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NASCAR playoff update: Statistically speaking, numbers favor Team Penske at Las Vegas

Godwin Kelly
Washington County News
Brad Keselowski has scored the most Las Vegas career wins of any driver in this year's NASCAR playoff.

If you are looking for a racing organization with an edge at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, search no further than Team Penske.

Brad Keselowski tops the list of NASCAR playoff drivers with three career victories at the 1.5-mile oval.

Right behind him is teammate Joey Logano, who has a pair of wins and boasts the top average finish of any postseason driver. Logano has made 14 starts and his average finish is 8.0. “Kez” is next on that list at 11.3.

Of course, the guy to beat right now is Kevin Harvick, who has three wins in his last five Cup series starts, which includes two triumphs in the opening round of the NASCAR playoffs.

Ironically, the driver with the worst average finish at NASCAR’s next stop is Las Vegas native son Kurt Busch, who currently occupies the playoff standings cellar.

In 21 career starts Busch has no wins and a finishing average of 22.5 at Las Vegas.

Kevin Harvick

POINTS LEADER: 3,067

LAST FIVE RACES: Dover, 1st; Daytona, 20th; Darlington, 1st; Richmond, 7th; Bristol, 1st

CAREER AT LAS VEGAS: 22 starts, 2 wins, 7 top-5, 13.9 average finish

Denny Hamlin

POINTS BACK: 19

LAST FIVE RACES: 19th, 3rd, 13th, 12th, 21st

CAREER AT LAS VEGAS: 17 starts, 0 wins, 2 top-5, 14.0 average finish

Brad Keselowski

POINTS BACK: 32

LAST FIVE RACES: 8th, 10th, 11th, 1st, 34th

CAREER AT LAS VEGAS: 14 starts, 3 wins, 7 top-5, 11.3 average finish

Joey Logano

POINTS BACK: 45

LAST FIVE RACES: 6th, 27th, 3rd, 3rd, 11th

CAREER AT LAS VEGAS: 14 starts, 2 wins, 6 top-5, 8.0 average finish

Chase Elliott

POINTS BACK: 46

LAST FIVE RACES:  39th, 2nd, 20th, 5th, 7th

CAREER AT LAS VEGAS: 7 starts, 0 wins, 2 top-5, 21.4 average finish

Martin Truex Jr.

POINTS BACK: 51

LAST FIVE RACES: 2nd, 4th, 22nd, 2nd , 24th  

CAREER AT LAS VEGAS: 17 starts, 2 wins, 5 top-5, 11.4 average finish

Alex Bowman

POINTS BACK: 58

LAST FIVE RACES:  5th, 7th, 6th, 9th , 16th

CAREER AT LAS VEGAS: 7 starts, 0 wins, 0 top-5, 20.7 average finish

Austin Dillon

POINTS BACK: 62

LAST FIVE RACES: 9th, 25th, 2nd, 4th, 12th

CAREER AT LAS VEGAS: 10 starts, 0 wins, 2 top-5, 14.7 average finish

Aric Almirola

POINTS BACK: 62

LAST FIVE RACES: 7th, 18th, 9th, 8th, 5th

CAREER AT LAS VEGAS: 14 starts, 0 wins, 0 top-5, 22.1 average finish

Kyle Busch

POINTS BACK: 63

LAST FIVE RACES: 11th, 33rd, 7th, 6th, 2nd

CAREER AT LAS VEGAS: 18 starts, 1 win, 7 top-5, 12.8 average finish

Clint Bowyer

POINTS BACK: 63

LAST FIVE RACES: 16th, 19th, 10th, 10th, 6th

CAREER AT LAS VEGAS: 17 starts, 0 wins, 1 top-5, 17.9 average finish

Kurt Busch

POINTS BACK: 66

LAST FIVE RACES: 13th, 34th, 8th, 13th, 15th

CAREER AT LAS VEGAS: 21 starts, 0 wins, 2 top-5, 22.5 average finish