Crunching The Numbers: 2017 I Love New York 355

The second road course race of the year is upon us; I Love New York 355 from Watkins Glen. This is the last time drivers will make right-hand turns. It is also a last shot for some drivers, like AJ Allmendinger, to crack their way into the Playoffs.

Watkins Glen Track Specs

  • Track Configuration: 2.45 Mile Road Course
  • Scheduled Laps: 90 (220.5 miles/355 kilometers)
    • Stage 1 End Lap: 20
    • Stage 2 End Lap: 40
  • 7 Turns with variable banking of 6° – 10°
  • Frontstretch
    • Length: 2,141 feet
  • Backstretch
    • Length: 1,839 feet

I Love New York 355 Trends of the Race

  • Overtime: 2005 & 2011
  • Caution Finishes: 2011
  • Rain Shortened: N/A

Trending of the past 5 Summer races:

  • Margin of Victory 1.911 seconds
  • 6 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 17
    • Final Caution: Lap 78 (12 laps to go)
  • 29 drivers on the lead lap

Trending of the past 10 Summer races:

  • Margin of Victory 2.444 seconds
  • 6 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 22
    • Final Caution: Lap 79 (11 laps to go)
  • 29 drivers on the lead lap

I Love New York 355 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 19.3
  • Average laps lead: 31.2 laps (34.6% of the race)
  • 15.4% of pole winners find their way to victory lane
  • Most laps led by a pole sitter is 82 (92.2% of the race) by Tony Stewart in 2005
    • He went on to win that race

I Love New York 355 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 5.8
    • Joey Logano started from P16 in 2015, the furthest back a race winner has started
    • The mode of race winner’s starting position is P5
  • 61.5% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 84.6% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 33.5 laps (37.2% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Joey Logano led 1 lap (1.1% of the race) in 2015
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Tony Stewart led 83 laps (92.2% of the race) in 2005
  • There have been 8 different race winners from 7 different teams since 2004
    • Kyle Busch leads the field with 2 wins
    • Joe Gibbs Racing leads the field with 6 wins

I Love New York 355 Team & Manufacturer Statistics

I Love New York 355 Predictions & Analysis

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.

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