Statistically speaking: A look at Daytona

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway this weekend for a Saturday night race — the Coke Zero 400. Jimmie Johnson was the victory the last time the circuit visited the track back in February for the 2013 season-opening Daytona 500. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr., finished second.

The last time Sprint Cup drivers raced at a restrictor plate track was in early May at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. On that day, David Ragan, who just happens to be a former Coke Zero 400 winner, gave Front Row Motorsports its first win. Tony Stewart heads into this weekend as the defending Coke Zero 400 race winner.

Here’s a look, statistically speaking, at how some of the circuit’s top drivers have fared at Daytona (stats provided by NASCAR Media Group):

 

Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota)

· Two top fives, six top 10s

· Average finish of 15.5

· Average Running Position of 15.9, seventh-best

· Driver Rating of 86.6, seventh-best

· 68 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

· 3,123 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 188.593 mph, fourth-fastest

· 1,747 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 13th-most

 

Jeff Burton (No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet)

· One win, nine top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 17.4

· Average Running Position of 15.9, eighth-best

· Driver Rating of 84.9, ninth-best

· 68 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

· Series-high 3,588 Green Flag Passes

· Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 188.739 mph

· 1,685 Laps in the Top 15 (54.8%), eighth-most

· 2,069 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

Kurt Busch (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet)

· 10 top fives, 12 top 10s

· Average finish of 18.4

· Average Running Position of 16.7, 11th-best

· Driver Rating of 88.0, sixth-best

· 64 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most

· 3,026 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

· 1,808 Laps in the Top 15 (58.8%), sixth-most

· 2,171 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

· One win, five top fives, six top 10s

· Average finish of 18.9

· Series-best Average Running Position of 12.4

· Series-best Driver Rating of 97.0

· 75 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

· 3,173 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 188.625 mph, second-fastest

· Series-high 2,172 Laps in the Top 15 (70.6%)

· Series-high 2,334 Quality Passes

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Two wins, 10 top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 14.0

· Average Running Position of 14.6, fourth-best

· Driver Rating of 89.3, fourth-best

· 79 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

· 3,435 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 188.596 mph, third-fastest

· 1,958 Laps in the Top 15 (63.7%), second-most

· 2,297 Quality Passes, second-most

 

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

· Four top fives, eight top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 17.5

· Driver Rating of 82.7, 12th-best

· 59 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most

· 3,438 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 188.485 mph, 13th-fastest

· 1,647 Laps in the Top 15 (53.5%), ninth-most

· 2,230 Quality Passes, third-most

 

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Six wins, 12 top fives, 19 top 10s; three poles

· Average finish of 16.1

· Average Running Position of 14.6, fifth-best

· Driver Rating of 88.3, fifth-best

· 2,974 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most

· 1,804 Laps in the Top 15 (58.6%), seventh-most

· 1,913 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

· Two top fives, two top 10s

· Average finish of 20.5

· Average Running Position of 16.3, 10th-best

· Driver Rating of 84.5, 10th-best

· 72 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 188.568 mph, sixth-fastest

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet)

· Two wins, five top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 16.5

· Driver Rating of 82.6, 13th-best

· Series-high 82 Fastest Laps Run

· 3,081 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 188.583 mph, fifth-fastest

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Two wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 18.2

· Average Running Position of 14.5, third-best

· Driver Rating of 85.3, eighth-best

· 1,919 Laps in the Top 15 (62.4%), fourth-most

· 2,040 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

· Two wins, six top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 17.0

· Average Running Position of 14.1, second-best

· Driver Rating of 93.2, second-best

· 73 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

· 1,952 Laps in the Top 15 (63.5%), third-most

· 1,983 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

Ryan Newman (No. 39 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)

· One win, four top fives, five top 10s

· Average finish of 20.5

· Average Running Position of 17.3, 12th-best

· Driver Rating of 82.8, 11th-best

· 62 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most

· 3,191 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 188.488 mph, 12th-fastest

· 1,561 Laps in the Top 15 (50.7%), 11th-most

· 1,780 Quality Passes, 12th-most

 

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)

· Four wins, eight top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 17.0

· Average Running Position of 15.3, sixth-best

· Driver Rating of 93.1, third-best

· 68 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

· 1,836 Laps in the Top 15 (59.7%), fifth-most

 

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Topics: Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR

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