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Numbers Game: Pepsi 400

Kim DeHaven · Monday July 9, 2007


Number of Hendrick teammates that helped push Kyle Busch’s car in the draft during the closing laps of the Pepsi 400. Kyle was still able to finish 2nd with brother Kurt’s help and by driving a strong race car – one that was capable of running up front without another car tucked directly behind (or under) him.

Jamie McMurray’s margin of victory over Kyle Busch (in seconds), a new Daytona track record. The finish is tied for the 2nd closest in NASCAR history since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993.

Car dropped to the rear of the field prior to the start of the Pepsi 400.
(No. 88 – Ricky Rudd: Unapproved impound adjustment)

Career Nextel Cup wins for Jamie McMurray in 168 starts.

2 hours, 52 minutes, 41 seconds
Time it took to complete the Pepsi 400.

Laps led by Daytona winner Jamie McMurray.

Greg Biffle’s finishing position Saturday night, just his 5th Top 10 of 2007.

Number of times Jamie McMurray and Kyle Busch swapped the lead on the last lap of the Pepsi 400, according to NASCAR’s scoring loops.

Top 10 finishes this season for Daytona winner Jamie McMurray.

Caution flags for a total of 30 laps.

Kasey Kahne’s finishing position in the Pepsi 400, despite hitting the Turn 2 wall just 5 laps into the race after getting tagged by Jeff Green.

Number of cars that failed to make the starting field once qualifying was rained out.
(No. 4 – Ward Burton; No. 27 – Kirk Shelmerdine; No. 36 – Jeremy Mayfield; No. 37 – Kevin LePage; No. 49 – Larry Foyt; No. 55 – Michael Waltrip; No. 60 – Boris Said; No. 84 – A.J. Allmendinger; No. 04 – Eric McClure; No. 09 – Mike Wallace)

Top 10 finishes this season for Pepsi 400 runner-up Kyle Busch.

David Gilliland’s finishing position Saturday night, his best run since Talladega in April. He made a quick recovery after spinning out on the backstretch with just 15 laps to go.

Different race winners in 18 Cup races this season.

David Ragan’s finishing position, earning him Rookie of the Race honors for the eighth time this season.

Penalties handed down by NASCAR Saturday night during the running of the Pepsi 400, including a pass through penalty for race winner Jamie McMurray for passing below the yellow line.

Number of drivers that competed in both the Winn-Dixie 250 — the Busch Series companion event — and the Pepsi 400 on Saturday at Daytona.
(Kyle Busch; Kevin Harvick; Dave Blaney; Tony Stewart; Clint Bowyer; Kasey Kahne; Reed Sorenson; Casey Mears; David Gilliland; Carl Edwards; Brian Vickers; Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; Jamie McMurray; Tony Raines; J.J. Yeley; Bobby Labonte; Juan Pablo Montoya; David Ragan; Greg Biffle; David Reutimann)

Positions gained by David Gilliland in the Pepsi 400 to win the USG Improving the Finish Award.

Lead changes among 12 drivers Saturday.

Drivers who had taken time in Pepsi 400 qualifying before rain forced its cancellation. Boris Said was on the provisional pole; however, after the field was set per the rules book, he failed to make the race, along with Jeremy Mayfield and Michael Waltrip, drivers who both had Top 5 qualifying runs go to waste.

Cars running at the end of the Pepsi 400, 30 of those on the lead lap.

Denny Hamlin’s finishing position in the Pepsi 400. He was leading the race on lap 15 when he crashed with his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Tony Stewart on the frontstretch. As a result, he was only able to complete 99 of the race’s 160 laps.

Laps led by Clint Bowyer in the Pepsi 400, the most of any driver.

Career Cup wins for Jack Roush after Jamie McMurray’s trip to Victory Lane on Saturday.

Career Cup starts for Tony Raines following the Pepsi 400 at Daytona.

Average race speed (in mph).

Laps in the Pepsi 400, equaling 400 miles.

Races since Jamie McMurray’s last win in the rain-delayed event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on October 13, 2002. He won the UAW-GM 500 in just his 2nd start while driving the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge in substitution for the injured Sterling Marlin.

Points that Jeff Gordon leads Denny Hamlin by in the Nextel Cup point standings.

Estimated crowd in attendance at Daytona on Saturday.

Jamie McMurray’s purse for winning the Pepsi 400.

Total purse for the Pepsi 400.

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07/10/2007 07:41 AM

Do you writers even watch the race? I didn’t see Kyle being a teammate to ANYONE during the entire race. I see no mention of that. When Jeff Gordon was going to pass Jamie M for the lead Kyle left him and dropped down to the inside lane leaving JG and that was fine. The laps are winding down, it’s every man for himself. So why all this whining from Kyle and you writers? Who was pushing Kurt B who was pushing Kyle at the end of the race? Jeff Gordon. I saw the supposed “brush off” on TV. Did you? Kyle wallks by as Jeff is giving an interview taps him on the shoulder, Jeff turns to see who it is, sees it’s Kyle B, gives him the thumbs up, Kyle keeps walking, Jeff goes back to his interview. Sorry no boka of roses Kyle. Kyle is creating hiw own alienation and using the media. You guys are just eating it all up.

07/10/2007 10:58 AM

I couldn’t agree more L.L. There were many times Kyle didn’t help his teammates. But they were supposed to sacrifice their game plan to help him? Kyle is playing the sympathy character for all it’s worth and the media is eating it up. Not everyone is though.


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