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Numbers Game: 2006 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire

Kevin Harvick‘s margin of victory, in seconds, over Tony Stewart Sunday at New Hampshire (Sept. 17).

Active Cup drivers who made their first career starts at New Hampshire; Jeff Burton and Joe Nemechek. Ironically, both made their Cup debut in 1993 during the first ever Cup race held at the track.

Active Cup drivers who got their first career Cup wins at New Hampshire; Ryan Newman in 2002, Robby Gordon in 2001 and Nemechek in 1999.

3 hours, 6 minutes, 21 seconds
Time it took to complete the Sylvania 300.

Wins for Burton at New Hampshire, the most of any driver.

Number of cars that failed to make the starting field for Sunday’s race at New Hampshire.
(Stanton Barrett, No. 30; Chad Blount, No. 34; Carl Long, No. 46; Derrike Cope, No. 74; Kenny Wallace, No. 78)

Different race winners in the last five races at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Cup wins for Jack Roush at New Hampshire, making him the most successful owner in the track’s history.

Career victories for Harvick in 205 Nextel Cup starts after Sunday’s win.

Caution flags for a total of 47 laps Sunday at New Hampshire.

Penalties handed down by NASCAR during the running of the Sylvania 300.

Number of times Denny Hamlin has been the Rookie of the Race in 2006, including Sunday at New Hampshire. He now leads Clint Bowyer in the rookie standings by a 52-point margin, 260 to 208.

Top-10 finishes in 2006 for Stewart, tied for fourth-best in Nextel Cup this season; unfortunately, he’s still on the outside looking in for this year’s Chase for the Championship.

Lead changes among 10 drivers during Sunday’s race.

Positions gained by Stewart in the Sylvania 300 to win the USG Improving the Finish Award.

Editor’s Note: Before you leave a comment, please note that teams must be a participant in the USG program to be eligible for this contingency award.

Points that Harvick leads Hamlin by in the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup; this is the widest margin after race one in the three-year history of the Chase. It’s also the first time in his career Harvick has led the Nextel Cup standings.

Cars running at the end of the Sylvania 300, 22 of those on the lead lap.

The furthest back a winner has started at New Hampshire. This occurred in 1999 when Burton won the Jiffy Lube 300.

Jeff Green‘s finishing position Sunday at New Hampshire; he completed just two laps before becoming involved in an accident on the frontstretch with Chase contender Kyle Busch.

Career wins for Richard Childress after Harvick’s trip to victory lane on Sunday, fourth best among active car owners.

Average race speed (in mph).

Harvick’s pole-winning speed (in mph).

Laps led by race winner Harvick on Sunday, the most of any driver.

Laps in the Sylvania 300, equaling 317.400 miles.

Year when Rusty Wallace won the first Cup race held at New Hampshire, the Slick 50 300.

Estimated crowd in attendance Sunday.

Harvick’s purse for winning the Sylvania 300.

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