The fastest track in NASCAR, Michigan International Speedway, is in focus today, for the Quicken Loans 400, a 200-lap event around the D-shaped track. Here are the stats i’ve compiled:
Jeff Gordon, starting 2nd, makes his 43rd start, tops among active drivers. Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Tony Stewart are next on this list, with their 30th starts taking place today.
Greg Biffle leads with 4 wins, ahead of 7 drivers with 2. Biffle’s 4 wins have come in just 22 races. Jimmie Johnson, for all his success, has not won here in 24 prior starts. Casey Mears is 0-21, Jamie McMurray 0-22.
Jeff Gordon is 18-42. Others who are at or near 50%: Kenseth & Stewart 12-29, Biffle 10-22, Carl Edwards 9-19. David Gilliland is 0-15 here.
Gordon has 25 top-10 finishes at Michigan. Some of the notable % scores here: Tony Stewart 20-29, Kenseth 18-29, Edwards 15-19, Biffle 14-22. Gilliland has never been in the top 10 here.
Laps turned without victory: Jimmie, 4462, McMurray 4188, Mears 3462, Martin Truex Jr 3129. David Gilliland leads among those who have not reached the top 5 or top 10: 2739.
Laps led without victory: Jimmie by a wide margin with 586. Truex Jr is next with 71, and Kasey Kahne with 63.
Average positions gained per race, 3 race minimum: Carl Edwards imprsses, with a gain of 11.6. Kenseth 8.1, Stewart 7.5. David Ragan 5.8, McMurray 5.3. Travis Kvapil 6.7
Running at finish: Jeff Gordon 36-42. Biffle is perfect in 22 races, as is Edwards through 19, and Martin Truex Jr in 16.
Lead lap finishes: Kenseth is 27 of 29. Edwards 18 of 19.
Top 10 prediction:
5 Aric Almirola
6 Dale Jr.
7 Jamie McMurray
8 Joey Logano
9 Carl Edwards
10 Kyle Larson
Stats sourced from http://www.racing-reference.info