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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Bluegreen Vacations 500

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona, going into the Bluegreen Vacations 500 on Sunday, November 10 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

Rank

Driver

Points

Starts

Race Wins

Stage Wins

Playoff Pts

Pts From Cutoff

1

Martin Truex Jr.

4,133

34

7

8

42

In On Wins

2

Kevin Harvick

4,113

34

4

6

28

3

Kyle Busch

4,113

34

4

11

46

22

4

Joey Logano

4,111

34

2

10

30

20

5

Denny Hamlin

4,091

34

5

5

37

-20

6

Ryan Blaney

4,088

34

1

2

9

-23

7

Kyle Larson

4,088

34

1

5

11

-23

8

Chase Elliott

4,033

34

3

5

24

-78

9

Brad Keselowski

2,265

34

3

4

24

Eliminated in Previous Rounds

10

William Byron

2,247

34

0

2

1

11

Clint Bowyer

2,225

34

0

1

0

12

Alex Bowman

2,215

34

1

0

5

13

Aric Almirola

2,204

34

0

2

1

14

Kurt Busch

2,193

34

1

3

11

15

Ryan Newman

2,170

34

0

0

0

16

Erik Jones

2,127

34

1

0

5

 

 

 

ISM Raceway Data

Season Race #: 35 of 36 (11-10-19)

Track Size: 1-mile

Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 9 degrees

Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 11 degrees

Banking/Frontstretch: 3 degrees

Banking/Backstretch: 9 degrees

Race Length: 312 laps / 500 Kilometers

Stage 1 & 2 Length: 75 laps (each)

Final Stage Length: 162 laps

 

Top 10 Driver Ratings at ISM Raceway

Kevin Harvick……………………… 110.8

Jimmie Johnson…………………… 106.3

Chase Elliott……………………….. 104.1

Kyle Busch…………………………. 103.9

Denny Hamlin……………………….. 97.1

Kurt Busch…………………………… 95.2

Brad Keselowski……………………. 93.0

Kyle Larson………………………….. 91.5

Ryan Blaney…………………………. 89.2

Joey Logano…………………………. 89.0

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2019 races (29 total) among active drivers at ISM Raceway. 


ISM RACEWAY-SPECIFIC LOOP DATA STATISTICS

(Driver stats in the below section are from 2005-Present)

1 – Martin Truex, Jr (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 102.4, third-best

2019 Rundown

  • Seven wins, 14 top fives, 22 top 10s
  • Led 1,268 laps
  • Average Finish of 10.1

ISM Raceway Outlook:

  • Four top fives, ten top 10s, two poles
  • Average finish of 15.852, 13th-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.617, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.0, 11th-best
  • 256 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best
  • 5,604 Laps in the Top 15 (66.5%), seventh-most
  • 585 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

2 – Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 105.0, second-best

2019 Rundown

  • Four wins, 13 top fives, 24 top 10s, six poles
  • Led 912 laps
  • Average Finish of 10.4

ISM Raceway Outlook:

  • Nine wins, 16 top fives, 22 top 10s, two poles
  • Average finish of 8.103, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 8.478, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 110.8, series-best
  • 871 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
  • 7,506 Laps in the Top 15 (83%), series-most
  • 673 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

3 – Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.9, series-best

2019 Rundown

  • Four wins, 15 top fives, 25 top 10s
  • Led 1,393 laps
  • Average Finish of 9.4

ISM Raceway Outlook:

  • Three wins, 10 top fives, 20 top 10s, three poles
  • Average finish of 11.071, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 9.899, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 103.9, fourth-best
  • 560 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • 7,398 Laps in the Top 15 (84.7%), second-most
  • 811 Quality Passes, series-most

ISM Raceway

MENCS Winners

All-Time Drivers  (24)

Wins

Kevin Harvick

9

Jimmie Johnson

4

Dale Earnhardt Jr

3

Kyle Busch

3

Carl Edwards

2

Davey Allison

2

Jeff Burton

2

Jeff Gordon

2

Mark Martin

2

Matt Kenseth

2

Ryan Newman

2

Alan Kulwicki

1

Bill Elliott

1

Bobby Hamilton

1

Dale Earnhardt

1

Dale Jarrett

1

Denny Hamlin

1

Joey Logano

1

Kasey Kahne

1

Kurt Busch

1

Ricky Rudd

1

Rusty Wallace

1

Terry Labonte

1

Tony Stewart

1

 

ISM Raceway Race Data:

Track race record:

Tony Stewart, Pontiac

118.132 mph, (02:38:28), 11-07-99

 

2019 Spring race winner:

Kyle Busch, Toyota

101.693 mph, (03:04:05), 03-10-19

 

2018 Playoff race winner:

Kyle Busch, Toyota

98.354 mph, (03:10:20), 11-11-18

4 – Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.0, fourth-best

2019 Rundown

  • Two wins, 11 top fives, 19 top 10s, two poles
  • Led 806 laps
  • Average Finish of 11.0

ISM Raceway Outlook:

  • One win, four top fives, 10 top 10s, one pole
  • Average finish of 15.238, 12th-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.86, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 89, 10th-best
  • 163 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • 4,389 Laps in the Top 15 (67%), eighth-most
  • 422 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

5 – Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.3, fifth-best

2019 Rundown

  • Five wins, 18 top fives, 22 top 10s, three poles
  • Led 777 laps
  • Average Finish of 9.7

ISM Raceway Outlook:

  • One win, 12 top fives, 16 top 10s, two poles
  • Average finish of 11.321, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.394, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.1, fifth-best
  • 348 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
  • 6,382 Laps in the Top 15 (73.1%), fourth-most
  • 635 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

6 – Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.1, seventh-best

2019 Rundown

  • One win, 10 top fives, 17 top 10s, one pole
  • Led 422 laps
  • Average Finish of 14.1

ISM Raceway Outlook:

  • One top five, three top 10s, two poles
  • Average finish of 15.857, 14th-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.349, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.2, ninth-best
  • 36 Fastest Laps Run, 16th-best
  • 1,648 Laps in the Top 15 (74.9%), 16th-most
  • 152 Quality Passes, 19th-most

 

ISM Raceway

MENCS Pole Winners

 

All-Time Drivers  (24)

Poles

Ryan Newman

4

Carl Edwards

3

Jeff Gordon

3

Jimmie Johnson

3

Kyle Busch

3

Mark Martin

3

Rusty Wallace

3

Bill Elliott

2

Denny Hamlin

2

Geoff Bodine

2

Ken Schrader

2

Kevin Harvick

2

Martin Truex Jr

2

Ryan Blaney

2

AJ Allmendinger

1

Alex Bowman

1

Bobby Hamilton

1

Bobby Labonte

1

Brad Keselowski

1

Casey Atwood

1

Joey Logano

1

John Andretti

1

Matt Kenseth

1

Sterling Marlin

1

 

 

ISM Raceway Qualifying Data:

Track Qualifying record:

Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet

143.158 mph, 25.147 secs. 11-13-15

 

2019 Spring Race Pole winner:

Ryan Blaney, Ford

141.287 mph, 25.480 secs. 03-08-19

 

2018 Playoff Race Pole winner:

Kevin Harvick, Ford

139.340 mph, 25.836 secs. 11-09-18

 

 

 

7 – Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 89.9, ninth-best

2019 Rundown

  • One win, seven top fives, 16 top 10s, one pole
  • Led 529 laps
  • Average Finish of 14.6

ISM Raceway Outlook:

  • Three top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.455, sixth-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.764, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.5, eighth-best
  • 95 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best
  • 2,193 Laps in the Top 15 (65.4%), 12th-most
  • 240 Quality Passes, 14th-most

 

8 – Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.5, eighth-best

2019 Rundown

  • Three wins, 11 top fives, 15 top 10s, four poles
  • Led 601 laps
  • Average Finish of 14.4

ISM Raceway Outlook:

  • Two top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.143, second-best
  • Average Running Position of 7.583, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 104.1, third-best
  • 179 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • 1,989 Laps in the Top 15 (90.5%), 14th-most
  • 193 Quality Passes, 15th-most

 

 

Monster Energy Series Playoff Fast Facts Race No. 9: ISM Raceway

  • Since the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff inception in 2004, ISM Raceway has occupied two different positions on the Playoff schedule: In 2004, the Phoenix Playoff race was the eighth race in the Playoffs. Then from 2005 – Present (last 14 seasons), the ISM Raceway Playoff race has been the ninth event in the Playoff schedule.
  • Just two tracks have hosted the ninth race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs – Darlington Raceway in 2004 and ISM Raceway every season since (2005-2019).
  • Seven different drivers have won the Monster Energy Series Playoff races at ISM Raceway, led by Kevin Harvick with four Playoff wins (2006, 2012, 2013 and 2014), Jimmie Johnson (three: 2007, 2008, 2009), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (two: 2004, 2015), Kyle Busch (two: 2005, 2018), Carl Edwards (2010), Joey Logano (2016) and Matt Kenseth (2017) each have one win.  
  • Four times the winner of the ISM Raceway Playoff race has gone on to win the title: 

o   In 2007, Jimmie Johnson won from the sixth starting position at ISM Raceway and went on to win his second consecutive MENCS championship.

o   In 2008, Jimmie Johnson won from the pole at ISM Raceway and went on to win his third consecutive MENCS championship.

o   In 2009, Jimmie Johnson won from the third starting position at ISM Raceway and went on to win his fourth consecutive MENCS championship.

o   In 2014, Kevin Harvick won from the third starting position at ISM Raceway and went on to win his first MENCS championship.

  • Four non-Playoff drivers have won the Playoff race at ISM Raceway:

o   Kyle Busch (2005) was ranked 19th in the points at the time of the win.

o   Kasey Kahne (2011) was ranked 14th in the points at the time of the win.

o   Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2015) was seventh in points at the time of the win. Earnhardt Jr. had made the Playoffs in 2015 but was eliminated in the Round of 12.

o   Matt Kenseth (2017) was seventh in points at the time of the win. Kenseth had made the Playoffs in 2017 but was eliminated in the Round of 12.

  • The worst finish in a Playoff race at ISM Raceway by a driver that went on to win the title the same season was 38th by Jimmie Johnson in 2016.
  • Last season’s champion, Joey Logano, finished 37th in the ISM Raceway Playoff race.
  • Three manufacturers have won Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff races at ISM Raceway – Chevrolet (10 wins) Toyota (three) and Ford (two).
  • Twice the Playoff race at ISM Raceway has been won from the pole position – Jimmie Johnson (2008), Carl Edwards (2010).  
  • 12 of the 15 ISM Raceway Playoff races have been won from a top-10 starting position; including last season – Kyle Busch started sixth.

 

 

Monster Energy Series Playoff Fast Facts Race No. 9: ISM Raceway

Monster Energy Playoff Race No. 9 Winners

ISM Raceway Playoff Race Winners

Season

Track

Winners

Organizations

Season

Track

Winners

Organizations

2018

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

Joe Gibbs Racing

2018

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

Joe Gibbs Racing

2017

Phoenix

Matt Kenseth

Joe Gibbs Racing

2017

Phoenix

Matt Kenseth

Joe Gibbs Racing

2016

Phoenix

Joey Logano

Team Penske

2016

Phoenix

Joey Logano

Team Penske

2015

Phoenix

Dale Earnhardt Jr

Hendrick Motorsports

2015

Phoenix

Dale Earnhardt Jr

Hendrick Motorsports

2014

Phoenix

Kevin Harvick

Stewart-Haas Racing

2014

Phoenix

Kevin Harvick

Stewart-Haas Racing

2013

Phoenix

Kevin Harvick

Richard Childress Racing

2013

Phoenix

Kevin Harvick

Richard Childress Racing

2012

Phoenix

Kevin Harvick

Richard Childress Racing

2012

Phoenix

Kevin Harvick

Richard Childress Racing

2011

Phoenix

Kasey Kahne

Red Bull Racing

2011

Phoenix

Kasey Kahne

Red Bull Racing

2010

Phoenix

Carl Edwards

Roush Fenway Racing

2010

Phoenix

Carl Edwards

Roush Fenway Racing

2009

Phoenix

Jimmie Johnson

Hendrick Motorsports

2009

Phoenix

Jimmie Johnson

Hendrick Motorsports

2008

Phoenix

Jimmie Johnson

Hendrick Motorsports

2008

Phoenix

Jimmie Johnson

Hendrick Motorsports

2007

Phoenix

Jimmie Johnson

Hendrick Motorsports

2007

Phoenix

Jimmie Johnson

Hendrick Motorsports

2006

Phoenix

Kevin Harvick

Richard Childress Racing

2006

Phoenix

Kevin Harvick

Richard Childress Racing

2005

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

Hendrick Motorsports

2005

Phoenix

Kyle Busch

Hendrick Motorsports

2004

Darlington

Jimmie Johnson

Hendrick Motorsports

2004

Phoenix

Dale Earnhardt Jr

Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

 

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2019 Top 16 at ISM Raceway

Rank

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

1

Martin Truex Jr

27

2

0

4

10

3

15.9

88.0

2

Kevin Harvick

33

2

9

16

22

0

9.3

110.8

3

Kyle Busch

28

3

3

10

20

1

11.1

103.9

4

Joey Logano

21

1

1

4

10

4

15.2

89.0

5

Denny Hamlin

28

2

1

12

16

1

11.3

97.1

6

Ryan Blaney

7

2

0

1

3

1

15.9

89.2

7

Kyle Larson

11

0

0

3

5

1

13.5

91.5

8

Chase Elliott

7

0

0

2

4

0

10.1

104.1

9

Brad Keselowski

20

1

0

6

9

1

13.8

93.0

10

William Byron

3

0

0

0

1

0

15.0

78.4

11

Clint Bowyer

28

0

0

2

7

4

18.7

77.3

12

Alex Bowman

8

1

0

0

1

3

28.1

65.3

13

Aric Almirola

17

0

0

2

5

0

14.9

76.1

14

Kurt Busch

33

0

1

7

19

2

14.0

95.2

15

Ryan Newman

34

4

2

10

12

6

16.7

86.1

16

Erik Jones

6

0

0

1

3

0

14.3

85.2

* – Based on last 29 races at ISM Raceway (2005 – 2019).

 

 

ISM Raceway:

History

  • Construction was completed in January 1964. The facility consisted of a one-mile oval and a 2.5-mile road course.
  • Alan Kulwicki won the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix on Nov. 6, 1988.
  • The first spring race was held on April 23, 2005 and was also the first night race, which was won by Kurt Busch.
  • The track underwent its first repave in 2011. The construction began in March and concluded in September of that year.
  • The following changes were made during the construction period (March – Sept. 2011):

o   Widened the frontstretch from 52 to 62 feet and reconfigured pit road with the installation of concrete pit stalls

o   Pushed the dog-leg curve between Turn 2 and Turn 3 out 95 feet and tightened the turn radius of the dog-leg from 800 to 500 feet

o   Implemented banking, including 11-degree banking between Turn 1 and Turn 2; 10-11-degree banking in the apex of the dog-leg; and 9-degree banking in Turns 3 and 4.

  • Following the 2017 season, the track was renamed from Phoenix Raceway to ISM Raceway.
  • ISM Raceway underwent reconstruction following the Spring race of 2018, with many new fan amenities added to the track, as well as the track itself being reconfigured so that the start/finish line is now just before the dog leg. 
  • There have been 46 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at ISM Raceway, one per season from 1988-2004 and two each season since.

 

 Starts

  • In total 222 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway; 164 have competed in more than one.
  • Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman lead the Monster Energy Series in starts at ISM Raceway with 34 each.
  • In total 25 different drivers have made their first Monster Energy Series career start at ISM Raceway; five of 25 are active this season – Ryan Newman (11/5/2000), Clint Bowyer (04/23/2005), Matt DiBenedetto (03/15/2015), Bayley Currey (03/10/2019) and Quin Houff (03/10/2019).
  • Chase Elliott (seven starts) leads all active drivers in average starting position at ISM Raceway with a 5.429.

 

Top 10 in Average Starting Position at ISM Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Avg Start

Starts

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg Start

Starts

1

Chase Elliott

5.429

7

1

Chase Elliott

5.429

7

2

Ryan Blaney

5.714

7

2

Ryan Blaney

5.714

7

3

Rusty Wallace

8.053

19

3

Kyle Larson

8.273

11

4

Kyle Larson

8.273

11

4

Erik Jones

8.667

6

5

Alan Kulwicki

8.600

5

5

Denny Hamlin

10.750

28

6

Erik Jones

8.667

6

6

Kyle Busch

10.821

28

7

Denny Hamlin

10.750

28

7

Joey Logano

11.190

21

8

Jeff Gordon

10.794

34

8

Jimmie Johnson

12.219

32

9

Kyle Busch

10.821

28

9

William Byron

12.333

3

10

Joey Logano

11.190

21

10

Martin Truex Jr

12.407

27

 

Poles

  • There have been 24 different Monster Energy Series Busch Pole Award winners at ISM Raceway. 10 of 24 are active this weekend.

Monster Energy Series

ISM Raceway Pole Winners

Active Pole Winners

Poles

Ryan Newman

4

Jimmie Johnson

3

Kyle Busch

3

Denny Hamlin

2

Kevin Harvick

2

Martin Truex Jr

2

Ryan Blaney

2

Alex Bowman

1

Brad Keselowski

1

Joey Logano

1

  • Ryan Newman leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in poles at ISM Raceway with four (2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008).
  • Geoffrey Bodine won the first Monster Energy Series Busch Pole Award at ISM Raceway in 1988 at a speed of 123.203 mph (29.220 secs.) in a Chevrolet.
  • Youngest ISM Raceway pole winner: Kyle Busch (April 22, 2006 – 20 years, 11 months, 20 days).
  • Oldest ISM Raceway pole winner: Mark Martin (March 3, 2013 – 54 years, 1 month, 22 days).
  • Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards are the only drivers to win consecutive poles at ISM Raceway. Newman won three-straight (2002-04), Gordon won in the Fall of 2006 and the Spring of 2007. Edwards won in the Fall of 2010 and Spring of 2011.
  • Four drivers have won their first career Monster Energy Series pole at ISM Raceway: Casey Atwood (October 2001), Denny Hamlin (November 2005), AJ Allmendinger (April 2010) and Alex Bowman (November 2016).
  • Five different manufacturers have won a pole in the Monster Energy Series at ISM Raceway:

Manufacturers

Wins

Chevrolet

17

Ford

15

Toyota

6

Dodge

4

Pontiac

4

 

 

Wins

  • A total of 24 different Monster Energy Series drivers have won at ISM Raceway; seven of the 24 are active this weekend. 

Monster Energy Series

ISM Raceway Race Winners

Active Winners

Wins

Kevin Harvick

9

Jimmie Johnson

4

Kyle Busch

3

Ryan Newman

2

Denny Hamlin

1

Joey Logano

1

Kurt Busch

1

  • Kevin Harvick leads the series in wins at ISM Raceway with nine victories (2006 sweep, 2012 Playoff race, 2013 Playoff race, 2014 sweep, 2015 Spring race, 2016 Spring race, 2018 Spring race).
  • 11 drivers have multiple wins at ISM Raceway: Kevin Harvick leads the series in wins with nine followed by Jimmie Johnson (four), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (three), Kyle Busch (three), Davey Allison (two), Jeff Burton (two), Jeff Gordon (two) Carl Edwards (two), Mark Martin (two), Matt Kenseth (two) and Ryan Newman (two).
  • Of the 11 drivers with multiple wins at ISM Raceway, Mark Martin (Ford; 1993 and Chevrolet; 2009) and Kyle Busch (Chevrolet; 2005 and Toyota; 2018, 2019) are the only two drivers to win in two different manufacturers.
  • Six drivers have won consecutive races at ISM Raceway: Davey Allison (1991,1992); Jeff Burton (2000, 2001); Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003, 2004); Kevin Harvick (swept 2006, then 2013 Playoff race, swept 2014 and 2015 spring race); Jimmie Johnson (fall race of 2007, swept 2008); Kyle Busch (Playoff race 2018, Spring race 2019).
  • Alan Kulwicki (11/6/1988) and Bobby Hamilton (10/27/1996) are the only two drivers to post their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career win at ISM Raceway.
  • 22 of the 24 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers who have won at ISM Raceway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Alan Kulwicki (11/6/1988) and Tony Stewart (11/7/1999) are the only two drivers to win at ISM Raceway in their first appearance.
  • Six drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at ISM Raceway: Jeff Gordon (16), Joey Logano (16), Ryan Newman (15), Kasey Kahne (14), Denny Hamlin (13), Carl Edwards (12) and Rusty Wallace (11).

Monster Energy Series

ISM Raceway Winners

Organization

Wins

Hendrick Motorsports

10

Roush Fenway Racing

7

Richard Childress Racing

6

Stewart-Haas Racing

6

Joe Gibbs Racing

5

Robert Yates Racing

3

Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

2

Team Penske

2

Petty Enterprises

1

Red Bull Racing

1

Melling Racing

1

Rudd Performance Motorsports

1

AK Racing

1

  • Clint Bowyer leads the series (active drivers) with the most Monster Energy Series starts at ISM Raceway without visiting Victory Lane with 28 starts.
  • Youngest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Raceway winner: Kyle Busch (November 13, 2005 – 20 years, 6 months, 11 days).
  • Oldest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Raceway winner: Mark Martin (April 18, 2009 – 50 years, 3 months, 9 days).
  • In total 13 different organizations have won at ISM Raceway in the Monster Energy Series, led by Hendrick Motorsports with 10 victories.

 

  • Five of the 46 (10.8%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at ISM Raceway have been won from the pole: Jeff Gordon (Spring race of 2007), Jimmie Johnson (Playoff race of 2008), Mark Martin (Spring race of 2009), Carl Edwards (Playoff race of 2010) and Kevin Harvick (Spring race of 2015).
  • Eight of the 46 (17.4%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at ISM Raceway have been won from the front row: five from the pole and three from second starting position. 
  • The third starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field producing more winners (six) than any other starting position.

 

MENCS Wins by Starting Positions at ISM Raceway

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

1

5

10.87%

14

2

4.35%

2

3

6.52%

15

3

6.52%

3

6

13.04%

17

1

2.17%

4

2

4.35%

18

1

2.17%

6

3

6.52%

19

2

4.35%

7

2

4.35%

20

1

2.17%

9

2

4.35%

21

1

2.17%

10

2

4.35%

22

1

2.17%

11

2

4.35%

28

1

2.17%

12

1

2.17%

29

1

2.17%

13

4

8.70%

 

 

Stats

Winning %

Wins

Winning from the Pole:

10.87%

5

Winning from the Front Row:

17.39%

8

Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position:

34.78%

16

Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:

54.35%

25

Winning After Starting Outside the Top 10:

45.65%

21

Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:

8.70%

4

 

  • Ricky Rudd won the 1995 ISM Raceway race from the 29th-place starting position, the furthest back a Monster Energy Series race winner has started at the 1-mile raceway. 
  • Ryan Newman won the 2017 ISM Raceway race from the 22nd starting position, the furthest back an active Monster Energy Series race winner has started. 

 

 

Lap Leader Stats

  • In total 89 different drivers have led at least one lap in the Monster Energy Series at ISM Raceway. 
  • Kevin Harvick leads the Monster Energy Series in laps led at ISM Raceway with 1,595 laps led in 33 starts.

 

Top 10 Lap Leaders at ISM Raceway in Monster Energy Series (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Led

Completed

%

Rank

Active Drivers

Led

Completed

%

1

Kevin Harvick

1,595

10,278

15.5%

1

Kevin Harvick

1,595

10,278

15.5%

2

Kyle Busch

1,121

8,534

13.1%

2

Kyle Busch

1,121

8,534

13.1%

3

Jimmie Johnson

994

9,679

10.3%

3

Jimmie Johnson

994

9,679

10.3%

4

Mark Martin

911

10,477

8.7%

4

Kurt Busch

809

10,218

7.9%

5

Rusty Wallace

867

5,406

16.0%

5

Denny Hamlin

678

8,673

7.8%

6

Kurt Busch

809

10,218

7.9%

6

Joey Logano

296

6,215

4.8%

7

Denny Hamlin

678

8,673

7.8%

7

Ryan Newman

242

9,679

2.5%

8

Dale Earnhardt Jr

569

8,734

6.5%

8

Alex Bowman

194

2,173

8.9%

9

Tony Stewart

555

8,690

6.4%

9

Brad Keselowski

163

5,903

2.8%

10

Carl Edwards

452

7,511

6.0%

10

Chase Elliott

156

2,196

7.1%

  • The most laps led by the race winner in a single Monster Energy Series race at ISM Raceway was 264 of the scheduled 312 laps (84.6%) by Kevin Harvick on November 9, 2014 – he started from the third position.
  • The most laps led by a driver that did not win in a single Monster Energy Series race at ISM Raceway was 237 of the scheduled 312 laps (74.3%) by Kyle Busch on November 11, 2012 – he started from the pole but finished third.
  • The fewest laps led by the race winner in a single Monster Energy Series race at ISM Raceway was four of the scheduled 378 laps (1.05%) by Ryan Newman on April 10, 2010 – he started from the 14th position.

 

Additional Finishing Positions

  • A total of 29 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished runner-up at ISM Raceway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at ISM Raceway with five.
  • Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch lead all active series drivers with three second-place finishes each.

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at ISM Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Runner-Ups

Rank

Active Drivers

Runner-Ups

1

Mark Martin

5

1

Jimmie Johnson

3

2

Jimmie Johnson

3

 

Kyle Busch

3

Kyle Busch

3

3

Kevin Harvick

2

 

Tony Stewart

3

 

Ryan Newman

2

5

Carl Edwards

2

5

Brad Keselowski

1

 

Greg Biffle

2

 

Chase Elliott

1

Jeff Gordon

2

Clint Bowyer

1

 

Kevin Harvick

2

 

Denny Hamlin

1

Rusty Wallace

2

Kurt Busch

1

 

Ryan Newman

2

 

Kyle Larson

1

Terry Labonte

2

Martin Truex Jr

1

  • A total of 51 different drivers in the Monster Energy Series have finished inside the top-five at ISM Raceway.
  • Kevin Harvick leads the series in top-five finishes at ISM Raceway with 16 top fives.

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at ISM Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top Fives

Rank

Active Drivers

Top Fives

1

Kevin Harvick

16

1

Kevin Harvick

16

2

Jimmie Johnson

15

2

Jimmie Johnson

15

3

Denny Hamlin

12

3

Denny Hamlin

12

 

Jeff Gordon

12

4

Kyle Busch

10

Mark Martin

12

Ryan Newman

10

 

  • A total of 83 different drivers in the Monster Energy Series have finished inside the top-10 at ISM Raceway.
  • Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at ISM Raceway with 24. 
  • Kevin Harvick leads all active series drivers in top-10 finishes at ISM Raceway with 22.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at ISM Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top 10s

Rank

Active Drivers

Top 10s

1

Jeff Gordon

24

1

Kevin Harvick

22

2

Kevin Harvick

22

2

Jimmie Johnson

21

3

Jimmie Johnson

21

3

Kyle Busch

20

 

Mark Martin

21

4

Kurt Busch

19

5

Kyle Busch

20

5

Denny Hamlin

16

 

  • Alan Kulwicki (five starts) leads the series in average finishing position at ISM Raceway with a 5.2.
  • Kevin Harvick (33 starts) leads all active drivers in average finishing position at ISM Raceway with a 9.3.

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at ISM Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Avg Finish

Starts

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg Finish

Starts

1

Alan Kulwicki

5.200

5

1

Kevin Harvick

9.303

33

2

Kevin Harvick

9.303

33

2

Chase Elliott

10.143

7

3

Dale Earnhardt

9.538

13

3

Jimmie Johnson

10.219

32

4

Mark Martin

9.588

34

4

Kyle Busch

11.071

28

5

Chase Elliott

10.143

7

5

Denny Hamlin

11.321

28

6

Jimmie Johnson

10.219

32

6

Kyle Larson

13.455

11

7

Jeff Gordon

10.765

34

7

Brad Keselowski

13.800

20

8

Davey Allison

11.000

5

8

Kurt Busch

13.970

33

9

Kyle Busch

11.071

28

9

Erik Jones

14.333

6

10

Denny Hamlin

11.321

28

10

Aric Almirola

14.882

17

 

 

Track / Event Specific Stats

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring (1993), the closest margin of victory in the Monster Energy Series at ISM Raceway was the Spring race of 2016 (March 13, 2016) when Kevin Harvick beat Carl Edwards to the line by 0.010 seconds – which is tied with Atlanta (3/12/2000), Daytona (2/21/2016), and Rockingham (2/22/2004) for the eighth closest finish in series history.

 

Top Five Closest Margins of Victory at ISM Raceway

Margin of Victory

Race Winner

Runner-Up

Date

0.010

Kevin Harvick

Carl Edwards

3/13/2016

0.130

Ryan Newman

Jeff Gordon

4/10/2010

0.170

Mark Martin

Ernie Irvan

10/31/1993

0.250

Kevin Harvick

Jimmie Johnson

11/12/2006

0.295

Jimmie Johnson

Kurt Busch

11/9/2008

 

  • Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather at ISM Raceway.
  • Seven of the 46 races at ISM Raceway have ended with NASCAR Overtime:

Date

Scheduled No. of Laps

Actual No. of Laps

NASCAR Overtime

Winner

Runner-Up

3/19/2017

312

314

2

Ryan Newman

Kyle Larson

11/13/2016

312

324

12

Joey Logano

Kyle Busch

3/13/2016

312

313

1

Kevin Harvick

Carl Edwards

3/3/2013

312

316

4

Carl Edwards

Jimmie Johnson

11/11/2012

312

319

7

Kevin Harvick

Denny Hamlin

4/10/2010

375

378

3

Ryan Newman

Jeff Gordon

11/9/2008

312

313

1

Jimmie Johnson

Kurt Busch

11/7/2004

312

315

3

Dale Earnhardt Jr

Ryan Newman

 

  • Only two of the 46 series races at ISM Raceway have been shortened due to weather:

Date

Scheduled No. of Laps

Actual No. of Laps

No. of Fewer Laps

Winner

Runner-Up

11/15/2015

312

219

-93

Dale Earnhardt Jr

Kevin Harvick

10/25/1998

312

257

-55

Rusty Wallace

Mark Martin

 

Female Competitors

  • Danica Patrick is the only female driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to compete at ISM Raceway. She made 11 starts at ISM Raceway in her career.

Date

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Driver Rating

11/12/2017

Danica Patrick

24

25

48.2

3/13/2017

Danica Patrick

26

22

52.8

11/13/2016

Danica Patrick

16

29

48.9

3/13/2016

Danica Patrick

36

19

60.3

11/15/2015

Danica Patrick

21

16

66.4

3/15/2015

Danica Patrick

23

26

59.6

11/9/2014

Danica Patrick

32

22

60.5

3/2/2014

Danica Patrick

33

36

51.7

11/10/2013

Danica Patrick

32

33

33.2

3/3/2013

Danica Patrick

40

39

44.2

11/11/2012

Danica Patrick

37

17

58.0

AVERAGES

29.1

25.8

53.1

 

 

NASCAR in Arizona

  • There have been 117 NASCAR national series races among four tracks in the state of Arizona.

Tracks in Arizona

Track Name

City

Monster Energy

Xfinity

Gander Outdoors

Total Races

First Year

ISM Raceway

Avondale

46

35

28

109

1988

Arizona State Fairgrounds

Phoenix

4

0

0

4

1951

Tucson Raceway Park

Tucson

0

0

3

3

1995

Tucson Rodeo Grounds

Tucson

1

0

0

1

1955

Totals

51

35

31

117

 

Arizona in NASCAR

  • A total of 33 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Arizona.
  • Of the 33 Arizona drivers, only two have won NASCAR national series races.

 

Drivers From Arizona

Monster Energy

Xfinity

Gander Outdoors

Combined

Alex Bowman

1

1

0

2

Michael McDowell

0

1

0

1

Totals

1

2

0

3

 

 

Monster Energy Series – Achievable Milestones

Starts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmie Johnson

 

Has:

649

 

Needs:

1

To become the 26th driver all-time to make 650 or more series starts.

Matt DiBenedetto

 

Has:

174

 

Needs:

1

To become the 153rd driver all-time to make 175 or more series starts.

Ty Dillon

 

Has:

124

 

Needs:

1

To become the 186th driver all-time to make 125 or more series starts.

Bubba Wallace

 

Has:

74

 

Needs:

1

To become the 241st driver all-time to make 75 or more series starts.

Wins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmie Johnson

 

Has:

83

 

Needs:

1

To tie Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for fourth on the all-time series wins list.

Kyle Busch

 

Has:

55

 

Needs:

21

To tie Dale Earnhardt for eighth on the all-time Monster Energy Series wins list.

Kevin Harvick

 

Has:

49

 

Needs:

1

To tie Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson for 12th on the all-time Monster Energy Series wins list.

Denny Hamlin

 

Has:

36

 

Needs:

1

To tie Bobby Isaac (37) for 22nd on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.

Kurt Busch

 

Has:

31

 

Needs:

1

To tie Dale Jarrett for 25th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.

Brad Keselowski

 

Has:

30

 

Needs:

2

To tie Dale Jarrett for 25th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.

Martin Truex Jr.

 

Has:

26

 

Needs:

2

To tie Rex White & Carl Edwards for 28th on the all-time series wins list.

Joey Logano

 

Has:

23

 

Needs:

2

To tie Jim Paschal and Joe Weatherly for 32nd on the all-time Monster Energy Series wins list.

 

 

Busch Poles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Newman

 

Has:

51

 

Needs:

3

Tie Bill Elliott for eighth on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.

Jimmie Johnson

 

Has:

36

 

Needs:

1

To tie Geoff Bodine for 16th on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.

Denny Hamlin

 

Has:

33

 

Needs:

2

To tie Ned Jarrett for 20th on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.

Kyle Busch

 

Has:

31

 

Needs:

1

To tie Fred Lorenzen and Fireball Roberts for 21st on the all-time series poles list.

Kevin Harvick

 

Has:

31

 

Needs:

1

To tie Fred Lorenzen and Fireball Roberts for 21st on the all-time series poles list.

Kurt Busch

 

Has:

27

 

Needs:

1

To tie Kevin Harvick for 27th on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.

Joey Logano

 

Has:

22

 

Needs:

1

To tie Dale Earnhardt, Jack Smith, Ken Schrader for 33rd on the all-time series poles list.

Laps Led

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmie Johnson

 

Has:

18,834

 

Needs:

166

To become the ninth driver in the series to lead 19,000 laps.

Kyle Busch

 

Has:

17,242

 

Needs:

758

To become the 10th driver in the series to lead 18,000 laps.

Kevin Harvick

 

Has:

13,993

 

Needs:

7

To become the 11th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 14,000 laps.

Denny Hamlin

 

Has:

10,000

 

Needs:

1,000

To become the 18th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 11,000 laps.

Kurt Busch

 

Has:

9,729

 

Needs:

271

To become the 18th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 10,000 laps.

Martin Truex Jr.

 

Has:

8,803

 

Needs:

197

To become the 21st driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 9,000 laps.

Brad Keselowski

 

Has:

7,397

 

Needs:

603

To become the 26th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 8,000 laps.

Joey Logano

 

Has:

5,903

 

Needs:

97

To become the 36th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 6,000 laps.

— NASCAR Media

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