Las Vegas is renowned for loads of things, such as the nightlife, casinos, and over 34,000 gambling references that are made during racing weekends when NASCAR rolls around. However, it’s not known for its nail-biting and exciting racing. Thankfully, it looks like NASCAR has decided to take a massive leap forward toward competitive balance. This was on display over the weekend in Las Vegas where spectators could witness the first race where the new rules were implemented.
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Mike Forde, the statistics guru for NASCAR, tweeted on Sunday after the race that the event had a total of 47 green-flag passes when it came to the lead and over 3,300 green-flag passes in total. Both of these statistics make it the most that occurred at Las Vegas in a single race since loop data was introduced during the 2005 season.
Competitive racing is usually overlooked when it comes to margin of victory and lead changes. The margin on Sunday was only .236 seconds when the last-lap charge from Brad Keselowski came up just short against Joey Logano, who is Brad’s teammate. Every single race this season has had margins of victory that were less than a quarter-second. This is the very first time a season has started this way since the electronic scoring system was introduced into NASCAR in 1993.
Driver Statistics From the Weekend
Joey Logano managed to win his 22nd career race over the weekend. This ties him for 36th on the all-time list with Terry Labonte and allowed him to move past other drivers like Boddy Labonte and Benny Parsons. To place that into perspective, Joey Logano is only 28 years old, while Terry Labonte was 46 years old when he claimed his 22nd career win. Ricky Rudd managed to claim his 23rd career win when he was 45 years old.
Joey Logano started his racing career at a very young age, and therefore its quite easy to forget that he is still under 30. With a total of 22 career wins, Logano is currently tied with Junior Johnson for the 4th most wins by a single driver before the age of 30. With over a year to go before he turns 30, he has the opportunity to catch the driver with the third-most wins, Kyle Busch. However, it doesn’t seem like he would be able to crack the top two, with 55 wins from Jeff Gordon and 60 wins from Richard Petty.
Kurt Busch managed to claim his second top 5 finish in 3 races since he joined Chip Ganassi Racing. This was quite an impressive effort that was fuelled by heard racing and excellent pit strategy. When you consider his qualifying position and the trouble that Chevrolet is currently experiencing in this season.
Ganassi is the 6th team where Kurt Busch claimed a top 5 finish, joining Stewart-Haas Racing, Furniture Row Racing, Phoenix Racing, Team Penske, and Roush Fenway Racing.