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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Coca-Cola 600

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina going into the Coca-Cola 600 on May 25 (6 p.m. ET on FOX).

 
CHARLOTTE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
Greg Biffle (No. 16 Fastenal Ford)
·         Five top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 17.0
·         Average Running Position of 14.6, sixth-best
·         Driver Rating of 91.4, sixth-best
·         302 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         1,296 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 176.139 mph, sixth-fastest
·         3,891 Laps in the Top 15 (60.4%), seventh-most
·         689 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), eighth-most
Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Made In America Chevrolet)
·         One win, six top fives, seven top 10s
·         Average finish of 18.9
·         Driver Rating of 84.7, 10th-best
·         204 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·         3,434 Laps in the Top 15 (53.3%), 10th-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)
·         Nine top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 15.9
·         Average Running Position of 9.7, second-best
·         Driver Rating of 107.5, second-best
·         452 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 176.928 mph, second-fastest
·         5,106 Laps in the Top 15 (79.3%), second-most
·         Series-high 923 Quality Passes
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)
·         Five top fives, 11 top 10s
·         Average finish of 11.8
·         Average Running Position of 14.7, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.8, seventh-best
·         1,463 Green Flag Passes, second-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.970 mph, 10th-fastest
·         4,007 Laps in the Top 15 (62.2%), sixth-most
·         735 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)
·         Five wins, 16 top fives, 22 top 10s; nine poles
·         Average finish of 16.0
·         Average Running Position of 15.1, ninth-best
·         Driver Rating of 88.8, eighth-best
·         219 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 176.189 mph, fifth-fastest
·         3,855 Laps in the Top 15 (59.9%), eighth-most
·         700 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)
·         Four top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 13.2
·         Average Running Position of 12.3, fourth-best
·         Driver Rating of 93.4, fifth-best
·         220 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 176.102 mph, seventh-fastest
·         4,488 Laps in the Top 15 (74.3%), third-most
·         725 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet)
·         Six wins, 12 top fives, 16 top 10s; three poles
·         Average finish of 11.6
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 7.8
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 111.1
·         621 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         1,292 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 176.938 mph
·         Series-high 5,588 Laps in the Top 15 (86.8%)
·         922 Quality Passes, second-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance / ThankAMillionTeachers.com Chevrolet)
·         Four wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s
·         Average finish of 11.4
·         Average Running Position of 11.3, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 102.6, third-best
·         Series-high 662 Fastest Laps Run
·         1,432 Green Flag Passes, third-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 176.273 mph, third-fastest
·         4,462 Laps in the Top 15 (69.3%), fourth-most
·         814 Quality Passes, third-most
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota)
·         Two wins, eight top fives, 15 top 10s
·         Average finish of 13.8
·         Average Running Position of 13.9, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 96.0, fourth-best
·         363 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         1,362 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 176.211 mph, fourth-fastest
·         4,250 Laps in the Top 15 (66.0%), fifth-most
·         785 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford)
·         One win, two top fives, two top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 16.3
·         Average Running Position of 16.1, 11th-best
·         Driver Rating of 83.0, 12th-best
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.869 mph, 12th-fastest
Joey Logano (No. 22 Pennzoil Platinum Ford)
·         Three top fives, six top 10s
·         Average finish of 10.4
·         Average Running Position of 14.7, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 87.3, ninth-best
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.981 mph, ninth-fastest
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1Chevrolet)
·         One win, six top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 13.8
·         Average Running Position of 15.9, 10th-best
·         Driver Rating of 83.6, 11th-best
·         189 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
·         1,360 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 176.088 mph, eighth-fastest
·         3,124 Laps in the Top 15 (51.2%), 11th-most
·         610 Quality Passes, 10th-most
 
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 110 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).
·         520 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying race at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 371 in more than one. 427 drivers have competed in Coca-Cola 600; 285 in more than one.
·         NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Charlotte with 64. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 57 starts; followed by Mark Martin with 56. Bill Elliott has made the most Coca-Cola 600 starts with 31; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in 600 starts with 21.
·         Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway (World 600) in 1960 with a speed of 133.904 mph.
·         41 drivers have Coors Light poles at Charlotte, led by David Pearson with 14. Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordonlead all active drivers in poles at CMS with nine.
·         David Pearson and Ryan Newman are tied for the series most Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Coors Light poles with six each; followed by Jeff Gordon with five.
·         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.
·         Jeff Gordon won five straight Coca-Cola 600 poles at Charlotte between 1994 and 1998.
·         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).
·         45 different drivers have won at Charlotte Motor Speedway, led by Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison and Jimmie Johnson with six wins each.
·         30 different drivers have won the Coca-Cola 600, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip with five; Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne lead all active drivers with three each.
·         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.
·         Seven times from seven different drivers has the winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race gone on to win the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Davey Allison (1991), Dale Earnhardt(1993), Jeff Gordon (1997), Jimmie Johnson (2003), Kasey Kahne (2008) and Kurt Busch (2010).
·         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 Motorsportshas the most wins at Charlotte in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 17: Jimmie Johnson (six), 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 41 victories; followed byFord with 29. Chevrolet also has the most Coca-Cola 600 wins at 22.
·         14 of the 110 (12.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the Coors Light pole; the two most recent were Jimmie Johnson in 2004 (Coca-Cola 600) and 2009 (fall event).
·         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.
·         31 of the 110 (28.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the front row: 14 from the pole and 17 from second-place.
·         83 of the 110 (75.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·         Nine of the 110 (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 was 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 22.
·         Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Charlotte with a 7.038.
·         Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Charlotte with a 10.400.
·         Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte without visiting Victory Lane at 35; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 28.
·         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): fall of 2005 (334/336), fall of 2007 (334/337) and the 2011 Coca-Cola 600 (400/402).
·         Five of the 110 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.
·         Seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway:Michael Waltrip (5/26/85), Elliott Sadler (5/24/98), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/30/99), Jimmie Johnson (10/7/01),Brian Vickers (10/11/03), David Reutimann (10/15/05) and Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5/29/11).
·         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 1,569 laps led in 25 starts.
·         Two female drivers have competed at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
Date
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Race Name
5/30/1976
Janet Guthrie
27
15
World 600
10/10/1976
Janet Guthrie
26
22
National 500
10/9/1977
Janet Guthrie
27
9
NAPA National 500
10/8/1978
Janet Guthrie
31
35
NAPA National 500
5/27/2012
Danica Patrick
40
30
Coca-Cola 600
5/26/2013
Danica Patrick
24
29
Coca-Cola 600
10/12/2013
Danica Patrick
35
20
Bank of America 500
NASCAR in North Carolina
·         There have been 518 NASCAR Sprint Cup races among 28 tracks in North Carolina.
Track Name
City
NSCS
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Concord
110
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
·         431 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; 28 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
Jim Paschal
25
0
0
Benny Parsons
21
0
0
Dale Earnhardt Jr
20
23
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
Austin Dillon
0
2
5
Hank Parker Jr
0
2
0
Johnny Rumley
0
2
0
Dennis Setzer
0
2
18
Ed Berrier
0
1
0
Ryan Blaney
0
1
2
Justin Labonte
0
1
0
Stephen Leicht
0
1
0
Timothy Peters
0
0
7
Ty Dillon
0
0
3
Andy Houston
0
0
3
Ricky Hendrick
0
0
1
Shane Hmiel
0
0
1

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