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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, N.C. going into the Coca-Cola 600 on May 26.

 
CHARLOTTE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
Aric Almirola (No. 43 USAF Ford)
·         One pole
·         Average finish of 14.0
·         Average Running Position of 12.5, fourth-best
·         Driver Rating of 84.8, 11th-best
Greg Biffle (No. 16 Fastenal Ford)
·         Five top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 16.4
·         Average Running Position of 13.9, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 94.1, fifth-best
·         300 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         1,174 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.906 mph, third-fastest
·         3,716 Laps in the Top 15 (65.1%), sixth-most
·         653 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Red-White-Blue M-Prove America Toyota)
·         Eight top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 15.3
·         Average Running Position of 9.6, second-best
·         Driver Rating of 107.7, second-best
·         418 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·         1,147 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 176.527 mph, second-fastest
·         4,565 Laps in the Top 15 (80.0%), second-most
·         Series-high 833 Quality Passes
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet)
·         Five top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 18.8
·         Average Running Position of 20.2, 25th-best
·         Driver Rating of 78.8, 18th-best
·         1,228 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
·         2,401 Laps in the Top 15 (44.7%), 17th-most
·         487 Quality Passes, 17th-most
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)
·         Five top fives, 10 top 10s
·         Average finish of 12.0
·         Average Running Position of 15.4, 10th-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.0, seventh-best
·         118 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most
·         1,329 Green Flag Passes, third-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.543 mph, 12th-fastest
·         3,282 Laps in the Top 15 (57.5%), eighth-most
·         632 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet)
·         Five wins, 16 top fives, 21 top 10s; eight poles
·         Average finish of 15.7
·         Average Running Position of 15.9, 12th-best
·         Driver Rating of 87.3, 10th-best
·         188 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·         1,124 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.723 mph, sixth-fastest
·         3,216 Laps in the Top 15 (56.4%), ninth-most
·         601 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)
·         Three top fives, eight top 10s
·         Average finish of 14.1
·         Average Running Position of 12.9, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 92.1, sixth-best
·         200 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.656 mph, ninth-fastest
·         3,780 Laps in the Top 15 (71.2%), fourth-most
·         616 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet)
·         Six wins, 11 top fives, 15 top 10s; three poles
·         Average finish of 11.4
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 7.9
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 111.7
·         Series-high 544 Fastest Laps Run
·         1,167 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 176.653 mph
·         Series-high 4,932 Laps in the Top 15 (86.4%)
·         825 Quality Passes, second-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet)
·         Four wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s
·         Average finish of 12.4
·         Average Running Position of 12.4, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 98.0, third-best
·         474 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         1,331 Green Flag Passes, second-most
·         3,729 Laps in the Top 15 (65.4%), fifth-most
·         729 Quality Passes, third-most
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota)
·         Two wins, seven top fives, 14 top 10s
·         Average finish of 14.2
·         Average Running Position of 14.8, ninth-best
·         Driver Rating of 94.4, fourth-best
·         303 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         1,259 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.786 mph, fifth-fastest
·         3,549 Laps in the Top 15 (62.2%), seventh-most
·         699 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Joey Logano (No. 22 Pennzoil Ford)
·         Two top fives, five top 10s
·         Average finish of 10.1
·         Average Running Position of 14.5, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 88.4, eighth-best
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.561 mph, 11th-fastest
Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota)
·         Four wins, 18 top fives, 24 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 16.6
·         Average Running Position of 13.3, sixth-best
·         Driver Rating of 88.2, ninth-best
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.799 mph, fourth-fastest
·         3,862 Laps in the Top 15 (67.7%), third-most
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
·         One win, six top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 14.0
·         Average Running Position of 15.9, 11th-best
·         Driver Rating of 83.4, 12th-best
·         187 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
·         1,263 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.719 mph, seventh-fastest
·         2,998 Laps in the Top 15 (52.5%), 10th-most
·         567 Quality Passes, 10th-most
Chase Contenders
The Top 12
Following Race 11 of 36
                                                                                Rank        Season
                                                                                Last          Driver
Driver Points Wins Poles Week Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson 423 2 1 1 114.9
2. Carl Edwards 379 1 0 2 92.3
3. Matt Kenseth 364 3 2 4 118.6
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 359 0 0 3 95.4
5. Clint Bowyer 349 0 0 5 95.2
6. Kasey Kahne 326 1 0 7 99.5
7. Brad Keselowski 326 0 0 6 92.2
8. Kyle Busch 325 2 2 10 103.5
9. Aric Almirola 317 0 0 8 80.0
10. Kevin Harvick 315 1 0 12 92.8
11. Paul Menard 315 0 0 9 78.6
12. Jeff Gordon 311 0 0 14 89.0

 

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS
13. Greg Biffle 311 30. David Blaney 190
14. Martin Truex Jr. 301 31. David Gilliland 188
15. Jamie McMurray 295 32. JJ Yeley 157
16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 282 33. David Stremme 150
17. Ryan Newman 276 34. David Reutimann 149
18. Kurt Busch 262 35. Landon Cassill 130
19. Joey Logano 259 36. Travis Kvapil 127
20. Jeff Burton 258 37. AJ Allmendinger 122
21. Tony Stewart 253 38. Scott Speed 74
22. Juan Pablo Montoya 238 39. Michael McDowell 72
23. Marcos Ambrose 235 40. Michael Waltrip 63
24. Mark Martin 226 41. Terry Labonte 52
25. Casey Mears 210 42. Timmy Hill 45
26. David Ragan 197 43. Ken Schrader 29
27. Denny Hamlin 197 44. Scott Riggs 6
28. Danica Patrick 196 45. Brian Keselowski 4
29. Bobby Labonte 195

 

Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season. After race No. 26, the top 10 earn a berth in the Chase. Spots 11 and 12 – the Wild Cards – will go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2013 Top 12 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

 

Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Jimmie Johnson 23 3 6 11 15 4 11.4 111.7
2 Carl Edwards 16 0 0 5 10 1 12.0 89.0
3 Matt Kenseth 27 0 2 7 14 5 14.2 94.4
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 26 1 0 5 11 3 18.8 78.8
5 Clint Bowyer 14 0 1 2 4 0 16.4 80.0
6 Kasey Kahne 18 0 4 7 10 1 12.4 98.0
7 Brad Keselowski 7 1 0 1 1 0 15.7 83.2
8 Kyle Busch 18 1 0 8 11 4 15.3 107.7
9 Aric Almirola 2 1 0 0 0 0 14.0 84.8
10 Kevin Harvick 24 0 1 2 7 1 18.0 75.6
11 Paul Menard 12 0 0 0 1 1 23.3 64.0
12 Jeff Gordon 40 8 5 16 21 9 15.7 87.3

 

* – Based on last 16 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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 – 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 108 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).
·         517 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying race at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 364 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.
·         Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Charlotte 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 leads all active drivers in poles, with nine, followed by Jeff Gordon with eight.
·         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 poles for the spring races 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.
·         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 (5/29/1994 – 22 years, 9 months, 25 days).
·         Oldest Charlotte winner: Cale Yarborough (10/6/1985 – 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 40 victories; followed byFord with 28.
·         14 of the 108 (12.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from the Coors Light pole; the two most recent were Jimmie Johnson in 2004 and 2009.
·         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 108 (28.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from the front row: 14 from the pole and 17 from second-place.
·         83 of the 108 (76.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·         Eight of the 108 (7.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup 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. Bobby Labonte leads all active drivers in second-place finishes at Charlotte with six; followed by Matt Kenseth with three.
·         NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison are tied for the series’ most top-five finishes at Charlotte with 23. Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 18, followed by Jeff Gordon with 16.
·         Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Charlotte with 31. Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 24.
·         Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Charlotte with a 6.917.
·         Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Charlotte with a 10.125.
·         14 of the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup winners at Charlotte Motor Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jamie McMurray won in his first appearance at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Jeff Gordon won in his second appearance at CMS.
·         Terry Labonte competed at Charlotte Motor Speedway 36 times before winning in the fall of 1996; the longest span of any the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup winners.
·         Among the 16 active NSCS Charlotte winners Bobby Labonte (36), Kevin Harvick (20), Kurt Busch (19), Mark Martin (15), Clint Bowyer (13), Ken Schrader (10) and Jeff Burton (10) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win.
·         Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Charlotte without visiting Victory Lane at 33; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 26.
·         Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte was the May 29, 2005 race won by Jimmie Johnson over Bobby Labonte with an MOV of 0.027 second.
·         There have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup 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 108 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 twice; the fall race of 2002 and the fall race of 2008.
·         Seven NASCAR Sprint Cup 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). Almirola’s pole last season was the first time since May 22, 1966 that the No. 43 car had won the Coors Light pole at CMS.
·         Six active NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have posted their first career win at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (5/29/94), Bobby Labonte (5/28/95), Matt Kenseth (5/28/00), Jamie McMurray (10/13/02), Casey Mears (5/27/07) and David Reutimann (5/25/09).
·         Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Charlotte with 1,439 laps led in 23 starts. 826 of Johnson’s 1,439 laps led at CMS were in the Coca-Cola 600; the most of any active NSCS driver.

 

Charlotte Motor Speedway Data
Season Race #: 12 of 36 (5-26-13)
Track Size: 1.5-miles
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 24 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 24 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 5 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 1,980 feet
Backstretch Length: 1,500 feet

Race Length: 400 laps / 600 miles

Top 12 Driver Rating at Charlotte
Jimmie Johnson 111.7
Kyle Busch 107.7
Kasey Kahne 98.0
Matt Kenseth 94.4
Greg Biffle 94.1
Denny Hamlin 92.1
Carl Edwards 89.0
Joey Logano 88.4
Mark Martin 88.2
Jeff Gordon 87.3
Aric Almirola 84.8
Tony Stewart 83.4

 

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (16 total) among active drivers at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Qualifying/Race Data
2012 pole winner:
Aric Almirola, Ford, 192.940 mph, 27.988 secs. 05-25-12
 
2012 race winner:
Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 155.687 mph, (03:51:14), 5-27-12
 
Track qualifying record:
Greg Biffle, Ford, 193.708 mph, 27.877 secs. 10-11-12
 
Track race record:
Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 155.687 mph, (03:51:14), 5-27-12
·         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
5/27/2012 Danica Patrick 40 30 Coca-Cola 600
10/8/1978 Janet Guthrie 31 35 NAPA National 500
10/9/1977 Janet Guthrie 27 9 NAPA National 500
10/10/1976 Janet Guthrie 26 22 National 500
5/30/1976 Janet Guthrie 27 15 World 600

 

NASCAR in North Carolina
·         There have been 516 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in North Carolina.

 

Track Name City NSCS
Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord 108
North Wilkesboro Speedway North Wilkesboro 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
·         428 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
Speedy Thompson 20 0 0
Buddy Baker 19 0 0
Dale Earnhardt Jr 19 23 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
Billy Myers 2 0 0
Jimmy Pardue 2 0 0
Brian Vickers 2 3 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 4
Hank Parker Jr 0 2 0
Johnny Rumley 0 2 0
Dennis Setzer 0 2 18
Ed Berrier 0 1 0
Justin Labonte 0 1 0
Stephen Leicht 0 1 0
Timothy Peters 0 0 5
Andy Houston 0 0 3
Ryan Blaney 0 0 1
Ty Dillon 0 0 1
Ricky Hendrick 0 0 1
Shane Hmiel 0 0 1

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