The Frontstretch: Numbers Game: Samsung/RadioShack 500 by Kim DeHaven -- Monday April 10, 2006

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Numbers Game: Samsung/RadioShack 500

Kim DeHaven · Monday April 10, 2006

 

1
Televised confrontation, not between drivers… but their girlfriends!, after Kurt Busch “assisted” Greg Biffle into the wall. (That is, unless you happen to be a Busch fan…oh wait, they are a myth!)

1.5
Miles that make up one lap around the Texas oval.

2
Drivers who scored their first career wins at Texas Motor Speedway. (Jeff Burton in 1997, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in 2000)

2
Rookie contenders who finished in the top ten at Texas Motor Speedway. (Denny Hamlin, 4th and Martin Truex, Jr., 8th)

2
Places in the owner standings Jeremy Mayfield lost, dropping him from the Top 35. The 19 team trails Sterling Marlin’s 14 team by 5 points.

3
Career wins for Kasey Kahne, all of them coming when he has started from the pole.

3 hours, 37 minutes, 55 seconds
Time it took to complete the Samsung/RadioShack 500.

5
Number of cars that failed to make the starting field. (#49 – Brent Sherman; #92 – Chad Blount; #78 – Kenny Wallace; #34 – Chad Chaffin; #95 – Stanton Barrett)

5.229
Kasey Kahne’s margin of victory over Matt Kenseth (in seconds).

8
Career poles for Kasey Kahne.

9
Caution flags for a total of 43 laps.

11
Races run at Texas Motor Speedway with 11 different winners.

15
Points that Matt Kenseth trails leader Jimmie Johnson in the driver’s standings.

21
Drivers still eligible for the Chase to the Nextel Cup after Sunday’s race.

22
Lead changes among 12 drivers.

28th
Scott Wimmer’s finishing position for the second consecutive week.

37
Number of places Tony Stewart gained, the most of any driver eligible for the USG Improving the Finish award. (He started 40th and finished 3rd.)

38
Cars running at the end of the Samsung/RadioShack 500; 18 of those on the lead lap.

99
Laps led by Tony Stewart; the most of any driver.

137.943
Average race speed (in mph).

334
Laps in the Samsung/RadioShack 500, equaling 501 miles.

675
Career starts for Ken Schrader after Sunday’s event.

194.224
The record pole winning speed (in mph) at Texas, set by Bill Elliott on April 5, 2002.

$7,096,079
Posted awards for the Samsung/RadioShack 500.

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Colin Baird
04/11/2006 07:03 AM
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How about HUNDREDS, or maybe even THOUSANDS, of empty seats on the backstretch? And I don’t think they were under the stands buying souveniers. And for this, Texas gets TWO race dates? I was always lead to believe that everything in Texas was bigger.

Mike Burns
04/11/2006 10:32 AM
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Empty Seats…The backstretch seats 37,000 plus-fans and it was 2/3 full. the front stretch was packed. There were more than 200,000 fans there. How many fans go to your favorite track??? Texas and our good neighbors support NASCAR.

 

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