Statistically speaking: a look at Charlotte


The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in its own proverbial backyard this weekend with the running of Sunday evening’s Coca-Cola 600, the longest race of the season. Qualifying was held on Thursday, with Jimmie Johnson claiming the pole. Johnson leads active drivers with six trips to victory lane at Charlotte, but those wins all came several years ago when he dominated the track. As of late, Charlotte has become one of Johnson’s worst tracks on the schedule.

But Johnson is winless, so far, in 2014, so Johnson has to be hoping his results this weekend will match his Charlotte results of old, not the ones of recent years. Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick heads into this weekend’s race as the defending winner of the Coca-Cola 600. Brad Keselowski, who’ll start alongside Johnson on the front row on Sunday, is the most recent Charlotte winner, winning at NASCAR’s home track in October of last year.

Here’s a statistical look at how some of NASCAR’s top stars have fared at Charlotte (stats provided by NASCAR statistical services):

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

· Five top fives, eight top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 17.0

· Average Running Position of 14.6, sixth-best

· Driver Rating of 91.4, sixth-best

· 302 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

· 1,296 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 176.139 mph, sixth-fastest

· 3,891 Laps in the Top 15 (60.4%), seventh-most

· 689 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), eighth-most

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)

· One win, six top fives, seven top 10s

· Average finish of 18.9

· Driver Rating of 84.7, 10th-best

· 204 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

· 3,434 Laps in the Top 15 (53.3%), 10th-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

· Nine top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 15.9

· Average Running Position of 9.7, second-best

· Driver Rating of 107.5, second-best

· 452 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 176.928 mph, second-fastest

· 5,106 Laps in the Top 15 (79.3%), second-most

· Series-high 923 Quality Passes

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

· Five top fives, 11 top 10s

· Average finish of 11.8

· Average Running Position of 14.7, eighth-best

· Driver Rating of 89.8, seventh-best

· 1,463 Green Flag Passes, second-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 175.970 mph, 10th-fastest

· 4,007 Laps in the Top 15 (62.2%), sixth-most

· 735 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Five wins, 16 top fives, 22 top 10s; nine poles

· Average finish of 16.0

· Average Running Position of 15.1, ninth-best

· Driver Rating of 88.8, eighth-best

· 219 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 176.189 mph, fifth-fastest

· 3,855 Laps in the Top 15 (59.9%), eighth-most

· 700 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

· Four top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 13.2

· Average Running Position of 12.3, fourth-best

· Driver Rating of 93.4, fifth-best

· 220 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 176.102 mph, seventh-fastest

· 4,488 Laps in the Top 15 (74.3%), third-most

· 725 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Six wins, 12 top fives, 16 top 10s; three poles

· Average finish of 11.6

· Series-best Average Running Position of 7.8

· Series-best Driver Rating of 111.1

· 621 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

· 1,292 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

· Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 176.938 mph

· Series-high 5,588 Laps in the Top 15 (86.8%)

· 922 Quality Passes, second-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Four wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s

· Average finish of 11.4

· Average Running Position of 11.3, third-best

· Driver Rating of 102.6, third-best

· Series-high 662 Fastest Laps Run

· 1,432 Green Flag Passes, third-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 176.273 mph, third-fastest

· 4,462 Laps in the Top 15 (69.3%), fourth-most

· 814 Quality Passes, third-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

· Two wins, eight top fives, 15 top 10s

· Average finish of 13.8

· Average Running Position of 13.9, fifth-best

· Driver Rating of 96.0, fourth-best

· 363 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

· 1,362 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 176.211 mph, fourth-fastest

· 4,250 Laps in the Top 15 (66.0%), fifth-most

· 785 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)

· One win, two top fives, two top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 16.3

· Average Running Position of 16.1, 11th-best

· Driver Rating of 83.0, 12th-best

· Average Green Flag Speed of 175.869 mph, 12th-fastest

Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)

· Three top fives, six top 10s

· Average finish of 10.4

· Average Running Position of 14.7, seventh-best

· Driver Rating of 87.3, ninth-best

· Average Green Flag Speed of 175.981 mph, ninth-fastest

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)

· One win, six top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 13.8

· Average Running Position of 15.9, 10th-best

· Driver Rating of 83.6, 11th-best

· 189 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

· 1,360 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 176.088 mph, eighth-fastest

· 3,124 Laps in the Top 15 (51.2%), 11th-most

· 610 Quality Passes, 10th-most

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