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Numbers Game : Sharpie 500

Kim DeHaven · Monday August 27, 2007

 

1st
Career Cup victory and third Top 10 finish at Bristol Motor Speedway for Sharpie 500 winner Carl Edwards.

1.405
Edwards’ margin of victory over Kasey Kahne (in seconds).

2
Victories and 10 Top 10 finishes this season for Bristol winner Carl Edwards, who clinched his spot in the Chase with Saturday night’s win.

2
Cars dropped to the rear of the field prior to the start of Saturday night’s race.
(No. 01 – Aric Almirola and No. 11 – Denny Hamlin for engine changes)

2 hours, 59 minutes, 39 seconds
Time it took to complete the Sharpie 500.

3
Top 10 finishes this season for Sharpie 500 runner-up Kasey Kahne – as compared to six wins he accumulated throughout the 2006 season.

3rd
Clint Bowyer’s finishing position at Bristol, tying his career best. He placed third at California last September.

4
Number of times Carl Edwards led the Sharpie 500 – for a total of 182 laps.

5
Number of wins for Edwards in both the Busch Series and Nextel Cup on concrete tracks in 2007.

Carl Edwards’ injured thumb didn’t keep him from taking his second win of the year at Bristol Motor Speedway.

5
Number of cars that failed to make the starting field.
(No. 34 – Stanton Barrett; No. 37 – Kevin Lepage; No. 78 – Sterling Marlin; No. 83 – Brian Vickers; No. 00 – David Reutimann)

6
Career Nextel Cup wins for Carl Edwards in 109 starts.

8th
Bobby Labonte’s finishing position in the Sharpie 500 on Saturday night, his third Top 10 finish this season (and second consecutive).

9
Caution flags for a total of 61 laps, tying the lowest number of yellow flags at Bristol since 1999.

12
Lead changes among eight drivers Saturday night.

13
Penalties handed down by NASCAR during the running of the Sharpie 500.

17th
Juan Pablo Montoya’s finishing position, earning him Rookie of the Race honors for the 11th time this season.

27
Positions gained by J.J. Yeley in the Sharpie 500 – from 40th to 13th – to win the USG Improving the Finish Award.

38
Cars running at the end of the Sharpie 500; 21 of those were on the lead lap.

43rd
Denny Hamlin’s finishing position on Saturday night. He completed 209 laps in the Sharpie 500 before retiring due to a blown engine, putting an end to his 53-race streak without a DNF.

89.006
Average race speed at Bristol (in mph).

99
Career Cup wins for Jack Roush after Carl Edwards’ latest trip to Victory Lane.

182
Laps led by Sharpie 500 winner Carl Edwards, the most he’s led in any race during his career.

305
Laps led by Kasey Kahne in the Sharpie 500, the most of any driver.

349
Points that Jeff Gordon leads Tony Stewart by in the Nextel Cup point standings. The top five drivers in the standings (Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards) have now clinched a spot in the Chase.

500
Laps in the Sharpie 500, equaling 266.5 miles.

160,000
Estimated crowd in attendance at Bristol on Saturday night.

$297,050
Carl Edwards’ purse for winning the Sharpie 500.

$6,182,147
Total purse for the Sharpie 500.

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