Looking Back during 2017 NASCAR Cup Season



Published on Jan 3 2018 6:23 am


Last Updated on Jan 3 2018 6:23 am

By ESPN

A summation of a 2017 NASCAR Cup Series deteriorate — that consisted of 14,035.850 miles of racing — in numbers:

1: Martin Truex Jr.’s arrange among his competitors in wins (8), top-5s (19), top-10s (26), laps led (2,253) and normal finish (9.417) among full-time drivers. The final motorist to lead undisguised (with no ties) in all 5 of those categories in a deteriorate before Truex was Jeff Gordon in 2001. Before that, it was Dale Earnhardt in 1987.

2: Number of encumbered competition wins in a Cup array — Joey Logano during Richmond in April, Denny Hamlin during Darlington in September.

3: Number of first-time Cup winners this year: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Talladega), Austin Dillon (Charlotte) and Ryan Blaney (Pocono). It was a many given 2011, when there were 5 first-time winners. Of those five, 3 have not won again (Paul Menard, Trevor Bayne, Regan Smith). The other two? They have won usually once given (David Ragan and Marcos Ambrose).

4.3: Martin Truex Jr.’s normal finish in a 10-race playoffs, violation Carl Edwards’ record (4.9 in 2011) for a best in a singular postseason.

5: Number of second-place finishes for Chase Elliott, who has 22 top-5s in his career though seeks that initial Cup victory. This is a third-most second-place finishes but a win for one deteriorate behind Harry Gant (seven in 1981) and Terry Labonte (six in 1982).

7: Career top-10s for Danica Patrick — one came in 2017 — as she has one competition left (the 2018 Daytona 500) in her NASCAR career.

8: Number of competition wins for Martin Truex Jr. in his championship season. Prior to this year, Truex had usually 7 wins; Furniture Row Racing had six.

11: Jimmie Johnson’s career wins during Dover after his feat in June. He assimilated Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip as a usually drivers with during slightest 11 wins during a track.

12: Kyle Larson’s top-2 finishes (four wins, 8 second-place finishes) this season, a symbol usually Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon have strike given 2004.

15: Consecutive years Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won a NASCAR Most Popular Driver award. He binds a record for uninterrupted years winning a endowment and is one brief (16, Bill Elliott) of a all-time mark.

18: Number of points races that had full 40-car fields. Also a array of races that didn’t.

23: The winless strain for Jimmie Johnson, one brief of a longest of his career, as it stands during a finish of a 2017 season.

32: Number of drivers who competed in all 36 Cup races.

35: Number of Cup points races that were finished on a day they were scheduled. The usually competition deferred was Bristol in Apr given of rain.

35.75: Average age of a Hendrick Motorsports drivers in a deteriorate culmination during Homestead-Miami Speedway. When a 2018 Daytona 500 comes along and Alex Bowman and William Byron reinstate Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne, that normal age is 27 (and it’s 22 when not including Jimmie Johnson).

65: Number of total career wins of Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who expected both ran their final Cup races in 2017.

69: Number of “playoff points” Martin Truex Jr. warranted via a year (doesn’t embody a final 4 races when playoff points no longer have value).

78: Laps Martin Truex Jr. led on a approach to capturing a win during Homestead-Miami Speedway for a 2017 title. His automobile array also is 78. And it was a initial time, ever, he had led accurately 78 laps in a Cup race.

93.51: Percentage of laps run on a lead path by Denny Hamlin, a top of any motorist in a series. Of a 10,571 laps during a season, he was on a lead path for 9,894 of them. Truex was second during 9,831.

185: Starts given Clint Bowyer’s final win. Only dual drivers have left that many starts between wins (Bill Elliott, Martin Truex Jr.)

232: Races given a final win for Paul Menard, a longest strain of any full-time driver.

300: Both Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano won in their 300th career start.

2,023: Laps led by Kyle Busch in 2017.

2,253: Laps led by Martin Truex Jr. in 2017. It was a initial time given 1989 that dual drivers led some-more than 2,000 laps (Dale Earnhardt and Rusty Wallace). Truex’s 8 wins total with some-more than 2,000 laps led is a initial time a motorist strike both those benchmarks given Jeff Gordon in 1996.

5,758: Laps led by Toyotas this year, 54.4 percent of all laps.

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