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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Quaker State 400

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Kentucky
Kyle Busch…………………………….. 124.4
Brad Keselowski…………………….. 109.6
Martin Truex Jr………………………. 105.7
Kevin Harvick…………………………. 105.5
Erik Jones……………………………….. 99.2
Jimmie Johnson……………………….. 95.1
Ryan Blaney……………………………. 94.7
Joey Logano……………………………. 91.2
Chase Elliott…………………………….. 90.5
Kurt Busch………………………………. 89.3
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2018 races
(eight total) among active drivers at Kentucky Speedway.

At Kentucky Speedway:

History

  • In 1998, the track broke ground in Sparta, Kentucky, and opened as a 1.5-mile speedway in 2000.
  • The original owners, Jerry Carroll and four other investors owned the track until 2008, when current owners, Speedway Motorsports Inc. purchased the facility.
  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was held at Kentucky Speedway in 2011 – won by Kyle Busch.
  • The first NASCAR Xfinity Series race was held at Kentucky Speedway in 2001 – won by Kevin Harvick.
  • The first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race was held at Kentucky Speedway in 2000 – won by Greg Biffle.
  • During the 2016 season, the track underwent a repave. The banking in Turns 1 and 2 were increased to 17 degrees.
  • There have been eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway since the first race in 2011 – one race per season.

Starts

  • A total of 86 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway; 63 have competed in more than one.
  • 17 different drivers have made all eight series starts at Kentucky Speedway.
  • Brad Keselowski (eight starts) leads all drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Kentucky with a 5.125.

Poles

  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying session at Kentucky Speedway was cancelled due to weather. The starting line-up was set per the Rule Book – Kyle Busch started from first.
  • Jimmie Johnson (2012), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2013), Brad Keselowski (2014), Kyle Busch (2017) and Martin Truex Jr. are the five Monster Energy drivers that have won Busch poles at Kentucky; four of the five are active this weekend.
  • 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 and 2018).

Wins

  •  A total of four different Monster Energy Series drivers have won at Kentucky Speedway; three are active this weekend.  
  • Brad Keselowski leads the series in wins at Kentucky with three; followed by Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. with two each.  
  • 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).
  • The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field producing more winners (three) than any other position on the grid.
  • Brad Keselowski (2014) and Martin Truex Jr. (2018) won at Kentucky in the Monster Energy Series from the Busch pole.
  • Kyle Busch won the inaugural Monster Energy Series race at Kentucky from the first starting position; due to the qualifying session being cancelled for the 2011 race.
  • Five of the eight (62.5%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky have been won from the front row – Three from the first starting position (2011, 2014 and 2018) and two from the second starting position (2016, 2017).
  • Seven of the eight (87.5%) 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.
  • In total three different organizations have won at Kentucky Speedway in the Monster Energy Series.
  • Team Penske (2012, 2014 and 2016) and Joe Gibbs Racing (2011, 2013 and 2015) lead the series in wins at Kentucky with three each. Furniture Row Racing has the other two wins at Kentucky (2017, 2018).
  • Three different manufacturers have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kentucky: Toyota (2011, 2013, 2015 and 2018), Ford (2014, 2016) and Dodge (2012). Kentucky is the only active track Chevrolet does not have a win.

Additional Finishing Position Stats

  • In total eight 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), Kyle Larson (2017) and Ryan Blaney (2018).
  • A total of 21 different Monster Energy Series drivers have posted top-five finishes at Kentucky; led by Kyle Busch with six top fives; followed by Brad Keselowski with four.    
  • A total of 26 different Monster Energy Series drivers have posted top-10 finishes at Kentucky; led by Kyle Busch with seven; followed by Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth with six each.
  • Kyle Busch leads the series in average finishing position at Kentucky with a 5.0.

Track Event Stats

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway was the 2016 event. Only one of the eight races has ended under caution at Kentucky (2017).
  • One of the seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish.
  • None of the seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway three times – 2011, 2015 and 2016 races.
  • Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Kentucky with 549 laps led in eight starts.

Female Competitor Stats

  • Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway.

NASCAR in Kentucky

  • There has been a total of 61 NASCAR national series races among three tracks in the state of Kentucky.
  • The very first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Kentucky was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event held on August 29, 1954 at Corbin Speedway in Corbin, Kentucky. The race was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Lee Petty in a Chrysler.
  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway was on July 9, 2011 – won by Kyle Busch in a Toyota.

Kentucky in NASCAR

  • A total of 43 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Kentucky.
  • Of the 43 Kentucky drivers only six have won in the NASCAR’s national series.