05/21/12 01:52PM Coca Cola 600, NASCAR, Sprint Cup

Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Coca-Cola 600


May 21, 2012



 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 21, 2012) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina going into the Coca-Cola 600 on May 27.
 
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
 
                                                                                Rank        Season
                                                                                Last          Driver

Driver Points Wins Poles Week 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 12 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
Jimmie Johnson........................ 111.0
Kyle Busch............................... 106.6
Matt Kenseth.............................. 95.2
Kasey Kahne.............................. 94.8
Joey Logano.............................. 93.5
Greg Biffle.................................. 89.2
Carl Edwards.............................. 88.4
Denny Hamlin............................. 87.5
Mark Martin................................. 87.4
Jeff Gordon................................ 86.9
Jeff Burton................................. 85.4
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