Statistically speaking: a look at Bristol Motor Speedway


The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is slated to take the green flag for race four of the 36-race 2014 season on Sunday with the running of the Food City 500 at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway.

So far, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Brad Keselowski have made their ways to victory lane in the first three races, all but guaranteeing their spots in the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship postseason.

When it comes to Cup racing at Bristol, the Busch brothers, Kurt and Kyle, have it figured out. Each is a five-time winner at Bristol in NASCAR’s premier division. But they’re not the only two drivers who have made their ways into Bristol’s victory lane after Sprint Cup races at the track. Jeff Gordon’s also a five-time winner at BMS.

Below are the Bristol stats for some of NASCAR’s top drivers (statistics courtesy of NASCAR Media Group):

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)
·         Six top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 12.0
·         Average Running Position of 12.7, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 94.8, fifth-best
·         318 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
·         764 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 115.009 mph, fourth-fastest
·         6,393 Laps in the Top 15 (70.9%), third-most
·         483 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), fifth-most

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)
·         Five wins, seven top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 14.0
·         Average Running Position of 14.3, ninth-best
·         Driver Rating of 92.0, sixth-best
·         338 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·         850 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 114.978 mph, sixth-fastest
·         5,657 Laps in the Top 15 (62.8%), seventh-most
·         480 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
·         Five wins, eight top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 9.9
·         Average Running Position of 13.0, fourth-best
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 101.8
·         Series-high 585 Fastest Laps Run
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 115.066 mph, third-fastest
·         6,008 Laps in the Top 15 (66.7%), fifth-most
·         456 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
·         One win, seven top fives, 14 top 10s
·         Average finish of 11.5
·         Average Running Position of 13.6, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.3, 10th-best
·         Series-high 1,003 Green Flag Passes
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 114.918 mph, seventh-fastest
·         5,656 Laps in the Top 15 (62.8%), eighth-most
·         485 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)
·         Two wins, four top fives, seven top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 15.9
·         Average Running Position of 15.1, 12th-best
·         Driver Rating of 87.7, 12th-best
·         340 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 114.798 mph, 11th-fastest
·         5,590 Laps in the Top 15 (62.0%), ninth-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
·         Five wins, 16 top fives, 23 top 10s; five poles
·         Average finish of 12.3
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 9.5
·         Driver Rating of 101.2, third-best
·         409 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 115.110 mph, second-fastest
·         Series-high 7,413 Laps in the Top 15 (82.2%)
·         523 Quality Passes, third-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
·         One win, four top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 16.1
·         Average Running Position of 14.9, 10th-best
·         Driver Rating of 90.3, eighth-best
·         382 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·         833 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 114.874 mph, ninth-fastest
·         4,689 Laps in the Top 15 (58.5%), 12th-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)
·         One win, nine top fives, 12 top 10s
·         Average finish of 13.4
·         Average Running Position of 13.6, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.8, ninth-best
·         285 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
·         887 Green Flag Passes, third-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 114.994 mph, fifth-fastest
·         5,523 Laps in the Top 15 (61.3%), 10th-most
·         406 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
·         One win, seven top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 15.3
·         Average Running Position of 13.2, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 91.4, seventh-best
·         469 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 114.793 mph, 12th-fastest
·         6,247 Laps in the Top 15 (69.3%), fourth-most
·         411 Quality Passes, 11th-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
·         One win, five top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 17.4
·         Driver Rating of 87.9, 11th-best
·         399 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         861 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
·         4,785 Laps in the Top 15 (53.1%), 11th-most
·         443 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
·         Three wins, 11 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 12.5
·         Average Running Position of 10.6, second-best
·         Driver Rating of 101.8, second-best
·         470 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 115.129 mph
·         7,226 Laps in the Top 15 (80.2%), second-most
·         Series-high 563 Quality Passes

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)
·         Two wins, three top fives, three top 10s
·         Average finish of 14.4
·         Average Running Position of 13.2, sixth-best
·         Driver Rating of 94.9, fourth-best
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 114.916 mph, eighth-fastest

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Bristol
Kyle Busch…………………………. 101.8
Matt Kenseth……………………….. 101.8
Jeff Gordon………………………… 101.2
Brad Keselowski……………………. 94.9
Greg Biffle……………………………. 94.8
Kurt Busch……………………………. 92.0
Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 91.4
Denny Hamlin……………………….. 90.3
Kevin Harvick………………………… 89.8
Dale Earnhardt Jr…………………… 89.3
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (18 total) among active drivers at Bristol Motor Speedway

Qualifying/Race Data
2013 pole winner:
Kyle Busch, Toyota
129.535 mph, 14.813 secs. 03-15-13

2013 race winner:
Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet
92.206 mph, (2:53:25), 03-17-13

Track qualifying record:
Kyle Busch, Toyota
129.535 mph, 14.813 secs. 03-15-13

Track race record:
Charlie Glotzbach, Chevrolet
101.074 mph, (2:38:12), 07-11-71

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