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AdvoCare 500 Fact Sheet
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Track facts for Atlanta Motor Speedway:

   

  • Number of previous races: 104.
  • First Sprint Cup race: July 31, 1960, won by Fireball Roberts.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: September 6, 2011, won by Jeff Gordon.
  • Won from pole: 14, last time by Kasey Kahne in 2006.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 60 times in 104 races (58%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 82 times (79%).
  • Won from 21st or worse starting position: 7 times (7%).
  • Worst starting spot for race winner: 39th, by Bobby Labonte in 2001.
  • Most laps led: 308, by Cale Yarborough in 1969.
  • Fewest laps led by a race winner: 1, by David Pearson in 1961.

  • Track records:

    • Fastest race: 166.633 mph by Dale Earnhardt in 1995.
    • Fastest qualifying speed: 197.478 mph by Geoffrey Bodine in 1997.
    • Most lead changes: 45 in 1982.
    • Closest finish: Kevin Harvick's .006 second margin over Jeff Gordon in 2001.
    • Most caution flags: 14 in 2007.

  • From 2007-2011 a typical Atlanta race had 25.1 lead changes, 9.6 cautions for 47.3 laps, and an average green-flag run of 26.6 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet 37, Ford 30, Pontiac 11, Dodge 9, Mercury 7, Buick 4, Plymouth 4, Oldsmobile 1, Toyota 1.

  • Victories by owner: Wood Brothers 12, Rick Hendrick 11, Richard Childress 9, Joe Gibbs 9, Junior Johnson-Richard Howard 9, Petty Enterprises/Richard Petty Motorsports 7, Jack Roush 6, all others 44.

Driver Notes:

  • The most Atlanta races without a:
     Active DriversAll-Time
    Win: Terry Labonte (55 races) Terry Labonte, Kyle Petty (55 races)
    Top 5: Elliott Sadler (24) Buddy Arrington (34)
    Top 10: Casey Mears (16) Jimmy Means (32)
    Pole: Michael Waltrip (48) Ricky Rudd (58)
    Lap led: Jamie McMurray (18) J.D. McDuffie (31)
    Lead-lap finish: Travis Kvapil (10) Buddy Arrington (34)


  • Top career marks at Atlanta:
     Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: Bill Elliott (62) Richard Petty (65)
    Wins: Bobby Labonte (6) Dale Earnhardt (9)
    Top 5s: Jeff Gordon (15) Dale Earnhardt (26)
    Top 10s: Jeff Gordon (24) Richard Petty (33)
    Poles: Ryan Newman (7) Buddy Baker, R. Newman (7)
    Laps: Bill Elliott (17,429) Richard Petty (17,513)
    Laps led: Jeff Gordon (1,274) Cale Yarborough (3,297)
    Lead-lap finishes: Jeff Gordon (25) Dale Earnhardt (26)


  • Best average finish among active drivers at Atlanta (3 or more starts):

    1. Jimmie Johnson (10.0)
    2. Tony Stewart (11.2)
    3. Jeff Gordon (12.2)
    4. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (12.8)
    5. Matt Kenseth (12.9)
    6. Carl Edwards (13.6)
    7. A.J. Allmendinger (14.4)
    8. Greg Biffle (16.1)
    9. Terry Labonte (16.3)
    10. Brian Vickers (16.4)


  • Worst average finish among active drivers at Atlanta (3 or more starts):

    1. Michael McDowell (40.7)
    2. Hermie Sadler (40.0)
    3. Travis Kvapil (32.7)
    4. Sam Hornish, Jr. (29.8)
    5. Tony Raines (29.8)
    6. Dave Blaney (28.5)
    7. Mike Bliss (28.2)
    8. Scott Speed (28.2)
    9. Kenny Wallace (28.0)
    10. Mike Wallace (27.8)


    Current top-10 drivers at Atlanta:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Greg Biffle 17 0 3 9 1 5343 290 13.1 16.1 92.9
    Jimmie Johnson 20 3 11 13 0 6405 440 8.6 10.0 109.5
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 24 1 8 10 2 7707 632 15.4 12.8 94.3
    Matt Kenseth 23 0 8 13 0 7080 253 22.3 12.9 96.2
    Martin Truex, Jr. 13 0 0 2 1 4004 207 16.2 22.8 88.9
    Clint Bowyer 11 0 0 5 0 3511 66 14.7 17.4 83.2
    Brad Keselowski 3 0 0 1 0 971 2 23.3 22.3 76.1
    Denny Hamlin 12 0 1 4 1 3736 209 13.9 17.5 96.2
    Kevin Harvick 21 1 4 7 0 6600 136 18.5 19.9 83.4
    Tony Stewart 25 3 10 15 0 7875 966 15.9 11.2 102.3

    Driver Rating is based on a formula developed by NASCAR which combines "loop data" elements such as average running position, average speed under green, number of fastest laps, etc. There is a maximum of 150 points that a driver can earn for each race. Driver Rating is not available for races prior to 2005.

    Other notable Driver Ratings at Atlanta: Jeff Gordon (104.1), Carl Edwards (102.5), Kurt Busch (96.1), Kasey Kahne (91.0), Kyle Busch (90.6), Juan Pablo Montoya (87.4), Jeff Burton (85.0), Mark Martin (82.5), Brian Vickers (80.9).