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Numbers Game: 2007 Checker Auto Parts 500K at Phoenix

Jimmie Johnson‘s margin of victory over Greg Biffle in the Checker Auto Parts 500K (in seconds).

Car dropped to the rear of the field before the start of racing at Phoenix.
(No. 83 – Brian Vickers for an engine change)

Bud Pole of 2007 for Carl Edwards after taking the top starting spot in Phoenix with a speed of 132.773 mph.

Number of times Johnson led the Checker Auto Parts 500K.

Consecutive victory for Jimmie Johnson, the first time such a feat’s been achieved in Cup since Jeff Gordon in 1998.
(Johnson’s Victories: Martinsville, Atlanta, Texas, Phoenix)

3 hours, 1 minute, 46 seconds
Time it took to complete the Checker Auto Parts 500K.

Number of cars that failed to make the starting field for Sunday’s race.
(No. 4 – Ward Burton; No. 44 – Dale Jarrett; No. 49 – John Andretti; No. 55 – Michael Waltrip; No. 84 – AJ Allmendinger; No. 00 – David Reutimann)

Of the 12 Chase drivers have been mathematically eliminated to win the Nextel Cup championship. Only Johnson and Gordon remain eligible.

Win of the 2007 season for Johnson at Phoenix, a mark which leads the Nextel Cup Series. It’s also the first time a driver has won 10 or more races in a season since 1998 (Gordon).

Caution flags for a total of 42 laps Sunday.

Lead changes among six drivers at Phoenix.

Penalties handed down by NASCAR during the running of the Checker Auto Parts 500K.

Top-10 finishes this season for Checker Auto Parts 500K runner-up Biffle, who moved to within 65 points of 13th in the standings.

Juan Pablo Montoya‘s finishing position in the Checker Auto Parts 500K, earning him Rookie of the Race honors for the 16th time this season.

Where Johnson has to finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend to clinch the Nextel Cup championship, regardless of Gordon’s performance.

Top-10 finishes this season for Phoenix winner Johnson.

Win for a Chevrolet in 2007, eclipsing the previous mark of 25 race wins in a single season set back in 1958. Johnson’s win on Sunday was also the 13th victory in 16 appearances for the Impala CoT model. The 26 wins also represent the most from a manufacturer in the modern era of the series (1972-present).

Top-10 finishes for Gordon after a 10th-place run at Phoenix; that tied the modern-era record set by Jarrett in 1999.

Positions gained by Kyle Busch in the Checker Auto Parts 500K to win the USG Improving the Finish Award.

Career Cup victory for Sunday’s winner Johnson in 218 starts.

Cars running at the end of the race at Phoenix; 24 of those were on the lead lap.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s finishing position on Sunday. He was only able to complete 118 laps before crashing on the backstretch, recording his ninth DNF of 2007.

Laps led by Checker Auto Parts 500K winner Johnson on Sunday.

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

Laps led by Matt Kenseth, the most of any driver. Kenseth finished the race in the third position.

Average race speed in mph.

Career Cup wins for Rick Hendrick after Johnson’s trip to victory lane.

Laps in the Checker Auto Parts 500K, equaling 312 miles/500 kilometers.

Estimated crowd in attendance at Phoenix on Sunday.

Johnson’s purse for winning the Checker Auto Parts 500K.

Total purse for the Checker Auto Parts 500K.

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