Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Jimmie Johnson is 50-to-1 to win Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

Jimmie Johnson has never won at Kentucky.
LAP LEADER: At Kentucky Speedway, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson leads the charge for most laps led by an active driver without a win. Johnson has led 203 circuits around the 1.5-mile track with a best finish of third. Kentucky is one of the three tracks on the Cup Series circuit where Johnson has yet to find Victory Lane, along with Chicagoland Speedway and Watkins Glen International.

MILE-AND-A-HALF LEADER: Johnson is the winningest driver on 1.5-mile tracks in NASCAR Cup Series history. Of his 83 career wins, 28 of them have come on that track type.

TOP-10s AT KENTUCKY: The first five times the NASCAR Cup Series raced at Kentucky Speedway, Johnson and the No. 48 team didn’t finish outside the top 10. He has also started inside the top 10 for six of his seven career starts at the venue. No. 48 team crew chief Chad Knaus is tied for the second-most top-10s earned by a crew chief at Kentucky all-time.

TESTING AT THE ROVAL: Johnson and the No. 48 team participated in a one-day test on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL course in preparation for the Sept. 30 race weekend event.

SEEKING 84: Johnson's next trip to Victory Lane will be his 84th points-paying NASCAR Cup Series win. He secured his 83rd in June 2017 to tie NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough for sixth on the all-time wins list. An 84th win would tie Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison for fourth all-time. Johnson is currently 10 wins behind former teammate Jeff Gordon, who has 93 victories and is third on the list. Johnson has the most wins of all active drivers and Knaus has the most wins of all active crew chiefs with 81.

Jimmie Johnson on his Kentucky paint scheme:
“This is just amazing exposure for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation this weekend. Chani and I are so grateful to Lowe’s for allowing us to run the foundation paint scheme for the 13th time, Blue Bunny for sponsoring the Helmet of Hope program again this year, and for all those drivers participating in the visor campaign.”

Johnson on racing at Kentucky:
“Surprisingly, I’ve run a lot of laps at this track between testing and my early career in the Xfinity Series. This track has haunted me throughout my career – it’s been a tough one to figure out. Hopefully we can turn the corner from that.”

Kevin Harvick using winning Dover chassis at Kentucky

Kevin Harvick wins at Dover; he's 2/1 favorite to win Saturday at Kentucky.
Chassis No. 4-986: 
Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Busch Light Ford Fusion built on Chassis No. 986 at the Kentucky 400 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Built new in 2016, Chassis No. 4-986 made its NASCAR Cup Series debut in April at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where it started 22nd, led one lap and finished 10th. In its second appearance, Harvick started on the pole at Kentucky in July after qualifying was cancelled due to rain, led 128 laps and finished ninth. In its final start of 2016, Harvick started fourth, finished fifth and led 33 laps in August at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Chassis No. 4-986 finished sixth at ISM Raceway near Phoenix in March in its first start of 2017. Its final start of 2017 came in October at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, where Harvick started second, led 37 laps and finished eighth. In its only start of 2018, Harvick started second at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and put up a dominant performance by leading 201 laps and finishing 7.450 seconds ahead of runner-up Clint Bowyer en route to the win.


KEVIN HARVICK, Driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Ford Fusion: 

You’ve scored five straight top-10s at Kentucky Speedway but are still looking for that first top-five and win. What makes Kentucky so challenging? 
“We’ve actually run really well there the last couple of years and led a lot of laps. I’m not sure it is any one thing that makes Kentucky challenging to be honest, just for the fact that they’ve recently repaved it and it really is a unique track that is hard to get everything just right.” 

What challenges does the heat in Kentucky present this time of year? 
“Kentucky is always a hot race and we’ve had some weather there over the last few years, but to be honest, it’s the same for everyone. It really just comes down to preparation for the driver and the team. As a driver I have to take care of myself to make sure I’m ready. The team has to focus on the doing the best they can to make it as bearable in the car. It also makes it tough on the handling of the car, especially on a new racing surface. It’s going to be very slick and hard to get the setup just right, but I’m confident in my team and the preparation they put into this race.”

Kentucky NASCAR Cup Series Notes: 2018 Quaker State 400

Brad Keselowski has won the past three races in even years at Kentucky.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Next Race: Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart
The Place: Kentucky Speedway
The Date: Saturday, July 14
The Time: 7:30 p.m.
TV: NBCSN, 7 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 400.5 miles (267 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 80),
Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 160), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 267)


Generating Buzz


The high hopes and great promise of the Monster Energy Cup Series’ group of highly-talented young drivers has been a focal point since the 2018 preseason – even before a single lap was turned on the race track. And on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, that great expectation was met when 22-year-old Erik Jones earned his first career Cup trophy leading the final lap of the Coke Zero Sugar 400.

It also marked the first victory for the newest generation of Cup drivers after a season dominated by veterans and former Cup champions such as five-time race winners Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick and reigning series champion, Martin Truex Jr., who has hoisted three trophies already this year.

And recent results at Kentucky lend one to think you could expect more positive results for NASCAR’s youth movement in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Jones finished sixth as a rookie at Kentucky last year, giving him the fifth-best driver ranking at the track which has only hosted seven Monster Energy Series races. Fourth-year Cup driver Chase Elliott, 22, has a best showing of third in two Kentucky starts. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman, 25, earned a top five in the 2013 Xfinity race there and a top 10 in the 2015 Monster Energy Series race. Bowman hasn’t run at Kentucky since 2015.

Rookie William Byron, 20, won in his first start at the track, claiming the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series trophy. Fellow 2018 Cup rookie Bubba Wallace, 24, scored his best Monster Energy Series finish in the four races he filled in for injured Aric Almirola last year – an 11th-place showing. He also has five top 10s in five previous Truck and Xfinity Series starts.

Ryan Blaney, 24, scored his second major career NASCAR victory at Kentucky, winning the 2013 Xfinity Series race there and answered with another win in 2015.


Back on Track

Championship points leader Kyle Busch snapped a five-race top-five streak Saturday night with a 33rd place finish on the Daytona high banks, however he has good reason to show up at Kentucky Speedway feeling optimistic.

Busch is the only driver to have won in all of NASCAR’s three major divisions at the 1.5-mile track. He won the inaugural Monster Energy Series race at the track in 2011 and won again in his 2015 championship season – joining three-time winner Brad Keselowski as the only drivers with multiple victories. He also has victories in the Xfinity Series (2004, 2016, 2017) and the Camping World Truck Series in 2011 and 2014.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver boasts the top driver rating at Kentucky (125.9) with an impressive statistical line featuring the pair of wins, five top-five and six top-10 finishes in the seven Monster Energy Series races there.

Busch leads four of the six primary loop data Cup statistical matrixes including Driver Rating, Laps Led (549), Fastest Laps Run (268) and his Average Running Position (4.607) is nearly twice as good as next on the list, Matt Kenseth at 8.044.


Getting Closer

Even though they both were collected in accidents at Daytona, Kevin Harvick still trails Kyle Busch by 57 points in the championship standings. But Harvick statistically, at least, appears primed to challenge for his first Kentucky Speedway trophy this week. He has finished in the top 10 in the last five races. In 2016, he won the pole position and led a race-best 128 of the 267 laps only to finish ninth.

The driver of the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford has 2001 and 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series wins at the track and he’s completed every lap of the seven Monster Energy Series races. The five-time winner in 2018 last hoisted a trophy seven races ago, winning from the pole at Kansas Speedway. Three of his five wins this season have come on 1.5-mile circuits.


Righting the Captain’s Ship

It was a rough outing for Team Penske at Daytona International Speedway – with all three of its Fords sidelined in a massive 26-car pile-up only 53 laps into the race. Ryan Blaney was officially scored last in the 40-car field, Joey Logano 39th and Brad Keselowski was 36th.

No one, perhaps, is more eager to get to Kentucky Speedway than the 2012 Monster Energy Series champion Keselowski, who has a series-best three Cup victories and three Xfinity Series wins at the track.


Hoping for Momentum

Six drivers from finished in the top 10 Saturday night at Daytona had season-best showings, giving them a dose of confidence for this week’s Kentucky event. Third- and fourth-place finishers A.J. Allmendinger and Kasey Kahne scored their best finishes of the year. Fifth-place Chris Buescher tied a season-best mark – equaling his finish in the Daytona 500.

Sixth-place Ty Dillon had a career night – scoring his first ever top 10 in 72 Cup races. Matt DiBenedetto’s seventh place marked his fourth career top-10 finish – two of them coming from Daytona International Speedway. He was ninth in the 2017 Daytona 500. And veteran Ryan Newman, who was eighth Saturday night, tied his best showing of the season. He was also eighth in the Daytona 500.


Rookie Rebound

The Cup Series two rookies – Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron and Richard Petty Motorsports’ Bubba Wallace – continue to keep this race-within-a-race interesting and highly competitive.

Byron, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet, holds a 26-point edge over Wallace in the points standings. Byron is ranked 21st and Wallace is 25th. They are coming off vastly different races at Daytona with Byron finishing 32nd after being in a multi-car accident in Stage 2. Wallace answered his runner-up showing in the Daytona 500 with a 14th place run at the track’s summertime night race.

And both drivers have promising histories at Kentucky.

Byron won a Camping World Truck Series race in his track debut in 2016 and has finishes of seventh and 18th in two Xfinity Series races there.

Wallace has four top-10 Xfinity Series finishes in as many races at Kentucky, including a fifth place in 2016. He was runner-up in the 2014 Camping World Truck Series race at the track.

Kyle Busch has eight wins in Kentucky career

Kyle Busch is 7/2 to win at Kentucky.
KYLE BUSCH, Driver of the No. 18 SNICKERS® Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing: 

What are your favorite moments at Kentucky Speedway? 
“I have a few favorite moments, actually. The first time racing in the ARCA Series, I won that race a long time ago. And then just a few years ago when I was able to win the race at Kentucky in 2015 during my championship season, just coming back from injury, and that was the first of three races we won in a row. We were able to pass Joey Logano that year late in the race and go on to win – that was a fun one, too. The track that year was really wide. We were running four lanes off the bottom and that never happened before. It’s great to have the three new bold, limited-edition flavors of SNICKERS® – Espresso, Fiery, and Salty & Sweet – on the car this weekend. We’ve had a great history with SNICKERS on board, so we’re hoping for another victory with them this weekend.” 

Where do you have the Jukebox trophies from winning Cup Series and Xfinity Series races at Kentucky? 
“One of our jukeboxes is downstairs in the play area, where we have the downstairs bar and pool table area. And the other one is in (son) Brexton’s playroom. He knows how to turn it on, goes up there and it’s playing whatever music is on. Brexton loves the jukebox, for sure.” 

How big of a challenge do you have with turn one and two versus a completely different turns three and four at Kentucky? 
“I think the biggest thing we saw the last couple of years is that the groove goes from being so wide coming out of turn four and down the front straightaway, it kind of narrows up getting into turn one and the racetrack width narrows up, not to mention the groove is probably only one car wide. Then, on the other end getting into turn three, the track kind of widens out down there and you have plenty of room, but again it narrows down and there’s only one groove. Last year, it seemed, in turns one and two, the rubber laid down well but it was more of a challenge in turns three and four. We’ll see how it is this weekend.” 

How does it feel to know you’ll always be the inaugural Cup Series winner at Kentucky for the rest of your career? 
“I think it’s cool. You look at some of the new venues we’ve been to over the years and Jeff Gordon got to win a number of inaugural races, like the Brickyard, Fontana, and Kansas. He was always the guy who was known to figure out places the fastest, but we were able to be the ones to do that at Kentucky. There aren’t many opportunities these days to go to a new venue so, for us, being able to win the first race there was extra special, and we’ve really kept that going there by finishing in the top-10 six of the seven races there. We’d certainly like to keep our record going there this weekend with our SNICKERS Camry.” 

Is Kentucky a special place for you? 
“I love Kentucky. It was special there in 2011, when we were able to win the first Cup race there, and it stayed that way during our win there two years ago. I look forward to going back every year. It’s a pretty challenging racetrack. It used to be a place that lends itself to different kinds of setups because it was so rough. Fast lap times at Kentucky come from momentum. The place is so round that there’s not a ton of banking compared to some other 1.5-milers. It’s all about how round the corners are and just being able to maintain corner speed and stay on the gas. It’s a place we get excited about, for sure.”

Martin Truex Jr looks to defend Kentucky title

Martin Truex Jr is 7/2 to win at Kentucky.
Comparing Martin Truex Jr.’s midpoint season record to last year after 18 races
(Note: 2017 numbers are in parenthesis)


Wins: 3 (3), Top Fives: 12 (6), Top 10s: 12 (12), Poles: 3 (0), Driver Points: 629 (709), Point Ranking: 3 (1), Avg, Start: 11.1 (7.9), Avg. Finish: 9.9 (11.4), Laps Led: 390 (1,115), Stage Wins: 3 (13), Stage Points: 128 (235), Playoff Points: 18 (28), DNF: 3 (3)

“I feel good about where we’re at,” Truex said. “Having a shot to win at Daytona last week was cool. We went in there with the mindset of ‘We’ve got to figure out how to finish this race’ and we almost won so that was cool. We’ve got some good tracks coming up and, hopefully, we can take advantage of that and have a good summer stretch. Keeping the momentum going is the most important thing.”

Asked about where he would like to see improvement Truex stated, “You can always do better everywhere, obviously, but I think for us just focusing on getting more playoff and stage points, that is the key right now.”

Truex Jr. Brings Hot Streak to Defend Kentucky Title

How strong has Martin Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing been in the last eight NASCAR Cup Series races?

For starters the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion won twice, finished runner-up three times and scored seven top-five results. His only non-top five was 18th at the rain-shortened Michigan race.

His average finish during the eight-race stretch was 4.25. The hot streak started after suffering through three DNFs at Texas (finished 37), Bristol (30) and Talladega (26). Also included in this four-race period was a 14th-place finish at Richmond due to a late-race pit-road miscue after being in contention for the win.

Truex has every reason to feel that he will continue his sizzling pace when he will defend his title at Kentucky Speedway in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400. He will drive the blue No. 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry in the 267-lap race.

Truex, who also had a shot of winning the Kentucky Speedway race in 2016 had it not been for a controversial pit-road penalty, has notched four top 10s in seven starts at the 1.5-mile track.

“Kentucky is really tough – everybody talks about how difficult Turn 3 is,” Truex explained. Turns 1 and 2 have a lot of banking so you carry a lot of speed down the backstretch. And then Turn 3 is just really flat, not a lot of banking, and the car tends to be really loose so I think everybody struggles there to make their cars work right. It’s really not about being good. It’s about being better than everybody else. The last two years we went with a setup I could manage and our cars obviously had good speed. It definitely wasn’t easy. We’re going to do all we can to try to keep winning races and get some more stage wins along the way.”

After securing a runner-up finish last Saturday at Daytona International Speedway the Furniture Row Racing driver moved into third place in the point standings and is also third in the playoff standings.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Kentucky Speedway Track Facts: 2018 Quaker State 400

Kyle Busch has two wins at Kentucky and leads series with five top-fives and most laps led.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Top 16 at Kentucky Speedway
Rank
Driver
Races
Poles
Wins
Top Fives
Top 10s
DNFs
Average Finish
Driver Rating
1
Kyle Busch
7
1
2
5
6
0
5.1
125.9
2
Kevin Harvick
7
0
0
0
5
0
10.0
104.1
3
Martin Truex Jr
7
0
1
1
4
0
11.4
99.5
4
Joey Logano
7
0
0
2
4
1
14.0
91.0
5
Brad Keselowski
7
1
3
3
5
1
12.6
109.6
6
Clint Bowyer
7
0
0
1
1
1
18.9
77.1
7
Kurt Busch
7
0
0
1
4
1
12.9
86.3
8
Kyle Larson
4
0
0
1
1
1
24.0
82.2
9
Denny Hamlin
7
0
0
3
3
2
16.1
90.4
10
Aric Almirola
5
0
0
0
0
1
22.4
72.0
11
Ryan Blaney
2
0
0
0
1
0
22.5
81.4
12
Jimmie Johnson
7
1
0
1
5
2
15.6
97.5
13
Erik Jones
1
0
0
0
1
0
6.0
102.7
14
Chase Elliott
2
0
0
1
1
0
17.0
94.6
15
Alex Bowman
2
0
0
0
0
0
33.5
35.8
16
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
5
0
0
0
0
1
21.4
59.7
* – Based on last seven MENCS races at Kentucky Speedway (2011 – 2017).


Loop Data Leaders: Kentucky Speedway
Monster Energy Series - Top 3 In Key Loop Data Statistics
Driver Rating

Avg. Running Position
Laps Led

Kyle Busch
125.9
Kyle Busch
4.607
Kyle Busch
549
Brad Keselowski
109.6
Matt Kenseth
8.044
Brad Keselowski
483
Matt Kenseth
106.4
Erik Jones
8.099
Jimmie Johnson
203
Fastest Laps Run
% of Laps in the Top 15

Quality Passes

Kyle Busch
268
Erik Jones
100.0%
Matt Kenseth
303
Brad Keselowski
267
Kyle Busch
96.1%
Kevin Harvick
248
Martin Truex Jr
160
Matt Kenseth
94.3%
Kurt Busch
224
Loop Data stats are from 2011 – Present (Active Drivers Only)


Kentucky Speedway Data
Season Race #: 18 of 36 (07-08-17)
Track Size: 1.5-miles
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 17 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 14 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 8 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 8 degrees
Frontstretch Length:  1,662 feet
Backstretch Length:  1,600 feet
Race Length: 267 laps / 400.5 miles
Stage 1 & 2 Length: 80 laps (each)
Final Stage Length: 107 laps

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Kentucky
Kyle Busch................................... 125.9
Brad Keselowski.......................... 109.6
Matt Kenseth................................ 106.4
Kevin Harvick............................... 104.1
Erik Jones.................................... 102.7
Martin Truex Jr.............................. 99.5
Jimmie Johnson............................. 97.5
Chase Elliott................................... 94.6
Joey Logano.................................. 91.0
Denny Hamlin................................ 90.4
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2017 races (seven total) among active drivers at Kentucky Speedway.

Qualifying/Race Data
2017 pole winner:
Kyle Busch, Toyota
190.282 mph, 28.379 secs., 07-06-17

2017 race winner:
Martin Truex Jr., Toyota
138.604 mph, (02:57:55), 07-08-17

Track qualifying record:
Kyle Busch, Toyota
190.282 mph, 28.379 secs., 07-06-17

Track race record:
Brad Keselowski, Dodge
145.607 mph, (02:45:02), 06-30-12


At Kentucky Speedway:
History
·        In 1998, the track broke ground in Sparta, Kentucky, and opened as a 1.5-mile speedway in 2000.
·        The original owners, Jerry Carroll and four other investors owned the track until 2008, when current owners, Speedway Motorsports Inc. purchased the facility.
·        The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was held at Kentucky Speedway in 2011 – won by Kyle Busch.
·        During the 2016 season, the track underwent a repave. The banking in Turns 1 and 2 were increased to 17 degrees.
·        There have been seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway since the first race in 2011 – one race per season.

Starts
·        81 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway; 58 in more than one.
·        18 different drivers have made all seven series starts at Kentucky Speedway.
·        Brad Keselowski (seven starts) leads all drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Kentucky with a 5.3; followed by Kyle Busch (5.9) and Jimmie Johnson (8.1).

Poles
·        The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying session at Kentucky Speedway was cancelled due to weather. The starting line-up was set per the Rule Book – Kyle Busch started from first.
·        Jimmie Johnson (2012), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2013), Brad Keselowski (2014) and Kyle Busch (2017) are the four Monster Energy drivers that have won Busch poles at Kentucky.
·        Youngest Kentucky pole winner: Brad Keselowski (06/28/2014 – 30 years, 4 months, 16 days).
·        Oldest Kentucky pole winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (06/30/2013 – 38 years, 8 months, 20 days).

·        Three manufacturers have won poles at Kentucky in the MENCS – Chevrolet (2012, 2013), Ford (2014) and Toyota (2017).

Wins
·        Four different Monster Energy Series drivers have won at Kentucky Speedway: Brad Keselowski (06/30/2012, 6/28/2014 and 07/09/2016), Kyle Busch (07/09/2011 and 7/11/2015), Matt Kenseth (6/30/2013) and Martin Truex Jr. (7/08/2017).
·        Brad Keselowski leads the series in wins at Kentucky with three; Kyle Busch is only other driver with multiple wins at Kentucky with two.  
·        Youngest Kentucky winner: Kyle Busch (07/09/2011 – 26 years, 2 months, 7 days).
·        Oldest Kentucky winner: Matt Kenseth (06/30/2013 – 41 years, 3 months, 20 days).
·        Team Penske (2012, 2014 and 2016) and Joe Gibbs Racing (2011, 2013 and 2015) lead the series in wins at Kentucky with three each.
·        Three different manufacturers have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kentucky: Toyota (2011, 2013 and 2015), Ford (2014, 2016) and Dodge (2012). Kentucky is the only active track Chevrolet does not have a win.
·        Brad Keselowski is the only driver to win a MENCS race at Kentucky from the Busch pole (2014).
·        Kyle Busch won the inaugural MENCS race at Kentucky from the first starting position. Due to the qualifying session being cancelled for the 2011 race, it was not from the Busch pole.
·        Four of the seven (57.1%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky have been won from the front row – Two from the first starting position (2011, 2014) and two from the second starting position (2016, 2017).
·        Six of the seven (85.7%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·        The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kentucky is 16th, by Matt Kenseth in 2013.
  
Additional Finishing Position Stats
·        Seven different drivers have posted runner-up finishes in the Monster Energy Series at Kentucky:  David Reutimann (2011), Kasey Kahne (2012), Jamie McMurray (2013), Kyle Busch (2014), Joey Logano (2015), Carl Edwards (2016) and Kyle Larson (2017).
·        A total of 19 different Monster Energy Series drivers have posted top-five finishes at Kentucky; led by Kyle Busch with five top fives; followed by Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski with three each.    
·        A total of 25 different Monster Energy Series drivers have posted top-10 finishes at Kentucky; led by Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch with six each; followed by Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson five each.
·        Kyle Busch leads the series in average finishing position at Kentucky with a 5.143.

Track Event Stats
·        Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the MENCS at Kentucky Speedway was the 2016 event. Last season’s race ended under Caution. Below are the six MENCS races at Kentucky ranked by closest margin of victory:
Margin Of Victory
Winner
Runner-Up
Season
0.175
Brad Keselowski
Carl Edwards
2016
0.179
Kyle Busch
David Reutimann
2011
0.699
Matt Kenseth
Jamie McMurray
2013
1.014
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
2014
1.594
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
2015
4.399
Brad Keselowski
Kasey Kahne
2012

·        One of the seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish.
Winner
Runner-Up
Season
Scheduled Laps
Actual Laps
NASCAR Overtime
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
2017
267
274
7
·        None of the seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.     
·        Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway three times – 2011, 2015 and 2016 races.
·        Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Kentucky with 549 laps led in seven starts.
Drivers
Laps Led
Laps Completed
% of Laps Led
Kyle Busch
549
1876
29.3%
Brad Keselowski
483
1577
30.6%
Jimmie Johnson
203
1630
12.5%
Martin Truex Jr
199
1876
10.6%
Kevin Harvick
128
1876
6.8%

Female Competitor Stats
·        Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway.
Season
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Driver Rating
2017
Danica Patrick
20
15
69.9
2016
Danica Patrick
27
17
61.6
2015
Danica Patrick
23
34
51.6
2014
Danica Patrick
10
21
71.8
2013
Danica Patrick
29
23
57.2
Averages
21.8
22.0
62.4



NASCAR in Kentucky
·        There has been a total of 58 NASCAR national series races among three tracks in the state of Kentucky.

Track Name
City
Monster Energy
Xfinity
Camping World
Total Races
Kentucky Speedway
Sparta
7
23
20
50
Corbin Speedway
Corbin
1
0
0
1
Louisville Motor Speedway
Louisville
0
2
5
7
Totals

8
25
25
58

·        The very first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Kentucky was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event held on August 29, 1954 at Corbin Speedway in Corbin, Kentucky. The race was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Lee Petty in a Chrysler.
·        The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway was on July 9, 2011 – won by Kyle Busch in a Toyota.

Kentucky in NASCAR
·        A total of 43 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Kentucky.
·        Of the 43 Kentucky drivers only six have won in the NASCAR’s national series.  
Winners from Kentucky
Rk.
Driver
Monster Energy
Xfinity
Camping World
Totals
1
Jeremy Mayfield
5
0
0
5
2
Michael Waltrip
4
11
1
16
3
Tommy Thompson
1
0
0
1
4
Jeff Green
0
16
0
16
5
David Green
0
9
0
9
6
Ben Rhodes
0
0
1
1
Totals
10
36
2
48


Date
Track
Busch Pole
Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
Race Winner
OEM
2/18/2018
Daytona
Alex Bowman
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
N/A
Austin Dillon
Chevrolet
2/25/2018
Atlanta
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
N/A
Kevin Harvick
Ford
3/4/2018
Las Vegas
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
N/A
Kevin Harvick
Ford
3/11/2018
ISM
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
N/A
Kevin Harvick
Ford
3/18/2018
Auto Club
Martin Truex Jr
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
N/A
Martin Truex Jr
Toyota
3/26/2018
Martinsville
None-Weather
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney 
N/A
Clint Bowyer 
Ford 
4/8/2018
Texas
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
N/A
Kyle Busch
Toyota
4/15/2018
Bristol
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski
N/A
Kyle Busch
Toyota
4/21/2018
Richmond
Martin Truex Jr.
Joey Logano
Joey Logano
N/A
Kyle Busch
Toyota
4/29/2018
Talladega
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Paul Menard
N/A
Joey Logano
Ford
5/6/2018
Dover
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
N/A
Kevin Harvick
Ford
5/12/2018
Kansas
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Larson
N/A
Kevin Harvick
Ford
5/19/2018
All-Star Open
N/A
Alex Bowman
Daniel Suarez
N/A
AJ Allmendinger
Chevrolet
5/19/2018
All-Star Race
Matt Kenseth
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
Ford
5/27/2018
Charlotte
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
Toyota
6/3/2018
Pocono
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
N/A
Martin Truex Jr
Toyota
6/10/2018
Michigan
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick
N/A
Clint Bowyer 
Ford
6/24/2018
Sonoma
Kyle Larson
AJ Allmendinger
Denny Hamlin
N/A
Martin Truex Jr
Toyota
7/1/2018
Chicagoland
Paul Menard
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
N/A
Kyle Busch
Toyota
7/7/2018
Daytona
Chase Elliott
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
N/A
Erik Jones
Toyota
2018 Top Five Performers In Each Statistical Category
Rank
Drivers
Wins
Rank
Drivers
Runner-Ups
1
Kevin Harvick
5
1
Kyle Larson
4
2
Kyle Busch
5
2
Kyle Busch
3
3
Martin Truex Jr
3
Kevin Harvick
3
4
Clint Bowyer
2
Martin Truex Jr
3
5
Austin Dillon
1
4
Brad Keselowski
1
Joey Logano
1
Bubba Wallace
1
Erik Jones
1
Chase Elliott
1
Clint Bowyer
1
Rank
Drivers
Top Fives
Kurt Busch
1
1
Kevin Harvick
13
2
Kyle Busch
12
Rank
Drivers
Top 10s
Martin Truex Jr
12
1
Kevin Harvick
14
4
Clint Bowyer
6
Kyle Busch
14
Denny Hamlin
6
3
Joey Logano
13
Kyle Larson
6
4
Martin Truex Jr
12
5
Brad Keselowski
10
Rank
Drivers
Poles
Kyle Larson
10
1
Kyle Busch
3
Denny Hamlin
10
Martin Truex Jr
3
Clint Bowyer
10
3
Kevin Harvick
2
Kurt Busch
2
Rank
Drivers
Laps Led
Ryan Blaney
2
1
Kevin Harvick
1,040
Kyle Larson
2
2
Kyle Busch
948
3
Ryan Blaney
463
4
Martin Truex Jr
390
5
Kyle Larson
365



Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - Milestones
STARTS
Driver: Alex Bowman
Has
Needs
Milestone:
99
1
Will become the 200th driver to make 100 or more Monster Energy Series starts.
WINS
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Has
Needs
Milestone:
83
1
Tie Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for fourth on the all-time series wins list.
Driver: Kyle Busch
Has
Needs
Milestone:
48
1
Tie Tony Stewart (49) for 13th on the all-time Monster Energy Series wins list.
Driver: Kevin Harvick
Has
Needs
Milestone:
42
2
Tie Bill Elliott (44) for 16th on the all-time MENCS wins list.
Driver: Denny Hamlin
Has
Needs
Milestone:
31
1
To tie Dale Jarrett for 24th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
Driver: Kurt Busch
Has
Needs
Milestone:
29
2
Tie Denny Hamlin for 25th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
BUSCH POLES
Driver: Ryan Newman
Has
Needs
Milestone:
51
3
Tie Bill Elliott for eighth on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series poles list.
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Has
Needs
Milestone:
35
1
To tie Rusty Wallace and Rex White for 18th on the all-time series poles list.
Driver: Kyle Busch
Has
Needs
Milestone:
30
1
To tie Fonty Flock for 23rd on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series poles list.
Driver: Kasey Kahne
Has
Needs
Milestone:
27
2
To tie Kyle Busch and Ricky Rudd for 25th on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.


Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - Milestones
Second-Place Finishes
Driver: Kevin Harvick
Has
Needs
Milestone:
53
3
Tie Buck Baker for ninth on the all-time series second-place finishes list.
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Has
Needs
Milestone:
46
2
Tie Lee Petty for 11th on the all-time series second-place finishes list.
Driver: Kyle Busch
Has
Needs
Milestone:
43
1
Tie Tony Stewart for 13th on the all-time series second-place finishes list.
Top Fives
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Has
Needs
Milestone:
224
1
To become the 11th series driver all-time to post 225 or more top fives
Driver: Kyle Busch
Has
Needs
Milestone:
173
2
To become the 22nd series driver all-time to post 175 or more top fives
Top 10s
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Has
Needs
Milestone:
347
2
Tie Rusty Wallace for 11th on the series all-time top-10 finishes list
Laps Led
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Has
Needs
Milestone:
18,675
325
To become the ninth driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 19,000 laps.
Driver: Martin Truex Jr.
Has
Needs
Milestone:
6,909
91
To become the 29th driver all-time in the MENCS to lead 7,000 laps.