NASCAR Atlanta Sunday, February 18, 2018

NASCAR ATLANTA STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most 1.5-mile track wins last season: 7 Martin Truex Jr. (4 Others 1 win each)
  • Most 1.5-mile track 2nd-place finishes last season: 4 Kyle Larson (Winless)
  • Most 1.5-mile track top 3 finishes last season: 9 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most 1.5-mile track top 5 finishes last season: 9 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most 1.5-mile track top 10 finishes last season: 11 Martin Truex Jr. (Finished 8th or better every race)
  • Best 1.5-mile track average finish last season: 2.5 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most 1.5-mile track laps led last season: 1132 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most 1.5-mile track races led last season: 10 Martin Truex Jr. (10 Straight races led)
  • HISTORY: 2/25/73 Richmond – Richard Petty won 150th career race
  • Brad Keselowski 2017 Atlanta:
  • First of 3 wins last season leading 21 laps including final 7 – 2017 Championship 4 driver
  • Kevin Harvick 2017 Atlanta:
  • Led 292 of first 311 laps (94%) from the pole including 123 straight – Finished 9th after lap 311 speeding penalty
  • 44 Different winners in 110 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Atlanta races
  • 14 Different winners in 34 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Atlanta 1.54-mile track races
  • Drivers first win of championship season came at Atlanta 4 times
  • 5 Won first 2 races to start season – Last: Matt Kenseth 2009
  • 4 Won Daytona 500 & next race – Last: Matt Kenseth 2009
  • 2017 Championship 4 driver Brad Keselowski first of 3 wins last season came at Atlanta
  • Kevin Harvick led 450 miles at Atlanta last season, but finished 9th after late-race pit road speeding penalty
  • Martin Truex Jr. won 7 of 11 races on 1.5-mile tracks last season – Finished 8th or better every race
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 7 Wins on 1.5-mile tracks last season – Most all-time
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 5 Wins last 6 races on 1.5-mile tracks – Finished 2nd at Texas Nov.
  • Martin Truex Jr. won 4 of 5 Playoff races on 1.5-mile tracks last season
  • Joe Gibbs Racing winless on 1.5-mile tracks last season – Last previous winless season on 1.5-mile tracks: 2014
  • Hendrick Motorsports won 3 of last 4 Atlanta races – Team Penske won last Atlanta race
  • Hendrick Motorsports won 3 of last 4 Atlanta races with 2 different drivers (Kasey Kahne & Jimmie Johnson)
  • Hendrick Motorsports won 14 Atlanta races with 6 different drivers
  • 12 of last 16 Atlanta races won by champions
  • Kevin Harvick Stage 1 & 2 winner last Atlanta race – Finished 9th
  • Jimmie Johnson only repeat winner last 9 Atlanta races (2 Wins) – 7 Others 1 win each
  • Pole failed to win last 16 Atlanta races
  • Pole won only 1 of last 35 Atlanta races – Kasey Kahne 3/06
  • Leader of most laps failed to win last 5 Atlanta races
  • Kevin Harvick led most laps last 4 Atlanta races – Finished 19th, 2nd, 6th & 9th
  • Kevin Harvick led 734 of 1315 laps last 4 Atlanta races (56%)
  • Most laps led by driver failing to win Atlanta: 292 – Kevin Harvick (2017)
  • Toyota: First MENCS win – 3/9/08 Atlanta Kyle Busch
  • Ford won 1 of last 11 Atlanta races – 2017 Brad Keselowski
  • Jimmie Johnson & Bobby Labonte tied for all-time wins on 1.54-mile Atlanta track (5)
  • Kyle Larson passed for final lead change last Atlanta race
  • 14 Won back-to-back Atlanta races – Brad Keselowski won last Atlanta race
  • 4 Won pole in first try at Atlanta
  • 9 Won first career pole at Atlanta
  • Worst starting position of Atlanta winner: 39th – Bobby Labonte 11/01
  • 3 Won Atlanta in first try – Bob Burdick, Kevin Harvick & Fireball Roberts
  • Most tries before first Atlanta win: Benny Parsons won in 29th try
  • 6 Won first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta
  • 5 Atlanta races settled by last lap pass
  • 6 Atlanta overtime finishes – Leader at scheduled distance won 5
  • 5 Atlanta races ran shorter than scheduled distance – Darrell Waltrip won 2
  • Longest green-flag run to start Atlanta race: 210 Laps (2016) – First 2 hours run under green conditions
  • Previous longest green-flag run to start Atlanta race: 175 Laps (11/79)
  • Longest green-flag run at Atlanta: 309 Laps (3/90)
  • Chevrolet leads all with 40 Atlanta wins including 3 of last 4 races
  • Toyota won 3 Atlanta races including 2 of last 6
  • Atlanta hosted a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races in 9 different months
  • 5 Atlanta races rescheduled since track reconfigured in 1997
  • Championship clinched 11 times at Atlanta: 1986, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’95, ’96, ’97 & ‘01
  • Kasey Kahne won Atlanta with 3 different teams –
  • Evernham Motorsports, Richard Petty Motorsports & Hendrick Motorsports
  • 8/1/71 win by Richard Petty was 5th consecutive win (Malta, Islip, Trenton, Nashville & Atlanta)
  • 10/28/07 win by Jimmie Johnson was 2nd win in 4-straight win streak
  • HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS: 14 ATLANTA WINS – MOST ALL-TIME
  • JOE GIBBS RACING: 11 ATLANTA WINS – 2ND TO RICHMOND (12)
  • RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING: 9 ATLANTA WINS – LAST: 3/01 KEVIN HARVICK
  • ROUSH FENWAY RACING: 6 ATLANTA WINS – LAST 10/08 CARL EDWARDS
  • TEAM PENSKE: 3 ATLANTA WINS – 11/93 RUSTY WALLACE, 3/09 & 3/10 KURT BUSCH
  • RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS –
  • 1 ATLANTA WIN – 9/09 KASEY KAHNE (2ND WIN FOR RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS)
  • STEWART-HAAS RACING: 1 ATLANTA WIN – 9/10 TONY STEWART

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES ATLANTA STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most 1.5-mile track wins last season: 2 Kyle Busch & Erik Jones
  • Most 1.5-mile track 2nd-place finishes last season: 3 Ryan Blaney (1 Win)
  • Most 1.5-mile track top 3 finishes last season: 6 Ryan Blaney
  • Most 1.5-mile track top 5 finishes last season: 6 Ryan Blaney
  • Most 1.5-mile track top 10 finishes last season: 9 Elliott Sadler
  • Most 1.5-mile track laps led last season: 618 Erik Jones
  • Most 1.5-mile track races led last season: 7 Ryan Blaney
  • 16 Different winners in 26 Atlanta Xfinity Series races
  • Kevin Harvick (3) & Kyle Busch (2) won last 5 Atlanta races
  • 21 of last 22 Atlanta Xfinity Series winners competed in Atlanta Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race
  • Only 1 swept Atlanta NXS & MENCS races – Carl Edwards 3/05 (First career win both races)
  • 6 of 26 Atlanta races won from pole including last 2 by Kyle Busch
  • Team Penske: Winless at Atlanta
  • 4 Won first career Xfinity Series race at Atlanta including Jeff Gordon in 1992
  • 2017 Atlanta: Brad Keselowski Stage 1 winner (2nd in race) & Kevin Harvick Stage 2 winner (4th in race)
  • 2 Won Atlanta & championship in same season – Johnny Benson (1995) & Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2012)
  • Kyle Larson passed for final lead change last Atlanta race – Finished 3rd
  • Fewest laps led by Atlanta winner: 1 – Jamie McMurray (2002)
  • Most laps led in Atlanta race: 165 – Mark Martin (2000)
  • Kevin Harvick led most laps 6 of last 9 Atlanta races including 5 of last 6 – 4 Wins
  • Kyle Busch led most laps 4 Atlanta races – 1 Win (2016)
  • 2 Atlanta races settled by last lap pass
  • Toyota: 2 Atlanta Xfinity Series wins (2016 & ‘17)
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 2 Atlanta Xfinity Series wins (2016 & ‘17)
  • Kyle Busch leads all with 4 Atlanta Camping World Truck Series wins