Statistically speaking: a look at Kentucky Speedway


The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series goes night racing this weekend in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Matt Kenseth heads into the race as the defending winner.

Kenseth is among the drivers still in search of his first win of 2014. Kentucky Speedway may be the perfect place for him to change that. He’s not only the defending race winner at Kentucky, he boasts stats that include three top-10 finishes three races at Kentucky.

Kentucky Speedway’s history when it comes to Sprint Cup racing is short, as there’s only been three Cup races at the Northern Kentucky track. Other Cup winners at Kentucky, aside from Kenseth, are Brad Keselowski (2012) and Kyle Busch, who won the first race at the track in 2011. Despite not being one of the three winners at the track, Johnson leads the way in driver ratings at Kentucky Speedway at 125.9.

Here’s a look at how some of the top drivers have fared at Kentucky the past three years:

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)

· Two top 10s

· Average finish of 11.3

· Average Running Position of 13.3, 10th-best

· Driver Rating of 90.6, 10th-best

· 21 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

· 202 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 170.530 mph, 12th-fastest

· 92 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), ninth-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

· One win, two top fives, three top 10s

· Average finish of 5.3

· Average Running Position of 5.4, second-best

· Driver Rating of 125.2, second-best

· 104 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 171.765 mph, second-fastest

· 740 Laps in the Top 15 (92.4%), third-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

· One top five, one top 10

· Average finish of 15.3

· Average Running Position of 9.8, fourth-best

· Driver Rating of 94.5, seventh-best

· 20 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 170.987 mph, sixth-fastest

· 643 Laps in the Top 15 (80.3%), fourth-most

· 104 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· One top five, three top 10s

· Average finish of 7.7

· Average Running Position of 13.2, ninth-best

· Driver Rating of 91.8, eighth-best

· 31 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

· 230 Green Flag Passes, third-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 170.854 mph, seventh-fastest

· 514 Laps in the Top 15 (64.2%), ninth-most

· 119 Quality Passes, second-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

· One top five, one top 10

· Average finish of 16.3

· Average Running Position of 12.5, sixth-best

· Driver Rating of 98.1, sixth-best

· 34 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 171.223 mph, fifth-fastest

· 531 Laps in the Top 15 (66.3%), eighth-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)

· One top 10

· Average finish of 12.3

· Average Running Position of 12.2, fifth-best

· Driver Rating of 90.5, 11th-best

· 225 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 170.830 mph, eighth-fastest

· 628 Laps in the Top 15 (78.4%), fifth-most

· 110 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· One top five, three top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 6.0

· Series-best Average Running Position of 3.9

· Series-best Driver Rating of 125.9

· Series-high 118 Fastest Laps Run

· Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 172.196 mph

· Series-high 783 Laps in the Top 15 (97.8%)

· 108 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· One top five, one top 10

· Average finish of 8.7

· Average Running Position of 14.0, 12th-best

· Driver Rating of 98.2, fifth-best

· 52 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

· Series-high 313 Green Flag Passes

· Average Green Flag Speed of 171.289 mph, fourth-fastest

· 472 Laps in the Top 15 (58.9%), 11th-most

· 116 Quality Passes, third-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

· One win, one top five, three top 10s

· Average finish of 4.7

· Average Running Position of 8.3, third-best

· Driver Rating of 109.3, third-best

· 67 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 171.542 mph, third-fastest

· 775 Laps in the Top 15 (96.8%), second-most

· Series-high 157 Quality Passes

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)

· One win, one top five, two top 10s

· Average finish of 13.7

· Average Running Position of 13.2, eighth-best

· Driver Rating of 104.8, fourth-best

· 72 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

· 573 Laps in the Top 15 (71.5%), sixth-most

Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)

· One top five, one top 10

· Average finish of 13.3

· Driver Rating of 87.2, 12th-best

· 202 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most

· 92 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet)

· Two top 10s

· Average finish of 11.0

· Average Running Position of 12.6, seventh-best

· Driver Rating of 90.7, ninth-best

· 203 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 170.746 mph, ninth-fastest

· 555 Laps in the Top 15 (69.3%), seventh-most

· 101 Quality Passes, eighth-most

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Kentucky

Jimmie Johnson…………………… 125.9

Kyle Busch…………………………. 125.2

Matt Kenseth……………………….. 109.3

Brad Keselowski………………….. 104.8

Kasey Kahne………………………… 98.2

Denny Hamlin……………………….. 98.1

Carl Edwards………………………… 94.5

Jeff Gordon………………………….. 91.8

Martin Truex Jr………………………. 90.7

Kurt Busch……………………………. 90.6

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