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By the Numbers: Charlotte

May 22, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Vital stats for Charlotte Coca-Cola 600 weekend

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Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. 1.5 miles, paved asphalt surface, 24-degree banking in all four turns. Five-degree banking in front and backstretches. Frontstretch is 1,980 feet and backstretch is 1,500 feet.
Time/TV: The Coca-Cola 600 (400 laps),  6 p.m. ET, Sunday, May 26. TV: FOX (coverage starts at 5:30 p.m. ET), Radio: PRN

Trailblazers:  The first Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte was held on June 19, 1960 and won by Joe Lee Johnson. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series with 31 top-five finishes at Charlotte.

0.027 seconds was the closest margin of victory since the advent of electronic scoring at Charlotte Motor Speedway, when Jimmie Johnson beat Bobby Labonte on May 29, 2005.

1 green-white-checkerd finish in the history of the Coca-Cola 600, which came in 2011.

4  active drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (10/10/93), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/28/00), Ryan Newman (5/27/01) and Aric Almirola (5/27/12). Almirola’s pole last season was the first time since May 22, 1966 that the No. 43 car had won the Coors Light pole at CMS.

5 of the 108 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 won by David Reutimann and Michael Waltrip Racing. Four of the five races shortened were the 600-mile events (1968, 1997, 2003 and 2009).  

active NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have posted their first career win at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (5/29/94), Bobby Labonte (5/28/95), Matt Kenseth (5/28/00), Jamie McMurray (10/13/02), Casey Mears (5/27/07) and David Reutimann (5/25/09).

times from seven different drivers has the winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race gone on to win the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Davey Allison (1991), Dale Earnhardt (1993), Jeff Gordon (1997), Jimmie Johnson (2003), Kasey Kahne (2008) and Kurt Busch (2010).

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8  different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Charlotte; led by Chevrolet with 40 victories; followed by Ford with 28.

drivers have posted consecutive wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including three consecutive by Fred Lorenzen (fall 1964 and both 1965) and four straight by Jimmie Johnson (both in 2004 and 2005).

12 drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Charlotte. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Charlotte with 11; from the fall of 1973 through 1978.

14  of the 108 (12.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from the Coors Light pole; the two most recent were Jimmie Johnson in 2004 and 2009.

17  wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Hendrick Motorsports, the most wins at Charlotte in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 17: Jimmie Johnson (six), Jeff Gordon (five), Darrell Waltrip (two), Ken Schrader (one), Terry Labonte (one), Casey Mears (one) and Kasey Kahne (one). 

22 was the age of Jeff Gordon when he became the youngest pole winner at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1993. He was 22 years, 2 months, and 6 days.

31  of the 108 (28.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from the front row: 14 from the pole and 17 from second-place.

33  starts without a victory for Joe Nemechek, the most among active drivers. Dale Earnhardt Jr. follows him with 26.

36  attempts before his first win at Charlotte for Bobby Labonte, the most all-time among active drivers.

37th  was Jimmie Johnson’s winning position in the 2003 Coca-Cola 600, the deepest in the field a driver has won the race.
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drivers have Coors Light poles at Charlotte, led by David Pearson with 14. Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in poles, with nine, followed by Jeff Gordon with eight.

45 different drivers have won at Charlotte Motor Speedway, led by Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison and Jimmie Johnson with six wins each.

49  was the age of Bobby Allison when he  became the oldest pole winner at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1987. He was 49 years, 10 months, and 8 days.

57 starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway by Terry Labonte, the most among active drivers. Mark Martin has 56.

64 starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway by NASCAR Hall of Hamer Richard Petty to lead the series.


83 of the 108 (76.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from a top-10 starting position.

108 points races have taken place at Charlotte Motor Speedway; two per year since the track opened in 1960.

133.904 is the winning pole speed of Fireball Roberts in the inaugural qualification at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

364 drivers have competed in more than one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

517 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

1,439 laps led at Charlotte for Jimmie Johnson to lead all active drivers.

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