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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Coca-Cola 600


Top 10 Driver Ratings at Charlotte
Jimmie Johnson……………………… 108.9
Kyle Busch…………………………….. 107.4
Denny Hamlin………………………….. 97.0
Matt Kenseth……………………………. 94.8
Martin Truex Jr………………………… 91.3
Kevin Harvick…………………………… 90.0
Chase Elliott…………………………….. 89.5
Joey Logano……………………………. 88.7
Kurt Busch………………………………. 87.8
Brad Keselowski………………………. 87.2
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2019 races (28 total) among active drivers at Charlotte Motor Speedway

At Charlotte Motor Speedway:

History

  • Construction began on Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) in 1959.
  • The track’s first NASCAR Cup Series race was held on June 19, 1960 – won by Joe Lee Johnson in a Chevrolet.
  • 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.
  • In 2018, the Charlotte Motor Speedway introduced the road course configuration (ROVAL) and in the process relinquished the track’s second event on the oval configuration effectively creating a new road course track on the schedule – the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course (ROVAL).
  • There have been 120 NASCAR Cup Series points races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, two races per year from when the track opened in 1960 until 2017. Starting in 2018, Charlotte Motor Speedway hosted just one race on the oval configuration.
  • 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).

Starts

  • A total of 550 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series points-paying race at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 395 have competed in more than one.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Charlotte with 64.
  • Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers in series starts at Charlotte with 38; followed by Kurt Busch with 37.
  • A total of 65 different drivers in NASCAR Cup Series history have made their first series career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • Two active series drivers have made their first career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (10/7/01) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (05/29/11).
  • Jack Sprague (two starts) leads the series in average starting position at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a 5.0.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a 9.0 in 34 starts.

Top Five in Average Starting Position at Charlotte Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Avg Start

Races

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg Start

Races

1

Jack Sprague

5.000

2

1

Jimmie Johnson

9.171

35

2

Fireball Roberts

5.200

10

2

Ryan Newman

9.611

36

3

David Pearson

6.391

46

3

Denny Hamlin

10.852

27

4

Joe Weatherly

6.667

9

4

William Byron

11.000

2

5

Fred Lorenzen

7.056

18

5

Kyle Busch

11.467

30

6

Pete Hamilton

7.167

6

6

Chase Elliott

12.429

7

7

Paul Goldsmith

7.889

9

7

Daniel Suarez

12.500

4

8

Curtis Turner

8.444

9

8

Joey Logano

12.850

20

9

Jimmie Johnson

9.171

35

9

Ryan Blaney

14.625

8

10

Cale Yarborough

9.520

50

10

Aric Almirola

14.846

13

Poles

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Active NCS Pole Winners

Rank

Active Pole Winners

Poles

1

Ryan Newman

9

2

Jimmie Johnson

4

3

Kyle Busch

3

4

Denny Hamlin

2

5

Kevin Harvick

2

6

Aric Almirola

1

7

Brad Keselowski

1

8

Martin Truex Jr

1

9

William Byron

1

  • A total of 46 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won the Busch Pole Award at Charlotte Motor Speedway; nine of the 46 are active this weekend.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Charlotte Motor Speedway with 14 poles (1961, 1972, 1973, 1974 sweep, 1975 sweep, 1976 sweep, 1977 sweep, 1978 sweep, 1982).
  • Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in poles at Charlotte Motor Speedway with nine (2001, 2003 sweep, 2004, 2005, 2007 sweep, 2009 and 2010).
  • Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Busch Pole Award at Charlotte Motor Speedway (World 600) in 1960 with a speed of 133.904 mph.
  • A total of 14 different drivers have won consecutive Busch poles at Charlotte; Kevin Harvick is the most recent driver to post consecutive poles (2016 Playoffs, 2017 May race).
  • David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Charlotte with 11-straight from the fall of 1973 through 1978.
  • Youngest Charlotte pole winner: William Byron (May 26, 2019 – 21 years, 4 months, 27 days)
  • Oldest Charlotte pole winner: Bobby Allison (October 11, 1987 – 49 years, 10 months, 8 days).

Coca-Cola 600

Active Pole Winners

Active Pole Winners

Poles

Ryan Newman

6

Jimmie Johnson

2

Kyle Busch

2

Aric Almirola

1

Brad Keselowski

1

Denny Hamlin

1

Kevin Harvick

1

Martin Truex Jr

1

William Byron

1

  • Eight drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Donnie Allison (5/26/1968), Brett Bodine (10/7/1990), Jeff Gordon (10/10/1993), Ward Burton (10/9/1994), Derrike Cope (10/4/1998); Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/28/2000), Ryan Newman (5/27/2001) and Aric Almirola (5/27/2012).
  • A total of 34 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600; with 13 of the 34 winning multiple Coca-Cola 600 poles.
  • Nine of the 34 Coca-Cola 600 pole winners are active this weekend.
  • David Pearson and Ryan Newman are tied for the series most Coca-Cola 600 poles with six each.

Wins

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Active NCS Race Winners

Rank

Active Race Winners

Wins

1

Jimmie Johnson

8

2

Kevin Harvick

3

3

Martin Truex Jr

3

4

Matt Kenseth

2

5

Austin Dillon

1

6

Brad Keselowski

1

7

Clint Bowyer

1

8

Joey Logano

1

9

Kurt Busch

1

10

Kyle Busch

1

  • A total of 51 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 10 of the 51 are active this weekend.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway with eight victories – 2003 summer, 2004 sweep, 2005 sweep, 2009 playoffs, 2014 summer, 2016 playoffs.
  • Youngest Charlotte winner: Jeff Gordon (May 29, 1994 – 22 years, 9 months, 25 days).
  • Oldest Charlotte winner: Cale Yarborough (October 6, 1985 – 46 years, 6 months, 9 days).
  • 10 drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series win at Charlotte: David Pearson (5/28/1961), Buddy Baker (10/15/1967), Charlie Glotzbach (10/20/1968), Jeff Gordon (5/29/1994), Bobby Labonte (5/28/1995), Matt Kenseth (5/28/2000), Jamie McMurray (10/13/2002), Casey Mears (5/27/2007), David Reutimann (5/25/2009) and Austin Dillon (5/28/2017).
  • Nine drivers have posted consecutive wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including three consecutive by NASCAR Hall of Famer Fred Lorenzen (fall 1964 and both 1965) and four-straight by Jimmie Johnson (2004 and 2005 sweeps).
  • 17 of the 120 (14.3%) NASCAR Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the Busch Pole; the most recent was Kyle Busch in the 2018 (Coca-Cola 600).
  • The first and second starting positions are the most proficient starting positions in the field, producing more winners (17 each) than any other starting position at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in Coca-Cola 600 field, producing 11 victories – most recent – Kyle Busch in 2018.

NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

1

17

14.17%

14

2

1.67%

2

17

14.17%

15

3

2.50%

3

15

12.50%

16

3

2.50%

4

10

8.33%

17

3

2.50%

5

8

6.67%

18

2

1.67%

6

5

4.17%

20

2

1.67%

7

8

6.67%

21

2

1.67%

8

2

1.67%

22

3

2.50%

9

5

4.17%

23

1

0.83%

10

2

1.67%

25

1

0.83%

11

1

0.83%

27

1

0.83%

12

2

1.67%

28

1

0.83%

13

3

2.50%

37

1

0.83%

Stats

Winning %

Wins

Winning from the First Starting Position:

14.17%

17

Winning from the Front Row:

28.33%

34

Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position:

55.83%

67

Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:

74.17%

89

Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:

8.33%

10

  • 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.
  • Ryan Newman leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Charlotte without visiting Victory Lane at 36.
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Charlotte in the NASCAR Cup Series with 19: Jimmie Johnson (eight), 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 NASCAR Cup Series at Charlotte; led by Chevrolet with 45 victories; followed by Ford (30), Dodge (15), Pontiac (8), Mercury (7), Toyota (7), Buick (4) and Plymouth (4).

Coca-Cola 600

Active NCS Race Winners

Rank

Active Race Winners

Wins

1

Jimmie Johnson

4

2

Kevin Harvick

2

3

Martin Truex Jr

2

4

Kurt Busch

1

5

Kyle Busch

1

6

Austin Dillon

1

  • A total of 33 different drivers have won the Coca-Cola 600 in the NASCAR Cup Series; six of the 33 are active this weekend.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip leads the series in Coca-Cola 600 wins with five victories (1978, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1989).
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in Coca-Cola 600 wins with four victories (2003, 2004, 2005, 2014).

Additional Finishing Positions

Runner-Up Finishes:

  • A total of 55 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished runner-up at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 25 of 55 have finished runner-up at Charlotte multiple times.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in runner-up finishes at Charlotte with nine second-place finishes.
  • Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in runner-up finishes at Charlotte with four.

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Charlotte Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Runner-Ups

Rank

Active Drivers

Runner-Ups

1

Richard Petty

9

1

Kevin Harvick

4

2

Bobby Allison

6

2

Kyle Busch

3

Bobby Labonte

6

3

Denny Hamlin

2

4

Cale Yarborough

5

4

Jimmie Johnson

2

5

Bill Elliott

4

5

Ryan Newman

2

Darrell Waltrip

4

6

Joey Logano

2

David Pearson

4

Donnie Allison

4

Harry Gant

4

Kevin Harvick

4

Matt Kenseth

4

Rusty Wallace

4

Top-Five Finishes:

  • A total of 119 different drivers have finished in the top-five in the NASCAR Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison are tied for the series most top-five finishes at Charlotte with 23 each.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 16 top-five finishes at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Charlotte Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top Fives

Rank

Active Drivers

Top Fives

1

Bobby Allison

23

1

Jimmie Johnson

16

2

Richard Petty

23

2

Kyle Busch

13

3

Darrell Waltrip

19

3

Matt Kenseth

12

4

David Pearson

18

4

Denny Hamlin

9

5

Mark Martin

18

5

Kevin Harvick

8

Top-10 Finishes

  • A total of 209 different drivers have finished in the top-10 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Charlotte with 31.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in top-10 finishes at Charlotte with 21.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Charlotte Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top 10s

Rank

Active Drivers

Top 10s

1

Richard Petty

31

1

Jimmie Johnson

22

2

Darrell Waltrip

29

2

Matt Kenseth

20

3

Ricky Rudd

27

3

Kyle Busch

18

4

Bobby Allison

26

4

Denny Hamlin

17

David Pearson

26

Kevin Harvick

17

Average Finish

  • Johnny Beauchamp (two starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Charlotte with a 7.0.
  • Jimmie Johnson (35 starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Charlotte with an 12.2.

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Charlotte Motor Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Avg Finish

Races

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg Finish

Races

1

Johnny Beauchamp

7.000

2

1

Jimmie Johnson

12.200

35

2

Rex White

9.000

10

2

Denny Hamlin

12.259

27

3

Don White

10.333

3

3

Daniel Suarez

12.500

4

4

Carl Edwards

10.917

24

4

Joey Logano

12.500

20

5

Dick Hutcherson

11.200

5

5

Matt Kenseth

13.421

38

6

Jimmie Johnson

12.200

35

6

Martin Truex Jr

14.074

27

7

Denny Hamlin

12.259

27

7

Kyle Busch

14.567

30

8

Daniel Suarez

12.500

4

8

Brad Keselowski

14.632

20

9

Joey Logano

12.500

20

9

Kevin Harvick

15.389

36

10

Earl Ross

12.667

3

10

Chase Elliott

16.286

7

Laps Led

  • A total of 177 different drivers have led at least one lap in the NASCAR Cup Series at Charlotte.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison leads the series in laps led at Charlotte Motor Speedway with 2,339 laps led in 43 starts.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the series in laps led at Charlotte with 1,930 laps led 35 starts.
  • Martin Truex Jr. holds the record for the most laps led in in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway after he led 392 of the scheduled 400 laps (98%) in the 2016 Coca-Cola 600 – he started from the pole.
  • The fewest laps led by the NASCAR Cup Series race winner at Charlotte was two – it happened twice – 2017 Austin Dillion’s win, 2011 Kevin Harvick’s win.
  • The most laps led by a NASCAR Cup Series driver at Charlotte Motor Speedway that did not win was 289 of the scheduled 400 laps (72%) by NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson on June 2, 1963 – he finished second after starting from the pole.

Top 10 in Laps Led at Charlotte Motor Speedway (All-time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Led

Completed

Rank

Active Drivers

Led

Completed

1

Bobby Allison

2,339

12,493

1

Jimmie Johnson

1,930

12,226

2

Jimmie Johnson

1,930

12,226

2

Kyle Busch

1,449

10,302

3

Richard Petty

1,702

18,236

3

Martin Truex Jr

972

9,704

4

David Pearson

1,662

12,753

4

Matt Kenseth

704

13,010

5

Cale Yarborough

1,633

13,030

5

Kurt Busch

624

12,351

6

Dale Earnhardt

1,523

15,370

6

Kevin Harvick

542

12,263

7

Kyle Busch

1,449

10,302

7

Denny Hamlin

377

9,539

8

Bill Elliott

1,337

19,539

8

Brad Keselowski

295

6,541

9

Buddy Baker

1,202

14,017

9

Ryan Newman

278

11,502

10

Mark Martin

1,185

18,429

10

Joey Logano

263

7,148

Track / Event Specific Stats

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the May 29, 2005, race won by Jimmie Johnson over Bobby Labonte with a MOV of 0.027 second.

Top Five Closest NASCAR Cup Series Margin of Victories at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Margin of Victory

Date

Race Winner

Runner-Up

0.027

5/29/2005

Jimmie Johnson

Bobby Labonte

0.309

10/15/2005

Jimmie Johnson

Kurt Busch

0.330

5/26/2019

Martin Truex Jr.

Joey Logano

0.350

10/13/2002

Jamie McMurray

Bobby Labonte

0.410

5/24/1998

Jeff Gordon

Rusty Wallace

  • Four NASCAR Cup Series races have resulted in NASCAR Overtime at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Date

Scheduled Laps

Actual Laps

NASCAR Overtime

Race Winners

10/8/2017

334

337

3

Martin Truex Jr

5/29/2011

400

402

2

Kevin Harvick

10/13/2007

334

337

3

Jeff Gordon

10/15/2005

334

336

2

Jimmie Johnson

Track / Event Specific Stats

  • Five NASCAR Cup Series races have been shortened due to weather conditions at Charlotte Motor Speedway; four of the five were the Coca-Cola 600s:

Date

Scheduled Laps

Actual Laps

Fewer Laps

Race Winners

5/25/2009

400

227

173

David Reutimann

5/25/2003

400

276

124

Jimmie Johnson

5/25/1997

400

333

67

Jeff Gordon

10/10/1971

334

238

96

Bobby Allison

5/26/1968

400

255

145

Buddy Baker

  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway twice – the October race of 2002 and the October race of 2008.

Female Competitor Stats

  • Two female drivers have competed at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Danica Patrick

12

38

10/8/2017

Danica Patrick

15

25

5/28/2017

Danica Patrick

13

10

10/9/2016

Danica Patrick

19

21

5/29/2016

Danica Patrick

24

19

10/11/2015

Danica Patrick

20

22

5/24/2015

Danica Patrick

14

26

10/11/2014

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

Averages

20.0

25.4

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

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

Averages

27.8

20.3

NASCAR in North Carolina

  • There have been 823 NASCAR national series races among 32 tracks in the state of North Carolina.

Tracks in North Carolina

Track Name

City

Cup

Xfinity

Truck

Total

First Year

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Concord

120

74

17

288

1960

Rockingham Speedway

Rockingham

78

42

2

122

1965

North Wilkesboro Speedway

North

93

4

2

99

1949

Hickory Speedway

Hickory

35

42

0

77

1953

Asheville-Weaverville Speedway

Weaverville

34

0

0

34

1951

Occoneechee Speedway

Hillsboro

32

0

0

32

1949

Bowman Gray Stadium

Winston-Salem

29

0

0

29

1958

Orange County Speedway

Rougemont

0

27

0

27

1983

Southern States Fairgrounds

Charlotte

17

0

0

17

1954

Charlotte Speedway

Charlotte

12

0

0

12

1949

Concord Speedway

Concord

12

0

0

12

1956

Wilson Speedway

Wilson

12

0

0

12

1951

New Asheville Speedway

Asheville

8

0

0

8

1962

Dog Track Speedway

Moyock

7

0

0

7

1962

Raleigh Speedway

Raleigh

7

0

0

7

1953

Cleveland County Fairgrounds

Shelby

6

0

0

6

1956

Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course

Concord

2

2

0

4

2018

Champion Speedway

Fayetteville

4

0

0

4

1958

Caraway Speedway

Asheboro

0

3

0

3

1982

Greensboro Agriculture Fairgrounds

Greensboro

3

0

0

3

1957

North Carolina State Fairgrounds

Raleigh

3

0

0

3

1955

Tar Heel Speedway

Randleman

3

0

0

3

1963

Forsyth County Fairgrounds

Winston-Salem

2

0

0

2

1955

Harris Speedway

Harris

2

0

0

2

1964

Jacksonville Speedway

Jacksonville

2

0

0

2

1957

Tri-City Speedway

High Point

2

0

0

2

1953

Asheville Speedway

Asheville

0

1

0

1

1982

Gastonia Fairgrounds

Gastonia

1

0

0

1

1958

Harnett Speedway

Spring Lake

1

0

0

1

1953

McCormick Field

Asheville

1

0

0

1

1958

Salisbury Super Speedway

Salisbury

1

0

0

1

1958

Star Lite Speedway

Monroe

1

0

0

1

1966

TOTALS

530

195

21

823

— NASCAR —

North Carolina Drivers In NASCAR

  • A total of 463 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as North Carolina. 54 of the 463 have won in a NASCAR national series race.