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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Bank Of America 500

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Charlotte Motor Speedway, in Concord, North Carolina going into the Bank of  America 500 on Oct. 13.
CHARLOTTE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
1 – Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.5
2012 Rundown
·         Five wins, 12 top fives, 19 top 10s
·         Average finish of 10.5
·         Led 17 races for 503 laps
Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:
·         One top five, one top 10; one pole
·         Average finish of 16.5 in six races
·         Average Running Position of 17.4, 15th-best
·         Driver Rating of 76.8, 21st-best
2 – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 MyLowe’s Chevrolet)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.6
2012 Rundown
·         Three wins, 15 top fives, 20 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 10.7
·         Led 21 races for 1,261 laps
Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:
·         Six wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s; three poles
·         Average finish of 11.8 in 22 races
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 8.2
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 111.0
·         Series-high 488 Fastest Laps Run
·         1,095 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 176.468 mph
·         Series-high 4,599 Laps in the Top 15 (85.6%)
·         Series-high 772 Quality Passes
3 – Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 102.1
2012 Rundown
·         Five wins, 12 top fives, 15 top 10s; three poles
·         Average finish of 12.2
·         Led 21 races for 1,132 laps
Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:
·         Two top fives, seven top 10s
·         Average finish of 15.0 in 14 races
·         Average Running Position of 13.5, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.3, sixth-best
·         142 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.376 mph, 10th-fastest
·         3,446 Laps in the Top 15 (69.3%), fifth-most
·         565 Quality Passes, sixth-most
4 – Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.5
2012 Rundown
·         Two wins, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; three poles
·         Average finish of 13.6
·         Led 9 races for 262 laps
Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:
·         Four wins, seven top fives, nine top 10s
·         Average finish of 12.7 in 17 races
·         Average Running Position of 12.7, fourth-best
·         Driver Rating of 97.5, third-best
·         453 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         1,206 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.443 mph, eighth-fastest
·         3,402 Laps in the Top 15 (63.3%), sixth-most
·         651 Quality Passes, fourth-most
5 – Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-hour Energy Benefiting Avon Foundation for Women Toyota)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.3
2012 Rundown
·         Two wins, seven top fives, 18 top 10s
·         Average finish of 11.5
·         Led 10 races for 200 laps
Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:
·         One top five, three top 10s
·         Average finish of 17.5 in 13 races
·         Average Running Position of 18.5, 20th-best
·         Driver Rating of 77.4, 18th-best
6 – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.4
2012 Rundown
·         One win, 10 top fives, 15 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 14.3
·         Led 19 races for 458 laps
Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:
·         Five wins, 16 top fives, 21 top 10s; eight poles
·         Average finish of 15.7 in 39 races
·         Average Running Position of 16.0, 12th-best
·         Driver Rating of 87.7, ninth-best
·         176 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.523 mph, sixth-fastest
·         3,001 Laps in the Top 15 (55.9%), eighth-most
·         551 Quality Passes, ninth-most
7 – Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 87.7
2012 Rundown
·         Three wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 13.5
·         Led 14 races for 420 laps
Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:
·         One win, six top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 14.0 in 27 races
·         Average Running Position of 16.0, 13th-best
·         Driver Rating of 83.4, 12th-best
·         182 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
·         1,121 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.515 mph, seventh-fastest
·         2,730 Laps in the Top 15 (50.8%), 11th-most
·         508 Quality Passes, 11th-most
 
8 – Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.8
2012 Rundown
·         Six top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 11.3
·         Led 11 races for 423 laps
Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:
·         Two top 10s
·         Average finish of 19.4 in 14 races
·         Average Running Position of 18.0, 17th-best
·         Driver Rating of 73.3, 25th-best
·         1,079 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
9 – Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M/IDG Ford)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.0
2012 Rundown
·         Two wins, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 10.1
·         Led 15 races for 650 laps
Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:
·         Four top fives, seven top 10s
·         Average finish of 17.1 in 19 races
·         Average Running Position of 14.5, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 92.3, fifth-best
·         282 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         1,061 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.669 mph, third-fastest
·         3,385 Laps in the Top 15 (63.0%), seventh-most
·         576 Quality Passes, fifth-most
10 – Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Jimmy Johns Chevrolet)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.1
2012 Rundown
·         Four top fives, 11 top 10s
·         Average finish of 11.9
·         Led 8 races for 241 laps
Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:
·         One win, two top fives, seven top 10s
·         Average finish of 18.1 in 23 races
·         Average Running Position of 19.5, 24th-best
·         Driver Rating of 74.9, 24th-best
·         1,153 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
·         2,508 Laps in the Top 15 (46.7%), 13th-most
 
11 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.6
2012 Rundown
·         One win, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 10.3
·         Led 13 races for 358 laps
Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:
·         Five top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 18.8 in 26 races
·         Average Running Position of 20.3, 25th-best
·         Driver Rating of 78.8, 17th-best
·         146 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
·         1,228 Green Flag Passes, second-most
·         487 Quality Passes, 12th-most
12 – Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Best Buy Ford)
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.8
2012 Rundown
·         Two wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 11.2
·         Led 19 races for 398 laps
Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:
·         Two wins, seven top fives, 14 top 10s
·         Average finish of 14.2 in 26 races
·         Average Running Position of 14.4, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 95.1, fourth-best
·         294 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         1,126 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.586 mph, fourth-fastest
·         3,482 Laps in the Top 15 (64.8%), fourth-most
·         655 Quality Passes, third-most
At Charlotte Motor Speedway:
History
·         Construction began on Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1959.
·         The track’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on June 19, 1960.
·         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 107 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).
·         40 drivers have posted poles, led by David Pearson with 14.
·         Fireball Roberts won the pole for the first race, in 1960.
·         David Pearson posted 11 straight poles at Charlotte from the fall of 1973 through 1978.
·         Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in poles, with nine. Jeff Gordon has eight.
·         Jeff Gordon won five straight poles for the spring races between 1994 and 1998.
·         44 drivers have won races, led by Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip and Jimmie Johnson, with six each.
·         Joe Lee Johnson won the first race, in 1960.
·         There have been 13 back-to-back victories, including three consecutive by Fred Lorenzen (fall 1964 and both 1965) and four straight by Jimmie Johnson (both in 2004 and 2005).
·         A sweep has occurred eight times, including each season from 2004-2007.
·         14 races have been won from the pole, the last by Jimmie Johnson (October, 2009).
·         Jimmie Johnson won the 2003 Coca-Cola 600 from the 37th starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
·         A number of active drivers earned their first win at CMS: Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Bobby Labonte, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears and David Reutimann. Inactive drivers David Pearson, Buddy Baker and Charlie Glotzbach also got their first series win at Charlotte.
·         Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Charlotte Motor Speedway winner: Jeff Gordon (10/10/1993 – 22 years, 2 months, 6 days).
·         Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Charlotte Motor Speedway winner: Cale Yarborough (10/06/1985 – 46 years, 6 months, 9 days).
Charlotte Motor Speedway Data
Chase Race #: 5 of 10
Season Race #: 31 of 36 (10-13-12)
Track Size: 1.5-mile
Banking/Turns: 24 degrees
Banking/Straights: 5 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 1,980 feet
Backstretch Length: 1,500 feet
Race Length: 334 laps / 500 miles
Top 12 Driver Rating at Charlotte
Jimmie Johnson…………………… 111.0
Kyle Busch…………………………. 107.5
Kasey Kahne……………………….. 97.5
Matt Kenseth……………………….. 95.1
Greg Biffle……………………………. 92.3
Denny Hamlin………………………. 89.3
Carl Edwards……………………….. 88.4
Joey Logano………………………… 88.3
Jeff Gordon………………………….. 87.7
Mark Martin…………………………. 87.0
Jeff Burton…………………………… 84.4
Tony Stewart……………………….. 83.4
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (15 total) among active drivers at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Qualifying/Race Data
2011 pole winner:
Tony Stewart, Chevrolet (191.959 mph, 28.131 sec., 10-13-11)
 
2011 race winner:
Matt Kenseth, Ford (146.194 mph, 3:25:37, 10-15-11)
 
Track qualifying record:
Elliott Sadler, Ford (193.216 mph, 27.948 sec., 10-13-05)
 
Track race record:
Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet (160.306 mph, 3:07:31, 10-11-99)

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