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Atlanta Motor Speedway: History

Atlanta Motor Speedway:

History

  • Originally called Atlanta International Raceway, the track was then a 1.5-mile paved speedway.
  • The first NASCAR Sprint 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.

Notebook

  • There have been 107 NASCAR Sprint 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 fourth season with only one event.
  • 552 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway; 367 in more than one.
  • Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Atlanta with 65. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 41 starts, followed by Joe Nemechek with 38.
  • Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Atlanta in 1960 with a speed of 133.870 mph.
  • 48 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).
  • 43 different NSCS drivers have won at Atlanta Motor Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt with nine wins. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five.
  • 11 drivers have posted consecutive wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Marvin Panch (1965 sweep), Bobby Allison (1972 sweep), David Pearson (1973 sweep), Richard Petty (1974 fall, 1975 spring), Cale Yarborough (1980 fall, 1981 spring), Bill Elliott (1985 sweep; 1992 sweep), Dale Earnhardt (1989 fall, 1990 spring; 1995 fall, 1996 spring), Bobby Labonte (1997 fall, 1998 spring), Jeff Gordon (1998 fall, 1999 spring), Carl Edwards (2005 sweep), Jimmie Johnson (2007 sweep)
  • 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 Wood Brothers and Hendrick Motorsports have the most wins at Atlanta in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 12 each:
    • Wood Brothers: Cale Yarborough (three), David Pearson (three), Marvin Panch (two), Neil Bonnett (two) J. Foyt (one) and Morgan Shepherd (one).
    • Hendrick Motorsports: Jeff Gordon (five),Jimmie Johnson (three), Darrell Waltrip (one), Jerry Nadeau (one), Kasey Kahne (one) and Ken Schrader (one).
    • Joe Gibbs Racing has the third most wins at Atlanta with 11.
  • Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Atlanta; led by Chevrolet with 38 victories; followed by Ford (29), Pontiac (11), Dodge (nine), Mercury (eight), Buick (four), Plymouth (four), Toyota (three) and Oldsmobile (one).
  • 14 of the 107 (13.1%) NASCAR Sprint 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 107 (24.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Atlanta have been won from the front row: 14 from the pole and 12 from second-place.
  • 60 of the 107 (56.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Atlanta have been won from a top-five starting position.
  • 85 of the 107 (79.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Atlanta have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Seven of the 107 (6.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Atlanta have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
  • 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, NSCS/NNS); (fall 2008, NSCS/NNS) and Kyle Busch (spring 2008, NSCS/NCWTS)

 

  • Dale Earnhardt and David Pearson lead the series in runner-up finishes at Atlanta with seven each; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five.
  • Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-five finishes at Atlanta with 26; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 16.
  • Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Atlanta with 33; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 26.
  • Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Atlanta with a 7.409.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at 11.522.
  • Nine of the 10 active NASCAR Sprint 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). Carl Edwards won in his second appearance (2005).    
  • Denny Hamlin competed at Atlanta Motor Speedway 12 times before winning in the spring of 2012; the longest span of any the 10 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
  • Among the 10 active NSCS Atlanta winners Denny Hamlin (12) is the only driver to have made 10 or more attempts before his first win.
  • Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Atlanta without visiting Victory Lane at 38; followed by Matt Kenseth with 26.
  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint 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 NASCAR Sprint 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 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway five times; most recently the fall of 2010.
  • One active driver has posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (9/01/2013).
  • Two active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career start at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (11/15/1992) and Martin Truex Jr. (10/31/2004).
  • Two active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Kevin Harvick (3/11/2001) and Carl Edwards (3/20/2005).
  • Cale Yarborough leads all drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Atlanta with 3,283 laps led in 47 starts. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in laps led at Atlanta with 1,297.

 

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

02/27/2015 Posted by | SPRINT CUP ARTICLES | | Leave a comment

SPRINT CUP ATLANTA TEST RUN 2 SPEEDS

TEST RUN 2 SPEEDS

Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed Lap # # Laps -Fastest -Next
1 24 Jeff Gordon 3M Chevrolet 29.423 188.424 4 50 —.— —.—
2 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 29.424 188.418 3 45 -0.001 -0.001
3 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Budweiser Chevrolet 29.479 188.066 24 73 -0.056 -0.055
4 42 Kyle Larson Energizer Chevrolet 29.499 187.939 49 51 -0.076 -0.020
5 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 29.549 187.621 3 44 -0.126 -0.050
6 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 29.576 187.449 55 79 -0.153 -0.027
7 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 29.577 187.443 31 43 -0.154 -0.001
8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet 29.598 187.310 22 62 -0.175 -0.021
9 19 Carl Edwards ARRIS Toyota 29.610 187.234 6 50 -0.187 -0.012
10 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 29.628 187.120 24 53 -0.205 -0.018
11 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 29.630 187.108 2 52 -0.207 -0.002
12 16 Greg Biffle Ortho Ford 29.651 186.975 2 33 -0.228 -0.021
13 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy Toyota 29.660 186.918 2 48 -0.237 -0.009
14 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 29.660 186.918 2 36 -0.237 -0.000
15 47 AJ Allmendinger Better Than Bouillon Chevrolet 29.683 186.774 28 28 -0.260 -0.023
16 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 29.718 186.554 2 27 -0.295 -0.035
17 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 29.723 186.522 1 21 -0.300 -0.005
18 27 Paul Menard Duracell/Menards Chevrolet 29.760 186.290 4 50 -0.337 -0.037
19 18 David Ragan M&M’s Crispy Toyota 29.778 186.178 42 63 -0.355 -0.018
20 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 29.804 186.015 20 68 -0.381 -0.026
21 2 Brad Keselowski Detroit Genuine Parts Ford 29.806 186.003 21 81 -0.383 -0.002
22 55 Brett Moffitt Aaron’s 60th Anniversary Dream Machine 29.832 185.841 14 44 -0.409 -0.026
23 43 Aric Almirola Fresh from Florida Ford 29.836 185.816 16 30 -0.413 -0.004
24 51 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 29.842 185.778 2 25 -0.419 -0.006
25 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 29.867 185.623 3 43 -0.444 -0.025
26 41 Regan Smith(i) Haas Automation Chevrolet 29.881 185.536 2 43 -0.458 -0.014
27 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Medallion Bank Ford 29.886 185.505 2 56 -0.463 -0.005
28 7 Alex Bowman Nikko/Toy State Chevrolet 29.918 185.307 2 30 -0.495 -0.032
29 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fifth Third Bank Ford 29.945 185.139 1 53 -0.522 -0.027
30 40 Landon Cassill(i) Snap Fitness Chevrolet 29.995 184.831 2 38 -0.572 -0.050
31 3 Austin Dillon DOW Chevrolet 30.091 184.241 32 53 -0.668 -0.096
32 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 30.103 184.168 1 21 -0.680 -0.012
33 29 Reed Sorenson Toyota 30.163 183.801 21 23 -0.740 -0.060
34 33 Brian Scott(i) Little Joe’s Autos Chevrolet 30.290 183.031 5 47 -0.867 -0.127
35 46 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet 30.304 182.946 4 21 -0.881 -0.014
36 95 Michael McDowell Thrivent Financial Ford 30.362 182.597 1 38 -0.939 -0.058
37 34 Joe Nemechek(i) CSX Play It Safe Ford 30.372 182.537 10 17 -0.949 -0.010
38 38 David Gilliland Love’s Travel Stops Ford 30.462 181.997 15 27 -1.039 -0.090
39 32 Mike Bliss(i) Rimrock Design Ford 30.471 181.943 4 11 -1.048 -0.009
40 35 Cole Whitt Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters Ford 30.595 181.206 2 16 -1.172 -0.124
41 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 30.913 179.342 11 29 -1.490 -0.318
42 66 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 31.204 177.670 9 22 -1.781 -0.291
43 62 Brendan Gaughan(i) Chevrolet 31.214 177.613 3 46 -1.791 -0.010

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average

Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed
1 24 Jeff Gordon 1 10 185.458
2 4 Kevin Harvick 23 32 185.443
3 48 Jimmie Johnson 1 10 185.020
4 5 Kasey Kahne 1 10 184.947
5 1 Jamie McMurray 1 10 184.323
6 20 Matt Kenseth 1 10 184.020
7 31 Ryan Newman 19 28 183.630
8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 48 57 183.569
9 27 Paul Menard 22 31 183.471
10 42 Kyle Larson 1 10 183.467
11 2 Brad Keselowski 20 29 183.378
12 15 Clint Bowyer 20 29 183.048
13 3 Austin Dillon 10 19 182.536
14 13 Casey Mears 12 21 182.531
15 18 David Ragan 41 50 182.443
16 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 19 28 182.321
17 11 Denny Hamlin 44 53 182.187
18 55 Brett Moffitt 23 32 182.036
19 7 Alex Bowman 19 28 181.853
20 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17 26 180.968
21 14 Tony Stewart 32 41 180.649
22 33 Brian Scott(i) 33 42 180.250
23 51 Justin Allgaier 16 25 179.102
24 22 Joey Logano 49 58 178.898

*Car must run 10 consecutive laps on the track to be included in the above chart.
*Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

02/26/2015 Posted by | NSCS STATS | | Leave a comment

ATLANTA SPRINT CUP TEST 1 SPEEDS

Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed Lap # # Laps -Fastest -Next
1 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 28.943 191.549 2 20 —.— —.—
2 42 Kyle Larson Energizer Chevrolet 29.149 190.195 2 20 -0.206 -0.206
3 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Budweiser Chevrolet 29.202 189.850 3 21 -0.259 -0.053
4 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy Toyota 29.222 189.720 2 23 -0.279 -0.020
5 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 29.229 189.675 3 29 -0.286 -0.007
6 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 29.241 189.597 2 24 -0.298 -0.012
7 24 Jeff Gordon 3M Chevrolet 29.245 189.571 3 18 -0.302 -0.004
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 29.327 189.041 3 18 -0.384 -0.082
9 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 29.421 188.437 2 15 -0.478 -0.094
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet 29.480 188.060 2 26 -0.537 -0.059
11 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 29.498 187.945 9 19 -0.555 -0.018
12 27 Paul Menard Duracell/Menards Chevrolet 29.598 187.310 2 20 -0.655 -0.100
13 19 Carl Edwards ARRIS Toyota 29.600 187.297 4 16 -0.657 -0.002
14 3 Austin Dillon DOW Chevrolet 29.610 187.234 3 12 -0.667 -0.010
15 18 David Ragan M&M’s Crispy Toyota 29.644 187.019 2 22 -0.701 -0.034
16 55 Brett Moffitt Aaron’s 60th Anniversary Dream Machine 29.704 186.642 3 19 -0.761 -0.060
17 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 29.712 186.591 2 24 -0.769 -0.008
18 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 29.732 186.466 3 16 -0.789 -0.020
19 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 29.743 186.397 4 18 -0.800 -0.011
20 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 29.798 186.053 8 17 -0.855 -0.055
21 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Medallion Bank Ford 29.806 186.003 3 10 -0.863 -0.008
22 2 Brad Keselowski Detroit Genuine Parts Ford 29.824 185.891 2 20 -0.881 -0.018
23 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fifth Third Bank Ford 29.826 185.878 5 16 -0.883 -0.002
24 43 Aric Almirola Fresh from Florida Ford 29.862 185.654 2 13 -0.919 -0.036
25 7 Alex Bowman Nikko/Toy State Chevrolet 29.878 185.555 3 12 -0.935 -0.016
26 16 Greg Biffle Ortho Ford 29.881 185.536 1 12 -0.938 -0.003
27 41 Regan Smith(i) Haas Automation Chevrolet 29.917 185.313 3 14 -0.974 -0.036
28 46 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet 30.022 184.665 2 8 -1.079 -0.105
29 40 Landon Cassill(i) Snap Fitness Chevrolet 30.057 184.450 8 13 -1.114 -0.035
30 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 30.071 184.364 2 7 -1.128 -0.014
31 95 Michael McDowell Thrivent Financial Ford 30.126 184.027 2 7 -1.183 -0.055
32 33 Brian Scott(i) Little Joe’s Autos Chevrolet 30.153 183.862 5 7 -1.210 -0.027
33 47 AJ Allmendinger Better Than Bouillon Chevrolet 30.232 183.382 3 7 -1.289 -0.079
34 38 David Gilliland Love’s Travel Stops Ford 30.302 182.958 1 5 -1.359 -0.070
35 51 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 30.410 182.308 4 4 -1.467 -0.108
36 29 Reed Sorenson Toyota 30.447 182.087 4 14 -1.504 -0.037
37 32 Mike Bliss(i) Rimrock Design Ford 30.654 180.857 1 3 -1.711 -0.207
38 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 30.799 180.006 4 5 -1.856 -0.145
39 62 Brendan Gaughan(i) Chevrolet 31.153 177.960 3 4 -2.210 -0.354
40 35 Cole Whitt Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters Ford 31.422 176.437 1 1 -2.479 -0.269
41 34 Joe Nemechek(i) CSX Play It Safe Ford 31.457 176.241 2 2 -2.514 -0.035
42 66 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 31.588 175.510 4 4 -2.645 -0.131

*Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average

1 4 Kevin Harvick 9 18 183.342
2 20 Matt Kenseth 18 27 182.827
3 55 Brett Moffitt 9 18 182.606
4 15 Clint Bowyer 13 22 182.173

* Car must run 10 consecutive laps on the track to be included in the above chart.

02/26/2015 Posted by | NSCS STATS | | Leave a comment

SPRINT CUP The Top 16 Following Race 1 of 36

The Top 16

 Following Race 1 of 36

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                               DriveDriver                                         Points    Wins           Poles        Rating

  1. Joey Logano. 47 1               0          125.3
  2. Kevin Harvick 42 0               0           116.3
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 42 0               0           124.9
  4. Denny Hamlin 41 0               0          109.9
  5. Jimmie Johnson 40 0               0          104.9
  6. Casey Mears 39 0               0            63.1
  7. Clint Bowyer 37 0               0           88.4
  8. Martin Truex Jr. 37 0               0             98.4
  9. Kasey Kahne 35 0               0         104.5
  10. Greg Biffle 35   0               0            91.5
  11. David Gilliland 33   0               0            61.3
  12. Sam Hornish Jr. 32   0               0            76.1
  13. Michael Annett 32   0               0            74.4
  14. Austin Dillon 30   0               0            73.4
  15. Aric Almirola 29   0               0            59.4
  16. David Ragan 27   0               0            45.1

02/24/2015 Posted by | NSCS STATS | | Leave a comment

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES OFFICIAL RACE REPORT No. 1

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES OFFICIAL RACE REPORT No. 1
57TH ANNUAL DAYTONA “500”
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Daytona Beach, FL – February 22, 2015
2.5-Mile Oval
203 Laps – 507.5 Miles Purse: $19,809,272

Fin Str Car       Series Bonus Driver     Leader  
Pos Pos No Driver Team Laps Points Points Rating Winnings Status Times Laps
1 5 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 203 47 4 125.3 $1,586,503 Running 6 31
2 11 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet 203 42 0 116.3 1,157,195 Running    
3 3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Nationwide Chevrolet 203 42 1 124.9 855,720 Running 1 32
4 42 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 203 41 1 109.9 680,483 Running 3 4
5 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 203 40 1 104.9 615,932 Running 4 39
6 41 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 203 39 1 63.1 470,178 Running 1 1
7 9 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 203 37 0 88.4 437,178 Running    
8 10 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet 203 37 1 98.4 404,153 Running 1 1
9 13 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 203 35 0 104.5 375,045 Running    
10 8 16 Greg Biffle Ortho Ford 203 35 1 91.5 387,991 Running 1 2
11 26 38 David Gilliland Love’s Travel Stops Ford 203 33 0 61.3 364,341 Running    
12 38 9 Sam Hornish Jr Twisted Tea Ford 203 32 0 76.1 366,678 Running    
13 27 46 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet 203 32 1 74.4 330,945 Running 1 1
14 30 3 Austin Dillon DOW Chevrolet 203 30 0 73.4 364,944 Running    
15 33 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 203 29 0 59.4 363,106 Running    
16 24 41 Regan Smith Haas Automation Chevrolet 203 0 0 69.3 340,283 Running    
17 28 34 David Ragan Kentucky Fried Chicken Ford 203 27 0 45.1 321,108 Running    
18 4 18 Matt Crafton M&M’s Crispy Toyota 203 0 0 54.7 382,849 Running    
19 36 83 Johnny Sauter Dustless Blasting Toyota 203 0 0 50.2 333,128 Running    
20 40 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/USO Chevrolet 203 25 1 48.1 348,803 Running 1 1
21 20 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 203 23 0 69.6 331,453 Running    
22 19 35 Cole Whitt Speed Stick Ford 203 22 0 54.8 331,312 Running    
23 6 19 Carl Edwards Arris Toyota 203 22 1 88.2 335,603 Running 2 3
24 43 32 Bobby Labonte C & J Energy Services Ford 203 20 0 39.3 321,103 Running    
25 21 27 Paul Menard Peak/Menards Chevrolet 203 19 0 81.1 327,565 Running    
26 34 55 Michael Waltrip Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 203 18 0 43.7 346,942 Running    
27 15 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna/McDonald’s Chevrolet 203 17 0 79.0 348,081 Running    
28 31 33 Ty Dillon Cheerios/Kroger Chevrolet 203 0 0 72.0 317,190 Running    
29 32 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Fastenal Ford 203 15 0 72.3 325,503 Running    
30 37 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 203 14 0 61.8 357,815 Running    
31 23 95 Michael McDowell Thrivent Financial Ford 203 13 0 64.8 313,590 Running    
32 14 44 Reed Sorenson Golden Corral Chevrolet 203 12 0 39.2 314,228 Running    
33 1 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 203 13 2 106.7 599,926 Running 6 87
34 29 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet 202 10 0 54.8 342,023 Accident    
35 35 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 202 9 0 55.0 351,801 Running    
36 16 66 Mike Wallace Crazy Vapors/X8 Energy Gum Toyota 199 8 0 26.8 313,883 Running    
37 18 51 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 197 7 0 61.3 318,883 Accident    
38 22 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 184 6 0 43.2 314,903 Running    
39 12 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 175 0 0 52.2 281,003 Engine    
40 25 23 J.J. Yeley MAXIM Fantasy App/Dr. Pepper Toyota 161 0 0 43.8 273,790 Running 1 1
41 39 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 160 3 0 76.6 318,056 Engine    
42 7 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 72 2 0 59.5 299,629 Accident    
43 17 40 Landon Cassill CarsForSale.com Chevrolet 18 0 0 26.4 262,390 Engine    

# Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender.
Bonus Points: includes winner, lap leader & most laps led points
(i) = Ineligible for driver points in this series

Failed to qualify: (6) #62 Brian Scott; #29 Justin Marks; #30 Ron Hornaday Jr; #26 Jeb Burton; #7 Alex Bowman; #98 Josh Wise
Race Comments: Joey Logano won the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, his ninth victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and first Daytona 500. Prior to the start of the race, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reason indicated: #18, #41 (Driver Change), #3, #6, #9, #10, #31, #32, #34, #42, #47, #83 (Backup Car).
TIME OF RACE:3 hours, 8 minutes, 2 seconds       AVERAGE SPEED:161.939 mph      MARGIN OF VICTORY:Under Caution
COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD:  Jeff Gordon (201.293 mph. 44.711 secs.)
3M LAP LEADER:  Jeff Gordon (87 Laps)

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02/23/2015 Posted by | NASCAR OFFICAL RACE REPORT | Leave a comment

SPRINT CUP Driver Rating Season Leaders

Driver Rating
Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race. Must have raced in 75 percent of scheduled point-paying races.
Season Leaders
February 22, 2015
Rk. Car Number Driver Point Standings Position Driver Rating
1 22 Joey Logano 1 125.3
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3 124.9
3 4 Kevin Harvick 2 116.3
4 11 Denny Hamlin 4 109.9
5 24 Jeff Gordon 28 106.7
6 48 Jimmie Johnson 5 104.9
7 5 Kasey Kahne 9 104.5
8 78 Martin Truex Jr. 8 98.4
9 16 Greg Biffle 10 91.5
10 15 Clint Bowyer 7 88.4
11 19 Carl Edwards 20 88.2
12 27 Paul Menard 22 81.1
13 1 Jamie McMurray 24 79.0
14 2 Brad Keselowski 35 76.6
15 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 12 76.1
16 46 Michael Annett 13 74.4
17 3 Austin Dillon 14 73.4
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 25 72.3
19 33 Ty Dillon - 72.0
20 10 Danica Patrick 18 69.6
21 41 Regan Smith - 69.3
22 95 Michael McDowell 27 64.8
23 13 Casey Mears 6 63.1
24 6 Trevor Bayne 26 61.8
25 51 Justin Allgaier 33 61.3
25 38 David Gilliland 11 61.3
27 14 Tony Stewart 36 59.5
28 43 Aric Almirola 15 59.4
29 20 Matt Kenseth 31 55.0
30 42 Kyle Larson 30 54.8
30 35 Cole Whitt 19 54.8
32 18 Matt Crafton - 54.7
33 21 Ryan Blaney - 52.2
34 83 Johnny Sauter - 50.2
35 47 AJ Allmendinger 17 48.1
36 34 David Ragan 16 45.1
37 23 J.J. Yeley - 43.8
38 55 Michael Waltrip 23 43.7
39 31 Ryan Newman 34 43.2
40 32 Bobby Labonte 21 39.3
41 44 Reed Sorenson 29 39.2
42 66 Mike Wallace 32 26.8
43 40 Landon Cassill - 26.4

02/23/2015 Posted by | 2015 DAYTONA 500 | | Leave a comment

Sprint Cup Daytona 500 Results

NASCAR  Series Race – Daytona 500

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach, Florida

Sunday, February 22, 2015

 

  1. (5) Joey Logano, Ford, 203, $1581453.
  2. (11) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 203, $1157470.
  3. (3) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 203, $857245.
  4. (42) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 203, $680758.
  5. (2) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 203, $616232.
  6. (41) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 203, $470640.
  7. (9) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 203, $437870.
  8. (10) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 203, $405297.
  9. (13) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 203, $375045.
  10. (8) Greg Biffle, Ford, 203, $389308.
  11. (26) David Gilliland, Ford, 203, $348458.
  12. (38) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 203, $361953.
  13. (27) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 203, $330945.
  14. (30) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 203, $365219.
  15. (33) Aric Almirola, Ford, 203, $363381.
  16. (24) Regan Smith(i), Chevrolet, 203, $340558.
  17. (28) David Ragan, Ford, 203, $324908.
  18. (4) Matt Crafton(i), Toyota, 203, $383124.
  19. (36) Johnny Sauter(i), Toyota, 203, $318970.
  20. (40) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 203, $337420.
  21. (20) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 203, $331628.
  22. (19) Cole Whitt, Ford, 203, $318065.
  23. (6) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 203, $335603.
  24. (43) Bobby Labonte, Ford, 203, $326103.
  25. (21) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 203, $327840.
  26. (34) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 203, $347217.
  27. (15) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 203, $349398.
  28. (31) Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 203, $317190.
  29. (32) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 203, $325778.
  30. (37) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 203, $313240.
  31. (23) Michael McDowell, Ford, 203, $313590.
  32. (14) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 203, $314228.
  33. (1) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 203, $594801.
  34. (29) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, Accident, 202, $344381.
  35. (35) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 202, $350826.
  36. (16) Mike Wallace, Toyota, 199, $313883.
  37. (18) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, Accident, 197, $319158.
  38. (22) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 184, $317261.
  39. (12) Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, Engine, 175, $281003.
  40. (25) JJ Yeley(i), Toyota, 161, $273790.
  41. (39) Brad Keselowski, Ford, Engine, 160, $318331.
  42. (7) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, Accident, 72, $300598.
  43. (17) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, Engine, 18, $262390.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  161.939 mph.

Time of Race:  3 Hrs, 08 Mins, 02 Secs. Margin of Victory:  Caution.

Caution Flags:  7 for 26 laps.

Lead Changes:  27 among 12 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   J. Gordon 1; J. Johnson 2-13; J. Gordon 14-19; J. Yeley(i) 20; M. Annett 21; C. Mears 22; J. Gordon 23-45; J. Logano 46-51; J. Gordon 52-86; C. Edwards 87; D. Hamlin 88; J. Gordon 89-107; A. Allmendinger 108; J. Gordon 109-111; D. Hamlin 112; J. Logano 113; D. Earnhardt Jr. 114-145; J. Logano 146-153; G. Biffle 154-155; J. Logano 156-157; J. Johnson 158-165; C. Edwards 166-167; J. Johnson 168-180; J. Logano 181; J. Johnson 182-187; M. Truex Jr. 188; D. Hamlin 189-190; J. Logano 191-203.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  J. Gordon 6 times for 87 laps; J. Johnson 4 times for 39 laps; D. Earnhardt Jr. 1 time for 32 laps; J. Logano 6 times for 31 laps; D. Hamlin 3 times for 4 laps; C. Edwards 2 times for 3 laps; G. Biffle 1 time for 2 laps; C. Mears 1 time for 1 lap; J. Yeley(i) 1 time for 1 lap; M. Annett 1 time for 1 lap; A. Allmendinger 1 time for 1 lap; M. Truex Jr. 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 16 in Points: J. Logano – 47; K. Harvick – 42; D. Earnhardt Jr. – 42; D. Hamlin – 41; J. Johnson – 40; C. Mears – 39; C. Bowyer – 37; M. Truex Jr. – 37; K. Kahne – 35; G. Biffle – 35; D. Gilliland – 33; S. Hornish Jr. – 32; M. Annett – 32; A. Dillon – 30; A. Almirola – 29; D. Ragan – 27.

 

02/22/2015 Posted by | 2015 DAYTONA 500 | | Leave a comment

Daytona 500 Race Recap

Race Recap

Daytona 500

Daytona International Speedway

Sunday, February 22, 2015

 

  • Joey Logano won the 57th Annual Daytona 500, his ninth victory in 221 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
  • This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2015.
  • This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 14 races at Daytona International Speedway.
  • Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 29 races at Daytona International Speedway. 
  • It is his first top-10 finish in 2015.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his 18th top-10 finish in 31 races at Daytona International Speedway.
  • Joey Logano leads the point standings by 5 points over Kevin Harvick.
  • This is Team Penske and car owner Roger Penske’s second Daytona 500 victory, his first was in 2008 with driver Ryan Newman.
  • Joey Logano is the second youngest driver in series history to win the Daytona 500 at the age of 24 years, 8 months, 29 days. The youngest driver to win the Daytona 500 is Trevor Bayne at the age of 20 years, 0 months, 1 day.

02/22/2015 Posted by | 2015 DAYTONA 500 | | Leave a comment

DAYTONA 500 STARTING LINE UP

NOTE: MATT CRAFTON TAKES OVER FOR KYLE BUSH NO 18/

REGAN SMITH TAKES OVER KURT BUSH 41

Starting lineup

1. Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet

2. Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Cheverolet

4. Kyle Busch, Toyota

5. Joey Logano, Ford

6. Carl Edwards, Toyota

7. Tony Stewart, Chevrolet

8. Greg Biffle, Ford

9. Clint Bowyer, Toyota

10. Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet

11. Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet

12. Ryan Blaney, Ford

13. Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet

14. Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet

15. Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet

16. Mike Wallace, Toyota

17. Landon Cassill, Chevrolet

18. Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet

19. Cole Whitt, Ford

20. Danica Patrick, Chevrolet

21. Paul Menard, Chevrolet

Daytona International Speedway (Getty Images)

22. Ryan Newman, Chevrolet

23. Michael McDowell, Ford

24. Kurt Busch, Chevrolet

25. J.J. Yeley, Toyota

26. David Gilliland, Ford

27. Michael Annett, Chevrolet

28. David Ragan, Ford

29. Kyle Larson, Chevrolet

30. Austin Dillon, Chevrolet

31. Ty Dillon, Chevrolet

32. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford

33. Aric Almirola, Ford

34. Michael Waltrip, Toyota

35. Matt Kenseth, Toyota

36. Johnny Sauter, Toyota

37. Trevor Bayne, Ford

38. Sam Hornish Jr., Ford

39. Brad Keselowski, Ford

40. AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet

41. Casey Mears, Chevrolet

42. Denny Hamlin, Toyota

43. Bobby Labonte, Ford

Failed to qualify

44. Brian Scott, Chevrolet

45. Justin Marks, Toyota

46. Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet

47. Jeb Burton, Toyota

48. Alex Bowman, Chevrolet

02/22/2015 Posted by | 2015 DAYTONA 500 | | Leave a comment

XFINITY Series Daytona Results

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – Alert Today Florida 300

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach, Florida

Saturday, February 21, 2015

 

  1. (8) Ryan Reed, Ford, 120, $128770.
  2. (10) Chris Buescher, Ford, 120, $101035.
  3. (34) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 120, $82710.
  4. (1) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 120, $74735.
  5. (14) Brad Keselowski(i), Ford, 120, $64245.
  6. (18) David Starr, Toyota, 120, $67520.
  7. (5) Aric Almirola(i), Ford, 120, $57820.
  8. (27) Kyle Larson(i), Chevrolet, 120, $57745.
  9. (21) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 120, $61495.
  10. (40) Dale Earnhardt Jr.(i), Chevrolet, 119, $55445.
  11. (7) Dakoda Armstrong, Ford, 119, $59445.
  12. (28) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Ford, 119, $59070.
  13. (31) Mike Wallace(i), Toyota, 119, $52595.
  14. (23) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 118, $58270.
  15. (37) Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet, 118, $58570.
  16. (13) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 118, $57670.
  17. (25) Eric McClure, Toyota, 116, $57420.
  18. (6) Erik Jones(i), Toyota, 116, $57295.
  19. (11) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 116, $57145.
  20. (38) Blake Koch, Toyota, 115, $57520.
  21. (20) Chris Cockrum, Chevrolet, 115, $56895.
  22. (33) Derek White, Dodge, 115, $56765.
  23. (24) Josh Reaume #, Chevrolet, 115, $50590.
  24. (19) Mike Harmon, Dodge, 114, $56465.
  25. (15) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, Accident, 112, $56465.
  26. (32) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, Accident, 111, $52690.
  27. (9) JJ Yeley, Toyota, Accident, 111, $56090.
  28. (35) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, Accident, 111, $56990.
  29. (4) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, Accident, 110, $55990.
  30. (17) Cale Conley #, Toyota, Accident, 110, $56065.
  31. (39) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 108, $55590.
  32. (26) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 107, $55495.
  33. (29) John Wes Townley(i), Chevrolet, 106, $55445.
  34. (2) Justin Marks, Toyota, Accident, 93, $55640.
  35. (12) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, Accident, 93, $55224.
  36. (3) Chad Boat(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 92, $45650.
  37. (22) Scott Lagasse Jr., Toyota, Accident, 92, $50500.
  38. (16) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, Accident, 92, $49500.
  39. (36) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, Accident, 91, $48500.
  40. (30) Dexter Bean, Chevrolet, Fuel Pump, 5, $41500.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  148.781 mph.

Time of Race:  02 Hrs, 00 Mins, 59 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.089 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  4 for 17 laps.

Lead Changes:  24 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   A. Dillon(i) 1; C. Buescher 2-7; T. Dillon 8-12; D. Wallace Jr. # 13; T. Dillon 14; D. Wallace Jr. # 15-16; T. Dillon 17-18; D. Wallace Jr. # 19-21; T. Dillon 22-23; D. Wallace Jr. # 24-26; T. Dillon 27; D. Wallace Jr. # 28; T. Dillon 29; D. Wallace Jr. # 30-31; T. Dillon 32-34; D. Wallace Jr. # 35-40; T. Dillon 41; K. Busch(i) 42-68; R. Smith 69-78; K. Larson(i) 79-82; R. Smith 83-87; R. Reed 88-100; C. Buescher 101-106; B. Keselowski(i) 107-119; R. Reed 120;.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  K. Busch(i) 1 time for 27 laps; D. Wallace Jr. # 7 times for 18 laps; T. Dillon 8 times for 16 laps; R. Smith 2 times for 15 laps; R. Reed 2 times for 14 laps; B. Keselowski(i) 1 time for 13 laps; C. Buescher 2 times for 12 laps; K. Larson(i) 1 time for 4 laps; A. Dillon(i) 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: R. Reed – 47; C. Buescher – 43; T. Dillon – 42; D. Starr – 38; R. Chastain – 35; D. Armstrong – 33; D. Wallace Jr. # – 33; J. Clements – 30; M. Gosselin – 29; J. Earnhardt – 28.

02/21/2015 Posted by | NXS RESULTS | | Leave a comment

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