Crunching The Numbers: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2016

The final race of the NASCAR Spring Cup Series has come and gone and a 7-time champion returned in Jimmie Johnson. We know who won it all, but how about winning other statistical categories? Do you know who led the most laps? How about who had the most top 5 finishes? Who was the best on Intermediate tracks? Those answers are below.

Most Wins: Jimmie Johnson with 5; 4-way tie for second place with 4 wins is Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr.

Manufacturer Wins: Toyota – 16, Chevrolet – 12, Ford – 8

Team Wins: Joe Gibbs Racing – 12, Stewart Haas Racing – 6, Team Penske – 6, Hendrick Motorsports – 5, Furniture Row Racing – 4, Chip Ganassi Racing – 1, Front Row Motorsports – 1

Top 5 – Best Average Finish

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish
1 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 9.92
2 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 10.53
T3 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 11.47
T3 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 11.47
5 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 11.75

 

Top 5 – Best Average Start

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Average Finish
1 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6.28
2 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7.17
3 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 8.08
4 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 9.11
T5 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9.56
T5 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9.56

 

Top 5 – Most Poles

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer Poles
1 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6
T2 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 6
T2 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 5
T4 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3
T4 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 3

 

Top 5 – Most DNFs

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  DNFs
1 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 9
2 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 8
3 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 7
T4 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6
T4 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 6
T4 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 6
T4 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 6

 

Top 5 – Most Top 5s

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Top 5s
T1 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 17
T1 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 17
T3 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 16
T3 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 16
5 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 12

 

Top 5 – Most Top 10s

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Top 10s
1 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 27
2 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 26
3 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 25
T4 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 22
T4 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22

 

Top 5 – Most Top 15s

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Top 15s
T1 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 29
T1 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 29
3 Kurt Busch Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 28
T4 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27
T4 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 27
T4 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27

 

Top 5 – Most Laps Run (Total possible season laps – 10,523)

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Laps Run  % Laps Run  Led
1 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10,355 98.40% 0
2 Kurt Busch Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 10,348 98.34% 238
3 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 10,337 98.23% 549
4 Danica Patrick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 10,326 98.13% 30
5 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10,303 97.91% 918

 

Top 5 – Most Laps Led

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Laps Run  % Laps Led  Run
1 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 1,809 17.19% 10,199
2 Kevin Harvick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 1,384 13.15% 10,215
3 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1,379 13.10% 9,925
4 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 948 9.01% 10,197
5 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 918 8.72% 10,303

 

Top 5 – Most Raced Finished Running at the End

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Races Running At End
1 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 35
T2 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 34
T2 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 34
T2 Kurt Busch Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 34
T2 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 34
T2 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 34
T2 Clint Bowyer Hscott Motorsports Chevrolet 34
T2 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 34
T2 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 34

 

Top 5 – Laps Run While Running at End of Race

 Driver  Team  Manufacturer  Laps
1 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 10,112
2 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10,016
3 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 9,973
4 Clint Bowyer Hscott Motorsports Chevrolet 9,958
5 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 9,915

 

This concludes some driver statistics from the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Stay tuned for more driver statistics in respect to the tracks race upon during this season; Intermediate Tracks, Short Tracks, Super Speedways, Road Courses, and Restrictor Plates.

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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