Crunching The Numbers: 2017 Toyota Owners 400

What’s better than short track racing? Two short track races back-to-back. Sunday, the NASCAR world heads to Richmond International Raceway for the Toyota Owners 400. Will we see some more bumping and hard racing for those extra points? Tune in Sunday, April 30th @ 2pm (EST) on FOX to find out!

Richmond International Raceway Track Specs

  • Track Configuration: 0.75 Mile D-Shaped Oval
  • Scheduled Laps: 400 (300 miles)
    • Stage 1 End Lap: 100
    • Stage 2 End Lap: 200
  • Turns 1 – 4 banking: 14°
  • Frontstretch
    • Length: 1,290 feet
    • Banking: 8°
  • Backstretch
    • Length: 860 feet
    • Banking: 2°
  • Pit Road Speed: 40mph (maximum before speeding penalty is 45mph)

 

Trends of the Race

  • Overtime: 2 times since 2004; most recently in 2013
  • Caution Finishes: 0
  • Rain Shortened: 0

Trending of the past 5 races:

  • Margin of Victory 0.763 seconds
  • 8 cautions
    • Lap 61 for the first caution
    • Lap 380 for the final caution (20 laps before the end)
  • 23 drivers on the lead lap

Trending of the past 10 races:

  • Margin of Victory 1.029 seconds
  • 10 cautions
    • Lap 53 for the first caution
    • Lap 372 for the final caution (28 laps before the end)
  • 20 drivers on the lead lap

Toyota Owners 400 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 9.54
  • Average laps lead: 109.3 laps (27.3% of the race)
  • 23.1% of pole winners find their way to victory lane
  • Most laps led by a pole sitter is 381 by Denny Hamlin; he failed to capture the checkered flag.

Toyota Owners 400 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 9.4
    • Clint Bowyer started from P31 in 2008, the furthest back a race winner has started
  • 61.5% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 61.5% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • The mode, or most common, starting position of the race winner is P1 and P4
    • Each position has 3 wins since 2004
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 120.5 laps (30.1% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Kevin Harvick lead 3 laps (0.75% of the race) in 2013
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Kurt Busch led 291 laps (72.6% of the race) in 2015
  • There have been 10 different race winners from 8 different teams since 2004
    • Kyle Busch leads the [active] field with 4 wins
    • Joe Gibbs Racing lead the field with 5 wins

Team & Manufacturer Statistics

So, how long ago was it that the media was questioning Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus? It was up until he won in Texas; now, they won’t stop praising the guy as he has back-t0-back victories this season. Can he keep that momentum rolling into Richmond International Raceway? Or will Kyle Busch add another trophy to his case from there?

Toyota Owners 400 Predictions & Analysis

Last year’s Toyota Owners 400 winner, Carl Edwards, will not be in the field. Last year’s runner-up was Kurt Busch; can he add another victory to his chart this year?

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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