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AdvoCare 500 Fact Sheet
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Track facts for Atlanta Motor Speedway:

   

  • Number of previous races: 105.
  • First Sprint Cup race: July 31, 1960, won by Fireball Roberts.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: September 2, 2012, won by Denny Hamlin.
  • Won from pole: 14, last time by Kasey Kahne in 2006.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 60 times in 105 races (57%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 83 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 2008-2012 a typical Atlanta race had 24.3 lead changes, 9.0 cautions for 46.9 laps, and an average green-flag run of 28.1 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet 37, Ford 30, Pontiac 11, Dodge 9, Mercury 7, Buick 4, Plymouth 4, Toyota 2, Oldsmobile 1.

  • Victories by owner: Wood Brothers 12, Rick Hendrick 11, Joe Gibbs 10, Richard Childress 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: Dave Blaney, Elliott Sadler (24) Buddy Arrington (34)
    Top 10: Casey Mears (17) Jimmy Means (32)
    Pole: Michael Waltrip (48) Ricky Rudd (58)
    Lap led: Jamie McMurray (19) J.D. McDuffie (31)
    Lead-lap finish: Travis Kvapil (11) Buddy Arrington (34)


  • Top career marks at Atlanta:
     Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: Terry Labonte (55) Richard Petty (65)
    Wins: Bobby Labonte (6) Dale Earnhardt (9)
    Top 5s: Jeff Gordon (16) Dale Earnhardt (26)
    Top 10s: Jeff Gordon (25) Richard Petty (33)
    Poles: Ryan Newman (7) Buddy Baker, Ryan Newman (7)
    Laps: Terry Labonte (15,893) Richard Petty (17,513)
    Laps led: Jeff Gordon (1,280) Cale Yarborough (3,297)
    Lead-lap finishes: Jeff Gordon (26) Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon (26)


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

    1. Jimmie Johnson (11.1)
    2. Tony Stewart (11.7)
    3. Jeff Gordon (11.9)
    4. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (12.5)
    5. Matt Kenseth (12.7)
    6. A.J. Allmendinger (14.4)
    7. Carl Edwards (15.1)
    8. Morgan Shepherd (15.9)
    9. Greg Biffle (16.0)
    10. Denny Hamlin (16.2)


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

    1. Michael McDowell (40.7)
    2. Travis Kvapil (32.1)
    3. Johnny Sauter (30.3)
    4. Tony Raines (29.8)
    5. Scott Speed (29.4)
    6. J.J. Yeley (28.7)
    7. David Stremme (28.6)
    8. Dave Blaney (28.4)
    9. Mike Bliss (28.2)
    10. David Gilliland (27.5)


    Current top-10 drivers at Atlanta:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Jimmie Johnson 21 3 11 13 0 6674 440 8.6 11.1 108.3
    Clint Bowyer 12 0 0 5 0 3835 66 16.0 18.2 82.8
    Carl Edwards 15 3 8 10 0 4582 345 10.3 15.1 100.5
    Kevin Harvick 22 1 5 8 0 6927 237 18.7 19.2 86.3
    Kyle Busch 15 1 3 4 0 4610 385 11.6 16.9 92.8
    Matt Kenseth 24 0 8 14 0 7407 253 21.6 12.7 96.4
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 25 1 8 11 2 8034 632 16.2 12.5 93.3
    Kasey Kahne 16 2 6 8 2 5008 328 9.2 18.6 88.9
    Greg Biffle 18 0 3 9 1 5670 291 12.5 16.0 92.6
    Joey Logano 6 0 0 0 0 1946 0 28.2 26.0 56.8

    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 (104.8), Tony Stewart (100.2), Denny Hamlin (99.7), Kurt Busch (94.6), Martin Truex, Jr. (90.8), Juan Pablo Montoya (84.9), Jeff Burton (84.6), Brad Keselowski (83.7), Mark Martin (83.3), Brian Vickers (80.9).