.907 – Kyle Larson

11.255 – Clint Bowyer

Laps in the Top 15 (Top 10)

1,759 – Martin Truex Jr.

1,643 – Joey Logano

1,625 – Kyle Busch

1,604 – Brad Keselowski

1,587 – Denny Hamlin

1,584 – Kurt Busch

1,526 – Kevin Harvick

1,464 – Clint Bowyer

1,455 – Ryan Blaney

1,435 – Kyle Larson