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"Stat Rundown: The Coke-Cola 600"
Posted by Talon64 on May 30, 2011
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Kevin Harvick gets his 17th career Cup win, tying him with Marvin Panch and Curtis Turner for 44th all time. His series-leading 3rd win of 2011 gives him back-to-back 3 win seasons (3rd most wins in that stretch).
Harvick had a 20th place average finish in 20 Charlotte starts previous to this race, and only 1 top 5 (2nd in his first Charlotte start back in 2001).
Harvick's last 4 wins have come at tracks where he hadn't won before. In fact, he now has wins at 14 of the 23 tracks he's competed on in Cup, but only multiple wins and no more than 2 at 3 of them (Chicagoland, Phoenix and Daytona).
It's RCR's 97th Cup win, 3 shy of the 100 mark. It's also their 6th win at Charlotte and 1st in the 600 mile race since Dale Earnhardt won in 1993 (most recent Charlotte win overall was 2008 with Jeff Burton).
David Ragan gets his best career finish in 2nd, his 10th career top 5 in 158 starts. It's his 2nd top 5 in the last 4 races after none in the previous 86. He now has 4 top 10's this season, after only having 5 combined between 2009 and 2010.
It's Ragan's 2nd straight top 10 at Charlotte, his 1st top 5 and 3rd top 10 in 9 total starts (19.9 avg fin).
Joey Logano gets his first top 5 of 2011 in 3rd, his 2nd top 5 and 4th top 10 in 5 Charlotte starts (7.4 average finish, his best at any track and only one with an avg fin better than 10th).
Kurt Busch gets just his 2nd top 5 of the season and first since finishing 4th in the Daytona 500. It's his 2nd straight top 5 in the Coke 600, his 5th top 5 in 22 Charlotte starts overall.
AJ Allmendinger gets just his 4th career top 5 in 128 Cup starts, first of the season. It's also just his 3rd top 10 but his 7th top 15 finish. It's his first top 10 in 9 Charlotte starts (23.1 avg fin).
Marcos Ambrose gets his 4th top 10 (2nd straight) of the season, just one off his total from all of 2010. Marcos has top 6 finishes on each of the 3 races held on 1.5 mile tracks so far in 2011.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s winless drought is up to 105 races, but he got his 6th top 10 of the season which is only 2 off of his total from all of 2010 (8). Dale Jr. had a 33.0 avg fin in his previous 5 Charlotte starts.
After no top 10's in his first 95 starts in Cup, Regan Smith has 3 top 10's in 12 races in 2011. Despite the good runs, he's currently worse in points (29th) than he was to finish 2010 (28th), but is better than he was at this point last season (31st).
David Reutimann gets his first top 10 of the season. It's also his 3rd straight top 10 at Charlotte, 5th overall in 9 starts there (14.7 avg fin).
After just 1 top 10 in the first 8 races of the season, Denny Hamlin has 3 in the last 4. It's his 5th top 10 in 12 starts at Charlotte, his 2nd straight after going 6 in a row without one.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. qualifies 9th and finishes 11th in his Cup debut. It's the Wood Brothers' best finish at a non-plate oval track since Bill Elliott finished 11th at Michigan in 2007 and they just missed their first top 10 on one since Ken Schrader finished 7th at Richmond in 2006.
Juan Pablo Montoya gets a top 15 finish after finishing 23rd or worse in the previous 4 races (28.5 avg fin that saw him fall from 9th to 15th in the standings).
Matt Kenseth led the most laps in the race (103), a career best for laps led in a race at Charlotte (previous best was 82 in 2003 Coke 600, finished 2nd). Kenseth's led almost as many laps this season (334) than he led in the last two seasons combined (353).
All 4 Roush cars combined to lead 221 of the 402 laps run in the race.
Brad Keselowski won his 2nd career Cup pole, and got his 3rd top 20 finish in 4 Charlotte starts (19.5 avg fin).
Jeff Burton still doesn't have a top 10 in 2011, the 12 races being his 2nd longest drought to start a season. His longest drought was in 1995 when he went the first 21 races without one.
Through 12 races in 2011 there's 23 drivers with at least 3 top 10's compared to 21 last season, and 26 drivers with at least 1 top 5 compared to 22 in 2010.
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