I saved my favorite kind of racing for last. Everyone’s talking about road courses this year, but short tracks make up a third of the circuits in the season. So, before we pull all the different types of race courses together, let’s find out who’s really good at the tracks less than a mile-and-a-half.
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2021 Driver Career Records
Let’s start by looking at how drivers have done over their careers at short tracks.
- Kevin Harvick did the best this year, with an average finish of 5.8
- Number two was Joey Logano, at 7.0
- Tracks under a mile-and-a-half were one of the two types of tracks Chase Elliott really needs to improve at. He’s 8th here, with all of the major contenders ahead of him.
- Kyle Busch, despite the disappointing year he had in 2020, still comes in at an average finish of 10.8
2020 vs. Career Average Finishing Positions
- Harvick did much better in 2020 relative to his career-long average of 12.5
- Logano and Keselowski also had good years at short tracks.
- Hamlin performed at about his average.
Below, I show you the drivers with the highest win rates in 2020
- Although Logano had the second highest average finishing position, his win rate was only 5th best.
- Even though Chase Elliott’s finishing position wasn’t as high as some of the other drivers, he won 15% of these races this year.
Next post (Monday), I’ll put all this data together to discuss which drivers you should watch at which types of tracks tracks, plus how they compare to the best drivers of the last twenty years.