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Numbers Game: 2008 Daytona 500

Ryan Newman‘s margin of victory over Kurt Busch in the Daytona 500 (in seconds).

Coors Light Pole of 2008 for Jimmie Johnson after taking the top starting spot in Daytona, with a speed of 187.075 mph. It was the 14th of his career and second at Daytona.

Cars dropped to the rear of the field before the start of racing at Daytona.
(No. 26 – Jamie McMurray and No. 40 – Dario Franchitti for using backup cars, No. 78 – Joe Nemechek for missing driver introductions)

Number of times Newman led the Daytona 500.

3 hours, 16 minutes, 30 seconds
Time it took to complete the Daytona 500.

Caution flags for a total of 23 laps Sunday.

Penalties handed down by NASCAR during the running of the Daytona 500.

Laps led by Daytona 500 winner Newman on Sunday.

Number of cars that failed to make the starting field for Sunday’s race.
(No. 84 – AJ Allmendinger; No. 21 – Bill Elliott; No. 49 – Ken Schrader; No. 60 – Boris Said; No. 10 – Patrick Carpentier; No. 37 – Eric McClure; No. 09 – Sterling Marlin; No. 27 – Jacques Villeneuve; No. 50 – Stanton Barrett; No. 08 – Carl Long)

Career Cup victory for Sunday’s winner Newman in 225 starts.

Points that Newman leads Kurt Busch by in the Sprint Cup point standings.

Sam Hornish Jr.‘s finishing position in the Daytona 500, earning him Rookie of the Race honors.

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

Cars running at the end of the race at Daytona; 32 of those were on the lead lap.

Lead changes among 16 drivers at Daytona.

Kenny Wallace‘s finishing position on Sunday. He was only able to complete 141 laps before blowing the engine on the No. 87 Furniture Row Chevy.

Career Cup wins for Roger Penske after Newman’s trip to victory lane. Newman’s win is the first restrictor-plate win and 1-2 finish for Penske Racing in a Cup race.

Laps led by Kyle Busch, the most of any driver. Busch finished the race in the fourth position.

Average race speed in mph.

Laps in the Daytona 500, equaling 500 miles.

Estimated crowd in attendance at Daytona on Sunday.

Newman’s purse for winning the Daytona 500.

Total purse for the Daytona 500.

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