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Numbers Game: 2011 AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta

Jeff Gordon’s victory margin over Jimmie Johnson on Tuesday (Sept 6).

Top-five finish for Carl Edwards in the last seven Sprint Cup races; he finished fifth at Atlanta.

Sprint Cup Showdown eligible drivers to finish in the top 15 on Tuesday; Brad Keselowski had a sixth-place finish.

Gordon’s position on the all-time Sprint Cup wins list after recording his 85th career victory on Tuesday.

Top-10 starters to finish in the top 10 on Tuesday. Gordon, Kurt Busch, Edwards and Matt Kenseth were the only drivers to do so.

Victories for Gordon at Atlanta. He is second among active drivers to Bobby Labonte, who has six.

The consecutive number of top-10 finishes for Keselowski; he was sixth at Atlanta on Sunday.

Drivers who have clinched a spot in the Chase for the Cup. Busch, Ryan Newman and Keselowski solidified their spots on Tuesday.

Times Dale Earnhardt Jr. has finished outside the top 10 in his last 11 races; he was 19th on Tuesday.

The average finishing position of Sprint Cup drivers following a win in the previous Sprint Cup race in 2011. After winning at Bristol, Keselowski finished sixth at Atlanta.

Points separating 11th-place Keselowski from 10th-place Tony Stewart heading into the final race before the Chase for the Cup begins. If Keselowski can get in the top 10 at Richmond, it will open up a wildcard spot for Chase.

Lead changes in Tuesday’s Sprint Cup race at Atlanta; 14 different drivers led a lap.

The average finishing position of Tuesday’s front-row starters. Kasey Kahne finished 34th while Clint Bowyer was 36th.

Laps led by Gordon at Atlanta on Tuesday. He had only led 108 laps at the track combined in his last eight starts heading into the race.

Laps completed this season by Joe Nemechek through 25 Sprint Cup races. He ran 27 laps at Atlanta on his way to a 40th-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 20 circuits and finished 23rd Tuesday at Atlanta, marking the 19th of 25 races this season Busch has led.

The last year that Gordon recorded multiple victories in a season. His win on Tuesday was his third of 2011.

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