By the numbers: Spring Phoenix preview

The Pennzoil 400 had the most green flag passes across the field and most green flag passes for the lead over the past five races. While we’ve had a couple of races with the new package, the reception has been mixed. There’s a good variety of tracks coming up that will help get a better overall understanding of where that is compared to last year.

Joey Logano stopped the weekend sweep of Kyle Busch by winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday. Busch, who won both the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and the NASCAR Xfinity race, sped on pit road and recovered to finish third on Sunday. Keselowski put on a late race charge to win back to back Cup races.

Here are this week’s By The Numbers.

0 – This was technically a caution-free race when excluding stage cautions. Logano mentioned in the media center after the race that he wasn’t that surprised. This was the first caution-free race since the fall race at Talladega in 2002.

2 – There were two very interesting and possibly controversial penalties on front runners Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon. It was also (probably) the number of fingers that actually touched the pavement by Larson’s crew member.

4Four drivers shuffled four positions in points. Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. moved up four spots with Logano taking over the points lead. Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman dropped four spots, with Newman outside of the cutoff line for the Playoffs.

52 – Kevin Harvick was the fastest car on track for 52 out of the 267 laps. That’s just shy of 20 percent for the Stage One winner. He’s also going to a track where he’s won five of the last 10 times.

129 – It was on this lap that Kyle Busch knew he… well, you can finish the rest. The speeding penalty on Lap 129 while coming on pit road was one of Busch’s rare mistakes that potentially cost him the triple sweep.

3,345 – Total number of green flag passes in Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 according to NASCAR’s official loop data. This was more than the five previous races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

5.0 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. holds the best average start at 5.0 in the first three races of the Cup season.

23.4 – Aric Almirola’s average start at ISM Raceway over the last five races is 23.4. His average finish improves to 11.8, one of the best start to finish improvements across all active drivers.

100% – Kevin Harvick is the only active driver that has finished 100 percent of the laps in the last 10 races at ISM Raceway.

375 – In the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, Matt Crafton is the only competitor to complete all 375 total possible laps for the 2019 season. They have a big break before returning to racing action at Martinsville Speedway at the end of the month.

149 – Christopher Bell has led 149 total laps this season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, one shy of doubling that of second place full-time Xfinity driver Tyler Reddick (Kyle Busch has led 98 laps but is competing for the Cup Series championship).

6 – If Kevin Harvick wins this weekend’s Cup race at ISM Raceway, he will become the sixth driver in NASCAR Cup history to win 10 or more times at a single track.

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