As we head to the 20th race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, the numbers through the first 19 weeks are staggering. See, if you looked only at twitter, you would think that NASCAR couldn’t get out of their own way.
The folks on that social media outlet hate stage points, hate the playoffs and now hate this new racing package. NASCAR voiced their thoughts in Daytona Beach a couple of weeks ago saying that they have other metrics than just twitter that say otherwise.
Kurt Busch beats his brother Kyle Busch for the win in last Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Speedway
After a thrilling finish in last Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Speedway, the numbers are showing that this new racing package is giving us better racing than we’ve seen in years.
Nine different drivers representing five organizations have hoisted trophies in 2019. Joe Gibbs Racing still boasts the most wins (10) thanks to the efforts of Kyle Busch (four), Martin Truex Jr. (four) and Denny Hamlin (two).
10 different drivers have won Busch Pole Awards. Hendrick Motorsports tops the series in this category with William Byron (three), Chase Elliott (two) and Jimmie Johnson (one), giving the team six poles.
Statistically, this season has proven to be one of the most competitive in recent years. Through the season’s opening 19 races, there have been an average of 19.0 lead changes a race – the most since 2014 (24.1) during that same time frame. The number of leaders per race (9.58) is also at the highest mark since 2014 (11.05).
Overall, green flag passes for the lead are up 46.6 percent compared to last year. There were 33 lead changes at Kentucky – easily eclipsing the previous best mark of the last five years – 22 lead changes in 2015.
The average Margin of Victory this season is 1.372-seconds and in 11 of the 19 races, the MOV has been less than one second, including Kurt Busch’s overtime win at Kentucky (.076-second) on Saturday night.
So, as we head into Sunday’s race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, we the stats show that we should see a much better race than what we’ve seen on the Magic Mile lately too.