Wednesday, May 22, 2013

NASCAR Driver Statistics - Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte

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 returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway, the site of his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory, where he has made 21 starts in NSCS competition.  In those 21 starts, the driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet SS 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 23.1 and 17.6, respectively.  His best start at the 1.5-mile oval was fifth in 2002.

#2- Brad Keselowski - Keselowski has 7 previous Cup points paying starts at Charlotte, earning 1 pole, 1 top 5, and 1 top 10. He finished 5th in May of 2012 and has led 149 laps at the track.

#5- Kasey Kahne -  Nearly every statistical category at Charlotte Motor Speedway ranks as a personal best for Kahne, who has competed in 18 Cup events at the 1.5-mile oval. Kahne’s four wins are a personal best, while his seven top-five finishes are tied for first with Michigan International Speedway and his 10 top-10s are tied for first with Fontana, Calif. Kahne has completed 96.8 percent of the laps he has attempted at Charlotte and has led a personal-best 807 laps at the track. His 12.4 average finish at Charlotte ranks as his second-best among current tracks.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - Ambrose has eight starts in point races at Charlotte. He tallied two top-10 finishes and a best finish of fifth with Richard Petty Motorsports in 2011. In last season’s Coca-Cola 600, a broken wheel hub ended the team’s hopes of finishing up front.

#10-Danica Patrick - The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will mark Danica Patrick’s 22nd career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her second at Charlotte. She started 40th and finished 30th in May 2012 at the 1.5-mile oval. Patrick competed in three NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Charlotte and scored two top-15 finishes. Last week, she started seventh and finished ninth in the non-points Sprint Showdown. Patrick then won the Sprint Fan Vote, which made her eligible for the Sprint All Star Race. She started 22nd and finished 20th in the 90-lap exhibition race. 

#11- Denny Hamlin - Hamlin will make his 16th-career Cup Series points race start at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. Hamlin finished second in both races at Charlotte in 2012, leading 13 laps last Memorial Day weekend for the runner-up result to Kasey Kahne. He started eighth and steadily moved up the running order in the 400-lap race that ran green for long stretches. In the fall Chase race at Charlotte, Hamlin qualified ninth and quickly showed the strength of the FedEx Toyota, leading 36 laps before taking the checkered flag just 0.417 seconds behind winner Clint Bowyer. Hamlin has led at least one lap in 10 of his 15 Charlotte races, and has recorded eight top-10 finishes, including the last five in a row.

#14-Tony Stewart - Stewart has one win, four top-threes, six top-fives, 12 top-10's and has led a total of 695 laps in his 28 point-paying Sprint Cup starts at Charlotte. His average start is 15.8, his average finish is 14.0 and he has a lap completion rate of 95.8 percent.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Bowyer will make his eighth start in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday. In seven previous attempts Bowyer has one top-10 (seventh in 2010) and three top-15s. He led three laps in 2010. On average he starts 21st and finishes 21st.

#16- Greg Biffle - Biffle has 20 starts in the Cup series at Charlotte, but a win has eluded him.  He has finished in the top-five five times and has eight top-10 finishes.

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr -  Stenhouse Jr. got his first Sprint Cup start at Charlotte in 2011 in the famed No. 21 finishing an impressive 11th-place. He also raced in the fall race of 2012, finishing 35th with a blown engine.  The two-time Nationwide champion earned one of the two transfer spots in the Sprint Showdown to qualify for his first All-Star race last weekend. He finished 16th in the 90-lap showdown.

#18- Kyle Busch - The Coca-Cola 600 will mark Kyle Busch’s 305th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 19th points-paying Sprint Cup start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch has eight top-fives, 11 top-10's, and has led a total of 793 laps in 18 career points-paying Sprint Cup starts at Charlotte. His average Charlotte finish is 15.3.

#20- Matt Kenseth -  In 27 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Charlotte, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 14.2, has completed 9,038 of 9,586 (94.3 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 455 laps.  Kenseth has earned two wins, seven top-five, and 14 top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track.

#22- Joey Logano - Logano has made 8 starts at Charlotte in points paying Cup races. He has 2 top 5's and 3 top 10's with a best finish of 3rd scored in may of 2011. His average start position is14.500 and average finish is 10.125 with 3 laps led in his career.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Charlotte Motor Speedway has been the site of several "firsts" for Gordon, including his first pole position (October 1993) and first victory (May 1994). Overall, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has five wins, eight pole positions, 16 top-five finishes and 21 top-10s at the 1.5-mile track. 

#27- Paul Menard -  Menard has 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His best start of fifth and best finish of eighth both came in 2010. The Wisconsin native has completed 4,044 of 4,246 laps attempted (95.5 percent) at the 1.5-mile track.

#29- Kevin Harvick - This Sunday's race marks Harvick's 24th points-paying, Sprint Cup Series start at the Concord, N.C.-based facility. In addition to his 2011 Coca-Cola 600 victory, the California native has collected two top-five and seven top-10 finishes, completed 97.3 percent of the laps contested and led six laps.

#31- Jeff Burton - The 2013 Coca-Cola 600 marks Burton's 39th start at the 1.5-mile facility and his 667th-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Burton notched his last Sprint Cup Series victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October 2008. Throughout the years, he has amassed three wins, eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes at the track, leading 435 laps. 

#39- Ryan Newman - In 24 Sprint Cup starts at Charlotte, Newman has four top-five finishes and eight top-10's. Additionally, the 35-year-old from South Bend, Ind., has led 273 laps, has an average starting position of 6.9 and an average finish of 20.1 at the 1.5-mile speedway.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya -  Montoya looks to make his 13th start this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  In his previous 12 starts he has led five laps and earned one top-10.  His best start and finish came in 2009 when he started ninth and came to the checkered in eighth.  The driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet has an average starting position of 26.2 and an average finishing position of 23.8 at the 1.5-mile oval.

#43- Aric Almirola - Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Air Force Ford team look to repeat last year’s speed in the Coca-Cola 600. Almirola and team won the pole in last year’s 600-mile event and finished 16th in his Charlotte Motor Speedway debut. In just his second start at the 1.5-mile track, Almirola started 15th and drove to the 12th position.

#47- Bobby Labonte - Bobby Labonte’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career win occurred during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28, 1995. His second win at Charlotte, took place on October 8, 2000. He has six runner-up finishes. In 40 starts at the 1.5-mile home track, he has two victories, three poles, 12 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes and has led 807 laps. His average start is 15.675 and his average finish is 15.500.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Six wins (May 2003, 2004 season sweep, October 2005 and 2009) in 23 starts. Three poles (May 2002 and 2004, October 2009). 11 top-five finishes (47.8 percent) and 15 top-10s (65.2 percent) in 23 starts. Average start of 7.3. Average finish of 11.4. Four DNFs (did not finish) – October 2001, May 2008, May and October 2011.
7,865 of 8,118 laps completed (96.9 percent) and 1,439 laps led. Sprint Cup’s best driver rating (111.7 average of a possible 150 points). 

#55- Mark Martin -  In 56 starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Martin owns four victories (600 race in 2002 and fall races in 1992,1995 & 2002) and 18 top-five finishes. He’s led 1,185 laps and won poles at both races in 1991. Martin owns 40 Sprint Cup, 49 Nationwide and seven Camping World Truck Series victories. He’s led 12,856 laps in Sprint Cup competition. Martin has started 862 Sprint Cup races, 236 Nationwide races and 25 truck events. He also owns 13 IROC wins in 47 starts.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - In 26 Cup starts at Charlotte, Earnhardt has recorded one pole position, five top-five finishes and 11 top-10's. He has completed 95.1 percent of all laps he's attempted (8,865 laps of 9,318 total) at the 1.5-mile oval. The 38-year-old driver has led a total of 324 laps there.

#99- Carl Edwards - Edwards enters the Coca-Cola 600 second in the series points’ standings and will return to Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 17th Sprint Cup career start. In his previous starts, Edwards has five top-five and ten top-10 finishes. His average start is 18.2 and average finish is 12.0. 

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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