Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Charlotte Coke 600 Driver Statistics

Not all teams announce their weekly race previews'. Here is a list of those teams that do reveal the information in the teams race preview: 

#1- Jamie McMurray -  McMurray has made 19 starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  In those 19 starts, the driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet has accumulated two wins (2002, 2010), five top-five, eight top-10 finishes and led 238 laps.  He has an average start and finish position of 22.4 and 17.4, respectively.  His best start at the 1.5-mile oval was fifth in 2002. 

#2- Brad Keselowski - In five starts at Charlotte Keselowski has earned one pole, but is still looking for his first top 10 finish.  After 11 points-paying events, Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team are ranked 12th in the 2012 driver point standings and 13th in the owner point rankings. 

#5- Kasey Kahne - Nearly every statistical category at Charlotte Motor Speedway ranks as a personal best for Kahne, who has competed in 16 Cup events at the 1.5-mile oval. Kahne’s three wins are a personal best, while his six top-five finishes are tied for first with Atlanta Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway. Kahne has completed 96.5 percent of laps he has attempted at Charlotte and has led a personal best 711 laps at the track. His 13.4 average finish at Charlotte is his best among tracks where Kahne has run multiple events.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - Marcos Ambrose will try for his third consecutive top-10 finish of the season this Sunday in NASCAR's longest and most grueling race of the season. Ambrose will make his third start in the Coca-Cola 600 and his seventh career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday.  Ambrose had two top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track in 2011, his best (fifth) coming in last year's 600-mile race.

#14-Tony Stewart - The Coca-Cola 600 will mark Stewart’s 476th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 27th career Sprint Cup start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Stewart has one win, four top-threes, six top-fives, 12 top-10s and has led a total of 695 laps in his 26 career, point-paying Sprint Cup starts at Charlotte. His average start is 14.9, his average finish is 13.6 and he has a lap completion rate of 95.5 percent.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Bowyer will make his 13th NSCS points paying start at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday. In his previous 12 starts Bowyer has one top-five and three top-10 finishes. He finished second and led 79 laps in the fall 2007 race. He has led a total of 86 laps, an average start of 19th and finish of 18th.

#16- Greg Biffle - a Biffle has 18 starts in the cup series at Charlotte and has earned three top fives, six top 10s and an average finish of 17.8, 

#17- Matt Kenseth - Kenseth has an average starting position of 18.1 and an average finishing position of 14.4 at Charlotte, and Matt has achieved two wins, seven top-five, and 13 top-10 finishes at Charlotte in the Cup series.

#18- Kyle Busch - The Coca-Cola 600 will mark Kyle Busch’s 269th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 17th Sprint Cup start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch has six top-five finishes, nine top-10s and has led a total of 738 laps in 16 career Sprint Cup starts at Charlotte. His average Charlotte finish is 16.7.

#22- A J Allmendinger - In 10 career Sprint Cup starts at Charlotte, Allmendinger has one top-five finish, two top-10s and one DNF. He has completed 89.263 percent of possible laps (3,126 of 3,502) and has led a total of 11 laps. Overall, he has a 21.5 average start and an identical 21.5 average finish.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Gordon has 38 starts at Charlotte and earned his 1st career win here in May of 1994. Gordon also earned his 1st pole here in October of 1993. All totalled Jeff has five wins, 16 top fives, 20 top 10s; eight poles and an average finish of 15.9.

#27- Paul Menard - In his 10 previous starts at the Concord, N.C.-based facility, Menard has completed 94.7 percent of his laps (3,318 of 3,502). He has an average starting position of 22.8 and an average finishing position of 23.7. Menard made his best Sprint Cup Series start of fifth at the 1.5-mile speedway during the October 2010 event and claimed his best finish of eighth in May of that same year.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Harvick has made 22 Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile track throughout the last 11 seasons. The Bakersfield, Calif., native has collected two top-five and six top-10 finishes, along with a Sprint Cup Series victory during the Coca-Cola 600 in 2011. Harvick also led five of the 7,553 laps he has completed.

#31- Jeff Burton - The 2012 Coca-Cola 600 marks Burton’s 36th start at the 1.5-mile facility and 631st-career Sprint Cup Series entry. Burton notched his last Sprint Cup Series victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October 2008, and he amassed three wins, eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes at the track, leading 435 laps.

#36- Dave Blaney - Blaney will make his 23rd start at the Concord, N.C., track this weekend. The Buckeye Bullet collected two top-10 finishes and four top-15 finishes. He posted his best finish of sixth in the October 2007 race with Tommy Baldwin as his crew chief. He started eighth, his best start at the track, earlier that year in the May 2007 race.

#39- Ryan Newman - The Coca-Cola 600 will mark Newman’s 380th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 23rd Sprint Cup start at Charlotte. Newman has nine 
poles, four top-five finishes and eight top-10s in 22 starts at 1.5-mile oval.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Montoya looks to make his 11th start this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  In his previous 10 starts he has led five laps and earned one top-10.  His best start and finish came in 2009 when he started eighth and came to the checkered in ninth.  The driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet has an average starting position of 26.4 and an average finishing position of 24.7 at the 1.5-mile oval.

#43- Aric Almirola - The 600-mile race will be Almirola's first points-paying race in a Sprint Cup car at the 1.5-mile oval.  But he's fresh off a seventh-place performance in the Sprint Showdown exhibition race at the track last Saturday, a 40-lap primer that gave Almirola and crew chief Mike Ford plenty of data to prepare for NASCAR's longest race of the year.  Almirola also has a top-five and three top-10s in seven Nationwide Series starts and two top-10s in two Camping World Truck Series appearances at Charlotte.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Johnson has six wins in 21 starts (May 2003, 2004 and 2005 season sweep, October 2009).Three poles (May 2002 and 2004, October 2009).
10 top-five finishes (47.6 percent) and 14 top-10s (66.7 percent). Average finish of 11.9.

#51- Kurt Busch - Busch has one win, five top-five finishes and six top-10s and has 495 laps led in 23 career Sprint Cup starts at Charlotte. Busch scored his lone win at Charlotte in the 2010 Coca-Cola 600. Busch qualified second and led 252 laps en route to the victory. Busch’s average Charlotte finish is 19.4

#55- Mark Martin - Martin won the 600-mile race at Charlotte in 2002 and the fall race three times (1992,1995 & 1998). He’s led 1,183 laps in his 54 starts at CMS. He won the pole for the 600-mile and the fall race in 1991. In 54 starts Mark has four wins, 18 top fives, 23 top 10s, two poles and an average finish of 16.4.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - In 25 Cup starts at Charlotte, Earnhardt has recorded one pole position, five top-five finishes and 10 top-10s. He has completed 94.9 percent of all laps he's attempted (8,465 laps of 8,918 total) at the 1.5-mile oval. The 37-year-old driver has led a total of 324 laps there.

#99- Carl Edwards - Edwards will make his 15th Cup start at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend.  In his previous starts, Edwards has five top-five and eight top-10 finishes.  His average start is 17.5, and his average finish is 12.6.  Edwards has completed 98.9% of laps attempted at CMS. Of the 4919 laps Edwards has completed, he has led 98 of them. According to NASCAR’s Loop Statistics compiled over the last 14 races at CMS, Edwards has turned 105 of the track’s fastest laps, spent 2778 laps in the top 15 and led a total of 98 laps. Edwards’ driver rating is seventh best among active drivers.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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