In this blog, I’ll compare the cautions, accidents and spins in last Sunday’s race to the historical record from 2000-2020.
Note: When dealing with absolute numbers, I normalized cautions to a 400-mile race. That’s essentially counting 4/5 of the cautions for the 500-mile races. Why a 400-mile race? Because that’s what we ran Sunday.
Over the last twenty years:
- An average of 13.5% of a Darlington race is run under caution.
- The highest percentage was 23.7% (2015)
- The lowest percentage was 6.5% (2006)
- 19.5% of Sunday’s race was run under caution, which puts it in the top 5 caution-filled Darlington races. It’s on par with the 2004 and 2009 races, which had 19.9% and 19.8% respectively
- There are an average of 7.6 cautions for a 400-mile race.
- The normalized high was 14.4 (2015)
- The normalized low was 4 (2013)
- Sunday’s race had 10 cautions, which is the third highest number of normalized cautions at Darlington
Accidents and Spins
Out of 10 cautions, 7 were due to accidents or spins. Again, I’ve normalized these numbers to a 400-mile race.
- On average, a 400-mile Darlington race has 4 accidents
- The lowest number of accidents was the Fall 2002 race, with 0.8 accidents.
- The highest number was 2015, where there were 12 accidents .
- Sunday’s 5 accidents put it a little above average.
- A 400-mile Darlington race has an average of 1.4 spins
- A number of races had only one spin.
- The most spins in a race was 4.
- We had 2 spins Sunday, placing us a little above average.
This race had 7 cars involved in accidents, which is a little less than the average of 8.