Crunching The Numbers: End of 2016 Team Stats

So far, we have been looking at how the drivers fared at each track type in 2016, with a small look at the top teams, but now we dedicate a segment to just the teams and evaluate them as a whole. In 2016, there were 20 Teams with 62 unique drivers. Michael Waltrip, Ryan Ellis, and Ty Dillon drove for more than 1 team in 2016 so the total Team Members below accounts for that (hence that total of Team Members below adding up to 65).

Season Breakdown:

  • 36 [points] Races
  • 14 Intermediate Track Races: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • 10 Short Track Races: Phoenix International Raceway, Martinsville Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Dover International Speedway
  • 6 Super Speedway Races: Auto Club Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Michigan International Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • 4 Restrictor Plate Races: Daytona International Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway
  • 2 Road Course Races: Sonoma Raceway, Watkins Glen International

 

Overall Team Statistics for 2016:

Team Team Members Average Finish Average Start Wins Poles
BK Racing 6 29.79 31.33 0 0
Chip Ganassi Racing 2 15.26 16.08 1 0
Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing 2 24.33 28.17 0 0
Front Row Motorsports 3 25.97 29.05 1 0
Furniture Row Racing 1 13.89 9.11 4 5
Germain Racing 1 25.61 24.28 0 0
Go FAS Racing 7 33.11 37.37 0 0
Hendrick Motorsports 6 15.13 13.89 5 4
Hscott Motorsports 3 27.76 33.86 0 0
JTG Daugherty Racing 1 17.81 17.17 0 0
Joe Gibbs Racing 4 12.71 8.14 12 11
Premium Motorsports 7 32.14 36.46 0 0
Richard Childress Racing 3 17.86 15.87 0 2
Richard Petty Motorsports 2 25.5 26.1 0 0
Roush Fenway Racing 4 20.39 19.32 0 1
Stewart Haas Racing 6 15.78 16.19 6 8
Team Penske 2 11 8.83 7 5
The Motorsports Group 2 35.2 38.1 0 0
Tommy Baldwin Racing 2 28.45 31.18 0 0
Wood Brothers Racing 1 18.5 14.89 0 0

The only category which Joe Gibbs Racing did not take the bragging rights was the best average finish; but they do get runner up in that category. Clearly, Joe Gibbs Racing was the best of the bunch this season by winning a third of the season and having the pole almost as often.

Intermediate Track Statistics for 2016:

Team Team Members Average Finish Average Start Wins Poles
BK Racing 4 30.34 31.21 0 0
Chip Ganassi Racing 2 16.61 17.11 0 0
Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing 2 26.21 28.57 0 0
Front Row Motorsports 2 26.93 29.75 0 0
Furniture Row Racing 1 9.79 5.64 3 2
Germain Racing 1 26.71 24.86 0 0
Go FAS Racing 3 34.67 37.93 0 0
Hendrick Motorsports 6 13.79 14.11 3 1
Hscott Motorsports 2 27.75 33.79 0 0
JTG Daugherty Racing 1 19.64 16.5 0 0
Joe Gibbs Racing 4 10.8 9.21 4 4
Premium Motorsports 3 33.83 37.58 0 0
Richard Childress Racing 3 16.67 15.81 0 1
Richard Petty Motorsports 2 26.57 26.43 0 0
Roush Fenway Racing 3 21.5 18.69 0 0
Stewart Haas Racing 6 14.84 14.39 2 6
Team Penske 2 12.14 7.68 2 0
The Motorsports Group 1 35.85 38.92 0 0
Tommy Baldwin Racing 2 29 31.93 0 0
Wood Brothers Racing 1 17.36 14.79 0 0

Martin Truex Jr. was by far the best driver on the Intermediate Tracks this season. It is also no shock that his unofficial teammates over at Joe Gibbs Racing had the second best finish at these tracks. The only category Truex Jr. and his unofficial teammates do get the top rating is poles; but they get second on that.

Short Track Statistics for 2016:

Team Team Members Average Finish Average Start Wins Poles
BK Racing 4 27.52 29.04 0 0
Chip Ganassi Racing 2 14.9 14.75 0 0
Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing 1 23.67 28.89 0 0
Front Row Motorsports 2 25.1 28.85 0 0
Furniture Row Racing 1 13.8 11.7 1 1
Germain Racing 1 25.6 23.4 0 0
Go FAS Racing 2 33.1 37.9 0 0
Hendrick Motorsports 6 11.98 13.05 1 1
Hscott Motorsports 3 28.75 35.4 0 0
JTG Daugherty Racing 1 16.1 13.4 0 0
Joe Gibbs Racing 4 13.65 6.85 5 4
Premium Motorsports 4 33.81 36.63 0 0
Richard Childress Racing 3 19.63 16.33 0 0
Richard Petty Motorsports 2 25.15 24.6 0 0
Roush Fenway Racing 3 19.07 21.47 0 0
Stewart Haas Racing 6 16.78 18.25 2 2
Team Penske 2 11.55 9.6 1 2
The Motorsports Group 2 36.1 37.1 0 0
Tommy Baldwin Racing 2 31.36 30.09 0 0
Wood Brothers Racing 1 21.5 15.6 0 0

The Penske duo made sure they made a lot of noise at the short tracks, even if Joe Gibbs Racing swept the other 3 categories; best start, most wins, and most poles.

 

Super Speedway Statistics for 2016:

Team Team Members Average Finish Average Start Wins Poles
BK Racing 3 30.62 32.46 0 0
Chip Ganassi Racing 2 12.33 14.92 1 0
Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing 2 25.5 28.33 0 0
Front Row Motorsports 2 24.5 26 1 0
Furniture Row Racing 1 21.5 9.83 0 1
Germain Racing 1 23.33 26.33 0 0
Go FAS Racing 3 34.5 38.83 0 0
Hendrick Motorsports 6 14.79 14.83 1 0
Hscott Motorsports 2 27.58 33.17 0 0
JTG Daugherty Racing 1 21.5 21 0 0
Joe Gibbs Racing 4 14.08 8.5 1 1
Premium Motorsports 2 31.36 37.73 0 0
Richard Childress Racing 3 18.5 12.94 0 1
Richard Petty Motorsports 2 26.83 27.25 0 0
Roush Fenway Racing 3 21.33 19.67 0 0
Stewart Haas Racing 5 14.96 15.79 1 0
Team Penske 2 8.5 8.17 1 3
The Motorsports Group 1 33 37.6 0 0
Tommy Baldwin Racing 1 22.5 32.33 0 0
Wood Brothers Racing 1 18.83 12.5 0 0

From the short tracks to the larger tracks, Team Penske had both ends of the spectrum covered. While each Super Speedway saw a different winner, Team Penske had the best ratings in the remaining 3 categories; therefore, they earn themselves the sole victors of Super Speedways!

 

Restrictor Plate Statistics for 2016:

Team Team Members Average Finish Average Start Wins Poles
BK Racing 4 30.7 34.9 0 0
Chip Ganassi Racing 2 15.25 20.88 0 0
Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing 2 17.4 30.6 0 0
Front Row Motorsports 3 26 29 0 0
Furniture Row Racing 1 21 14 0 1
Germain Racing 1 29 25 0 0
Go FAS Racing 2 27.8 33.6 0 0
Hendrick Motorsports 5 27 12.25 0 2
Hscott Motorsports 2 23.13 32.75 0 0
JTG Daugherty Racing 1 14.5 29 0 0
Joe Gibbs Racing 4 17.25 7.75 1 0
Premium Motorsports 3 20 31 0 0
Richard Childress Racing 3 16 18.17 0 0
Richard Petty Motorsports 2 19.38 26 0 0
Roush Fenway Racing 4 16.08 11.54 0 1
Stewart Haas Racing 5 19.13 18.81 0 0
Team Penske 2 12 11.63 3 0
Tommy Baldwin Racing 1 25.75 30.25 0 0
Wood Brothers Racing 1 13.25 13.25 0 0

While Team Penske still remained dominate at these large tracks, rookie Ryan Blaney at Wood Brothers Racing made sure to stick close by his unofficial teammates. While Joe Gibbs Racing had the best starting on these 4 tracks, they did not win a single pole! Chase Elliott over at Hendrick Motorsports showed his speed at Daytona and Talladega earlier this year.

 

Road Course Statistics for 2016:

Team Team Members Average Finish Average Start Wins Poles
BK Racing 3 33 32.4 0 0
Chip Ganassi Racing 2 16.5 9.5 0 0
Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing 1 28 15.5 0 0
Front Row Motorsports 2 28 34.5 0 0
Furniture Row Racing 1 6 8.5 0 0
Germain Racing 1 18 17 0 0
Go FAS Racing 2 30.5 35.5 0 0
Hendrick Motorsports 5 17.63 17 0 0
Hscott Motorsports 2 32.75 31 0 0
JTG Daugherty Racing 1 9 5.5 0 0
Joe Gibbs Racing 4 8.13 6.75 1 2
Premium Motorsports 2 32.67 31 0 0
Richard Childress Racing 3 19.17 18.17 0 0
Richard Petty Motorsports 2 28 28 0 0
Roush Fenway Racing 3 25.83 28.83 0 0
Stewart Haas Racing 4 13.13 14.5 1 0
Team Penske 2 5.75 9.5 0 0
The Motorsports Group 1 32 39 0 0
Tommy Baldwin Racing 1 31.5 30 0 0
Wood Brothers Racing 1 21 22.5 0 0

Without winning a Road Course, Team Penske still remained upfront. With only 2 of these tracks each year. it is usually the “road course ringers” that are looked at, but every driver has stepped up their game and much diversity comes from the field now when it comes to racing at Sonoma and Watkins Glen. However, that did not stop AJ Allmendinger of JTG Daugherty Racing from having the best starting position.

Ashley Hobbs

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

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