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Numbers Game: Dodge Charger 500

Kim DeHaven · Monday May 15, 2006

 

0.209
Greg Biffle’s margin of victory over Jeff Gordon (in seconds).

1.366
Miles that make up one lap around Darlington Raceway.

2
Cars dropped to the back of the field at the start of Saturday night’s race.
(Sterling Marlin and Terry Labonte for changing engines)

3
Roush drivers who finished in the Top 10. (Greg Biffle 1st; Matt Kenseth 3rd; Mark Martin 8th)

3 hours, 42 minutes, 36 seconds
Time it took to complete the Dodge Charger 500.

4
Number of cars that failed to make the starting field. (Chad Chaffin, No. 61; Kenny Wallace, No. 78; Carl Long, No. 37; Chad Blount, No. 34)

5
Drivers that finished in the Top 10 in both the Busch and Cup Series races this weekend at Darlington. (Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch)

6
Caution flags for a total of 24 laps.

9th
Greg Biffle’s starting position on Saturday night.

9-4-1950
Date of the first 500 mile NASCAR race held at Darlington Raceway. Darlington is also the site of the first asphalt race in Cup history.

10th
Denny Hamlin’s finishing position, earning him Rookie of the Race.

10
Victories for Greg Biffle in 125 career starts.

10
Drivers eligible for the Chase to the Nextel Cup after Saturday’s race, the first time this year the number’s been reduced that low.

25
Lead changes among 10 drivers.

28
Positions gained by Matt Kenseth in the Dodge Charger 500 to win the USG Improving the Finish Award.

33
Scott Wimmer’s finishing position in the Dodge Charger 500; exactly half of his Busch Series car number.

39
Cars running at the end of the Dodge Charger 500, the most in any race at Darlington since 1999; 14 of those finishers were on the lead lap.

54
Career Darlington starts for Terry Labonte, the most of any active driver.

93
Points that Jimmie Johnson leads Tony Stewart by in the driver’s standings.

135.127
Average race speed (in mph).

169.013
Kasey Kahne’s pole winning speed (in mph). This is the third pole of his career in three qualifying attempts at Darlington. (He started 13th in 2004 when qualifying was cancelled due to rain.)

170
Laps led by race winner Greg Biffle; the most of any driver.

367
Laps in the Dodge Charger 500, equaling 501.322 miles.

75,000
Estimated crowd in attendance at Darlington.

$290,175
Greg Biffle’s purse for winning the Dodge Charger 500.

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