The Frontstretch: Numbers Game : Checker Auto Parts 500K by Kim DeHaven -- Monday November 12, 2007

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Numbers Game : Checker Auto Parts 500K

Kim DeHaven · Monday November 12, 2007

 

0.870
Jimmie Johnson’s margin of victory over Greg Biffle in the Checker Auto Parts 500K. (in seconds)

1
Car dropped to the rear of the field before the start of racing at Phoenix.
(No. 83 – Brian Vickers for an engine change)

1st
Bud Pole of 2007 for Carl Edwards after taking the top starting spot in Phoenix, with a speed of 132.773 mph.

2
Number of times Jimmie Johnson led the Checker Auto Parts 500K.

4th
Consecutive victory for Jimmie Johnson, the first time such a feat’s been achieved in Cup since Jeff Gordon in 1998.
(Johnson’s Victories : Martinsville, Atlanta, Texas, Phoenix)

3 hours, 01 minutes, 46 seconds
Time it took to complete the Checker Auto Parts 500K.

6
Number of cars that failed to make the starting field for Sunday’s race.
(No. 4 – Ward Burton; No. 44 – Dale Jarrett; No. 49 – John Andretti; No. 55 – Michael Waltrip; No. 84 – A.J. Allmendinger; No. 00 – David Reutimann)

10
Of the 12 Chase drivers have been mathematically eliminated to win the Nextel Cup championship. Only Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon remain eligible.

10th
Win of the 2007 season for Jimmie Johnson at Phoenix, a mark which leads the Nextel Cup Series. It’s also the first time a driver has won 10 or more races in a season since 1998 (Jeff Gordon).

10
Caution flags for a total of 42 laps Sunday.

10
Lead changes among six drivers at Phoenix.

11
Penalties handed down by NASCAR during the running of the Checker Auto Parts 500K.

11
Top 10 finishes this season for Checker Auto Parts 500K runner-up Greg Biffle, who moved to within 65 points of 13th in the standings.

17th
Juan Pablo Montoya’s finishing position in the Checker Auto Parts 500K, earning him Rookie of the Race honors for the 16th time this season.

18th
Where Johnson has to finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend to clinch the Nextel Cup championship, regardless of Jeff Gordon’s performance.

23
Top 10 finishes this season for Phoenix winner Jimmie Johnson.

26th
Win for a Chevrolet in 2007, eclipsing the previous mark of 25 race wins in a single season set back in 1958. Johnson’s win on Sunday was also the 13th victory in 16 appearances for the Impala CoT model. The 26 wins also represent the most from a manufacturer in the modern era of the series (1972-present).

Sunday was a day to forget for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. after a hard crash left his car unable to finish at Phoenix.

29
Top 10 finishes for Jeff Gordon after a 10th place run at Phoenix; that tied the modern-era record set by Dale Jarrett in 1999.

30
Positions gained by Kyle Busch in the Checker Auto Parts 500K to win the USG Improving the Finish Award.

33rd
Career Cup victory for Sunday’s winner Jimmie Johnson in 218 starts.

37
Cars running at the end of the race at Phoenix; 24 of those were on the lead lap.

43rd
Dale Earnhardt, Jr’s finishing position on Sunday. He was only able to complete 118 laps before crashing on the backstretch, recording his ninth DNF of 2007.

55
Laps led by Checker Auto Parts 500K winner Jimmie Johnson on Sunday.

86
Points that Jimmie Johnson leads Jeff Gordon by in the Nextel Cup point standings.

93
Laps led by Matt Kenseth, the most of any driver. Kenseth finished the race in the 3rd position.

102.989
Average race speed in mph.

167
Career Cup wins for Rick Hendrick after Jimmie Johnson’s trip to Victory Lane.

312
Laps in the Checker Auto Parts 500K, equaling 312 miles / 500 kilometers.

105,000
Estimated crowd in attendance at Phoenix on Sunday.

$245,011
Jimmie Johnson’s purse for winning the Checker Auto Parts 500K.

$4,998,497
Total purse for the Checker Auto Parts 500K.

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