Crunching The Numbers: 2017 Daytona 500

Welcome to the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the 59th running of the Daytona 500!

Daytona International Speedway Track Specs

  • Track Configuration: 2.5 Mile Tri-Oval
    • Scheduled Laps: 200 (500 miles)
  • Turns 1 – 4 banking: 31°
  • Frontstretch
    • Length: 3,800 feet
    • Banking: 18°
  • Backstretch
    • Length: 3,000 feet
    • Banking: 6°

Trends of the Race

  • Overtime: 7 times since 2004; most recently in 2015
  • Caution Finishes: 4 times since 2004; most recently in 2015
  • Rain Shortened: 2009

Trending of the past 5 races:

  • Margin of Victory 0.1167 seconds
  • 7 cautions
    • Lap 19 for the first caution
    • Lap 196 for the final caution
  • 26 drivers on the lead lap

Past Daytona 500 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 18.15
  • No pole winners have gone on to win the race
  • Average laps lead: 12 laps (5.92% of the race)

 

Past Daytona 500 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 14.6
    • Matt Kenseth started from P39 in 2009, the furthest back a race winner has started
  • 23.08% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
    • The mode, or most common, starting position of the race winner is P9
  • 53.85% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 29.6  laps (14.81% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Jamie McMurray led 2 laps (1% of the race) in 2010
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Denny Hamlin led 95 laps (47.5% of the race) in 2016
  • There have been 10 different race winners from 8 different teams since 2004
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, & Matt Kenseth leadsthe [active] field with 2 wins a piece
    • Hendrick Motorsports lead the field with 4 wins

 

Team & Manufacturer Stats

Once the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series gets a few weeks in, the 2017 stats will start to appear. For now, we will go off momentum from 2016. That said, here is a look at how the teams (from 2016) ended up, and how they have faired in the Daytona 500 as well as at Daytona. The same goes for manufacturers (note that this still counts as Stewart-Haas Racing as Chevrolet).

 

Daytona 500 Predictions & Analysis

In 2016, Austin Dillon has the best average finish on restrictor plates, followed by Joey Logano and Kyle Busch. Can Dillon ride that momentum and capitalize it with a Daytona 500 trophy?

 

There you have it folks; the Daytona 500 Crunching the Numbers segment. Lets start the new year off with a bang; and see how these segments will turn out!

 

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