Drivers to finish in the top 10 in all four Chase races in 2011. Points leader Carl Edwards is the only driver to do so. He finished fifth on Sunday (Oct. 9).
Tracks on the Sprint Cup Series circuit that Kyle Busch has not scored top-five finishes on (Kansas and Homestead). Busch finished 11th on Sunday at Kansas and has only one top-10 finish in nine starts there.
Top-five finishes for Kasey Kahne in 2011. He recorded his second straight top five with a second-place showing at Kansas.
Races extended past the scheduled distance of laps in 2011 (Daytona – Feb. and July, Darlington & Charlotte – May, Watkins Glen & Michigan – Aug.). A late caution added five laps at Kansas, making the race 272 laps.
Top-five finishes for Edwards in eight starts at 1.5-mile tracks in 2011; he was fifth on Sunday. Three of the six remaining races in the Chase are at these intermediate tracks.
Consecutive manufacturers’ championships for Chevrolet. The automaker clinched its 35th title in the sport with Jimmie Johnson‘s win Sunday.
Consecutive Chase races won by drivers qualified for the playoff. The last non-Chase driver to win a playoff race was Jamie McMurray at Charlotte on Oct. 16, 2010.
Average finishing position of Sprint Cup drivers following a win in the previous Sprint Cup race in 2011. After winning at Dover, Kurt Busch placed 13th at Kansas.
The number of points separating the top eight in the Sprint Cup Series standings heading into Sunday’s race at Kansas. It is also the number of points separating the top seven in the standings after Kansas.
Wins for Johnson in Chase races.
Bonus points accumulated by Kyle Busch in 2011. Busch leads all Chase drivers, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. has the smallest amount with eight.
Wins for Johnson in the Sprint Cup Series. Johnson moved into a tie
for eighth with Rusty Wallace on the all-time wins list.
Top-10 finishes for Johnson in 74 career races in the Chase; he won at Kansas.
Laps led by Johnson on Sunday in the 272-lap race at Kansas. It was the most laps led by any Kansas winner.
Wins in Sprint Cup Series competition for Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson captured win 199 on Sunday.
Laps completed this season by Joe Nemechek through 30 Sprint Cup races. He
ran 18 laps at Kansas and finished 41st.
Laps led this season by Kyle Busch in the Sprint Cup Series, a number that leads all drivers. He paced the field for eight laps and finished 11th Sunday at Kansas, meaning Busch has led in 22 of the 30 races.
The last year that Jeff Gordon finished outside the top five at Kansas; he blew an engine and finished 34th on Sunday.
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