Track Data
Track Size: 1.5 miles
Banking/Corners: 24 degrees
Banking/Straights: 5 degrees
Frontstretch: 1,980 feet
Backstretch: 1,500 feet

History
Construction began on Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1959.
The track’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on June 19, 1960.
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.

Interesting Facts
There have been 105 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).
38 drivers have posted poles, led by David Pearson with 14.
Fireball Roberts won the pole for the first race, in 1960.
David Pearson posted 11 straight poles at Charlotte from the fall of 1973 through 1978.
Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in poles, with nine. Jeff Gordon has eight.
Jeff Gordon won five straight poles for the spring races between 1994 and 1998.
44 drivers have won races, led by Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip and Jimmie Johnson, with six each.
Joe Lee Johnson won the first race, in 1960.
There have been 13 back-to-back victories, including three consecutive by Fred Lorenzen (fall 1964 and both 1965) and four straight by Jimmie Johnson (both in 2004 and 2005).
A sweep has occurred eight times, including each season from 2004-2007.
14 races have been won from the pole, the last by Jimmie Johnson (October, 2009).
Jimmie Johnson won the 2003 Coca-Cola 600 from the 37th starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
Joey Logano is the only driver with more than two starts at Charlotte to average a top-10 finish (7.4).
A number of active drivers earned their first win at CMS: Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Bobby Labonte, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears and David Reutimann. Inactive drivers David Pearson, Buddy Baker and Charlie Glotzbach also got their first series wins at Charlotte.
Three Chase contenders earned their first career Coors Light poles at Charlotte: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman.

Track Records
Qualifying record: Elliott Sadler (193.216 mph, 27.948 seconds, 10-13-05)
600-mile race record: Bobby Labonte (151.952 mph, 05-28-95)

Driver Rating

Jimmie Johnson 112.8
Kyle Busch 106.5
Joey Logano 96.5
Kasey Kahne 94.5
Matt Kenseth 92.1
Mark Martin 89.7
Jeff Gordon 88.3
Greg Biffle 87.4
Denny Hamlin 87.2
Jeff Burton 87.1

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (13 total) at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Top Performers Statistically:

  Driver Races Poles Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating*

 

1

Carl Edwards

13

0

0

4

7

1

13.3

86.1

2

Kevin Harvick

21

0

1

2

5

1

19.1

71.7

3

Jimmie Johnson

20

3

6

10

14

3

10.8

112.8

4

Brad Keselowski

4

1

0

0

0

0

19.5

74.2

5

Matt Kenseth

24

0

1

6

12

5

14.9

92.1

6

Kurt Busch

22

0

1

5

6

3

19.7

85.1

7

Tony Stewart

25

0

1

6

11

1

13.8

82.2

8

Kyle Busch

15

1

0

5

8

4

17.7

106.5

9

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

24

1

0

5

10

3

19.4

77.8

10

Jeff Gordon

37

8

5

16

20

9

15.8

88.3

11

Ryan Newman

21

9

0

4

7

5

20.9

74.8

12

Denny Hamlin

12

0

0

1

5

1

16.6

87.2

* – Driver Rating based on last 13 Charlotte Motor Speedway races.

Website
http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/

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