List of NASCAR Statistics

List of Nascar Statistics

In sports, statistics are useful analytical measurements that keep track of how individual competitors are performing. NASCAR is no different, with a variety of different statistics that measure aspects of driver performance. Read on to learn about some of the most important statistics in NASCAR!

List of NASCAR Statistics

  • Wins
  • Driver Rating
  • Average Running Position (ARP)
  • Average Speed
  • Fastest Lap
  • Total Laps Run
  • Laps Led
  • Green Flag Passes
  • Quality Passes

Wins

This statistic is a count of how many races each driver has won. This is arguably the most important statistic, as winning races is the primary goal of every NASCAR driver. This is essentially a measurement of the success within the sport of each NASCAR driver, as winning races is the definition of success within NASCAR.

Driver Rating

Driver Rating is intended to be a measurement of the ability and form of the driver. NASCAR releases driver ratings every week in preparation for upcoming races. This statistic is based on a number of others. If a driver finishes in first place, their rating gets a significant boost of 180 points. At the same time, this number drops lower in increments as the placement gets lower. The other statistics that factor into this number include Average Running Position (ARP), Average Speed, and fastest lap. There are bonus points awarded based on Wins, Top 15 Finishes, Leading Most Laps, Leading Lap Finishes, as well as Average Running Positions better than 10.0, 6.0, and 2.0.

Finish

Finish refers to the position that the driver finishes in out of all of the competing drivers, for example, first place, second place, or last place. This is one of the many statistics that are a factor in Driver Rating, but on its own, this is still an important statistic. Finish is an important statistic in terms of an individual race because it is a representation of each driver’s overall performance in that race.

Average Running Position (ARP)

This statistic is the average position of the driver over the course of the race. Average Running Position, abbreviated to ARP for short, is yet another statistic that is one of the many factors in Driver Rating, but it is also important on its own. This is important when looking at the race as a whole, not just the outcome, as a driver could lead for almost the entire race, then lose right at the end. The ARP helps show the driver’s success over the course of the entire race, despite their loss at the end.

Average Speed

Average speed is rather self-explanatory; it is simply the average speed a driver maintains during a race. This is once again one of the primary factors in determining someone’s Driver Rating. Average speed is not necessarily indicative of a better or worse driver. However, faster speeds tend to lead to better performances.

Fastest Lap

Fastest Lap of a driver is simply the time they took to complete their fastest lap. However, within the context of the formula for a Driver Rating, Fastest Lap indicates the average of a driver’s three fastest lap times. The final of the primary statistics that factor into a driver’s driver rating, the fastest lap is an important indicator of a driver’s potential. This statistic is important because it is a representation of a driver’s potential. After all, a driver could run an extremely fast lap but then perform horribly for the rest of the race. While they may not have run a good race overall, their fastest lap shows that they have the potential to be that fast.

Total Laps Run (TLR)

Total Laps Run is rather self-explanatory as well, as it is simply the total number of laps a NASCAR driver has completed in their career between all of their races within a specific period of time.This statistic is the first one listed that has no impact on Driver Rating. This is because Total Laps Run is not indicative of a driver’s ability or success. Instead, TLR illustrates a driver’s experience.

Laps Led

Laps led looks at the total number of laps that a driver has led over a specific period of time. This statistic is similar to Total Laps Run in that it shows a driver’s experience. However, it is different in that it also assesses a driver’s ability. This helps take a more in-depth look at how good each driver is, as wins do not necessarily equate to ability and may discount drivers who perform consistently well but do not finish first.

Green Flag Passes

This statistic is a count of how many times a driver has passed another under green flag conditions. In NASCAR, passing is essential to victory and success. “Green flag conditions” refers to the time during a race in which there is no delay or caution.

Quality Passes

Quality Passes refers to the count of how many times a driver has passed another driver in the top 15 positions under green flag conditions. Green Flag Passes are a good indicator of a driver’s ability to pass other drivers. However, it does not account for the fact that the more skilled drivers in higher positions are likely going to be much more difficult to pass than the less skilled drivers in lower positions.