In today's era of late cautions and green-white-checkered finishes, the ability to perform well on restarts is crucial in winning, not just NASCAR races, but Sprint Cup championships.
In Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, we witnessed the most remarkable display of restarting in quite some time. The manner in which eventual race winner Tony Stewart handled three late restarts was key in helping him take home the checkered flag.
This list of the "Top 11 Restarters in the Sprint Cup Series" is based off of loop data gathered thus far in the 2012 Sprint Cup Season.
The "fastest on restart" statistic, which is what this list is based off of, is determined by the average speed of each driver on the first two laps of a restart.
Therefore, the drivers who run up front have the advantage in this category, just as they do on an actual race restart.
Some of the top restarters in the series are drivers you might expect while others are actually quite surprising.
There are even some notable exclusions from the list including Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson.
Who are the top restarters in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series? You're about to find out.