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Statistical Advance - Analyzing The Monster Energy All-Star Race

History

· There have been 32 Monster Energy All-Star Races.
· The first Monster Energy All-Star Race was in 1985 and held at Charlotte Motor Speedway - won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip (Buick).
· 31 Monster Energy All-Star Races have been held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
· In 1986, the event was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and won by Bill Elliott. The 1986 season was also the first year for what is now known as the Monster Energy Open.

Starts

· 95 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have run in at least one Monster Energy All-Star race, with 78 competing in more than one.
· Mark Martin leads the series in Monster Energy All-Star Race appearances with 24 starts.
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in Monster Energy All-Star starts with 17, followed by Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth with 16 each.
· The race has featured a field that ranged from 10 drivers in 1986 to 27 in 2002. Last season's field had 20 participants.
· Davey Allison leads the series in average starting position in the Monster Energy All-Star Race with a 3.857.
· Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in average starting position in the Monster Energy All-Star Race with a 5.818.

Poles

· Terry Labonte won the inaugural Coors Light pole for the Monster Energy All-Star Race in 1985.
· 17 different drivers have won the pole for the Monster Energy All-Star Race. Nine of the 17 pole winners have multiple poles.
· Bill Elliott leads the series in Monster Energy All-Star poles with four (1987, 1997, 1998 and 2000).
· Kyle Busch (second most all-time) leads all active drivers in Monster Energy All-Star Race poles with three (2008, 2011 and 2012).
· Four drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles for the Monster Energy All-Star Race: Davey Allison (1991, 1992) Bill Elliott (1997, 1998), Kyle Busch (2011, 2012) and Carl Edwards (2013, 2014).
· Two drivers started from the first starting position but did not win the pole due to Qualifying being cancelled. Kurt Busch (2010) and Kevin Harvick (2016).

Wins

· Jimmie Johnson (2003, 2006, 2012 and 2013) leads the series in Monster Energy All-Star Race wins with four. There have been 22 different Monster Energy All-Star Race winners. Six of 22 have multiple wins.
· Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990 and 1993) and Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997 and 2001) are the only three-time winners of the Monster Energy All-Star Race.
· Davey Allison (1991 and 1992), Terry Labonte (1988 and 1999) and Mark Martin (1998 and 2005) are the only other drivers to post multiple victories in the Monster Energy All-Star Race.
· Davey Allison (1991, 1992) and Jimmie Johnson (2012, 2013) are the only drivers to ever win consecutive Monster Energy All-Star Races.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip won the inaugural Monster Energy All-Star Race in 1985 at an average speed of 161.184 mph.
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) and Ryan Newman (2002) are the only drivers to win the Monster Energy All-Star Race in their rookie season.
· Five drivers have won the Monster Energy All-Star Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in the same year: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990, 1993), Rusty Wallace (1989), Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997, 2001) and Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2013).
· Seven times from seven different drivers has the winner of the Monster Energy All-Star Race gone on to win the Coke Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway the following weekend: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Davey Allison (1991), Dale Earnhardt (1993), Jeff Gordon (1997), Jimmie Johnson (2003), Kasey Kahne (2008) and Kurt Busch (2010).
· Jeff Gordon is the youngest winner of the Monster Energy All-Star Race at 23 years, 9 months and 18 days (1995).
· Mark Martin is the oldest Monster Energy All-Star Race winner at 46 years, 4 months and 12 days (2005).
· The average age of a Monster Energy All-Star Race winner is 33 years old.
· The Monster Energy All-Star Race has been won from the pole position four times; the first three came in consecutive years: Dale Earnhardt (1990), Davey Allison (1991 and 1992) and Denny Hamlin (2015). Kurt Busch won from the first starting position in 2010, but Qualifying was cancelled for that event due to weather.
· The pole or first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (five each) than any other starting position in the Monster Energy All-Star Race.
· Nine of the 32 (28.1%) Monster Energy All-Star Races have been won from the front row: five from the first starting position and four from the second starting position.
· 18 of the 32 (56.3%) Monster Energy All-Star Races have been won from a top-five starting position.
· 23 of the 32 (71.9%) Monster Energy All-Star Races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
· 30 of the 32 (93.7%) Monster Energy All-Star Races have been won from a top-20 starting position.
· Two of the 32 (6.3%) Monster Energy All-Star Races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
· The deepest in the field a Monster Energy All-Star race winner has started was 27th, by Ryan Newman in 2002.
· Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in Monster Energy All-Star wins with nine: Jimmie Johnson (four: 2003, 2006, 2012, 2013), Jeff Gordon (three: 1995, 1997, 2001) and Terry Labonte (two: 1999, 1988).
· Several other active teams have won the Monster Energy All-Star Races: Richard Childress Racing and Roush Fenway Racing have four (4) wins each, and Team Penske has three including last season victory. Joe Gibbs Racing Chip Ganassi Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Stewart Haas Racing each have one All-star win.
· Four drivers that are qualified for the 2017 Monster Energy All-Star Race are looking for their first win in the event: Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr.
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the only driver to win the Monster Energy All-Star Race (2000), the Monster Energy Open (2012) and the Fan Vote (2011).
· Five different manufacturers have won a Monster Energy All-Star Race; led by Chevrolet with 17 and followed by Ford (11), Dodge (two), Pontiac (one) and Toyota (one).

Additional Finishing Positions

· Kevin Harvick, Sterling Marlin and Ken Schrader lead the series in Monster Energy All-Star Race runner-up finishes with three each.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-five finishes in the Monster Energy All-Star Race with nine; followed by Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson with eight each.
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series in top-10 finishes in the Monster Energy All-Star Race with 14; followed by Bill Elliott with 13.
· Matt Kenseth leads the series among active drivers with more than one start in average finish in the Monster Energy All-Star Race with a 6.875; followed by Jimmie Johnson with 7.133.
· Seven active drivers have an average finish inside the top 10 in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race: Chase Elliott (6.0), Matt Kenseth (6.9), Jimmie Johnson (7.1), Joey Logano (7.3) Dale Earnhardt Jr. (7.8), Kevin Harvick (9.5) and Kurt Busch (9.5).

Track / Event Specific Stats

· Last season's Monster Energy All-Star Race set the new series record for the event's number of lead changes with 13. The previous record for lead changes was 10 in 2004.
· The record for different leaders in the Monster Energy All-Star Race is nine in 2002. Last season's race had seven different leaders.
· Two of the 32 Monster Energy All-Star Races were led by a single driver from flag-to-flag - in 1990 Dale Earnhardt led all 70 laps and in 1991 Davey Allison also led all 70 laps (100%). Both instances hold the events record for highest percentage of laps led.
· The largest number of laps led by the winner of a single Monster Energy All-Star Race was Bill Elliott's 82 laps led at Atlanta in 1986. He led 82 of the 83 scheduled laps (99%).
· The fewest laps led by the eventual winner of the Monster Energy All-Star Race is two laps - it happened three times - 1993 (Dale Earnhardt), 2000 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and 2009 (Tony Stewart).
· The record number of cautions in the Monster Energy All-Star Race is seven (three times: 2014, 2013 and 2009). Last season there were four cautions for 18 laps.
· The record number of caution laps in the Monster Energy All-Star Race is 23 caution laps in 2002.
· The series best driver rating performance by a Monster Energy All-Star Race winner was Carl Edwards' performance in 2011, when he posted a 141.7 driver rating. The next best was Jimmie Johnson's 132.1 in 2006.

All-Star Fan Vote
· The Monster Energy All-Star Fan Vote was introduced to the format in 2004. The first Fan Vote winner was Ken Schrader, driving for BAM Racing.
· In 2008, Kasey Kahne became the first driver to get into the Monster Energy All-Star race by the Fan Vote and go on to win the event. Kahne started 24th and won.
· Danica Patrick became the first driver to win more than one Fan Vote into the Monster Energy All-Star Race (2013, 2015).
· Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards are the only three drivers who have won each the Monster Energy All-Star Race and the Fan Vote. Kahne won both in 2008, Earnhardt Jr. won the race in 2000 and Fan Vote in 2011. Edwards won the Fan Vote in 2010 and the All-Star Race in 2011.

Monster Energy Open (formerly The Showdown)

· The Monster Energy Open was first introduced into the All-Star format in 1986 at Atlanta Motor Speedway - the event was won by Benny Parsons.
· Sterling Marlin leads the series in Monster Energy Open wins with four (1988, '89, '93 and '04).
· Three drivers have won consecutive Monster Energy Opens - Sterling Marlin (1988-89), Michael Waltrip (1991-92) and Clint Bowyer (2014-15).
· No driver has ever won the Monster Energy Open and advanced to win the Monster Energy All-Star Race.