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Numbers Game: Food City 500

Kim DeHaven · Monday March 26, 2007

 

0
Cars fell to the back of the field at the start of the Food City 500.

0.064
Kyle Busch’s margin of victory over Jeff Burton. (in seconds)

2
Drivers qualified for their first race of the 2007 season, Jeremy Mayfield and AJ Allemendinger. This is Allemendinger’s first career Cup start.

3 hours, 16 minutes, 38 seconds
Time it took to complete the Food City 500.

3
Points that Jeff Gordon leads Jeff Burton by in the NASCAR Nextel Cup point standings.

4
Career wins for Kyle Busch in 79 starts.

6
Drivers failed to qualify for the Food City 500. (No. 00 – David Reutimann, No. 13 – Joe Nemechek, No. 15 – Paul Menard, No. 37 – Kevin Lepage, No. 55 – Michael Waltrip, No. 70 – Johnny Sauter)

7th
Mark Martin’s position in the driver standings after voluntarily breaking a streak of 621 consecutive race starts.

14
Lead changes among 10 drivers Sunday.

15
Caution flags for a total of 90 laps.

16
Penalties handed down by NASCAR during the Food City 500.

20th
Kyle Busch’s starting position in the Food City 500 on Sunday.

26th
David Ragan’s finishing position, earning him Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the third time this season.

29
Laps led by Food City 500 winner Kyle Busch.

36
Positions gained by Kevin Harvick in the Food City 500 to win the USG Improving the Finish Award.

40
Cars running at the end of the Food City 500, 15 of those on the lead lap.

43rd
Reed Sorenson’s finishing position Sunday in the Food City 500. He completed 21 laps before retiring from the event due to an accident.

81.969
Average race speed (in mph).

125.453
Jeff Gordon’s pole winning speed. (in mph) This is the 58th of his career and fifth at Bristol. He is now tied with Bobby Allison for fifth on the all-time Bud Pole winners list.

200
Career wins for car owner Rick Hendrick after Kyle Busch’s trip to Victory Lane on Sunday, 152 of those coming in the Cup Series.

257
Laps led by Tony Stewart in the Food City 500, the most of any driver.

504
Laps in the Food City 500, equaling 268.63 miles.

600
Nextel Cup Wins for Chevrolet.

1963
The last time a Chevrolet Impala won a race. Wendell Scott drove a 1962 Impala to victory at Jacksonville Speedway Park on December 1st.

1995
Year that the No. 5 car made it back to the finish line, albeit broken and battered, in front of a Richard Childress racecar. Terry Labonte spun off of the front bumper of Dale Earnhardt and crossed the finish line sliding backward to win the race.

1999
Year that the No. 5 car did not make it back to the finish line in front of a Richard Childress racecar at Bristol. Dale Earnhardt didn’t mean to wreck Terry Labonte on the final lap to take the win, he merely meant to “rattle his cage.”

160,000
Estimated crowd in attendance at Bristol.

$179,400
Kyle Busch’s purse for winning the Food City 500.

$5,551,106
Total purse for the Food City 500.

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