Similar Track Averages: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Similar Track Concept

The theory behind this chart is that there are similar tracks (aka sister tracks) within the NASCAR schedule in terms of banking, distance and shape that a driver may excel at.

What Have You Done For Me Lately?

I am prone to look at a drivers performance more recently then over their career. So, this table is sorted by 2008 averages rather then over the length of the drivers career. That stat is still in the table though.

The Tracks

This week’s race is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada. So, the similar tracks we are going to look at are: Las Vegas, Bristol, Homestead-Miami, Darlington & Dover.

The Similarities

This may seem like an odd combination of tracks. It is the ‘loosest’ of all our are similar track associations. I group these tracks together though based on these similarities: They are all relatively steeply-banked tracks ranging from 20° – 25°’s with Bristol all the way up to 36°. These tracks don’t adhere to the typical cookie-cutter design like Texas, Charlotte & Atlanta. Some are concrete (Bristol and Dover) and some are former flat tracks converted to a steeper banking (Homestead-Miami and Las Vegas). Historically, this group of tracks have worked out well together.

By the way, this table also shows the drivers median finish which I think is better than the average.

Rank Driver Vegas Bristol Homestead Darlington Dover Starts Avg ’08 avg
1 Carl Edwards 10.0 12.0 5.0 7.0 3.0 32 7.4 3.0
2 Jeff Gordon 15.0 7.0 6.0 3.0 7.0 89 7.6 11.2
3 Kyle Busch 9.0 8.5 29.0 15.0 5.0 29 13.3 12.5
4 Matt Kenseth 8.0 9.0 21.0 19.0 8.0 71 13.0 12.7
5 Travis Kvapil 26.0 22.0 29.5 30.0 22.0 22 25.9 13.1
6 Mark Martin 6.0 14.5 9.0 10.0 5.0 84 8.9 13.2
7 David Ragan 22.0 23.5 17.0 16.0 18.0 15 19.3 13.6
8 Kevin Harvick 12.0 4.0 7.5 15.5 19.5 60 11.7 14.0
9 Greg Biffle 8.0 9.5 13.0 12.0 7.0 45 9.9 14.7
10 Denny Hamlin 9.0 10.0 8.0 7.0 24.5 22 11.7 14.8
11 Clint Bowyer 28.0 7.5 10.0 15.0 10.0 21 14.1 15.0
12 Martin Truex Jr 15.0 26.5 8.0 14.0 9.5 22 14.6 15.2
13 Scott Speed 0.0 0.0 16.0 0.0 0.0 1 16.0 16.0
14 Jeff Burton 7.0 12.5 12.5 9.5 10.0 89 10.3 17.0
15 Kasey Kahne 6.0 16.5 16.0 16.5 28.5 36 16.7 17.2
16 Dale Earnhardt Jr 16.0 9.0 21.0 10.5 18.5 68 15.0 17.6
17 Jimmie Johnson 6.0 16.0 8.5 5.0 7.5 53 8.6 17.7
18 Jamie McMurray 19.0 18.0 14.0 13.5 14.0 45 15.7 17.9
19 Juan Pablo Montoya 20.5 18.0 17.0 23.0 21.5 15 20.0 20.3
20 David Gilliland 22.0 30.0 32.0 25.0 24.0 17 26.6 20.6
21 Dave Blaney 26.0 29.5 22.0 26.5 25.0 60 25.8 20.7
22 Ryan Newman 11.5 15.5 21.0 5.5 8.0 53 12.3 21.0
23 Tony Stewart 8.5 15.0 12.0 11.0 6.5 76 10.6 22.0
24 Casey Mears 11.0 31.0 21.0 34.5 21.5 44 23.8 22.7
25 Aric Almirola 41.0 13.0 35.0 0.0 0.0 5 29.7 22.8
26 David Reutimann 37.0 22.5 22.5 26.0 18.0 10 25.2 24.1
27 Bobby Labonte 13.0 21.5 17.5 14.0 14.0 89 16.0 24.3
28 AJ Allmendinger 0.0 35.0 11.0 31.5 35.0 10 28.1 24.6
29 Scott Riggs 29.0 24.5 14.5 30.0 24.5 34 24.5 24.7
30 Bill Elliott 14.0 19.0 17.0 11.0 18.0 59 15.8 25.3
31 Brian Vickers 23.5 20.0 33.0 24.0 21.0 35 24.3 26.5
32 Kurt Busch 18.0 9.0 21.0 12.5 18.0 61 15.7 26.7
33 Paul Menard 27.0 24.0 30.0 33.5 21.0 13 27.1 26.7
34 Michael Waltrip 22.0 22.0 35.0 25.0 22.5 84 25.3 27.7
35 Elliott Sadler 24.0 24.0 28.0 18.5 18.5 77 22.6 28.4
36 Reed Sorenson 31.0 33.5 25.0 32.0 26.5 22 29.6 28.5
37 Regan Smith 34.0 25.0 34.0 29.0 29.0 8 30.2 29.2
38 Robby Gordon 30.0 26.5 27.0 28.0 22.0 60 26.7 30.6
39 Joe Nemechek 19.0 27.0 21.0 21.0 26.0 82 22.8 33.4
40 Sterling Marlin 18.0 13.0 26.0 16.5 27.0 82 20.1 35.3
41 Sam Hornish Jr 41.0 33.0 37.0 38.0 30.0 7 35.8 35.5
42 Marcos Ambrose 0.0 0.0 42.0 0.0 32.0 2 37.0 37.0
43 Joey Logano 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0