Friday, March 30, 2018

#NASCAR Xfinity Series’ First Five: A Statistical Look At 2018 Season Thus Far

#NASCAR Xfinity Series’ First Five: A Statistical Look At 2018 Season Thus Far With the NASCAR Xfinity Series taking a couple of weekends off, let’s look back at some of the key stats from the first five races of the 2018 season.

Tyler Reddick (9) beats teammate Elliott Sadler (1) the   NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
Tyler Reddick (9) beats teammate Elliott Sadler (1) the
NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway.


Winners: Five

2018 marks the 15th season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series that the first five races on the schedule have seen five different winners. The 2018 series race winners are:
  1. Tyler Reddick (Daytona),
  2. Kevin Harvick(Atlanta),
  3. Kyle Larson (Las Vegas),
  4. Brad Keselowski (ISM Raceway),
  5. Joey Logano (Auto Club Speedway).

Pole Winners: Three

This is the eighth season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series that the first five races on the schedule have seen three different pole winners. The 2018 pole winners are:
  1. Daniel Hemric (Daytona),
  2. Christopher Bell (Atlanta, Las Vegas, Auto Club),
  3. Justin Allgaier (ISM Raceway).

Average Leaders: 6.20

The 2018 season is the 19th different season in the 37-year history of the NASCAR Xfinity Series that the average number of leaders is greater than five. The series’ highest average number of leaders through the first five races of a season is 9.20 – it has occurred twice in 2007 and 2010.

Average Lead Changes: 10.80

The 2018 season is the 26th different season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series that the average number of lead changes is 10.0 or greater. The series’ highest average number of lead changes in the first five races of the season is 18.5 – it occurred in the inaugural season, 1982. The second-highest average number of lead changes in the first five races is 16.20 in 2013.

Green Flag Passes For The Lead: 130 (Average of 26.0 Per Race)

This season the NASCAR Xfinity Series has produced 130 Green Flag Passes for the Lead in the first five races of the season; which is third most over the last five seasons – 2015 (197), 2017 (157) and 2016 (130), 2014 (95) and 2016 (77).



2018 Driver Statistical Leaders (First Five Races):

  • o Points Leader: Elliott Sadler (199 points)
  • o Stage Wins: Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano (three each)
  • o Stage Points: Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bell (53 points each)
  • o Playoff Points: Tyler Reddick (five)
  • o Wins: Five different drivers (one each)
  • o Poles: Christopher Bell (three)
  • o Top Fives: Elliott Sadler (four)
  • o Top 10s: Elliott Sadler (five)
  • o Average Finish: Elliott Sadler (4.8)
  • o Laps Led: Kyle Larson (203 laps, 23.7% of his laps completed)
  • o Laps Completed: Matt Tifft, Elliott Sadler (855 laps each, 99.88% of their laps attempted)
  • o Driver Rating: Justin Allgaier (112.9)
  • o Average Running Position: Justin Allgaier (5.993)
  • o Fastest Laps Run: Christopher Bell (89 laps, 12.7%)
  • o Laps Run In The Top 15: Justin Allgaier (811 laps, 97.4%)

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will be back on track April 7 at Texas Motor Speedway for the My Bariatric Solutions 300 at 3 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. 


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