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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Bank of America 500

Below is a look at the 12 Contenders and beyond, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina going into the Bank of America 500 on Saturday night October 11. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on ABC, with the race start scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

CHARLOTTE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
1 – Joey Logano (No. 22 Pennzoil Platinum Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107.7

2014 Rundown

  • Five wins, 14 top fives, 19 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.8
  • Led 20 races for 916 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Three top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.5 in 11 races
  • Average Running Position of 14.1, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.0, ninth-best

 

2 – Kyle Busch (No. 18 Doublemint Toyota)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.1

2014 Rundown

  • One win, seven top fives, 13 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 16.7
  • Led 14 races for 412 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Nine top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 15.6 in 21 races
  • Average Running Position of 10.0, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 106.3, second-best
  • 460 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • 5,291 Laps in the Top 15 (77.4%), second-most
  • Series-high 973 Quality Passes

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 – Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.8

2014 Rundown

  • Two wins, seven top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.5
  • Led 10 races for 134 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Six top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.4 in 19 races
  • Average Running Position of 14.6, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.8, seventh-best
  • 1,592 Green Flag Passes, second-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 176.106 mph, 11th-fastest
  • 4,280 Laps in the Top 15 (62.6%), sixth-most
  • 806 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

4 – Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 85.6

2014 Rundown

  • Two top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.8
  • Led 5 races for 30 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Four top fives, 10 top 10s; nine poles
  • Average finish of 19.0 in 27 races
  • Average Running Position of 17.5, 18th-best
  • Driver Rating of 78.1, 19th-best
  • 1,379 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most

 

5 – Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.7

2014 Rundown

  • One win, six top fives, 13 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 15.2
  • Led 12 races for 195 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Four top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 13.7 in 18 races
  • Average Running Position of 12.7, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.6, fifth-best
  • 235 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 176.222 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 4,586 Laps in the Top 15 (71.2%), fourth-most
  • 749 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

6 – Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.0

2014 Rundown

  • Two wins, 10 top fives, 15 top 10s; eight poles
  • Average finish of 13.9
  • Led 22 races for 1,653 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Two wins, four top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.3 in 27 races
  • Average Running Position of 17.2, 16th-best
  • Driver Rating of 81.5, 15th-best
  • 1,534 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
  • 3,923 Laps in the Top 15 (57.4%), eighth-most
  • 699 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

7 – Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.1

2014 Rundown

  • 11 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 13.8
  • Led 17 races for 467 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Two wins, nine top fives, 16 top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.5 in 30 races
  • Average Running Position of 13.5, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.1, fourth-best
  • 376 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • 1,448 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 176.413 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 4,649 Laps in the Top 15 (68.0%), third-most
  • 842 Quality Passes, third-most

 

8 – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.7

2014 Rundown

  • Four wins, 11 top fives, 19 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 10.1
  • Led 21 races for 666 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Five wins, 16 top fives, 23 top 10s; nine poles
  • Average finish of 15.8 in 43 races
  • Average Running Position of 14.7, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.7, eighth-best
  • 243 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • 4,228 Laps in the Top 15 (61.8%), seventh-most
  • 777 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

9 – Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Pepsi Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.7

2014 Rundown

  • One win, three top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.7
  • Led 11 races for 206 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Four wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.5 in 21 races
  • Average Running Position of 11.6, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 101.7, third-best
  • 665 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • 1,549 Green Flag Passes, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 176.430 mph, third-fastest
  • 4,564 Laps in the Top 15 (66.7%), fifth-most
  • 833 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

10 – Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Detroit Genuine Parts Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 104.1

2014 Rundown

  • Five wins, 13 top fives, 16 top 10s; five poles
  • Average finish of 13.2
  • Led 24 races for 1,498 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, two top fives, three top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 15.7 in 10 races
  • Average Running Position of 15.2, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 85.4, 10th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 176.125 mph, 10th-fastest

 

11 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.9

2014 Rundown

  • Three wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.0
  • Led 13 races for 265 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Five top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 19.4 in 29 races
  • Average Running Position of 19.0, 22nd-best
  • Driver Rating of 80.9, 16th-best
  • 183 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
  • 1,435 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
  • 623 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

12 – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.8

2014 Rundown

  • Three wins, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.3
  • Led 15 races for 1,035 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Seven wins, 13 top fives, 17 top 10s; four poles
  • Average finish of 11.2 in 26 races
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 7.5
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 112.7
  • Series-high 683 Fastest Laps Run
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 177.132 mph
  • Series-high 5,988 Laps in the Top 15 (87.5%)
  • 968 Quality Passes, second-most

 

13 – AJ Allmendinger (No. 47 Scott Products Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 70.5

2014 Rundown

  • One win, two top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 20.4
  • Led 5 races for 68 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • One top five, two top 10s
  • Average finish of 22.7 in 13 races
  • Average Running Position of 23.2, 31st-best
  • Driver Rating of 65.8, 31st-best

 

14 – Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Bondo Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 79.4

2014 Rundown

  • Three top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.8
  • Led 6 races for 109 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • Five top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.2 in 23 races
  • Average Running Position of 15.0, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.9, sixth-best
  • 303 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • 1,393 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 176.250 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 3,891 Laps in the Top 15 (56.9%), ninth-most
  • 690 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

 

15 – Kurt Busch (No. 41 State Water Heaters Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.8

2014 Rundown

  • One win, six top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 20.1
  • Led 11 races for 181 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, six top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 19.7 in 28 races
  • Average Running Position of 17.4, 17th-best
  • Driver Rating of 83.0, 13th-best
  • 204 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • 3,502 Laps in the Top 15 (51.2%), 10th-most

 

16 – Aric Almirola (No. 43 Smithfield / Waffle House Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 73.3

2014 Rundown

  • One win, two top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 21.0
  • Led 5 races for 23 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

  • One pole
  • Average finish of 19.0 in five races
  • Average Running Position of 16.6, 14th-best
  • Driver Rating of 76.5, 21st-best

 

 

The 12 Contenders at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

1

Joey Logano

11

0

0

3

6

0

10.5

88.0

2

Kyle Busch

21

1

0

9

13

5

15.6

106.3

3

Carl Edwards

19

0

0

6

12

1

11.4

89.8

4

Ryan Newman

27

9

0

4

10

5

19.0

78.1

5

Denny Hamlin

18

1

0

4

10

1

13.7

92.6

6

Kevin Harvick

27

0

2

4

10

1

16.3

81.5

7

Matt Kenseth

30

0

2

9

16

5

13.5

97.1

8

Jeff Gordon

43

9

5

16

23

10

15.8

89.7

9

Kasey Kahne

21

0

4

9

12

1

11.5

101.7

10

Brad Keselowski

10

1

1

2

3

1

15.7

85.4

11

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

29

1

0

5

11

4

19.4

80.9

12

Jimmie Johnson

26

4

7

13

17

4

11.2

112.7

* – Based on last 19 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 
At Charlotte Motor Speedway:

History

  • Construction began on Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) in 1959.
  • The track’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on June 19, 1960 – won by Joe Lee Johnson.
  • The track was repaved midseason in 1994.
  • The track name changed from Charlotte Motor Speedway to Lowe’s Motor Speedway in 1999. It changed back to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 2010 season.
  • The track was re-paved again before the 2006 season.

Notebook

  • There have been 111 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, two races per year since the track opened in 1960. In 1961, there were two 100-mile qualifying points races held the week before the May race. The first six fall races at Charlotte were 400-mile events (1960-65).
  • 525 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying race at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 374 in more than one.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Charlotte with 64. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 43 starts; followed by Joe Nemechek with 36.
  • Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway (World 600) in 1960 with a speed of 133.904 mph.
  • 42 drivers have Coors Light poles at Charlotte, led by David Pearson with 14. Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon lead all active drivers in poles at CMS with nine.
  • 12 drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Charlotte. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Charlotte with 11; from the fall of 1973 through 1978.
  • Youngest Charlotte pole winner: Jeff Gordon (10/10/1993 – 22 years, 2 months, 6 days).
  • Oldest Charlotte pole winner: Bobby Allison (10/11/1987 – 49 years, 10 months, 8 days).
  • 46 different drivers have won at Charlotte Motor Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with seven wins.
  • Nine drivers have posted consecutive wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including three consecutive by Fred Lorenzen (fall 1964 and both 1965) and four straight by Jimmie Johnson (both in 2004 and 2005).
  • A season sweep at Charlotte has occurred eight times, including each season from 2004-2007.
  • Youngest Charlotte winner: Jeff Gordon (05/29/1994 – 22 years, 9 months, 25 days).
  • Oldest Charlotte winner: Cale Yarborough (10/06/1985 – 46 years, 6 months, 9 days).
  • Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Charlotte in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 18: Jimmie Johnson (seven), Jeff Gordon (five), Darrell Waltrip (two), Ken Schrader (one), Terry Labonte (one),Casey Mears (one) and Kasey Kahne (one).
  • Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Charlotte; led by Chevrolet with 42 victories; followed by Ford with 29. Toyota has two wins at CMS.
  • 15 of the 111 (13.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the Coors Light pole; the three most recent were Jimmie Johnson in 2014 (Coca-Cola 600), 2009 (Chase race event) and 2004 (Coca-Cola 600).
  • The second-place starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (17) than any other starting position at Charlotte Motor Speedway (15.3% winning percentage).
  • 32 of the 111 (28.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the front row: 15 from the pole and 17 from second-place.
  • 84 of the 111 (75.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Nine of the 111 (8.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Charlotte is 37th, by Jimmie Johnson in the Coca-Cola 600 of 2003.
  • Richard Petty leads the series in runner-up finishes at Charlotte with nine. Kasey Kahne and Matt Kensethlead all active drivers with three.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison are tied for the series most top-five finishes at Charlotte with 23. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 16.
  • Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Charlotte with 31. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 23.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Charlotte with a 7.115.
  • Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Charlotte with a 10.545.
  • Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte without visiting Victory Lane at 36; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 29.
  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the May 29, 2005 race won by Jimmie Johnson over Bobby Labonte with a MOV of 0.027 second.
  • There have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races resulting with a Green-White-Checkered finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but only once for the Coca-Cola 600 (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): Chase race of 2005 (334/336), Chase race of 2007 (334/337) and the 2011 Coca-Cola 600 (400/402).
  • Five of the 111 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 won by David Reutimann and Michael Waltrip Racing. Four of the five races shortened were the 600-mile events (1968, 1997, 2003 and 2009).
  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway twice; the fall race of 2002 and the fall race of 2008.
  • Five active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have made their first career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/30/99), Jimmie Johnson (10/7/01), Brian Vickers (10/11/03), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5/29/11) and Kyle Larson (10/12/2013).
  • Four active drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (10/10/93), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/28/00), Ryan Newman (5/27/01) and Aric Almirola (5/27/12).
  • Four active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (5/29/94), Matt Kenseth (5/28/00), Jamie McMurray (10/13/02) and Casey Mears(5/27/07).
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Charlotte with 1,733 laps led in 26 starts.
  • Two female drivers have competed at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Danica Patrick

4

39

5/25/2014

Danica Patrick

35

20

10/12/2013

Danica Patrick

24

29

5/26/2013

Danica Patrick

40

30

5/27/2012

Janet Guthrie

31

35

10/8/1978

Janet Guthrie

27

9

10/9/1977

Janet Guthrie

26

22

10/10/1976

Janet Guthrie

27

15

5/30/1976

NASCAR in North Carolina

  • There have been 519 NASCAR Sprint Cup races among 28 tracks in North Carolina.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Concord

111

North Wilkesboro Speedway

North

93

Rockingham Speedway

Rockingham

78

Hickory Speedway

Hickory

35

Asheville-Weaverville Speedway

Weaverville

34

Occoneechee Speedway

Hillsboro

32

Bowman-Gray Stadium

Winston-Salem

29

Southern States Fairgrounds

Charlotte

17

Charlotte Speedway

Charlotte

12

Concord Speedway

Concord

12

Wilson Speedway

Wilson

12

New Asheville Speedway

Asheville

8

Dog Track Speedway

Moyock

7

Raleigh Speedway

Raleigh

7

Cleveland County Fairgrounds

Shelby

6

Champion Speedway

Fayetteville

4

Greensboro Agriculture Fairgrounds

Greensboro

3

North Carolina State Fairgrounds

Raleigh

3

Tar Heel Speedway

Randleman

3

Forsyth County Fairgrounds

Winston-Salem

2

Harris Speedway

Harris

2

Jacksonville Speedway

Jacksonville

2

Tri-City Speedway

High Point

2

Gastonia Fairgrounds

Gastonia

1

Harnett Speedway

Spring Lake

1

McCormick Field

Asheville

1

Salisbury Super Speedway

Salisbury

1

Star Lite Speedway

Monroe

1

 

NASCAR in North Carolina

  • 433 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as North Carolina.
  • 46 drivers from North Carolina have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series; 29 have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Driver

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Richard Petty

200

0

0

Dale Earnhardt

76

21

0

Lee Petty

54

0

0

Ned Jarrett

50

0

0

Junior Johnson

50

0

0

Herb Thomas

48

0

0

Buck Baker

46

0

0

Bobby Isaac

37

0

0

Dale Jarrett

32

11

0

Rex White

28

0

0

Jim Paschal

25

0

0

Dale Earnhardt Jr

22

23

0

Benny Parsons

21

0

0

Speedy Thompson

20

0

0

Buddy Baker

19

0

0

Harry Gant

18

21

0

Bob Welborn

9

0

0

Kyle Petty

8

0

0

Morgan Shepherd

4

15

0

Bill Blair

3

0

0

Gwyn Staley

3

0

0

Brian Vickers

3

3

0

Billy Myers

2

0

0

Jimmy Pardue

2

0

0

Richard Brickhouse

1

0

0

Phil Parsons

1

2

0

Leon Sales

1

0

0

Buddy Shuman

1

0

0

Donald Thomas

1

0

0

Jack Ingram

0

31

0

Tommy Houston

0

24

0

Sam Ard

0

22

0

Robert Pressley

0

10

2

Scott Riggs

0

4

5

Ryan Blaney

0

2

3

Austin Dillon

0

2

6

Hank Parker Jr

0

2

0

Johnny Rumley

0

2

0

Dennis Setzer

0

2

18

Ed Berrier

0

1

0

Ty Dillon

0

1

3

Justin Labonte

0

1

0

Stephen Leicht

0

1

0

Timothy Peters

0

0

7

Andy Houston

0

0

3

Ricky Hendrick

0

0

1

Shane Hmiel

0

0

1

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