The Frontstretch: Numbers Game: Coca-Cola 600 by Kim DeHaven -- Monday May 28, 2007

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Numbers Game: Coca-Cola 600

Kim DeHaven · Monday May 28, 2007

 

1st
Career Nextel Cup win for Casey Mears in 156 starts.

1st
Ryan Newman’s starting position in the The Coca-Cola 600, his sixth Bud Pole at Charlotte, second of the season, and 39th of his career.

2nd
J.J. Yeley’s finishing position, the best of his career.

3
Top 10 finishes in nine Lowe’s Motor Speedway starts for Coca-Cola 600 race winner Casey Mears.

3rd
Kyle Petty’s finishing position, his first Top 5 finish since Dover in September, 1997; that’s a span of 334 Nextel Cup races.

4 hours, 36 minutes, 27 seconds
Time it took to complete the The Coca-Cola 600, the longest NASCAR race of the year.

5
Consecutive Cup victories for Hendrick Motorsports, just the eighth time in NASCAR history that a car owner has posted five or more victories in one season. The last time was by Petty Enterprises in 1971.

6
Laps led by Coca-Cola 600 winner Casey Mears (395-400).

6
Number of cars that failed to make the starting field for Sunday’s race.
(No. 4 – Ward Burton; No. 15 – Paul Menard; No. 37 – Kevin Lepage; No. 49 – Mike Bliss; No. 55 – Michael Waltrip; No. 00 – David Reutimann)

9.561
Casey Mears’ margin of victory over J.J. Yeley. (in seconds)

13
Caution flags for a total of 62 laps.

28th
Juan Pablo Montoya’s finishing position, earning him Rookie of the Race honors for the time this season.

29
Lead changes among 15 drivers Sunday.

32
Penalties handed down by NASCAR Sunday during the running of the The Coca-Cola 600.

33
Positions gained by Kyle Petty in the The Coca-Cola 600 to win the USG Improving the Finish Award.

34
Cars running at the end of the The Coca-Cola 600, 12 of those on the lead lap.

43rd
Greg Biffle’s finishing position in the The Coca-Cola 600. He completed 45 laps before crashing out of the event, the first without recently released crew chief Pat Tryson.

107
Laps led by Kurt Busch in the The Coca-Cola 600, the most of any driver.

130.222
Average race speed (in mph).

132
Points that Jeff Gordon leads Jimmie Johnson by in the Nextel Cup point standings.

157
Career Cup wins for car owner Rick Hendrick after Casey Mears’ trip to Victory Lane on Sunday.

185.312
Ryan Newman’s pole winning speed for the The Coca-Cola 600. (in mph)

400
Laps in the The Coca Cola-600, equaling 600 miles.

175,000
Estimated crowd in attendance at Charlotte on Sunday.

$367,425
Casey Mears’ winnings for placing first in the The Coca-Cola 600.

$6,569,628
Total purse for the The Coca-Cola 600.

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