StatChat - Nascar Cup Series @ Texas

As the 2020 NASCAR season winds down, the stakes have never been higher.  With Joey Logano’s spot in the Final 4 being the only guarantee, the remaining seven playoff drivers hope they can make their mark at Texas this weekend.  But what does Texas have in store for them? Let’s take a closer look:

 

Texas is a 1.5 mile quad-oval, and this weekend’s race will be called the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500.  While NASCAR has been racing in Texas for many years, the track they will visit on Sunday was built in 1996, and began hosting the Cup Series a year later. 

 

The race will be 334 laps long (for a total of 501 miles), and just as it was in July, stage breaks will occur at 105 – 210 – 334.  The fuel window is approximately 60-63 laps.

 

This year, the Cup Series has raced a total of 12,437.83 miles.

 

Top 5 Career Average Finishers at Texas:

Erik Jones

9.00 over 8 races

Matt Kenseth

9.74 over 31 races

Kevin Harvick

10.23 over 35 races

Jimmie Johnson

10.85 over 34 races

Chase Elliott

11.11 over 9 races

 

Bottom 5 Career Average Finishers at Texas:

Joey Gase

35.17 over 6 races

JJ Yeley

33.61 over 18 races

Quin Houff

33.50 over 2 races

Corey LaJoie

32.17 over 6 races

Michael McDowell

30.62 over 21 races

 

Since Texas Motor Speedway is 1.5 miles long, it is classified as an intermediate track.  An intermediate track is seen as anything between 1 and 2 miles in length. 

 

Top 5 Career Average Finishers at Intermediate Tracks

Kevin Harvick

11.72 over 358 races

Brad Keselowski

12.63 over 210 races

Jimmie Johnson

12.81 over 343 races

Kyle Busch

12.83 over 289 races

Matt Kenseth

12.84 over 346 races

 

Jimmie Johnson is by far and away the winningest driver at Texas, as he holds 7 wins at this track.  Carl Edwards is a distant 2nd with 4 wins.  Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin each have 3 wins.

 

Notable drivers who have not won at Texas:

Brad Keselowski

(has won at 17 other tracks)

Martin Truex Jr.

(has won at 14 other tracks)

Clint Bowyer

(has won at 7 other tracks)

Chase Elliott

(has won at 6 other tracks)

 

Tyler Reddick and Matt Kenseth both list Texas as their BEST track.  Cole Custer is the only driver to list Texas as his WORST track.  It’s important to note that both Reddick and Custer have only raced at Texas once in the Cup Series, where they finished P2 and P39, respectively.

 

Compared to last year, some drivers have seen a big change in their performance.  Some changes may be performance-related, but it is also potentially a product of the driver joining a new team who may have more or less speed.  This statistic is based on their current point pace.

 

Drivers Faring Better than in 2019

Matt DiBenedetto

+205 pts

Chase Elliott

+178 pts

Kevin Harvick

+141 pts

Bubba Wallace

+132 pts

Austin Dillon

+130 pts

 

Drivers Faring Worse than in 2019

Daniel Suarez

-475 pts

Kyle Busch

-278 pts

Joey Logano

-94 pts

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

-85 pts

William Byron

-75 pts

 

While some drivers may be doing better this year than they did in 2019, how does this year stack up against their entire career?  This statistic does not include rookies, as this is their first full year in the Cup Series.

 

Drivers Having their BEST Career Year

Kevin Harvick

6.79

Denny Hamlin

9.42

Matt DiBenedetto

15.30

Michael McDowell

20.48

Bubba Wallace

20.76

Corey LaJoie

25.24

 

Drivers Having their WORST Career Year

Daniel Suarez

26.41

Ryan Preece

24.39

Matt Kenseth

20.90

 

For those that aren’t aware, the Manufacturer Standings are calculated by awarding points to the highest finisher for each manufacturer according to their finishing position.  (40 for 1st, 35 for 2nd, 34 for 3rd, etc.)  No stage points or playoff points count.

 

Manufacturer Standings

Ford

1225

Toyota

1157

Chevrolet

1120

 

If this same formula were used for each Team, you could determine which team has been the most successful this season.  For some reason NASCAR does not calculate or showcase these stats, but here they are regardless:

 

Chartered Team Standings

Joe Gibbs

1159

Penske

1097

Stewart-Haas

1093

Hendrick

1049

Chip Ganassi

864

Richard Childress

845

Wood Brothers

716

Roush-Fenway

715

Front Row

667

JTG-Daugherty

612

Richard Petty

542

Leavine Family

535

Germain

493

Go Fas

392

Rick Ware

297

Spire

228

StarCom

205

 

 

The race begins Sunday, October 25th at 3:30pm EST/12:30pm PST. 

 

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