Similar Track Averages: Phoenix International Raceway

“We’ve been to a short, flat track already this year a few weeks ago in Martinsville. This week, it is another short(ish), flat track at Phoenix International Raceway.

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.

Recent Performance is Better Then Career Performance

I do like to see how a driver does at a track through his career. It points to his strengths as a racer. But, I like to base my fantasy picks on how a driver has done recently at a track. I just can’t look at Bobby Labonte’s or Sterling Marlin’s career stats because they are not in the same quality equipment they once were.

So, this table is sorted by 2008/2009 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 Phoenix International Raceway. It is 1-mile long and has shallow 11° banking. I like to compile stats at this track with the other short and shallow tracks on the NASCAR circuit: New Hampshire. Martinsville and Richmond.

The Similarities

  • Phoenix: 1-mile with 11° banking
  • New Hampshire: 1.058-mile with 12° banking
  • Martinsville: .526-mile with 12° banking
  • Richmond: .75-mile with 14° banking
Rank Driver Phoenix N Hamp Martinsville Richmond Starts Avg 08 & 09 Avg
1 Jimmie Johnson 4.0 9.0 3.0 16.0 54 8.0 5.8
2 Mark Martin 10.0 10.0 12.0 9.0 80 10.3 6.8
3 Denny Hamlin 5.0 7.0 4.0 4.5 27 5.1 7.0
4 Carl Edwards 6.0 13.0 16.5 13.0 37 12.1 8.3
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr 9.0 13.0 8.0 10.0 70 10.0 9.1
6 Tony Stewart 8.0 6.5 7.0 6.5 75 7.0 9.1
7 Jeff Burton 9.0 10.0 9.0 12.0 89 10.0 9.8
8 Clint Bowyer 12.0 23.0 10.0 11.0 26 14.0 9.9
9 Kevin Harvick 13.5 10.0 13.5 7.5 60 11.1 10.9
10 Jeff Gordon 7.0 6.5 4.0 9.5 89 6.8 13.0
11 Greg Biffle 14.0 14.0 20.0 14.0 49 15.5 13.8
12 Martin Truex Jr 16.0 6.0 21.0 22.0 25 16.3 15.6
13 Marcos Ambrose 18.0 0.0 14.0 0.0 2 16.0 16.0
14 Bobby Labonte 12.0 13.5 12.0 15.0 89 13.1 17.3
15 Kurt Busch 11.0 13.0 23.0 18.5 62 16.4 18.8
16 Casey Mears 30.0 22.0 21.0 25.5 47 24.6 19.0
17 Kyle Busch 8.0 18.0 18.0 4.0 33 12.0 19.0
18 David Reutimann 25.0 22.5 24.0 17.5 16 22.3 19.5
19 Kasey Kahne 17.0 13.5 17.0 14.5 40 15.5 19.6
20 Juan Pablo Montoya 17.0 21.0 13.0 31.0 17 20.5 21.3
21 Michael Waltrip 24.0 24.5 23.5 28.0 80 25.0 22.0
22 David Ragan 29.5 23.5 20.0 18.5 18 22.9 22.5
23 Jamie McMurray 23.0 22.5 9.0 27.0 48 20.4 23.0
24 Ryan Newman 18.0 9.0 13.0 8.5 56 12.1 25.6
25 Regan Smith 29.0 29.5 26.0 22.0 11 26.6 26.0
26 Reed Sorenson 30.0 19.5 35.0 22.0 25 26.6 26.1
27 Paul Menard 23.5 26.5 24.5 28.5 16 25.8 26.5
28 Elliott Sadler 28.5 19.5 28.0 23.0 75 24.8 27.4
29 AJ Allmendinger 16.0 38.0 25.0 35.5 12 28.6 27.4
30 Sterling Marlin 26.5 22.0 13.5 19.5 77 20.4 28.5
31 Brian Vickers 18.0 17.0 23.0 32.0 36 22.5 28.5
32 Matt Kenseth 13.0 10.0 13.0 11.0 68 11.8 29.3
33 Bill Elliott 30.0 24.0 16.0 22.5 61 23.1 29.8
34 Dave Blaney 24.5 31.0 31.0 26.0 64 28.1 30.0
35 David Gilliland 28.0 36.0 30.0 36.0 21 32.5 30.3
36 Sam Hornish Jr 30.0 34.5 34.0 30.5 10 32.3 31.4
37 Joey Logano 0.0 32.0 32.0 0.0 2 32.0 32.0
38 Robby Gordon 28.5 24.5 37.5 32.0 65 30.6 32.1
39 Joe Nemechek 24.0 27.0 23.5 25.5 85 25.0 37.0
40 Scott Speed 40.0 0.0 34.5 0.0 3 37.3 37.3