Crunching The Numbers: 2016 Intermediate Tracks

38.9% of the NASCAR season is made up of Intermediate tracks; tracks more than 1 mile in length but less than 2 miles in length. So, it is no mystery as to why teams put so much time and effort into making these cars the best they can be.

The Intermediate Tracks on the circuit are: Atlanta, Las Vegas, Texas (x2), Kansas (x2), Charlotte (2), Kentucky, Loudon (x2), Darlington, Chicagoland, and Homestead.

A few other fun facts about Intermediate Tracks this season:

  • Average Margin of Victory: 1.281 seconds
    • Closest – Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway @ 0.175 seconds
    • Widest – Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway @ 3.904 seconds
  • Average Speed: 134.524 mph
    • Slowest – New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway [Loudon] @ 107.416 mph
    • Fastest – Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway @ 160.655 mph
  • Average Drivers on the Lead Lap: 18.4
    • Fewest – Folds Of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with 12
    • Most – New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway [Loudon] with 25
  • Average Number of Lead Changes: 16.4
    • Fewest – Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with 9
    • Most – Folds Of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with 28
  • Average First Caution: Lap 50 (or 16.44% into the race)
  • Average Final Caution: Lap 280 (or 95.32% in the race/4.68% of the race remaining)
    Average Number of Cautions: 7

    • Fewest – Folds Of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with 3
    • Most – Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway with 11
    • Total Caution Laps: 492 (33.5% of all cautions this season)
  • Caution Types:
    • Accidents: 55.3%
    • Debris: 19.1%
    • Spin: 11.7%
    • Competition: 7.4%
    • Fluid: 2.1%
    • Green/Yellow Start: 2.1%
    • Oil: 1.1%
    • Rain: 1.1%
  • Caution Locations:
    • Turn 4: 23.4%
    • Backstretch: 13.8%
    • Turn 2: 18.1%
    • Track: 12.8%
    • Turn 3: 12.8%
    • Front Stretch: 11.7%
    • Turn 1: 7.4%
  • Races that Went into Overtime: 3
    • Folds Of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway
    • Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Rain Shortened: 1
    • AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motorspeedway

Now, we are about to explore who the best drivers were in a few different categories on the intermediate tracks this seasons.

Intermediate Track Winners

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish Wins  Poles
T1 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 5.64 3 2
T1 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10.14 3 1
T3 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7.57 2 1
T3 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 7.93 2 4
T3 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 12.21 2 0
T6 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9.21 1 1
T6 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 12.14 1 2

 

Intermediate Track Wins by Team

 Drivers  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish Wins  Poles
1 Kyle Busch
Matt Kenseth
Carl Edwards
Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7.57 4 4
T2 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 9.79 3 2
T2 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10.14 3 1
T4 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 9.21 2 6
T4 Brad Keslowski Team Penske Ford 12.14 2 0

 

Top 5 – Best Average Finish

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish Wins  Poles
1 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7.57 2 1
2 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 7.93 2 4
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 9 0 0
4 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9.21 1 1
5 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 9.79 3 2
6 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10.14 3 1

*Dale Earnhardt Jr. only had 6 starts on Intermediate Tracks this season

Top 5 – Best Average Start

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Start Wins  Poles
1 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 5.64 3 2
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 7.07 2 0
3 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7.21 0 0
4 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7.86 1 2
5 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 8.29 0 0

 

Top 5 – Most Top 5s

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer Top 5s Wins  Poles
1 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 8 0 0
T2 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 7 2 4
T2 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7 3 1
T2 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7 2 1
5 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 5 2 0

 

Top 5 – Most Top 10s

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Top 10s Wins  Poles
1 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 12 2 4
T2 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 11 2 1
T2 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 11 1 1
T4 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 9 0 0
T4 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 9 2 0

 

Top 5 – Most Top 15s

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Top 15s Wins  Poles
1 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 13 2 1
T2 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 12 3 2
T2 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 12 2 4
T2 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 12 1 1
T5 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 11 0 2
T5 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 11 2 0
T5 Kurt Busch Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 11 0 0
T5 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 11 3 1

 

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