The Frontstretch: Numbers Game: DIRECTV 500 by Kim DeHaven -- Monday April 3, 2006

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Numbers Game: DIRECTV 500

Kim DeHaven · Monday April 3, 2006

 

1.083
Tony Stewart’s margin of victory over Jeff Gordon (in seconds).

2
Number of accidents Dale Earnhardt Jr. fought back from to finish 4th.

2
Number of times I thought Jeff Burton might retaliate against Kurt Busch. Which led to..

2
The number of times I was disappointed he didn’t.

3 hours, 36 minutes, 56 seconds
Time it took to complete the DirecTV 500.

4
Number of April Fools’ jokes in the planning stages I overheard on the scanner this weekend.

4
Number of drivers that received more boos then cheers. (Kyle and Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson)

4
Number of Martinsville’s famous Jesse Jones hotdogs I consumed this weekend.

5
Number of times Tony Stewart led the field, for a total of 288 laps; the most of any driver.

6
Number of cars that failed to make the starting field. (Derrike Cope, #74; Kevin Lepage, #61; Kenny Wallace, #78; Jimmy Spencer, #49; Morgan Shepherd, #89; Hermie Sadler, #00)

6
Number of points Bobby Labonte trails Michael Waltrip by for 35th place in the standings.

10
Cars that fell out of the DIRECTV 500, a season high.

12
Lead changes among six drivers.

12th
Finishing position of Reed Sorenson, the highest of all the Rookie contenders.

14
Consecutive years Joe Gibbs Racing has scored at least one Cup victory.

16
Caution flags for 87 laps.

16
Cars that finished on the lead lap.

20
Number of places Clint Bowyer gained, the most of any driver eligible to win the USG Improving the Finish award. (He started 42nd and finished 22nd).

25
Lap when Tony Stewart ran the fastest lap of the race with an average lap speed of 93.685 mph.

25
Number of career victories for Tony Stewart.

49
Number of laps my favorite driver lost in the DIRECTV 500. Which led to…

50
The number of times I cursed about it.

55
Different drivers have competed in the first six Nextel Cup events.

62
Passes made by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the DIRECTV 500, with 27 of those occurring on the front or backstretch.

72.741
Average race speed (in mph).

500
Laps in the DirecTV 500, equaling 263 miles.

65,000
Estimated crowd in attendance; nearly 100,000 less then last week.

220,786
Money won by Tony Stewart for his win in the DirecTV 500.

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Nancy R Wilson
04/04/2006 12:36 PM
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Sorry, the number 20 for Clint Bowyer positions gained is incorrect. The most positions were gained by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Started 29 finished 4. That is a gain of 25 positions.

Ren
04/05/2006 04:09 AM
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It said ”...Most of any driver eligible to win the USG Improving the Finish award…”

That means that even though Jr may have gained more positions, he wasn’t eligible for the award.

Just like the Petty cars and the Bud Pole award. They don’t run alcohol ads so they aren’t eligible if they win a pole.

 

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