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Numbers game: Crown Royal Presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400

By Brett Poirier

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The number of points separating the 35th through 37th place teams in owner points. The No. 32 team (Ken Schrader at Richmond) is 35th and will be locked into the field for the Darlington race while the No. 13 team (Casey Mears) and No. 71 team of Andy Lally will be forced to qualify on speed despite having the same number of points.
*1*
The number of top-five finishes for Denny Hamlin after finishing second in Saturday’s Sprint Cup race at Richmond.
*2*
Consecutive one-two finishes for Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin at Richmond in Sprint Cup competition.
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Consecutive victories in the Richmond spring race for Kyle Busch. He has no victories in the fall race.
*3*
The number of top-10 starters to finish in the top 10 at Richmond (Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer).
*3*
The number of top-10 finishes for David Ragan after the first nine races of 2011. He had the same amount in 36 starts last season. His fourth-place finish at Richmond was his first top five since 2008.
*4*
The number of pit road infractions committed by Michael Waltrip Racing teams in Saturday’s Sprint Cup race. David Reutimann pitted before the pits were open and had too many crewmembers over the wall and Martin Truex had a missing lug nut. When Truex came in to get the lug nut tightened, he was caught speeding exiting the pits.
*5*
The number of cars on the lead lap at the end of Friday’s Nationwide Series race at Richmond. It was the lowest total of any race this season.
*6*
The number of pit stops made by Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne (the top three finishers) in Saturday’s Sprint Cup race.
*9*
The number of cars out of the race after 64 laps in Friday’s Nationwide Series race. None of the cars were out due to accidents.
*11*
The number of top-10 finishes in 13 career starts at Richmond for Kyle Busch.
*11th*
A.J. Allmendinger’s position in the Sprint Cup standings after a seventh-place finish at Richmond. If the Chase for the Cup started today, Allmendinger would be in.
*13th*
Dave Blaney’s finishing position at Richmond for Tommy Baldwin Racing. Blaney’s run moved the No. 36 car into the top-35 in the standings.
*18.25*
The average finishing position of Sprint Cup drivers following a win in the previous Sprint Cup race in 2011. After winning at Talladega, Jimmie Johnson was eighth at Richmond.
*41*
The number of cars that competed in Friday’s Nationwide Series race. It was the lowest total of the season.
*52*
The combined number of laps led by all drivers not named Denny Hamlin in Friday’s Nationwide Series race. Hamlin led a race-high 199 laps on his way to victory.
*75*
The number of cautions through nine Sprint Cup races in 2011. There were eight at Richmond on Saturday.
*326*
The number of laps completed by Joe Nemechek through nine Sprint Cup Series races. He ran 40 laps on Saturday and finished 42nd.
*719*
Laps led this season in the Sprint Cup Series for Kyle Busch. He led 235 laps on Saturday at Richmond. Busch has led in seven of the first nine races.
*$6,135*
The difference in prize money between fifth-place finisher Brad Keselowski ($18,475 for completing 251 laps) and 41st-place finisher Matthew Carter ($12,340 for completing six laps) in Friday’s Nationwide Series race.

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