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  • Staff Report NASCAR.com May 5, 2018 at 10:40 am Take a look at which drivers have the best 10-lap averages this weekend at Dover International Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Sprint Cup Series Driver Averages Sprint Cup Series Driver Averages by Track *Averages are based on most recent 10 races with finishing positions shown for each race. Atlanta Motor Speedway Auto Club Speedway Bristol Motor Speedway Charlotte Motor Speedway Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL Chicagoland Speedway Darlington Raceway Daytona.

Published 2:54 PM EST Feb 24, 2018

HAMPTON, Ga. — NASCAR fans have favorite tracks. Darlington Raceway, Daytona International Speedway and Martinsville Speedway often are listed near the top in fan surveys.

Drivers have favorites, too. And one of them — Atlanta Motor Speedway — is this week’s stop on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Rambo 4 full movie in hindi watch online.

Driver track preferences have nothing to do with nearby restaurants or town tourist spots or the size of grandstands.

Oddly enough, drivers fall in love with asphalt. And not young asphalt. Senior-citizen asphalt.

Atlanta Motor Speedway, scheduled to host the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, has very old asphalt. The 1.54-mile track was last repaved in 1997.

Track officials planned to repave the surface after the March 2017 NASCAR race weekend, but pleas from drivers to postpone the work convinced AMS and its parent company, Speedway Motorsports Inc., to delay.

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The track’s worn surface is very abrasive, and it eats tires. Average speed per lap falls off dramatically the longer a car is on the track.

But drivers say the worn surface makes racing much more fun and passing much more likely. Unlike a new surface, which increases speed but tends to produce one-groove racing, an older track promotes more side-by-side racing.

Tracks eventually have to be repaved, of course, because surfaces break up and potholes appear. Patching will work for a while but not indefinitely.

Brad Keselowski, who led the final seven laps of the 2017 race en route to his first victory at the track, said a repave will change AMS significantly because the surface has bumps and imperfections that make racing fun but that can’t be duplicated.

“You have some dynamic features to the track with the bumps, the worn-out pavement,” he said. “This track has just so many unique features that would be erased if you just repaved it from the way that the top lane seams in to the backstretch.”

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Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon said the sort of racing AMS hosts has a throwback nature. Tire management is big, he said.

“You go back to your roots when you get these old-pavement tracks where taking care of the tires is really key and long runs are very key,” Dillon said. “So, where every other weekend during the year we are trying to take off and go fast, at this one if you take off it really hurts you in the end on the long run [because of tire falloff].”

The race, the first non-restrictor plate event of the 36-race season, will have a 36-car starting field, the smallest start grid for a Cup race since 1996. All teams participating have NASCAR charters, which guarantee a starting spot in all 36 Cup point races. The Atlanta field had room for four more teams, but no non-charter teams entered.

Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman will start the 325-lap race from the front row.

Rain is in the forecast for the Atlanta area Sunday. If the event is postponed, it will be rescheduled Monday.

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Published 2:54 PM EST Feb 24, 2018

NASCAR is one of the fatest growing sports in the U.S. This is fitting for a sport that relies on speed. Here, are the fastest race tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. While Talladega has the all-time official NASCAR track record, this list is sorted by fastest qualifying speed since 2000.

By limiting this list to speeds since 2000, this throws out three of the fastest qualifying track records in NASCAR history.

  1. Bill Elliott's 212.809 MPH lap at Talladega in 1987
  2. Bill Elliott's 210.364 MPH lap at Daytona in 1987
  3. Geoffrey Bodine's 197.478 MPH lap at Atlanta in 1997

NASCAR occasionally changes the rules to keep speeds down in the name of safety. This is the list of the fastest modern NASCAR Sprint Cup race tracks.

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Michigan Speedway - 203.241 MPH

A fresh repave of Michigan International Speedway in 2012 set the stage for Marcos Ambrose to shatter the old track record by nearly nine MPH. His lap of 203.241 MPH in June of 2012 put Michigan International Raceway solidly on top of this list.

The top 38 drivers in that race all posted speeds higher than previous number one Texas Motor Speedway's record lap of 196.235.

Michigan's new smooth surface makes it the king of speed.

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Daytona International Speedway - 196.434 MPH

Daytona International Speedway is another race track where teams are required to use restrictor plates. The official track record is again held by Bill Elliott who posted a 210.364 MPH lap to sit on the pole for the 1987 Daytona 500.

Since 2000 the fastest qualifying lap belongs to Danica Patrick who drove the new Gen 6 car to the Daytona 500 pole at 196.434 MPH.

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Texas Motor Speedway - 196.235 MPH

Nascar Driver Averages Per Track

Texas Motor Speedway was repaved during the 2006 season providing an entirely different racing surface for the drivers when they returned during The Chase for the Cup. Brian Vickers took advantage of the smooth surface and posted a 196.235 MPH lap to take the pole. This vaulted Texas into first place as the fastest race track on the modern Sprint Cup schedule.

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Atlanta Motor Speedway - 194.690 MPH

Until 2006 Atlanta Motor Speedway had held the title of NASCAR's fastest speedway since it was reconfigured during the 1997 season. However, it must now settle for third on the list with the quickest qualifying lap posted here since 2000 belonging to Ryan Newman at 194.690 MPH. Newman has held this track record since 2005.

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In 2012 Atlanta fell another spot to third on the overall list when Carl Edwards took the pole for the 2012 Daytona 500.

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Charlotte Motor Speedway -193.216 MPH

In 2005 Elliott Sadler set the Charlotte Motor Speedway track record. Sadler clocked in with a 193.216 MPH lap to vault Charlotte Motor Speedway up to the fourth spot on this list. Speeds jumped nearly five MPH from the previous year as a result of the track being smoothed and repaved.

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Talladega Superspeedway - 191.712 MPH

When people think of fast NASCAR race tracks Talladega Superspeedway usually comes to mind first. Talladega holds the all-time NASCAR track record as Bill Elliott sat on the pole with an incredible 212.809 MPH lap in 1987. However, since NASCAR mandated restrictor plate used at Talladega and Daytona in 1988, speeds have been reduced.

Since 2000 the fastest qualifying lap at Talladega was David Gilliland's 191.712 MPH lap from 2006.

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Kansas Speedway - 191.360 MPH

After a 2012 repave job Kasey Kahne lead a qualifying field that blistered the old track record and put Kansas on this list. Kahne laid down a 191.360 MPH to insert Kansas into the list and bump Indianapolis Motor Speedway off of the list.

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway - 190.456 MPH

Las Vegas Motor Speedway saw its track record shattered by almost ten miles per hour in 2007. Kasey Kahne put his Dodge on the pole with a 184.855 MPH lap which laid waste to Kahne's own previous track record of 174.904 MPH.

Kyle Busch then edged that record up to 185.995 in 2009. This closed the gap on 9th place Indianapolis but didn't change Vegas' position on this list.

In 2011 Matt Kenseth added nearly three miles per hour to the track record with his 188.884 MPH qualifying lap. This caused Vegas to jump up to seventh on this list.

Kasey Kahne reclaimed the track record in 2012 when he posted a 190.456 MPH lap during qualifying but Las Vegas remained seventh on the overall list.


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Auto Club Speedway - 188.245 MPH

Auto Club Speedway, formerly known as California Speedway, is similar to Michigan Speedway but doesn't have quite as much banking in the turns. 14 degrees versus Michigan's 18 degrees. This difference in banking accounts for the six-mile-per-hour difference in track records.

Kyle Busch is the track record holder here. Kyle ran this 188.245 MPH lap in qualifying for the February 2005 Auto Club 500.

Nascar Driver Averages Per Track
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Chicagoland Speedway - 188.147 MPH

Jimmie Johnson holds the track record in Chicagoland with his 2005 lap of 188.147 MPH. Again comparing this race track to Michigan Speedway. Chicagoland and Michigan have the same amount of banking and both tracks are 'D' shaped ovals. However, Michigan is a two-mile race track while Chicagoland is just 1.5 miles around. This difference accounts for the roughly six miles per hour difference in speeds.