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Numbers Game: USG Sheetrock 400

Kim DeHaven · Monday July 10, 2006

 

0.461
Jeff Gordon’s margin of victory over Jeff Burton. (in seconds)

1
Reason we will be talking about the Jeff Gordon/Matt Kenseth incident all week long; the race at Chicagoland was BORING otherwise!

1
Car dropped to the back of the field at the start of the race.
(No. 00 – Bill Elliott, engine change)

2
Career wins at Chicagoland for Kevin Harvick, the only repeat winner in the track’s short history.

2
Number of times I heard my daughter say, “If only Jeff Gordon would have wrecked, too, my man would have won the race.”

3
Juan Pablo Montoya stated he would challenge for the win in this many races next year since he would “excel on the road courses.” I guess Chip didn’t tell him there are only two on the schedule.

3
Current Cup tracks left where Jeff Gordon has not posted a victory after winning Chicagoland. (Homestead, Phoenix and Texas).

3
RCR drivers in the Top 10 on Sunday.
(No. 31 – Jeff Burton, 2nd; No. 29 – Kevin Harvick, 4th; No. 07 – Clint Bowyer, 9th)

3
Rookies in the top 10. (Reed Sorenson – 7th, earning him Rookie of the Race; Bowyer 9th; J.J. Yeley 10th)

3
Hendrick drivers in the Top 10 Sunday.
(No. 24 – Jeff Gordon, 1st; No. 5 – Kyle Busch, 3rd; No. 48 – Jimmie Johnson 6th)

3 hours, 3 minutes, 59 seconds
Time it took to complete the USG Sheetrock 400.

4
Tires changed in a typical pit stop.

4
Diapers changed by me during a typical race.

4
Number of times my nephew mistook Jeff Burton’s car for Smoke’s.

5
Wins in six races for Chevrolet at Chicagoland.

7
Number of cars that failed to make the starting field. (Paul Menard, No. 15; Kevin Lepage, No. 49; Chad Blount, No. 61; Brent Sherman, No. 04; Mike Garvey, No. 51; Derrike Cope, No. 74; Carl Long, No. 34)

8
Caution flags for a total of 34 laps at Chicagoland.

18
Lead changes among 10 drivers Sunday.

27
Laps led by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the USG Sheetrock 400.

28
Extra hits this article will get because I mentioned Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

29
Positions gained by Clint Bowyer in the USG Sheetrock 400 to win the USG Improving the Finish Award.

32nd
The furthest back a winner has started at Chicagoland. This occurred in 2002 when Kevin Harvick won the Tropicana 400.

42
Cars running at the end of the USG Sheetrock 400, 25 of those on the lead lap.

51
Points that Jimmie Johnson leads Matt Kenseth by in the driver’s standings.

40-ish
Points that Jimmie Johnson trailed Matt Kenseth by with four laps to go.

58
Foriegn born drivers have competed at the Cup level. Some notables- Earl Ross from Canada was the 1974 Rookie of the Year; Roy Smith of Canada was a four time Busch Series Champion; Pedro Rodriguez of Mexico’s fifth place finish in the 1965 World 600 at Charlotte is considered the best finish by a foreign-born driver who was not an American citizen; and Mario Andretti, who was born in Italy but won the 1967 Daytona 500.

75
Career victories for Jeff Gordon in 455 starts.

112
Laps led by Matt Kenseth Sunday, the most of any driver.

132.077
Average race speed (in mph).

145
Career wins for car owner Rick Hendrick after Gordon’s trip to Victory Lane on Sunday night.

181.647
Jeff Burton’s pole winning speed (in mph).

270
Laps in the USG Sheetrock 400, equaling 405 miles.

80,000
Estimated crowd in attendance at Chicagoland.

80,001
Number of people that know Gordon spun Kenseth intentionally. And why not? Gordon goes on to win the race AND his car retains the point lead.

$327,761
Jeff Gordon’s purse for winning the USG Sheetrock 400.

$2,322,154
Total purse for the USG Sheetrock 400.

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