Crunching The Numbers: 2016 Restrictor Plates

The high speeds and banking of the 2 Restrictor Plate tracks on the schedule are loved and hated; luckily, they make up only 11.1% of the NASCAR season. The Restrictor Plates on the circuit are: Daytona (x2) and Talladega (x2)

A few other fun facts about Restrictor Plates this season:

  • Average Margin of Victory: 0.98 seconds
    • Closest – Daytona 500 @ 0.01 seconds
    • Widest – Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway @ 0.159 seconds
  • Average Speed: 151.961 mph
    • Slowest – Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway @ 140.046 mph
    • Fastest – Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway @ 159.905 mph
  • Average Drivers on the Lead Lap: 27.3
    • Fewest – Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway with 21
    • Most – Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway with 34
  • Average Number of Lead Changes: 28.5
    • Fewest – Daytona 500  with 20
    • Most – Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway with 37
  • Average First Caution: Lap 34 (or 18.30% into the race)
  • Average Final Caution: Lap 179 (or 96.70% in the race/3.30% of the race remaining)
    Average Number of Cautions: 7

    • Fewest – Daytona 500 & Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway with 6
    • Most – Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway with 10
    • Total Caution Laps: 125 (8.5% of all cautions this season)
  • Caution Types:
    • Accidents: 66.8%
    • Debris: 14.8%
    • Fluid: 7.4%
    • Competition: 3.7%
    • Oil: 3.7%
    • Spin: 3.7%
  • Caution Locations:
    • Front Stretch: 29.6%
    • Backstretch: 18.5%
    • Track: 14.8%
    • Turn 1: 14.8%
    • Turn 3: 11.1%
    • Turn 2: 7.4%
    • Turn 4: 3.7%
  • Races that Went into Overtime: 2
    • Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway
    • Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway
  • Rain Shortened: 0

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

Restrictor Plate Winners

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish Wins  Poles
1 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 15 2 0
T2 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 9 1 0
T2 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 13 1 0

 

Restrictor Plate Wins by Team

 Drivers  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish Wins  Poles
1 Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Team Penske Ford 12 3 0
2 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 13 1 0

 

Top 5 – Best Average Finish

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish Wins  Poles
1 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 7 0 0
2 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 9 1 0
3 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9.25 0 0
4 Kurt Busch Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 11.12 0 0
T5 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 12 0 0
T5 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 12 0 0

 

Top 5 – Best Average Start

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Start Wins  Poles
1 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4 0 0
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7.33 0 0
3 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7.5 0 2
4 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8.5 0 0
5 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 8.75 0 0

 

Top 5 – Most Top 5s

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish Top 5s Wins  Poles
1 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9.25 3 0 0
T2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 15 2 2 0
T2 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 9 2 1 0
T2 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 13 2 1 0
T2 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 8.75 2 0 0

 

Top 5 – Most Top 10s

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish  Top 10s Wins  Poles
1 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 7 4 0 0
T2 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 9 3 1 0
T2 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9.25 3 0 0
T2 Kurt Busch Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 11.25 3 0 0
T2 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 12 3 0 0

 

Top 5 – Most Top 15s

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish  Top 15s Wins  Poles
1 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 7 4 0 0
T2 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 9 3 1 0
T2 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9.25 3 0 0
T2 Kurt Busch Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 11.25 3 0 0
T2 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 12 3 0 0
T2 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 13.25 3 0 0
T2 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 15.5 3 0 0
T2 AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 14.5 3 0 0
T2 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 16.25 3 0 0

 

Ashley Hobbs

Birthday: 9 March 1989 (so I do not have to update my age each year)
Location: Florida (Jersey native, born and raised)

What better way to combine 2 of my favorite things, NASCAR and statistics, than providing y'all with an analytical report each weekend during the NASCAR season.

When I am not crunching the numbers, I spend time with my hubby, 3 black cats (Ninja, Daytona, and Chronos), and I watch too much TV, especially Doctor Who. Why yes, I am a geek and proud! So join forces with me and follow my weekly Crunching The Numbers segment. Who knows, I may surprise you!

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