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Numbers Game: Aaron's 499

Kim DeHaven · Monday May 1, 2006

 

0
Number of drivers that have won all four restrictor-plate races in a single season. Dale Earnhardt came the closest, winning three of the four restrictor-plate races in 1990. (Jimmie Johnson is 2 for 2 so far).

0.120
Jimmie Johnson’s margin of victory over Tony Stewart at Talladega (in seconds).

1
Car dropped to the back of the field at the start of the Aaron’s 499. (No. 17, Matt Kenseth: radiator issue)

1.645
Time that seperated 49th place qualifier Kenny Wallace from pole winner Elliott Sadler at Talladega. (in seconds)

2
Restrictor-plate victories for Jimmie Johnson this season (see note above).

2.66
Miles that make up one lap around Talladega Superspeedway.

3
Laps led by race winner Jimmie Johnson of 188 at Talladega.

3 hours, 30 minutes, 0 seconds
Time it took to complete the Aaron’s 499. (Plus one day!)

6
Number of times Tony Stewart has finished second at Talladega.

6
Drivers who scored their only Cup victory at Talladega. (Ron Bouchard, Richard Brickhouse, Dick Brooks, Bobby Hillin Jr., Phil Parsons and Lennie Pond)

6
Number of cars that failed to make the starting field. (No. 89, Morgan Shepherd; No. 95, Stanton Barrett; No. 09, Mike Wallace; No. 92, Chad Blount; No. 49, Brent Sherman; No. 78, Kenny Wallace)

7
Career poles for Elliott Sadler. The pole at Talladega also makes him the seventh different pole winner this season.

7-31-88
Date when Ken Schrader posted his first career Cup victory at Talladega.

8
Caution flags for a total of 34 laps in the Aaron’s 499.

10
Victories at Talladega for legend Dale Earnhardt; the most of any driver. (He also posted 23 Top 5 and 27 Top 10 finishes, leading 1,377 laps in 44 career starts at the track.)

11
J.J. Yeley’s starting and finishing position at Talladega, the highest finishing rookie in the race. (Rode around all day, 500 miles, to end up where he started! Poor guy!)

12
Drivers still eligible for the Chase to the Nextel Cup after Monday’s race.

21
Amount of points Jimmie Johnson leads Matt Kenseth by in the driver standings.

21st
Scott Wimmer’s finishing position, his best of the year.

29
Cars running at the end of the Aaron’s 499, 21 of those on the lead lap.

31
Positions lost by Greg Biffle in the Aaron’s 499, the most of any driver, after breaking a piston.

36
Positions gained by Jeff Burton, earning him the USG Improving the Finish Award.

56
Lead changes among 22 drivers, a season high.

62
Laps led by Jeff Gordon at Talladega, the most of any driver.

142.880
Average race speed of the Aaron’s 499 (in mph).

188
Laps in the Aaron’s 499, equaling 500.08 miles.

188.511
Elliott Sadler’s pole winning speed (in mph).

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