The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season schedule and the debut of the Next Gen have combined for some outstanding on-track performance and the metric are here to back up what the fans are raving about through the first seven races of the year.

Lots of competition parity this season and most notably is the seven different winners in the first seven races; with three of them being first-time winners. The 2022 season is only the sixth season in the Modern Era (1972-Present) the NASCAR Cup Series has started with seven different winners in as many races; joining 1991, 2000, 2003, 2014, 2021. It is also just the second time in the Modern Era and the first-time since 2001 the series has had three first-time winners in the first seven races of a season.

But what is even more impressive is the 2022 season has produced the closest finishes through seven races to start a season since the advent electronic scoring in 1993. The average Margin of Victory of the first seven races of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season is 0.458-second; the closest average Margin of Victory through the first seven races of a season since advent of electronic scoring in 1993; next closest was 2001 with 0.486-second. The 2022 season has six of the first seven races concluding with a Margin of Victory of less than a second – just the second time since 1993 it has occurred joining 2001. 

2022 has also produced the most passes for the lead during green flag racing since the statistic was invented in 2007; up 136% year-over-year through seven races. Through the first seven races the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season has produced a total of 387 green flag passes for the lead; the most through the first seven races since the Loop Data statistic was initially tabulated in 2007 (the last 16 seasons). Plus, the 2022 season is up 136% in a year-over-year comparison in green flag passes for the lead – 2021 (164) and 2022 (387).

And on top of all that, the Next Gen car keeps setting new track records in passing providing more action for fans during races. The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season has set three track records in green flag passes for the lead – producing more green flag passes for the lead than ever before at Las Vegas (57), Atlanta (141) and Circuit of the Americas (30).

Circuit of The Americas also produced a NASCAR Cup Series record for green flag passes for the lead on road course-type tracks with 30 green flag passes for the lead. The previous record for total green flag passes for the lead on a road course in the NASCAR Cup Series was held by Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course with 22 green flag passes for the lead in 2021.

Atlanta Motor Speedway produced a NASCAR Cup Series record for green flag passes for the lead on 1.5-mile tracks with 141 green flag passes for the lead. The previous record for green flag passes for the lead on a 1.5-mile track in the NASCAR Cup Series was held by Texas Motor Speedway with 57 green flag passes for the lead in 2019.

Then this past week the NASCAR Cup Series set the all-time track record for the most total green flag passes throughout the field during a race at Richmond Raceway with 3,072 total passes throughout the field during green flag conditions. It was also the most total green flag passes on a short track since the stat has been tabulated in 2007.