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Driver Averages | Laps Led Leaders | Driver Ratings | Past Winners

Detailed driver notes and statistics to help set your fantasy racing lineup for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway.

Who’s HOT at ISM

  • Kyle Busch has won the last two races and finished in the top 10 in the last eight.
  • Kevin Harvick has won seven of the last 15 races and has a 3.5 average finish in that span.
  • Denny Hamlin has finished in the top 10 in seven of the last 10 races. He won the spring race in 2012.
  • Aric Almirola is the only other driver besides Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick that has finished in the top 10 in each of the last four races.
  • Kyle Larson has finished sixth or better in four of his last six starts.
  • Martin Truex Jr. (7.0) and Chase Elliott (10.8) have the third and fifth-best respective average finish in the last five races.

Keep an Eye On at ISM

  • Ryan Blaney led 94 laps from the pole en route to a third-place finish in the spring at ISM.
  • Brad Keselowski (8.8), Kurt Busch (10.5), Clint Bowyer (11.7), Joey Logano (11.9) and Ryan Newman (12.6) each rank in the top 10 in average finish in the 10 races at tracks 1.058 miles and less in length with the 750 horsepower rules package.
  • Matt DiBenedetto has posted an 8.8 average finish in the last five races at ovals with the 750 horsepower rules package.
  • Erik Jones has finished in the top 10 in three of the last five races at ISM.
  • Jimmie Johnson finished eighth in the spring and has four wins at ISM, but has not won since the track was repaved and reconfigured.
  • William Byron finished ninth in this event last year and is coming off a second-place finish with the 750 horsepower rules package (Martinsville).

Notes: Sunday’s Bluegreen Vacations 500 will mark the 11th race at tracks 1.058 miles and less in length with the 750 horsepower rules package…Teams will run the same right-side tire code they ran in March with a new left-side code (construction update)…Sunday will mark the 17th race since ISM Raceway was repaved and reconfigured and the third with the start/finish line in a new location and a new pit road layout…The third starting position has produced the most race winners (6) at ISM with Dale Earnhardt Jr. the last to win from that position in this event in 2015…Toyota has won three of the last four races.

*Best Average Finish at ISM

Last # of Races Driver Average Finish
Two Races Kyle Busch 1.0
Four Races Kyle Busch 2.8
Six Races Kyle Busch 2.7
Eight Races Kyle Busch 3.0
Ten Races Kevin Harvick 3.5

*The best average finish is based off a driver entered in the race who has competed in every race during that time span.

Laps Led Leaders at ISM

Last # of Races Driver Laps Led
Two Races Kyle Busch 294
Four Races Kyle Busch 422
Six Races Kyle Busch 536
Eight Races Kyle Busch 612
Ten Races Kevin Harvick 881

Click Here to view all laps led leaders at ISM over the past 10 races.

ISM Loop Data Stat Leaders (Last Five Races)

Average Running Pos. Laps in Top 15
 1. Kyle Busch – 3.9  1. Kyle Busch – 1,547
 2. Kevin Harvick – 6.7  2. Kevin Harvick – 1,445
 3. Chase Elliott – 7.6  3. Martin Truex Jr. – 1,418
 4. Martin Truex Jr. – 8.1  4. Chase Elliott – 1,358
 5. Denny Hamlin – 8.3  5. Denny Hamlin – 1,323
Fastest Laps Run Driver Rating
 1. Kyle Busch – 252  1. Kyle Busch – 129.4
 2. Chase Elliott – 147  2. Kevin Harvick – 111.2
 3. Kevin Harvick – 108  3. Chase Elliott – 104.2
 4. Brad Keselowski – 97  4. Denny Hamlin – 104.1
 5. Denny Hamlin – 90  5. Martin Truex Jr. – 103.3

Top 10 Stage 1 & 2 Points Earned at ISM
Five Races

Driver Points Earned
Kyle Busch 71
Kyle Larson 52
Chase Elliott 48
Brad Keselowski 44
Denny Hamlin 42
Kevin Harvick 41
Martin Truex Jr. 34
Ryan Blaney 29
Joey Logano 23
Kurt Busch 21

2019 Spring Stage Finishes at ISM

Stage 1 Stage 2
1. Ryan Blaney 1. Kyle Busch
2. Aric Almirola 2. Clint Bowyer
3. Joey Logano 3. Kevin Harvick
4. Alex Bowman 4. Martin Truex Jr.
5. Kyle Busch 5. Denny Hamlin
6. Kyle Larson 6. Ryan Newman
7. Austin Dillon 7. Jimmie Johnson
8. William Byron 8. Joey Logano
9. Chase Elliott 9. Chase Elliott
10. Kevin Harvick 10. Kurt Busch

Top Five in Stage Points Earned in 2019 (34 Races)

Driver Stage Points Stage Wins
Joey Logano 337 10
Kevin Harvick 304 6
Martin Truex Jr. 271 8
Kyle Busch 262 11
Denny Hamlin 240 5

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MRN.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Denny Hamlin
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Driver Notes – Ordered by Average Finish (Top 15) in the Last Five Races at ISM

Kyle Busch has finished in the top 10 in the last eight races at ISM Raceway, including wins in the last two events. He has combined to lead 422 laps in the last three races, 311 laps more than second-place ranked Kevin Harvick in that span. This season, Busch has nine top 10s, which includes two wins, in the 10 races at tracks 1.058 miles and less in length with the 750 horsepower rules package.

Kevin Harvick has finished in the top 10 in the last 12 races at ISM Raceway, including six wins. Overall, Harvick has nine wins with one other (2012 fall race) coming on the current surface and configuration, excluding the replacement of the start-finish line. This season, Harvick has one win and the fifth-best average finish (9.4) in the 10 races at tracks 1.058 miles and less in length with the 750 horsepower rules package.

Martin Truex Jr. has finished in the top five in three of the last four races at ISM Raceway, including a second-place finish in the spring. This season, Truex Jr. leads all drivers in wins (4) and average finish (5.2) in the 10 races at tracks 1.058 miles and less in length with the 750 horsepower rules package.

Aric Almirola has finished in the top 10 in the last four races at ISM Raceway. Almirola scored his second consecutive fourth-place finish in the spring after leading 26 laps. Almirola, who is coming off his best finish of the season at Texas, saw his only top 10s at tracks 1.058 miles and less in length with the 750 horsepower rules package come early in the season at ISM and Martinsville.

Chase Elliott has finished in the top 10 in four of his seven starts at ISM Raceway. He’s recorded a 5.4 average start and has started fourth or better in the last four races. Elliott has three top 10s and 265 laps led at tracks 1.058 miles and less in length with the 750 horsepower rules package. His last two starts with the 750 package have resulted in tough luck at Dover (engine) and Martinsville (broken axle).

Ryan Newman finished 12th in the spring in his first start at ISM Raceway with Roush Fenway Racing. The finish marked his fifth of 12th or better in the last six races, that includes a win in the 2017 spring race with Richard Childress Racing. This season, Newman has posted five top 10s and the 10th-best average finish (12.6) in the 10 races at tracks 1.058 miles and less in length with the 750 horsepower rules package.

Brad Keselowski finished second in this event last year for his second top five in the last five races at ISM Raceway. He started fifth and was in the top 10 when the right-front tire went down in Turn 1, damaging the right-front sway bar mount, relegating him to a 19th-place finish. This season, Keselowski has posted six top 10s and the fourth-best average finish (8.8) in the 10 races at tracks 1.058 miles and less in length with the 750 horsepower rules package.

Erik Jones has posted three top 10s in six starts at ISM Raceway. He finished 29th in the spring after a mechanical issue caused a loose wheel. This season, Jones has posted two top 10s and a 20.1 average finish in the 10 races at tracks 1.058 miles and less in length with the 750 horsepower rules package.

Denny Hamlin has finished in the top 10 in seven of the last 10 races at ISM Raceway. He dominated this event in 2017, leading 193 laps, but finished 35th after a tire went down following contact from Chase Elliott. This season, Hamlin has posted one win and has the second-best average finish (5.6) in the 10 races at tracks 1.058 miles and less in length with the 750 horsepower rules package.

Kyle Larson has posted a 4.5 average finish in his last two starts at ISM Raceway. He ranks second in stage points earned in the last five races. Larson has finished in the top 10 in the last four races at tracks 1.058 miles and less in length with the 750 horsepower rules package, including a win at Dover.

William Byron finished ninth last year in this event for his only top 10 in three starts at ISM Raceway. He was running 13th but was forced to pit for a loose wheel on Lap 277 in the spring and finished 24th. Byron finished second two weeks ago at Martinsville for his second top 10 in the 10 races at tracks 1.058 miles and less in length with the 750 horsepower rules package.

Austin Dillon finished eighth last year in this event for his second top 10 in 11 starts at ISM Raceway. This season, Dillon only has one top 10 with the 750 horsepower rules package and that came at Richmond in the spring.

Clint Bowyer has finished 13th or better in four of his five starts at ISM Raceway with Stewart-Haas Racing, including a sixth-place finish in the 2018 spring race. Bowyer, who finished 11th in the spring, has the seventh-best average finish (11.7) in the 10 races at tracks 1.058 miles and less in length with the 750 horsepower rules package.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scored his only top 10s in 13 starts at ISM Raceway in the two races in 2017. His 13th-place finish in the spring at ISM is his best finish this season with the 750 horsepower rules package.

Jimmie Johnson is a four-time winner at ISM Raceway, but has not won since the track was repaved and reconfigured in 2011. Johnson finished eighth in the spring for one of his four top 10s in the 10 races this season at tracks 1.058 miles and less in length with the 750 horsepower rules package.