Top 10 Driver Ratings at Atlanta
Jimmie Johnson…………………… 105.4
Chase Elliott……………………….. 105.2
Kevin Harvick……………………….. 97.0
Kurt Busch…………………………… 95.2
Denny Hamlin……………………….. 93.9
Martin Truex Jr……………………… 93.0
Brad Keselowski……………………. 92.4
Kyle Busch…………………………… 91.7
Kasey Kahne………………………… 85.9
Erik Jones……………………………. 83.2
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2017 races (19 total) among active drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
· Originally called Atlanta International Raceway, the track was then a 1.5-mile paved speedway.
· The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta was on July 31, 1960, won by Fireball Roberts from the pole.
· The track was re-measured to 1.522 miles in the spring of 1970.
· It was renamed Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1990.
· The track layout was reversed and the track was re-configured to 1.54 miles between the two races in 1997.
· There have been 110 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway since the first race there in 1960. Until 2010, there have been two races per year except 1961, which had three. This year marks the sixth season with only one event.
· 564 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway; 381 in more than one.
· Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Atlanta with 65. Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers with 27 starts, followed by Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch with 26.
· Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Atlanta with a 7.040 in 25 starts.
· A total of 66 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have made their series debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
· Three active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted their first career start at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Martin Truex Jr. (10/31/2004), Reed Sorenson (10/30/2005) and Ty Dillon (8/31/2014).
· Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Pole Award at Atlanta in 1960 with a speed of 133.870 mph.
· 50 drivers have poles at Atlanta, led by Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman with seven each.
· Winning consecutive poles has happened 10 times at Atlanta, among six drivers: Fireball Roberts (1960 sweep, 1961 second & third race), Cale Yarborough (1969, 1970, 1978 sweep) Dave Marcis (1975, 1976), Buddy Baker (1979 sweep, 1980), Alan Kulwicki (1989 sweep), Ryan Newman (2003 sweep, 2004 sweep, 2005 sweep).
· Ryan Newman holds the record for most consecutive poles at Atlanta with six; spring of 2003 through 2005.
· Youngest Atlanta pole winner: Terry Labonte (03/15/1981 – 24 years, 3 months, 27 days).
· Oldest Atlanta pole winner: Harry Gant (11/14/1993 – 53 years, 10 months, 4 days).
· One active driver has posted his first career Monster Energy Series pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (9/01/2013).
· 44 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Atlanta Motor Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt with nine wins.
· Jimmie Johnson leads all seven active series winners with five victories at Atlanta; followed by Kasey Kahne (3), Kurt Busch (3), Kyle Busch (2), Denny Hamlin (1), Kevin Harvick (1) and Brad Keselowski (1).
· Youngest Atlanta winner: Kyle Busch (03/09/2008 – 22 years, 10 months, 7 days).
· Oldest Atlanta winner: Morgan Shepherd (03/20/1993 – 51 years, 5 months, 8 days).
· The Hendrick Motorsports organization has the most wins at Atlanta in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with 14; followed by Wood Brothers Racing with 12 and Joe Gibbs Racing with 11.
· Nine different manufacturers have won in the Monster Energy Series at Atlanta; led by Chevrolet with 40 victories; followed by Ford (30), Pontiac (11), Dodge (nine), Mercury (eight), Buick (four), Plymouth (four), Toyota (three) and Oldsmobile (one).
· The most proficient starting position in the field at Atlanta Motor Speedway is the fifth starting position – it has produced more wins (16) than any other starting position.
· The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Atlanta is 39th, by Bobby Labonte in the fall of 2001.
· No driver has swept the weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway across all three NASCAR national series. Two drivers have won in multiple NASCAR national series in the same weekend at Atlanta: Carl Edwards (2005, MENCS/NXS); (fall 2008, MENCS/NXS); Kyle Busch (spring 2008, MENCS/NCWTS)
· Six of the seven active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winners at Atlanta Motor Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Kevin Harvick won at Atlanta in his first appearance (2001).
· Denny Hamlin competed at Atlanta Motor Speedway 12 times before winning in the spring of 2012; the longest span of any of the seven active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winners.
· Among the seven active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Atlanta winners Denny Hamlin (12) is the only driver to have made 10 or more attempts before his first win.
· Ryan Newman leads the series among active drivers with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Atlanta without visiting Victory Lane at 25; followed by Jamie McMurray with 24.
· One active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver posted his first career win at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Kevin Harvick (3/11/2001).
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
· Dale Earnhardt and David Pearson lead the series in runner-up finishes at Atlanta with seven each; Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with four.
· Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-five finishes at Atlanta with 26; Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 14, followed by Kasey Kahne with eight.
· Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Atlanta with 33; Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 16, followed by Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch with 12 each.
· Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at 11.000 in 26 starts
TRACK / SPECIFIC EVENT
· Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway is the March 11, 2001 race won by Kevin Harvick over Jeff Gordon with a MOV of 0.006 second.
· There have been four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races resulting in a NASCAR overtime finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): fall of 2007 (325/329); spring of 2010 (325/341), fall of 2012 (325/327) and 2014 (325/335).
· Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway five times: spring 1973, spring 1990, fall 2002, fall 2006 and fall 2008.
· Three female drivers have competed at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick.
NASCAR IN GEORGIA
· There has been a total of 223 NASCAR national series races among 14 different tracks in Georgia.
· 183 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Georgia.
· 15 of 183 have won at least once in one of NASCAR’s national series.
· 10 of the 183 have posted at least one victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
· Bill Elliott (five wins) is the only Georgia native to have won at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
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