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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

Green Flag during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 24, 2019 in Hampton, Georgia. (Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, going into the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on June 7 at 3 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

2020 Driver Standings – Top 30

Rank

Drivers

Points

Starts

Wins

Stage Wins

Playoff Pts

Top 5s

Top 10s

Poles

1

Kevin Harvick

370

9

1

1

6

5

8

0

2

Joey Logano

346

9

2

2

12

2

4

0

3

Chase Elliott

325

9

1

5

10

4

5

1

4

Brad Keselowski

315

9

2

2

12

4

6

2

5

Alex Bowman

289

9

1

4

9

2

2

0

6

Martin Truex Jr.

280

9

0

0

0

0

4

0

7

Denny Hamlin

276

9

2

1

11

4

5

0

8

Ryan Blaney

274

9

0

1

1

3

3

0

9

Kyle Busch

256

9

0

0

0

5

5

1

10

Kurt Busch

253

9

0

0

0

3

6

1

11

Aric Almirola

240

9

0

0

0

0

3

0

12

Clint Bowyer

232

9

0

2

2

2

3

1

13

Matt DiBenedetto

230

9

0

0

0

1

2

0

14

Erik Jones

228

9

0

0

0

2

4

0

15

Jimmie Johnson

223

9

0

0

0

2

4

0

16

Austin Dillon

221

9

0

0

0

1

3

0

17

William Byron

216

9

0

1

1

0

2

1

18

Tyler Reddick #

186

9

0

0

0

0

2

0

19

Chris Buescher

179

9

0

0

0

1

2

0

20

John Hunter Nemechek #

165

9

0

0

0

0

1

0

21

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

157

9

0

0

0

2

2

1

22

Bubba Wallace

154

9

0

0

0

0

2

0

23

Michael McDowell

148

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

24

Cole Custer #

140

9

0

0

0

0

1

0

25

Christopher Bell #

139

9

0

0

0

0

2

0

26

Ryan Newman

136

6

0

0

0

0

1

0

27

Ty Dillon

127

9

0

0

0

0

1

0

28

Corey LaJoie

124

9

0

0

0

0

1

0

29

Kyle Larson

121

4

0

0

0

1

3

0

30

Ryan Preece

101

9

0

0

0

0

0

1

Atlanta Motor Speedway Data
Season Race #: 10 of 36 (06-07-20)
Track Size: 1.54-miles
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 24 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 24 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 5 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 2,332 feet
Backstretch Length: 1,800 feet
Race Length: 325 laps / 500.5 miles
Stage 1 & 2: 105 Laps (each)
Final Stage: 115 Laps

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Atlanta
Kevin Harvick……………………… 100.5
Jimmie Johnson…………………… 100.5
Matt Kenseth………………………… 97.5
Kurt Busch…………………………… 96.9
Brad Keselowski……………………. 96.6
Martin Truex Jr……………………… 95.2
Denny Hamlin……………………….. 94.2
Kyle Busch…………………………… 92.7
Chase Elliott…………………………. 89.2
Joey Logano…………………………. 83.2
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2019 races (21 total) among active drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Qualifying/Race Data
2019 pole winner:
Aric Almirola, Ford
181.473 mph. 30.550 secs. 02-22-19

2019 race winner:
Brad Keselowski, Ford
142.626 mph, (03:30:33), 02-24-19

Track qualifying record:
Geoffrey Bodine, Ford
197.478 mph, 28.074 secs. 11-15-97

Track race record:
Bobby Labonte, Pontiac
159.904 mph, (03:07:48), 11-16-97

ATLANTA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

(The following driver stats are from the Loop Data Era – 2005-Present)

Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

  • Two top five, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 19.632, 18th-best
  • Average Running Position of 16.450, 14th-best
  • Driver Rating of 82.6, 11th-best
  • 133 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best
  • 3,561 Laps in the Top 15 (57.3%), eighth-most
  • 544 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Kurt Busch (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, seven top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 12.850, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.802, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.9, fourth-best
  • 299 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
  • 4,444 Laps in the Top 15 (67.9%), fifth-most
  • 764 Quality Passes, second-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Two wins, five top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 13.000, sixth-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.129, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.7, eighth-best
  • 294 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
  • 4,095 Laps in the Top 15 (62.6%), seventh-most
  • 695 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • One top five, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.500, second-best
  • Average Running Position of 10.565, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.2, ninth-best
  • 40 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best
  • 1,077 Laps in the Top 15 (82.5%), 12th-most
  • 195 Quality Passes, 15th-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • One win, four top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.950, 14th-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.195, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.2, seventh-best
  • 311 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • 4,519 Laps in the Top 15 (69.1%), fourth-most
  • 645 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

  • Two wins, eight top fives, 14 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 13.476, seventh-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.809, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.5, series-best (tied with Johnson)
  • 555 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
  • 4,643 Laps in the Top 15 (67.6%), third-most
  • 658 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Five wins, 14 top fives, 16 top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.571, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 10.467, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.5, series-best (tied with Harvick)
  • 362 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • 5,131 Laps in the Top 15 (74.7%), second-most
  • 743 Quality Passes, third-most

Erik Jones (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • One top 10
  • Average finish of 10.667, third-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.718, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 80.1, 12th-best
  • 5 Fastest Laps Run, 26th-best
  • 612 Laps in the Top 15 (62.8%), 20th-most
  • 135 Quality Passes, 17th-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • 11 top fives, 17 top 10s
  • Average finish of 8.842, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.586, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.5, third-best
  • 232 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best
  • 4,247 Laps in the Top 15 (68.3%), sixth-most
  • 638 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)

  • Two wins, four top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.091, eighth-best
  • Average Running Position of 10.344, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.6, fifth-best
  • 167 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • 2,874 Laps in the Top 15 (79.7%), 10th-most
  • 500 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)

  • Two top fives, four top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.154, 11th-best
  • Average Running Position of 16.154, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 83.2, 10th-best
  • 189 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • 2,256 Laps in the Top 15 (52.9%), 11th-most
  • 411 Quality Passes, 11th-most

Martin Truex Jr (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Four top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 15.900, 10th-best
  • Average Running Position of 10.581, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.2, sixth-best
  • 236 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best
  • 5,281 Laps in the Top 15 (80.7%), series-most
  • 883 Quality Passes, series-most

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Busch Pole  Winners

Pole Winners (53)

Poles

Buddy Baker

7

Ryan Newman

7

Cale Yarborough

6

Bill Elliott

5

Fireball Roberts

5

Dale Earnhardt

4

Richard Petty

4

Alan Kulwicki

3

Fred Lorenzen

3

Geoff Bodine

3

Harry Gant

3

Marvin Panch

3

Rusty Wallace

3

Bobby Allison

2

Bobby Labonte

2

Dale Earnhardt Jr

2

Dale Jarrett

2

Dave Marcis

2

David Pearson

2

Jeff Gordon

2

Junior Johnson

2

Kasey Kahne

2

Kevin Harvick

2

Mark Martin

2

A.J. Foyt

1

Aric Almirola

1

Banjo Matthews

1

Charlie Glotzbach

1

Curtis Turner

1

Darel Dieringer

1

Darrell Waltrip

1

Denny Hamlin

1

Greg Biffle

1

Greg Sacks

1

Joey Logano

1

John Andretti

1

Johnny Benson

1

Kenny Irwin Jr

1

Kevin Lepage

1

Kurt Busch

1

Kyle Busch

1

LeeRoy Yarbrough

1

Loy Allen Jr

1

Martin Truex Jr

1

Morgan Shepherd

1

Neil Bonnett

1

Rick Mast

1

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

1

Robby Gordon

1

Sam Sommers

1

Terry Labonte

1

Tim Richmond

1

Tony Stewart

1

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Race Winners

Race Winners (44)

Wins

Dale Earnhardt

9

Cale Yarborough

7

Bobby Labonte

6

Richard Petty

6

Bill Elliott

5

Bobby Allison

5

Jeff Gordon

5

Jimmie Johnson

5

David Pearson

4

Fred Lorenzen

4

Carl Edwards

3

Darrell Waltrip

3

Kasey Kahne

3

Kurt Busch

3

Morgan Shepherd

3

Neil Bonnett

3

Tony Stewart

3

Brad Keselowski

2

Buddy Baker

2

Kevin Harvick

2

Kyle Busch

2

LeeRoy Yarbrough

2

Mark Martin

2

Marvin Panch

2

Rusty Wallace

2

A.J. Foyt

1

Benny Parsons

1

Bob Burdick

1

Bobby Johns

1

Dale Earnhardt Jr

1

Dale Jarrett

1

Dave Marcis

1

Denny Hamlin

1

Dick Hutcherson

1

Donnie Allison

1

Ernie Irvan

1

Fireball Roberts

1

Jerry Nadeau

1

Jim Hurtubise

1

Junior Johnson

1

Ken Schrader

1

Ned Jarrett

1

Rex White

1

Ricky Rudd

1

The NASCAR Cup Series 2020 Top 16 in Driver Standings at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Rk.

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

1

Kevin Harvick

29

2

2

8

14

4

16.3

100.5

2

Joey Logano

13

1

0

2

4

0

17.2

83.2

3

Chase Elliott

4

0

0

1

3

0

10.5

89.2

4

Brad Keselowski

11

0

2

4

7

3

15.1

96.6

5

Alex Bowman

4

0

0

0

0

0

23.2

57.9

6

Martin Truex Jr

21

1

0

4

9

4

16.9

95.2

7

Denny Hamlin

20

1

1

4

7

3

18.0

94.2

8

Ryan Blaney

4

0

0

0

0

0

19.2

78.9

9

Kyle Busch

21

1

2

5

8

1

14.4

92.7

10

Kurt Busch

28

1

3

7

14

3

14.9

96.9

11

Aric Almirola

9

1

0

0

2

0

17.3

69.3

12

Clint Bowyer

19

0

0

2

7

2

19.6

82.6

13

Matt DiBenedetto

4

0

0

0

0

0

28.5

41.9

14

Erik Jones

3

0

0

0

1

0

10.7

80.1

15

Jimmie Johnson

28

0

5

14

16

2

12.0

100.5

16

Austin Dillon

7

0

0

0

0

0

22.9

65.5

* – Based on Loop Data from the last 21 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway (2005 – 2019).

Atlanta Motor Speedway:

HISTORY

  • Originally called Atlanta International Raceway, the track was then a 1.5-mile paved speedway.
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta was on July 31, 1960, won by Fireball Roberts from the pole position.
  • The track was re-measured to 1.522 miles in the spring of 1970.
  • It was renamed Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1990.
  • The track layout was reversed, and the track was re-configured to 1.54 miles between the two races in 1997.
  • From 1960 – 2010, Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted multiple NASCAR Cup Series races during each season; starting in 2011 the series began only visiting Atlanta once a year (2011-Present).
  • From 1987 to 2000 Atlanta Motor Speedway held the final championship race of the NASCAR Cup Series schedule.  
  • In total there have been 112 NASCAR Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway since the first race there in 1960.

STARTS

  • A total of 574 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway; 389 have competed in more than one at Atlanta.
  • Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway with 65; followed by Bill Elliott (62) and Dave Marcis (59).
  • Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers with 29 starts each at Atlanta; followed by Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch with 28 each.
  • A total of 67 NASCAR Cup Series drivers have made their series debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
  • Six active NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted their first career start at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Martin Truex Jr. (10/31/2004), Reed Sorenson (10/31/2005), Ty Dillon (8/31/2014), Jeb Burton (3/1/2015), Cody Ware (3/5/2017) and Harrison Rhodes (2/25/2018).
  • Fred Lorenzen leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a 4.105 in 19 starts.
  • Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Atlanta with a 7.074 in 27 starts; followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with an 9.143 in 12 starts.

Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Atlanta (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Avg Start

Starts

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg Start

Starts

1

Fred Lorenzen

4.105

19

1

Ryan Newman

7.074

27

2

Fireball Roberts

4.500

10

2

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

9.143

12

3

Cotton Owens

5.000

2

3

Daniel Suarez

10.000

8

4

Earl Balmer

5.500

4

4

Jimmie Johnson

11.179

33

5

Dick Hutcherson

5.800

5

5

Kyle Busch

11.429

26

6

Banjo Matthews

6.500

6

6

Denny Hamlin

11.850

25

7

Joe Weatherly

7.000

9

7

Kurt Busch

15.179

34

8

Ryan Newman

7.074

27

8

Martin Truex Jr

15.619

26

9

Nelson Stacy

7.500

6

9

Brad Keselowski

15.818

16

10

Junior Johnson

8.385

13

10

Erik Jones

16.000

8

POLES

  • A total of 53 different drivers have won at least one Busch Pole Award at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series, 24 have posted more than one, nine are active this weekend.
  • Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman are tied for the NASCAR Cup Series most poles at Atlanta with seven each.
  • Fireball Roberts won the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Award at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1960 with a speed of 133.870 mph in a Pontiac.
  • Youngest Atlanta pole winner: Terry Labonte (03/15/1981 – 24 years, 3 months, 27 days).
  • Oldest Atlanta pole winner: Harry Gant (11/14/1993 – 53 years, 10 months, 4 days).
  • Winning consecutive poles has happened 10 times at Atlanta in the NASCAR Cup Series, among six different drivers:
    • Fireball Roberts (1960 sweep, 1961 second & third race),
    • Cale Yarborough (1969, 1970, 1978 sweep),
    • Dave Marcis (1975, 1976),
    • Buddy Baker (1979 sweep, 1980),
    • Alan Kulwicki (1989 sweep),
    • Ryan Newman (2003 sweep, 2004 sweep, 2005 sweep).
  • Ryan Newman holds the record for most consecutive poles at Atlanta with six; from the spring of 2003 through 2005.
  • A total of nine drivers have posted their first NASCAR Cup Series pole at Atlanta.

NCS Drivers with First Pole at Atlanta

Drivers

Date

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

9/1/2013

Kevin Lepage

11/21/1999

Kenny Irwin Jr

11/8/1998

Robby Gordon

3/9/1997

Johnny Benson

3/10/1996

Rick Mast

11/15/1992

Terry Labonte

3/15/1981

Sam Sommers

11/6/1977

Cale Yarborough

4/2/1967

WINS

  • A total of 44 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Atlanta Motor Speedway, 25 have won more than one, and six former Atlanta winners are active this weekend.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway with nine victories (1980, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 2000).
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active series winners at Atlanta with five victories (2004, 2007 sweep, 2015, 2016).
  • Youngest Atlanta winner: Kyle Busch (03/09/2008 – 22 years, 10 months, 7 days).
  • Oldest Atlanta winner: Morgan Shepherd (03/20/1993 – 51 years, 5 months, 8 days).
  • A total of seven different drivers, including one active NASCAR Cup Series driver, have posted their first career win at Atlanta Motor Speedway:

First-Time Winner

Season

Carl Edwards

2005

Kevin Harvick

2001

Jerry Nadeau

2000

Jim Hurtubise

1966

Bob Burdick

1961

Bobby Johns

1960

  • 11 drivers have won consecutive races at Atlanta in the NASCAR Cup Series:

Drivers

Seasons

1

Marvin Panch

1965 Sweep

2

Bobby Allison

1972 Sweep

3

David Pearson

1973 Sweep

4

Richard Petty

1974 Fall

1975 Spring

5

Cale Yarborough

1980 Fall

1981 Spring

6

Bill Elliott

1985 Sweep

1992 Sweep

7

Dale Earnhardt

1989 Fall

1990 Spring

1995 Fall

1996 Spring

8

Bobby Labonte

1997 Fall

1998 Spring

9

Jeff Gordon

1998 Fall

1999 Spring

10

Carl Edwards

2005 Sweep

11

Jimmie Johnson

2007 Sweep

2015, 2016

  • The most proficient starting position in the field at Atlanta Motor Speedway is the fifth starting position – it has produced more wins (16) than any other starting position.
  • A total of 13 of the 112 NASCAR Cup Series races (11.6%) have been won from the Busch Pole. 12 different drivers accomplished the feat, NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty is the only driver to do it twice (1975, 1977).
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt is the only driver to start from the first position due to qualifying being cancelled and win in the NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway (1990).

Wins by Starting Positions at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

1

14

12.50%

14

2

1.79%

2

12

10.71%

15

1

0.89%

3

10

8.93%

17

2

1.79%

4

10

8.93%

18

1

0.89%

5

16

14.29%

19

3

2.68%

6

4

3.57%

20

2

1.79%

7

6

5.36%

21

2

1.79%

8

6

5.36%

22

1

0.89%

9

7

6.25%

31

1

0.89%

10

2

1.79%

35

1

0.89%

11

4

3.57%

37

2

1.79%

12

1

0.89%

39

1

0.89%

13

1

0.89%

 

Stats

Winning %

Wins

Winning from the Pole:

12.50%

14

Winning from the Front Row:

23.21%

26

Winning from a Top-5 Starting Position:

55.36%

62

Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:

77.68%

87

Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:

7.14%

8

  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Atlanta is 39th, by Bobby Labonte in the fall of 2001.
  • The deepest in the field that an active race winner has started at Atlanta is 37th, by Jimmie Johnson in 2015.
  • Five of the six active NASCAR Cup Series winners at Atlanta Motor Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Kevin Harvick is the only active driver to win at Atlanta in his first appearance (2001).
  • Denny Hamlin competed at Atlanta Motor Speedway 12 times before winning in the spring of 2012; the longest span of any of the six active NASCAR Cup Series winners.
  • Among the six active NASCAR Cup Series Atlanta winners Denny Hamlin (12) is the only driver to have made 10 or more attempts before his first win.
  • Matt Kenseth leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Atlanta without visiting Victory Lane at 29; followed by Ryan Newman (27), Martin Truex Jr. (21).
  • No driver has swept the triple header weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway across all three NASCAR national series. Two drivers have won in multiple NASCAR national series in the same weekend at Atlanta:
    • Carl Edwards (2005, NCS/NXS); (Fall 2008, NCS/NXS)
    • Kyle Busch (Spring 2008, NCS/NGROTS)
  • In total 41 different owners have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway; eight Atlanta winning organizations are active this weekend.
  • The Hendrick Motorsports organization has the most wins at Atlanta in the NASCAR Cup Series with 14 victories:
  • Nine different manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta; led by Chevrolet with 40 victories; followed by Ford (32), Pontiac (11), Dodge (nine), Mercury (eight), Buick (four), Plymouth (four), Toyota (three) and Oldsmobile (one).

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS

Runner-Up Finishes

  • A total of 53 different drivers have finished runner-up in the NASCAR Cup Series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway; five of the 53 are active this weekend.
  • Dale Earnhardt and David Pearson lead the NASCAR Cup Series in runner-up finishes at Atlanta Motor Speedway with seven each.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers with four runner-up finishes at Atlanta Motor Speedway (2005, 2006, 2008, 2011).

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Atlanta (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Runner-Ups

Rank

Active Drivers

Runner-Ups

1

Dale Earnhardt

7

1

Jimmie Johnson

4

 

David Pearson

7

2

Kevin Harvick

2

3

Richard Petty

6

3

Brad Keselowski

1

4

Dale Jarrett

5

 

Joey Logano

1

Jeff Gordon

5

Martin Truex Jr

1

Top-Five Finishes

  • A total of 111 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished inside the top-five at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
  • Dale Earnhardt leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-five finishes at Atlanta Motor Speedway with 26; followed by Cale Yarborough with 23.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in top-five finishes at Atlanta with 14.    

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Atlanta (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top Fives

Rank

Active Drivers

Top Fives

1

Dale Earnhardt

26

1

Jimmie Johnson

14

2

Cale Yarborough

23

2

Matt Kenseth

11

3

Richard Petty

22

3

Kevin Harvick

8

4

Darrell Waltrip

18

4

Kurt Busch

7

5

Bobby Allison

17

5

Kyle Busch

5

 

Buddy Baker

17

 

 

 

David Pearson

17

Top-10 Finishes

  • A total of 201 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished inside the top-10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
  • Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-10 finishes at Atlanta with 33.
  • Matt Kenseth leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers with 17 top-10 finishes.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Atlanta (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top 10s

Rank

Active Drivers

Top 10s

1

Richard Petty

33

1

Matt Kenseth

17

2

Dale Earnhardt

30

2

Jimmie Johnson

16

3

Cale Yarborough

29

3

Kevin Harvick

14

4

Darrell Waltrip

28

4

Kurt Busch

14

5

Bobby Allison

27

5

Martin Truex Jr

9

 

Buddy Baker

27

 

Ryan Newman

9

Average Finishing Position

  • Dick Hutcherson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a 3.6 in five starts.
  • Chase Elliott leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a 10.5 in four starts.

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Atlanta (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Avg Finish

Races

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg Finish

Races

1

Dick Hutcherson

3.600

5

1

Chase Elliott

10.500

9

2

Lee Petty

7.000

2

2

Erik Jones

10.667

8

3

Troy Ruttman

7.000

2

3

Matt Kenseth

11.931

29

4

Speedy Thompson

8.000

2

4

Jimmie Johnson

12.036

33

5

Dale Earnhardt

9.543

46

5

Kyle Busch

14.429

26

6

Billy Wade

10.250

4

6

Kurt Busch

14.893

34

7

Bob Welborn

10.286

7

7

Brad Keselowski

15.091

16

8

Rex White

10.455

11

8

Daniel Suarez

15.333

8

9

Chase Elliott

10.500

9

9

Kevin Harvick

16.276

34

10

Erik Jones

10.667

8

10

Martin Truex Jr

16.905

26

LAP LEADERS

  • A total of 166 different drivers have led at least one lap in the NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
  • Cale Yarborough leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Atlanta Motor Speedway with 3,283 laps led in 47 starts. He is one just seven drivers all-time to lead more than 3,000 laps at a single track, and the only one to do it on a 1.5-mile speedway.
  • Kevin Harvick leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in laps led at Atlanta with 1,197 in 29 starts.
  • The most laps led by the NASCAR Cup Series race winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway was 308 laps led of the scheduled 334 (92.2%) by NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough on March 30, 1969; he started from fifth.
  • The most laps led by a NASCAR Cup Series river that did not win the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway was 292 laps led of the scheduled 325 (89.8%) by Kevin Harvick on March 5, 2017; he started from the pole.
  • The fewest laps led by the NASCAR Cup Series race winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway was one lap – the final lap – of the scheduled 267 by NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson on September 17, 1961; he started the race fifth.

Top 10 NASCAR Cup Series Lap Leaders at Atlanta (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Starts

Led

Completed

% Led

1

Cale Yarborough

47

3,283

12,891

25.5%

2

Dale Earnhardt

46

2,655

13,834

19.2%

3

Richard Petty

65

1,827

17,513

10.4%

4

David Pearson

39

1,482

9,444

15.7%

5

Jeff Gordon

42

1,297

12,590

10.3%

6

Kevin Harvick

29

1,197

9,217

13.0%

7

Bobby Allison

48

1,166

12,672

9.2%

8

Bill Elliott

62

1,017

17,429

5.8%

9

Tony Stewart

28

974

8,690

11.2%

10

Bobby Labonte

38

959

11,016

8.7%

Rank

Active Drivers

Starts

Led

Completed

% Led

1

Kevin Harvick

29

1,197

9,217

13.0%

2

Kurt Busch

28

802

8,436

9.5%

3

Jimmie Johnson

28

586

8,953

6.5%

4

Kyle Busch

21

432

6,575

6.6%

5

Denny Hamlin

20

391

6,073

6.4%

6

Matt Kenseth

29

363

9,045

4.0%

7

Martin Truex Jr

21

286

6,620

4.3%

8

Ryan Newman

27

195

8,579

2.3%

9

Joey Logano

13

185

4,235

4.4%

10

Brad Keselowski

11

130

3,531

3.7%

TRACK / EVENT SPECIFIC STATS

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring (1993), the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway is the March 11, 2001 race won by Kevin Harvick over Jeff Gordon with a margin of victory of 0.006 second – which is the fifth closest finish in series history.
  • Atlanta Motor Speedway holds the NASCAR Cup Series record for the two closest finishes on 1.5-mile tracks:
    • 0.006 second – March 30, 2001 – Kevin Harvick beats Jeff Gordon to the finish.
    • 0.010 second – March 12, 2000 – Dale Earnhardt beats Bobby Labonte to the finish.
  • Since the advent of electronic scoring (1993), Atlanta Motor Speedway has seen 17 NASCAR Cup Series races conclude with a margin of victory of less than a second; including seven of the last 11 races.

Top 10 NASCAR Cup Series Closest Margins of Victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Margin of Victory (Secs.)

Winner

Runner-Up

Date

0.006

Kevin Harvick

Jeff Gordon

March 11, 2001

0.010

Dale Earnhardt

Bobby Labonte

March 12, 2000

0.028

Carl Edwards

Jimmie Johnson

March 20, 2005

0.190

Jeff Gordon

Bobby Labonte

March 12, 1995

0.218

Brad Keselowski

Martin Truex Jr

February 24, 2019

0.293

Jimmie Johnson

Mark Martin

October 31, 2004

0.332

Kurt Busch

Jeff Gordon

March 8, 2009

0.350

Ernie Irvan

Morgan Shepherd

March 13, 1994

0.376

Tony Stewart

Dale Earnhardt Jr

March 10, 2002

0.378

Denny Hamlin

Jeff Gordon

September 2, 2012

  • There have been six NASCAR Cup Series races resulting in a NASCAR Overtime finish at Atlanta:

Date

Winner

Runner-Up

Scheduled Laps

Actual Laps

NASCAR Overtime Laps

2/28/2016

Jimmie Johnson

Dale Earnhardt Jr

325

330

5

8/31/2014

Kasey Kahne

Matt Kenseth

325

335

10

9/2/2012

Denny Hamlin

Jeff Gordon

325

327

2

3/7/2010

Kurt Busch

Matt Kenseth

325

341

16

3/8/2009

Kurt Busch

Jeff Gordon

325

330

5

10/28/2007

Jimmie Johnson

Carl Edwards

325

329

4

  • Five times the NASCAR Cup Series Atlanta race was shortened due to weather:

Date

Winner

Runner-Up

Scheduled Laps

Actual Laps

Number of Fewer Laps

10/27/2002

Kurt Busch

Joe Nemechek

325

248

-77

11/8/1998

Jeff Gordon

Dale Jarrett

325

221

-104

3/21/1982

Darrell Waltrip

Richard Petty

328

287

-41

11/6/1977

Darrell Waltrip

David Pearson

328

268

-60

6/10/1962

Fred Lorenzen

Banjo Matthews

334

219

-115

  • Three-times the NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway has been postponed to another day:
    • Race Scheduled Date: Sept. 4, 2011 – Delayed due to weather – Actual Start Date: Sept. 6, 2011 (Jeff Gordon won)
    • Race Start Date: March 17, 1991 – First 47 laps were run then the event was postponed due to weather – Race Finish Date: March 18, 1991 (remaining 281 laps were run; Ken Schrader won the race)
    • Race Scheduled Date: March 15, 2020 – Delayed due COVID-19 pandemic – Actual Start Date: June 7, 2020.
  • Qualifying has been cancelled in the NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway six times:
    • Due to weather conditions five times: Spring 1973, Spring 1990, Fall 2002, Fall 2006 and Fall 2008.
    • Due to COVID-19 pandemic once: Spring 2020

FEMALE COMPETITOR STATS

  • Three female drivers have competed at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick.

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Danica Patrick

24

17

3/5/2017

Danica Patrick

25

20

2/28/2016

Danica Patrick

18

16

3/1/2015

Danica Patrick

27

6

8/31/2014

Danica Patrick

21

21

9/1/2013

Danica Patrick

23

29

9/2/2012

Average

23.0

18.2

Shawna Robinson

31

34

3/10/2002

Janet Guthrie

23

10

3/19/1978

Janet Guthrie

19

16

11/6/1977

Janet Guthrie

34

30

3/20/1977

Average

25.3

18.7

NASCAR IN GEORGIA

  • There has been a total of 232 NASCAR national series races among 14 different tracks in the state of Georgia dating all the way back to 1951.

Tracks in Georgia

Track Name

City

Cup

Xfinity

Gander Truck

Total Races

Years

1

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Hampton

112

28

18

163

1960

2

Augusta International Speedway

Augusta

12

0

0

12

1962

3

Lakewood Speedway

Atlanta

11

0

0

11

1951

4

Savannah Speedway

Savannah

10

0

0

10

1962

5

Middle Georgia Raceway

Macon

9

0

0

9

1966

6

Central City Speedway

Macon

7

0

0

7

1951

7

Jeffco Speedway

Jefferson

2

3

0

5

1968

8

Lanier Speedway

Gainesville

0

5

0

5

1988

9

Valdosta 75 Speedway

Valdosta

3

0

0

3

1962

10

Oglethorpe Speedway

Savannah

2

0

0

2

1954

11

Road Atlanta Speedway

Atlanta

0

2

0

2

1986

12

Augusta International Raceway

Augusta

1

0

0

1

1964

13

Columbus Speedway

Columbus

1

0

0

1

1951

14

Hayloft Speedway

Augusta

1

0

0

1

1952

TOTALS

 

171

38

18

232

 

GEORGIA IN NASCAR

  • A total of 186 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Georgia.
  • 17 of 186 have won at least once in one of NASCAR’s national series; 11 of the 186 have posted at least one victory in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Drivers From Georgia

Driver

Cup

Xfinity

Gander Truck

Combined

1

Bill Elliott

44

1

0

45

2

Jack Smith

21

0

0

21

3

Fonty Flock

19

0

0

19

4

Chase Elliott

7

5

3

15

5

Bob Flock

4

0

0

4

6

Frank Mundy

3

0

0

3

7

David Ragan

2

2

0

4

8

Gober Sosebee

2

0

0

2

9

Harold Kite

1

0

0

1

10

Sam McQuagg

1

0

0

1

11

Jody Ridley

1

0

0

1

12

Reed Sorenson

0

4

0

4

13

Brandon Jones

0

2

0

2

14

Buckshot Jones

0

2

0

2

15

Ronald Cooper

0

1

0

1

16

Austin Hill

0

0

4

4

17

John Wes Townley

0

0

1

1

TOTALS

105

17

8

130

— NASCAR Media

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