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Numbers Game: 2014 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

0 – Laps led by second-place finisher Brian Vickers. He’s led a total of just 38 laps all season.

1 – Top-five finish for Casey Mears this season, a fourth at Daytona, which is his first at the Cup level since he was driving for Hendrick Motorsports in 2008.

2 – Laps led by four-car Hendrick Motorsports Sunday.

2 – Top-10 finishes by Austin Dillon this season, both at Daytona.

5 – Laps led by underdog Landon Cassill, driving the No. 40 of Hillman Racing Sunday. The twists and turns of Daytona…

16, 26 – The number of cars involved in each Big One at Daytona.

36 – Laps led by Kurt Busch, the most of any driver before ultimately finishing third. Busch remains winless in his career at plate races (Daytona and Talladega).

30 – Years since Richard Petty last won a Cup Series race. Petty’s No. 43 beat Cale Yarborough to the line in a thrilling duel with President Ronald Reagan in attendance to win the 1984 Firecracker 400 at Daytona.

112 – Laps out of 160 completed before NASCAR ultimately ended the Coke Zero 400 early due to rain.

124 – Career Cup starts for Aric Almirola before notching his first career Cup win in start 125.

$122,770 – Money won by underdog team Michael McDowell for finishing a career-best seventh.

$127,176 – Money won by defending Cup champ Jimmie Johnson for wrecking out early and finishing 42nd.

About the author

The author of Bowles-Eye View (Mondays) and Did You Notice? (Wednesdays) Tom spends his time overseeing Frontstretch’s 30 staff members as its majority owner. Based in Philadelphia, Bowles is a two-time Emmy winner in NASCAR television and has worked in racing production with FOX, TNT, and ESPN while appearing on-air for SIRIUS XM Radio and FOX Sports 1's former show, the Crowd Goes Wild.

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