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Charlotte Motor Speedway: History

Charlotte Motor Speedway:

 

History

  • Construction began on Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) in 1959.
  • The track’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on June 19, 1960 – won by Joe Lee Johnson.
  • The track was repaved midseason in 1994.
  • The track name changed from Charlotte Motor Speedway to Lowe’s Motor Speedway in 1999. It changed back to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 2010 season.
  • The track was re-paved again before the 2006 season.

 

Starts

  • There have been 113 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, two races per year since the track opened in 1960. In 1961, there were two 100-mile qualifying points races held the week before the May race. The first six fall races at Charlotte were 400-mile events (1960-65).
  • 531 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying race at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 379 in more than one.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Charlotte with 64. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 45 starts; followed by Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart with 32 each.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Charlotte with a 7.821.
  • Four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/30/99), Jimmie Johnson (10/7/01), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5/29/11) and Kyle Larson (10/12/13).

 

 

 

Poles

  • Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway (World 600) in 1960 with a speed of 133.904 mph.
  • 43 drivers have Coors Light poles at Charlotte, led by David Pearson with 14. Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon lead all active drivers in poles at CMS with nine each.
  • 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.
  • Youngest Charlotte pole winner: Jeff Gordon (10/10/1993 – 22 years, 2 months, 6 days).
  • Oldest Charlotte pole winner: Bobby Allison (10/11/1987 – 49 years, 10 months, 8 days).
  • Four 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).

 

Wins

  • 47 different drivers have won at Charlotte Motor Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with seven wins.
  • Nine drivers have posted consecutive wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including three consecutive by NASCAR Hall of Famer Fred Lorenzen (fall 1964 and both 1965) and four straight by Jimmie Johnson (2004 and 2005 sweeps).
  • A season sweep at Charlotte has occurred eight times, including each season from 2004-2007.
  • Youngest Charlotte winner: Jeff Gordon (05/29/1994 – 22 years, 9 months, 25 days).
  • Oldest Charlotte winner: Cale Yarborough (10/06/1985 – 46 years, 6 months, 9 days).
  • Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Charlotte in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 18: Jimmie Johnson (seven), Jeff Gordon (five), Darrell Waltrip (two), Ken Schrader (one), Terry Labonte (one), Casey Mears (one) and Kasey Kahne (one).
  • Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Charlotte; led by Chevrolet with 43 victories; followed by Ford (29), Dodge (15), Pontiac (8), Mercury (7), Buick (4), Plymouth (4) and Toyota (3).
  • 15 of the 113 (13.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Jimmie Johnson in 2014 (Coca-Cola 600).
  • The second-place starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (17) than any other starting position at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • 32 of the 113 (28.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the front row: 15 from the pole and 17 from second-place.
  • 86 of the 113 (76.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from a top-10 starting position.

 

Wins

  • Nine of the 113 (7.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Charlotte is 37th, by Jimmie Johnson in the Coca-Cola 600 of 2003.
  • Four active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (5/29/94), Matt Kenseth (5/28/00), Jamie McMurray (10/13/02) and Casey Mears (5/27/07).
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte without visiting Victory Lane at 31; followed by Ryan Newman with 29.

 

Additional Finishing Positions

  • Richard Petty leads the series in runner-up finishes at Charlotte with nine. Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers with three each.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison are tied for the series most top-five finishes at Charlotte with 23 each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 17; followed by Jimmie Johnson with 13.
  • Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Charlotte with 31. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 24 followed by Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth with 17 each.
  • Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Charlotte with a 10.231.

 

Track / Event Specific Stats

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the May 29, 2005 race won by Jimmie Johnson over Bobby Labonte with a MOV of 0.027 second.
  • There have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but only once for the Coca-Cola 600 (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): fall of 2005 (334/336), fall of 2007 (334/337) and the 2011 Coca-Cola 600 (400/402).
  • Five of the 113 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).
  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway twice; the fall race of 2002 and the fall race of 2008.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Charlotte with 1,733 laps led in 28 starts.

 

Female Competitor Stats

  • Two female drivers have competed at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date Driver Rating
Danica Patrick 20 22 5/24/2015 58.4
Danica Patrick 14 26 10/11/2014 61.8
Danica Patrick 4 39 5/25/2014 63.5
Danica Patrick 35 20 10/12/2013 55.2
Danica Patrick 24 29 5/26/2013 49.1
Danica Patrick 40 30 5/27/2012 42.9
Averages: 22.8 27.7 55.2
Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date
Janet Guthrie 31 35 10/8/1978
Janet Guthrie 27 9 10/9/1977
Janet Guthrie 26 22 10/10/1976
Janet Guthrie 27 15 5/30/1976
Averages: 27.8 20.3

 

NASCAR in North Carolina

  • There have been 521 NASCAR Sprint Cup races among 28 tracks in North Carolina.
Track Name City NSCS Races
Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord 113
North Wilkesboro Speedway North 93
Rockingham Speedway Rockingham 78
Hickory Speedway Hickory 35
Asheville-Weaverville Speedway Weaverville 34
Occoneechee Speedway Hillsboro 32
Bowman Gray Stadium Winston-Salem 29
Southern States Fairgrounds Charlotte 17
Charlotte Speedway Charlotte 12
Concord Speedway Concord 12
Wilson Speedway Wilson 12
New Asheville Speedway Asheville 8
Dog Track Speedway Moyock 7
Raleigh Speedway Raleigh 7
Cleveland County Fairgrounds Shelby 6
Champion Speedway Fayetteville 4
Greensboro Agriculture Fairgrounds Greensboro 3
North Carolina State Fairgrounds Raleigh 3
Tar Heel Speedway Randleman 3
Forsyth County Fairgrounds Winston-Salem 2
Harris Speedway Harris 2
Jacksonville Speedway Jacksonville 2
Tri-City Speedway High Point 2
Gastonia Fairgrounds Gastonia 1
Harnett Speedway Spring Lake 1
McCormick Field Asheville 1
Salisbury Super Speedway Salisbury 1
Star Lite Speedway Monroe 1

 

North Carolina Drivers In NASCAR

  • 436 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as North Carolina.
  • 48 drivers from North Carolina have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series; 29 have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Driver NSCS NXS NCWTS
Richard Petty 200 0 0
Dale Earnhardt 76 21 0
Lee Petty 54 0 0
Ned Jarrett 50 0 0
Junior Johnson 50 0 0
Herb Thomas 48 0 0
Buck Baker 46 0 0
Bobby Isaac 37 0 0
Dale Jarrett 32 11 0
Rex White 28 0 0
Dale Earnhardt Jr 25 23 0
Jim Paschal 25 0 0
Benny Parsons 21 0 0
Speedy Thompson 20 0 0
Buddy Baker 19 0 0
Harry Gant 18 21 0
Bob Welborn 9 0 0
Kyle Petty 8 0 0
Morgan Shepherd 4 15 0
Bill Blair 3 0 0
Gwyn Staley 3 0 0
Brian Vickers 3 3 0
Billy Myers 2 0 0
Jimmy Pardue 2 0 0
Richard Brickhouse 1 0 0
Phil Parsons 1 2 0
Leon Sales 1 0 0
Buddy Shuman 1 0 0
Donald Thomas 1 0 0
Jack Ingram 0 31 0
Tommy Houston 0 24 0
Sam Ard 0 22 0
Robert Pressley 0 10 2
Austin Dillon 0 5 7
Ryan Blaney 0 4 4
Scott Riggs 0 4 5
Hank Parker Jr 0 2 0
Johnny Rumley 0 2 0
Dennis Setzer 0 2 18
Ed Berrier 0 1 0
Ty Dillon 0 1 3
Justin Labonte 0 1 0
Stephen Leicht 0 1 0
Timothy Peters 0 0 8
Andy Houston 0 0 3
Ricky Hendrick 0 0 1
Shane Hmiel 0 0 1
John Hunter Nemechek 0 0 1


MILESTONES – Charlotte Motor Speedway

DRIVER HAS NEEDS MILESTONE DESCRIPTION
Jimmie Johnson 74 2 76th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Jimmie Johnson is eighth on the all-time NSCS wins list, two wins behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt in seventh (76 wins).
Tony Stewart 48 2 50th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Stewart is 12th on the all-time NSCS wins list, two wins behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett in 10th (50 wins).
Jeff Gordon 323 2 325th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top-Five Finish Gordon needs just two more top-five finishes in the NSCS to reach 325 NSCS top-five finishes all-time. Gordon is third on the all-time list; 13 top fives behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison (336) in second.
Tony Stewart 299 1 300th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top-10 Finish Stewart is 17th on the all-time NSCS top-10 finishes list, two top 10s behind James Hylton in 16th (301 top 10s).
Jeff Gordon 24,872 128 25,000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Laps Led Gordon can become the sixth driver in NSCS history to lead 25,000 laps; joining Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Cale Yarborough, David Pearson and Bobby Allison.
Kevin Harvick 2,031 207 Most Laps Led in a Single Season During Chase Era (2004-2015) Harvick can lead the most laps in a single season in the NSCS during the Chase Era if he leads 207 or more laps in the final seven races. If he accomplishes the feat he will surpass current record holder Jimmie Johnson (2,238 laps led in a single Chase Era season).
Kevin Harvick 581 405 Most Laps Led In A Single Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup Kevin Harvick can lead the most laps in a single Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup season if leads 405 or more laps this season. Current record holder: Jimmie Johnson (2009; 986 laps led during the Chase).
#43 car 199 1 200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Wins The No. 43 car is second on the all-time NSCS wins list, five wins behind the No. 11 car in first (205). The last win for the No. 43 car came at Daytona last season.

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