Wednesday, March 6, 2013

NASCAR Driver Statistics - Las Vegas

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 11th start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. In his previous 10 starts he has accumulated one top-five finish and four top-10 finishes. McMurray has zero DNFs (did not finish) and has completed 2,671 of 2,691 laps (99.3 %) at the 1.5 mile speedway. He has an average starting position of 21.8 and an average finishing position of 18.7, with his best start and finish of fourth coming in 2004.

#2- Brad Keselowski - Keselowski has made 4 starts at Las Vegas with a best finish of 26th in 2011. His average starting position is 17th and average finish 30th.

#5- Kasey Kahne - Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS, is the all-time pole winner at Las Vegas with three and most recently earned one there in the March 2012 Kobalt Tools 400. In nine NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at the 1.5-mile track, Kahne has collected two top-five finishes, four top-10s and has led 58 laps. In his first Cup start at Las Vegas in 2004, he earned runner-up honors.  

#7- Dave Blaney - In eleven previous starts at LVMS, Dave Blaney has an average finish of 27.6 with a career best finish of 13th in 2005. 

#9- Marcos Ambrose - In 4 starts at Las Vegas, Ambrose has scored 1 top 5 and 1 top ten, eith a best finish of 4th in 2011. His average finsish at the track is 12.75.

#10-Danica Patrick - The Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will mark Danica Patrick’s 13th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her first at Las Vegas

#14-Tony Stewart - Stewart has one win, four top-threes, six top-fives, nine top-10s and has led a total of 482 laps in his 14 career Sprint Cup starts at Las Vegas. His average start is 14.2, his average finish is 12.9 and he has a lap completion rate of 93.3 percent.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Bowyer will make his eighth NSCS start Las Vegas on March 10. In seven previous starts, Bowyer has one top-five (second in 2009) and three top-10 finishes – all coming in his last four starts. He started a career-best fifth in 2012. Bowyer has an average starting position of 20th and finish of 16th. He has led 17 laps, including at least one lap in his last four starts at LVMS. 

#16- Greg Biffle - Biffle has nine Sprint Cup Series starts at Las Vegas, earning two top-five and six top-10 finishes.

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr -  Stenhouse will make his first Sprint Cup career start at Las Vegas this weekend. Stenhouse has three Nationwide career starts, earning two top-10 finishes and one win. Stenhouse is currently tied for eighth in the Sprint Cup point standings with Jeff Gordon and Aric Amirola. All have 60 points.

#18- Kyle Busch - Busch has one win, three top-five finishes and four top-10s and has led a total of 113 laps in his nine career Sprint Cup starts at Las Vegas. His average Las Vegas finish is 15.9.

#22- Joey Logano - Logano will make his 5th start in the Cup Series this weekend at Las Vegas. He has earned 1 top 10, a 6th place finish in 2010.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Along with his lone win in 2001, Gordon has six top-five finishes and seven top-10s in 15 starts at the 1.5-mile track. He knows his way around Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS), pacing the field 457 times.

#27- Paul Menard -  Menard has six starts at the 1.5-mile speedway. His best start of 18th came in 2011, and his best finish of seventh came in last year’s event. The Wisconsin native has completed 1,599 of 1,620 laps attempted (98.7 percent) at the Las Vegas track, leading three of them.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Harvick will make his 13th Sprint Cup Series-career start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Sunday. Since his first appearance at the 1.5-mile facility, the Bakersfield, Calif., native has earned three top-five and four top-10 finishes. He has completed 99.8 percent (3,220 of 3,225) of laps contested and is credited with 58 laps led. This weekend, Harvick hopes to run across ‘Lady Luck’ and pick up a win in Sin City as Las Vegas Motor Speedway is one of nine tracks where the RCR veteran driver has yet to visit Victory Lane.

#31- Jeff Burton - Burton has 15 starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with two wins (1999 and 2000), five top-five and eight top-10 finishes, leading 280 laps

#36- J J Yeley - Having only competed in five previous races at LVMS, JJ Yeley has a previous finish of 29th with a career best finish of 17th in 2006.

#39- Ryan Newman - Newman’s best finish at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas oval is fourth, where he has finished twice (March 2002 and 2012). Additionally, Newman has led 98 laps, has an average starting position of 12.2, an average finish of 16.4 and has completed 93.9 
percent of the laps he has contested (3,028 of 3,225).

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - This weekend will mark Montoya’s seventh start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In his six starts at the track, Montoya has one top-five finish, one top-10 finish and zero DNFs.. He has an average starting position of 20.0, an average finishing position of 22.8 and has completed 1,591 laps (98.2%). Montoya’s best start of fourth came in 2007 and his best finish came in 2011 where he led seven laps and finished third.

#43- Aric Almirola - Almirola has made 4 Cup at Las Vegas suffering 3 DNF's. His only finish was a 24th place finish in 2012.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - In 11 starts in the Cup Series at Vegas, Johnson has earned 4 wins, 5 top 5's, 6 top 10's, while finishing all race with no DNF's. Johnson's average start position is 14.36, while his average finish has been 9.81 with 355 laps led.

#55- Mark Martin - In 15 Sprint Cup starts at Las Vegas, Martin owns one victory (1998) and six top-five finishes. He’s led 259 laps.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr -  In 13 Sprint Cup starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Earnhardt has scored two top-five finishes, six top-10s and has led 232 laps. He has a 9.2 average finish behind the wheel of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet during the last five Cup events at the track. Earnhardt matched his career-best result there with a runner-up finish in 2008. Earnhardt previously earned second place at the track in 2003. 

#99- Carl Edwards - In eight starts at the 1.5-mile Vegas track, Edwards has two wins, three top-five and four top-10 finishes. His average start is 13.5, and his average finish is 10.2. Edwards has completed every lap of Cup competition attempted at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and aim to repeat his 2011 win at this track.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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