The Frontstretch: Numbers Game: Golden Corral 500 by Kim DeHaven -- Tuesday March 21, 2006

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Numbers Game: Golden Corral 500

Kim DeHaven · Tuesday March 21, 2006

 

1st
Race winner Kasey Kahne’s starting position.

1
Brash fan in the ‘NASCAR Raceday’ crowd on Sunday waving a homemade “Dale Jr. Sucks” tee shirt. This is Atlanta; I would bet my Editor’s paycheck that he didn’t make it out in one piece.

1.928 Margin of victory over Mark Martin (in seconds).

3 hours, 28 minutes, 24 seconds
Time it took to complete the Golden Corral 500. (Plus one day, thanks to the rain)

2
Cars dropped to the back of the field at the start of the race. (49-Sherman, crash; 25-Vickers, engine)

6
Number of times Greg Biffle led the field, for a total of 128 laps; the most of any driver.

7
Positions in the Nextel Cup point standings lost by Carl Edwards after this week’s race, the biggest drop of all competitors.

8
Caution flags for a total of 43 laps.

9
Cars who failed to make the starting field. (Mike Garvey; Stanton Barrett; Chad Chaffin; Derrike Cope; Kenny Wallace; Travis Kvapil; Mike Skinner; Greg Sacks; Chad Blount.)

10th
Finishing position of Reed Sorenson, the highest of all the Rookie contenders.

11
Positions in the Nextel Cup point standings gained by Paul Menard after this week’s race, the biggest improvement of all drivers.

18
Car number of JJ Yeley, the highest starting Rookie in the race. (started 5th – finished 15th)

23
Car number of Bill Lester, one heck of a racer and an all-around good guy.

24
Number of places Kyle Petty gained, the most of any driver. (He started 32nd and finished 8th.)

27
Lead changes among 12 drivers.

41
Cars still running at the end of the race…only 18 of those were on the lead lap at the finish.

144.098
Average race speed (in mph).

*192.553 *
Speed in mph Kasey Kahne ran to win the pole for the Golden Corral 500.

325
Laps ran to make up 500.500 miles.

419
Points David Stremme trails leader Jimmie Johnson by in the Nextel Cup Standings; he is ranked 35th.

19,708
Amount of money Paul Menard has earned so far this season, the least of all drivers. He is ranked 41st in points.

2,179,373
Amount of money point leader Jimmie Johnson has earned so far this season, the most of all drivers.

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