15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, 15 fast facts

BY foxsports • June 17, 2016

The 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is 15 races old, with 11 to go in the regular season and then the 10-race, season-ending Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

In honor of a rare weekend off for the Cup teams, we present you with 15 fast facts from the first 15 races of the season.

15. MOST WINS BY A TEAM -- Joe Gibbs Racing has won seven of the first 15 races. Team Penske has three victories, while Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart-Haas Racing have two each. Furniture Row Racing has a single win. JGR is the only team to have four different drivers win races.

14. FEWEST CAUTIONS -- The second race of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway stayed green for the first 210 laps before debris brought out the yellow. Ultimately, there were only three cautions for a total of 12 laps.

13. FASTEST QUALIFYING SPEED -- Team Penske's Joey Logano qualified at a blistering 199.557 miles per hour to take the pole at Michigan Speedway. He went on to win the race in dominating fashion.

12. LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY -- Kyle Busch won over Dale Earnhardt Jr. by a whopping 3.904 seconds at Texas Motor Speedway. That's an eternity in NASCAR.

11. MOST LAPS LED SO FAR -- Martin Truex Jr. has led 819 laps this year, a career high for the New Jersey native. That's 17.56 percent of the 4,664 laps run this season.

10. MOST LEAD-LAP FINISHES -- This one is a truly mind-blowing stat: Kurt Busch has finished on the lead lap of all 15 races run so far. That's remarkable consistency.

9. MANUFACTURER VICTORIES -- Toyota has won eight of the first 15 races, with Chevrolet winning four and Ford three. Of course, Stewart-Haas Racing is a Chevy team this year but will be a Ford team in 2017.

8. SHORTEST RACE -- In terms of time, the shortest NASCAR race was the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, which was over in just 2 hours, 45 minutes and 53 seconds. FYI, although named as a "500," the race was 500 kilometers, not 500 miles.

7. FEWEST LAPS LED BY A RACE WINNER -- At Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski led just 24 of 267 laps in the Kobalt 400, but he was out front for the only one that paid money -- Lap 267.

6. MOST MILES LED IN A RACE -- Martin Truex Jr. set an all-time NASCAR record when he led 588 of 600 miles in the Coca-Cola 600. Truex and his Furniture Row Racing Toyota led 392 of 400 laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

5. MOST CAUTIONS -- The Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway was a mess this time around, with 15 cautions totaling 102 laps. Ugh.

4. MOST TOP-FIVE FINISHES -- Despite finishing 30th or worse in the last four races, Kyle Busch leads all of his rivals with nine top-five finishes in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

3. CLOSEST FINISH -- Denny Hamlin beat Martin Truex Jr. by 0.01 seconds in the season-opening Daytona 500. Kevin Harvick would equal that margin just three races later at Phoenix International Raceway, where he outdragged Carl Edwards for the victory.

2. LONGEST RACE -- Here's an odd stat for you: The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway required 3 hours, 44 minutes and 5 seconds time to complete. But the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway took nearly as long, clocking in at 3 hours, 39 minutes and29 seconds.

1. MOST WINS BY A DRIVER -- Defending Sprint Cup winner Kyle Busch leads all drivers with three victories. Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski have two each. Six other drivers have won once.



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