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Numbers Game: 2007 Daytona 500

Kevin Harvick‘s margin of victory over Mark Martin (in seconds).

Cars that fell to the back of the field at the start of the Daytona 500.
(No. 00 – David Reutimann, No. 18 – JJ Yeley, No. 41 – Reed Sorenson… all for changing their transmissions)

3 hours, 22 minutes, 55 seconds
Time it took to complete the Daytona 500.

Drivers who have won the Busch Series race and the Daytona 500 in the same year: Bobby Allison in 1988; Darrell Waltrip in 1989; Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2004; Harvick in 2007. LeeRoy Yarbrough won the Daytona 500 and what was then the late model race at Daytona in 1969.

Laps led by race winner Harvick in the Daytona 500. They were laps 81, 82, 83… and of course, the last lap. It’s the least number of laps anyone has led to win the race since Benny Parsons in 1975.

David Ragan‘s finishing position, earning him Rookie of the Race honors.

Caution flags for a total of 26 laps at Daytona.

Career wins for Harvick in 179 Nextel Cup starts.

Amount of time the Daytona 500 was stopped under the red flag on lap 198. (in minutes : seconds)

Lead changes among 10 drivers Sunday.

Points that Harvick leads Martin by in the NASCAR Nextel Cup points standings.

Number of cars that failed to make the starting field.
(No. 04 – Eric McClure; No. 4 – Ward Burton; No. 15 – Paul Menard; No. 23 – Mike Skinner; No. 27 – Kirk Shelmerdine; No. 30 – Stanton Barrett; No. 34 – Kevin Lepage; No. 36 – Jeremy Mayfield; No. 37 – Bill Elliott; No. 39 – Regan Smith; No. 49 – Mike Bliss; No. 58 – James Hylton; No. 71 – Frank Kimmel; No. 72 – Brandon Whitt; No. 74 – Derrike Cope; No. 78 – Kenny Wallace; No. 83 – Brian Vickers; No. 84 – AJ Allmendinger)

Chevrolet victories in 49 Daytona 500s.

Drivers who have won the Daytona 500.

Positions gained by Harvick in the Daytona 500 to win the USG Improving the Finish Award.

Harvick’s starting position in the Daytona 500 on Sunday, the furthest back a winner has ever started in this race.

Cars running at the end of the Daytona 500, 27 of those on the lead lap.

Tony Stewart‘s finishing position Sunday in the Daytona 500; He completed 152 laps before crashing out of the event.

Career wins for car owner Richard Childress after Harvick’s trip to victory lane on Sunday.

Laps led by Kurt Busch in the Daytona 500, the most of any driver.

Average race speed (in mph).

David Gilliland‘s pole-winning speed (in mph).

Laps in the Daytona 500, equaling 505 miles – two more than the scheduled race distance.

Estimated crowd in attendance at Daytona.

Harvick’s purse for winning the Daytona 500.

Total purse for the Daytona 500.

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