NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

NASCAR - Sprint Cup - AdvoCare 500 Preview

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DATE: Sunday, Sept. 1
SITE: Atlanta Motor Speedway -- Hampton, Ga.
TRACK: 1.54-mile oval
CAPACITY: 99,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 54rd
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Aug. 30/6:40 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Denny Hamlin
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Gordon
POLE WINNER: Tony Stewart (finished 22)
LAPS: 325
MILES: 500.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Geoffrey Bodine, 1997 (197.478 mph)
RACE RECORD: Bobby Labonte, 1997 (159.904 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Denny Hamlin76Kyle Busch3
2Jeff Gordon57Dale Earnhardt Jr.35
3Brad Keselowski218Paul Menard18
4Martin Truex Jr.289Matt Kenseth4
5Kevin Harvick2410Mark Martin6
2012 AdvoCare 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 142.020 mph.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 32 mins., 45 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.378 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 31 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 18 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Tony Stewart (186.121 mph)
Past AdvoCare 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Denny Hamlin (7) -- Toyota -- 142.020 mph
2011 -- Jeff Gordon (5) -- Chevrolet -- 124.623 mph
2010 -- Tony Stewart (5) -- Chevrolet -- 129.041 mph
2009 -- Kasey Kahne (2) -- Dodge -- 134.033 mph
2008 -- Carl Edwards (4) -- Ford -- 134.272 mph
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson (6) -- Chevrolet -- 135.260 mph
2006 -- Tony Stewart (11) -- Chevrolet -- 143.421 mph
2005 -- Carl Edwards (2) -- Ford -- 146.834 mph
2004 -- Jimmie Johnson (8) -- Chevrolet -- 145.847 mph
2003 -- Jeff Gordon (19) -- Chevrolet -- 127.769 mph
2002 -- Kurt Busch (8) -- Ford -- 127.519 mph
2001 -- Bobby Labonte (39) -- Pontiac -- 151.756 mph
2000 -- Jerry Nadeau (2) -- Chevrolet -- 141.296 mph
1999 -- Bobby Labonte (37) -- Pontiac -- 137.932 mph
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (21) -- Chevrolet -- 114.915 mph
1997 -- Bobby Labonte (21) -- Pontiac -- 159.904 mph
1996 -- Bobby Labonte (1) -- Chevrolet -- 134.661 mph
1995 -- Dale Earnhardt (11) -- Chevrolet -- 163.633 mph
1994 -- Mark Martin (5) -- Ford -- 148.982 mph
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (20) -- Pontiac -- 125.221 mph
1992 -- Bill Elliott (11) -- Ford -- 133.322 mph
1991 -- Mark Martin (4) -- Ford -- 137.968 mph
1990 -- Morgan Shepherd (20) -- Ford -- 140.911 mph
1989 -- Dale Earnhardt (3) -- Chevrolet -- 140.229 mph
1988 -- Rusty Wallace (1) -- Pontiac -- 129.024 mph
1987 -- Bill Elliott (1) -- Ford -- 139.047 mph
1986 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 152.523 mph
1985 -- Bill Elliott (3) -- Ford -- 139.597 mph
1984 -- Dale Earnhardt (10) -- Chevrolet -- (134.610 mph
1983 -- Neil Bonnett (15) -- Chevrolet -- 137.643 mph
1982 -- Bobby Allison (9) -- Buick -- 130.884 mph
1981 -- Neil Bonnett (5) -- Ford -- 130.391 mph
1980 -- Cale Yarborough (12) -- Chevrolet -- 131.190 mph
1979 -- Neil Bonnett (4) -- Mercury -- 137.643 mph
1978 -- Donnie Allison (13) -- Chevrolet -- 124.312 mph
1977 -- Darrell Waltrip (8) -- Chevrolet -- 110.052 mph
1976 -- Dave Marcis (2) -- Dodge -- 127.396 mph
1975 -- Buddy Baker (3) -- Ford -- 130.900 mph
1974 -- Richard Petty (2) -- Dodge -- 131.651 mph
1973 -- David Pearson (5) -- Mercury -- 130.211 mph
1972 -- Bobby Allison (3) -- Chevrolet -- 131.295 mph
1971 -- Richard Petty (3) -- Plymouth -- 120.061 mph
1970 -- Richard Petty (6) -- Plymouth -- 142.712 mph
1969 -- LeeRoy Yarborough (2) -- Ford -- 133.001 mph
1968 -- LeeRoy Yarborough (5) -- Mercury -- 127.068 mph
1967 -- Dick Hutcherson (8) -- Ford -- 132.286 mph
1966 -- Richard Petty (5) -- Plymouth -- 130.244 mph
1965 -- Marvin Panch (2) -- Ford -- 110.120 mph
1964 -- Ned Jarrett (17) -- Ford -- 112.535 mph
1963 -- Junior Johnson (2) -- Chevrolet -- 121.139 mph
1962 -- Rex White (5) -- Chevrolet -- 124.896 mph
1961 -- David Pearson (5) -- Pontiac -- 125.230 mph
1960 -- Bobby Johns (5) -- Pontiac -- 134.596 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Atlanta 500 (1960), Dixie 400 and 500 (1961-79), Atlanta
Journal 500 (1980-90), Hardee's 500 (1991), Hooters 500 (1992-94), NAPA
500 (1995-2002), Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 (2003-06), Pep Boys Auto 500
(2007-09), Emory Healthcare 500 (2010). Race changed from 400 to 500
miles (1967).
 
Past AdvoCare 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Tony Stewart -- 22
2011 -- Kasey Kahne -- 34
2010 -- Denny Hamlin -- 43
2009 -- Martin Truex Jr -- 26
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Greg Biffle -- 22
2006 -- None -- Weather
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 23
2004 -- Ryan Newman -- 17
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 29
2002 -- None -- Weather
2001 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 7
2000 -- Jeff Gordon -- 4
1999 -- Kevin Lepage -- 17
1998 -- Kenny Irwin Jr -- 16
1997 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 33
1996 -- Bobby Labonte -- 1
1995 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 16
1994 -- Greg Sacks -- 39
1993 -- Harry Gant -- 28
1992 -- Rick Mast -- 28
1991 -- Bill Elliott -- 3
1990 -- Rusty Wallace -- 9
1989 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 13
1988 -- Rusty Wallace -- 1
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 1
1986 -- Bill Elliott -- 3
1985 -- Harry Gant -- 8
1984 -- Bill Elliott -- 2
1983 -- Tim Richmond -- 29
1982 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 25
1981 -- Harry Gant -- 20
1980 -- Bobby Allison -- 38
1979 -- Buddy Baker -- 39
1978 -- Cale Yarborough -- 8
1977 -- Sam Sommers -- 28
1976 -- Buddy Baker -- 5
1975 -- Dave Marcis -- 2
1974 -- Cale Yarborough -- 14
1973 -- Richard Petty -- 33
1972 -- David Pearson -- 3
1971 -- Buddy Baker -- 25
1970 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 22
1969 -- Cale Yarborough -- 7
1968 -- Buddy Baker -- 36
1967 -- Darel Dieringer -- 18
1966 -- Curtis Turner -- 24
1965 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 23
1964 -- Junior Johnson -- 27
1963 -- Marvin Panch -- 3
1962 -- Fireball Roberts -- 10
1961 -- Fireball Roberts -- 3
1960 -- Fireball Roberts -- 34
Last Race Results
RACE: IRWIN Tools Night Race (Aug. 24)
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tenn.
MILES: 266.5
LAPS: 500
WINNER: Matt Kenseth
RUNNER-UP: Kasey Kahne
THIRD: Juan Pablo Montoya
FOURTH: Brian Vickers
FIFTH: Joey Logano
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (finished 28)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 57 mins., 7 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 90.279 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.188 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 11 for 74 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 16 among 9 drivers
LAP LEADERS: D. Hamlin 1-22; Ku. Busch 23-76; C. Edwards 77-92; M. Truex Jr
93-93; D. Earnhardt Jr 94-125; C. Bowyer 126-175; C. Edwards
176-178; M. Truex Jr 179-179; C. Edwards 180-235; M. Kenseth
236-258; D. Hamlin 259-259; P. Menard 260-322; C. Edwards
323-335; P. Menard 336-336; K. Harvick 337-343; C. Edwards
344-374; M. Kenseth 375-500.
AdvoCare 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bad Boy Buggies
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/SANY
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11 *Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/Sports Clips
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Geico
14Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/Michael Waltrip Racing
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Best Buy
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Plinker Tactical
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Moen
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy John's
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Widow Wax/Lean 1
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Oxy Water
33Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/AdvoCare
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/United Mining Equip.
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Aspen Dental
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Richard Petty Motorsports
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Toyota/Scott Products
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
95Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/Leavine Family Racing
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Subway
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Denny Hamlin---1982436438Won
Jeff Gordon342679813Won2
Brad Keselowski------------------2563
Martin Truex Jr37403731152612144
Kevin Harvick352231151323375
Kyle Busch431227205135236
Dale Earnhardt Jr334325111722197
Matt Kenseth415444121199
Mark Martin233643225211710
Kurt Busch42361486386413
Greg Biffle1075221010361215
Joey Logano---------------22272418
Kasey Kahne53538933Won323423
Clint Bowyer------256202973627
Jimmie JohnsonWon162Won2363234
Ryan Newman1723303716982035
Carl Edwards3Won72Won372536
 
Mover of the Week
Kyle Busch - started 43 and finished 11
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kasey Kahne
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 11
 
NOTES:
The AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is the 25th race on the 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Originally called Atlanta International Raceway, the track was then a 1.5-mile speedway. 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 re-configured to 1.54 miles between the two races in 1997.

Atlanta Motor Speedway has 24 degrees of banking all of its turns as well as 5 degrees of banking on the frontstretch and backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 2,332 feet, and the backstretch measures 1,800 feet.

There have been 105 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Atlanta. Until 2010, there have been two races per season except 1961, which had three. This year marks the third season with only one event.

Fireball Roberts started on the pole and won the inaugural Cup Series race at Atlanta, the Dixie 300, on July 31, 1960.

Dale Earnhardt holds the record for most victories at Atlanta with nine. Cale Yarborough has the second most wins there with seven. Bobby Labonte leads all active drivers with six victories at this track.

Eleven drivers have posted consecutive wins at Atlanta: 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). Denny Hamlin is the defending race winner.

The Wood Brothers hold the record for most car owner wins at Atlanta with 12. Hendrick Motorsports is next in line with 11 victories, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing with 10.

Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman share the record for most poles at Atlanta with seven each. Newman, who is in his final season with Stewart-Haas Racing, won six consecutive poles there from 2003-05. His most recent pole at this track came in the spring of 2007.

The race winner at Atlanta has started on the pole 14 times, but no driver has accomplished that feat at this track since Kasey Kahne did it in March 2006.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Atlanta occurred on March 11, 2001 when Kevin Harvick beat Jeff Gordon to the finish line by only 0.006 seconds.

Carl Edwards and Harvick are those active drivers who scored their first career Cup victories at Atlanta. Harvick, in just his third start, claimed his maiden win in the series there in the spring of 2001. Edwards won his first races in both Nationwide and Cup at this track in March 2005.

Two drivers entered in this weekend's race made their Cup debuts at Atlanta: Jeff Gordon (Nov. 15, 1992) and Martin Truex Jr. (Oct. 31, 2004).

Kyle Busch is the youngest driver to win a Cup race at Atlanta. Busch won the spring event there on March 9, 2008 when he was 22 years, 10 months and 7 days old. When Morgan Shepherd was 51 years, 5 months and 8 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on March 20, 1993.

The 26-race regular season in the Sprint Cup Series concludes with the Sept. 7 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Clint Bowyer is the defending race winner.

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