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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Go Bowling at The Glen

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Watkins Glen
Kyle Busch…………………………. 111.8
Chase Elliott……………………….. 110.6
Daniel Suarez……………………… 107.9
Erik Jones………………………….. 101.8
Brad Keselowski……………………. 99.4
Martin Truex Jr……………………… 97.9
William Byron……………………….. 94.5
Kurt Busch…………………………… 92.8
Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 91.1
Kevin Harvick……………………….. 89.8
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2018 races (14 total) among active drivers at Watkins Glen International.

 At Watkins Glen International:

History

  • After several events were held on the streets of Watkins Glen, a permanent facility was opened in 1956.
  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International was in 1957, won by Buck Baker (83.064 mph, 08/04/1957).
  • After a six-year absence, NASCAR returned to The Glen in 1964 and 1965.
  • Then after a 21-year absence, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to The Glen and has run one race a year there since 1986.
  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen was scheduled for 101.2-miles in 1957, the second race was 161.7-miles (1964) and the third race was 151.8-miles (1965). Every race since has been scheduled for 220.5-miles.
  • The famous road course underwent a repave in 2015.
  • There have been 36 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International.

Starts

  • A total of 280 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International; 170 have competed in more than one.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the series all-time in starts at Watkins Glen with 24.
  • Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick lead all active series drivers in starts at Watkins Glen with 18 starts each.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett (two starts) leads the series in average starting position at Watkins Glen with a 2.0.    
  • Among drivers with more than 10 starts, Tony Stewart (16 starts) leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Watkins Glen with a 5.875.
  • Kyle Busch (14 starts) leads the series among active drivers in average starting position at Watkins Glen with a 7.071.

Poles

  • A total of 21 different Monster Energy Series drivers have won the pole at Watkins Glen International; four of the 21 are entered this weekend.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt (1990, ‘92, ’96), Mark Martin (1993, ’94, ’95) and Jeff Gordon (1998, ’03, ’14) lead the series in poles at Watkins Glen with three each.
  • Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in poles at Watkins Glen with two (2011 and 2017).
  • Driver/owner Buck Baker won the inaugural Busch Pole Award at Watkins Glen in 1957 with a speed of 87.071 mph. He went on to win the inaugural race from the pole.
  • Five drivers have won multiple poles in the Monster Energy Series at WGI –Kyle Busch is the only active driver with multiple WGI poles (two).
  • Mark Martin is the only Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver to post consecutive Busch poles at Watkins Glen (three) – 1993, 1994, and 1995.
  • Youngest Watkins Glen pole winner: Kyle Busch (08/15/2011 – 26 years, 3 months, 13 days).
  • Oldest Watkins Glen pole winner: Morgan Shepherd (08/13/1989 – 47 years, 10 months, 1 day).
  • New York native Todd Bodine is the only driver in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history to get his first career pole at Watkins Glen International – August 10, 1997.  
  • Seven different manufacturers have won at least one Monster Energy Series Busch Pole Award at Watkins Glen; led by Chevrolet with 14 poles, followed by Ford (8), Toyota (four), Dodge, Mercury, Oldsmobile and Pontiac (one each).
  • A total of 47 different Monster Energy Series drivers have won at least one pole on a road course; six are active this weekend.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip leads the series in road course poles with nine – all at Riverside International Raceway (1980, three in 1981, 1982, two in 1983, 1985 and 1986).
  • Kyle Larson and Kurt Busch lead all active drivers in road course poles with three each.

Wins   

  • A total of 23 different Monster Energy Series drivers have won at Watkins Glen International, six of the 23 are active this weekend.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart leads the Monster Energy Series in wins at Watkins Glen with five victories (2002, ’04, ’05, ’07 and ’09).  
  • Kyle Busch leads all active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers in wins at Watkins Glen with two (2008, 2013).
  • Four series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Watkins Glen, including three-consecutive by Mark Martin (1993, ’94, ‘95) and Jeff Gordon (1997, ’98, ‘99). Tony Stewart (2004, 2005) and Marcos Ambrose (2011, 2012) also picked up back-to-back wins.
  • Youngest Watkins Glen winner: Chase Elliott (08/05/2018 – 22 years, 8 months, 8 days).
  • Oldest Watkins Glen winner: Geoff Bodine (08/11/1996 – 47 years, 3 months, 24 days).
  • Nine of the 36 (25%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Watkins Glen have been won from the Busch Pole; the most recent was Kyle Busch in 2008.
  • The Busch Pole position (1st) is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (nine) than any other starting position at Watkins Glen.    
  • None of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Watkins Glen have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Watkins Glen is 18th, by Steve Park in 2000.
  • Six different manufacturers have won in the Monster Energy Series at Watkins Glen; led by Chevrolet with 18 victories; followed by Ford with eight, Pontiac and Toyota with four each and Buick and Mercury each have one.
  • Four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers posted their first career win at Watkins Glen: Steve Park (08/13/2000), Marcos Ambrose (08/15/11), AJ Allmendinger (08/11/14) and Chase Elliott (08/05/2019).
  • All six of the active series winners at Watkins Glen participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane.
  • Martin Truex Jr. (2017) competed at Watkins Glen 11 times before winning; the longest span of any the six active series winners.
  • Kurt Busch leads the series among active drivers with the most Monster Energy Series starts at Watkins Glen without visiting Victory Lane at 18 starts.
  • A total of 18 different organizations have won in the Monster Energy Series at Watkins Glen International.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing and Hendrick Motorsports are tied for the series lead in wins at Watkins Glen International with seven victories each:

o   Joe Gibbs Racing – Tony Stewart (four: 2002, ’04, ’05, ‘07), Kyle Busch (two: 2008, ‘13) and Denny Hamlin (one: 2016).

o   Hendrick Motorsports – Jeff Gordon (four: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001), Ricky Rudd  (1990), Tim Richmond (1986) and Chase Elliott (2018).

  • Jeff Gordon leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in overall road course wins with nine (Sonoma, five; Watkins Glen, four); Tony Stewart has the second most road course wins all-time with eight (Watkins Glen, five; Sonoma, three).
  • Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. lead all active drivers in Monster Energy Series road course wins with four each.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison holds the series record for the most wins at a single road course track with six victories at Riverside International Raceway.

Additional Finishing Position Stats

  • A total of 26 different drivers have finished runner-up in the Monster Energy Series at Watkins Glen, seven of the 26 are active this weekend
  • Brad Keselowski and Mark Martin lead the series in runner-up finishes at Watkins Glen with three second-place finishes each.
  • A total of 76 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished inside the top-five at Watkins Glen, and 14 of the 76 are active this weekend.  
  • Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Watkins Glen with 12 top fives.
  • Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in top-five finishes at Watkins Glen with six.   
  • A total of 114 different drivers have finished in the top-10 in the Monster Energy Series at Watkins Glen, and 16 of 114 are active this weekend/
  • Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Watkins Glen with 16 top 10s.
  • Kyle Busch (second all-time) leads all active drivers in top-10 finishes with 12 top 10s.
  • Buck Baker leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Watkins Glen with a 2.500 in two starts.
  • Daniel Suarez leads all active series drivers in average finishing position at WGI with a 3.5.

Lap Leader Stats

  • A total of 88 different Monster Energy Series drivers have led at least one lap at Watkins Glen.
  • Jeff Gordon leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Watkins Glen with 262 laps led in 24 starts.  
  • Kyle Busch leads the series in laps led at Watkins Glen among active drivers with 247 in 14 starts.
  • The most laps led in a single Monster Energy Series race at Watkins Glen International was 83 laps led by race winner Tony Stewart on Aug. 14, 2005 – the race was scheduled for 90 laps but went to overtime and finished at 92 laps.  
  • The most laps led in a single Monster Energy Series race at Watkins Glen International by a driver that did not win the race was 54 laps led by Dale Earnhardt on Aug. 11, 1996 – he ultimately finished sixth in the event.

Track/Event Specific Stats

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring (in 1993) the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Watkins Glen is the 2001 race won by Jeff Gordon over Jeff Burton with a MOV of 0.172 second. Last season’s race was largest margin of victory in track history with Chase Elliott beating Martin Truex Jr. to the finish line by 7.560 seconds.
  • There have been two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races resulting with NASCAR Overtime at Watkins Glen:

NASCAR in New York

  • There has been a total of 104 NASCAR national series races among 15 tracks held in the state of New York.
  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held in the state of New York was at Monroe County Fairgrounds on 07/02/1950 – Curtis Turner won from the pole.

New York in NASCAR

  • A total of 190 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as New York.  
  • 14 of the 190 (7.3%) have posted at least one victory in NASCAR’s national series. Only two of the New York natives have won at Watkins Glen International in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – Geoff Bodine(1996) and Steve Park (2000).

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