Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Atlanta Motor Speedway Track Facts: 2017 Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500

Can Kurt Busch keeps his Daytona momentum going into Atlanta? 
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Top 16

Driver
Races
Poles
Wins
Top Fives
Top 10s
DNFs
Average Finish
Driver Rating
 
 
1
Kurt Busch
25
1
3
6
11
3
16
95.4
 
2
Ryan Blaney
1
0
0
0
0
0
25
69.6
 
3
Joey Logano
10
1
0
2
2
0
18.8
79.4
 
4
Kevin Harvick
26
1
1
6
11
4
17.6
94.7
 
5
AJ Allmendinger
11
0
0
0
3
1
17.2
73.3
 
6
Aric Almirola
6
0
0
0
1
0
18
68.2
 
7
Kyle Larson
3
0
0
0
1
0
20
72.8
 
8
Chase Elliott
1
0
0
0
1
0
8
95.5
 
9
Denny Hamlin
17
1
1
3
6
2
18
95.5
 
10
Paul Menard
15
0
0
1
3
1
19.8
65.7
 
11
Trevor Bayne
3
0
0
0
0
0
19
63.4
 
12
Brad Keselowski
8
0
0
1
4
3
20.2
87.7
 
13
Kasey Kahne
20
2
3
7
9
3
18.6
86.1
 
14
Michael Waltrip
48
0
0
1
8
13
22
58.0
 
15
Matt DiBenedetto
1
0
0
0
0
0
29
45.2
 
* – Based on last 18 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway (2005 – 2016).

  


STARTING POSITIONS OF MENCS ATLANTA RACE WINNERS
Pos. No. 1.......... 14
Pos. No. 15.......... 1
Races won from Pole (14 of 109)
Pos. No. 2.......... 12
Pos. No. 17.......... 2
Fireball Roberts........................ 1960
Pos. No. 3............ 9
Pos. No. 18.......... 1
Fred Lorenzen.......................... 1964
Pos. No. 4.......... 10
Pos. No. 19.......... 2
Marvin Panch........................... 1965
Pos. No. 5.......... 15
Pos. No. 20.......... 2
Cale Yarborough....................... 1967
Pos. No. 6............ 4
Pos. No. 21.......... 2
A.J. Foyt................................... 1971
Pos. No. 7............ 6
Pos. No. 22.......... 1
Bobby Allison............................ 1972
Pos. No. 8............ 6
Pos. No. 31.......... 1
Richard Petty....................1975, 1977
Pos. No. 9............ 7
Pos. No. 35.......... 1
Buddy Baker............................. 1979
Pos. No. 10.......... 2
Pos. No. 37.......... 2
Bill Elliott.................................. 1987
Pos. No. 11.......... 4
Pos. No. 39.......... 1
Rusty Wallace........................... 1988
Pos. No. 12.......... 1
 
Dale Earnhardt.......................... 1990
Pos. No. 13.......... 1
 
Bobby Labonte......................... 1996
Pos. No. 14.......... 2
 
Kasey Kahne............................. 2006

Atlanta Motor Speedway Data
Season Race #: 2 of 36 (02-28-17)
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: 85 Laps (each)
Final Stage: 155 Laps

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Atlanta
Jimmie Johnson........................ 107.1
Matt Kenseth.............................. 98.3
Denny Hamlin............................. 95.5
Chase Elliott............................... 95.5
Kurt Busch................................. 95.4
Dale Earnhardt Jr....................... 95.1
Kevin Harvick............................. 94.7
Kyle Busch................................. 93.1
Martin Truex Jr........................... 92.4
Brad Keselowski......................... 87.7
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (18 total) among active drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Qualifying/Race Data
2016 pole winner:
Kurt Busch, Chevrolet
191.582 mph. 28.938 secs. 02-26-16

2016 race winner:
Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet
155.863 mph, (03:15:38), 02-28-16

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 Motor Speedway:

HISTORY
·        Originally called Atlanta International Raceway, the track was then a 1.5-mile paved speedway.
·        The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta was on July 31, 1960, won by Fireball Roberts from the pole.
·        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.

STARTS
·        There have been 109 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway since the first race there in 1960. Until 2010, there have been two races per year except 1961, which had three. This year marks the sixth season with only one event.
·        559 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway; 376 in more than one.
·        Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Atlanta with 65. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with 29 starts, followed by Matt Kenseth. with 28.
·        Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Atlanta with a 7.250.
·        Three active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted their first career start at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Martin Truex Jr. (10/31/2004), Reed Sorenson (10/30/2005) and Ty Dillon (8/31/2014).

POLES
·        Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Atlanta in 1960 with a speed of 133.870 mph.  
·        50 drivers have Coors Light poles at Atlanta, led by Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman with seven each.  
·        Winning consecutive Coors Light poles has happened eight times at Atlanta, among six drivers.
·        Ryan Newman holds the record for most consecutive poles at Atlanta with six; spring of 2003 through 2005.
·        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).
·        One active driver has posted his first career Monster Energy Series Coors Light pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (9/01/2013).

WINS
·        43 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Atlanta Motor Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt with nine wins. Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with five; followed by Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch with three each.  
·        11 drivers have won consecutive races at Atlanta in the Monster Energy 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
  

·        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).
·        The Hendrick Motorsports have the most wins at Atlanta in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with 14; followed by the Wood Brothers with 12 and Joe Gibbs Racing with 11:
o   Hendrick Motorsports: Jeff Gordon (five), Jimmie Johnson (five), Darrell Waltrip (one), Jerry Nadeau (one), Kasey Kahne (one) and Ken Schrader (one).
·        Nine different manufacturers have won in the Monster Energy Series at Atlanta; led by Chevrolet with 40 victories; followed by Ford (29), Pontiac (11), Dodge (nine), Mercury (eight), Buick (four), Plymouth (four), Toyota (three) and Oldsmobile (one).
·        14 of the 109 (12.8%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Atlanta have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Kasey Kahne in 2006.
·        The fifth starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (15) than any other starting position at Atlanta Motor Speedway; the most recent was Jeff Gordon in 2011.   
·        26 of the 109 (23.8%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Atlanta have been won from the front row: 14 from the pole and 12 from second-place.
·        60 of the 109 (55%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Atlanta have been won from a top-five starting position.
·        85 of the 109 (77.9%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Atlanta have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·        Eight of the 108 (7.4%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Atlanta have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 – most recent: Jimmie Johnson (2015, 37th-starting pos.)
·        The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Atlanta is 39th, by Bobby Labonte in the fall of 2001.
·        No driver has swept the 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, MENCS/NXS); (fall 2008, MENCS/NXS) and Kyle Busch (spring 2008, MENCS/NCWTS)
·        Six of the seven active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winners at Atlanta Motor Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Kevin Harvick won 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 the nine active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winners.
·        Among the seven active Monster Energy 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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Atlanta without visiting Victory Lane at 28.  
·        One active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Kevin Harvick (3/11/2001).

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
·        Dale Earnhardt and David Pearson lead the series in runner-up finishes at Atlanta with seven each; Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with four.
·        Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-five finishes at Atlanta with 26; Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 14.   
·        Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Atlanta with 33; Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson lead all active drivers with 16 each.

·        Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at 10.680.


TRACK / SPECIFIC EVENT
·        Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway was the March 11, 2001 race won by Kevin Harvick over Jeff Gordon with a MOV of 0.006 second.
·        There have been four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): fall of 2007 (325/329); spring of 2010 (325/341), fall of 2012 (325/327) and 2014 (325/335).
·        Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway five times; most recently the fall of 2010.   
·        Cale Yarborough leads all drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Atlanta with 3,283 laps led in 47 starts. Kurt Busch leads all active drivers in laps led at Atlanta with 749.    


FEMALE COMPETITORS
·        Three female drivers have competed at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick.
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
Driver Rating
Danica Patrick
25
20
2/28/2016
60.7
Danica Patrick
18
16
3/1/2015
70.4
Danica Patrick
27
6
8/31/2014
81.3
Danica Patrick
21
21
9/1/2013
61.1
Danica Patrick
23
29
9/2/2012
43.6
Shawna Robinson
31
34
3/10/2002
N/A
Janet Guthrie
23
10
3/19/1978
N/A
Janet Guthrie
19
16
11/6/1977
N/A
Janet Guthrie
34
30
3/20/1977
N/A


NASCAR in Georgia
·        There have been a total of 220 NASCAR national series races among 13 different tracks in Georgia.
Track Name
City
Total Races
Monster Energy
XFINITY
Camping World
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Hampton
151
109
25
15
Augusta International Speedway
Augusta
12
12
0
0
Lakewood Speedway
Atlanta
11
11
0
0
Savannah Speedway
Savannah
10
10
0
0
Middle Georgia Raceway
Macon
9
9
0
0
Central City Speedway
Macon
7
7
0
0
Jeffco Speedway
Jefferson
5
2
3
0
Lanier Speedway
Gainesville
5
0
5
0
Valdosta 75 Speedway
Valdosta
3
3
0
0
Oglethorpe Speedway
Savannah
2
2
0
0
Road Atlanta Speedway
Atlanta
2
0
2
0
Augusta International Raceway
Augusta
1
1
0
0
Columbus Speedway
Columbus
1
1
0
0
Hayloft Speedway
Augusta
1
1
0
0
TOTAL

220
168
35
15

·        183 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Georgia; 15 have won at least once in one of NASCAR’s national series.
·        10 of the 183 have posted at least one victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. 
·        Bill Elliott (five wins) is the only Georgia native to have won at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 


Winners
Monster Energy
XFINITY
Camping World
Bill Elliott
44
1
0
Jack Smith
21
0
0
Fonty Flock
19
0
0
Bob Flock
4
0
0
Frank Mundy
3
0
0
David Ragan
2
2
0
Gober Sosebee
2
0
0
Harold Kite
1
0
0
Sam McQuagg
1
0
0
Jody Ridley
1
0
0
Chase Elliott
0
5
1
Reed Sorenson
0
4
0
Buckshot Jones
0
2
0
Ronald Cooper
0
1
0
John Wes Townley
0
0
1


MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
Drivers
Has
Needs
Milestones
Jimmie Johnson
80
3
Tie Cale Yarborough for 6th on all-time wins list
Kyle Busch
38
1
Tie Tim Flock for 18th on all-time wins list
Matt Kenseth
38
1
Tie Tim Flock for 18th on all-time wins list
Kevin Harvick
35
2
Tie Bobby Isaac for 21st on all-time wins list
Denny Hamlin
29
3
Tie Dale Jarrett for 24th on all-time wins list
Kurt Busch
28
1
Tie Denny Hamlin for 25th on all-time wins list
Ryan Newman
51
3
Tie Bill Elliott for 8th all-time poles list
Jimmie Johnson
35
1
Tie Rusty Wallace for 18th on all-time poles list
Kasey Kahne
27
2
Tie Ricky Rudd for 24th on all-time poles list
    
TRACK MILESTONES


Drivers
Has
Needs
Milestones
Jimmie Johnson
5
1
Tie Bobby Labonte and Richard Petty for third-most on all-time Atlanta wins list
Kasey Kahne
3
1
Tie Fred Lorenzen and David Pearson for ninth on the all-time Atlanta wins list
Kurt Busch
3
1
Tie Fred Lorenzen and David Pearson for ninth on the all-time Atlanta wins list
Ryan Newman
7
1
To surpass Buddy Baker and become the sole leader of the all-time Atlanta poles list
Wood Brothers Racing
12
2
Tie Hendrick Motorsports (14) for the most wins all-time at Atlanta
Joe Gibbs Racing
11
1
Tie Wood Brothers Racing for second on the all-time wins list at Atlanta