Race Weekend Central

Numbers Game: GEICO 500

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Laps led at Talladega by Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon. He crashed out in the Big One and wound up 35th.

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Toyota to finish inside the top 10 Sunday (April 29): Daniel Suarez. Top contenders like Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Erik Jones were involved in wrecks over the course of the day.

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Drivers who had engine failures Sunday: Joey Gase and Timmy Hill. It’s just the second time the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has had multiple engine failures this season (Las Vegas).

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Straight top-10 finishes for underdog David Ragan at Talladega. He’s earned all four of his top-10 results since returning to Front Row Motorsports in 2017 on restrictor plate tracks.

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Cautions outside of stage breaks at Talladega and only two of them for wrecks.

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Wins in the last six Talladega races for Team Penske. Joey Logano has three while teammate Brad Keselowski has two.

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Winners in the first ten races who have all but clinched a spot in the NASCAR playoffs: Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. and Logano.

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Top-15 finishes in the last eight races for Jimmie Johnson who has worked his way up to 14th in the MENCS standings.

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Top-10 finishes for Joey Logano this season in 10 races. That leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

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DNFs at Talladega, the most in the MENCS since February’s Daytona 500.

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Lead changes Sunday at Talladega, the fewest at this track for the MENCS since 1998.

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Points behind the top 30 for Trevor Bayne after crashing out of Sunday’s race. His three DNFs have left him a distant 30th in the standings. He’s ahead of only Michael McDowell and Gray Gaulding among full-time MENCS drivers.

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