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Numbers Game: Food City 500

Kim DeHaven · Monday March 27, 2006

 

0.179 Margin of victory over Kevin Harvick (in seconds).

1
Televised “fight” by the unlikeliest of subjects, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth.

2
Number of states the city of Bristol is located in.

3
Number of Top 5 finishes by point leader Matt Kenseth.

3 hours, 21 minutes, 19 seconds
Time it took to complete the Food City 500.

7
Number of cars that failed to make the starting field. (Chad Chaffin; Kenny Wallace; Mike Garvey; Mike Skinner; Morgan Shepherd; Chad Blount; Derrike Cope)

8
Number of times Tony Stewart led the field, for a total of 245 laps; the most of any driver.

8
Positions in the Nextel Cup point standings lost by J.J. Yeley following this week’s race; the biggest drop of all drivers.

10th
Race winner Kurt Busch’s starting position.

11
Positions in the Nextel Cup point standings gained by Kurt Busch following this week’s race; the biggest improvement of all drivers.

14th
Finishing position of Denny Hamlin, the highest of all the Rookie contenders.

15
Number of career victories for Kurt Busch; Five of those coming at Bristol.

18
Caution flags for a total of 105 laps.

19
Lead changes among eight drivers.

25
Number of places Bobby Labonte gained, the most of any driver. (He started 30th and finished 5th.)

30
Points – The margin over Sterling Marlin that keeps Scott Riggs locked into the starting field.

35
Bonus points awarded to Greg Biffle so far this season; the most earned by a driver.

36
Cars still running at the end of the race…only 21 of those were on the lead lap at the finish.

36
Passes made by Scott Wimmer in the Food City 500; 17 of those occuring in turns 3 and 4.

51
Different drivers that have competed in the first five Nextel Cup events.

79.427
Average race speed (in mph).

426
Points Sterling Marlin trails leader Matt Kenseth by in the Nextel Cup Standings; he is ranked 35th.

446
Lap when Matt Kenseth ran the fastest lap of the race, with an average lap speed of 123.047 mph.

500
Laps in the Food City 500, equaling 266.500 miles.

160,000
Estimated crowd in attendance at the Food City 500.

160,000
Additional tickets Bruton Smith could probably sell if the track had the seating capacity.

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