Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, going into the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix this Sunday, March 26 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
2023 NASCAR Cup Series Driver Playoff Outlook Following Race No. 5RankDriversPointsStartsWinsStagesPlayoff PtsPoints From Cutoff1Joey Logano1775116In On Wins2Kyle Busch15351053Ricky Stenhouse Jr.12451054William Byron5552335Christopher Bell1765000746Ross Chastain1725033707Ryan Blaney1615000598Brad Keselowski1605011589Kevin Harvick15550005310Martin Truex Jr.14550004311Denny Hamlin14050003812Daniel Suarez12950002713Austin Cindric12650112414Chris Buescher12250002015Corey LaJoie11350001116Tyler Reddick1115000917Bubba Wallace1025000-918AJ Allmendinger925000-1919Michael McDowell925000-1920Ty Gibbs #905000-2121Alex Bowman85500-10-2622Erik Jones825000-2923Austin Dillon805000-3124Chase Briscoe725000-3925Noah Gragson #685000-4326Todd Gilliland685000-4327Ryan Preece635000-4828Aric Almirola635000-4829Harrison Burton515000-6030Cody Ware505000-6131Kyle Larson43501-9-6832Ty Dillon315000-8033BJ McLeod275000-8434Justin Haley-25500-10-136Note: Must compete in every race of the season to be eligible for the Playoffs or be granted a waiver by NASCAR.
COTA DRIVER-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
(Driver stats below are from 2005 — Present)
AJ Allmendinger (No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet)One top five, one top 10Average Finish of 19.000, 12th-bestAverage Running Position of 10.577, sixth-bestDriver Rating of 93.9, eighth-best4 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best86 Laps in the Top 15 (69.9%), eighth-most63 Quality Passes, sixth-mostRyan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford)One top 10, one poleAverage Finish of 11.500, sixth-bestAverage Running Position of 15.705, 13th-bestDriver Rating of 85.5, 10th-best4 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best72 Laps in the Top 15 (58.5%), 12th-most40 Quality Passes, 16th-mostAlex Bowman (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)One top five, two top 10sAverage Finish of 5.000, third-bestAverage Running Position of 11.893, ninth-bestDriver Rating of 99.7, third-best4 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best88 Laps in the Top 15 (71.5%), sixth-most55 Quality Passes, seventh-mostChase Briscoe (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)One top 10Average Finish of 18.000, 11th-bestAverage Running Position of 12.878, 11th-bestDriver Rating of 83.2, 11th-best3 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best84 Laps in the Top 15 (68.3%), ninth-most71 Quality Passes, fifth-mostKyle Busch (No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet)One top 10Average Finish of 19.000, 13th-bestAverage Running Position of 9.065, second-bestDriver Rating of 92.4, ninth-best9 Fastest Laps Run, third-best102 Laps in the Top 15 (82.9%), second-most80 Quality Passes, second-mostWilliam Byron (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)Two top 15sAverage Finish of 11.500, seventh-bestAverage Running Position of 17.192, 15th-bestDriver Rating of 83.0, 12th-bestZero Fastest Laps Run60 Laps in the Top 15 (48.8%), 13th-most45 Quality Passes, 13th-mostRoss Chastain (No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet)One win, two top fives, two top 10sAverage Finish of 2.500, series-bestAverage Running Position of 6.785, series-bestDriver Rating of 125.8, series-best20 Fastest Laps Run, series-best112 Laps in the Top 15 (91.1%), series-most75 Quality Passes, third-mostAustin Cindric (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)One top 10Average Finish of 16.500, ninth-bestAverage Running Position of 10.562, fifth-bestDriver Rating of 96.1, sixth-best8 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best89 Laps in the Top 15 (72.4%), fifth-most47 Quality Passes, 12th-mostKyle Larson (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)One top five, one top 10Average Finish of 15.500, eighth-bestAverage Running Position of 12.436, 10th-bestDriver Rating of 97.5, fourth-best5 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best87 Laps in the Top 15 (70.7%), seventh-most80 Quality Passes, series-mostJoey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)One top five, one top 10Average Finish of 17.000, 10th-bestAverage Running Position of 11.890, eighth-bestDriver Rating of 97.4, fifth-best3 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best76 Laps in the Top 15 (61.8%), 11th-most47 Quality Passes, 11th-mostMichael McDowell (No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford)One top 10Average Finish of 10.000, fifth-bestAverage Running Position of 16.360, 14th-bestDriver Rating of 82.2, 13th-best2 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best54 Laps in the Top 15 (43.9%), 15th-most52 Quality Passes, eighth-mostTyler Reddick (No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota)One top five, two top 10s, one poleAverage Finish of 7.000, fourth-bestAverage Running Position of 9.521, fourth-bestDriver Rating of 95.8, seventh-bestZero Fastest Laps Run95 Laps in the Top 15 (77.2%), fourth-most50 Quality Passes, 10th-most
NASCAR Cup Series 2023 Top 16 in the Driver Standings at Circuit of The Americas
RankDriverRacesPolesWinsTop FivesTop 10sDNFsAverage FinishDriver Rating1Joey Logano2001101797.42Christopher Bell20011120.571.33Ross Chastain2012202.5125.84Ryan Blaney21001011.585.55Brad Keselowski20000016.554.56Kevin Harvick2000012454.87Kyle Busch2000101992.48Martin Truex Jr2000112181.79Denny Hamlin2000001679.910Daniel Suárez20000028.564.611Austin Cindric20001016.596.112Ricky Stenhouse Jr20000129.552.313Chris Buescher2000001771.114Corey Lajoie2000012847.915Tyler Reddick210120795.816Bubba Wallace20000238.561.7
* — Based on two races at the Circuit of The Americas (2005 — 2022).
Circuit of The Americas Track Data
Season Race #: 6 of 36 (03-26-23)
Track Size: 3.41-miles
Track Type: Multi-Elevational Counterclockwise Road Course
Number of Turns: 20
Race Length: 68 laps (231.88-miles)
Stage 1 and 2 Length: 15 laps (each)
Final Stage Length: 38 laps
Circuit of The Americas Qualifying & Race Record Data
Track Qualifying Record:
Ryan Blaney, Ford, 92.759 mph, 132.343 seconds, May 26, 2022
2022 COTA Pole Winner:
Ryan Blaney, Ford, 92.759 mph, 132.343 seconds, May 26, 2022
2021 COTA Pole Winner:
Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 91.363 mph, 132.911 seconds, May 23, 2021
Track Race Record:
Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 70.253 mph, (3:20:57), May 27, 2022
2022 COTA Race Winner:
Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 70.253 mph, (3:20:57), May 27, 2022
2021 COTA Race Winner:
Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 59.024 mph, (3:07:11), May 23, 2021
Circuit of The Americas Stats & Tidbits:
Construction began in 2010 on the Circuit of The Americas on 1,500 acres of land just outside of Austin, Texas.The 20-turn, 3.41-mile counterclockwise circuit takes advantage of the naturally undulating landscape, including a 133-foot hill at Turn 1.The track also has an amphitheater, the largest permanent outdoor amphitheater in Central Texas, and a 251-foot observation tower.The first race the Circuit of The Americas hosted was a Formula 1 race on November 18, 2012. The event was won by Lewis Hamilton.The first NASCAR Cup Series race held at the Circuit of The Americas was on May 23, 2021 and the event was shortened due to weather and was won by Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott.In total, Circuit of The Americas has hosted two NASCAR Cup Series races (2021-2022).
A total of 47 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series points-paying race at the Circuit of The Americas, and 32 different drivers have competed in two Cup races at COTA.Two drivers have made their first career NASCAR Cup Series start at the Circuit of The Americas – Kyle Tilley in 2021 – he started 39th and finished 31st. And Loris Hezemans in 2022 — he started 36th and finished 34th.Tyler Reddick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at the Circuit of The Americas with a 2.5 in two starts.
RankAll-Time DriversAvg. StartRaces1Tyler Reddick2.50022Ryan Blaney5.00023Joey Logano6.00024Austin Cindric6.50025Kyle Larson7.50026Alex Bowman8.50027Christopher Bell8.50028Cole Custer8.50029Daniel Suárez8.500210Kyle Busch9.5002
Two drivers have won a NASCAR Cup Series pole at Circuit of The Americas:
o Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 91.363 mph, 132.911 seconds, May 23, 2021
o Ryan Blaney, Ford, 92.759 mph, 132.343 seconds, May 26, 2022
One driver has won his first career pole at the Circuit of The Americas in the NASCAR Cup Series – Tyler Reddick on May 23, 2021.Youngest Cup pole winner at the Circuit of The Americas: Tyler Reddick (May 23, 2021 — 25 years, 5 months and 25 days).Oldest Cup pole winner at the Circuit of The Americas: Ryan Blaney (March 26, 2022 — 28 years, 1 months and 54 days).Two organizations have won a pole at the Circuit of The Americas in the NASCAR Cup Series — Richard Childress Racing (Tyler Reddick, 2021) and Team Penske (Ryan Blaney, 2022).Two manufacturers have won the pole in the NASCAR Cup Series at COTA – Chevrolet (2021) and Ford (2022).
Two drivers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Circuit of The Americas: Chase Elliott (2021) and Ross Chastain (2022).
o Hendrick Motorsport‘s Chase Elliott won the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at the Circuit of The Americas on May 23, 2021 — he started from the eighth position.
o Trackhouse Racing‘s Ross Chastain the NASCAR Cup Series race at the Circuit of The Americas on March 27, 2022 — he started from the 16th position.
A total of 57 different drivers have won on a road course in the NASCAR Cup Series, led by NASCAR Hall of FamerJeff Gordon with nine (Sonoma, five; Watkins Glen, four) road course victories.NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart has the second most road course wins all-time in the series with eight (Watkins Glen, five; Sonoma, three).NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison holds the NASCAR Cup Series record for the most wins at a single road course track with six victories at Riverside International Raceway (1971, 1973, 1975, 1979, 1981 sweep).A total of 12 active NASCAR Cup Series road course winners are entered this weekend at COTA.
Active Road Course Winners in the NASCAR Cup Series
Active Road Course Winners (12)Total WinsSonomaWGICharlotteDaytonaIndyCOTARoad AmericaKyle Busch42200000Martin Truex Jr43100000Kyle Larson41210000Kevin Harvick21100000AJ Allmendinger20100100Christopher Bell20011000Tyler Reddick20000101Joey Logano10100000Ryan Blaney10010000Denny Hamlin10100000Daniel Suárez11000000Jimmie Johnson11000000Ross Chastain10000010
Youngest Cup race winner at the Circuit of The Americas: Chase Elliott (May 23, 2021 — 25 years, 5 months and 25 days).Oldest Cup race winner at the Circuit of The Americas: Ross Chastain (March 27, 2022 — 29 years, 3 months and 23 days).Two organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at the Circuit of The Americas — Hendrick Motorsports (Chase Elliott, 2021) and Trackhouse Racing (Ross Chastain, 2022).One manufacturer has won in the NASCAR Cup Series at the Circuit of The Americas — Chevrolet in 2021 and 2022.
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
Two drivers have finished runner-up in the NASCAR Cup Series at the Circuit of The Americas – Kyle Larson in 2021 and Alex Bowman in 2022.
A total of eight different drivers have finished in the top-five in the NASCAR Cup Series at the Circuit of the Americas:
o 2021 — 1. Chase Elliott, 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Joey Logano, 4. Ross Chastain, 5. A.J. Allmendinger.
o 2022 — 1. Ross Chastain, 2. Alex Bowman, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Chase Elliott, 5. Tyler Reddick.
A total of 16 different drivers have finished in the top-10 in the NASCAR Cup Series at the Circuit of The Americas:
o 2021 — 1. Chase Elliott, 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Joey Logano, 4. Ross Chastain, 5. A.J. Allmendinger, 6. Chase Briscoe, 7. Michael McDowell, 8. Alex Bowman, 9. Tyler Reddick, 10. Kyle Busch.
o 2022 — 1. Ross Chastain, 2. Alex Bowman, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Chase Elliott, 5. Tyler Reddick, 6. Ryan Blaney, 7. Martin Truex Jr., 8. Austin Cindric, 9. Erik Jones, 10. Austin Dillon.
Ross Chastain and Chase Elliott lead the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at the Circuit of The Americas with a 2.5 in two starts each.
RankAll-Time DriversAvg. FinishRaces1Chase Elliott2.50022Ross Chastain2.50023Alex Bowman5.00024Tyler Reddick7.00025Michael McDowell10.00026Austin Dillon11.00027Ryan Blaney11.50028William Byron11.50029Erik Jones12.500210Kyle Larson15.5002
A total of 16 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have led at least one lap at the Circuit of The Americas.Ross Chastain leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at the Circuit of The Americas with 35 laps led (28% of his laps completed).The most laps led by the race winner in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at the Circuit of The Americas was 31 laps led by Ross Chastain on March 27, 2022.The fewest laps led by the race winner in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at the Circuit of The Americas was five laps led by Chase Elliott on May 23, 2021.The most laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at the Circuit of The Americas by a driver that did not win the race was 15 laps led by Daniel Suárez — he started second and ultimately finished 24th in the race.
All-Time Cup Lap Leaders at the Circuit of The Americas Road Course
RankLap LeadersRacesLedCompleted% Led1Ross Chastain23512328%2Joey Logano21612313%3Austin Cindric21512312%4Daniel Suárez21511513%5Kyle Busch21212310%6Chase Elliott251234%7Kyle Larson241233%8Alex Bowman231232%9Denny Hamlin231232%10Martin Truex Jr23933%11Michael McDowell231232%12AJ Allmendinger221222%13Chase Briscoe221232%14Ryan Preece12544%15Tyler Reddick221232%16Ryan Blaney211231%
TRACK / EVENT STATS
The closest Margin of Victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Circuit of The Americas was 1.331 seconds in the March 27, 2022 race.One of the two NASCAR Cup Series races at the Circuit of The Americas was shortened and ended under caution due to weather:ScheduledActualFewer LapsWinnerDate685414Chase ElliottSunday, May 23, 2021
Additional NASCAR Cup Series COTA Event Stats
CategoriesLast RaceMost/LargestFewest/SmallestCars:3940 (05/23/2021)39 (03/27/2022)Lead Changes:1313 (03/27/2022)11 (05/23/2021)Leaders:910 (05/23/2021)9 (03/27/2022)Cautions:99 (03/27/2022)6 (05/23/2021)Caution Laps:1314 (05/23/2021)13 (03/27/2022)Lead Lap Finish:3232 (03/27/2022)31 (05/23/2021)Running at Finish:3333 — 2 Times (03/27/2022)33 — 2 Times (03/27/2022)The final lead change of the NASCAR Cup Series May 23, 2021 race took place with five laps to go – Chase Elliott passed Alex Bowman for the lead.The final lead change of the NASCAR Cup Series March 27, 2022 race took place with two laps to go — Ross Chastain passed Tyler Reddick for the lead.
NASCAR IN TEXAS
There have been 149 NASCAR national series races among four tracks in the state of Texas.Track NameCityCupXfinityTruckCombinedFirst YearTexas Motor SpeedwayFort Worth4244481341995Texas World SpeedwayCollege Station80081969Circuit of The AmericasAustin22262021Meyer SpeedwayHouston10011971Totals534650149
The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Texas was a NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas. The event was held on December 7, 1969 and it was won by Bobby Isaac (Dodge).
TEXANS IN NASCAR
A total of 96 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Texas.A total of 10 different drivers from Texas have won at least one race in NASCAR‘s three national series.NASCAR Hall of Famer Terry Labonte leads all Texas drivers with 34 NASCAR national series wins.
Winners from Texas:
Texan Race WinnersCupXfinityTruckCombinedTerry Labonte2211134Bobby Labonte2110132A.J. Foyt7007Billy Wade4004Chris Buescher2305Bobby Hillin Jr1203Johnny Rutherford1001James Buescher0167David Starr0044Colin Braun0011Totals58271398