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Numbers Game: Auto Club 500

Kim DeHaven · Monday February 27, 2006

 

0.338
Matt Kenseth’s margin of victory over Jimmie Johnson (in seconds).

1
Extra lap ran on Sunday in the Auto Club 500, to make a total of 502 miles.

1.5
Jimmie Johnson’s average finishing position so far in 2006.

2
Cars who withdrew their entries prior to qualifying. (the No. 37 of Mike Skinner and the No. 92 of Chad Chaffin)

3 hours, 23 minutes, 43 seconds
Time it took to complete the Auto Club 500 (and two).

4
Number of times Matt Kenseth led the field, for a total of 40 laps.

5
Cars who failed to make the starting field.

7
Caution flags for a total of 26 laps.

7
Number of Cup regulars currently in the Busch Series Top 10. Of the seven, only Clint Bowyer is in the Top 10 in the Cup Series as well.

11
Number of victories Matt Kenseth has earned in 222 career starts.

18
Lead changes among 9 drivers.

18
Car number of J.J. Yeley, the highest finishing Rookie in the race. (started 4th – finished 8th)

30
Number of places race winner Matt Kenseth gained; the most of any driver. (He started 31st.)

34
Number of consecutive races Joe Nemechek has been running at the finish, the longest current streak in the Cup Series.

49
Brent Sherman’s car number; the only car that had to drop to the back of the field at the start of the race. (He crashed his primary in Happy Hour.)

147.852
Average race speed (in mph)

168
Number of laps Greg Biffle led the field before blowing an engine, relegating him to a 42nd-place finish.

187.086
Speed in mph Kurt Busch ran to win the pole for the Auto Club 500; the fourth of his career.

$77,400
Amount of money Kenny Wallace earned for his 41st-place finish in the Auto Club 500, the smallest payout in the event.

$324,991
Amount of money Matt Kenseth earned for his win in the Auto Club 500.

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