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Numbers Game: 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona

Number of Hendrick teammates that helped push Kyle Busch‘s car in the draft during the closing laps of the Pepsi 400. Kyle was still able to finish second with brother Kurt Busch‘s help and by driving a strong racecar – one that was capable of running up front without another car tucked directly behind (or under) him.

Jamie McMurray‘s margin of victory over Kyle Busch (in seconds), a new Daytona track record. The finish is tied for the second closest in NASCAR history since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993.

Car dropped to the rear of the field prior to the start of the Pepsi 400.
(No. 88 – Ricky Rudd: Unapproved impound adjustment)

Career Nextel Cup wins for McMurray in 168 starts.

2 hours, 52 minutes, 41 seconds
Time it took to complete the Pepsi 400.

Laps led by Daytona winner McMurray.

Greg Biffle‘s finishing position Saturday night, just his fifth top 10 of 2007.

Number of times McMurray and Kyle Busch swapped the lead on the last lap of the Pepsi 400, according to NASCAR’s scoring loops.

Top-10 finishes this season for Daytona winner McMurray.

Caution flags for a total of 30 laps.

Kasey Kahne‘s finishing position in the Pepsi 400, despite hitting the turn 2 wall just five laps into the race after getting tagged by Jeff Green.

Number of cars that failed to make the starting field once qualifying was rained out.
(No. 4 – Ward Burton; No. 27 – Kirk Shelmerdine; No. 36 – Jeremy Mayfield; No. 37 – Kevin Lepage; No. 49 – Larry Foyt; No. 55 – Michael Waltrip; No. 60 – Boris Said; No. 84 – AJ Allmendinger; No. 04 – Eric McClure; No. 09 – Mike Wallace)

Top-10 finishes this season for Pepsi 400 runner-up Kyle Busch.

David Gilliland‘s finishing position Saturday night, his best run since Talladega in April. He made a quick recovery after spinning out on the backstretch with just 15 laps to go.

Different race winners in 18 Cup races this season.

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

Penalties handed down by NASCAR Saturday night during the running of the Pepsi 400, including a pass-through penalty for race winner McMurray for passing below the yellow line.

Number of drivers that competed in both the Winn-Dixie 250 — the Busch Series companion event — and the Pepsi 400 on Saturday at Daytona.
(Kyle Busch; Kevin Harvick; Dave Blaney; Tony Stewart; Clint Bowyer; Kahne; Reed Sorenson; Casey Mears; Gilliland; Carl Edwards; Brian Vickers; Dale Earnhardt Jr.; McMurray; Tony Raines; JJ Yeley; Bobby Labonte; Juan Pablo Montoya; Ragan; Greg Biffle; David Reutimann)

Positions gained by Gilliland in the Pepsi 400 to win the USG Improving the Finish Award.

Lead changes among 12 drivers Saturday.

Drivers who had taken time in Pepsi 400 qualifying before rain forced its cancellation. Said was on the provisional pole; however, after the field was set per the rulebook, he failed to make the race, along with Mayfield and Waltrip, drivers who both had top-five qualifying runs go to waste.

Cars running at the end of the Pepsi 400, 30 of those on the lead lap.

Denny Hamlin‘s finishing position in the Pepsi 400. He was leading the race on lap 15 when he crashed with his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Stewart on the frontstretch. As a result, he was only able to complete 99 of the race’s 160 laps.

Laps led by Bowyer in the Pepsi 400, the most of any driver.

Career Cup wins for Jack Roush after McMurray’s trip to victory lane on Saturday.

Career Cup starts for Raines following the Pepsi 400 at Daytona.

Average race speed (in mph).

Laps in the Pepsi 400, equaling 400 miles.

Races since McMurray’s last win in the rain-delayed event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Oct. 13, 2002. He won the UAW-GM 500 in just his second start while driving the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge in substitution for the injured Sterling Marlin.

Points that Jeff Gordon leads Hamlin by in the Nextel Cup points standings.

Estimated crowd in attendance at Daytona on Saturday.

McMurray’s purse for winning the Pepsi 400.

Total purse for the Pepsi 400.

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