Race Weekend Central

Numbers Game 11/12/2012

by Garrett Horton

Kurt Busch has failed to win a race this year, and if he is unable to take the checkered flag at Homestead, it would snap a streak of ten consecutive season with at least one win. It is currently the third longest active streak behind Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson, and is tied for the 12th longest streak of all-time.

Chevy has now won the last three races after going 11 events without a trip to Victory Lane.

Six of the top-10 finishers were involved in the big wreck on the final lap.

The average number of cautions per race this year. The most was 14 at Kansas last month and the fewest number of yellows was at the rain-shortened Fontana event this spring, when the only caution came out for precipitation.

Kyle Busch has failed to win in the last eight races in which he led the most laps, five of which have come this year. The last time he won after the leading the most laps was in the inaugural Kentucky race last season.

Jimmie Johnson’s average finish in the 23 races this year he has started tenth or better.

Jimmie Johnson failed to lead a lap on Sunday, ending a nine-race streak of leading at least one lap.

Brad Keselowski’s average finish in the ten races he has started tenth or higher this year.

Brad Keselowski’s average finish in 25 races this year where he has started outside the top-10.

Jimmie Johnson’s average finish in 12 races this year where he has started outside the top-10.

Brad Keselowski will be your 2012 Sprint Cup champ as long as he finishes 15th or higher at Homestead, regardless of what Jimmie Johnson does. Keselowski is looking to become just the second driver in NASCAR history to win both a Nationwide and Sprint Cup title. Bobby Labonte (Nationwide in 1991, Cup in 2000) is the only driver to have accomplished this feat.

The worst lead lap finish Brad Keselowski has this year was an 18th in the June race at Pocono.

The most laps led Jimmie Johnson has led in a single Homestead event.

Harvick’s win on Sunday snapped a 38-race winless streak for the Richard Childress Racing organization. RCR’s last win came a little over a year ago, when Clint Bowyer took the checkered flag at Talladega.

Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch have combined to lead 1359 laps in the nine Chase races this year. No other driver has led that many laps all year.

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