Statistical Breakdown: 2014 Brickyard 400

As an avid NASCAR fan, I love NASCAR statistics. I mean really love them. Beyond the typical top fives, top 10s, poles and other statistics you can easily find on most NASCAR-related websites, there is a smorgasbord of statistics available that you probably never knew existed. This information is compiled from loop data that NASCAR has accumulated since 2005 when they began using computerized scoring loops to improve the accuracy of scoring during races.

The driver rating is probably the best indicator of a driver’s overall performance. A perfect score is 150.0. It’s based on a formula that takes into account a variety of statistics such as finishing order, average running position, average speed and fastest lap. Bonus points are also a consideration. This is one of the tools that team owners and drivers can use to evaluate and improve their success on the track.

I’ve listed below the latest numbers generated from the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Average Running Position

Highest Average Running Position: Kasey Kahne – 4th

Lowest Average Running Position: Alex Bowman – 41st

Passing Breakdown

Highest Percent of Quality Passes:  (A quality pass is made when a driver passes a car running in the top 15 under green flag conditions).  Brian Vickers: 50 percent

Highest Number of Quality Passes:  Austin Dillon and Brian Vickers with 39 each.

Highest Number of Passes made under green flag conditions:  Marcos Ambrose: 108

Lowest Number of Passes made under green flag conditions: Alex Bowman: 18

Highest Number of Times Passed under green flag conditions: Ryan Newman: 115

Lowest Number of Times Passed under  green flag conditions: Alex Bowman: 13

Highest Differential between green flag passes and green flag times passed: Aric Almirola: 35

Lowest Differential between green flag passes and green flag times passed: Clint Bowyer: 25

Laps Breakdown

Highest Number of Fastest Laps: Jeff Gordon: 52

Highest Number of Laps in the Top 15: Kevin Harvick: 153

Driver Rating (A perfect driver rating is 150.0.)

Highest Driver Rating: Jeff Gordon: 138.4

Lowest Driver Rating; Alex Bowman: 24.8

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