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Numbers Game : Daytona 500

Kim DeHaven · Monday February 18, 2008

 

0.092
Ryan Newman's margin of victory over Kurt Busch in the Daytona 500. (in seconds)

1st
Coors Light Pole of 2008 for Jimmie Johnson after taking the top starting spot in Daytona, with a speed of 187.075 mph. It was the 14th of his career and second at Daytona.

3
Cars dropped to the rear of the field before the start of racing at Daytona.
(No. 26 - Jamie McMurray and No. 40 – Dario Franchitti for using back-up cars, No. 78 – Joe Nemechek for missing drivers introductions)

4
Number of times Ryan Newman led the Daytona 500.

Ryan Newman led just eight laps en route to the biggest win of his 225 race career.

3 hours, 16 minutes, 30 seconds
Time it took to complete the Daytona 500.

7
Caution flags for a total of 23 laps Sunday.

7
Penalties handed down by NASCAR during the running of the Daytona 500.

8
Laps led by Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman on Sunday.

10
Number of cars that failed to make the starting field for Sunday's race.
(No. 84 – AJ Allmendinger; No. 21 – Bill Elliott; No. 49 – Ken Schrader; No. 60 – Boris Said; No. 10 – Patrick Carpentier; No. 37 – Eric McClure; No. 09 – Sterling Marlin; No. 27 – Jacques Villeneuve; No. 50 – Stanton Barrett; No. 08 – Carl Long)

13th
Career Cup victory for Sunday's winner Ryan Newman in 225 starts.

15
Points that Ryan Newman leads Kurt Busch by in the Sprint Cup point standings.

15th
Sam Hornish's finishing position in the Daytona 500, earning him Rookie of the Race honors.

19
Positions gained by Elliott Sadler in the Daytona 500 to win the USG Improving the Finish Award.

38
Cars running at the end of the race at Daytona; 32 of those were on the lead lap.

42
Lead changes among 16 drivers at Daytona.

43rd
Kenny Wallace's finishing position on Sunday. He was only able to complete 141 laps before blowing the engine on the No. 87 Furniture Row Chevy.

58
Career Cup wins for Roger Penske after Ryan Newman's trip to Victory Lane. Newman’s win is the first restrictor plate win and 1-2 finish for Penske Racing in a Cup race.

86
Laps led by Kyle Busch, the most of any driver. Busch finished the race in the 4th position.

152.672
Average race speed in mph.

200
Laps in the Daytona 500, equaling 500 miles.

190,000
Estimated crowd in attendance at Daytona on Sunday.

$1,506,045
Ryan Newman's purse for winning the Daytona 500.

$18,689,238
Total purse for the Daytona 500.

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