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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Alsco Uniforms 500

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Charlotte
Jimmie Johnson……………………… 109.0
Kyle Busch…………………………….. 107.2
Denny Hamlin………………………….. 94.8
Tyler Reddick…………………………… 94.4
Matt Kenseth……………………………. 93.7
Chase Elliott…………………………….. 93.0
Martin Truex Jr………………………… 92.5
Kevin Harvick…………………………… 89.9
Joey Logano……………………………. 89.1
Kurt Busch………………………………. 88.0
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2020 races (29 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 121 NASCAR Cup Series points races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, two races per year from when the track opened in 1960 until 2017. From 2018-2019, Charlotte Motor Speedway hosted just one race on the oval configuration, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the adjustment to the schedule has returned to two races this season.  
  • 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 556 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series points-paying race at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 398 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 39; followed by Kurt Busch with 38.
  • 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 NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a 8.972 in 35 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

8.972

36

2

Fireball Roberts

5.200

10

2

Ryan Newman

9.838

37

3

David Pearson

6.391

46

3

William Byron

10.667

3

4

Joe Weatherly

6.667

9

4

Denny Hamlin

10.929

28

5

Fred Lorenzen

7.056

18

5

Chase Elliott

11.250

8

6

Pete Hamilton

7.167

6

6

Kyle Busch

11.452

31

7

Paul Goldsmith

7.889

9

7

Joey Logano

12.571

21

8

Curtis Turner

8.444

9

8

Brad Keselowski

15.200

21

9

Jimmie Johnson

8.972

36

9

Erik Jones

15.400

5

10

Cale Yarborough

9.520

50

10

Matt Kenseth

15.641

39

Poles

  • A total of 47 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won the Busch Pole Award at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 10 of the 47 are active this weekend.

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

10

Kurt Busch

1

  • 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).
  • 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).

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

Brad Keselowski

2

6

Austin Dillon

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 121 (14.1%) 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.
  • Brad Keselowski started from the ninth position to win last weekend’s Coca-Cola 600.  

 NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

1

17

14.05%

14

2

1.65%

2

17

14.17%

15

3

2.48%

3

15

12.50%

16

3

2.48%

4

10

8.33%

17

3

2.48%

5

8

6.67%

18

2

1.65%

6

5

4.17%

20

2

1.65%

7

8

6.67%

21

2

1.65%

8

2

1.67%

22

3

2.48%

9

6

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:

14.05%

17

Winning from the Front Row:

28.10%

34

Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position:

55.37%

67

Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:

74.38%

90

Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:

8.26%

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 37.
  • 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 (31), Dodge (15), Pontiac (8), Mercury (7), Toyota (7), Buick (4) and Plymouth (4).

Additional Finishing Positions

Runner-Up Finishes:

  • A total of 56 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished runner-up at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 26 of 56 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 and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers in runner-up finishes at Charlotte with four each.

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

 

Matt Kenseth

4

Bobby Labonte

6

3

Kyle Busch

3

4

Cale Yarborough

5

4

Denny Hamlin

2

5

Bill Elliott

4

 

Jimmie Johnson

2

 

Darrell Waltrip

4

 

Ryan Newman

2

David Pearson

4

 

Joey Logano

2

 

Donnie Allison

4

 

Chase Elliott

2

Harry Gant

4

 

 

Kevin Harvick

4

 

Matt Kenseth

4

 

 

Rusty Wallace

4

 

 Top-Five Finishes:

  • A total of 120 different drivers have finished in the top-five in the NASCAR Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 79 have finished in the top-five multiple times.
  • 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

Richard Petty

23

2

Kyle Busch

14

3

Darrell Waltrip

19

3

Matt Kenseth

12

4

David Pearson

18

4

Denny Hamlin

9

Mark Martin

18

Kevin Harvick

9

Top-10 Finishes

  • A total of 211 different drivers have finished in the top-10 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series; 136 drivers have finished in the top-10 multiple times.
  • 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 22.   

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

19

4

Bobby Allison

26

4

Kevin Harvick

18

David Pearson

26

 

Denny Hamlin

17

Average Finish

  • Johnny Beauchamp (two starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Charlotte with a 7.0.
  • Joey Logano (21 starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Charlotte with a 12.524.

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

Joey Logano

12.524

21

2

Rex White

9.000

10

2

Denny Hamlin

12.857

28

3

Don White

10.333

3

3

Jimmie Johnson

12.972

36

4

Carl Edwards

10.917

24

4

Matt Kenseth

13.744

39

5

Dick Hutcherson

11.200

5

5

Martin Truex Jr

13.786

28

6

Joey Logano

12.524

21

6

Brad Keselowski

13.950

21

7

Earl Ross

12.667

3

7

Kyle Busch

14.226

31

8

Davey Allison

12.857

14

8

Chase Elliott

14.500

8

9

Denny Hamlin

12.857

28

9

Kevin Harvick

15.108

37

10

Joe Weatherly

12.889

9

10

Daniel Suarez

15.600

5

Laps Led

  • A total of 180 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 1,936 laps led 36 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

% Led

Rank

Acive Drivers

Led

Completed

% Led

1

Bobby Allison

2,339

12,493

19%

1

Jimmie Johnson

1,936

12,631

15%

2

Jimmie Johnson

1,936

12,631

15%

2

Kyle Busch

1,449

10,707

14%

3

Richard Petty

1,702

18,236

9%

3

Martin Truex Jr

1,059

10,109

10%

4

David Pearson

1,662

12,753

13%

4

Matt Kenseth

704

13,411

5%

5

Cale Yarborough

1,633

13,030

13%

5

Kurt Busch

678

12,756

5%

6

Dale Earnhardt

1,523

15,370

10%

6

Kevin Harvick

542

12,668

4%

7

Kyle Busch

1,449

10,707

14%

7

Denny Hamlin

377

9,937

4%

8

Bill Elliott

1,337

19,539

7%

8

Brad Keselowski

316

6,946

5%

9

Buddy Baker

1,202

14,017

9%

9

Joey Logano

289

7,553

4%

10

Mark Martin

1,185

18,429

6%

10

Ryan Newman

278

11,902

2%

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 margin of victory 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

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Jimmie Johnson

Bobby Labonte

0.293

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Brad Keselowski

Chase Elliott

0.309

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Jimmie Johnson

Kurt Busch

0.330

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Martin Truex Jr.

Joey Logano

0.350

Sunday, October 13, 2002

Jamie McMurray

Bobby Labonte

 

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

Date

Scheduled Laps

Actual Laps

Overtime Laps

Race Winners

Sunday, October 8, 2017

334

337

3

Martin Truex Jr

Sunday, May 29, 2011

400

402

2

Kevin Harvick

Saturday, October 13, 2007

334

337

3

Jeff Gordon

Saturday, October 15, 2005

334

336

2

Jimmie Johnson

Sunday, May 24, 2020

400

405

5

Brad Keselowski

  • The NASCAR Cup Series race on May 24, 2020 at Charlotte Motor Speedway resulted in NASCAR Overtime becoming the longest race in series history – 405 laps or 607.5 miles.
  • 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 in the NASCAR Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway three times – the first two times were due to rain – October race of 2002 and the October race of 2008; the third time was due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the adjusted schedule (May 27, 2020).   

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 826 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

121

75

18

291

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

531

196

22

826

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.

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