by Garrett Horton
Jimmie Johnson failed to lead a single lap in the Coke 600, only the third race he has failed to do so in 2012.
Kasey Kahne and Dario Franchitti won their third Coke 600 and Indy 500’s, respectively, on Sunday.
Kahne has now won driving for four different manufacturers (Chevy, Toyota, Dodge, Ford), more than any other active driver. Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray, and Ryan Newman all have won for three different manufacturers.
Should Kyle Busch managed to score a top-5 finish this weekend at Dover, it will match his career high of five consecutive top-5 results. The last and only time he has done so was back in 2008 when he finished third in better from Races 9-13 (Talladega, Richmond, Darlington, Charlotte and Dover, a stretch in which Busch picked up three victories).
Denny Hamlin has six top-5’s this season, already eclipsing his total of five from last year.
The starting position for race winner Kahne, continuing a trend in 2012 where the race winner has started 13th or higher.
It has now been 29 straight races since a pole winner has won a race. Ryan Newman was the last to do so, when he won New Hampshire last July starting from the top spot.
Danica Patrick finished 30th on Sunday, her first career top-30 result.
The average speed for Sunday night’s Coke 600, a new race record. It eclipsed the former mark of 151.952 mph set by Bobby Labonte in 1995.
Greg Biffle led 204 laps Sunday, only the third time in his career he has led at least 200 laps in a race, but first time at a track other than Fort Worth.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has completed all 3888 laps of Sprint Cup competition this year. With Matt Kenseth finishing one lap down Sunday night, Earnhardt is now the only driver who has run every lap.
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