Statistically speaking: a look at the Sprint All-Star Race

allstar_14The top stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night for the Sprint All-Star Race. Clint Bowyer, A.J. Allmendinger and Josh Wise are late adds to the All-Star Race field, with Bowyer winning the Sprint Showdon on Friday night to advance, while Allmendinger advanced by finishing second. Wise was moved on to the All-Star event by winning the fan vote.

Six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson has been tops, as far as All-Star racing goes, in recent years, as he’s won the last two events. In all, Johnson has won the All-Star Race four times. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jeff Gordon, has won the event three times.

Here’s a look at how some of the top drivers have fared in the Sprint All-Star Race (stats courtesy of NASCAR Statistical Services):

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)
·         Two top fives, three top 10s
·         Average finish of 13.5
·         Average Running Position of 10.5, 11th-best
·         Driver Rating of 78.4, 12th-best
·         34 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·         211 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 179.280 mph, ninth-fastest
·         581 Laps in the Top 15 (69.2%), 10th-most
·         183 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 11th-most
Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)
·         One win, five top fives, seven top 10s
·         Average finish of 10.3
·         Average Running Position of 8.7, fourth-best
·         Driver Rating of 86.4, fifth-best
·         48 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         267 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 179.310 mph, seventh-fastest
·         676 Laps in the Top 15 (80.5%), fifth-most
·         246 Quality Passes, sixth-most
 
 
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
·         Three top fives, four top 10s; three poles
·         Average finish of 11.3
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 6.5
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 110.3
·         80 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 180.575 mph
·         639 Laps in the Top 15 (85.2%), seventh-most
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)
·         One win, three top fives, five top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 11.1
·         Average Running Position of 10.4, 10th-best
·         Driver Rating of 82.8, sixth-best
·         59 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 179.187 mph, 10th-fastest
·         586 Laps in the Top 15 (77.1%), eighth-most
·         178 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
·         Three wins, six top fives, nine top 10s
·         Average finish of 9.7
·         Average Running Position of 8.8, sixth-best
·         Driver Rating of 81.6, eighth-best
·         53 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         282 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 179.684 mph, fifth-fastest
·         Series-high 776 Laps in the Top 15 (92.4%)
·         258 Quality Passes, third-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
·         Four wins, eight top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 6.2
·         Average Running Position of 6.9, second-best
·         Driver Rating of 106.3, second-best
·         Series-high 143 Fastest Laps Run
·         275 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 180.223 mph, second-fastest
·         735 Laps in the Top 15 (87.5%), second-most
·         248 Quality Passes, fifth-most
 
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
·         One win, two top fives, four top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 11.5
·         Average Running Position of 10.9, 12th-best
·         Driver Rating of 79.7, ninth-best
·         43 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
·         284 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 179.366 mph, sixth-fastest
·         586 Laps in the Top 15 (69.8%), eighth-most
·         243 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
·         One win, five top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 6.5
·         Average Running Position of 8.7, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 88.3, third-best
·         44 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·         286 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 179.295 mph, eighth-fastest
·         692 Laps in the Top 15 (82.4%), fourth-most
·         253 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)
·         Two top fives, three top 10s
·         Average finish of 4.3
·         Average Running Position of 8.4, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 87.3, fourth-best
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 179.726 mph, fourth-fastest
Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)
·         Average finish of 14.8
·         Average Running Position of 12.7
·         Driver Rating of 63.5, 23rd-best
·         211 Green Flag Passes
·         391 Laps in the Top 15 (67.4%)
Ryan Newman (No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet)
·         One win, three top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 9.6
·         Average Running Position of 9.5, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 79.1, 11th-best
·         21 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
·         304 Green Flag Passes, second-most
·         710 Laps in the Top 15 (84.5%), third-most
·         266 Quality Passes, second-most
 
Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet)
·         Average finish of 12.5
·         Average Running Position of 14.8
·         Driver Rating of 64.6, 21st-best
·         128 Green Flag Passes
·         184 Laps in the Top 15 (49.7%)
 
Brian Vickers (No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota)
·         One top five, one top 10
·         Average finish of 9.3
·         Driver Rating of 79.6, 10th-best
·         64 Green Flag Passes
·         113 Laps in the Top 15 (66.5%)
  
Top 10 All-Star Driver Ratings 
Kyle Busch…………………………. 110.3
Jimmie Johnson…………………… 106.3
Matt Kenseth………………………… 88.3
Joey Logano………………………… 87.3
Kurt Busch……………………………. 86.4
Carl Edwards………………………… 82.8
Joe Nemechek………………………. 82.4
Jeff Gordon………………………….. 81.6
Kasey Kahne………………………… 79.7
Brian Vickers………………………… 79.6
 
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 NASCAR Sprint All-Star races (nine total).

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