Crunching The Numbers: 2017 Go Bowling 400

With Talladega now behind them, teams head to Kansas Speedway for the Go Bowling 400. This will be the first night race for teams this season. Tune in Saturday, May 13th @ 7:30pm (EST) on Fox Sports 1 to find out who will come out on top Saturday night.

Kansas Speedway Track Specs

  • Track Configuration: 1.5 Quad-Oval
  • Scheduled Laps: 267 (400.5 miles)
    • Stage 1 End Lap: 80
    • Stage 2 End Lap: 160
  • Turns 1 – 4 banking: 17° – 20°
  • Frontstretch
    • Length: 2,721 feet
    • Banking: 10° Tri-Oval
  • Backstretch
    • Length: 2,207 feet
    • Banking: 5.5°

Trends of the Race

Kansas Speedway began hosting a Spring race in 2011

  • Overtime: 0
  • Caution Finishes: 0
  • Rain Shortened: 0

Trending of the past 5 Spring races:

  • Margin of Victory 0.512 seconds
  • 7 cautions
    • Lap 28 for the first caution
    • Lap 222 for the final caution (45 laps before the end)
  • 17 drivers on the lead lap

Go Bowling 400 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 10.5
  • Average laps lead: 113 laps (42.4% of the race)
  • 16.7% of pole winners find their way to victory lane
  • Most laps led by a pole sitter is 163 by Matt Kenseth
    • He went on to win the race in 2013

Go Bowling 400 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 11.3
    • Brad Keselowski started from P25 in 2011, the furthest back a race winner has started
  • 33.3% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 50.0% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 49 laps (18.2% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Brad Keselowski & Jeff Gordon lead 9 laps (3.4% of the race) in 2011 & 2014 respectively
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Matt Kenseth led 163 laps (61.1% of the race) in 2013
  • There have been 6 different race winners from 4 different teams since 2011
    • The Spring race at Kansas Speedway has produced a new winner each year
    • Joe Gibbs Racing leads the field with 3 wins

Team & Manufacturer Statistics

Who would have thought that the best teams this season are currently two car teams? Team Penske leads the charge with the best average finish, average start, and wins. Chip Ganassi Racing is not far behind Team Penske. With his win this past weekend at Talladega, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. certainly helped Roush Fenway Racing’s numbers. Hendrick Motorsports is the best of the larger teams.

Joe Gibbs Racing may have the most wins at the track, but can they stop the two car teams from dominating this season? Can Joe Gibbs Racing finally grab their first win of the season?

Go Bowling 500 Predictions & Analysis

The defending race winner is Kyle Busch, who is still looking for his first victory of the season. 5 of the 6 drivers to win at Kansas in the Spring are still racing; can any of them become the first two-time winner at the Spring race at Kansas Speedway?

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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