Crunching the Numbers: LVMS Pennzoil 400

#NASCARGoesWest with the first stop at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Pennzoil 400. For the next 3 weeks, the teams will be on the West Coast, before crisscrossing across the country. It was this race last year where Martin Truex Jr. got his first win of the season, setting the 78 team up as the ones to beat.

 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Track Specs

  • Track Configuration: 1.5 Mile Quad-Oval
    • Scheduled Laps: 267 (400.5 miles)
    • Stage 1 End: Lap 80
    • Stage 2 End: Lap 160
  • Turns 1 – 4 banking: 20°
  • Frontstretch
    • Length: 2,275 feet
    • Banking: 9°
  • Backstretch
    • Length: 1,572 feet
    • Banking: 9°
  • Fuel Window: 50-54 laps

Pennzoil 400 Trends of the Race

  • 2017 Kobalt 400 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
  • 2017 Kobalt 400 Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
  • 2017 Kobalt 400 Stage 2 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
  • Overtime: 2 (2006 & 2009)
  • Caution Finishes: 0
  • Rain Shortened: 0

Trending of the past 5 Pennzoil 400 races:

  • Margin of Victory 1.187 seconds
  • 5 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 32
    • Final Caution: Lap 227 (40 laps to go)
  • 19 drivers on the lead lap

Trending of the past 10 Pennzoil 400 races:

  • Margin of Victory 1.043 seconds
  • 7 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 23
    • Final Caution: Lap 237 (20 laps to go)
  • 20 drivers on the lead lap

Pennzoil 400 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 12.1
  • Average laps lead: 28.1 laps (10.5% of the race)
  • 7.1% of pole winners find their way to victory lane
    • Kyle Busch in 2009
  • Most laps led by a pole sitter was 89 (21.0% of the race) by Brad Keselowski in 2017
    • Keselowski finished P5

Pennzoil 400 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 9.8
    • The median race winner’s starting position is P5.5
    • The mode of race winner’s starting position is P2
    • Matt Kenseth started from P25 in 2004, the furthest back a race winner has started
  • 50.0% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 64.3% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 77.3 laps (28.9% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Jimmie Johnson led 1 lap (0.4% of the race) in 2006
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Martin Truex Jr. led 150 laps (56.2% of the race) in 2017
  • There have been 8 different race winners from 6 different teams since 2004
    • Jimmie Johnson leads the active field with 4 wins
    • Hendrick Motorsports & Roush Fenway Racing lead the field with 3 wins each
    • Fun Stat: No winning driver has started outside the top 20 in the past decade

Pennzoil 400 Team & Manufacturer Statistics

Last year, Toyota was king of Las Vegas; can they do it again and notch their first victory of the season?

Pennzoil 400 Predictions

While the season has gotten off to a solid start for some drivers, others still are looking to find their stride. Luckily, it is early in the season, and that stride can still be found. If someone can hit all their marks over the next few weeks as #NASCARGoesWest, he could be smiling coast to coast when all said and done.

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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