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The Sprint Unlimited: By the Numbers

February 12, 2013, NASCAR news release, NASCAR.com

Take a look at the history of The Sprint Unlimited by breaking down the numbers

.013  Margin of victory in seconds by Kyle Busch over Tony Stewart in 2012, the closest margin in Sprint Unlimited history

.058  Margin of victory in seconds by Kurt Busch over Jamie McMurray in 2011, the second closest margin in Sprint Unlimited history

.080  Margin of victory in seconds by Dale Earnhardt over Sterling Marlin in 1995, the third closest margin in Sprint Unlimited history

1  Laps led by Rusty Wallace (1998), Neil Bonnett (1983-84), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Dale Jarrett (2000 and 2004) and Kevin Harvick (2009) in The Sprint Unlimited races they won

2  The starting position that has produced the most Sprint Unlimited wins (five).

2.75  Average finish by Dale Earnhardt, best by any driver with multiple starts

3  Number of drivers who started from the pole position and won: Darrell Waltrip (1981), Bill Elliott (1987) and Ken Schrader (1989)

4  Drivers who have won the race back to back: Neil Bonnett (1983-84), Ken Schrader (1989-90), Tony Stewart (2001-02) and Kevin Harvick (2009-10)

5  Drivers who have won the event in their first appearance (Buddy Baker, 1979; Dale Earnhardt, 1980; Jeff Gordon, 1994; Dale Jarrett, 1996; Denny Hamlin, 2006)

6  Number of Sprint Unlimited wins by Dale Earnhardt, the series leader

7  Number of fewest starters in the field for The Sprint Unlimited (1981)

8  Number of times Kasey Kahne has competed in the race

'09 Year Kevin Harvick had his first Sprint Unlimited victory

10 Possible number of laps in the last segment of the race based on fan vote

11  Number of starts before winning, most since race began in 1979 (Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin)

14  Number of different leaders in the 2009 event, the most since the race began in 1979

19  Number of wins by Chevrolet in The Sprint Unlimited; leads all manufacturers

20  Most consecutive starts in The Sprint Unlimited; by Mark Martin (1989-2008)

27  Kevin Harvick’s starting position in 2009, the lowest by a race winner in the event’s history

28  Number of lead changes in the 2011 event, the highest number since race began in 1979

44  Laps led by Greg Biffle in 2005, the most by a driver who did not win the event

47  Laps led by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2008, the most in a single Sprint Unlimited

124.095 mph  The slowest average speed of the race for The Sprint Unlimited was last season’s event won by Kyle Busch.

197.802 mph  The fastest average speed of the race for The Sprint Unlimited was in 1987 won by Bill Elliott.