Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, going into the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on March 20 at 3 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Atlanta Motor Speedway Data
Season Race #: 5 of 36 (03-20-22)
Track Size: 1.54-miles
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 28 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 28 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch & Backstretch: 5 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 2,332 feet
Backstretch Length: 1,800 feet
Race Length: 325 laps / 500.5 miles
Stage 1 & 2: 105 Laps (each)
Final Stage: 115 Laps
Atlanta Motor Speedway:
- Originally called Atlanta International Raceway, the track was then a 1.5-mile paved speedway.
- The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta was on July 31, 1960, won by Fireball Roberts from the pole position.
- 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.
- From 1960 – 2010, Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted multiple NASCAR Cup Series races during each season; starting in 2011 the series began only visiting Atlanta once a year (2011-2020). Last season marked the first time since 2010, the series visited the facility more than once a season.
- From 1987 to 2000 Atlanta Motor Speedway held the final championship race of the NASCAR Cup Series schedule.
- In 2021, Atlanta Motor Speedway underwent a transformation starting shortly after the checkered flag on July 11. Over the course of five months, the speedway was reconfigured, sporting steeper 28-degree banked corners, new drainage technology, and brand-new asphalt.
- In total, there have been 115 NASCAR Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway since the first race there in 1960.
- A total of 589 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway; 403 have competed in more than one at Atlanta.
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway with 65; followed by Bill Elliott (62) and Dave Marcis (59).
- Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in NASCAR Cup Series starts at Atlanta with 32 starts; followed by Kurt Busch with 31.
- A total of 67 NASCAR Cup Series drivers have made their series debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
- Three active NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted their first career start at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Martin Truex Jr. (10/31/2004), Ty Dillon (8/31/2015) and Cody Ware (3/5/2017).
- The best finish by a driver making their NASCAR Cup Series career debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway was runner-up by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace on March 16, 1980.
- Fred Lorenzen leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a 4.105 in 19 starts.
- Kyle Larson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Atlanta with a 8.000 in 13 starts.
Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Atlanta (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Avg Start||Races||Rank||Active Drivers||Avg Start||Races|
|1||Fred Lorenzen||4.105||19||1||Kyle Larson||8.000||13|
|2||Fireball Roberts||4.500||10||2||Daniel Suarez||10.000||8|
|3||Cotton Owens||5.000||2||3||Denny Hamlin||10.913||28|
|4||Earl Balmer||5.500||4||4||Kyle Busch||11.042||29|
|5||Dick Hutcherson||5.800||5||5||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||11.400||15|
|6||Banjo Matthews||6.500||6||6||Chase Elliott||13.000||12|
|7||Joe Weatherly||7.000||9||7||Christopher Bell||13.000||8|
|8||Nelson Stacy||7.500||6||8||Greg Biffle||13.636||23|
|9||Kyle Larson||8.000||13||9||Brad Keselowski||14.143||19|
|10||Junior Johnson||8.385||13||10||Martin Truex Jr||14.417||29|
- A total of 53 different drivers have won at least one pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series, 24 have posted more than one.
- Nine of the 53 NASCAR Cup Series Atlanta Motor Speedway pole winners are active this weekend.
|Active Pole Winners (9)||Poles||Season|
|Kevin Harvick||2||2017, 2014|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr||1||2013|
|Martin Truex Jr||1||2009|
- Buddy Baker (1968, 1971, 1976, 1979 sweep, 1980, 1984) and Ryan Newman (2003 sweep, 2004 sweep, 2005 sweep, 2007) are tied for the NASCAR Cup Series most poles at Atlanta Motor Speedway with seven each.
- Kevin Harvick leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in Atlanta poles with two (2014, 2017).
- Fireball Roberts won the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Award at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1960 with a speed of 133.870 mph in a Pontiac.
- 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).
- Ryan Newman holds the record for most consecutive poles at Atlanta with six; from the spring of 2003 through 2005.
- Winning consecutive poles has happened 10 times at Atlanta in the NASCAR Cup Series, among six different 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).
- A total of nine drivers have posted their first NASCAR Cup Series pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr||Sunday, September 1, 2013|
|Kevin Lepage||Sunday, November 21, 1999|
|Kenny Irwin Jr||Sunday, November 8, 1998|
|Robby Gordon||Sunday, March 9, 1997|
|Johnny Benson||Sunday, March 10, 1996|
|Rick Mast||Sunday, November 15, 1992|
|Terry Labonte||Sunday, March 15, 1981|
|Sam Sommers||Sunday, November 6, 1977|
|Cale Yarborough||Sunday, April 2, 1967|
- A total of 40 different organizations have won a NASCAR Cup Series pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
- Seven of the 40 organizations that have won a pole in the NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta are active this weekend.
|Wood Brothers Racing||9|
|Joe Gibbs Racing||4|
|Richard Childress Racing||3|
- Wood Brothers Racing and Team Penske lead the series in poles at Atlanta with nine each.
- Wood Brothers Racing: Marvin Panch (1963, 1965); Cale Yarborough (1967, 1969, 1970); A.J. Foyt (1971); David Pearson (1972, 1974); Buddy Baker (1984).
- Team Penske: Rusty Wallace (1993), Ryan Newman (2003 sweep, 2004 sweep, 2005 sweep, 2007), Joey Logano (2015).
- A total of nine different manufacturers have won a NASCAR Cup Series pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway, led by Ford with 30 poles; followed by Chevrolet (25), Dodge (18), Pontiac (16), Mercury (7), Oldsmobile (5), Toyota (3), Buick (2) and Plymouth (1).
- A total of 45 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Atlanta Motor Speedway, 25 have won more than one at Atlanta.
- Six of the 45 NASCAR Cup Series Atlanta Motor Speedway race winners are active this weekend.
|Active Race Winners||Wins||Seasons|
|Kurt Busch||4||2021, 2010, 2009, 2002|
|Kevin Harvick||3||2020, 2018, 2001|
|Brad Keselowski||2||2019, 2017|
|Kyle Busch||2||2013, 2008|
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway with nine victories (1980, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 2000).
- Kurt Busch (2002, 2009, 2010, 2021) leads all active NASCAR Cup Series winners at Atlanta Motor Speedway with four victories.
- Youngest Cup Series Atlanta winner: Kyle Busch (03/09/2008 – 22 years, 10 months, 7 days).
- Oldest Cup Series Atlanta winner: Morgan Shepherd (03/20/1993 – 51 years, 5 months, 8 days).
- A total of six different drivers, including one active NASCAR Cup Series driver, have posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series win at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
|Carl Edwards||Sunday, March 20, 2005|
|Kevin Harvick||Sunday, March 11, 2001|
|Jerry Nadeau||Monday, November 20, 2000|
|Jim Hurtubise||Sunday, March 27, 1966|
|Bob Burdick||Sunday, March 26, 1961|
|Bobby Johns||Sunday, October 30, 1960|
- Four of the six active NASCAR Cup Series winners at Atlanta Motor Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Kevin Harvick is the only active driver to win 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 six active NASCAR Cup Series winners.
- Among the six active NASCAR Cup Series Atlanta winners Denny Hamlin (12) is the only driver to have made 10 or more attempts before his first win.
- Martin Truex Jr. leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Atlanta without visiting Victory Lane at 24 starts; followed by Greg Biffle at 22 starts.
- No driver has swept the triple header weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway across all three NASCAR national series. Two drivers have won in multiple NASCAR national series races in the same weekend at Atlanta:
- Carl Edwards (2005, NCS/NXS); (Fall 2008, NCS/NXS)
- Kyle Busch (Spring 2008, NCS/NCWTS)
- 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.
- A total of 14 of the 115 NASCAR Cup Series races (12.17%) have been won from the pole or first starting position.
- 13 different drivers accomplished the feat of winning at Atlanta from the pole, NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty is the only driver to do it twice (1975, 1977).
- Kasey Kahne is the most recent driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race from the pole at Atlanta (3/19/2006).
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt is the only driver to start from the first position due to qualifying being cancelled and win in the NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway (1990).
Wins by Starting Positions at Atlanta Motor Speedway
|Starting Position||Wins||Winning %||Starting Position||Wins||Winning %|
|Winning from the Pole:||12.17%||14|
|Winning from the Front Row:||22.61%||26|
|Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position:||53.91%||62|
|Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:||78.26%||90|
|Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:||6.96%||8|
- The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Atlanta is 39th, by Bobby Labonte in the fall of 2001.
- The deepest in the field that an active race winner has started at Atlanta is 19th, by Brad Keselowski in 2019.
- In total 41 different owners have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway; eight Atlanta winning organizations are active this weekend.
|Active Organization Winners||Wins|
|Wood Brothers Racing||12|
|Joe Gibbs Racing||11|
|Richard Childress Racing||9|
- The Hendrick Motorsports organization has the most wins at Atlanta in the NASCAR Cup Series with 14 victories: Darrell Waltrip (1989), Ken Schrader (1991), Jeff Gordon (1995, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011), Jerry Nadeau (2000), Jimmie Johnson (2004, 2007 sweep, 2015, 2016) and Kasey Kahne (2014).
- Nine different manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta; led by Chevrolet with 41 victories; followed by Ford (34), Pontiac (11), Dodge (nine), Mercury (eight), Buick (four), Plymouth (four), Toyota (three) and Oldsmobile (one).
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
- A total of 54 different drivers have finished runner-up in the NASCAR Cup Series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway; 30 of the 54 have posted multiple runner-up finishes.
- NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt and David Pearson lead the NASCAR Cup Series in runner-up finishes at Atlanta Motor Speedway with seven each.
- Kevin Harvick (2009, 2015), Kyle Busch (2020, 2021) and Kyle Larson (2017, 2021) lead all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers with two runner-up finishes at Atlanta Motor Speedway each.
Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Atlanta (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Runner-Ups||Rank||Active Drivers||Runner-Ups|
|1||Dale Earnhardt||7||1||Kevin Harvick||2|
|David Pearson||7||Kyle Busch||2|
|3||Richard Petty||6||Kyle Larson||2|
|4||Dale Jarrett||5||4||Brad Keselowski||1|
|Jeff Gordon||5||Joey Logano||1|
|Martin Truex Jr||1|
- A total of 113 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished inside the top-five at Atlanta Motor Speedway; 77 of the 113 Cup drivers with top fives at Atlanta have multiple top-five finishes on the 1.54-mile track.
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-five finishes at Atlanta Motor Speedway with 26; followed by fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough with 23.
- Kevin Harvick leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in top-five finishes at Atlanta with nine.
Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Atlanta (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Top Fives||Rank||Active Drivers||Top Fives|
|1||Dale Earnhardt||26||1||Kevin Harvick||9|
|2||Cale Yarborough||23||2||Kurt Busch||8|
|3||Richard Petty||22||Kyle Busch||8|
|4||Darrell Waltrip||18||4||Denny Hamlin||6|
|5||Bobby Allison||17||Martin Truex Jr||6|
- A total of 208 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished inside the top-10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway; 129 of the 208 have multiple top 10s at Atlanta in the series.
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-10 finishes at Atlanta with 33.
- Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers with 16 top-10 finishes at Atlanta each.
Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Atlanta (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Top Fives||Rank||Active Drivers||Top Fives|
|1||Richard Petty||33||1||Kevin Harvick||16|
|2||Dale Earnhardt||30||2||Kurt Busch||16|
|3||Cale Yarborough||29||3||Martin Truex Jr||12|
|4||Darrell Waltrip||28||4||Kyle Busch||11|
|5||Bobby Allison||27||5||Greg Biffle||10|
Average Finishing Position
- Dick Hutcherson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a 3.6 in five starts.
- Ryan Blaney leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a 12.429 in seven starts.
Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Atlanta (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Avg Finish||Races||Rank||Active Drivers||Avg Finish||Races|
|1||Dick Hutcherson||3.600||5||1||Ryan Blaney||12.429||7|
|2||Lee Petty||7.000||2||2||Kyle Larson||12.875||8|
|3||Troy Ruttman||7.000||2||3||Kyle Busch||13.000||24|
|4||Speedy Thompson||8.000||2||4||Chase Elliott||13.571||7|
|5||Dale Earnhardt||9.543||46||5||Kurt Busch||14.935||31|
|6||Billy Wade||10.250||4||6||Brad Keselowski||15.214||14|
|7||Bob Welborn||10.286||7||7||Daniel Suarez||15.333||6|
|8||Rex White||10.455||11||8||Martin Truex Jr||15.417||24|
|9||Ernie Irvan||11.850||20||9||Kevin Harvick||15.438||32|
|10||Jimmie Johnson||11.862||34||10||Christopher Bell||15.667||3|
- A total of 171 different drivers have led at least one lap in the NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Atlanta Motor Speedway with 3,283 laps led in 47 starts. He is one of just seven drivers all-time to lead more than 3,000 laps at a single track, and the only one to do it on a 1.5-mile speedway.
- Kevin Harvick leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in laps led at Atlanta with 1,197 in 29 starts.
- The most laps led by the NASCAR Cup Series race winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway was 308 laps led of the scheduled 334 (92.2%) by NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough on March 30, 1969; he started from fifth.
- The most laps led by a NASCAR Cup Series driver that did not win the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway was 292 laps led of the scheduled 325 (89.8%) by Kevin Harvick on March 5, 2017; he started from the pole and finished ninth.
- The fewest laps led by the NASCAR Cup Series race winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway was one lap – the final lap – of the scheduled 267 by NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson on September 17, 1961; he started the race in fifth.
Top 10 NASCAR Cup Series Lap Leaders at Atlanta (All-Time)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Races||Led||Completed||% Led|
Top 10 NASCAR Cup Series Lap Leaders at Atlanta (Active)
|Rank||Active Drivers||Races||Led||Completed||% Led|
|6||Martin Truex Jr||29||351||7,530||5%|
TRACK / EVENT SPECIFIC STATS
- Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest Margin of Victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway is the March 11, 2001 race won by Kevin Harvick over Jeff Gordon with a margin of victory of 0.006 second – which is the fifth closest finish in series history.
- Atlanta Motor Speedway holds the NASCAR Cup Series record for the two closest finishes on 1.5-mile tracks:
- 0.006 second – March 30, 2001 – Kevin Harvick beats Jeff Gordon to the finish.
- 0.010 second – March 12, 2000 – Dale Earnhardt beats Bobby Labonte to the finish.
Top 10 NASCAR Cup Series Closest Margins of Victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway
|Margin of Victory (Secs.)||Winner||Runner-Up||Date|
|0.006||Kevin Harvick||Jeff Gordon||Sunday, March 11, 2001|
|0.010||Dale Earnhardt||Bobby Labonte||Sunday, March 12, 2000|
|0.028||Carl Edwards||Jimmie Johnson||Sunday, March 20, 2005|
|0.190||Jeff Gordon||Bobby Labonte||Sunday, March 12, 1995|
|0.218||Brad Keselowski||Martin Truex Jr||Sunday, February 24, 2019|
|0.293||Jimmie Johnson||Mark Martin||Sunday, October 31, 2004|
|0.332||Kurt Busch||Jeff Gordon||Sunday, March 8, 2009|
|0.350||Ernie Irvan||Morgan Shepherd||Sunday, March 13, 1994|
|0.376||Tony Stewart||Dale Earnhardt Jr||Sunday, March 10, 2002|
|0.378||Denny Hamlin||Jeff Gordon||Sunday, September 2, 2012|
- There have been six NASCAR Cup Series races resulting in a NASCAR Overtime finish at Atlanta:
|Date||Winner||Runner-Up||Scheduled Laps||Actual Laps||Overtime Laps|
|2/28/2016||Jimmie Johnson||Dale Earnhardt Jr||325||330||5|
|8/31/2014||Kasey Kahne||Matt Kenseth||325||335||10|
|9/2/2012||Denny Hamlin||Jeff Gordon||325||327||2|
|3/7/2010||Kurt Busch||Matt Kenseth||325||341||16|
|3/8/2009||Kurt Busch||Jeff Gordon||325||330||5|
|10/28/2007||Jimmie Johnson||Carl Edwards||325||329||4|
- Five times the NASCAR Cup Series Atlanta race was shortened due to weather:
|Date||Winner||Runner-Up||Scheduled Laps||Actual Laps||Number of Fewer Laps|
|10/27/2002||Kurt Busch||Joe Nemechek||325||248||-77|
|11/8/1998||Jeff Gordon||Dale Jarrett||325||221||-104|
|3/21/1982||Darrell Waltrip||Richard Petty||328||287||-41|
|11/6/1977||Darrell Waltrip||David Pearson||328||268||-60|
|6/10/1962||Fred Lorenzen||Banjo Matthews||334||219||-115|
- Three-times the NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway has been postponed to another day:
- Race Scheduled Date: Sept. 4, 2011 – Delayed due to weather – Actual Start Date: Sept. 6, 2011 (Jeff Gordon won)
- Race Start Date: March 17, 1991 – First 47 laps were run then the event was postponed due to weather – Race Finish Date: March 18, 1991 (remaining 281 laps were run; Ken Schrader won the race)
- Race Scheduled Date: March 15, 2020 – Delayed due COVID-19 pandemic – Actual Start Date: June 7, 2020.
- Qualifying has been cancelled in the NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway eight times:
- Due to weather conditions five times: Spring 1973, Spring 1990, Fall 2002, Fall 2006 and Fall 2008.
- Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions three times: June 7, 2020, March 21, 2021 and July 11, 2021.
FEMALE COMPETITOR STATS
- Three female drivers have competed at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick.
|Driver||Starting Position||Finishing Position||Date|
NASCAR IN GEORGIA
- There has been a total of 235 NASCAR national series races among 14 different tracks in the state of Georgia dating all the way back to 1951.
|Track Name||City||Cup||Xfinity||Truck||Total||First Year|
|Atlanta Motor Speedway||Hampton||115||31||20||166||1960|
|Augusta International Speedway||Augusta||12||0||0||12||1962|
|Middle Georgia Raceway||Macon||9||0||0||9||1966|
|Central City Speedway||Macon||7||0||0||7||1951|
|Valdosta 75 Speedway||Valdosta||3||0||0||3||1962|
|Road Atlanta Speedway||Atlanta||0||2||0||2||1986|
|Augusta International Raceway||Augusta||1||0||0||1||1964|
GEORGIA IN NASCAR
- A total of 191 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Georgia.
- 18 of 191 drivers have won at least once in one of NASCAR’s national series; 11 of the 191 have posted at least one victory in the NASCAR Cup Series.
|John Wes Townley||0||0||1||1|
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