The Frontstretch: Numbers Game : Sony HD 500 by Kim DeHaven -- Monday September 4, 2006

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Numbers Game : Sony HD 500

Kim DeHaven · Monday September 4, 2006

 

1st
Victory by a Dodge at California Speedway since the track opened in 1997; Kasey Kahne won Sunday in the Ray Evernham Charger.

2
Number of points Kyle Petty trails 35th place Sterling Marlin in the owner standings, dropping him from a guaranteed starting spot beginning next week at Richmond.

2
Career poles for Kurt Busch at California; he’s the only driver to score back-to-back poles at the track.

$2.49
Price of a gallon of gas at my local station on Sunday. A gallon cost Reed Sorenson approximately $180,000 in winnings and his first Cup victory.

3
Drivers who have scored a weekend sweep this year, winning both companion events held at the track.
(Kasey Kahne – California, Matt Kenseth – Bristol, Kevin Harvick – Phoenix)

3
Drivers dropped to the rear of the field for the start of the race at California.
(No. 4, Scott Wimmer – engine change; No. 21, Ken Schrader – engine change; No. 40, David Stremme – transmission change)

3
Career wins at California Speedway for Jeff Gordon; no one else has won more than once.

3rd
Finishing position of Clint Bowyer, a career best, earning him Rookie of the Race honors.

3.427
Kasey Kahne’s margin of victory over Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the Sony HD 500. (in seconds)

3 hours, 27 minutes, 40 seconds
Time it took to complete the Sony HD 500.

4
Number of cars that failed to make the starting field for Sunday night’s race.
(No. 06 – Todd Kluever; No. 34 – Kertus Davis; No. 61 – Chad Chaffin; No. 23 – Bill Lester)

5
Wins for Rick Hendrick at Fontana, the most of any owner.

6
Career wins for Kasey Kahne in 97 starts. Four of his wins have been from the pole; the other two have been from the 9th starting spot.

7
Caution flags for a total of 29 laps.

8
Career poles for Kurt Busch in 209 starts.

8
Drivers in the Top 10 who changed point positions after California Speedway.

9th
Race winner Kasey Kahne’s starting position in the Sony HD 500.

9
Points that Matt Kenseth leads Jimmie Johnson by in the driver standings.

10
Penalties handed down by NASCAR during the running of the Sony HD 500.

12
Top 10 finishes in 2006 for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., including Sunday’s second place finish.

13
Top 10 finishes for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in all of 2005.

17
Scott Wimmer’s starting position in the Sony HD 500, his best of the 2006 season.

26
Positions gained by Dale Jarrett in the Sony HD 500 to win the USG Improving the Finish Award.
(started 36th, finished 10th)

Editor’s Note: Before you leave a comment, please note that teams must be a participant in the USG program to be eligible for this contingency award.

26
Lead changes among 10 drivers at the Sony HD 500.

30
Points that eleventh-place Kasey Kahne now trails 10th place Jeff Burton in the point standings.

31st
The farthest back that a Fontana race winner has started. Matt Kenseth accomplished the feat in this year’s Spring race.

42
Cars running at the end of the Sony HD 500, a track record; 20 of those finished on the lead lap.

130
Laps led by race winner Kasey Kahne, the most of any driver.

144.462
Average race speed (in mph).

147
Points seperating third to 11th in the championship standings with one race remaining in the “regular” season.

184.540
Kurt Busch’s pole winning speed (in mph); it was 59.634 mph faster then last week’s pole winning speed.

193
Laps of 250 in the Sony HD 500 completed by Robby Gordon before his transmission broke; he finished 43rd.

250
Laps in the Sony HD 500, equaling 500 miles.

700
Career Cup starts for Sterling Marlin. Only 11 other drivers in Cup Series history have reached this milestone. Congrats, Sterling!

1997
Year when the first Cup race was held at California Speedway. The event was won by Jeff Gordon.

102,000
Estimated crowd in attendance Sunday night.

$279,214
Kasey Kahne’s purse for winning the Sony HD 500.

$5,993,974
Total purse for the Sony HD 500.

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