NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Numbers game: Samsung Mobile 500

By Brett Poirier

*1*
The number of top-five finishes for Nationwide Series point leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. after the first six races. He has a 14-point lead over Jason Leffler, who has yet to record a top-five finish.
*1*
The number of victory in the Nationwide Series for the Ford Mustang. Edwards became the first driver to take a Mustang to victory lane on Friday night.
*2*
The number of pit-road penalties committed by the No. 00 team during a pit stop on lap 115 (pitting before pits were open and too many men over wall).
*2*
The number of top-five finishes for Paul Menard this season after a fifth-place run on Saturday night. Menard had two top-fives in his career entering 2011.
*4*
The number of Roush-Fenway Fords that placed in the top seven positions in Saturday’s nights Samsung Mobile 500.
*5*
The number of drivers who pulled off the track in the first six laps of Friday’s Nationwide Series race at Texas.
*11th*
The finishing position of Jeff Burton on Saturday night. It was his best finish of 2011 to date.
*12*
The number of top-10 finishes for Matt Kenseth in 18 starts at Texas.
*12*
The number of cars on the lead lap at the end of Saturday’s Sprint Cup race. It marked the first time this season that the Sprint Cup race had less lead-lap finishers than the Nationwide race on the same weekend.
*14*
The number of lead-lap finishers in Friday’s Nationwide Series race. It was the most of any race this season.
*14.5*
The average finishing position of Sprint Cup drivers following a win in the previous Sprint Cup race.
*15th*
The finishing position of the top Joe Gibbs Racing car at Texas (Denny Hamlin).
*17th*
The finishing position of Trevor Bayne in Saturday’s Sprint Cup race. It was his best finish since the Daytona 500 and tied for the second best finish of his career.
*20th*
The finishing position of Kevin Harvick on Saturday night, after coming off back-to-back wins.
*25th*
The finishing position of the highest finishing rookie in Friday’s Nationwide Series race (Blake Koch).
*76*
The number of races since Matt Kenseth’s last Sprint Cup win before Saturday night (Auto Club Speedway, in Feb. 22, 2009).
*169*
The number of laps led by Carl Edwards in the 200-lap Nationwide Series race on Friday night and the number of laps led by Saturday night’s Sprint Cup winner Matt Kenseth.
*281*
The number of laps completed this season by Joe Nemechek in seven Sprint Cup starts.
*$525,886*
The amount of money award to Matt Kenseth’s team for winning the Samsung Mobile 500. It was the second most given to a race-winner this season (Daytona 500).
*$1,272,384*
The pursue for Friday’s Nationwide Series race at Texas. It would barely be enough to cover the prize money awarded to the top three finishes in Saturday’s Sprint Cup race ($1,149,560 combined).

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