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Coca Cola 600
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Sun, May 24, 2015
6:15pm EDT - Fox

Race Data

Race #: 12 of 36
Event:
Location: Charlotte
Track Size: 1.5 Miles
Track Type: Quad-Oval
Total Laps: 400
Total Miles: 600
2014-1 Winner: Jimmie Johnson
2014-2 Winner: Kevin Harvick
Pit Speed: 45 mph

Previous Winners

(Active Drivers)
7 Jimmie Johnson 03/04/04/05/05/09/14
4 Kasey Kahne 06/06/12/13
4 Jeff Gordon 98/99/99/07
3 Kevin Harvick 11/13/14
2 Jamie McMurray 02/10
2 Jeff Burton 01/08
1 Brad Keselowski 13
1 Clint Bowyer 12
1 Matt Kenseth 11
1 Kurt Busch 10
1 David Reutimann 09
1 Casey Mears 07
1 Tony Stewart 03

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Taya Kyle, Gen. Mark Milley Among Those to be Recognized During Coca-Cola 600 Salute to the Troops Pre-Race Festivities


As part of the biggest Memorial Day Weekend celebration on the planet, Charlotte Motor Speedway will honor Taya Kyle with the coveted Stonewall Jackson Award and will welcome Gen. Mark Milley to offer the State of Freedom address during the Coca-Cola 600 pre-race Salute to the Troops on Sunday, May 24.

Given annually since 1992, the Stonewall Jackson Award recognizes recipients who have demonstrated, by example, the highest standards of patriotism through personal support of the military and/or by personal service to sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty.

Kyle is the widow of the legendary U.S. Navy SEAL and author of the bestsellers American Sniper and American Gun, Chris Kyle, whose story of service and sacrifice was told in Clint Eastwood's critically acclaimed blockbuster film American Sniper.

After her husband's death, Kyle founded the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, devoted to strengthening the marriages of veterans and first responders. An active public speaker, Kyle makes frequent appearances at fundraisers and other events, inspiring others to find strength and to persevere through struggles. Her recently released memoir, American Wife, tellsher private story - a universal chronicle of love and heartbreak, service and sacrifice, faith and purpose as she embraces a future that honors the past but also looks forward with hope, gratitude and joy. Kyle and her two children live in Texas.

Past recipients of the Stonewall Jackson Award include Gen. Gary Luck (USA), Congressman Bill Hefner (NC), Gen. James Livingston (USMC), Gen. Dwayne Dorming (USSOC), the 82nd Airborne Division, Gen. Lloyd Newton (USA), Gen. Peter Pace (USMC), Gen. Buck Herman (USA), Gen. Henry Shelton (USA), Gen. John Handy (USAF), Gen. William B. Tonguy (USSOC), Command Sgt. Major Michael W. Williams (USA), Brigadier Gen. Iwan B. Clontz (NCANG), Col. Walter Joseph Marm (USA), former American Legion Post Commander Dale Punch, Purple Heart Homes co-founder Dale Beatty, Lt. Col. Oliver North (USMC) and last year's recipient, Maj. Gen. Tom Sadler (USAF).

Milley, a decorated veteran with more than three decades of service in the U.S. Army, will offer a moving State of Freedom speech as part of the Coca-Cola 600 pre-race Salute to the Troops.

A 1980 graduate of Princeton University, Milley has served in the 82nd Airborne Division and the 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; the 7th Infantry Division at Fort Ord, California; the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York; the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea; the Joint Readiness Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana; the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Milley has commanded the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry in Korea; the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division; the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum; and the III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas. Additionally, he has served on the Operations Staff of the Joint Staff and as a Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. His most recent assignment was Commanding General, III Corps and Fort Hood where he deployed as the Commanding General, ISAF Joint Command and Deputy Commanding General, United States Forces-Afghanistan. He became the 21st Commander of the United States Armed Forces Command on Aug. 15, 2014.

Milley's education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Princeton University, Masters Degrees from Columbia University (International Relations), and from the United States Naval War College (National Security and Strategic Studies). He is also a graduate of the MIT Seminar XXI National Security Studies Program.

Fans can catch the patriotic Salute to the Troops, plus all the thrilling action of LiftMaster Pole Night (May 21), the Hisense 300 (May 23) and the 56th running of the Coca-Cola 600 (May 24) with weekend packages starting at just $99. Visit Charlotte Motor Speedway's website or call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) to purchase tickets today!

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the 2015 Coca-Cola 600

Courtesy of NASCAR Media


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 18, 2014) - Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina going into the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24 (6 p.m. ET on FOX).

 

CHARLOTTE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

2015 Chase Grid Outlook

Pos.

Drivers

Wins

Points

Chase Bonus Pts

1

 Jimmie Johnson

3

389

9

2

 Kevin Harvick

2

437

6

3

 Joey Logano

1

375

3

4

 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

1

360

3

5

 Brad Keselowski

1

343

3

6

 Matt Kenseth

1

331

3

7

 Kurt Busch

1

292

3

8

 Denny Hamlin

1

284

3

9

 Martin Truex Jr.

0

391

0

10

 Jamie McMurray

0

328

0

11

 Jeff Gordon

0

317

0

12

 Kasey Kahne

0

313

0

13

 Aric Almirola

0

312

0

14

 Paul Menard

0

306

0

15

 Ryan Newman

0

305

0

16

 Clint Bowyer

0

272

0

Outside Looking In

17

 Danica Patrick

0

270

0

18

 Carl Edwards

0

265

0

19

 AJ Allmendinger

0

259

0

20

 Casey Mears

0

242

0

21

 Greg Biffle

0

242

0

22

 Kyle Larson

0

237

0

23

 David Ragan

0

235

0

24

 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

0

227

0

25

 Austin Dillon

0

225

0

26

 David Gilliland

0

212

0

27

 Sam Hornish Jr.

0

210

0

28

 Justin Allgaier

0

207

0

29

 Trevor Bayne

0

190

0

30

 Tony Stewart

0

179

0

 

Green = Locked into the Chase, provided they attempt to qualify for the remaining regular season races

 

Orange = No wins, Inside the current Chase Grid's top 16  - Currently in the Chase, not locked in

 

Red = Inside the current top 30 in points, outside of the Chase cutoff

 

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ortho Ford)

         Five top fives, eight top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 17.3

         Average Running Position of 15.3, 10th-best

         Driver Rating of 88.7, eighth-best

         303 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 176.378 mph, ninth-fastest

         3,918 Laps in the Top 15 (54.6%), ninth-most

         700 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), ninth-most

 

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)

         One win, six top fives, seven top 10s

         Average finish of 19.4

         Driver Rating of 84.4, 12th-best

         216 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

         3,833 Laps in the Top 15 (53.4%), 10th-most

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Skittles Toyota)

         10 top fives, 14 top 10s; two poles

         Average finish of 15.1

         Average Running Position of 9.8, second-best

         Driver Rating of 106.7, second-best

         478 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 177.219 mph, second-fastest

         5,624 Laps in the Top 15 (78.4%), second-most

         1,007 Quality Passes, second-most

 

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Statistical Advance

 

Wins Tracker

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Winners List:

                                                                               

Winner                                           Track_________ ________________     

1. Joey Logano                           Daytona International Speedway

2. Jimmie Johnson                     Atlanta Motor Speedway

3. Kevin Harvick                          Las Vegas Motor Speedway

4. Kevin Harvick                          Phoenix International Raceway

5. Brad Keselowski                     Auto Club Speedway

6. Denny Hamlin                         Martinsville Speedway

7. Jimmie Johnson                     Texas Motor Speedway

8. Matt Kenseth                           Bristol Motor Speedway

9. Kurt Busch                               Richmond International Raceway

10. Dale Earnhardt Jr.                Talladega Superspeedway

11. Jimmie Johnson                   Kansas Speedway

 

 

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The Top 16

 

Following Race 9 of 36

                                                                                                                                                                                Last          Driver

Driver                             Points   Wins      Poles        Week        Rating

1. Kevin Harvick            357       2           1              1           129.4

2. Joey Logano             324       1           3               2           106.6

3. Martin Truex Jr.         315       0           0              3             98.6

4. Jimmie Johnson       299       2           0               4           102.5

5. Brad Keselowski        283       1           0               5             98.6

6. Kasey Kahne              275       0           0               7            97.5

7. Matt Kenseth              273       1           1               8             96.7

8. Dale Earnhardt Jr.     271       0           0              6             97.8

9. Jamie McMurray        264       0           0             12             91.0

10. Jeff Gordon             263       0           2              9             95.1

11. Aric Almirola            250       0           0             10             74.1

12. Denny Hamlin          245       1           0            11             90.9

13. Paul Menard             239       0           0            14             81.6

14. Clint Bowyer            235       0           0            17             76.6

15. Ryan Newman         234       0           0            16             85.1

16. Danica Patrick         230       0           0            13             69.1

                                                    

 

 

 

Carl Edwards (No. 19 Subway Toyota)

         Six top fives, 13 top 10s

         Average finish of 11.3

         Average Running Position of 14.6, ninth-best

         Driver Rating of 89.6, seventh-best

         1,671 Green Flag Passes, second-most

         4,450 Laps in the Top 15 (62.0%), seventh-most

         848 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

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

         Five wins, 17 top fives, 24 top 10s; nine poles

         Average finish of 15.5

         Average Running Position of 14.2, seventh-best

         Driver Rating of 91.6, sixth-best

         280 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 176.644 mph, third-fastest

         4,562 Laps in the Top 15 (63.6%), sixth-most

         826 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)

         Four top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 13.5

         Average Running Position of 12.6, fourth-best

         Driver Rating of 92.8, fifth-best

         239 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 176.433 mph, sixth-fastest

         4,837 Laps in the Top 15 (71.4%), third-most

         791 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser / Jimmy John's Chevrolet)

         Three wins, five top fives, 11 top 10s

         Average finish of 15.8

         Average Running Position of 16.4, 12th-best

         Driver Rating of 84.7, 11th-best

         214 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

         1,609 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most

         4,254 Laps in the Top 15 (59.3%), eighth-most

         743 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

         Seven wins, 13 top fives, 17 top 10s; four poles

         Average finish of 11.4

         Series-best Average Running Position of 7.6

         Series-best Driver Rating of 111.6

         Series-high 688 Fastest Laps Run

         1,444 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most

         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 177.298 mph

         Series-high 6,277 Laps in the Top 15 (87.5%)

         Series-high 1,031 Quality Passes

 

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 LIFTMASTER Chevrolet)

         Four wins, nine top fives, 13 top 10s

         Average finish of 11.5

         Average Running Position of 11.8, third-best

         Driver Rating of 100.8, third-best

         667 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

         1,642 Green Flag Passes, third-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 176.601 mph, fourth-fastest

         4,725 Laps in the Top 15 (65.9%), fourth-most

         874 Quality Passes, third-most

 

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 DEWALT Toyota)

         Two wins, nine top fives, 16 top 10s

         Average finish of 13.6

         Average Running Position of 13.8, fifth-best

         Driver Rating of 95.5, fourth-best

         379 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

         1,531 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 176.531 mph, fifth-fastest

         4,680 Laps in the Top 15 (65.2%), fifth-most

         854 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford)

         One win, two top fives, three top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 15.7

         Average Running Position of 14.6, eighth-best

         Driver Rating of 86.5, 10th-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 176.408 mph, eighth-fastest

 

Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford)

         Four top fives, seven top 10s

         Average finish of 10.0

         Average Running Position of 14.0, sixth-best

         Driver Rating of 88.4, ninth-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 176.344 mph, 11th-fastest

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Statistical Advance

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Top 16 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Rank

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Kevin Harvick

28

0

3

5

11

1

15.8

84.7

 

2

Martin Truex Jr.

19

0

0

0

4

0

18.5

77.0

 

3

Jimmie Johnson

27

4

7

13

17

4

11.4

111.6

 

4

Joey Logano

12

0

0

4

7

0

10.0

88.4

 

5

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

30

1

0

5

11

4

19.4

81.1

 

6

Brad Keselowski

11

1

1

2

3

1

15.7

86.5

 

7

Matt Kenseth

31

0

2

9

16

5

13.6

95.5

 

8

Jamie McMurray

25

0

2

7

10

3

16.6

80.0

 

9

Jeff Gordon

44

9

5

17

24

10

15.5

91.6

 

10

Kasey Kahne

22

0

4

9

13

1

11.5

100.8

 

11

Aric Almirola

6

1

0

0

0

1

19.5

74.3

 

12

Paul Menard

16

0

0

0

2

2

22.9

66.1

 

13

Ryan Newman

28

9

0

4

11

5

18.5

79.0

 

14

Kurt Busch

29

0

1

6

7

4

19.4

84.4

 

15

Denny Hamlin

19

1

0

4

11

1

13.5

92.8

 

16

Clint Bowyer

18

0

1

2

5

1

17.1

82.0

 

* - Based on last 19 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Statistical Advance

 

Charlotte Motor Speedway Data

Season Race #: 12 of 36 (05-24-15)

Track Size: 1.5-miles

Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 24 degrees

Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 24 degrees

Banking/Frontstretch: 5 degrees

Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees

Frontstretch Length:  1,980 feet

Backstretch Length:  1,500 feet

Race Length: 400 laps / 600 miles

 

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Charlotte

Jimmie Johnson........................ 111.6

Kyle Busch............................... 106.7

Kasey Kahne............................. 100.8

Matt Kenseth.............................. 95.5

Denny Hamlin............................. 92.8

Jeff Gordon................................ 91.6

Carl Edwards.............................. 89.6

Greg Biffle.................................. 88.7

Joey Logano.............................. 88.4

Brad Keselowski......................... 86.5

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (19 total) among active drivers at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2014 pole winner:

Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet

194.911 mph, 27.705 secs. 05-22-14

 

2014 race winner:

Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet

145.484 mph, (04:07:27), 05-25-14

 

Track qualifying record:

Kurt Busch, Chevrolet

198.771 mph, 27.167 secs. 10-09-14

 

Track race (600 miles) record:

Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet

155.687 mph, (03:51:14), 05-27-12

 

At Charlotte Motor Speedway:

History

         Construction began on Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) in 1959.

         The track's first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on June 19, 1960 - won by Joe Lee Johnson.

         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 112 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).

         527 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying race at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 378 in more than one. 441 drivers have competed in the Coca-Cola 600; 287 in more than one.

         NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Charlotte with 64. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 44 starts; followed by Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart with 31. Richard Petty and Bill Elliott have made the most Coca-Cola 600 starts with 31 each; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in 600 starts with 22.

         Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway (World 600) in 1960 with a speed of 133.904 mph.  

         42 drivers have Coors Light poles at Charlotte, led by David Pearson with 14. Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon lead all active drivers in poles at CMS with nine.

         David Pearson and Ryan Newman are tied for the series most Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Coors Light poles with six each; followed by Jeff Gordon with five.

         12 drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Charlotte. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Charlotte with 11; from the fall of 1973 through 1978.

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Statistical Advance

         Jeff Gordon won five straight Coca-Cola 600 poles at Charlotte between 1994 and 1998.

         Youngest Charlotte pole winner: Jeff Gordon (10/10/1993 - 22 years, 2 months, 6 days).

         Oldest Charlotte pole winner: Bobby Allison (10/11/1987 - 49 years, 10 months, 8 days).

         45 different drivers have won at Charlotte Motor Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with seven wins including four Coca-Cola 600 wins - 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2014.  

         30 different drivers have won the Coca-Cola 600, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip with five; Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with four; followed by teammates Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne with three each.

         Nine drivers have posted consecutive wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including three consecutive by NASCAR Hall of Famer Fred Lorenzen (fall 1964 and both 1965) and four straight by Jimmie Johnson (2004 and 2005 sweeps).

         A season sweep at Charlotte has occurred eight times, including each season from 2004-2007.

         Seven times from seven different drivers has the winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race gone on to win the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Davey Allison (1991), Dale Earnhardt (1993), Jeff Gordon (1997), Jimmie Johnson (2003), Kasey Kahne (2008) and Kurt Busch (2010).

         Youngest Charlotte winner: Jeff Gordon (05/29/1994 - 22 years, 9 months, 25 days).

         Oldest Charlotte winner: Cale Yarborough (10/06/1985 - 46 years, 6 months, 9 days).

         Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Charlotte in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 18: Jimmie Johnson (seven), Jeff Gordon (five), Darrell Waltrip (two), Ken Schrader (one), Terry Labonte (one), Casey Mears (one) and Kasey Kahne (one).  

         Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Charlotte; led by Chevrolet with 43 victories; followed by Ford with 29. Chevrolet also has the most Coca-Cola 600 wins at 23.

         15 of the 112 (13.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Jimmie Johnson in 2014 (Coca-Cola 600).

         The second-place starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (17) than any other starting position at Charlotte Motor Speedway.    

         32 of the 112 (28.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the front row: 15 from the pole and 17 from second-place.

         85 of the 112 (75.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from a top-10 starting position.

         Nine of the 112 (8.0%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.

         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Charlotte is 37th, by Jimmie Johnson in the Coca-Cola 600 of 2003.

         Richard Petty leads the series in runner-up finishes at Charlotte with nine. Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers with three.

 

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         Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers in runner-up finishes in the Coca-Cola 600 with two.

         NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison are tied for the series most top-five finishes at Charlotte with 23. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 17.  Richard Petty leads the series in top fives in the Coca-Cola 600 with 12; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven.

         Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Charlotte with 31. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 24. Darrell Waltrip, Ricky Rudd and David Pearson lead the series in top 10s in the Coca-Cola 600 with 15 each; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 12.  

         Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Charlotte with a 7.630.

         Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Charlotte with a 10.000. Carl Edwards leads all active drivers in average finish in the Coca-Cola 600 with a 9.000.

         Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte without visiting Victory Lane at 30; followed by Ryan Newman with 28.

         Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the May 29, 2005 race won by Jimmie Johnson over Bobby Labonte with a MOV of 0.027 second.

         There have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but only once for the Coca-Cola 600 (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): fall of 2005 (334/336), fall of 2007 (334/337) and the 2011 Coca-Cola 600 (400/402).

         Five of the 112 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 won by David Reutimann and Michael Waltrip Racing. Four of the five races shortened were the 600-mile events (1968, 1997, 2003 and 2009).   

         Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway twice; the fall race of 2002 and the fall race of 2008.   

         Seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/30/99), Jimmie Johnson (10/7/01), Brian Vickers (10/11/03), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5/29/11) and Kyle Larson (10/12/13).

         Four active drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (10/10/93), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/28/00), Ryan Newman (5/27/01) and Aric Almirola (5/27/12).

         Four active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (5/29/94), Matt Kenseth (5/28/00), Jamie McMurray (10/13/02) and Casey Mears (5/27/07).

         Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Charlotte with 1,733 laps led in 27 starts.

 

 

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Statistical Advance

         Two female drivers have competed at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Race Name

Date

Danica Patrick

14

26

Bank of America 500

10/11/2014

Danica Patrick

4

39

Coca-Cola 600

5/25/2014

Danica Patrick

35

20

Bank of America 500

10/12/2013

Danica Patrick

24

29

Coca-Cola 600

5/26/2013

Danica Patrick

40

30

Coca-Cola 600

5/27/2012

Janet Guthrie

31

35

NAPA National 500

10/8/1978

Janet Guthrie

27

9

NAPA National 500

10/9/1977

Janet Guthrie

26

22

National 500

10/10/1976

Janet Guthrie

27

15

World 600

5/30/1976

 

NASCAR in North Carolina

         There have been 520 NASCAR Sprint Cup races among 28 tracks in North Carolina.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Concord

112

North Wilkesboro Speedway

North

93

Rockingham Speedway

Rockingham

78

Hickory Speedway

Hickory

35

Asheville-Weaverville Speedway

Weaverville

34

Occoneechee Speedway

Hillsboro

32

Bowman-Gray Stadium

Winston-Salem

29

Southern States Fairgrounds

Charlotte

17

Charlotte Speedway

Charlotte

12

Concord Speedway

Concord

12

Wilson Speedway

Wilson

12

New Asheville Speedway

Asheville

8

Dog Track Speedway

Moyock

7

Raleigh Speedway

Raleigh

7

Cleveland County Fairgrounds

Shelby

6

Champion Speedway

Fayetteville

4

Greensboro Agriculture Fairgrounds

Greensboro

3

North Carolina State Fairgrounds

Raleigh

3

Tar Heel Speedway

Randleman

3

Forsyth County Fairgrounds

Winston-Salem

2

Harris Speedway

Harris

2

Jacksonville Speedway

Jacksonville

2

Tri-City Speedway

High Point

2

Gastonia Fairgrounds

Gastonia

1

Harnett Speedway

Spring Lake

1

McCormick Field

Asheville

1

Salisbury Super Speedway

Salisbury

1

Star Lite Speedway

Monroe

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Statistical Advance

NASCAR in North Carolina

         434 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as North Carolina.

         47 drivers from North Carolina have won at least one race in NASCAR's three national series; 29 have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Driver

NSCS

NXS

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

Rex White

28

0

0

Jim Paschal

25

0

0

Dale Earnhardt Jr

24

23

0

Benny Parsons

21

0

0

Speedy Thompson

20

0

0

Buddy Baker

19

0

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

Brian Vickers

3

3

0

Billy Myers

2

0

0

Jimmy Pardue

2

0

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

Austin Dillon

0

3

6

Ryan Blaney

0

2

3

Hank Parker Jr

0

2

0

Johnny Rumley

0

2

0

Dennis Setzer

0

2

18

Ed Berrier

0

1

0

Ty Dillon

0

1

3

Justin Labonte

0

1

0

Stephen Leicht

0

1

0

Timothy Peters

0

0

8

Andy Houston

0

0

3

Ricky Hendrick

0

0

1

Shane Hmiel

0

0

1

 

 

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STATISTICAL ADVANCE

 

MILESTONES - Charlotte Motor Speedway

DRIVER

HAS

NEEDS

MILESTONE

Matt Kenseth

549

1

550th Consecutive NSCS Start - Kenseth is 10th on the all-time NSCS starts list and second among active drivers with 549 consecutive NSCS starts. (9th-place - Ken Schrader has 579)

Jamie McMurray

449

1

450th NSCS Start - McMurray is tied with Greg Biffle and Cecil Gordon for 45th on the all-time NSCS starts list with 449 starts.

Greg Biffle

449

1

450th NSCS Start - Biffle is tied with Jamie McMurray and Cecil Gordon for 45th on the all-time NSCS starts list with 449 starts.

David Ragan

299

1

300th Consecutive NSCS Start - Ragan is outside the top 25 on the all-time NSCS starts list but is ranked 12th among active drivers with 299 consecutive NSCS starts.

Matt Kenseth

32

1

33rd NSCS Win - Kenseth is tied with Dale Jarrett for 22nd on the all-time NSCS wins list, one win behind Fireball Roberts in 21st (33 wins).

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

24

1

25th NSCS Win - Earnhardt Jr. is 30th on the all-time NSCS wins list, one win behind Joe Weatherly and Denny Hamlin in 29th (25 wins).

Joey Logano

49

1

50th NSCS Top-Five Finish - Logano is 70th on the all-time NSCS top fives list, two top-fives behind Neil Castles and Cotton Owens in 68th (51).

Paul Menard

49

1

50th NSCS Top-10 Finish - Menard is tied with Bill Seifert and J.T. Putney for 115th on the all-time NSCS top 10s list, one top-10 behind Tommy Irwin and Charlie Glotzbach in 113th (50).

Jeff Gordon

24,825

175

25,000 NSCS Laps Led - Gordon can become the sixth driver in NSCS history to lead 25,000 laps.

Matt Kenseth

9,568

432

10,000 Laps Led - Kenseth can become the 16th driver in series history to lead 10,000 or more laps. 

Jimmie Johnson

990

10

1,000 Laps Led in the Coca-Cola 600 - Johnson can become the fourth driver in series history to lead 1,000 or more laps in the Coca-Cola 600 joining David Pearson (1,251); Bobby Allison (1,177) and Richard Petty (1,005). Johnson needs 10 laps led. 

Jimmie Johnson

4

1

Most Coca-Cola 600 Wins (5) - Johnson can tie Darrell Waltrip for the lead on the all-time NSCS Coca-Cola 600 wins list with his fifth victory this weekend (Waltrip's wins - 1978, '79, '85, '88 and '89) and (Johnson's wins - 2003, '04, '05, and '14).

#43 car

199

1

200 NSCS Wins - The No. 43 car is second on the all-time NSCS wins list, five wins behind the No. 11 car in first (204).