Crunching The Numbers: 2016 Short Tracks

With the second most visits, Short Tracks make up 27.8% of the NASCAR season; tracks that are 1 mile or shorter. One team dominated the short tracks this season; can you guess before reading on?

The Short Tracks on the circuit are: Bristol (x2), Dover (x2), Martinsville (x2), Phoenix (x2), and Richmond (x2). I think that many fans would love to see more short tracks during the year because they usually produce fantastic racing and close results.

A few other fun facts about Short Tracks this season:

  • Average Margin of Victory: 1.425 seconds
    • Closest – Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway @ 0.01 seconds
    • Widest – Citizen Solider 400 at Dover International Speedway @ 7.527 seconds
  • Average Speed: 95.748 mph
    • Slowest – Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway @ 77.968 mph
    • Fastest – Citizen Solider 400 at Dover International Speedway @ 130.969 mph
  • Average Drivers on the Lead Lap: 17.6
    • Fewest – Citizen Solider 400 at Dover International Speedway with 6
    • Most – Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway with 26
  • Average Number of Lead Changes: 15.4
    • Fewest – Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway with 7
    • Most – Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway with 23
  • Average First Caution: Lap 42 (or 10.20% into the race)
  • Average Final Caution: Lap 363 (or 83.96% in the race/16.04% of the race remaining)
    Average Number of Cautions: 9

    • Fewest – Citizen Solider 400 at Dover International Speedway with 4
    • Most – Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway with 16
    • Total Caution Laps: 621 (42.3% of all cautions this season)
  • Caution Types:
    • Accidents: 64.8%
    • Debris: 19.8%
    • Spin: 7.7%
    • Fluid: 4.4%
    • Competition: 2.2%
    • Oil: 1.1%
  • Caution Locations:
    • Turn 2: 31.9%
    • Turn 3: 18.7%
    • Front Stretch: 13.2%
    • Turn 1: 13.2%
    • Track: 8.8%
    • Turn 4: 8.8%
    • Backstretch: 5.5%
  • Races that Went into Overtime: 3
    • Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway
    • Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway
    • Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway
  • Rain Shortened: 0

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

Short Track Winners

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish Wins  Poles
T1 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 11.2 2 2
T1 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 14.5 2 2
T2 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9.8 1 1
T2 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 10.5 1 1
T2 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 13.2 1 1
T2 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 13.5 1 0
T2 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 13.8 1 1
T2 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 17.1 1 0

 

Short Track Wins by Team

 Drivers  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish Wins  Poles
1 Carl Edwards
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Matt Kenseth
Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 13.7 5 4
2 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 11.2 2 2
T3 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 10.5 1 2
T3 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 13.5 1 1
T3 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row racing Toyota 13.8 1 1

 

Top 5 – Best Average Finish

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish Wins  Poles
1 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9.8 1 1
T2 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 10.5 1 1
T2 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10.5 0 0
4 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10.75 0 0
5 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 11.2 2 2
6 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 12.4 0 0

*Jeff Gordon only had 8 starts on Short Tracks this season

Top 5 – Best Average Start

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Start Wins  Poles
1 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4.9 1 1
2 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6.8 1 1
3 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 7.0 1 1
4 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7.8 2 2
5 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7.9 1 0

 

Top 5 – Most Top 5s

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish Top 5s Wins  Poles
1 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 13.2 6 1 2
2 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 11.2 5 2 2
T3 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9.8 4 1 1
T3 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 12.6 4 0 1
T3 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 13.5 4 0 0

 

Top 5 – Most Top 10s

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish  Top 10s Wins  Poles
1 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9.8 8 1 1
T2 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 10.5 7 1 1
T2 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 13.2 7 1 1
T4 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 11.2 6 2 2
T4 Kurt Busch Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 12.5 6 0 0

 

Top 5 – Most Top 15s

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish  Top 15s Wins  Poles
T1 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9.8 8 1 1
T1 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 10.5 8 1 1
T1 Kurt Busch Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 12.5 8 0 0
T1 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10.5 6 0 0
T5 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 11.2 7 2 2
T5 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 13.2 7 1 1
T5 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 13.5 7 1 0
T5 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 13.8 7 1 1
T5 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 12.6 7 0 1
T5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 12.4 7 0 0
T5 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 13.5 7 0 0

 

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