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Numbers Game: 2012 Food City 500 at Bristol


The number of laps led by Kyle Busch at Bristol Sunday (March 18). It’s just the second time since 2006 Busch, caught up in a lap 24 wreck has failed to do so during a Cup race at Thunder Valley.


The number of times, since debuting its three-car program in 2007, Michael Waltrip Racing has placed three cars inside the top five. They accomplished that Sunday, with Martin Truex Jr. third, Clint Bowyer fourth and Brian Vickers, filling in for Mark Martin, coming home in fifth.


The number of consecutive victories for Brad Keselowski at Bristol. It’s the first time the driver has scored multiple Sprint Cup wins at a racetrack.


The number of drivers to finish on the lead lap in all four races this season. They are Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Truex.


The number of cautions at Bristol Sunday. That’s the fewest number for a 500-lap race at Thunder Valley since March 1996.


The number of wins for Roger Penske’s No. 2 car at Bristol. Rusty Wallace owns seven of those victories, capturing the first in the spring of 1991 followed up by Kurt Busch (spring 2006) and then Keselowski’s two straight triumphs.


The average start for Kasey Kahne this season, the best of his career and ranked seventh in Sprint Cup. That’s made his awful start to the season (32nd in points, one lead-lap finish in four starts) all the more frustrating.


The number of drivers who have won back-to-back races at Bristol since it first hosted a Cup race in 1961. Among them: Hall of Famers Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip, along with Keselowski who has now accomplished the feat.


The number of consecutive races a Bristol winner has posted a top-20 qualifying speed. Keselowski started eighth on Sunday.


The average time spent on pit road, in seconds per stop by Jimmie Johnson at Bristol. That led all drivers.


The average number of laps completed by Scott Riggs so far this season in two starts. The No. 23 Chevrolet, run by R3 Motorsports is choosing to start-and-park for every race it enters despite limited sponsorship from North Texas Pipe.


Money won by fifth-place Vickers Sunday. In comparison, Carl Edwards (who finished 39th) took home $127,191.


The listed attendance at Bristol Motor Speedway, the lowest number to watch a NASCAR race at the track in over 15 years.


The total purse for Sunday’s Food City 500.

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