Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway

Here are some statistics to keep in mind as the drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series head to Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400.

The NASCAR Cup Series is headed to Kentucky Speedway for another trip to 1.5-mile intermediate speedway. Here is a look at some statistics, courtesy of NASCAR.com, to keep an eye on this weekend.

Starts

  • 81 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway; 58 in more than one.
  • 18 different drivers have made all seven series starts at Kentucky Speedway.
  • Brad Keselowski (seven starts) leads all drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Kentucky with a 5.3; followed by Kyle Busch (5.9) and Jimmie Johnson (8.1).
Jimmie Johnson during a pit stop in last year’s Kentucky race. (World Copyright: Russell LaBounty, NKP)

Poles

  • Jimmie Johnson (2012), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2013), Brad Keselowski (2014) and Kyle Busch (2017) are the four Monster Energy drivers that have won Busch poles at Kentucky.
  • Youngest Kentucky pole winner: Brad Keselowski (06/28/2014 – 30 years, 4 months, 16 days).
  • Oldest Kentucky pole winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (06/30/2013 – 38 years, 8 months, 20 days).
  • Three manufacturers have won poles at Kentucky in the MENCS – Chevrolet (2012, 2013), Ford (2014) and Toyota (2017).
Brad Keselowski battles with Ryan Blaney during last year’s race at Kentucky Speedway. (World Copyright: Russell LaBounty, NKP)

Wins

  • Four different Monster Energy Series drivers have won at Kentucky Speedway: Brad Keselowski (06/30/2012, 6/28/2014 and 07/09/2016), Kyle Busch (07/09/2011 and 7/11/2015), Matt Kenseth (6/30/2013) and Martin Truex Jr. (7/08/2017).
  • Brad Keselowski leads the series in wins at Kentucky with three; Kyle Busch is only other driver with multiple wins at Kentucky with two.  
  • Youngest Kentucky winner: Kyle Busch (07/09/2011 – 26 years, 2 months, 7 days).
  • Oldest Kentucky winner: Matt Kenseth (06/30/2013 – 41 years, 3 months, 20 days).
  • Team Penske (2012, 2014 and 2016) and Joe Gibbs Racing (2011, 2013 and 2015) lead the series in wins at Kentucky with three each.
  • Three different manufacturers have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kentucky: Toyota (2011, 2013 and 2015), Ford (2014, 2016) and Dodge (2012). Kentucky is the only active track Chevrolet does not have a win.
  • Brad Keselowski is the only driver to win a MENCS race at Kentucky from the Busch pole (2014).
  • Kyle Busch won the inaugural MENCS race at Kentucky from the first starting position. 
  • Four of the seven (57.1%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky have been won from the front row – Two from the first starting position (2011, 2014) and two from the second starting position (2016, 2017).
  • Six of the seven (85.7%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kentucky is 16th, by Matt Kenseth in 2013.
Kyle Larson is still in search of his first win in 2018. (World Copyright: Russell LaBounty, NKP)

Additional Finishing Position Stats

  • Seven different drivers have posted runner-up finishes in the Monster Energy Series at Kentucky:  David Reutimann (2011), Kasey Kahne (2012), Jamie McMurray (2013), Kyle Busch (2014), Joey Logano (2015), Carl Edwards (2016) and Kyle Larson (2017).
  • A total of 19 different Monster Energy Series drivers have posted top-five finishes at Kentucky; led by Kyle Busch with five top fives; followed by Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski with three each.    
  • A total of 25 different Monster Energy Series drivers have posted top-10 finishes at Kentucky; led by Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch with six each; followed by Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson five each.
  • Kyle Busch leads the series in average finishing position at Kentucky with a 5.143.
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