Race Weekend Central

Numbers Game: 2011 Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington

0
The number of top-10 finishes this season for Jeff Burton after 10 Sprint Cup races. He is 24th in the series standings with two DNFs.

1
The number of wins separating Kyle Busch (48) and all-time Nationwide Series wins leader Mark Martin (49) after Busch won on Friday.

4
The number of top-five finishes for Ryan Newman this season after a fifth-place showing at Darlington on Saturday (May 7). Newman had four top fives all of last season.

6
Top-five finishes this season for Sprint Cup points leader Carl Edwards (He was second on Saturday). Edwards had nine in 36 races last season.

7
The number of cars parked after 87 laps in Saturday’s Sprint Cup race at Darlington. None were out due to accidents.

8
The number of different winners in the first 10 races of the Sprint Cup season.

12
The number of cars that were off the track with various mechanical issues after 42 laps were completed in Friday’s Nationwide Series race.

17
The number of bonus points accrued by Kyle Busch this season, the most of any Sprint Cup Series driver.

17.4
The average finishing position of Sprint Cup drivers following a win in the previous Sprint Cup race in 2011. After winning at Richmond, Kyle Busch was 11th at Richmond.

20
The number of cars within three laps of the race leader at the end of the Nationwide Series race on Friday.

23rd
The starting position of Saturday’s race winner Regan Smith. It was his worst qualifying effort of the year.

25
The number of cars on the track after 110 laps of Friday’s Nationwide Series race.

27th
The points position of Smith following Saturday’s win. He is 29 points out of 20th (Martin Truex Jr.) and even with the win, is unlikely to make the Chase for the Cup.

31st
The finishing position of Clint Bowyer in Saturday’s Sprint Cup race. It was his best finish in his last three starts at the track (previously 32nd and 37th).

104
The number of Sprint Cup starts Smith had without a top-five finish (his whole career) before winning at Darlington on Saturday.

348
The number of laps completed by Joe Nemechek through 10 Sprint Cup Series races. He ran 22 laps on Saturday and finished 42nd. Smith completed 370 laps on Saturday, more than Nemechek has completed in 10 races combined.

797
The number of laps led this season by Kyle Busch in the Sprint Cup Series. He led 78 laps at Darlington and has led laps in eight of the first 10 races.

$912
The difference in prize money awarded between 21st-place finisher Kevin Lepage in Friday’s Nationwide Series race and 43rd-place finisher James Hylton ($10,188). Lepage completed 143 laps compared to Hylton’s two, proving that it pays off to start-and-park.

1955
The last time the No. 78 went to victory lane in the Sprint Cup Series. Jim Paschal won at Columbia, S.C. on July 9, 1955.

2003
The last time a single-car team went to victory lane at Darlington. Ricky Craven edged Kurt Busch to the line in the No. 32 Tide car for owner Cal Wells in the spring race. The last time a single-car team won the Southern 500 was when Darrell Waltrip won a rain-shortened event in his own No. 17 in 1992.

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