Did Jeff Gordon Really Start NASCAR’s “Youth Movement”?
Admit it. You (like me) have sat in front of the television watching pre-race interviews for a Camping World Truck Series race and asked yourself “Is that kid even old enough to drive?” I thought maybe it was just me getting old, but the numbers bear me out. NASCAR drivers […]
A Numbers Geek Looks at Las Vegas
A couple observations about history at Las Vegas…
Can Anyone Really Win at Talladega?
Every year at this time, we hear that Talladega is a wild card because “Anyone can win”. Which, of course, made me wonder — can anyone win?
How Much Difference Does One Position Make in NASCAR Winnings?
Given all the rain at Daytona this weekend, there was plenty of time to think about auxiliary NASCAR issues. Regular readers know that I’m a huge fan of the racing-reference.info website because they have a trove of data just waiting to be analyzed. The spouse asked about payouts and whether it […]
Can You Predict a Driver’s Success from their Rookie Year Stats?
Now that the season is over, it’s time to look through the statistics from the year. One big story this year was Danica Patrick’s rookie season in Sprint Cup. She didn’t set the world on fire: One top ten, one pole, five laps led and only thirteen lead lap finishes […]
The Science of Speed: Week Ending 11/14/13
Hard to believe it’s winter, but we got our first snow already. Here’s the news of the week. It’s holiday shopping time – great idea for your gearhead: magazine subscriptions. Racecar Enginering has some special rates A two-year digital subscription to Circle Track for under $15 Despite hoping for a […]
Cautions: A New Low for NASCAR
At the start of the season, the big news was that cautions were remarkably down from last year. As I showed, this isn’t a new trend – it’s a continuing trend since 2007. Since the season’s data are now complete, I thought it was time to revisit the data.
More Ragan vs. Allmendinger Statistics: Running at Finish
Great comment from Robby on my post statistically comparing AJ Allmendinger and David Ragan:
One thing you didn’t really factor which is a big deal to car owners is busted equipment. David Ragan destroys alot of race cars…AJ is one of the least wreck prone drivers in NASCAR. Ragan’s low finished were often a result of a wreck. AJ’s bad finishes were generally the result of bad handling cars or bad luck (Dover, Indy, Texas).
Was Patrick’s Pole a Fluke?
Patrick Carpentier is usually smiling, but his smile was special Friday after he won the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Nanoseconds hadn’t elapsed before commentators started attributing his win to the 1 hour, 45-minute delay that was caused by rain. Clearly the changing track conditions were responsible for one […]