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Numbers Game: Pennsylvania 500

Kim DeHaven · Monday July 24, 2006

 

0
Cars dropped to the back of the field at the start of Sunday’s Nextel Cup race at Pocono.

1st
Denny Hamlin’s starting and finishing position on Sunday, earning him Rookie of the race and a whole heap of cash.

1.510
Denny Hamlin’s margin of victory over Kurt Busch (in seconds), an increase of 0.182 seconds from the Pocono race in June, when Hamlin and Busch finished in the same positions.

2
Number of times this season Hamlin has won from the pole at Pocono, the only driver this season to do it twice at the same track.

2
RCR drivers finishing in the Top 10 Sunday.
(Kevin Harvick, 5th; Jeff Burton, 9th)

3
Hendrick drivers finishing in the Top 10 Sunday.
(Jeff Gordon, 3rd; Brian Vickers, 4th; Jimmie Johnson, 6th)

3
Gibbs drivers finishing in the Top 15 Sunday.
(Denny Hamlin, 1st; Tony Stewart, 7th; J.J. Yeley, 11th)

3
Consecutive Top 15 finishes for Yeley for the first time in his short Nextel Cup career.

3 hours, 46 minutes, 12 seconds
Time it took to complete the Pennsylvania 500.

4
Number of cars that failed to make the starting field at Pocono.
(Derrike Cope, No. 74; Stanton Barrett, No. 52; Greg Sacks, No. 34; Chad Chaffin, No. 61- Chaffin’s time was disallowed after failing post-qualifying inspection, giving the final starting position to Jimmy Spencer in the No. 78 car.)

6
Races now remaining until the start of the “Chase for the Championship.”

6
Number of times there has been a Pocono sweep of both races: Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1985), Tim Richmond (1986), Bobby Labonte (1999), Jimmie Johnson (2004), and Denny Hamlin (2006).

7
Caution flags for a total of 29 laps.

13
Lead changes among nine drivers.

19
Positions gained by Bobby Labonte in the Pennsylvania 500, winning him the USG Improving the Finish Award.

22
Wins at Pocono for Chevrolet, more than any other manufacturer.

27
Different drivers who have won Cup races at Pocono; 17 of those have won more than once.

34
Different drivers who have won Bud Poles at Pocono; 12 have more than one.

41
Cars running at the end of the Pennsylvania 500, setting a record for Pocono. 28 of those finished on the lead lap.

51
Career wins for Hamlin’s car owner Joe Gibbs.

97
Points that Jimmie Johnson leads Matt Kenseth by in the driver standings.

115
Laps in the Pennsylvania 500 completed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., relegating him to a 43rd place finish for the second week in a row.

151
Laps led by race winner Denny Hamlin, the most of any driver.

132.626
Average race speed (in mph).

169.827
Denny Hamlin’s pole winning speed (in mph).

200
Laps in the Pennsylvania 500, equaling 500 miles.

1974
Year when the first race was held at Pocono. It was called the Purolator 500, and the event was won by Richard Petty.

3,740
Length (in feet) of the long frontstretch at Pocono.

100,000
Estimated crowd in attendance Sunday.

$230,100
Denny Hamlin’s purse for winning the Pennsylvania 500.

4,936,658
Total race purse for the Pennsylvania 500.

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