NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Numbers Game: 2011 Aaron’s 499

*.002*
The margin of victory in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race. It tied for the closest margin in NASCAR history (Darlington, 2003).
*.074*
The margin of time sixth-place finisher Carl Edwards crossed the line behind winner Jimmie Johnson in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.
*3rd*
The finishing position of Joe Nemechek on Saturday at the end of the Nationwide Series race. It was Nemechek’s first top-five in the series since March of 2005.
*4*
The number of Hendrick Motorsports cars to finish in the top-eight on Sunday after sweeping the top four spots in qualifying.
*6th*
The average finish this season in two superspeedway races for David Gilliland (third at Daytona and ninth on Sunday).
*7*
The consecutive number of superspeedway races in which Marcos Ambrose has finished 31st or worse.
*7th*
Jimmie Johnson’s running position on Sunday as he took the white flag. He went on to win the race. On the opposing end, Mark Martin was second when he took the white flag and finished eighth.
*8*
The number of times in the last 12 races at Talladega that the leader at the white flag didn’t win the race.
*10th*
The finishing position of Joey Logano, the highest placing Toyota driver on Sunday.
*18*
The number of lead-lap finishers in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race. It was the most of any race this season (previous high was 14 at Texas).
*19.7*
The average finishing position of Sprint Cup drivers following a win in the previous Sprint Cup race. After winning at Texas, Matt Kenseth was 36th on Sunday at Talladega.
*26*
The number of drivers to lead a lap during Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.
*27th*
Dave Blaney’s finishing position in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race after leading the race with five laps remaining. Blaney’s drafting partner Kurt Busch finished 18th.
*29*
The number of cars to complete 100 laps in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race.
*38*
The number of laps led by Clint Bowyer during the 188-lap Sprint Cup race at Talladega. He led more laps than any other driver.
*56*
The record number of lead changes in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race. The previous series record was 36 in April of 2007.
*88*
The record number of lead changes in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race. It tied the mark set in April of 2010 at Talladega.
*286*
The number of laps completed by Joe Nemechek through eight Sprint Cup Series race. He ran five laps on Sunday to finish 41st.
*11,025*
The number of green-flag passes in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race according to NASCAR statistics.
*$42,345*
The amount of money won by Kyle Busch for winning Saturday’s Aaron’s 312 Nationwide Series race. In the NASCAR Sprint Cup race, Kevin Conway, the 43rd-place finisher, earned $79,181 for completing one lap.

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