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Numbers Game: Pocono 500

Kim DeHaven · Monday June 11, 2007

 

1
Career Cup start for Chad McCumbee; He started 35th and finished 25th at Pocono in the No. 45 Goody’s Cool Orange Dodge. McCumbee replaced Kyle Petty, who will step out of the car for five of the next six events while working as an analyst for TNT.

1st
Ryan Newman’s starting position in the The Pocono 500, his third straight pole, fourth of the season, and the 41st of his career.

1 hour, 57 minutes, 15 seconds
Time it took to complete the The Pocono 500.

2 1/2
Hours that the start of the Pocono 500 was delayed due to rain.

4
Wins in 2007 for Jeff Gordon, tying him with teammate Jimmie Johnson for the most victories so far this season.

4
Cup wins at Pocono for Jeff Gordon.
(1996 Pocono 500, 1997 Pocono 500, 1998 Pennsylvania 500, 2007 Pocono 500)

4
Cars dropped to the rear of the field at the start of The Pocono 500.
(No. 10 – Scott Riggs, transmission change; No. 14 – Sterling Marlin, transmission change; No. 15 – Paul Menard, engine change; No. 41 – Reed Sorenson, engine change)

4
Caution flags for a total of 10 laps.

5
Rain shortened races at Pocono; the 106 laps raced on Sunday represent the least laps run in the shortened events.

6
Number of cars that failed to make the starting field.
(No. 36 – Jeremy Mayfield; No. 37 – Kevin Lepage; No. 44 – Dale Jarrett; No. 49 – Mike Bliss; No. 55 – Michael Waltrip; No. 78 – Kenny Wallace)

6
Penalties handed down by NASCAR Sunday during the running of the The Pocono 500.

10
Consecutive weeks Jeff Gordon has led the Nextel Cup point standings. (since Bristol)

10
Cup wins in 14 events this season for Hendrick Motorsports.

12
Top 10 finishes this season for Pocono winner Jeff Gordon.

15
Lead changes among eight drivers Sunday.

17
Matt Kenseth’s number. He is the only driver to complete every lap of Cup competition in 2007. (Mark Martin has completed every lap of the 11 races he entered).

18
Positions gained by Carl Edwards in the The Pocono 500 to win the USG Improving the Finish Award.

20th
Juan Pablo Montoya’s finishing position, earning him Rookie of the Race honors for the sixth time this season.

26
Laps led by Pocono 500 winner Jeff Gordon.

42
Cars running at the end of the The Pocono 500, 36 of those on the lead lap.

43rd
Dave Blaney’s finishing position in the The Pocono 500. He completed 55 laps before hitting the Turn 3 wall after contact with Greg Biffle.

49
Laps led by Denny Hamlin in the Pocono 500, the most of any driver.

58
Drivers who have raced in the Nextel Cup Series in 2007.

79
Career Nextel Cup wins for Jeff Gordon in 487 starts after Sunday.

106
Laps in the The Pocono 500, equaling 265 miles. That was 94 laps and 235 miles less than the scheduled distance.

135.608
Average race speed (in mph).

159
Career Cup wins for Hendrick Motorsports after Jeff Gordon’s trip to Victory Lane (or was it Victory Garage Stall?) on Sunday.

170.062
Ryan Newman’s pole winning speed for the The Pocono 500. (in mph)

242
Points that Jeff Gordon leads Matt Kenseth by in the Nextel Cup point standings.

105,000
Estimated crowd in attendance at Pocono on Sunday.

$238,286
Jeff Gordon’s purse for winning the The Pocono 500.

$4,940,543
Total purse for the The Pocono 500.

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