CHARLOTTE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Fastenal Ford)

  • Three top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.8
  • Average Running Position of 15.4, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.2, sixth-best
  • 224 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • 1,011 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
  • Avg Green Flag Speed of 175.562 mph, fourth
  • 2,985 Laps in the Top 15 (60.0%), seventh
  • 535 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), sixth-most

Jeff Burton (No. 31 Wheaties Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, eight top fives, 15 top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.4
  • Average Running Position of 15.0, eighth
  • Driver Rating of 85.4, 11th-best
  • 1,017 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
  • Avg. Green Flag Speed of 175.259 mph, 13th
  • 2,846 Laps in the Top 15 (57.2%), eighth
  • 539 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Kurt Busch (No. 51 Phoenix Construction Services Inc. Chevrolet)

  • One win, five top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 19.4
  • Driver Rating of 85.0, 13th-best
  • 173 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • 2,676 Laps in the Top 15 (53.8%), 11th-most
  • 473 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Red-White-Blue Toyota)

  • Six top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 16.7
  • Average Running Position of 10.3, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 106.6, second-best
  • 385 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • 963 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 176.284 mph, second-fastest
  • 3,836 Laps in the Top 15 (77.2%), second-most
  • 696 Quality Passes, second-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)

  • Five top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.6
  • Average Running Position of 15.8, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.4, seventh-best
  • 105 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most
  • 1,061 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
  • 2,778 Laps in the Top 15 (55.9%), ninth-most
  • 508 Quality Passes, eighth-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)

  • Five wins, 16 top fives, 20 top 10s; eight poles
  • Average finish of 15.9
  • Average Running Position of 16.4, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 86.9, 10th-best
  • 166 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 175.446 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 2,638 Laps in the Top 15 (53.1%), 12th-most
  • 481 Quality Passes, 11th-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota)

  • One top five, six top 10
  • Average finish of 16.0
  • Average Running Position of 14.1, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.5, eighth-best
  • 119 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 175.261 mph, 12th-fastest
  • 3,049 Laps in the Top 15 (66.7%), fifth-most
  • 510 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet)

  • Six wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 11.9
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 8.4
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 111.0
  • Series-high 451 Fastest Laps Run
  • 1,015 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 176.429 mph
  • Series-high 4,201 Laps in the Top 15 (84.5%)
  • Series-high 714 Quality Passes

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Quaker State Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, six top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.4
  • Average Running Position of 13.4, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.8, fourth-best
  • 364 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • Series-high 1,141 Green Flag Passes
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 175.304 mph, 11th-fastest
  • 3,003 Laps in the Top 15 (60.4%), sixth-most
  • 602 Quality Passes, third-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Fastenal Ford)

  • Two wins, seven top fives, 13 top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.4
  • Average Running Position of 14.5, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.2, third-best
  • 268 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • 993 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 175.512 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 3,225 Laps in the Top 15 (64.9%), third-most
  • 593 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Joey Logano (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)

  • Two top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 8.2
  • Average Running Position of 13.0, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.5, fifth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 175.503 mph, eighth-fastest

Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron’s Armed Forces Foundation Toyota)

  • Four wins, 18 top fives, 23 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 16.4
  • Average Running Position of 13.8, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.4, ninth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 175.524 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 3,205 Laps in the Top 15 (64.5%), fourth-most
  • 502 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

  • One win, six top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 13.6
  • Average Running Position of 15.5, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 85.0, 12th-best
  • 181 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • 996 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 175.550 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 2,714 Laps in the Top 15 (54.6%), 10th-most
  • 495 Quality Passes, 10th-most
 

Chase Contenders

 

The Top 12

 

Following Race 11 of 36

 

Driver Points Wins Poles Rank Last Weel
Season Drive Rating
1. Greg Biffle                 411 1 2 1 106.3
2. Matt Kenseth             409 1 0 2 103.9
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.    397 0 0 3 98.3
4. Denny Hamlin            394 2 1 4 102.2
5. Jimmie Johnson       372 1 0 8 105.0
6. Martin Truex Jr.         372 0 1 6 99.1
7. Tony Stewart              369 2 0 7 98.3
8. Kevin Harvick            361 0 0 5 95.1
9. Kyle Busch                349 1 0 9 96.2
10. Carl Edwards             337 0 1 11 85.6
11. Clint Bowyer              335 0 0 10 86.2
12. Brad Keselowski        328 2 0 10 94.7

  ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

13. Paul Menard                   308         32. Dave Blaney              157
14. Ryan Newman                307         33. Landon Cassill           154
15. Joey Logano                   293         34. Travis Kvapil              148
16. Kasey Kahne                  283         35. David Stremme            86
17. Jeff Burton                     275         36. J.J. Yeley                   80
18. Marcos Ambrose             274         37. Brian Vickers               66
19. Juan Pablo Montoya        272         38. Michael McDowell        57
20. Jamie McMurray             263         39. Brendan Gaughan         50
21. Aric Almirola                   262         40. Ken Schrader               47
22. AJ Allmendinger              253         41. Terry Labonte              42
23. Mark Martin                    242         42. Tony Raines                41
24. Jeff Gordon                    241         43. Josh Wise                  40
25. Kurt Busch                     238         44. Michael Waltrip           26
26. Regan Smith                   238         45. Hermie Sadler III         13
27. Bobby Labonte                226         46. Scott Riggs                 13
28. Casey Mears                  209         47. Stephen Leicht              9
29. David Ragan                   188         48. Bill Elliott                      7
30. David Gilliland                 184         49. Robby Gordon               6
31. David Reutimann             162         50. Scott Speed                  4

Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2012 Top 12 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Greg Biffle

18

0

0

3

6

2

17.8

89.2

 

2

Matt Kenseth

25

0

2

7

13

5

14.4

95.2

 

3

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

25

1

0

5

10

3

19.4

77.7

 

4

Denny Hamlin

13

0

0

1

6

1

16.0

87.5

 

5

Jimmie Johnson

21

3

6

10

14

4

11.9

111.0

 

6

Martin Truex Jr.

13

0

0

0

2

0

19.9

72.4

 

7

Tony Stewart

26

1

1

6

12

1

13.6

85.0

 

8

Kevin Harvick

22

0

1

2

6

1

18.5

73.0

 

9

Kyle Busch

16

1

0

6

9

4

16.7

106.6

 

10

Carl Edwards

14

0

0

5

8

1

12.6

88.4

 

11

Clint Bowyer

12

0

0

1

3

0

17.9

76.8

 

12

Brad Keselowski

5

1

0

0

0

0

18.8

72.2

 

* – Based on last 14 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway

 

At Charlotte Motor Speedway:

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.

Notebook

  • There have been 106 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).
  • 39 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 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race/Coca-Cola 600 sweep has occurred seven times: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Davey Allison (’91), Dale Earnhardt (’93), Jeff Gordon (’97), Jimmie Johnson (2003), Kasey Kahne (’08), Kurt Busch (’10).
  • 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 Charlotte races to average top-10 finish (8.2). 
  • 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 win at Charlotte.
  • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Charlotte Motor Speedway winner: Jeff Gordon (10/10/1993 – 22 years, 2 months, 6 days).
  • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Charlotte Motor Speedway winner: Cale Yarborough (10/06/1985 – 46 years, 6 months, 9 days)

 

Charlotte Motor Speedway Data

  • Race #: 12 of 36 (05-27-12)
  • Track Size: 1.5 miles
  • Race Length: 501.322 miles
  • Banking/Turns: 24 degrees
  • Banking/Frontstretch: 5 degrees
  • Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees
  • Frontstretch: 1,980 feet
  • Backstretch: 1,500 feet

 Top 12 Driver Rating at Charlotte

  1. Jimmie Johnson…………………… 111.0
  2. Kyle Busch…………………………. 106.6
  3. Matt Kenseth………………………… 95.2
  4. Kasey Kahne……………………….. 94.8
  5. Joey Logano………………………… 93.5
  6. Greg Biffle……………………………. 89.2
  7. Carl Edwards………………………… 88.4
  8. Denny Hamlin……………………….. 87.5
  9. Mark Martin…………………………… 87.4
  10. Jeff Gordon………………………….. 86.9
  11. Jeff Burton…………………………… 85.4
  12. Tony Stewart…………………………. 85.0

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (14 total) at Charlotte.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

  • 2011 pole winner: Brad Keselowski (192.089 mph, 28.112 seconds)
  • 2011 race winner: Kevin Harvick (132.414 mph, 05-29-11)
  • Track qualifying record: Elliott Sadler (193.216 mph, 27.948 seconds, 10-13-05)
  • Track race record: Bobby Labonte (151.952 mph, 05-28-95)

 

Driver Ratings for Winners

Driver

Year

Driver Rating

Series Driver Rating Rank

Kevin Harvick

2011

69.8

23rd

Kurt Busch

2010

81.6

14th

David Reutimann

2009

59.2

31st

Kasey Kahne

2008

97.6

3rd

Casey Mears

2007

77.4

17th

Kasey Kahne

2006

74.1

19th

* Pre-Race Driver Ratings of the year the driver won at Charlotte (last six spring races).

 

NASCAR in North Carolina

There have been 514 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in North Carolina.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Concord

106

Rockingham Speedway

Rockingham

78

Asheville-Weaverville Speedway

Weaverville

34

Bowman-Gray Stadium

Winston-Salem

29

Champion Speedway

Fayetteville

4

Charlotte Speedway

Charlotte

12

Cleveland County Fairgrounds

Shelby

6

Concord Speedway

Concord

12

Dog Track Speedway

Moyock

7

Forsyth County Fairgrounds

Winston-Salem

2

Gastonia Fairgrounds

Gastonia

1

Greensboro Agriculture Fairgrounds

Greensboro

3

Harnett Speedway

Spring Lake

1

Harris Speedway

Harris

2

Hickory Speedway

Hickory

35

Jacksonville Speedway

Jacksonville

2

McCormick Field

Asheville

1

New Asheville Speedway

Asheville

8

North Carolina State Fairgrounds

Raleigh

3

North Wilkesboro Speedway

North Wilkesboro

93

Occoneechee Speedway

Hillsboro

32

Raleigh Speedway

Raleigh

7

Salisbury Super Speedway

Salisbury

1

Southern States Fairgrounds

Charlotte

17

Star Lite Speedway

Monroe

1

Tar Heel Speedway

Randleman

3

Tri-City Speedway

High Point

2

Wilson Speedway

Wilson

12

427 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as North Carolina.

There have been 44 race winners from North Carolina in NASCAR’s three national series; 28 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:

Driver

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Richard Petty

200

0

0

Dale Earnhardt

76

21

0

Lee Petty

54

0

0

Ned Jarrett

50

0

0

Junior Johnson

50

0

0

Herb Thomas

48

0

0

Buck Baker

46

0

0

Bobby Isaac

37

0

0

Dale Jarrett

32

11

0

Jim Paschal

25

0

0

Benny Parsons

21

0

0

Speedy Thompson

20

0

0

Buddy Baker

19

0

0

Dale Earnhardt Jr

18

23

0

Harry Gant

18

21

0

Bob Welborn

9

0

0

Kyle Petty

8

0

0

Morgan Shepherd

4

15

0

Bill Blair

3

0

0

Gwyn Staley

3

0

0

Billy Myers

2

0

0

Jimmy Pardue

2

0

0

Brian Vickers

2

3

0

Richard Brickhouse

1

0

0

Phil Parsons

1

2

0

Leon Sales

1

0

0

Buddy Shuman

1

0

0

Donald Thomas

1

0

0

Jack Ingram

0

31

0

Tommy Houston

0

24

0

Sam Ard

0

22

0

Robert Pressley

0

10

2

Scott Riggs

0

4

5

Hank Parker Jr

0

2

0

Johnny Rumley

0

2

0

Dennis Setzer

0

2

18

Ed Berrier

0

1

0

Justin Labonte

0

1

0

Stephen Leicht

0

1

0

Austin Dillon

0

0

4

Andy Houston

0

0

3

Timothy Peters

0

0

3

Ricky Hendrick

0

0

1

Shane Hmiel

0

0

1

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