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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Ally 400

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Nashville Superspeedway just outside Nashville, Tennessee, going into the Ally 400 on Sunday, June 26 at 5 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

Nashville Speedway Data
Season Race #: 17 of 36 (06-26-22)
Track Size: 1.33-miles
Banking/Turns: 14 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 9 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 6 degrees
Track Type: Concrete D-Shaped Oval
Race Length: 300 laps / 399 miles
Stage 1 Length: 90 laps
Stage 2 Length: 95 laps
Final Stage Length: 115 laps

Track Qualifying Record (2021 Pole Winner):

Aric Almirola, Ford, 161.992 mph, 29.557 secs., June 20, 2021

Track Race Record (2021 Race Winner):

Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 113.792 mph, (03:30:23), June 20, 2021

Nashville Superspeedway Stats & Tidbits:

HISTORY

  • The construction of Nashville Superspeedway was completed in 2001 and was originally owned by Dover Motorsports.
  • The track is a D-shaped concrete oval stretching 1.33-miles in length and is located about 30 miles outside of Nashville, Tennessee in Lebanon.
  • The first NASCAR national series race held at Nashville Superspeedway was a NASCAR Xfinity Series event on April 14, 2001. The first Xfinity race was won by Greg Biffle driving a Ford for RFK Racing.
  • The first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway was on August 10, 2001 and was won by Scott Riggs driving a Dodge for truck owner Jim Smith.
  • Nashville Superspeedway was purchased in 2021 and is currently owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports Inc.
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway was on June 20, 2021 (last season). The event was won by Hendrick Motorsport’s driver and Kyle Larson (Chevrolet).
  • Nashville Superspeedway is the longest concrete surface track on the NASCAR schedule.

STARTS

  • A total of 39 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway.
  • No drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have made their first career start at Nashville Superspeedway:
  • Aric Almirola leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Nashville with a 1.0 in one start.

Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Nashville Superspeedway (All-Time)

Rank All-Time Drivers Average Starting Positions
1 Aric Almirola 1.0
2 Kyle Busch 2.0
3 Joey Logano 3.0
4 William Byron 4.0
5 Kyle Larson 5.0
6 Chase Elliott 6.0
7 Cole Custer 7.0
8 Alex Bowman 8.0
9 Erik Jones 9.0
10 Ryan Blaney 10.0

POLES

  • Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola won the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series pole at Nashville Superspeedway in 2021 with a speed of 161.992 mph (29.557 secs.).
  • Youngest & Oldest Cup Series Nashville pole winner: Aric Almirola (June 20, 2021 – 37 years, 3 months, 6 days).
  • One manufacturer has won a pole at Nashville Superspeedway in the NASCAR Cup Series – Ford (2021).

WINS

  • Hendrick Motorsport’s driver Kyle Larson won the first NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway on June 20, 2021. Larson led 264 of the scheduled 300 laps and won by 4.335 seconds over second. The average time of the inaugural Cup race at Nashville was 3 hours, 30 minutes and 23 seconds with an average speed of 113.792 mph.
  • Youngest & Oldest Cup Series Nashville winner: Chase Elliott (October 21, 2018 – 22 years, 10 months, 23 days).
  • No NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won their first career race at Nashville Superspeedway.
  • The fifth starting position is the most proficient starting spot in the field producing more winners (one) than any other starting position on the grid: Kyle Larson (2021).
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Nashville Superspeedway with one victory – Kyle Larson (2021).
  • One manufacturer has won at Nashville Superspeedway in the NASCAR Cup Series – Chevrolet (2021).

Other NASCAR Series Wins:

  • Four different drivers that are active this weekend in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway have won in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the 1.33-mile track – Kyle Busch (two wins: 2009, 2021), Kevin Harvick (two wins: 2006, 2010), Brad Keselowski (two wins: 2008, 2010) and Joey Logano (one win: 2009),
  • Three different drivers that are active this weekend in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway have won in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the 1.33-mile track – Kyle Busch (two wins: 2010, 2011), Austin Dillon (one win: 2011) and Ryan Preece (one win: 2021).

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS

Runner-Up Finishes:

  • Ross Chastain finished runner-up in the NASCAR Cup Series inaugural race at Nashville Superspeedway.

Top Five Finishes:  

  • A total of five different drivers have finished in the top-five in the NASCAR Cup Series at Nashville Superspeedway.
  • Kyle Larson (1st), Ross Chastain (2nd), William Byron (3rd), Aric Almirola (4th) and Kevin Harvick (5th) finished inside the top-five in the NASCAR Cup Series inaugural race at Nashville Superspeedway.

Top-10 Finishes:

  • A total of 10 different drivers have finished in the top-10 in the NASCAR Cup Series at Nashville Superspeedway.
  • Kyle Larson (1st), Ross Chastain (2nd), William Byron (3rd), Aric Almirola (4th), Kevin Harvick (5th), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (6th), Daniel Suarez (7th), Kurt Busch (8th), Christopher Bell (9th) and Joey Logano (10th) finished inside the top-10 in the NASCAR Cup Series inaugural race at Nashville Superspeedway.

Average Finish

  • Kyle Larson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finish at Nashville Superspeedway with an 1.0 in one start.

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Nashville Superspeedway (All-Time)

Rank All-Time Drivers Average Finishing Position
1 Kyle Larson 1.0
2 Ross Chastain 2.0
3 William Byron 3.0
4 Aric Almirola 4.0
5 Kevin Harvick 5.0
6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 6.0
7 Daniel Suárez 7.0
8 Kurt Busch 8.0
9 Christopher Bell 9.0
10 Joey Logano 10.0

LAP LEADERS

  • A total of seven different drivers have led at least one lap in the NASCAR Cup Series at Nashville Superspeedway.
  • Kyle Larson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Nashville Superspeedway with 264 laps led in one start.

Lap Leaders in the NASCAR Cup Series at Nashville Superspeedway

Rank Lap Leaders Laps Led Laps Completed % Laps Led Races
1 Kyle Larson 264 300 88.0% 1
2 Chase Elliott 13 300 4.3% 1
3 Kyle Busch 10 300 3.3% 1
4 Chase Briscoe 5 227 2.2% 1
5 Ross Chastain 4 300 1.3% 1
6 Kurt Busch 3 300 1.0% 1
7 Aric Almirola 1 300 0.3% 1
  • The most & fewest laps led by the winner of a NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway was 264 of the scheduled 300 laps (88.0%) on June 20, 2021 by Kyle Larson. He started the race in fifth.
  • The most laps led by a driver that did not win a NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway was 13 of the scheduled 300 (4.3%) on June 20, 2021, by Chase Elliott; he ultimately finished the race 39th after being disqualified during post-race inspection.

FEMALE COMPETITORS

  • No female competitors have competed in the NASCAR Cup Series at Nashville Superspeedway.

 TRACK & EVENT SPECIFIC STATS

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Nashville Superspeedway is 4.335-second. The race was held on June 20, 2021 – the inaugural series event – Kyle Larson beat Ross Chastain (runner-up).
  • The inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway did not result in NASCAR Overtime.
  • The inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway was not shortened due to weather conditions.
  • Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Cup Series at Nashville Superspeedway.
  • The NASCAR Cup Series Nashville Superspeedway race has never been postponed to another date due to weather conditions.
  • The most lead changes in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway was 14 on June 20, 2021.
  • The most leaders in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville was seven on June 20, 2021.

 NASCAR IN TENNESSEE

  • A total of 362 NASCAR national series races among nine tracks have been held in the state of Tennessee.
Track Name City Cup Xfinity Truck Combined First Year
Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol 121 78 24 223 1961
Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville 42 9 5 56 1958
Nashville Superspeedway Lebanon 1 22 14 37 2001
Memphis Motorsports Park Memphis 0 11 12 23 1998
Smokey Mountain Raceway Maryville 12 0 0 12 1965
Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Bristol 2 0 2 4 2021
Kingsport Speedway Kingsport 3 0 0 3 1969
Chattanooga International Raceway Chattanooga 2 0 0 2 1962
Tennessee-Carolina Speedway Newport 2 0 0 2 1956
Totals 185 120 57 362
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race held in Tennessee was at Tennessee-Carolina Speedway on October 7, 1956 and won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Fireball Roberts.

TENNESSEE DRIVERS IN NASCAR

  • A total of 109 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Tennessee.
  • 15 drivers from Tennessee have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series; totaling 154 wins across all three series.

Tennessee Drivers In NASCAR with Wins

Tennessee Race Winners Cup Xfinity Truck Combined
Darrell Waltrip 84 13 0 97
Sterling Marlin 10 2 0 12
Bobby Hamilton 4 1 10 15
Joe Lee Johnson 2 0 0 2
Trevor Bayne 1 2 0 3
Paul Lewis 1 0 0 1
Bobby Hamilton Jr 0 5 0 5
Josh Berry 0 4 0 4
Jeff Purvis 0 4 0 4
L.D. Ottinger 0 3 0 3
Mike Alexander 0 2 0 2
Casey Atwood 0 2 0 2
Brad Teague 0 1 0 1
Chad Chaffin 0 0 2 2
John King 0 0 1 1
Total 102 39 13 154
  • Darrell Waltrip, from Franklin, Tennessee, was inducted into the 2012 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Waltrip is the only Tennessee native driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series championship.
  • Only two of the 15 winning drivers from Tennessee have won at least one race in the NASCAR Cup Series at a track located in the state of Tennessee: Darrell Waltrip (Bristol, 12 wins; Nashville, eight wins) and Joe Lee Johnson (Nashville, one win).

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