The Frontstretch: Numbers Game : Bank of America 500 by Kim DeHaven -- Monday October 16, 2006

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Numbers Game : Bank of America 500

Kim DeHaven · Monday October 16, 2006

 

1
Car that fell to the back of the field at the start of the Bank of America 500.
(No. 12 – Ryan Newman, backup car)

1.624
Kasey Kahne’s margin of victory over Jimmie Johnson at the Bank of America 500. (in seconds)

3rd
Where Kurt Busch qualified for the Bank of America 500; however, he started 42nd after failing post-qualifying inspection. Apparently, the right rear shock on the No. 2 Dodge did not meet NASCAR specifications.

3
Career poles for Scott Riggs in 101 career Cup races.

3 hours, 47 minutes ,29 seconds
Time it took to complete the Bank of America 500.

5
Wins for Jimmie Johnson at Lowe’s, the most of any active driver.

6
Wins this season for Kasey Kahne, the most of any Cup driver. Saturday’s victory was the 7th of his career in just 103 starts.

7th
Tony Raines’ finishing position Saturday night. This is his best finish since November of 2003 when he placed 6th at Rockingham.

9
Number of cars that failed to make the starting field. (Bill Elliott, No. 83; Kevin Lepage, No. 34; Derrike Cope, No. 74; Chad Chaffin, No. 61; Hermie Sadler, No. 00; Kirk Shelmerdine, No. 27; Carl Long, No. 46; Kenny Wallace, No. 78; and Morgan Shepherd, No. 89).

11
Caution flags for a total of 52 laps Saturday, although NASCAR’s official count is only 10. Sorry, NASCAR, you DID go back to green after the lap 2 melee with safety vehicles on the track! It DOES count in my book. Who in the heck was running the show? Did they have a little too much to drink during cocktail hour before the race?

13
Career wins for car owner Ray Evernham after Kasey Kahne’s trip to Victory Lane on Saturday.

14
Cars involved in Charlotte’s “Big One,” the melee at the end of lap one that sent Denny Hamlin and several others to the garage for repairs.

15th
David Stremme’s finishing position, earning him Rookie of the Race honors for the first time in 2006. Stremme just barely kept the “streak” alive, though, due to exhaustion from the race weekend. On the other hand, one rookie has placed in the Top 15 at every race this season.

19
Top-10 finishes in 2006 for Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth.

26
Penalties handed down by NASCAR Saturday during the running of the Bank of America 500.

29
Cars running at the end of the Bank of America 500; 11 of those were on the lead lap.

32
Positions gained by Tony Raines in the Bank of America 500 to win the USG Improving the Finish Award. (started 39th, finished 7th)

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.

34
Lead changes among 13 drivers Saturday.

37th
The furthest back a winner has started at Lowe’s. This occurred in May 2003 when Jimmie Johnson, won the Coca-Cola 600.

43rd
Mike Skinner's finishing position Saturday in the Bank of America 500; He completed just 1 lap before suffering accident damage that effectively ended his day.

45
Points that Jeff Burton leads Matt Kenseth by in the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup.

132.142
Average race speed (in mph).

134
Laps led by race winner Kasey Kahne Saturday in the Bank of America 500, the most of any driver.

175
Consecutive Nextel Cup starts for Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman following the race at Lowe’s.

191.469
Scott Riggs’ pole winning speed. (in mph)

250
Career Cup starts for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. following the race at Lowe’s.

334
Laps in the Bank of America 500, equaling 501 miles.

425
Career Cup starts for Joe Nemecheck following the race at Lowe’s.

1960
Year when Joe Lee Johnson won the first Cup race at Charlotte, the World 600.

170,000
Estimated crowd in attendance at Lowe’s.

$305,889
Kasey Kahne’s purse for winning the Bank of America 500.

$5,078,500
Total purse for the Bank of America 500.

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