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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- With the regular season coming to an end, winless drivers are feeling a strong sense of urgency for a victory – and the spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup that goes with it. Below are the statistics of a number of those drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia going into the Oral-B USA 500 on August 31 (7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, PRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

ATLANTA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
 
Marcos Ambrose (No. 9 STANLEY Ford)
·         One top 10
·         Average finish of 20.3
·         Average Running Position of 20.5, 23rd-best
·         Driver Rating of 68.1, 23rd-best
·         8 Fastest Laps Run, 34th-most
·         739 Green Flag Passes, 19th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.119 mph, 23rd-fastest
·         876 Laps in the Top 15 (33.4%), 22nd-most
·         208 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 21st-most
 
Greg Biffle (No. Ortho Fire Ant Killer Ford)
·         Three top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 15.9
·         Average Running Position of 13.7, 11th-best
·         Driver Rating of 91.3, 11th-best
·         237 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·         993 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.998 mph, 13th-fastest
·         3,301 Laps in the Top 15 (67.3%), sixth-most
·         518 Quality Passes, sixth-most
  
Clint Bowyer (No. 15 SpeedDigital.com Toyota)
·         Five top 10s
·         Average finish of 19.8
·         Average Running Position of 15.7, 16th-best
·         Driver Rating of 84.8, 15th-best
·         76 Fastest Laps Run, 15th-most
·         865 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 171.054 mph, 11th-fastest
·         2,444 Laps in the Top 15 (57.5%), 15th-most
·         358 Quality Passes, 17th-most
 
Austin Dillon (No. 3 Dow Chevrolet)
·         Average finish of 19.0
·         Average Running Position of 20.6, 24th-best
·         Driver Rating of 67.3, 24th-best
·         1 Fastest Laps Run, 44th-most
·         86 Green Flag Passes, 45th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 169.903 mph, 26th-fastest
·         1 Laps in the Top 15 (.3%), 47th-most
·         1 Quality Passes, 43rd-most
 
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota)
·         Eight top fives, 14 top 10s
·         Average finish of 12.7
·         Average Running Position of 12.8, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 96.5, fifth-best
·         190 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
·         1,018 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 171.262 mph, sixth-fastest
·         3,415 Laps in the Top 15 (69.7%), fifth-most
·         528 Quality Passes, fourth-most
 
Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet)
·         Four top 10s
·         Average finish of 20.0
·         Average Running Position of 19.2, 22nd-best
·         Driver Rating of 73.7, 22nd-best
·         Series-high 1,145 Green Flag Passes
·         1,965 Laps in the Top 15 (40.1%), 18th-most
·         407 Quality Passes, 15th-most
 
Paul Menard (No. 27 Duracell/Menards Chevrolet)
·         One top five, three top 10s
·         Average finish of 20.7
·         Average Running Position of 23.3, 27th-best
·         Driver Rating of 63.6, 26th-best
·         899 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
·         827 Laps in the Top 15 (21.1%), 24th-most
·         208 Quality Passes, 21st-most
 
Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)
·         Two top fives, seven top 10s; seven poles
·         Average finish of 17.7
·         Average Running Position of 18.6, 20th-best
·         Driver Rating of 74.1, 21st-best
·         1,077 Green Flag Passes, third-most
·         1,742 Laps in the Top 15 (35.5%), 19th-most
·         346 Quality Passes, 19th-most
 
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Bass Pros Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
·         Three wins, 10 top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 11.7
·         Average Running Position of 11.4, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 100.2, third-best
·         800 Green Flag Passes, 16th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 171.240 mph, seventh-fastest
·         3,231 Laps in the Top 15 (70.6%), seventh-most
·         490 Quality Passes, 10th-most
 
Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet)
·         Two top fives, four top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 20.3
·         Average Running Position of 11.7, fourth-best
·         Driver Rating of 91.4, 10th-best
·         890 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 171.359 mph, fourth-fastest
·         3,517 Laps in the Top 15 (76.8%), fourth-most
·         559 Quality Passes, second-most
 

Atlanta Motor Speedway Data

Season Race #: 25 of 36 (08-31-14)
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
 
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Atlanta
Jeff Gordon.............................. 105.6
Jimmie Johnson........................ 104.8
Tony Stewart............................. 100.2
Carl Edwards............................ 100.0
Matt Kenseth.............................. 96.5
Denny Hamlin............................. 96.2
Kurt Busch.................................. 94.5
Kyle Busch................................. 94.4
Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 93.3
Martin Truex Jr............................ 91.4
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (15 total) among active drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
 
Qualifying/Race Data
2013 pole winner:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford
189.688 mph, 29.227 secs. 08-30-13
 
2013 race winner:
Kyle Busch, Toyota
135.128 mph, (03:42:14), 08-30-13
 
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 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 106 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 third season with only one event.
·     544 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway; 364 in more than one.
·       Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Atlanta with 65. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 40 starts, followed by Joe Nemechek with 37.
·       Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Atlanta in 1960 with a speed of 133.870 mph.  
·      47 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 have the most wins at Atlanta in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 12: Cale Yarborough (three), David Pearson (three), Marvin Panch (two), Neil Bonnett (two) A.J. Foyt (one) and Morgan Shepherd (one). Joe Gibbs Racing and Hendrick Motorsports are tied for the second most wins at Atlanta with 11 each.
·     Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Atlanta; led by Chevrolet with 37 victories; followed by Ford with 29. Toyota has three wins at Atlanta.
·       14 of the 106 (13.2%) 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 106 (24.5%) 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 106 (56.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Atlanta have been won from a top-five starting position.
·       84 of the 106 (79.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Atlanta have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·   Seven of the 106 (6.6%) 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 driverswith 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 driverswith 25.
·         Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Atlanta with a 7.571.
·         Tony Stewart leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at 11.654.
·     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 37; followed by Matt Kenseth with 25.
·      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 three 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) and fall of 2012 (325/327).
·         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: Terry Labonte (3/15/1981).
·         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.
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
Danica Patrick
21
21
9/1/2013
Danica Patrick
23
29
9/2/2012
Janet Guthrie
19
16
11/6/1977
Janet Guthrie
23
10
3/19/1978
Janet Guthrie
34
30
3/20/1977
Shawna Robinson
31
34
3/10/2002
 
NASCAR in Georgia
·         There have been 165 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among12 different tracks in Georgia.
Track Name
City
NSCS
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Hampton
106
Augusta International Speedway
Augusta
12
Lakewood Speedway
Atlanta
11
Savannah Speedway
Savannah
10
Middle Georgia Raceway
Macon
9
Central City Speedway
Macon
7
Valdosta 75 Speedway
Valdosta
3
Jeffco Speedway
Jefferson
2
Oglethorpe Speedway
Savannah
2
Augusta International Raceway
Augusta
1
Columbus Speedway
Columbus
1
Hayloft Speedway
Augusta
1
 
·    178 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.
·     11 of the 178 have posted at least one victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 
·         Bill Elliott (five wins) is the only Georgia native to have won at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 
Driver
NSCS
NNS
NCWTS
Bill Elliott
44
1
0
Tim Flock
39
0
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
Reed Sorenson
0
4
0
Chase Elliott
0
3
1
Buckshot Jones
0
2
0
Ronald Cooper
0
1
0
 

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