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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race

 

Top 10 All-Star Driver Ratings
Kyle Larson………………………… 117.6
Kyle Busch…………………………. 103.7
Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 98.1
Chase Elliott…………………………. 90.9
Kurt Busch…………………………… 89.6
Kevin Harvick……………………….. 86.4
Joey Logano…………………………. 82.8
Denny Hamlin……………………….. 74.2
Brad Keselowski……………………. 70.8
Ryan Newman………………………. 67.1
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2018 Monster Energy All-Star races (14 total).

Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race:

History

  • There have been 34 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Races – 33 have been held at Charlotte Motor Speedway and one was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race was held on May 25, 1985 at Charlotte Motor Speedway; the non-points event was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip (Buick).
  • In 1986, the event was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and won by Bill Elliott (Ford).
  • The 1986 season was also the first year for what is now known as the Monster Energy Open. There have been 37 Open events, one per year since 1986; except in 2015, 2002, 2001 and 2000 it was held as two events with the winners moving on to the All-Star Race.

Starts

  • A total of 100 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race; 83 different drivers have competed in more than one.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin leads the series in Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race appearances with 24 starts.
  • Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race starts with 18.
  • The All-Star Race has featured a field that has ranged from 10 drivers in 1986 to 27 in 2002. Last season’s field had 21 participants and this weekend’s event is anticipating 19 participants.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Davey Allison leads the series in average starting position in the Monster Energy All-Star Race with a 3.857 in seven starts
  • Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in average starting position in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race with a 5.615 in 14 starts.

Top 10 in Average Starting Position in the Monster Energy All-Star Race (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Average Start

Starts

Rank

Active Drivers

Average Start

Starts

1

Davey Allison

3.857

7

1

Kyle Busch

5.615

14

2

Bill Elliott

5.556

18

2

Aric Almirola

8.000

2

3

Kyle Busch

5.615

14

3

Kevin Harvick

8.500

19

4

Dale Earnhardt

5.625

16

4

Kurt Busch

8.706

18

5

Tim Richmond

6.500

2

5

Clint Bowyer

8.778

10

6

Rusty Wallace

7.421

19

6

Austin Dillon

9.000

2

7

Aric Almirola

8.000

2

7

Jimmie Johnson

9.118

18

8

Derrike Cope

8.000

2

8

Joey Logano

9.875

9

9

Darrell Waltrip

8.250

16

9

Brad Keselowski

10.100

11

10

Jeff Gordon

8.500

22

10

Ryan Newman

11.118

18

Poles

Monster Energy All-Star

Pole Winners (Active)

Rank

All-Stars

Poles

1

Kyle Busch

3

2

Denny Hamlin

1

3

Jimmie Johnson

1

4

Kyle Larson

1

5

Ryan Newman

1

  • A total of 17 different drivers have won the Busch Pole Award for the Monster Energy All-Star Race; five of 17 are currently active.
  • Terry Labonte won the inaugural Busch Pole Award for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race in 1985 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • Bill Elliott leads the series in Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race poles with four (1987, 1997, 1998 and 2000).
  • Kyle Busch (second most all-time) leads all active drivers in Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race poles with three (2008, 2011 and 2012).  
  • Four drivers have won consecutive Busch poles for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race: Davey Allison (1991, 1992) Bill Elliott (1997, 1998), Kyle Busch (2011, 2012) and Carl Edwards (2013, 2014).
  • Three drivers started from the first starting position but did not win the pole due to Qualifying being cancelled: Bill Elliott (2003), Kurt Busch (2010) and Kevin Harvick (2016).

Wins

Monster Energy All-Star

Race Winners (Active)

Rank

All-Star Winners

Wins

1

Jimmie Johnson

4

2

Kevin Harvick

2

3

Denny Hamlin

1

4

Joey Logano

1

5

Kurt Busch

1

6

Kyle Busch

1

7

Ryan Newman

1

  • A total of 23 different drivers have won the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race; seven of the 23 are active this weekend.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip won the inaugural Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race in 1985 at an average speed of 161.184 mph.
  • Seven of 23 All-Star Race winners have multiple victories; led by Jimmie Johnson with four wins (2003, 2006, 2012 and 2013).
  • Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990 and 1993) and Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997 and 2001) are the only three-time winners of the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.
  • Davey Allison (1991 and 1992), Terry Labonte (1988 and 1999), Mark Martin (1998 and 2005) and Kevin Harvick (2007, 2018) are the only other drivers to post multiple victories in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.
  • Davey Allison (1991, 1992) and Jimmie Johnson (2012, 2013) are the only drivers to ever win consecutive Monster Energy All-Star Races.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) and Ryan Newman (2002) are the only two drivers to win the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race in their rookie season.
  • Jeff Gordon is the youngest winner of the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at 23 years, 9 months and 18 days (1995).
  • Mark Martin is the oldest Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race winner at 46 years, 4 months and 12 days (2005).
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the only driver to win the Monster Energy All-Star Race (2000), the Monster Energy Open (2012) and the Fan Vote (2011).
  • Kasey Kahne is the only driver to win the Fan Vote and go on to win the All-Star race in the same season (2008).
  • Ryan Newman is the only driver to win a Monster Energy Open event and go on to win the All-Star Race the same season (2002).  
  • Seven times from seven different drivers has the winner of the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race gone on to win the Coke Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway the following weekend: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Davey Allison (1991), Dale Earnhardt (1993), Jeff Gordon (1997), Jimmie Johnson (2003), Kasey Kahne (2008) and Kurt Busch (2010).
  •    Five drivers have won the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in the same year: Darrell Waltrip(1985), Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990, 1993), Rusty Wallace (1989), Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997, 2001) and Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2013).
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in Monster Energy All-Star wins with nine: Jimmie Johnson (four: 2003, 2006, 2012, 2013), Jeff Gordon (three: 1995, 1997, 2001) and Terry Labonte (two: 1999, 1988).
  • The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race has been won from the first position five times; the first three came in consecutive years: Dale Earnhardt (1990), Davey Allison (1991 and 1992), Kurt Busch (2010) and Denny Hamlin (2015). Four of the five were from the pole, Kurt Busch won from the first starting position in 2010, but Qualifying was cancelled for that event due to weather.
  • The first, second and fourth are the three most proficient starting positions in the field, producing more winners (five winners each) than any other starting positions in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race – most recent was Kevin Harvick’s victory last season from the fourth starting position.

     Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race Wins by Starting Positions

  • The deepest in the field a Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star race winner has started was 27th, by Ryan Newman in 2002.
  • Eight of the 15 drivers who are qualified for the 2019 Monster Energy All-Star Race are looking for their first win in the event: Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr.
  • Five different manufacturers have won a Monster Energy All-Star Race; led by Chevrolet with 17 victories; followed by Ford (12), Toyota (two), Dodge (two) and Pontiac (one). 

Additional Finishing Positions

  • A total of 25 different drivers have finished runner-up in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.
  • Kevin Harvick, Sterling Marlin and Ken Schrader lead the series in Monster Energy All-Star Race runner-up finishes with three each.

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes in the Monster Energy All-Star Race (All-Time & Active)

  • A total of 49 different drivers have finished in the top-five in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.
  • Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson lead the series in top-five finishes in the Monster Energy All-Star Race with nine each.

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes in the Monster Energy All-Star Race (All-Time & Active)

  • A total of 76 different drivers have finished in the top-10 in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series intop-10 finishes in the Monster Energy All-Star Race with 14.
  • Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick lead all active drivers in top-10 finishes in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.    

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes in the Monster Energy All-Star Race (All-Time & Active)

  • Tim Richmond (two starts) leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (all-time) in average finishing position in the Monster Energy All-Star Race with a 4.0.
  • Chase Elliott leads all active drivers in the series in average finishing position in the Monster Energy All-Star Race with a 6.0; followed by Jimmie Johnson with a 6.8.

Top 10 in Average Finishing Positions in the Monster Energy All-Star Race (All-time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Avg. Finish

Starts

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg. Finish

Starts

1

Tim Richmond

4.0

2

1

Chase Elliott

6.0

3

2

Jerry Nadeau

4.5

2

2

Jimmie Johnson

6.8

17

3

Chase Elliott

6.0

3

3

Joey Logano

6.9

8

4

Ken Schrader

6.1

8

4

Kyle Larson

8.3

3

5

Davey Allison

6.1

7

5

Daniel Suarez

8.5

2

6

Bobby Allison

6.3

3

6

Kevin Harvick

8.8

18

7

Jimmie Johnson

6.8

17

7

Denny Hamlin

9.5

12

8

Joey Logano

6.9

8

8

Kurt Busch

9.7

17

9

Dale Earnhardt

7.1

16

9

Kyle Busch

10.5

13

10

Matt Kenseth

8.0

18

10

Ryan Newman

11.6

17

Event Specific Stats

  • The 2016 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race set the series record for the event’s number of lead changes with 13. The previous record for lead changes was 10 in 2004. Last season saw 12 lead changes among seven drivers.
  • The record for different leaders in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race is nine in 2002. Last season’s race had seven different leaders.
  • Two of the 34 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Races were led by a single driver from flag-to-flag – in 1990 Dale Earnhardt led all 70 laps and in 1991 Davey Allison also led all 70 laps (100%). Both instances hold the event’s record for highest percentage of laps led.
  • The largest number of laps led by the winner of a single Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race was Bill Elliott’s 82 laps led at Atlanta in 1986. He led 82 of the 83 scheduled laps (99%).
  • The fewest laps led by the eventual winner of the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race is two laps – it happened three times – 1993 (Dale Earnhardt), 2000 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and 2009 (Tony Stewart).

Top Five In Laps Led in the Monster Energy All-Star Race (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Led

Completed

% Led

Rank

Active Drivers

Led

Completed

% Led

1

Bill Elliott

267

1486

18%

1

Kyle Busch

256

1049

24%

2

Kyle Busch

256

1049

24%

2

Jimmie Johnson

238

1550

15%

3

Jimmie Johnson

238

1550

15%

3

Kevin Harvick

124

1470

8%

4

Jeff Gordon

165

1794

9%

4

Brad Keselowski

111

848

13%

5

Dale Earnhardt

136

1235

11%

5

Ryan Newman

111

1493

7%

  • The record number of cautions in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race is eight and it was reached in last season’s event. The previous record of seven cautions has happened three times: 2014, 2013 and 2009.
  • The record number of caution laps in the Monster Energy All-Star Race is 23 caution laps in 2002. Last season’s race had 17 caution laps among eight cautions.
  • Since advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race was in the 2007 event when Jimmie Johnson beat Kevin Harvick to the line by 0.141 second.  
  • Last season’s All-Star race was the fourth closest finish since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993.

Top Five Closest Margins of Victory in the Monster Energy All-Star Race

Margin of Victory

Race Winner

Runner-Up

Date

0.141

Kevin Harvick

Jimmie Johnson

5/19/2007

0.158

Ryan Newman

Dale Earnhardt Jr

5/18/2002

0.260

Geoff Bodine

Sterling Marlin

5/21/1994

0.325

Kevin Harvick

Daniel Suarez

5/19/2018

0.358

Kurt Busch

Martin Truex Jr

5/22/2010

2019 All-Star Drivers – All-Star Race Performances

Rank

Driver

Starts

Poles

Wins

T5

T10

DNF

Avg St

Avg Fin

Laps Led

1

Aric Almirola

1

0

0

0

0

0

8.0

14.0

0

2

Ryan Blaney

2

0

0

0

0

1

12.0

13.0

1

3

Clint Bowyer

9

0

0

0

1

2

8.8

14.3

11

4

Kurt Busch

17

1

1

8

10

4

8.7

9.7

83

5

Kyle Busch

13

3

1

4

8

5

5.6

10.5

256

6

Austin Dillon

1

0

0

0

0

0

9.0

12.0

0

7

Chase Elliott

3

0

0

1

3

0

16.0

6.0

0

8

Denny Hamlin

12

1

1

4

9

2

11.8

9.5

63

9

Kevin Harvick

18

1

2

5

11

3

8.5

8.8

124

10

Jimmie Johnson

17

1

4

9

11

1

9.1

6.8

238

11

Erik Jones

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0.0

0

12

Brad Keselowski

10

0

0

2

6

2

10.1

11.6

111

13

Joey Logano

8

0

1

4

7

1

9.9

6.9

12

14

Ryan Newman

17

1

1

3

7

5

11.1

11.6

111

15

Martin Truex Jr

8

0

0

1

2

4

13.0

13.9

17

All-Star Fan Vote

  • The Monster Energy All-Star Fan Vote was introduced to the format in 2004. The first Fan Vote winner was Ken Schrader, driving for BAM Racing.
  • In 2008, Kasey Kahne became the first driver to get into the Monster Energy All-Star Race by the Fan Vote and go on to win the event. Kahne started 24th in the All-Star race and won.  
  • Danica Patrick became the first driver to win more than one Fan Vote into the Monster Energy All-Star Race (2013, 2015).
  • Chase Elliott became the first driver to win it in consecutive seasons (2016, 2017, 2018), and also the first driver to win it three times.  
  • Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano and Carl Edwards are the only four drivers who have won the Monster Energy All-Star Race and the Fan Vote.  Kahne won both in 2008, Earnhardt Jr. won the race in 2000 and the Fan Vote in 2011. Logano won the Fan Vote in 2009 and the All-Star race in 2016. Edwards won the Fan Vote in 2010 and the All-Star Race in 2011.

Monster Energy Open

  • The Monster Energy Open was first introduced into the All-Star format in 1986 at Atlanta Motor Speedway – the first event was won by Benny Parsons, but it did not grant him entry to the All-Star race; that started the following season.
  • A total of 28 different drivers have won the Monster Energy Open from 1986-2018.
  • Sterling Marlin leads the Monster Energy Series in Monster Energy Open wins with four victories (1988, 1989, 1993 and 2004).
  • Seven of the 28 Monster Energy Open winners have multiple wins – Sterling Marlin (four), AJ Allmendinger, Clint Bowyer, Jeremy Mayfield, Martin Truex Jr., Michael Waltrip and Todd Bodine each have two victories.
  • Three drivers have won consecutive Monster Energy Opens – Sterling Marlin (1988-89), Michael Waltrip (1991-92) and Clint Bowyer (2014-15).
  • Last season’s Monster Energy Open was broken into three stages – the Stage 1 winner was Clint Bowyer; the Stage 2 winner was Ryan Blaney; the race winner (Final Stage) was Daniel Suarez.  
  • Ryan Newman won the 2002 Monster Energy Open and the Monster Energy All-Star Race in the same weekend. The only driver to accomplish the feat.