All stars set to shine on a busy NASCAR weekend
May 18, 2012 10:05 AM, EDT
4 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has four career wins in the Nationwide Series; the first two came last year at Iowa Speedway. Stenhouse also posted his first career pole at Iowa, in the 2009 inaugural.
5 -- The 2012 All-Star Race marks the first time the event will have five segments, the first four consisting of 20 laps each followed by a 10-lap sprint.
178 -- Matt Crafton's Truck Series win at Charlotte in 2008 came in his 178th career start. It is the longest a driver has gone before scoring their first win.
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3 -- Ron Hornaday has finished in the top five in the past three races at Charlotte, and five of the past six (including wins in 2007 and '09). Both times he went on to the win the championship, the only driver to do so after winning at Charlotte. He has led in the past five races, for 169 laps.
4 -- Four of the nine races at Charlotte have end under green-white-checkered conditions (2003, '05, '07, '08). Each time the driver leading at the end of regulation won the race.
7 -- Seven races at Charlotte have been won from a top-10 starting position, but only one from the pole: Kyle Busch in 2010. Busch also holds the record for worst starting position of any CMS winner (20th in 2006). Busch, a four-time Charlotte winner, including the past two races, is not entered in this week's race.
7 -- Matt Crafton finished in the top 10 in his first seven races at Charlotte; he has finished 11th and 26th in the past two races.
2 -- There already have been two first-time winners in the first four races of 2012. The record for the most first-time winners in a season is seven (1995, '97, '98). The most since 1998 was six in 2005. One of the six in 2005 came at Charlotte, when Kyle Busch became the youngest winner in series history (20 years, 18 days) and also set the track race record (124.845 mph). Matt Crafton (2008) is the only other driver to score their first win at Charlotte.
4 -- Points leader Timothy Peters is the only driver who has finished in the top five in all four races this season. Peters doesn't have a top-five finish at Charlotte. Peters also holds the current mark of consecutive races having finished on the lead lap with nine, but in six career starts at CMS has finished on the lead lap just once (10th in 2007, his only top-10) and has crashed out three times, including last year after starting from the pole.
12 -- Todd Bodine has 12 wins on 1.5-mile tracks (third-best of all time) but none at Charlotte. He finished second at CMS in 2010 and has a pair of third-place finishes; he's also finished 20th or worse four times with two DNFs (crashes).
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46 -- More than $46 million has been awarded to drivers in the 27 previous All-Star events. Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with $3,220,766 in All-Star winnings; he's the only driver to top the $3 million mark. Carl Edwards pocketed a single All-Star record $1,203,300 in his win last year.
1 -- Davey Allison is the only driver to win All-Star Races in consecutive years: 1991 and '92. In 1991, Allison started on the pole led all 70 laps, split into segments of 50 and 20 laps. He is one of only two drivers to win every segment in the same All-Star Race: Jeff Gordon led all three segments in 1995.
2 -- Two drivers have won the most All-Star Races, with three each: Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon. Each time, they went on to win the championship that same year: Earnhardt (1987, 1990, '93); Gordon (1995, '97, 2001).
2 -- Two drivers have finished second in the most All-Star Races, with three each: Sterling Marlin and Ken Schrader. Schrader's three runners-up finishes came in consecutive years (1989-91). Marlin (1994-95), Bobby Labonte (1997-98) and Dale Jarrett (2000-01) also finished second in consecutive years. Only Labonte, in 1997, won a segment in his runner-up year. Marlin also finished second in 1988, after transferring in with the first of his record four victories in the Open.
3 -- Three drivers in the 2012 Sprint Showdown are former winners of the transfer race: AJ Allmendinger (2008), Jeff Burton (2003) and Martin Truex Jr. (2007 and '10).
12 -- There have been 12 different winners in the past 13 All-Star Races. Jimmie Johnson won in 2003 and '06.
15 -- The All-Star winner has won only the final segment in 15 of the 25 races with multiple segments. The first two All-Star Races were not divided into segments.
1 -- Only one driver related to Iowa Speedway designer Rusty Wallace is entered in this week's race: Brother Mike, who has crashed out in two of his three starts at the track. Brother Kenny and son Steve each had success at Iowa, with three and two top-10s, respectively.
2 -- Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are the only drivers competing at Iowa who have more than one top-five finish there. Each has two, in the two races last year.
3 -- Eleven drivers have competed in the first four races at Iowa; only three have finished on the lead lap every time: Michael Annett, Carl Edwards and Michael McDowell. Edwards, not entered in this week's race, is the only driver to score a top-10 each time. The worst finish for Annett (who has one top-10) and McDowell (three) is 13th.
4 -- Four drivers entered in this week's race at Iowa have multiple top-10s, led by Michael McDowell's three. Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. each has two.
3 -- Three of Kurt Busch's four Nationwide wins came in his first series start at a track. Busch, the only Cup regular entered at Iowa, will be making his first start there.
5 -- Michael McDowell made five Nationwide Series starts in Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 Toyota in 2011, scoring top-10 finishes in four of them, including both races at Iowa, where he will again drive the 18 in his 2012 season debut.
8 -- The past eight Nationwide races have been won from a top-10 starting position. The past three Iowa races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
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