Crunching The Numbers: 2017 Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500

Race #2 of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series brings us to the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. With high speeds and a slick surface, look for some great battles near the ends of stage 1 and stage 2.

Atlanta Motor Speedway Track Specs

  • Track Configuration: 1.54 Mile Quad-Oval
    • Scheduled Laps: 325 (500.5 miles)
  • Stage 1 End Lap: 85
  • Stage 2 End Lap: 170
  • Turns 1 – 4 banking: 24°
  • Frontstretch
    • Length: 2,332 feet
    • Banking: 5°
  • Backstretch
    • Length: 1,800 feet
    • Banking: 5°

Trends of the Race

  • Overtime: 5 times since 2004; most recently in 2016
  • Caution Finishes: 2016
  • Rain Shortened: 0

Trending of the past 5 races:

  • Margin of Victory 0.847 seconds
  • 8 cautions
    • Lap 69 for the first caution
    • Lap 297 for the final caution
  • 16 drivers on the lead lap

Past Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 14.85
  • Kasey Kahne is the only pole winner to go to victory lane
  • Average laps lead: 38.69 laps (11.91% of the race)


Past Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 9.3
    • Jimmie Johnson started from P37 in 2015, the furthest back a race winner has started
  • 38.46% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 76.92% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • The mode, or most common, starting position of the race winner is P7
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 98.2 laps (30.2% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Carl Edwards led 9 laps (2.77% of the race) in 2005
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Kurt Busch led 234 laps (72.0% of the race) in 2009
  • There have been 8 different race winners from 6 different teams since 2004
    • Jimmie Johnson leads the [active] field with 3 wins
    • Hendrick Motorsports lead the field with 5 wins


Team & Manufacturer Statistics

To account for recent performance, the 2017 stats will be included with the 2016 stats until a few races are complete. This will also show us the new teams for 2017.


Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 Predictions & Analysis

After a very rough Daytona, speedweeks included, Jimmie Johnson is probably really looking forward to going to Atlanta. As the defending race winner two-times in a row, could he make it 3 in a row? Or will teammate Chase Elliott continue his speedy streak? Or, will we get another driver to flex their muscles?


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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