Race Weekend Central

Numbers Game: 2015 Spongebob Squarepants 400 at Kansas

0 – Laps led by Clint Bowyer Saturday night. Bowyer, a Kansas native had more spins (one) than time up front. So far this season Bowyer has only been able to lead a single lap (Atlanta in March).

2 – Straight races where Matt DiBenedetto has been the highest finishing Sprint Cup rookie. DiBenedetto, 25th at Kansas did not declare for the award until this month’s race at Talladega, meaning he has only two races’ worth of results to use thus far.

3 – 11th-place finishes recorded by Aric Almirola this season including Saturday night at Kansas. Almirola, currently inside the Chase cutoff has yet to finish inside the top 10 this season.

4 – Cars with Hendrick Motorsports chassis and engines to finish in the top four at Kansas. Jimmie Johnson won, followed by Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon.

7 – Straight races in which Kurt Busch has led at least one lap. He was out front for 20 circuits at Kansas.

8 – Winners qualified for NASCAR’s Chase through 11 races. All are within the top 16 in the current standings.

10 – Laps led by winner Jimmie Johnson Saturday night – the final 10 laps of the race.

32 – Laps led by Martin Truex Jr. this season entering the race at Kansas.

95 – Laps led by Truex Jr. Saturday night, a race high.

$110,215 – Money won by Kurt Busch Saturday night for finishing eighth.

$110,321 – Money won by Erik Jones Saturday night in his Sprint Cup debut after crashing, spending time behind the wall and finishing 40th.

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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