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Numbers Game: Wonderful Pistachios 400

*2.3*
Jeff Gordon’s average finish in the last three races. Gordon placed third at Richmond.

*3*
The number of free passes issued to Dale Earnhardt Jr. Saturday night. He finished 16th and clinched a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

*3*
Top-five finishes for David Ragan at Richmond. He finished fourth in both Richmond races in 2011. Ragan doesn’t have multiple top-5 finishes at any other non-restrictor plate track in his career.

*4*
Finishes of 25th or worse in the last six races for Kasey Kahne. Kahne was 38th at Richmond after getting involved in an accident.

*6*
Finishes of 30th or worse in 20 career starts at Richmond for Jimmie Johnson. He was 31st on Saturday night.

*7*
The number of races in which Kyle Busch did not lead a lap in 2011. Busch did not lead at Richmond on Saturday.

*8*
Laps led by Kevin Harvick in his first three victories of 2011. Harvick led 202 laps on Saturday night on the way to his fourth win.

*9*
Top-20 finishes for Dave Blaney at Richmond in 22 starts. He was 19th on Saturday and 13th in the spring. He has more top-20s at Richmond than any other track.

*11*
Times Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has finished outside the top 10 in his last 12
races; he was 16th on Saturday.

*12*
The number of points separating Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick from the bottom-four drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

*14*
Top-10 finishes for Kevin Harvick in 22 starts at Richmond.

*15*
The record-tying number cautions in Saturday’s night’s race at Richmond.

*18*
Pit stops were made each by Denny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt Jr at Richmond at Saturday night. The two Chase contenders were involved in an early accident.

*35*
The number of pit-road infractions in Saturday’s night’s Sprint Cup race at Richmond. Travis Kvapil led all drivers with five infractions.

*85*
Caution laps run in the 400-lap Sprint Cup race on Saturday night at Richmond.

*986*
Laps completed this season by Joe Nemechek through 26 Sprint Cup races. He
ran 24 laps at Richmond on his way to a 41st-place finish.

*2012*
The number of points for leaders Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick heading into the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

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