Entering 2011, *Trevor Bayne*, *Regan Smith* and *Paul Menard* had combined to score just two top-5 finishes in 244 starts. Twenty races later, they have more wins (three) than they had _top-5s_ before this season in what’s been a watershed year for first-time winners. These three underdog drivers, in particular have shined, sweeping arguably NASCAR’s biggest three races — the Daytona 500, the Southern 500 and Sunday’s Brickyard 400.
9 – Brickyard 400s won by a Chevrolet.
The Brickyard 400 sits behind only the Daytona 500 on most driver wish lists.
4 – the number of top-10 finishes for Johnny Sauter in five truck starts at Nashville.
4 – the number of top-30 finishes this season for rookie Andy Lally. He was 28th at New Hampshire.
No matter what plan you are on, here is who will be good in Loudon, N.H.
6 – the number of 32nd-place finishes for Andy Lally this season. He was 32nd at Kentucky.
Since NASCAR’s Cup Series has never visited Kentucky, there are many unknowns heading into the weekend.
6 – the number of infractions against Bobby Labonte in the Coke Zero 400.
Daytona featured a track-record 74 lead changes in February and Talladega featured a track-record 88 lead changes in April.
8th – Reed Sorenson’s starting position for the first green-white-checkered restart in Saturday’s Nationwide race at Road America.
Marcos Ambrose has crept into the fray of consistent contenders and has outperformed Gordon and Stewart on numerous occasions in recent years.