Atlanta Motor Speedway Stats & Tidbits:
· 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 position.
· 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.
· From 1960 – 2010, Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted multiple Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races during each season; starting in 2011 the series began only visiting Atlanta once a year (2011-Present).
· In total there have been 111 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway since the first race there in 1960.
· A total of 568 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway; 384 have competed in more than one.
· Richard Petty leads the Monster Energy Series in starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway with 65; followed by Bill Elliott (62) and Dave Marcis (59).
· Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers with 28 starts at Atlanta; followed by Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch with 27 each
· Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Atlanta with a 6.846 in 26 starts.
· A total of 67 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have made their series debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
· Four active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted their first career start at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Martin Truex Jr. (10/31/2004), Ty Dillon (8/31/2014), Cody Ware (3/5/2017) and Harrison Rhodes (2/25/2018).
· A total of 52 different drivers have posted poles at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy Series.
· Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman are tied for the Monster Energy Series most poles at Atlanta with seven each.
· Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Monster Energy Series Busch Pole Award at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1960 with a speed of 133.870 mph in a Pontiac.
· Kyle Busch won the most recent Monster Energy Series Busch Pole Award at Atlanta Motor Speedway (2018) with a speed of 184.652 mph in a Toyota.
· Winning consecutive poles has happened 10 times at Atlanta in the Monster energy Series, among six different drivers:
· Ryan Newman holds the record for most consecutive poles at Atlanta with six; from the 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).
· A total of nine drivers have made their first Monster Energy Series start at Atlanta:
· A total of 44 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway with nine victories (1980, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 2000).
· Of the 44 Atlanta winners, only six are active this weekend.
· Jimmie Johnson leads all six active series winners at Atlanta with five victories; followed by Kurt Busch (3), Kyle Busch (2), Kevin Harvick (2), Denny Hamlin (1) and Brad Keselowski (1).
· The Hendrick Motorsports organization has the most wins at Atlanta in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with 14; followed by Wood Brothers Racing with 12 and Joe Gibbs Racingwith 11.
· Nine different manufacturers have won in the Monster Energy Series at Atlanta; led by Chevrolet with 40 victories; followed by Ford (31), Pontiac (11), Dodge (nine), Mercury (eight), Buick (four), Plymouth (four), Toyota (three) and Oldsmobile (one).
· 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).
· Eight times has the winner of the Daytona 500 won the Atlanta Spring race later that season – Cale Yarborough (1968 and 1983), David Pearson (1976), Bobby Allison (1978), Bill Elliott (1985), Darrell Waltrip (1989), Jeff Gordon (1999) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2004).
· No driver has swept the triple header 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:
o Carl Edwards (2005, MENCS/NXS); (Fall 2008, MENCS/NXS)
o Kyle Busch (Spring 2008, MENCS/NGOTS)
· 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 of the six active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winners.
· Among the six 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.
· Ryan Newman leads the series among active drivers with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Atlanta without visiting Victory Lane at 26; followed by Martin Truex Jr. with 20.
· A total of seven different drivers, including one active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, have posted his first career win at Atlanta Motor Speedway: