Wednesday, May 8, 2013

NASCAR Driver Statistics - Darlington

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 12 starts at the “Lady in Black” where he has accumulated one pole, three top-five, and five top-10 finishes. He has completed 4093 of 4263 (96%) laps and led163 of those. McMurray`s best finish at Darlington was in the 2010 race when he scored a runner-up finish. The driver of the McDonald’s Chevy SS has an average finishing position of 16.1 and an average starting position of 14.0.

#2- Brad Keselowski - Keselowski will make only his 5th start this week at Darlington and has scored 1 top 5, 2 top 10's and no DNF's in 4 previous starts. His best finish of 3rd came in May of 2011.

#5- Kasey Kahne -  In 10 Sprint Cup starts at Darlington, Kahne has earned three top-five finishes and four top-10s. He has four career pole positions at the track, which are the most for any active driver there and rank as a personal best for Kahne at any track. His 2011 qualifying effort established a new track record with a 27.131-second lap at roughly 181.254 mph. Kahne has started in the top 10 eight times at the Track Too Tough to Tame and has completed 99.9 percent of all the laps he's attempted there (3,599 laps of 3,603 total). 

#9- Marcos Ambrose - Amrbose has four starts at Darlington Raceway in the Sprint Cup Series. He tallied his best start of sixth in 2011 and finish of ninth last season, both with Richard Petty Motorsports and the No. 9 team. The Australian driver also has two Nationwide starts under his belt, including a best start of fourth and finish of 10th.

#10-Danica Patrick - The Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway will mark Danica Patrick’s 21st career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her second at Darlington. She started 38th and finished 31st in May 2012 at the 1.336-mile oval.

#14-Tony Stewart - Stewart has four top-fives, 11 top-10s and has led a total of 20 laps in his 20 career Sprint Cup starts at Darlington. Stewart’s best Sprint Cup finish at Darlington is third, earned in the 2009 Southern 500. His average start is 17.1, his average finish is 11.8 and he has a lap completion rate of 98.9 percent

#15- Clint Bowyer - Bowyer will make his eighth NSCS start at Darlington Raceway on May 11. In seven previous starts, Bowyer has one top-10 (ninth in 2007). He won the pole in 2007 in only his second start at the track. It is one of two career NSCS pole awards that Bowyer has won – the other came at Loudon in 2007. Bowyer’s average starting position is 20th and finish of 23rd. He led 16 laps in 2007. 

#16- Greg Biffle - One year ago Biffle sat on the pole at Darlington.  The pole was his second at the 1.366-mile track. Biffle has 12 Sprint Cup career starts at Darlington, earning two wins, two top-five and five top-10 finishes. Darlington is the track Biffle holds his second-best starting average of 9.5 with an average finish of 14.0.

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr -  The driver of the No. 17 Zest Ford will make his first NASCAR Sprint Cup series start at the 1.366-mile track. Stenhouse has three Nationwide starts at Darlington earning two top-10 finishes. He was the Coors Light Pole winner in 2012.    Stenhouse is currently 16th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series point standings. The Sprint Cup rookie of the year contender has led in two of the last three races in the 2013 season. 

#18- Kyle Busch - The Bojangles Southern 500 will mark Kyle Busch’s 304th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his ninth Sprint Cup start at Darlington Raceway. Busch has one win, two top-fives, four top-10s, and has led a total of 323 laps in eight career Sprint Cup starts at Darlington. His average Darlington finish is 15.5.

#20- Matt Kenseth - In 19 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Darlington Raceway, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 17.5, has completed 6,249 of 6,474 (96.5 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 154 laps.  Kenseth’s best finish at Darlington is third which he earned in 2006.

#22- Joey Logano - In 4 starts at Darlington, Logano has 2 top 10's with 19 laps led. His best finish of 9th was scored in May of 2009. 

#24- Jeff Gordon - It may not be tame or the same, but respect is what Jeff Gordon will give Darlington Raceway as he prepares for his 700th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this Saturday night. In 32 starts at the egg-shaped oval, Gordon has three poles and 21 top-10's. He is also tops among active drivers in the following statistical categories: seven wins, 18 top-five finishes and 1,720 laps led - 903 laps more than any other driver (nearly the equivalent of 2.5 races). But those statistics have occurred over the course of a 21-year career when many things change.

#27- Paul Menard - Menard has six career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Darlington Raceway. His best start of 14th and best finish of 13th both came in 2012. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,161 of 2,206 laps attempted (98 percent) at the 1.366-mile track.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Darlington Raceway is one track where Harvick has yet to visit Victory Lane. Since 2001, the RCR veteran driver has made 16 starts collecting two top-five and five top-10 finishes. He holds a 17.6 average starting position coupled with an 18.8 average finishing position, has completed 5,267 of 5,583 (94.3 percent) of the laps contested and is credited with 63 laps led. 

#31- Jeff Burton - The Southern 500 marks Burton's 31st start at the 1.366-mile facility. Darlington Raceway is one of Burton's favorite places to visit on the Sprint Cup Series schedule and he has amassed two wins, eight top-five and 16 top-10 finishes at the historic track, leading 817 laps.

#39- Ryan Newman - In 14 Sprint Cup starts at Darlington, Newman has seven top-five finishes and nine top-10s. Additionally, the 35-year-old from South Bend, Ind., has led 325 laps, has an average starting position of 7.9 and an average finish of 12.4 at the 1.366-mile, egg shaped oval.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Montoya has just six starts at Darlington, the track known as “Too Tough to Tame”. His best finish was in 2010 when he finished fifth. He has an average start of 23.8 with an even better average finish of 19.7. Montoya has completed 2199 out of 2206 which averages out to 99.7% laps completed and zero DNF’s (did not finish).

#43- Aric Almirola - Almirola made his Darlington debut last season with the No. 43 team, where he started in the 13th spot and finished 19th. The Tampa, Fla., native also has two Nationwide and one truck start at the 1.37-mile track. His best Darlington start (fourth) and finish (ninth) came in his lone truck start in 2010. Veteran Crew Chief Todd Parrott knows how to get around the ‘Lady in Black.’ In his 23 starts as crew chief, he has an average start of 12.9 and finish of 11.1, including three wins and three poles.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Three wins (March and November 2004, May 2012) in 14 starts.
Seven top-five finishes (50 percent) and 10 top-10s (71.4 percent) in 14 starts. Completed 4,733 of 4,923 laps (96.1 percent) and led 543. Average start of 12.5. Average finish of 9.1.
One DNF (did not finish) – May 2010. Sprint Cup’s fourth-best driver rating (105.7 average of a possible 150 points).

#55- Mark Martin - Martin has 46 starts at Darlington and has earned 2 poles, 2 wins, 17 top 5's, 26 top 10's and only 3 DNF's. martin has led 801 laps and has an average start of 13.326 and an average finish of 12.413. Mark's 29 lead lap finishes leads all Cup drivers, both active and all time. 

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr -  In 18 Sprint Cup Series starts at Darlington Raceway, Earnhardt has recorded three top-five finishes and seven top-10s. He has completed 98.3 percent of all laps he's attempted at the 1.366-mile track (6,100 laps of 6,204 total) and has led 171 of those laps. Earnhardt recorded his best finish in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in 2008 after scoring a fourth-place result. This matched his previous career-best finish of fourth in March 2002.

#99- Carl Edwards - Carl Edwards will make his tenth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Darlington Raceway. He heads to Darlington second in the series point’s standings with one win, five top-five and six top-10 finishes. 

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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