NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Numbers game: Michigan race weekend

*2nd*
Denny Hamlin’s worst finish in his last three starts at Michigan. He’s won the last two spring races.
*3*
The number of times the driver that has led the most laps has won in 15 Sprint Cup races. Greg Biffle led the most laps at Michigan (68) and finished 15th.
*4*
The consecutive number of races won from a top-10 starting position at Michigan. Denny Hamlin started tenth on Sunday.
*4th*
Paul Menard’s finishing position at Michigan on Sunday. In nine previous starts, Menard hadn’t recorded a top-10 finish.
*5*
The number of victories for Roush Fenway Racing in the Nationwide Series at Michigan after Carl Edwards’ win on Saturday. Roush Fenway Racing is the all-time leader in wins at the track.
*6*
The number of Sprint Cup race winners this season to lead under ten laps. Denny Hamlin led only eight laps on Sunday. It happened only four times all of last season.
*6*
The number of pit stops made by Ryan Newman on Sunday. He was the only lead-lap finisher to make less than seven stops. He finished sixth.
*6*
The number of cars out after seven laps in Saturday’s Nationwide race.
*10*
The number of different winners in 15 Sprint Cup races this season.
*12th*
The finishing position of Landon Cassill at Michigan. His previous best career finish was 24th.
*18.4*
The average finishing position of Sprint Cup drivers following a win in the previous Sprint Cup race in 2011. After winning at Pocono, Jeff Gordon was 17th at Michigan.
*21st*
Dale Earnhardt Jr’s finishing position on Sunday. It was the first time since the Daytona 500 that he finished outside the top-20.
*23*
The number of cars within a lap of the lead at the end of Saturday’s Nationwide race. It was the most in any race this season.
*27th*
Jimmie Johnson’s finishing position after encountering problems early on Sunday. It was his third finish of 25th or worse this season. Michigan is also one of only four tracks Johnson does not have a victory at.
*197*
The number of wins for the car No. 11 all-time in the Sprint Cup Series. Denny Hamlin won the 197th race on Sunday. The No. 11 now trails the No. 43 (198 wins) by just one victory for the all-time top spot.
*521*
Laps completed this season by Joe Nemechek through 15 Sprint Cup races. He ran 44 laps at Michigan on his way to a 40th-place finish.
*924*
Laps led this season by Kyle Busch in the Sprint Cup Series, a number that leads all drivers. He paced the field for 59 laps and finished third on Sunday, meaning Busch has led in 12 of the first 15 races.
*$2,880*
The difference in prize money between seventh-place finisher Mark Martin ($13,910) and 43rd-place finisher Dennis Setzer ($11,030) in Saturday’s Nationwide race. Martin completed 125 laps and Setzer completed one.

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