Wednesday, March 20, 2013

NASCAR Driver Statistics - Fontana

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 has a total of 17 starts at Auto Club Speedway accumulating two pole awards, three top-fives and five top-10 finishes. McMurray has completed a total of 3872 laps out of 4034 (96.0%) with an average starting position of 19.8 and an average finishing position of 17.8 at the two-mile Southern California track. McMurray has no DNF’s (did not finish) at Auto Club Speedway.

#2- Brad Keselowski - In 4 Cup starts at Auto Club Speedway, Keselowski has a career best finish of 18th scored in March of 2012. His average finish is 22.750.

#5- Kasey Kahne -  In 16 Cup starts at Fontana, Kahne has recorded one win, four top-five finishes and nine top-10s. He lined up from the pole position in 2004 for his first Cup start at the two-mile track and has gone on to earn nine more top-10 starting spots.  Kahne enters Sunday’s race with an average start of 10.2 and an average finish of 14.9 at the two-mile track.

#7- Dave Blaney - Blaney has 18 starts at Auto Club Speedway, scoring 1 top 10, a 9th place finish in April 2002. His average start at the 2 mile track is 26.00, average finish is 31.222, and he has led 32 laps.

#10-Danica Patrick - The Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., will mark Danica Patrick’s 15th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her first at Fontana.

#14-Tony Stewart - Steeart will make his 22nd start this week in Fontana. He has 2 wins, 6 top 5's and 12 top 10's, with a most recent win in march of last year. His average start position is 14.810, average finish is 13.476 and he ha sled 314 laps at the 2 mile oval.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Bowyer will make his 13th NSCS start at Auto Club Speedway on March 24. In 12 previous starts, Bowyer has two top-five (2nd in 2010-2, 3rd in 2006-2) and seven top-10 finishes. He has started third three times (2006-2, 2008-1, 2010-1). Bowyer has an average starting position of 14th and finish of 11th. He has led 45 laps, including at least one lap in three of his last four starts at Auto Club Speedway.

#16- Greg Biffle - Biffle has 18 Sprint Cup Series starts at Fontana, earning one win, four top-five and six top-10 finishes.  He has an average starting position of 14.0 and finishing position of 17.2 at the track.

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr -  Stenhouse will make his first Sprint Cup career start at Auto Club Speedway this weekend. Stenhouse has four Nationwide career starts, earning two top-five and two top-10 finishes.

#18- Kyle Busch - Busch has one win, six top-five finishes and 10 top-10s, and he’s led a total of 474 laps in his 15 career Sprint Cup starts at Fontana. His average Fontana finish is 11.3. 

#22- Joey Logano - Logano has 6 starts at Fontana and has scored 1 top 5, a 5th place finish in February of 2010. He has yet to lead a lap at the track and has an average start of 13.333 and an average finish of 17.500.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Along with three wins (1997, 1999 and 2004), Gordon has two poles (1998 and 2007), 10 top-fives and 11 top-10′s in 23 starts at the two-mile track. Last year here, Gordon started 21st and maneuvered inside the top five without the aid of a caution flag. But a pit-road penalty under green-flag conditions led to a 26th-place finish in the rain-shortened event.

#27- Paul Menard -  Menard has 10 starts at Auto Club Speedway. His best start of 15th and best finish of 16th both came in 2011. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,241 of 2,279 laps attempted (98.3 percent) at the two-mile oval, leading three of them.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Harvick will make his 20th-career Sprint Cup Series start at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday afternoon in front of a hometown crowd. The California native went to Victory Lane in 2011 and has earned four top-five and nine top-10 finishes. Throughout the years, Harvick has completed 98.4 percent (4,463 of 4,534) of the laps contested, with 60 laps led.

#31- Jeff Burton - Burton has 23 starts at Auto Club Speedway with one pole award (1999), six top-five finishes, seven top-10 finishes and led 127 laps.

#39- Ryan Newman - In 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Fontana, Newman boasts one pole, four top-five and seven top-10 finishes. Additionally, the 35-year-old driver has led 19 laps of competition, has an average starting position of 13.9, an average finish of 17.6 and has completed 91.1 percent of the laps he’s contested (3,904 of 4,284). Newman’s best finish at Fontana is third in May 2004.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - In 10 starts at Auto Club Speedway, Montoya has one pole award, one top-five and two top-10 finishes. His average starting and finishing positions are 14.5 and 19.1, respectively. The Target driver has led 118 laps and has completed 2163 laps out of a possible 2279 (94.9%)

#43- Aric Almirola - Almirola will make his ninth NASCAR series start at the Auto Club Speedway this weekend in the No. 43 Farmland Ford. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver looks to surpass his best California finish of sixth, which he posted in 2010 in the Nationwide Series, in Sunday’s Auto Club 400.

#48- Jimmie Johnson -  Quick Stats: Five wins (March 2010, October 2009, August 2008, September 2007, March 2002) and one pole (August 2008) in 18 starts. 12 top-five finishes (66.7 percent) and 14 top-10s (77.8 percent) in 18 starts. The last time Johnson finished outside the top-10 was an 11th- place finish in September 2006. Average start is 9.1 and average finish is 5.4.

#55- Mark Martin -  In 21 Sprint Cup starts at Auto Club Speedway, Martin owns one victory (1998) and six top-five finishes. He’s led 324 laps. 

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr -  In 20 Sprint Cup starts at Auto Club Speedway, Earnhardt has scored four top-five finishes and five top-10s. He recorded a career-best runner-up finish at the Fontana, Calif., racetrack in September 2006. Last year, he notched a third-place result, his best in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

#99- Carl Edwards - In 15 starts at the two-mile California track, Edwards has one win, one pole, seven top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. His average start is 18.5, and his average finish is 8.7 which is the second best among active drivers.  Edwards has completed 3518 of 3534 (99.5%) of laps attempted at Auto Club Speedway. 

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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