The NASCAR Cup Series is in full swing as the calendar flips to September with the Round of 16 about to start at the Cook Out Southern 500 Sunday in Darlington, South Carolina.
While Florida sports betting is not legal, FloridaBet has crunched the numbers from those moments that, for better or worse, are impossible for sports fans to look away from: crashes.
FloridaBet.com utilized data from DriverAverages.com to acquire statistics involving the DNFs (Did Not Finish) of every race on the NASCAR circuit from February 2019 to present day.
Once acquiring the statistics, we divided the DNFs over the number of races to determine the Top 10 states with the most DNFs per race.
NBC Sports reported in August that DNFs are up 55.6% through the first 23 races in 2022 compared to in 2021. Through the first 23 races, there were 151 DNFs, which is the highest in that span since the 2017 season.
Worth noting: Not every DNF is technically a crash, and could refer to a mechanical issue with an individual ride.
Top 10 States With The Most NASCAR DNFs Per Race
Sunshine State Leads The Way
Dubiously leading the pack is the Sunshine State, which will host one more race this season, the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in October.
Daytona International Speedway has hosted four races so far this season, including the two Bluegrass Vacations Duels, which were qualifying races for the 2022 Daytona 500.
In February's Daytona 500, won by Austin Cindric, there were 12 drivers that did not finish, thanks in large part to a eight-car wreck just over 60 laps into the race.
The August slate ended with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway, which featured 20 DNFs due to a pair of large wrecks in the final 40 laps, caused by rain, which later caused a lengthy delay.
In Alabama, the renowned Talladega Superspeedway has hosted one race this season and will later entertain the Yellawood 500 in October. In the Geico 500 in April, there were 13 DNFs due to a large wreck on the race’s final lap and a smaller wreck early in the race.
In just two races over the last three years, Indiana still totaled the third-highest amount of DNFs per race. In this year’s Verizon 200 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course there were eight DNFs.
Florida, Alabama and Indiana are the only three states averaging over nine DNFs per race.
Tennessee has hosted the third-most total races (58) in that span, but ranks fifth in DNFs per race at 6.44.
Third Race Coming To Tennessee
There have been two races held in Tennessee this season: the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway in June and the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt in April. That pair of races resulted in just nine combined DNFs (seven in Bristol, two in Nashville).
Tennessee’s final race of the season will be part of the Round of 16 playoffs later this month when Bristol Motor Speedway hosts the Bass Pro Shops Night Race.
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