Crunching The Numbers: 2017 Camping World 500

Race #4 of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series keeps us west with the Camping World 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Phoenix International Raceway Track Specs

  • Track Configuration: 1.0 Mile Oval
  • Scheduled Laps: 312 (312 miles/500 km)
    • Stage 1 End Lap: 75
    • Stage 2 End Lap: 150
  • Turns 1 – 2 banking: 10°-11°
  • Turns 3 – 4 banking: 8°-9°
  • Frontstretch
    • Length: 1,179 feet
    • Banking: 3°
  • Backstretch
    • Length: 1,551 feet
    • Banking: 9°

 

Trends of the Race

  • Overtime: 4 times since 2004; most recently in 2016
  • Caution Finishes: 0
  • Rain Shortened: 0

Trending of the past 5 races:

  • Margin of Victory 1.998 seconds
  • 8 cautions
    • Lap 26 for the first caution
    • Lap 278 for the final caution (34 laps before the end)
  • 21 drivers on the lead lap

Trending of the past 10 races:

  • Margin of Victory 1.969 seconds
  • 8 cautions
    • Lap 27 for the first caution
    • Lap 287 for the final caution (25 laps before the end)
  • 19 drivers on the lead lap

Past Camping World 500 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 11.58
  • Average laps lead: 56.17 laps (18% of the race)
  • 33.33% of pole winners find their way to victory lane

Past Camping World 500 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 8.83
    • Jeff Gordon started from P20 in 2011, the furthest back a race winner has started
  • 41.67% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 50% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • The mode, or most common, starting position of the race winner is P1
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 122.3 laps (39.21% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Ryan Newman lead 4 laps (1.28% of the race) in 2006
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Kevin Harvick led 224 laps (71.79% of the race) in 2014 and 2015
  • There have been 9 different race winners from 4 different teams since 2004
    • Kevin Harvick leads the [active] field with 3 wins
      • Harvick is the 3-time defending winner of this race
    • Hendrick Motorsports lead the field with 4 wins

Team & Manufacturer Statistics

This might be the most competitive Ford has been in a long time…

 

Camping World 500 Predictions & Analysis

Can Kevin Harvick make it 4 in a row at Phoenix? He is pretty dominate here, so could it be possible to finally breakthrough in 2017? Or will we see another first-time winner this season?

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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