The Frontstretch: Numbers Game : Samsung 500 by Kim DeHaven -- Monday April 16, 2007

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Numbers Game : Samsung 500

Kim DeHaven · Monday April 16, 2007

 

0.410
Jeff Burton’s margin of victory over Matt Kenseth. (in seconds)

1
Lap led by race winner Jeff Burton in the Samsung 500.

2
Career wins at Texas for Jeff Burton, the only repeat winner in the track’s 13-race history. His first victory came in the inaugural event in 1997. Coincidently, qualifying for that race was also rained out.

3
Cars who fell to the back of the field at the start of the Samsung 500. (No. 5 – Kyle Busch, backup car; No. 7 – Robby Gordon, engine change; No. 44 – Dale Jarrett, transmission change)

3 hours, 39 minutes, 41 seconds
Time it took to complete the Samsung 500.

4
Number of times on Sunday that I saw the crash-filled commercials promoting the upcoming All-Star Event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Come on, Humpy – wrecking is not racing! Time to hire a new advertising agency!

4
Positions gained by Mark Martin in the Nextel Cup driver standings following the Samsung 500. Martin is 11th despite having two fewer starts than anyone else in the Top 25.

7
Caution flags for a total of 33 laps Sunday.

8
Points that Jeff Gordon leads Jeff Burton by in the Nextel Cup point standings.

8
Number of cars that failed to make the starting field.
(No. 00 – David Reutimann; No. 4 – Ward Burton; No. 33 – Scott Wimmer; No. 34 – Kevin Lepage; No. 36 – Jeremy Mayfield; No. 37 – John Andretti; No. 55 – Michael Waltrip; No. 84 – A.J. Allmendinger)

8th
Juan Pablo Montoya’s finishing position, earning him Rookie of the Race honors for the third time this season.

10th
David Stremme’s finishing position in the Samsung 500, the first Top 10 of his Nextel Cup career. (45 starts)

13
Lead changes among 9 drivers Sunday.

14
Penalties handed down by NASCAR during the running of the Samsung 500.

19
Positions gained by Dave Blaney at Texas, winning him the USG Improving the Finish Award.

19
Career Nextel Cup wins for Jeff Burton in 446 starts.

31st
The furthest back a winner has started at Texas. This occurred in 2002, when Matt Kenseth won the Samsung/RadioShack 500. (Jeff Burton started 2nd on Sunday)

38
Cars running at the end of the Samsung 500; 14 of those were on the lead lap.

43rd
JJ Yeley's finishing position on Sunday; he completed just one lap before getting caught up in an accident with David Ragan.

50
Career Nextel Cup starts for Denny Hamlin after Texas.

85
Career Cup wins for car owner Richard Childress after Jeff Burton’s trip to Victory Lane on Sunday.

143.359
Average race speed (in mph).

173
Laps led by Jeff Gordon in the Samsung 500, the most of any driver.

334
Laps in the Samsung 500, equaling 501 miles.

191,000
Estimated crowd in attendance at Texas.

$526,766
Jeff Burton’s purse for winning the Samsung 500.

$7,253,642
Total purse for the Samsung 500.

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