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Roush Fenway Racing Enjoys Home Track Advantage

The apparent home track advantage could most benefit David Ragan, who is struggling coming off a promising 2008 campaign. Ragan has just one top-10 finish after scoring 14 last season. He currently sits 31st in the points standings.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 10, 2009) – Roush Fenway Racing co-owner Jack Roush owns a home and a business about 45 minutes from Michigan International Speedway.

Statistically, the home track advantage is huge. The team’s 11 wins there are tied with the Wood Brothers for most all-time at the 2-mile track. Michigan also is Roush Fenway’s most prolific track, edging out Bristol, where it has 10 wins.

Three of his drivers own multiple wins at Michigan: Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle have two wins apiece. Not surprisingly, the three rank in the top five in practically every key Loop Data statistic since its inception in 2005:

Driver Rating

 

                             

 

Driver                        DR

 

1. Carl Edwards       115.7

 

2. Jimmie Johnson     106.9

 

3. Matt Kenseth        106.4     

 

4. Greg Biffle           105.1

 

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  101.4

 


Average Running Position

 

                             

 

Driver                     ARP

 

1. Carl Edwards       7.0

 

2. Greg Biffle           9.0

 

3. Jimmie Johnson     9.4

 

4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  10.3

 

5. Matt Kenseth        11.5

 


Laps in the Top 15 %

 

                             

 

Driver                       FLR

 

1. Carl Edwards       90.2%

 

2. Greg Biffle           84.1%

 

3. Jimmie Johnson     79.4%

 

4. Matt Kenseth       79.0%

 

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  76.7%

 


Avg. Green Flag Speed

 

                             

 

Driver                        MPH

 

1. Carl Edwards       174.229

 

2. Jimmie Johnson     173.986

 

3. Greg Biffle           173.975

 

4. Matt Kenseth        173.932

 

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  173.728

 

Fastest Laps Run

 

Driver                      FLR

 

1. Carl Edwards       134

 

2. Jimmie Johnson     114

 

3. Greg Biffle             98

 

    Dale Earnhardt Jr.   98

 

5. Kurt Busch             93

 

 

The apparent home track advantage could most benefit David Ragan, who is struggling coming off a promising 2008 campaign. Ragan has just one top-10 finish after scoring 14 last season. He currently sits 31st in the points standings.

Some of his best performances have come at Michigan, though. In terms of Driver Rating, Michigan ranks as Ragan’s third-best track behind Homestead and Talladega. He has a Driver Rating of 82.2 at Michigan. In terms of average finish, Ragan’s 12.5 makes it his second-best track behind Kansas.

Below is Ragan’s race-by-race driver log at Michigan (all driver logs can be found on NASCARMedia.com). As the statistics show, he has improved with each visit:

David Ragan at Michigan

 

Date         Finish         ARP       FLR      LT15%      DR           Led

 

6/07              21           28.6          0          0            50.3          0

 

8/07              18           16.1          5          51.2        79.0          0

 

6/08              8            13.6          0          64           93.4          6

 

8/08              3            8.4            5          97.5        106.1        3

 

Total            12.5        16.7          10         53.2        82.2          9

 


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