Thursday, July 26, 2012

Brickyard 400 Driver Statistics

Not all teams announce their weekly race previews'. Here is a list of those teams that do reveal the information in the teams race preview: 

#1- Jamie McMurray - McMurray will make his 350th NSCS career start at IMS on Sunday. McMurray has made nine starts at IMS, earning one win (2010), three top-fives and five top-10 finishes. He has completed 1,420 laps out of a possible 1,441 laps, or 98.5 percent. He has led 43 laps, and has an average starting position of 15.3 and an average finishing position of 13.1.

#2- Brad Keselowski - Keselowski has two starts at Indianapolis with one top ten finish, 9th last year at the track.

#5- Kasey Kahne - In eight Cup starts at Indianapolis, Kahne has two top-five finishes and four top-10s, including a runner-up finish in 2005. He has qualified in the top-10 six times at the Brickyard. In this event last year, Kahne started from the outside pole and led a race-high 48 laps.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - Ambrose' best career start at the Indianapolis, Ind., track is 11th. His best career finish (21st) came in 2010. Ambrose has completed 637 of 640 laps attempted at the Brickyard. Ambrose enters this weekend’s 400-mile race in 18th place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings

#14-Tony Stewart - Stewart has one pole, two wins, three top-threes, six top-fives, nine top-10s and has led a total of 227 laps in 13 career Sprint Cup starts at Indianapolis. He only has two finishes outside the top-12 – a 17th-place result in 2001 and a 23rd-place finish in 2008. His average Sprint Cup start at Indianapolis is 15.8, his average Sprint Cup finish at Indianapolis is 8.1 and his lap completion rate is 100 percent.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Bowyer will make his seventh career start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. In six previous Indy starts, he has two top-five finishes (4th in 2006 and 2010) and four top-15 finishes. Bowyer has finished 19th or better in each of his six starts. He started 26th, led two laps and finished 13th in 2011.

#16- Greg Biffle - Biffle will make his 350th Sprint Cup Series career start Sunday at Indianapolis. Biffle has completed 100 percent of the laps he has raced at Indianapolis
 Motor Speedway and has an average starting position of 16.4 and average finish of 13.1 at the famed 2.5-mile track. Biffle has two top fives, five top 10s at Indy.

#17- Matt Kenseth - In 12 races at Indy, Kenseth has five top five and seven top-10 finishes and has finished inside the top 10 in seven of the last 10 starts at IMS

#18- Kyle Busch - Busch has one top-five, five top-10s and has led a total of 39 laps in seven career Sprint Cup starts at Indianapolis. Busch’s average Indianapolis finish is 13.1.

#22- Sam Hornish Jr - In his three Indianapolis Sprint Cup starts to date, Hornish has a 26.0 average start and a 29.3 average finish. He has completed 90.6 percent (435/480) of possible laps and is looking to lead his first lap in NASCAR competition there this weekend.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Along with topping the list for most NASCAR Sprint Cup victories at the 2.5-mile track with four wins, Gordon also ranks first in: pole positions (3), top-five finishes (10; four more than any other driver), top-10s (14) and laps led (476; 249 more than any other driver) in 18 Cup starts at IMS.

#27- Paul Menard - In five previous starts at the Speedway, Ind.-based track, Menard has completed 94.5 percent of his laps (756 of 800). He has an average starting position of 26.8 and a 21st-place average finishing position. He claimed his best starting position of 15th and finished first in his last visit to the famed 2.5-mile flat oval (July 2011).

#29- Kevin Harvick - Harvick has made seven starts at the Indianapolis-based facility since the inception of NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics in 2006. The Bakersfield, Calif., native has run 781 laps within in the Top 15 while completing 176 Quality Passes ranking him seventh in both categories. Harvick holds a 93.5 Driver Rating and an average Speed in Traffic of 167.200 mph positioning him ninth amongst his fellow competitors. The 2003 Brickyard 400 Champion has also been credited for leading 41 laps, which positions him 10th in the category of Most Laps Led. He has earned  One win, four top fives, seven top 10s; one pole and an Average finish of 10.0

#31- Jeff Burton - Burton has started every Sprint Cup Series event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (18) and this weekend’s Brickyard 400 will mark his 639th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. He has amassed one top-five and five top-10 finishes at the 2.5-mile facility, starting from the pole position in the 2006 event.

#36- Dave Blaney - In thirteen starts at the Brickyard ,Blaney has one top 10 and a best finish of ninth which he earned in 2007.

#39- Ryan Newman - The Brickyard 400 will mark Newman’s 388th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 12th Sprint Cup start at Indianapolis. Newman has one top-five and one top-10 finish in 11 starts at the 2.5-mile oval.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Montoya has made five NSCS starts at IMS.  He qualified on the pole in 2010, and earned a second-place finish in 2007.  Montoya has completed 749 laps out of a possible 800 laps, or 93.6 percent.  He has led 202 laps and has an average start of fifth and an average finish of 22.4.

#43- Aric Almirola - Sunday's Brickyard 400 will mark Almirola's career debut at the storied 2.5-mile oval in Indianapolis, Ind.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - At Indy, Johnson has three wins (2006, 2008, 2009), one pole (2008), three top-five finishes (30 percent) and four top-10s (40 percent) in 10 starts and an average finish of 18.4.

#51- Kurt Busch - Busch has scored one top-five and four top-10 finishes in 11 career Sprint Cup starts at Indianapolis. Busch’s average Indianapolis finish is 18.4 while his average starting position is 18.5.

#55- Mark Martin -  In 18 starts Martin owns six top-five finishes - only Jeff Gordon’s 10 is better. Martin has not finished outside the top eight in the last seven races and not outside the top 11 in the last nine races.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - In 12 Sprint Cup starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Earnhardt has recorded two top-10 finishes and led 61 laps. In five of those races, Earnhardt lined up sixth or better for the historic event. He scored his best finish -- sixth-place -- at the 2.5-mile oval in 2006.

#99- Carl Edwards - Edwards will make his eighth Cup start at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend.  In his previous starts, Edwards has one top-five and three top-10 finishes. His average start is 24.9 and his average finish is 11.0.  Edwards captured his best start (ninth) and best finish (second) at the Brickyard in 2008. Edwards has completed 100 percent of his laps attempted in Cup competition at Indy, and has the fourth-best average finish among active drivers there.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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