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Numbers Game: Autism Speaks 400

Kim DeHaven · Monday June 4, 2007

 

1st
Career Nextel Cup win for Martin Truex, Jr. in 58 starts.

1st
Ryan Newman’s starting position in the The Autism Speaks 400. It was his second consecutive Bud Pole, third of his season, and 40th of his career.

2
Cars that dropped to the rear of the field at the start of the Autism Speaks 400.
(No. 7 – Robby Gordon, engine change/missed driver’s meeting; No. 84 – A.J. Allmendinger, transmission change. Robby Gordon wound up finishing 10th, collecting his first Top 10 of 2007 despite starting in the back).

3 hours, 21 minutes, 45 seconds
Time it took to complete the The Autism Speaks 400.

4
Top 10 finishes this season for Dover winner Martin Truex, Jr.

6
Number of cars that failed to make the starting field.
(No. 15 – Paul Menard; No. 22 – Dave Blaney; No. 37 – Kevin Lepage; No. 49 – Mike Bliss; No. 78 – Kenny Wallace; No. 00 – David Reutimann)

7
Caution flags for a total of 35 laps.

7.355
Martin Truex, Jr.‘s margin of victory over Ryan Newman. (in seconds)

11
Penalties handed down by NASCAR Monday during the running of the The Autism Speaks 400.

14th
David Ragan’s finishing position, earning him Rookie of the Race honors for the sixth time this season.

18
Lead changes among 6 drivers Monday.

24
Career Cup wins for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. after Martin Truex, Jr.‘s trip to Victory Lane on Monday. It was the first win for D.E.I.‘s No. 1 car since Rockingham in February, 2001 with Steve Park behind the wheel.

28
Positions gained by Casey Mears in the The Autism Speaks 400 to win the USG Improving the Finish Award.

38
Cars running at the end of the The Autism Speaks 400, 13 of those on the lead lap.

43rd
Dale Jarrett’s finishing position in the The Autism Speaks 400. He completed 241 laps before retiring due to a blown engine; it was Jarrett’s third consecutive finish of 40th or worse in the series, all DNFs due to engine failure.

118.95
Average race speed at Dover (in mph).

152
Points that Jeff Gordon leads Jimmie Johnson by in the Nextel Cup point standings.

152.925
Ryan Newman’s pole winning speed for the The Autism Speaks 400. (in mph)

216
Laps led by Autism Speaks 400 winner Martin Truex, Jr., the most of any driver.

272
Lap when NASCAR officially parked Kurt Busch for a safety violation (aggressive driving) after putting Tony Stewart’s crew in danger on pit road.

272
Lap when Regan Smith took over behind the wheel of the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge for an ailing David Stremme.

400
Laps in the The Autism Speaks 400, equaling 400 miles.

1999
The last time there were back-to-back first-time race winners in the same season. (Tony Stewart and Joe Nemechek) Martin Truex, Jr. and Casey Mears have completed that very same feat this year, winning at Dover and Lowe’s, respectively.

90,000
Estimated crowd in attendance at Dover on Monday. (145,000 on Sunday)

$295,045
Martin Truex, Jr.s’ purse for winning the The Autism Speaks 400.

$5,781,700
Total purse for the The Autism Speaks 400.

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