Thursday, February 28, 2013

NASCAR Driver Statistics - Phoenix

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 -   In McMurray’s NSCS career, he has made 19 starts at Phoenix International Raceway.  In those races, he has scored one top-five, and two top-10 finishes with an average start of 16.3.  He has completed 5611 laps (94.6%) of a possible 6005, leading 29 of them.  McMurray has been running at the finish of 15 of his 19 races.  He has qualified on the front row twice at the one-mile tri-oval on the outside pole-position, April 2008 and November 2008.  He also had a career best finish of third in November 2008. 

#2- Brad Keselowski - Keselowski has seven starts at Phoenix, scoring one top five and two top tens, with a best finish of fifth in 2012, and has led seventeen laps.

#5- Kasey Kahne -  Kahne most recently finished fourth at Phoenix in November 2012 and was one of three drivers to spend the entire extended 319-lap event running inside the top 15. He has one win, three top-five finishes and six top-10s in 17 Cup starts at the desert track. He has qualified inside the top 10 during the last four races at the one-mile Avondale, Ariz., oval.

#7- Dave Blaney - Dave Blaney has two top-tens in 20 starts at PIR, with his best finish of seventh coming in the fall race of 2002. At this time last year, Blaney left PIR with a 23rd place finish.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - Ambrose will make his 10th start at Phoenix in Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500. His best finish is an eighth in the fall of 2011 with the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports team. He also has four top-15 finishes at the track.

#10-Danica Patrick - The Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway will mark Danica Patrick’s 12th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her second at Phoenix. She made her first start at Phoenix last November, when she started 37th and finished 17th.

#14-Tony Stewart - Stewart has one win, eight top-fives, 11 top-10s and has led a total of 555 laps in his 22 career Sprint Cup starts at Phoenix. Stewart has only seven finishes outside the top-15. His average start is 13.3, his average finish is 12.1 and he has a lap completion rate of 99.8.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Bowyer will make his 15th career NSCS Daytona start on Feb. 24, 2013. In 14 previous Daytona starts, he has two top-five and six top-10 finishes. He started a career-best third in July 2011. Bowyer has an average starting position of 20th and finish of 16th. 

#16- Greg Biffle -  Biffle has 18 Sprint Cup Series starts at Phoenix, earning five top-five and seven top-10 finishes.  While also leading for a total of 349 laps. He has an average finishing position of 13.7 from an average starting position of 14.2.

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr -  Stenhouse will make his first Sprint Cup career start at Phoenix this weekend. Stenhouse has six Nationwide career starts, earning three top-five and six top-10 finishes.

#18- Kyle Busch - Busch has one win, three top-five finishes and 10 top-10s and has led a total of 509 laps in his 16 career Sprint Cup starts at Phoenix. His average Phoenix finish is 13.3.

#20- Matt Kenseth -   In 21 Sprint Cup Series starts at Phoenix International Raceway, Kenseth has completed 6,066 of 6,629 laps (91.5 percent) and led for a total of 212 laps.  He also has an average finish of 17.7 at the one-mile uniquely-shaped track.  Kenseth’s best Sprint Cup Series finish at Phoenix was his win in 2002.

#22- Joey Logano - Logano will make his 9th start at Phoenix on Sunday. He has 1 top 5, 3 top 10's and an average finis of 17th at the track. 

#24- Jeff Gordon - In 28 starts at the one-mile track, Gordon has two wins (2007 and 2011), 10 top-five finishes and 19 top-10s. He also has three pole positions (2005, 2006 and 2007) at the Arizona track.

#27- Paul Menard -  Menard has 12 starts at the one-mile oval. His best start of seventh came in both 2009 and 2012 and his best finish of ninth came in both 2011 and 2012. The Wisconsin native has completed 3,795 of 3,818 laps attempted (99.4 percent) at the Avondale, Ariz., track.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Sunday’s 312-lap event will mark Harvick’s 21st start at the one-mile tri-oval. Since 2001, the RCR veteran driver has collected three victories (both events in 2006 and November 2011), six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. Harvick holds a 19th-place average starting position, coupled with a 12.8 average finishing position and has led 420 laps. 

#31- Jeff Burton -  Burton has 27 starts at PIR with two wins (2000 and 2001), seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. He has also led 222 laps at the one-mile facility. 

#36- J J Yeley -  In his previous nine starts at PIR, Yeley has a best finish of 14th, and one DNF.

#39- Ryan Newman - The Subway Fresh Fit 500k will mark Newman’s 406th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 22nd career Sprint Cup start at Phoenix International Raceway. Newman has one win (April 2010), four poles, eight top-five finishes and eight top-10s in 21 career Sprint Cup starts at the mile oval.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Montoya has made 12 starts at Phoenix International Raceway during his NSCS career.  In those races, he has tallied one top-five and two top-10 finishes.  He has an average start of 20.3 and average finish of16.1.   He has completed 99.8% of the laps (3,811 of 3,818) with no DNF’s (did not finish) at Phoenix since his first start, leading 104 of them.  His best start and finish came in the April event of the 2010 season where he started seventh and finished fifth.

#43- Aric Almirola - Almirola will make his fifth Sprint Cup start at the track. He looks to best his career, track-high finish of 12th place, which he posted last spring with the No. 43 Farmland Ford team, in Sunday's Subway Fresh Fit 500.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Johnson has 19 starts at Phoenix, earning 1 pole, 4 wins, 12 top 5's, 15 top 10's and no DNF's. He has an average finish of 6.684 and has led 931 laps.

#55- Mark Martin -   In 32 Sprint Cup starts at Phoenix, Martin owns two victories and 12 top-five finishes. He’s led 836 laps and won two poles including last year’s pole at this race.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr -  In 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Phoenix International Raceway, Earnhardt has earned two wins, four top-five finishes and eight top-10s. He also has led 460 laps at the one-mile track. He scored his two wins there back-to-back, going to Victory Lane in November 2003 and November 2004 when Phoenix hosted one Cup event a season.

#99- Carl Edwards - In 17 starts at the one-mile track, Edwards has one win, six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. His average start is 11.8 and average finish is 12.5. Edwards has won three pole awards in Phoenix and snagged a first-place finish in 2010.  

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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