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Numbers Game: 2007 Auto Club 500 at Fontana

Matt Kenseth‘s margin of victory over Jeff Gordon at California Speedway (in seconds).

Car that fell to the back of the field at the start of the Auto Club 500.
(No. 96 – Tony Raines for an engine change)

Number of times Kenseth has swept the weekend, winning both the Busch and Cup race, in his career. It is also the number of times a sweep has happened this season, despite most drivers claiming there is no advantage to running the Busch Series companion events. (The big, fat liars!)

3 hours, 36 minutes, 41 seconds
Time it took to complete the Auto Club 500.

Top 10s in a row at California for Auto Club 500 winner Kenseth.

Points that Mark Martin leads Jeff Burton by in the NASCAR Nextel Cup points standings. This is the first time Martin has led since September 22, 2002 after the race at Dover; however, he is planning on only running a partial schedule this season.

Ford victories in 14 Cup races at California Speedway.

Number of cars that failed to make the starting field.
(No. 4 – Ward Burton; No. 34 – Kevin Lepage; No. 36 – Jeremy Mayfield; No. 49 – Mike Bliss; No. 55 – Michael Waltrip; No. 72 – Brandon Whitt; No. 78 – Kenny Wallace; No. 84 – AJ Allmendinger)

Caution flags for a total of 37 laps.

Drivers who have won Cup races at California Speedway in 14 races; Kenseth (two wins) and Gordon (three) are the only ones to win more than once.

Career wins for Kenseth in 258 starts.

Amount of time the Auto Club 500 was stopped under the red flag after David Reutimann‘s crash with six laps left.

David Ragan‘s finishing position, earning him Rookie of the Race honors for the second time this season.

In-race penalties handed down by NASCAR during the running of the Auto Club 500.

Positions gained by race winner Kenseth in the Auto Club 500 to win the USG Improving the Finish Award.

Kenseth’s starting position on Sunday.

Lead changes among 12 drivers at California Sunday.

Cars running at the end of the Auto Club 500; 17 of those were on the lead lap.

Reed Sorenson‘s finishing position Sunday in the Auto Club 500. He completed just seven laps of the event before he got caught up in an accident, earning $12,423.28 per lap for total of $86,963 in winnings.

Career wins for car owner Jack Roush after Kenseth’s trip to victory lane on Sunday; however, this is the first victory since the merger and renaming the team Roush Fenway Racing. This is also the fifth Nextel Cup Series win for Roush at California Speedway.

Laps led by race winner Kenseth in the Auto Club 500, the most of any driver.

Average race speed (in mph).

Gordon’s pole-winning speed for Sunday’s race, the 57th of his career (in mph).

Laps in the Auto Club 500, equaling 500 miles.

Estimated crowd in attendance at California, falling short of the grandstand seating capacity of 92,100.

Kenseth’s purse for winning the Auto Club 500.

Total purse for the Auto Club 500.

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