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Numbers Game: 2012 Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas


Tony Stewart’s margin of victory over runner-up Jimmie Johnson.


Only one driver has finished in top 10 in every race this year. That would be points leader Greg Biffle, who has finished third in each of the first three weeks.


This is the earliest Stewart has ever a points event in Sprint Cup, taking only three races to find the winners circle. Typically known for his slow starts to the season, this is only the third time in 14 seasons that he has won a race in the first 10 weeks. The other two times occurred in 2002 and 2006, when he won Atlanta in race four and Martinsville in race six.


Trevor Bayne finished ninth on Sunday (March 11), his first top 10 in the Cup Series since winning the 2011 Daytona 500.


The finishing position of polesitter Kasey Kahne, he best finish of the year. Kahne was in position to get a top five late in the going until tangling with Matt Kenseth on the race’s final restart.


Stewart has won at 21 different tracks. The only two active tracks he has yet to win at are Darlington and Kentucky, where the series just started racing last summer. Stewart also never went to victory lane at Rockingham, which is no longer on the schedule.


Stewart now owns 45 career Sprint Cup victories, moving him into sole possession of 15th most all time.


Dale Earnhardt Jr. led 70 laps at Las Vegas, which already eclipsed his total for the year in 2011 when he held the lead for just 52 circuits.


Biffle took the points lead this past weekend, making it the first time in 238 races he has held the top spot. The last time he was in this position was after race 16 at Sonoma back in 2005.

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