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Numbers Game: 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas

0.272
Tony Stewart‘s margin of victory over Jimmie Johnson at Texas (in seconds).

2
Career Cup championships for the Iceman, Terry Labonte, who retired on Sunday (1984 and 1996).

2
Cars that fell to the back of the field at the start of the Dickies 500.
(No. 6 – Mark Martin, backup car; No. 40 – David Stremme, backup car)

3 hours, 46 minutes, 11 seconds
Time it took to complete the Dickies 500.

5th
Clint Bowyer‘s finishing position, earning him Rookie of the Race honors for the eighth time this season.

7
Number of cars that failed to make the starting field.
(No. 34 – Chad Chaffin; No. 37 – Bill Elliott; No. 60 – David Ragan; No. 61 – Kevin Lepage; No. 72 – Mike Skinner; No. 74 – Derrike Cope; No. 84 – AJ Allmendinger)

11
Top-15 finishes in the last 12 races for Matt Kenseth.

12
Different winners in 12 races at Texas Motor Speedway.

12
Caution flags for a total of 51 laps Sunday.

17
Points that Johnson leads Kenseth by in the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup.

18
Top-10 finishes in 2006 for both Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.

22
Career Cup victories for Labonte.

23
Lead changes among 13 drivers Sunday.

24
Positions gained by Kyle Petty in the Dickies 500 to win the USG Improving the Finish Award. (Started 35th, Finished 11th)

Editor’s Note: Before you leave a comment, please note that teams must be a participant in the USG program to be eligible for this contingency award.

27
Career Cup poles for Texas Terry.

29
Career wins for Stewart in 282 starts.

31st
The furthest back a winner has started at Texas. This occurred in 2002, when Kenseth won the Samsung/RadioShack 500 in the spring.

35
Cars running at the end of the Dickies 500; 15 of those were on the lead lap.

36th
Labonte’s finishing position in the Dickies 500, the final race of his career.

43rd
Michael Waltrip‘s finishing position Sunday; He completed 109 laps before retiring due to engine failure.

54
Career wins for car owner Joe Gibbs after Stewart’s trip to Texas’s victory lane.

80
Points that the top-four drivers in the standings are separated by with two races remaining.

134.891
Average race speed at Texas (in mph).

182
Career Cup top-five finishes for Labonte; 20 of the 42 other drivers he raced against Sunday had less than 182 career Cup starts.

196.235
Brian Vickers‘s pole-winning speed, setting a new Texas track record (in mph).

278
Laps led by race winner Stewart in the Dickies 500, the most of any driver.

339
Laps in the Dickies 500, equaling 508.5 miles, five laps past the scheduled distance.

361
Career Cup top-10 finishes for Labonte, the last of which was a third at Infineon in June.

848
Career Cup starts for Labonte, the final one coming this weekend at Texas. He will be missed!

181,500
Estimated crowd in attendance at Texas.

$521,361
Stewart’s purse for winning the Dickies 500.

$7,139,515
Total purse for the Dickies 500.

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