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Numbers Game: 2006 Subway 500 at Martinsville

Jimmie Johnson‘s margin of victory over Denny Hamlin at Martinsville (in seconds).

Cars that fell to the back of the field at the start of the Subway 500.
(No. 10, Scott Riggs, engine change; No. 78, Kenny Wallace, engine change)

Hamlin’s finishing position, earning him Rookie of the Race honors for the 15th time this season.

3 hours, 44 minutes
Time it took to complete the Subway 500.

Top-10 finishes in the last five races of 2006 for Bobby Labonte.

Number of times I cursed under my breath while watching the Subway 500 because I wasn’t there.

Jeff Burton‘s place in the championship standings. He was the Chase leader, but dropped four spots following his 42nd-place finish at Martinsville due to an engine failure.

Poles for Kurt Busch this season. He has now scored nine in his career.

Wins for Jeff Gordon at Martinsville, the most of any active driver. Richard Petty holds the record for most of all-time with 15.

Number of cars that failed to make the starting field.
(Mike Bliss, No. 49; Hermie Sadler, No. 00; Chad Chaffin, No. 61; Morgan Shepherd, No. 89; Ted Christopher, No. 27; Derrike Cope, No. 74; Stanton Barrett, No. 30).

Kyle Petty‘s finishing position in the Subway 500. His teammate Labonte finished third. This was the first time since Phoenix in November of 1999 that both Petty Enterprises cars scored a top 10 in the same race.

Lead changes among five drivers Sunday.

Caution flags for a total of 107 laps at Martinsville.

Career wins this season for Johnson in 179 starts.

Penalties handed down by NASCAR Sunday during the running of the Subway 500. The oddest one? Race control made Wallace come in to the pits for disobeying a NASCAR command. Apparently, Sterling Marlin was black-flagged to remove a loose rear panel on his car. Kenny, being a nice guy, tapped Marlin’s car, knocking the piece loose. NASCAR was not amused and penalized BOTH cars.

Ward Burton‘s finishing position in the Subway 500. This was his first start since Nov. 2004. Welcome back, Ward!

Positions gained by Labonte in the Subway 500 to win the USG Improving the Finish Award (started 30th, finished third).

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

Wallace’s finishing position in the Subway 500.

Points that Matt Kenseth leads Kevin Harvick by in the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup.

The furthest back a winner has started at Martinsville. This occurred in October, 2002, when Kurt Busch won the Old Dominion 500.

Cars running at the end of the Subway 500; 26 of those were on the lead lap.

Kevin Lepage‘s finishing position Sunday in the Subway 500; He completed 209 laps before retiring due to transmission failure.

Average race speed (in mph).

Busch’s pole-winning speed (in mph).

Points that the top-eight drivers in the standings are separated by.

Career wins for car owner Rick Hendrick after Johnson’s Sunday trip to victory lane.

Laps led by race winner Johnson in the Subway 500, the most of any driver.

Laps in the Subway 500, equaling 263 miles.

Career Cup starts for Ken Schrader following the race at Martinsville. Congrats!!

Estimated crowd in attendance at Martinsville.

Johnson’s purse for winning the Subway 500.

Total purse for the Subway 500.

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