Top Ten Tuesday: Driver-Track Dominance

Spencer Neff

Twitter:@NeffOnSports11

Thank you for reading, hope you are having a great week.

On Sunday, Jimmie Johnson can clinch a spot in the second round of the Chase with his 11th win at Dover. Johnson set the record for wins at the track in June. Here is a look at other noteworthy performances by drivers at one track.

10. Kevin Harvick at Phoenix: Harvick ,who swept both events at the one-mile venue in 2006, has become even more successful since it was repaved prior to the November 2011 race. Harvick has won five of the last six races there, and will look to make it five in a row and eight overall when the series returns their in November.

9. David Pearson at Michigan: Like Darlington, Pearson may not have the stats to showcase his dominance, but he does have more trips to victory lane than anyone else in the speedway’s history, with nine.

8. Dale Earnhardt at Atlanta: Earnhardt’s wins at Atlanta came across two configurations, although he only won once at the current 1.54-mile venue. Earnhardt also has 26 top-fives and a 9.5 average finish (record-min. 10 starts), both are best for Atlanta.

7. Richard Petty at Daytona: Although all of Petty’s wins were before restrictor plates, Petty’s record of seven Daytona 500s are one of the most notable marks in the sport.

6. Dale Earnhardt at Talladega: After restrictor plates were implemented in 1988, Earnhardt became a master of the racing, winning eight times after plates were put in use. Earnhardt also has a record 23 top-fives, 27 top-tens and 1,377 laps led at the 2.66-mile superspeedway in Alabama.

5. Jimmie Johnson at Dover: Johnson swept at Dover his rookie year in 2002, an impressive feat considering how challenging Dover is for any driver, From there, he has won eight more times, including another sweep in 2009. Johnson will look for a third season sweep on Sunday.

4. David Pearson at Darlington: A driver’s home track will often elicit some of their best performances, and that was certainly true for Pearson. Pearson,a native of Spartanburg, won 10 times, including five in a row at the famed South Carolina Speedway.

3. Darrell Waltrip at Bristol: One of the most impressive feats of Darrell Waltrip’s career is his seven consecutive wins at Bristol from 1981-1984. Waltrip had two wins before and three after the streak, to bring his total to 12 at the track in Tennessee.

2. Richard Petty at Richmond: Another Virginia short track where Petty’s name is cemented all over the record book is Richmond International Raceway. Although most of his races were contested on the .542-mile layout, Petty’s 13 wins, 34 top-fives,41 top-tens, 8 poles (tied with Bobby Allison), 21,135 laps completed, and 5,136 laps led.

1. Richard Petty at Martinsville: With 15 wins, Petty holds the Sprint Cup record for most wins at a track still on tour with 15 at the oldest track in NASCAR. Petty also holds the record with 30 top-fives, 37 Top-tens, 67 starts and 27,891 laps completed.\

Have a great day and see you soon.

Published by Spencer Neff

I am a lifelong auto racing fan. Through IndyCar1909, I look forward to sharing my passion for the series and its illustrious history with you.

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