2022 Spring Las Vegas Race Report

The 2022 Spring Las Vegas Race Report continues the NextGen trend of more accidents and spins, but closer finishes. More data can be found on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway stats page.

Caution/Lead-O-Gram

As usual, we start with the race-at-a-glance graph, which I could not make look pretty, no matter how many color changes I made.

The 2022 Spring Las Vegas Race Report Lead/Caution-O-Gram

The Box Score

  • 12 cautions for 60 laps (21.9%)
    • 1 Competition Caution
    • 2 Stage End Cautions
    • 1 Stalled Car
    • 3 Spins
    • 5 Accidents
  • 23 lead changes
    • Down from 27 last year, 25 in 2020
    • With the exception of the last two races, higher than any race since 2007.
  • 15 Distinct Leaders
    • Four of those 15 led during pit stops or cautions
    • So there were 11 Quality leaders.

Standout Stats for the 2022 Spring Vegas Race Report

For the second week in a row, I’m highlighting accidents and spins.

A vertical bar chart showing accidents and spins for the 2022 Spring Las Vegas Race Report.
Note that I scale these numbers to 267 laps so that we’re comparing the same quantity for each race.

With 5 accidents and 3 spins, the Spring 2022 race was not the most accident-filled race in LVMS history.

  • There were 8 accidents in 2007
  • 2008 and 2009 also beat out 2020
  • But this was the most accidents/spins since 2009. The more recent trends were three or less accidents.

Lead Lap and DNFs

While 62.2% of the field finished on the lead lap (a little above average), 2022 is the largest percentage of DNFs for a spring race since 2005.

  • In 2022, 18.9% of cars failed to finish the race
  • In 2011 and 2012, 18.6% DNFed
  • In 2005, 20.9% of the cars didn’t complete the race.

The Race Rhythm

Las Vegas races usually have long green-flag runs. Not this race.

  • We normally have 1.5-2 cautions per 100 miles atspring Las Vegas Races, but the 2022 race was almost 3 cautions per 100 miles.
  • The most cautions at a spring Las Vegas race was 2009: 14.
    • The 2009 race included 4 debris cautions
    • The 2022 race had three planned cautions

But what was more important than the sheer number of cautions was where they came in the race. The graph below shows each caution as a colored dot at the appropriate lap number.

A graph showing when different types of cautions occured in the spring Las Vegas race from 2017-2022
Red are accidents, orange are spins, yellow are stalled cars, purple is liquid on track and blue is debris. The open circles are planned cautions: either stage ends or competition cautions.
  • Since we started having stages, most cautions at the spring Las Vegas race happen in the third stage.
  • In 2018 and 2019, we had no cautions in the first or second stages.
  • In the last four races, we had caution-free second stages.

But the 2022 spring Las Vegas race cautions fell mostly between the competition caution and the end of stage 2. Crew chiefs who set up their cars expecting long runs, especially early, were likely quite surprised.

The Good

We have the same strong points at Las Vegas as at Fontana.

A vertical bar graph showing the margins of victory for spring Las Vegas races from 1998-present

We had the closest margin of victory in a spring Las Vegas race since 2006, when Jimmie Johnson edged out Matt Kenseth by 0.045 seconds.

Alex Bowman’s win this year is also the first time since 2015 that a driver starting out of the top 10 won a spring Las Vegas race.

And there we have your 2022 spring Las Vegas Race Report

1 Comment

  1. As always thanks for the excellent race report.

    Had a couple of questions. Is Quality Leaders a NASCAR metric? What exactly is a Quality Leader? I believe in your Fontana report you used the term Quality Lead Change which I understood to be Green Flag Lead Changes not including those that occur as a part of green flag pit cycles? Did I misunderstand that? If I didn’t, would Ricky Stenhouse Jr.‘s Lead Change 16 pass count as a Quality Pass and if not would he be a Quality Leader since this was his only Lead?

    Just trying to understand. As always any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks and keep up the good work.

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