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Numbers Game: 2011 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan

Driver has clinched a spot in the Chase for the Cup. Kyle Busch became the first driver to clinch a spot with his fourth victory of 2011 on Sunday (Aug. 21).

Brad Keselowski’s averaging finishing position in the last three Sprint Cup races. He has finished first, second and third and has climbed to 12th in the standings.

Times Kyle Busch entered a Sprint Cup Series race with the points lead in 2011. Sunday was the first race in which he retained the lead.

The number of top-fives finishes for Ryan Newman in the past six races. He was fifth at Michigan.

Races run past the scheduled distance in 2011. The Pure Michigan 400 went 203 laps because of a green-white-checkered finish. It was the second consecutive week a race went past the scheduled distance.

Times Dale Earnhardt Jr. has finished outside the top 10 in his last nine races. He was 14th on Sunday.

The consecutive number of top-15 finishes for Carl Edwards at Michigan before finishing 36th on Sunday.

Top 10s recorded by Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson is the first 23 races of the Sprint Cup season.

Points separating Denny Hamlin and Paul Menard for the final wildcard spot in the Chase for the Cup.

Top fives recorded for Mark Martin at Michigan. Martin finished fourth on Sunday and tied Jeff Gordon for most among active drivers.

The average finishing position of Sprint Cup drivers following a win in the previous Sprint Cup race in 2011. After winning at Watkins Glen, Marcos Ambrose finished 27th at Michigan.

The number of Sprint Cup races won from a starting position outside the top 10 in 85 races. Kyle Busch started 17th on Sunday.

Starts made by Johnson without recording a victory, the most of any track he is yet to win at. He recorded his best finish, second, on Sunday.

Pit stops made by Kevin Harvick in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race. He finished 22nd.

Career Sprint Cup victories for Kyle Busch. Busch is now tied for 26th on the all-time list with brother Kurt and Ricky Rudd.

The number of laps led by Greg Biffle at Michigan in 2011, the most of any driver. Biffle was 15th in the first race and 20th on Sunday.

Laps completed this season by Joe Nemechek through 23 Sprint Cup races. He ran 18 laps at Michigan on his way to a 41st-place finish.

Laps led this season by Kyle Busch in the Sprint Cup Series, a number that leads all drivers. He paced the field for 22 laps and won on Sunday at Michigan, meaning Busch has led in 17 of the first 23 races.

The last time Gordon led 50 laps at Michigan before he did it on Sunday. Gordon still hasn’t won at the track since 2001.

The listed attendance at Michigan for Sunday’s race. Last year, the listed attendance was 105,000.

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