Following another big week in attendance and TV ratings for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR unveiled that the series is still trending way up in more metrics too. Two-thirds of the way through the season the competition highlights demonstrate a decided uptick in the season’s most telling race statistics.
There have been 11 Busch Pole winners representing five race organizations through the first 23 races. Hendrick Motorsports has won the most poles (7). William Byron and Chase Elliott have three each and Jimmie Johnson has one.
There have been 10 different race winners from six organizations. Joe Gibbs Racing leads this statistic with 11 victories. Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. have four wins apiece and Denny Hamlin has three.
And, the numbers show, racing itself has been close. The average Margin of Victory through the first 23 races is 1.209-seconds and 14 of the 23 races have been decided by less than 1-second (60.8 percent).
The average number of lead changes (17.74) is the most during the same opening 23 races of a season since 2015 (18.0). In a year-over-year comparison, green flag passes for the lead are up 41.1 percent from 2018.
Five races – at Las Vegas, Bristol, Tenn.-1, Kansas-1, Chicago and Kentucky – have produced a record number of green flag passes for the lead.