Ranking the drivers who crash most frequently in the Sprint Cup Series

Image courtesy of @NASCAR.
Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

Every weekend, a handful of drivers get involved in a wreck that shape the rest of the season. Regardless of whether it was a huge accident at Talladega or simply getting spun out by another driver at Kansas — sorry, Matt Kenseth — they ruin a driver’s day.

While it’s a rarity for some racers, it’s become an all-too-common occurrence for others. Thanks to David Smith of Motorsport Analytics (subscription only), we can now see which drivers have crashed the most frequently.

  1. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.: 0.54 crashes per race
  2. Sam Hornish, Jr.: 0.46 crashes per race
  3. David Ragan: 0.46 crashes per race
  4. Jeb Burton: 0.43 crashes per race
  5. Kyle Larson: 0.41 crashes per race
  6. Trevor Bayne: 0.40 crashes per race
  7. Danica Patrick: 0.40 crashes per race
  8. Michael Annett: 0.38 crashes per race
  9. Jimmie Johnson: 0.34 crashes per race
  10. Clint Bowyer: 0.34 crashes per race
  11. Justin Allgaier: 0.34 crashes per race
  12. Tony Stewart: 0.34 crashes per race
  13. Joey Logano: 0.31 crashes per race
  14. Matt Kenseth: 0.27 crashes per race
  15. Austin Dillon: 0.26 crashes per race
  16. A.J. Allmendinger: 0.26 crashes per race
  17. J.J. Yeley: 0.24 crashes per race
  18. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: 0.23 crashes per race
  19. Ryan Newman: 0.23 crashes per race
  20. Greg Biffle: 0.23 crashes per race
  21. David Gilliland: 0.23 crashes per race
  22. Kurt Busch: 0.22 crashes per race
  23. Carl Edwards: 0.20 crashes per race.
  24. Michael McDowell: 0.20 crashes per race
  25. Denny Hamlin: 0.18 crashes per race
  26. Kyle Busch: 0.17 crashes per race
  27. Brad Keselowski: 0.17 crashes per race
  28. Martin Truex, Jr.: 0.17 crashes per race
  29. Jamie McMurray: 0.17 crashes per race
  30. Paul Menard: 0.17 crashes per race
  31. Alex Bowman: 0.15 crashes per race
  32. Aric Almirola: 0.14 crashes per race
  33. Kasey Kahne: 0.14 crashes per race
  34. Ryan Blaney: 0.13 crashes per race
  35. Josh Wise: 0.13 crashes per race
  36. Brett Moffitt: 0.13 crashes per race
  37. Kevin Harvick: 0.11 crashes per race
  38. Jeff Gordon: 0.11 crashes per race
  39. Cole Whitt: 0.11 crashes per race
  40. Casey Mears: 0.09 crashes per race
  41. Landon Cassill: 0.06 crashes per race

Yes, we know, the nickname for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. truly does fit.

Only 41 drivers were included because the qualifications were a minimum of 15 races for each racer. Each crash does not necessarily constitute a DNF, but rather a spin or wreck that caused the driver to lose position on the track.

Several young drivers such as Stenhouse, Jeb Burton, Kyle Larson and Trevor Bayne are high on the list as they learn the ropes at the Sprint Cup level. However, Landon Cassill and Cole Whitt have proved they can take care of equipment.

This statistic also proves why Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart had disappointing seasons. Yes, Johnson pulled off five wins, but he won’t crack the top 10 in points this year due to his inconsistency. Meanwhile, Jeff Gordon ranks near the bottom in crashes per race and has a shot at the championship this Sunday.

 

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