Bristol: In the Loop

'In The Loop' At Bristol Motor Speedway Loop Data Provides Insight To Scouting Sunday's Food City 500 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 21, 2007) -- There's a reason all eyes will be on Bristol Motor Speedway this Sunday. The Car of Tomorrow offers ...

'In The Loop' At Bristol Motor Speedway
Loop Data Provides Insight To Scouting Sunday's Food City 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 21, 2007) -- There's a reason all eyes will be on Bristol Motor Speedway this Sunday. The Car of Tomorrow offers something that fascinates all: the unknown. Will there be a difference? How much? Sunday will be a three-hour glimpse into the future.

But one thing is very well known about Bristol: Matt Kenseth is brilliant there. He has negotiated Bristol's high-banked terrain with incredible success, and the white-knuckle bumper-to-bumper racing that would send most cowering has instead brought the best out of the 2003 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion.

The stats speak for themselves. With two wins and a third place finish in the last three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Bristol, Kenseth is in a class by himself.

Look at some of these Average Running Position numbers. Kenseth leads all drivers with an Average Running Position of 3.464 over the last four Bristol races. In second is another Bristol master, Jeff Gordon. Though his Average Running Position (7.684) also is impressive, it's still over four positions behind Kenseth's.

The Loop Data features a stat that illustrates consistency called "Laps in the Top 15." With Kenseth at Bristol, we can narrow it down even more than the Top 15.

Kenseth has spent an absurd amount of time in the top five -- 89% of his laps. In the August 2005 race at Bristol, Kenseth led 415 laps. He has led more than 100 laps in each of his last three appearances at the .533-mile track.

In fact, in terms of Average Running Position, Kenseth has more success at Bristol than any other driver at any other track.

Kenseth's pre-race average Driver Rating at Bristol is best in the series. He has a 127.7 Driver Rating, which is over 20 points higher than the second-best active driver, Jeff Gordon (106.2). Rusty Wallace, who retired after the 2005 season, has a Driver Rating of 111.4 in two races at Bristol.

Kenseth's Driver Rating in the August 2005 race was a near-perfect 148.8, just two-tenths off the perfect 150.0. Only four times in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competition has a driver scored a better Driver Rating than Kenseth did in that Bristol race.

Kenseth also is tops at Bristol in Fastest Laps Run (195), Green Flag Speed, Fastest on the Frontstretch and Fastest on the Backstretch.

-credit: nascar

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Rusty Wallace