On Track Passing Up In Cup Series Despite Challenges

Fans have groaned a lot over the last few years about the on track product in the NASCAR Cup Series. While a lot of people are wanting to go back to higher horsepower and lower downforce, stats have proven that maybe passing isn’t as bad as we thought it was. 

Through 31 races, the racing is actually been pretty good thus far. That means despite the hopes of altering this product, I don’t think it’s going to happen any time soon anymore. 

  • The 2020 season had produced the series-most green flag passes for the lead (1,071) through 31 races in the last 14 seasons (2007-2020).  The 2010 season has produced the second-most at 1,037.  
  • The 2020 season has seen a year-over-year increase of green flag passes for the lead of +6.89% compared to 2019 (1,002) through 31 races.
  • The 2020 season had produced the seventh-most green flag passes (100,774) in the last 14 seasons (2007-2020); just slightly under (-0.75%) the 2019 season (101,539).    
  • The average number of lead changes per race (20.13) through the first 31 events are the most since 2014 (21.00). 
  • The average number of leaders per race (9.23) through the first 31 events are the most since 2014 (9.77). 
  • 18 of this season’s 31 races have had a margin of victory of less than a second – the most since 2013 (18). The average margin of victory for the first 31 races of 2020 is 1.373 seconds.
  • The 2020 season has produced 12 different race winners, led by Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick with nine victories.
  • Ford leads the series in wins in 2020 with 17 victories.

With a wild road course this weekend, those stats could all improve further still. With these stats, I don’t think NASCAR is going to change the racing package anytime soon.

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