Statistical Advance: Analyzing The AdvoCare 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 27, 2012) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia going into the AdvoCare 500 on Sept. 2.

ATLANTA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M/Manheim Auctions Ford)

  • Three top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 16.1
  • Average Running Position of 13.3, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.9, ninth-best
  • 235 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • 784 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.409 mph, 10th-fastest
  • 3,033 Laps in the Top 15 (71.4%), fifth-most
  • 474 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), third-most

Kurt Busch (No. 51 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, four top fives, nine top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.4
  • Average Running Position of 14.3, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.1, seventh-best
  • 244 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • 785 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.472 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 442 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Wrigley Toyota)

  • Average finish of 17.7
  • Average Running Position of 14.7, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.6, 11th-best
  • 197 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • 851 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet)

  • One win, eight top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 12.8
  • Average Running Position of 12.8, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.3, eighth-best
  • 223 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • 856 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.574 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 2,820 Laps in the Top 15 (66.4%), eighth-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Subway Ford)

  • Three wins, eight top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.6
  • Average Running Position of 12.8, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 101.8, fourth-best
  • Series-high 339 Fastest Laps Run
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.891 mph, second-fastest
  • 3,265 Laps in the Top 15 (76.8%), third-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)

  • Five wins, 15 top fives, 24 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 12.2
  • Average Running Position of 10.2, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 104.1, second-best
  • 219 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • 3,439 Laps in the Top 15 (80.9%), second-most
  • Series-high 501 Quality Passes

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota)

  • One top five, four top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.5
  • Average Running Position of 11.8, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.2, fifth-best
  • 168 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.713 mph, third-fastest
  • 2,649 Laps in the Top 15 (67.5%), ninth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, 11 top fives, 13 top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.0
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 7.7
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 109.5
  • 261 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 171.979 mph
  • Series-high 3,775 Laps in the Top 15 (88.8%)
  • 497 Quality Passes, second-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, six top fives, eight top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 18.3
  • Driver Rating of 91.0, 10th-best
  • 230 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.337 mph, 12th-fastest
  • 2,593 Laps in the Top 15 (61.0%), 11th-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Roush Fenway 25 Winning Years Ford)

  • Eight top fives, 13 top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.9
  • Average Running Position of 12.8, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.2, sixth-best
  • 161 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
  • 852 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.569 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 2,942 Laps in the Top 15 (69.2%), sixth-most
  • 449 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)

  • Three top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.9
  • Driver Rating of 87.4, 13th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.292 mph, 13th-fastest
  • 406 Quality Passes, ninth-most

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

  • Three wins, 10 top fives, 15 top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.2
  • Average Running Position of 10.8, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 102.3, third-best
  • 230 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • 732 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.668 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 3,181 Laps in the Top 15 (74.8%), fourth-most
  • 474 Quality Passes, third-most
 

Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56 NAPA Shocks and Struts Toyota)

  • Two top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 22.8
  • Average Running Position of 12.3, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.9, 12th-best
  • 111 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.577 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 2,922 Laps in the Top 15 (74.4%), seventh-most
  • 470 Quality Passes, fifth-most
 

 

 

Chase Contenders

 

The Top 10

Following Race 24 of 36

 

Driver  Points Wins Poles Driver Rank Last Week Season Driver Rating
1. Greg Biffle         849 2 2 1 103.9
2. Jimmie Johnson   838 3 1 4 108.8
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 834 1 0

3

99.9
4. Matt Kenseth  823 1 1 2 102.8
5. Martin Truex Jr.  797 0 1 6 97.6
6. Clint Bowyer    794 1 0 7 91.8
7. Brad Keselowski   790 3 0 5 95.3
8. Denny Hamlin 774 3 2 10 99.2
9. Kevin Harvick  767 0 0 8 90.4
10. Tony Stewart  746 3 0 9 87.8

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

11. Kasey Kahne (2 wins)      730         35. Brian Vickers             177
12. Carl Edwards                  712         36. David Stremme          172
13. Kyle Busch (1 win)           707         37. J.J. Yeley                  135
14. Jeff Gordon (1 win)          691         38. Michael McDowell      122
15. Ryan Newman (1 win)      688         39. Josh Wise                 107
16. Marcos Ambrose (1 win)   679         40. Ken Schrader             102
17. Paul Menard                   674         41. Stephen Leicht             89
18. Joey Logano (1 win)         638         42. Michael Waltrip            75
19. Jamie McMurray             598         43. Scott Speed               69
20. Jeff Burton                     577         44. Tony Raines               67
21. Juan Pablo Montoya        561         45. Terry Labonte             66
22. Aric Almirola                   557         46. Brendan Gaughan         50
23. Regan Smith                   516         47. Scott Riggs                 41
24. Bobby Labonte                513         48. Boris Said                   34
25. Kurt Busch                     452         49. Bill Elliott                     14
26. Casey Mears                  436         50. Hermie Sadler III          13
27. David Gilliland                 425         51. Robby Gordon             11
28. Mark Martin                    417         52. Mike Skinner               10
29. David Ragan                   409         53. Tomy Drissi                  6
30. AJ Allmendinger              400         54. Stacey Compton            5
31. Travis Kvapil                   399         55. David Mayhew              4
32. Landon Cassill                372         56. Kelly Bires                    2
33. Dave Blaney                   308         57. Patrick Long                  2
34. David Reutimann             306        
 

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. After race No. 26, the top 10 earn a berth in the Chase. Spots 11 and 12 – the Wild Cards – will go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20.

 

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

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Greg Biffle

17

1

0

3

9

2

16.1

92.9

 

2

Jimmie Johnson

20

0

3

11

13

1

10.0

109.5

 

3

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

24

2

1

8

10

2

12.8

94.3

 

4

Matt Kenseth

23

0

0

8

13

3

12.9

96.2

 

5

Martin Truex Jr.

13

1

0

0

2

4

22.8

88.9

 

6

Clint Bowyer

11

0

0

0

5

1

17.4

83.3

 

7

Brad Keselowski

3

0

0

0

1

1

22.3

76.1

 

8

Denny Hamlin

12

1

0

1

4

1

17.5

96.2

 

9

Kevin Harvick

21

0

1

4

7

4

19.9

83.5

 

10

Tony Stewart

25

0

3

10

15

3

11.2

102.3

 

11

Kasey Kahne

15

2

2

6

8

3

18.3

91.0

 

12

Carl Edwards

14

0

3

8

10

2

13.6

101.8

 

* – Based on last 13 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

 

The Wild Card Standings Following: Bristol Motor Speedway

Pos.

Driver

Wins

Pts. Pos.

Points

Pts. From 10th

1

Kasey Kahne

2

11

730

-16

2

Kyle Busch

1

13

707

-39

3

Jeff Gordon

1

14

691

-55

4

Ryan Newman

1

15

688

-58

5

Marcos Ambrose

1

16

679

-67

6

Joey Logano

1

18

638

-108

7

Carl Edwards

0

12

712

-34

8

Paul Menard

0

17

674

-72

9

Jamie McMurray

0

19

598

-148

10

Jeff Burton

0

20

577

-169

The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.

 

At Atlanta Motor Speedway:

History

  • Originally called Atlanta International Raceway, the track was then a 1.5-mile paved speedway.
  • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta was on July 31, 1960, won by Fireball Roberts from the pole.
  • 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.

 

Notebook

  • There have been 104 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Atlanta Speedway, until 2010 there has been two races per year except 1961, which had three. This year marks the second season with only one event.
  • Fireball Roberts won the pole and race for the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race in 1960.
  • 45 drivers have won a pole, led by Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman, each with seven.
  • Six of Newman’s seven poles came in consecutive races between March 2003 and October 2005.
  • 42 drivers have won a race; 22 have won more than once.
  • Dale Earnhardt scored nine victories, more than any other driver. Cale Yarborough is second, with seven.
  • Bobby Labonte heads the list of active drivers with six victories. Labonte is tied with NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Richard Petty for third on the all-time win list at Atlanta.
  • The Wood Brothers have 12 victories, more than any organization. They last won there in 1993, with Morgan Shepherd. Hendrick Motorsports has 11 wins at Atlanta and could tie the Wood Brothers this weekend.
  • 14 races have been won from the pole. The last to do so was Kasey Kahne in 2006. The last two races have been won from the fifth position.
  • 60 races at Atlanta have been won from the first five starting positions.
  • Bobby Labonte won the 2001 fall race from the 39th starting position, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Atlanta.
  • Two drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Atlanta: Carl Edwards (3/20/2005) and Kevin Harvick (3/11/2001).
  • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Atlanta Motor Speedway winner: Kyle Busch (03/09/2008 – 22 years, 10 months, 7 days).
  • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Atlanta Motor Speedway winner: Morgan Shepherd (03/20/1993 – 51 years, 5 months, 8 days).
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Atlanta Motor Speedway Data

  • Race #: 25 of 36 (09-02-12)
  • Track Size: 1.54-miles
  • Banking/Corners: 24 degrees
  • Banking/Straights: 5 degrees
  • Frontstretch Length:  2,332 feet
  • Backstretch Length:  1,800 feet
  • Race Length: 325 laps / 500.5 miles

 

 

Top 12 Driver Rating at Atlanta

  1. Jimmie Johnson…………………… 109.5
  2. Jeff Gordon………………………… 104.1
  3. Tony Stewart……………………….. 102.3
  4. Carl Edwards………………………. 101.8
  5. Denny Hamlin……………………….. 96.2
  6. Matt Kenseth………………………… 96.2
  7. Kurt Busch……………………………. 96.1
  8. Dale Earnhardt Jr…………………… 94.3
  9. Greg Biffle……………………………. 92.9
  10. Kasey Kahne………………………… 91.0
  11. Kyle Busch…………………………… 90.6
  12. Martin Truex Jr………………………. 88.9

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2012 races (13 total) at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

 

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2011 pole winner:

Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet (186.196 mph, 29.775 sec., 09-04-11)

 

2011 race winner:

Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet (124.623 mph, 4:00:58, 09-06-11)

 

Track qualifying record:

Geoffrey Bodine, Ford (197.478 mph, 28.074 sec., 11-15-97)

 

Track race record:

Bobby Labonte, Pontiac (159.904 mph, 3:07:48, 11/16/97)

 

NASCAR in Georgia

  • There have been 163 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Georgia.
  • Track Name

    City

    NSCS

    Atlanta Motor Speedway

    Hampton

    104

    Augusta International Raceway

    Augusta

    1

    Augusta International Speedway

    Augusta

    12

    Central City Speedway

    Macon

    7

    Columbus Speedway

    Columbus

    1

    Hayloft Speedway

    Augusta

    1

    Jeffco Speedway

    Jefferson

    2

    Lakewood Speedway

    Atlanta

    11

    Middle Georgia Raceway

    Macon

    9

    Oglethorpe Speedway

    Savannah

    2

    Savannah Speedway

    Savannah

    10

    Valdosta 75 Speedway

    Valdosta

    3

  • 172 NASCAR national series drivers all-time have their home state recorded as Georgia.
  • There have been 14 race winners from Georgia in NASCAR’s three national series:
  • Driver

    NSCS

    NNS

    NCWTS

    Bill Elliott

    44

    1

    0

    Tim Flock

    39

    0

    0

    Jack Smith

    21

    0

    0

    Fonty Flock

    19

    0

    0

    Bob Flock

    4

    0

    0

    Frank Mundy

    3

    0

    0

    Gober Sosebee

    2

    0

    0

    Harold Kite

    1

    0

    0

    Sam McQuagg

    1

    0

    0

    David Ragan

    1

    2

    0

    Jody Ridley

    1

    0

    0

    Reed Sorenson

    0

    4

    0

    Buckshot Jones

    0

    2

    0

    Ronald Cooper

    0

    1

    0

 

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