NASCAR Charlotte Sunday, May 20, 2018

NASCAR MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES CHARLOTTE STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Coca-Cola 600 races: 31 Bill Elliott (Winless) & Richard Petty (2 Wins)
  • Most Coca-Cola 600 wins: 5 Darrell Waltrip (Jimmie Johnson 2nd all-time with 4)
  • Most Coca-Cola 600 2nd-place finishes: 5 Richard Petty
  • Most Coca-Cola 600 top 3 finishes: 10 Bobby Allison
  • Most Coca-Cola 600 top 5 finishes: 12 Richard Petty
  • Most Coca-Cola 600 top 10 finishes: 15 David Pearson, Ricky Rudd & Darrell Waltrip
  • Most Charlotte wins: 8 Jimmie Johnson
  • 50 Different winners in 118 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Charlotte Motor Speedway races
  • 33 Different winners in 58 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Coca-Cola 600 races
  • 2 Finished top 5 both Charlotte races last season – Denny Hamlin & Martin Truex Jr.
  • 3 Finished top 10 both Charlotte races last season – Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick & Martin Truex Jr.
  • Earnhardt in field for every Coca-Cola 600 from 1978-’17 – 40 Straight
  • Charlotte is only track Kyle Busch hasn’t won a points race
  • 2017 All-Star Race winner
  • Roger Penske first of 16 Indianapolis 500 wins 46 years ago May 27, 1972 Mark Donohue
  • Also won 5/27/79 (Rick Mears), 5/27/84 (Rick Mears), 5/27/01 (Helio Castroneves)
  • 2017 Coca-Cola 600: 3 To go Jimmie Johnson out of fuel & Austin Dillon passes to lead final 2 laps winning at 12:23AM
  • 7 Won All-Star Race & Coca-Cola 600 in same year – Last: Kurt Busch 2010
  • Jeff Gordon’s 5th win in 1997 came in Coca-Cola 600 (5 Wins in first 11 races in 1997)
  • 6 Won Coca-Cola 600 & championship in same year – Last 2 by Jeff Gordon (1997 & ’98)
  • 2 Win streaks of 3 straight victories this season – Kevin Harvick won last 2 points races
  • Last time 3 win streaks of 3 or more victories in a season: 1971
  • Kevin Harvick: 5 Wins in first 12 races – First since Jeff Gordon 1997 (5 Wins in first 11 races)
  • *Last to win 6 of first 13 races: Jeff Gordon 1997 – Previous: Dale Earnhardt 1987 (6 Wins in first 8 races)
  • Champion had 5 or more wins last 13 seasons (Every season of Playoff except 2004 – Kurt Busch 3 wins)
  • Kevin Harvick never led in most wins in a season (18th season)
  • Kevin Harvick: 5 of last 8 wins came on 1.5-mile tracks
  • Kevin Harvick: 5 Wins this season & won All-Star Race – 2nd most wins into All-Star Race & winning (Dale Earnhardt 6 wins in 1987 & won All-Star Race)
  • 3 Won last 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks – Martin Truex Jr. (5), Kevin Harvick (4) & Kyle Busch (1)
  • Kevin Harvick won 4 of last 6 races on 1.5-mile tracks
  • 3 Win streaks this season – Kevin Harvick 3 straight, Kyle Busch 3 straight & Kevin Harvick 2 straight
  • Kevin Harvick: 6 Career win streaks (Back-to-back wins) – First time with 2 win streaks in same season
  • Jimmie Johnson: 7-Time champion & 4-Time Coca-Cola 600 winner, but never won 600 & championship in same year
  • Austin Dillon: 1 Top 10 finish in 4 Coca-Cola 600s – 2017 Winner
  • Kurt Busch: 3 Straight Coca-Cola 600 top 10 finishes
  • Kyle Busch: 1 Top 5 finish last 5 Coca-Cola 600s – Finished 2nd last season
  • Denny Hamlin: Finished 8th or better last 3 Coca-Cola 600s – 2 Straight top 5 finishes
  • Kevin Harvick: 7 Straight Coca-Cola 600 top 10 finishes – 4 Top 2 finishes
  • Ryan Newman: 3 Straight Coca-Cola 600 top 10 finishes
  • Martin Truex Jr. 3 Straight Coca-Cola 600 top 5 finishes – 2016 Winner
  • 6 Different winners in last 6 Coca-Cola 600 races – Kahne, Harvick, Johnson, Edwards, Truex Jr. & A. Dillon
  • Martin Truex Jr. only repeat winner last 7 Charlotte races (2 Wins) – 5 Others 1 win each
  • Martin Truex, Jr. led most laps last 3 Coca-Cola 600s (131, 392 & 233) – 1 Win (2016)
  • Fewest laps led by winner: 2 – Kevin Harvick 2011 & Austin Dillon 2017
  • Latest point winner took lead for first time: Lap 399 – Austin Dillon 2017
  • Jimmie Johnson passed for final lead change last 2 Coca-Cola 600s
  • 7 Pit road speeding penalties by 5 drivers last Coca-Cola 600
  • Denny Hamlin finished 5th (1st 2017 pit road speeding penalty), McMurray, Hill, LaJoie & Whitt
  • 3 Pit road speeding penalties last Charlotte race – Daniel Suarez, Kasey Kahne & Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  • 6 Won Daytona 500 & Coca-Cola 600 in same year – Last: Jeff Gordon 1997
  • 7 Won first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Coca-Cola 600 – 4 Became champion drivers
  • Matt Kenseth only Rookie of the Year contender to win Coca-Cola 600 (2000)
  • Coca-Cola 600 leader at 500-miles failed to win 25 times
  • 10 Won Coca-Cola 600 from pole including Jimmie Johnson 2014 & Martin Truex Jr. 2016
  • David Pearson: 15 Straight Charlotte front row starts 1972-’80 (14 with Wood Brothers) – 12 Poles including 11-in-a-row
  • Coca-Cola 600 pole won 2 of last 4 races – Winless previous 9 races
  • Drivers won first race of season 31 times at Coca-Cola 600 including 5 of last 6 years
  • First win of season for last 4 Coca-Cola 600 winners
  • 12 Scored their only win of season at Coca-Cola 600
  • Ford: 12 Coca-Cola 600 wins – Winless last 15 races (2002 Mark Martin)
  • Toyota won Coca-Cola 600 three times including 2 of last 3 years – 2009, ’15 & ‘16
  • Martin Truex Jr. led at mid-race last 3 Coca-Cola 600s – 1 Win (2016)
  • 10 To go leader failed to win 6 of last 10 Coca-Cola 600s
  • 3 Scored their first win with Hendrick Motorsports in Coca-Cola 600 – Jeff Gordon, Casey Mears & Kasey Kahne
  • 6 Won Coca-Cola 600 racing car #3 – Dale Earnhardt (3), Buddy Baker (1), Austin Dillon (1) & David Pearson (1)
  • Coca-Cola 600 largest margin-of-victory: 4 Laps – 1960 Joe Lee Johnson & 1964 Jim Paschal
  • Last time only 1 driver finished on lead lap in Coca-Cola 600: 1987 Kyle Petty
  • Most finishing on lead lap in Coca-Cola 600: 26 (2009)
  • Jimmie Johnson won 3 straight Coca-Cola 600s (2003-’05) – Took 9 races to win 4th
  • Jimmie Johnson tied record for consecutive superspeedway wins at 1 track with 4 (5/04, 10/04, 5/05 & 10/05)
  • Leader of most laps failed to win 5 of last 7 Coca-Cola 600s
  • Martin Truex, Jr. all-time record most miles led in a race (588) – 2016 Coca-Cola 600
  • Most Coca-Cola 600 laps led: 392 – Martin Truex, Jr. 2016 (Winner)
  • Coca-Cola 600 winner led 28 or less laps 7 of last 13 races
  • Most laps led from start of Coca-Cola 600: 77 – Martin Truex Jr. (2016)
  • Coca-Cola 600 winner led lap 1 nine times including 2 of last 4 races
  • Most consecutive laps led to finish of Coca-Cola 600: 240 – Jim Paschal (1967)
  • Coca-Cola 600 winner took lead for first time after 500 miles (334 Laps) 5 times
  • Final lead change came with 10 or fewer laps to go 14 times in Coca-Cola 600
  • Jimmie Johnson only driver to win 3 straight Coca-Cola 600s – 2003, ’04 & ’05 (Last to win 600 back-to-back)
  • 5 Straight Coca-Cola 600 poles: Jeff Gordon (1994-’98) & David Pearson (1974-’78)
  • Worst official starting position of 600 winner: 37th – Jimmie Johnson 2003 (Started from rear – Engine change)
  • Oldest Coca-Cola 600 winner: 46 – Bobby Allison 1984
  • Youngest Coca-Cola 600 winner: 22 – Jeff Gordon 1994
  • 5 Shortened Coca-Cola 600 races
  • Only 1 Overtime finish in Coca-Cola 600 – 2011
  • 2 Charlotte races settled by last lap pass – 2005 & ’11 Coca-Cola 600s
  • Chevrolet leads all with 24 Coca-Cola 600 wins including 5 of last 7
  • 2 Won Coca-Cola 600 in first try – Joe Lee Johnson & Matt Kenseth
  • Mark Martin won Coca-Cola 600 in 19th try (2002) – Most of all drivers
  • 19 Charlotte wins by Hendrick Motorsports – Most of all teams at Charlotte
  • 8 Charlotte wins by Richard Childress Racing – Dale Earnhardt 4, Kevin Harvick 2, Jeff Burton 1 & Austin Dillon 1
  • 8 Charlotte wins by Roush by 3 drivers – Mark Martin 4, Jeff Burton 2 & Matt Kenseth 2
  • 5 Charlotte wins by Joe Gibbs Racing by 4 drivers – Bobby Labonte 2, Carl Edwards 1, Dale Jarrett 1 & Tony Stewart 1
  • 3 Charlotte wins by Team Penske: Kurt Busch 5/10, Brad Keselowski 10/13 & Joey Logano 10/15
  • Roger Penske won 16 Indianapolis 500s as car owner (1972, ’79, ’81, ’84, ’85, ’87, ’88, ’91, ’93, ’94, ’01, 02, ’03, ’06, ’09 & ‘15)
  • 3 Charlotte wins by Chip Ganassi Racing: Sterling Marlin 10/01, Jamie McMurray 10/02 & 10/10
  • Chip Ganassi won 4 Indianapolis 500s as car owner (2000, ’08, ’10 & ’12)
  • 2 Charlotte wins by Furniture Row Racing: Martin Truex Jr. 5/16 & 10/17
  • 1 Charlotte win by Stewart-Haas Racing: Kevin Harvick 10/14
  • Wood Brothers: 20 Charlotte poles & 6 Charlotte wins (David Pearson 3, Neil Bonnett 1, Kyle Petty 1 & Speedy Thompson 1)

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES CHARLOTTE STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • 35 Different winners in 72 Charlotte Xfinity Series races
  • 9 Won first career race at Charlotte
  • 3 Charlotte NXS & MENCS weekend sweeps – Last: 10/95 (Mark Martin)
  • Final lead change with 12 or fewer laps to go 3 of last 4 Charlotte races
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 1 Win in last 8 Charlotte races – 3 Wins previous 3 races
  • Team Penske #12 won 2 of last 3 Charlotte races with Brian Wilson as crew chief & 2 different drivers (Logano & Blaney)
  • Ryan Blaney started rear of field for unapproved adjustments & won 5/17
  • Most Charlotte lead lap finishers: 30 (5/17)
  • Last to win back-to-back spring races – Kyle Busch 2004 & ’05 (Ryan Blaney won last spring)
  • Final lead change within 10 to go in 6 of last 14 Charlotte races – 3 Times in last 7 fall races
  • Fewest laps led by Charlotte winner: 1 – Dale Jarrett (5/90)
  • 7 Charlotte season sweeps
  • 11 Charlotte races won from pole
  • Worst starting position of Charlotte winner: 33rd – Harry Gant 10/91
  • 4 Charlotte Overtime finishes – Leader at scheduled distance won 3
  • Longest Charlotte NXS race: 206 Laps 5/16 – Denny Hamlin winner (Kyle Larson led at scheduled distance)
  • Leader of most laps failed to win 11 of last 18 Charlotte races
  • Daniel Suarez led most laps last Charlotte race (111) – Finished 8th
  • Ryan Blaney led most laps last Charlotte spring race (107) – Winner
  • 5 Charlotte races settled by last lap pass
  • 2 Won Charlotte in first try – Harry Gant & Terry Labonte
  • Jeff Burton won first race in 18th try – Most of all drivers
  • Only 1 won both Charlotte races and championship in same season – Rob Moroso 1989
  • Last to win 3 straight Charlotte races: Mark Martin 10/95, 5/96 & 10/96
  • Last to win back-to-back Charlotte races: Austin Dillon 5/15 & 10/15
  • Roush won 12 Charlotte Xfinity Series races with 5 different drivers