Statistical Advance: Bank of America 500 At Charlotte Motor Speedway

2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup

Driver Pts Wins Poles Last Week Season D.R.
1. Carl Edwards 2,161    1    2 2 99.8
2. Kevin Harvick 2,160    4    0 1 92.6
3. Jimmie Johnson 2,157    2    0 5 101.7
4. Brad Keselowski 2,150    3    1 6 87.9
5. Matt Kenseth 2,149    2    2 7 96.9
6. Kurt Busch 2,145    2    3 4 97.7
7. Tony Stewart 2,142    2    0 3 90.7
8. Kyle Busch 2,141    4    1 8 107.4
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,118    0    1 10 83.9
10. Jeff Gordon 2,114    3    1 9 98.2
11. Ryan Newman 2,107    1    3 11 88.3
12. Denny Hamlin 2,082    1    0 12 88.8

Charlotte Motor Speedway Data

Track Size: 1.5 miles
· Banking/Corners: 24 degrees
· Banking/Straights: 5 degrees
· Frontstretch: 1,980 feet
· Backstretch: 1,500 feet

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.
· There have been 105 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 beforethe May race. The first six fall races at Charlotte were 400-mile events (1960-65).
· 38 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 sweep has occurred eight times, including each season from 2004-2007.
· 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 starts at Charlotte to average a top-10 finish (7.4).
· 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 wins at Charlotte.
· Three Chase contenders earned their first career Coors Light poles at Charlotte: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman.

Driver Rating at Charlotte

Jimmie Johnson 112.8
Kyle Busch 106.5
Joey Logano 96.5
Kasey Kahne 94.5
Matt Kenseth 92.1
Mark Martin 89.7
Jeff Gordon 88.3
Greg Biffle 87.4
Denny Hamlin 87.2
Jeff Burton 87.1
Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (13 total) at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Qualifying/Race Data

2010 pole winner: Jeff Gordon (191.544 mph, 28.192 seconds)
2010 race winner: Jamie McMurray (140.391 mph, 10-16-10)
Qualifying record: Elliott Sadler (193.216 mph, 27.948 seconds, (10-13-05)
600-mile race record: Bobby Labonte (151.952 mph, 05-28-95)

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