Monday, February 28, 2011

NASCAR numbers all over the place

First, it's wonderful to be surrounded by so many NASCAR fans in the office. There's nothing better than to come in the morning after the race and talk about what happened on the track the day before.
And speaking of Sunday's race, here are a few different statistical leaders courtesy of NASCAR that are not always published, so enjoy. These numbers figure in after the first two races.

Average Running Place: Kurt Busch 7.146, Tony Stewart 7.933, Ryan Newman 9.899. They're the only three with an average under 10 after two races.

Best Average Finish: Kyle Busch 5.0, Kurt Busch 6.5, Tony Stewart 10.0, and A.J. Allmendinger 10.0.

Best Closers: (Positions moved up in last 10 percent of race): Juan Pablo Montoya 21, David Gilliland 17, Carl Edwards 14, Bobby Labonte 11

Fastest Drivers Early in a Run (based on first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop): Jeff Gordon 2.0, Clint Bowyer 2.0, Tony Stewart 2.5, Kurt Busch 3.5.

Fastest Drivers Late in a Run (based on last 25 percent of last 25 percent of runs after a pit stop): Trevor Bayne 1.0, Jeff Gordon 2.0, Tony Stewart 2.5, Jimmie Johnson 3.0

Percent of Fastest Laps Run: Jeff Gordon 18.1, Tony Stewart 11.7, Kyle Busch 9.9

Fastest Starts on Restarts (first two laps after a green flag): Kurt Busch 4.0, Tony Stewart 6.0, Kyle Busch 10.5, Kevin Harvick 10.5

Fastest Green Flag Laps: Trevor Bayne 1.0, Jeff Gordon 1.0, Regan Smith 3.0, Kyle Busch 4.0.

Most Laps in the Top 15: Kurt Busch 483, Tony Stewart 455, Ryan Newman 429.

Most Laps Led: Jeff Gordon 139, Tony Stewart 59, Kurt Busch 50, Ryan Newman 44.

Most Miles Led: Jeff Gordon 140.5, Ryan Newman 99.50, Kurt Busch 78.50, Clint Bowyer 77.50.
Highest Percentage of Laps Run on Lead Lap: Kurt Busch 100, Kyle Busch 99.81, A.J. Allmendinger 99.62.

Most Quality Passes (passing a car in the top 15): Tony Stewart 315, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 297, Kurt Busch 287, Clint Bowyer 282.

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