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Numbers Game: 2006 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

Car that fell to the back of the field at the start of the Bank of America 500.
(No. 12 – Ryan Newman, backup car)

Kasey Kahne‘s margin of victory over Jimmie Johnson at the Bank of America 500 (in seconds).

Where Kurt Busch qualified for the Bank of America 500; however, he started 42nd after failing post-qualifying inspection. Apparently, the right-rear shock on the No. 2 Dodge did not meet NASCAR specifications.

Career poles for Scott Riggs in 101 career Cup races.

3 hours, 47 minutes, 29 seconds
Time it took to complete the Bank of America 500.

Wins for Johnson at Lowe’s, the most of any active driver.

Wins this season for Kahne, the most of any Cup driver. Saturday’s victory was the seventh of his career in just 103 starts.

Tony Raines‘s finishing position Saturday night. This is his best finish since November of 2003 when he placed sixth at Rockingham.

Number of cars that failed to make the starting field. (Bill Elliott, No. 83; Kevin Lepage, No. 34; Derrike Cope, No. 74; Chad Chaffin, No. 61; Hermie Sadler, No. 00; Kirk Shelmerdine, No. 27; Carl Long, No. 46; Kenny Wallace, No. 78; and Morgan Shepherd, No. 89)

Caution flags for a total of 52 laps Saturday, although NASCAR’s official count is only 10. Sorry, NASCAR, you DID go back to green after the lap 2 melee with safety vehicles on the track! It DOES count in my book. Who in the heck was running the show? Did they have a little too much to drink during cocktail hour before the race?

Career wins for car owner Ray Evernham after Kahne’s trip to victory lane on Saturday.

Cars involved in Charlotte’s Big One, the melee at the end of lap 1 that sent Denny Hamlin and several others to the garage for repairs.

David Stremme‘s finishing position, earning him Rookie of the Race honors for the first time in 2006. Stremme just barely kept the “streak” alive, though, due to exhaustion from the race weekend. On the other hand, one rookie has placed in the top 15 at every race this season.

Top-10 finishes in 2006 for Johnson, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth.

Penalties handed down by NASCAR Saturday during the running of the Bank of America 500.

Cars running at the end of the Bank of America 500; 11 of those were on the lead lap.

Positions gained by Raines in the Bank of America 500 to win the USG Improving the Finish Award. (started 39th, finished seventh)

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.

Lead changes among 13 drivers Saturday.

The furthest back a winner has started at Lowe’s. This occurred in May 2003 when Johnson won the Coca-Cola 600.

Mike Skinner‘s finishing position Saturday in the Bank of America 500; He completed just one lap before suffering accident damage that effectively ended his day.

Points that Burton leads Kenseth by in the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup.

Average race speed (in mph).

Laps led by race winner Kahne Saturday in the Bank of America 500, the most of any driver.

Consecutive Nextel Cup starts for Johnson and Newman following the race at Lowe’s.

Riggs’s pole-winning speed (in mph).

Career Cup starts for Dale Earnhardt Jr. following the race at Lowe’s.

Laps in the Bank of America 500, equaling 501 miles.

Career Cup starts for Joe Nemechek following the race at Lowe’s.

Year when Joe Lee Johnson won the first Cup race at Charlotte, the World 600.

Estimated crowd in attendance at Lowe’s.

Kahne’s purse for winning the Bank of America 500.

Total purse for the Bank of America 500.

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