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By the Numbers: Charlotte standouts worthy of Hall of Fame

May 26, 2011, ,

Charlotte Motor Speedway is a 1.5-mile quad-oval with 24 degrees banking in the turns. The frontstretch is 1,980 feet with 5 degrees banking; the backstretch is 1,500 feet with 5 degrees banking.

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2 -- Times qualifying at Charlotte has been canceled due to weather, most recently in May 2001. Quals have been canceled in the past three events this season, a series first.

2 -- Career series wins for Mike Bliss, both at Charlotte. He is the most recent driver to win after starting from the rear of the field, in May 2009, following an engine change.

4 -- Victories for Kyle Busch in the past six races at Charlotte. He has finished no worse than eighth in his past eight races there, dating to his last year with Hendrick Motorsports. Busch has won six times overall at CMS, with three different teams (Hendrick, Braun Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing) and five different crew chiefs.

13 -- Times in the past 14 races at Charlotte the final green-flag stretch has been 12 laps or less. Three have ended in a green-white-checkered finish, most recently in May 2010.

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8 -- Times a Roush Fenway Racing driver has won the pole in the past 10 races at Charlotte: Carl Edwards (4), Matt Kenseth (2), Greg Biffle (1) and Jamie McMurray (1). Edwards had a streak of three consecutive poles end in this past fall's race at CMS; Kenseth, who is tied with Edwards for the most poles at the track, including two from his days driving a Chevrolet for Robbie Reiser, is filling in for Trevor Bayne this week in Roush's No. 16 Ford. Kenseth is the last driver to win from the pole, doing so in the No. 17 Chevrolet in October 2000.

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3 -- Poles for Ryan Newman in the past four Coke 600s, including his record-tying sixth (David Pearson) last May. He has won the pole in five of the past eight 600-mile races, during that time posting three top-five finishes, matching his track-best of second in 2009. He finished ninth last May.

3 -- Times in the past 11 Coke 600s that have gone the full distance the leader at 500 miles has won: Jimmie Johnson (2004), Kasey Kahne (2006) and Kurt Busch (2010).

4 -- Consecutive Coke 600s won by Ford drivers from 1999-2002. The make has not won any race at Charlotte since, a span of 17 races. The most recent Ford winner at CMS who still drives a Ford is Matt Kenseth in the 2000 Coke 600.

6 -- Times in the past 11 Coke 600s the winner has started outside the top 10, including Jimmie Johnson in 2003 when he started 37th, the worst of any winner in Charlotte history. Johnson also is the most recent driver to win the 600 from the pole (2004) or any race at CMS from the first starting position (October 2009).

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19 -- Wins for Jeff Gordon from the pole, including his first career victory at Charlotte in May 1994. Gordon became the first driver to win his first race from the pole since Darrell Waltrip at Nashville in 1975. Gordon is the only driver to win his first Cup race on May 29, date of this year's Coke 600.

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0 -- Drivers who have won in all three national series at Charlotte. Kyle Busch has six Nationwide wins and four Truck victories; his best finish in Cup is second, this past fall, his seventh consecutive finish of eighth or better.

3 -- Nationwide/Cup weekend sweeps at Charlotte: Bobby Allison (May 1984), Dale Earnhardt (October 1986) and Mark Martin (October 1995).

7 -- Drivers who have won the All-Star Race and the 600 in the same season: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Davey Allison (1991), Dale Earnhardt (1993), Jeff Gordon (1997), Jimmie Johnson (2003), Kasey Kahne (2008) and Kurt Busch (2010).

15 -- Times the All-Star Race winner has finished in the top 10 in the 600 in the 25 years the All-Star Race was held at Charlotte, including 13 times in the top five. Eight times the All-Star winner has finished 20th or worse.

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19 -- Best place of finish in the Coke 600 for the past three All-Star Race winners in odd-numbered years: Mark Martin (28th in 2005), Kevin Harvick (21st in 2007) and Tony Stewart (19th in 2009). All-Star winners in even-numbers years since 2004 have finished no worse than third: Matt Kenseth (third in 2004); Jimmie Johnson (second in 2006); Kasey Kahne (first in 2008) and Kurt Busch (first in 2010). 2011 All-Star winner Carl Edwards has only two finishes worse than 16th at Charlotte, both in the fall 500-mile race. He has three top-fives and another ninth-place finish in six 600 races.


3 -- Victories at Charlotte for Bud Moore-owned cars, including a 600-mile qualifying race in 1961 (Joe Weatherly). Moore's last CMS win came courtesy of Bobby Allison, in the No. 15 Ford in October 1978.

6 -- Most victories by any one driver in Charlotte history, shared by three drivers: Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip and Jimmie Johnson. Allison won the 600-mile race three times, tying him for second all time with fellow HOF members Dale Earnhardt (inaugural class) and David Pearson as well as Buck Baker and active drivers Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Waltrip has the most 600 wins with five.

14 -- Poles for David Pearson at Charlotte, the all-time Cup record at one track. He won 11 consecutive poles from October 1973 to October 1978, also a Cup record; that streak included five 600 poles. Pearson is the all-time leader in top-10s (15) and laps led (1,262) in Charlotte's 600-miler.

1984 -- Year when Bobby Allison completed the first Nationwide/Cup weekend sweep in NASCAR history, in May at Charlotte. It's the only time a driver has won the Nationwide race and the 600-mile race in the same weekend.

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3 -- Hall of Fame members who were among six drivers disqualified in the first 600-mile race in 1960 for cutting across the infield to pit: Inaugural inductees Junior Johnson and Richard Petty and 2011 honoree Lee Petty. They did not receive any money or points. The Pettys had initially both finished in the top five.

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