Crunching The Numbers: 2016 Super Speedways

Super Speedways are super-fast with a lot of grip, making for drivers going low and insanely high to find the best grove. 16.7% of the season is made up of these Super Speedways and the winners in this category were quite diverse. A Super Speedway is defined as any track 2 miles in length or greater that is not Daytona or Talladega.

The Super Speedways on the circuit are: Fontana, Pocono(x2), Michigan(x2), and Indianapolis.

A few other fun facts about Short Tracks this season:

  • Average Margin of Victory: 1.278 seconds (includes 1 caution finish)
    • Closest – Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway @ 0.772 seconds
    • Widest – Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway @ 2.126 seconds
  • Average Speed: 136.033 mph
    • Slowest – Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway @ 125.49 mph
    • Fastest – Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway @ 162.73 mph
  • Average Drivers on the Lead Lap: 24.7
    • Fewest – Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway with 18
    • Most – Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway with 31
  • Average Number of Lead Changes: 16.2
    • Fewest – Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with 4
    • Most – Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway with 26
  • Average First Caution: Lap 21 (or 11.09% into the race)
  • Average Final Caution: Lap 167 (or 93.01% in the race/6.99% of the race remaining)
  • Average Number of Cautions: 7
    • Fewest – Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway with 4
    • Most – Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway with 10
    • Total Caution Laps: 201 (13.7% of all cautions this season)
  • Caution Types:
    • Accidents: 65.9%
    • Debris: 13.6%
    • Competition: 6.8%
    • Spin: 4.5%
    • Fluid: 2.3%
    • Oil: 2.3%
    • Visibility: 2.3%
    • Weather: 2.3%
  • Caution Locations:
    • Turn 1: 29.5%
    • Track: 18.2%
    • Turn 2: 15.9%
    • Turn 3: 13.6%
    • Backstretch: 11.4%
    • Front Stretch: 9.1%
    • Turn 4: 2.3%
  • Races that Went into Overtime: 2
    • Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway
    • Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Rain Shortened: 1
    • Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway

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

Short Track Winners

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish Wins  Poles
T1 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 10.67 1 2
T1 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 10.83 1 0
T1 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 12.83 1 0
T1 Kurt Busch Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 13.17 1 0
T1 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 20.83 1 1
T2 Chris Buescher Front Row Motorsports Ford 21.33 1 0

 

Top 5 – Best Average Finish

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish Wins  Poles
1 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 5.17 0 0
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 6.33 0 1
3 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10.33 0 0
4 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 10.67 1 2
5 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 10.83 1 0

 

Top 5 – Best Average Start

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Start Wins  Poles
1 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4.67 0 0
2 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 5.67 0 0
3 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 6 0 0
4 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 6.17 1 2
5 Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 6.6 0 0
6 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 8.83 0 0

*Alex Bowman only had 1 start on Super Speedways

 

Top 5 – Most Top 5s

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish Top 5s Wins  Poles
T1 Brad Keselowski Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6.33 4 0 1
T1 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 5.17 4 0 0
T3 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 10.67 3 1 2
T3 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 10.83 3 1 0
T3 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10.33 3 0 0

 

Top 5 – Most Top 10s

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish  Top 10s Wins  Poles
1 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 5.17 6 0 0
T2 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 10.67 5 1 2
T2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 6.33 5 0 1
T2 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 11.83 5 0 0
T5 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 10.83 4 1 0
T5 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10.33 4 0 0
T5 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 11.67 4 0 0

 

Top 5 – Most Top 15s

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish  Top 15s Wins  Poles
1 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 5.17 6 0 0
T2 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 10.67 5 1 2
T2 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 10.83 5 0 0
T2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 6.33 5 0 1
T2 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10.33 5 0 0
T2 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 11.67 5 0 0
T2 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 11.83 5 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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