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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Quaker State 400

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Kentucky

Kyle Busch................................... 125.9
Brad Keselowski.......................... 109.6
Matt Kenseth................................ 106.4
Kevin Harvick............................... 104.1
Erik Jones.................................... 102.7
Martin Truex Jr.............................. 99.5
Jimmie Johnson............................. 97.5
Chase Elliott................................... 94.6
Joey Logano.................................. 91.0
Denny Hamlin................................ 90.4
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2017 races (seven total) among active drivers at Kentucky Speedway.

History

· In 1998, the track broke ground in Sparta, Kentucky, and opened as a 1.5-mile speedway in 2000.
· The original owners, Jerry Carroll and four other investors owned the track until 2008, when current owners, Speedway Motorsports Inc. purchased the facility.
· The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was held at Kentucky Speedway in 2011 - won by Kyle Busch.
· During the 2016 season, the track underwent a repave. The banking in Turns 1 and 2 were increased to 17 degrees.
· There have been seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway since the first race in 2011 - one race per season.

Starts

· 81 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway; 58 in more than one.
· 18 different drivers have made all seven series starts at Kentucky Speedway.
· Brad Keselowski (seven starts) leads all drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Kentucky with a 5.3; followed by Kyle Busch (5.9) and Jimmie Johnson (8.1).

Poles

· The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying session at Kentucky Speedway was cancelled due to weather. The starting line-up was set per the Rule Book - Kyle Busch started from first.
· Jimmie Johnson (2012), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2013), Brad Keselowski (2014) and Kyle Busch (2017) are the four Monster Energy drivers that have won Busch poles at Kentucky.
· Youngest Kentucky pole winner: Brad Keselowski (06/28/2014 - 30 years, 4 months, 16 days).
· Oldest Kentucky pole winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (06/30/2013 - 38 years, 8 months, 20 days).
· Three manufacturers have won poles at Kentucky in the MENCS - Chevrolet (2012, 2013), Ford (2014) and Toyota (2017).

Wins

· Four different Monster Energy Series drivers have won at Kentucky Speedway: Brad Keselowski (06/30/2012, 6/28/2014 and 07/09/2016), Kyle Busch (07/09/2011 and 7/11/2015), Matt Kenseth (6/30/2013) and Martin Truex Jr. (7/08/2017).
· Brad Keselowski leads the series in wins at Kentucky with three; Kyle Busch is only other driver with multiple wins at Kentucky with two.
· Youngest Kentucky winner: Kyle Busch (07/09/2011 - 26 years, 2 months, 7 days).
· Oldest Kentucky winner: Matt Kenseth (06/30/2013 - 41 years, 3 months, 20 days).
· Team Penske (2012, 2014 and 2016) and Joe Gibbs Racing (2011, 2013 and 2015) lead the series in wins at Kentucky with three each.
· Three different manufacturers have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kentucky: Toyota (2011, 2013 and 2015), Ford (2014, 2016) and Dodge (2012). Kentucky is the only active track Chevrolet does not have a win.
· Brad Keselowski is the only driver to win a MENCS race at Kentucky from the Busch pole (2014).
· Kyle Busch won the inaugural MENCS race at Kentucky from the first starting position. Due to the qualifying session being cancelled for the 2011 race, it was not from the Busch pole.
· Four of the seven (57.1%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky have been won from the front row - Two from the first starting position (2011, 2014) and two from the second starting position (2016, 2017).
· Six of the seven (85.7%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky have been won from a top-10 starting position.
· The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kentucky is 16th, by Matt Kenseth in 2013.

Additional Finishing Position Stats

· Seven different drivers have posted runner-up finishes in the Monster Energy Series at Kentucky: David Reutimann (2011), Kasey Kahne (2012), Jamie McMurray (2013), Kyle Busch (2014), Joey Logano (2015), Carl Edwards (2016) and Kyle Larson (2017).
· A total of 19 different Monster Energy Series drivers have posted top-five finishes at Kentucky; led by Kyle Busch with five top fives; followed by Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski with three each.
· A total of 25 different Monster Energy Series drivers have posted top-10 finishes at Kentucky; led by Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch with six each; followed by Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson five each.
· Kyle Busch leads the series in average finishing position at Kentucky with a 5.143.

Track Event Stats

· Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the MENCS at Kentucky Speedway was the 2016 event. Last season's race ended under Caution.
· One of the seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish.
· None of the seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
· Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway three times - 2011, 2015 and 2016 races.
· Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Kentucky with 549 laps led in seven starts.

Female Competitor Stats

· Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway.

NASCAR in Kentucky

· There has been a total of 58 NASCAR national series races among three tracks in the state of Kentucky.
· The very first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Kentucky was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event held on August 29, 1954 at Corbin Speedway in Corbin, Kentucky. The race was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Lee Petty in a Chrysler.
· The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway was on July 9, 2011 - won by Kyle Busch in a Toyota.

Kentucky in NASCAR

· A total of 43 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Kentucky.
· Of the 43 Kentucky drivers only six have won in the NASCAR's national series.

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