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NASCAR Number: 215

May 31, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service , NASCAR.COM

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Today's NASCAR Number is 215

215: The number of races since Martin Truex Jr. last won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Truex notched his only Cup victory on June 4, 2007, a dreary Monday at Dover after the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa was postponed for one day because of rain. This weekend’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks marks the sixth anniversary of Truex’s lone win. If and when Truex wins his next race, he would have the longest span between first and seconds victories in the history of Cup racing. ... Read More

Today's NASCAR Number is 215

215: The number of races since Martin Truex Jr. last won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Truex notched his only Cup victory on June 4, 2007, a dreary Monday at Dover after the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa was postponed for one day because of rain. This weekend’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks marks the sixth anniversary of Truex’s lone win. If and when Tr... Read More

NASCAR Number: 20

May 30, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service , NASCAR.COM

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Today's NASCAR Number is 20

20: The combined number of victories Kyle Busch has recorded in NASCAR’s top three touring series on concrete race tracks. At Bristol, Busch has five wins each in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series and three victories in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series. At Dover, site of this weekend’s tripleheader, Busch has won two Cup races, three Nationwide events and two Truck Series races. The King of Concrete is entered in all three series at the Monster Mile this weekend. ... Read More

Today's NASCAR Number is 20

20: The combined number of victories Kyle Busch has recorded in NASCAR’s top three touring series on concrete race tracks. At Bristol, Busch has five wins each in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series and three victories in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series. At Dover, site of this weekend’s tripleheader, Busch has won two Cup races, three Nationwide events and two Tr... Read More

NASCAR Number: 7

May 29, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service , NASCAR.COM

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Today's NASCAR Number is 7

7: The number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories posted by Jimmie Johnson at Dover International Speedway, tied for most ever with NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison. A season sweep at Dover was responsible for two of Johnson’s three wins as a rookie in 2002, and the five time Cup champion has been strong there ever since. In 22 starts at the Monster Mile, Johnson has won three poles and finished in the top 10 a total of 16 times. He has led 2,318 of a possible 8,804 laps in those 22 races, for a staggering percentage of 26.33. ... Read More

Today's NASCAR Number is 7

7: The number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories posted by Jimmie Johnson at Dover International Speedway, tied for most ever with NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison. A season sweep at Dover was responsible for two of Johnson’s three wins as a rookie in 2002, and the five time Cup champion has been strong there ever since. In 22 starts at the Mons... Read More

NASCAR Number: 41

May 28, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service , NASCAR.COM

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Today's NASCAR Number is 41

41: The number of Tony Stewart’s 47 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories recorded after May 31. A notoriously late starter, Stewart has won only six races in 14+ years before the calendar turned to June. Those who discount Stewart’s prospects for making the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this year should take another look. With his seventh-place finish Sunday night at Charlotte, Stewart moved into the top 20 in the standings. Also consider that Smoke has won at least one race in each of the last 14 seasons, the longest active streak in Cup racing. Consequently, it would be foolish to bet against Stewart qualifying for the Chase this year -- as a Wild Card, if not as a top-10 driver in points. ... Read More

Today's NASCAR Number is 41

41: The number of Tony Stewart’s 47 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories recorded after May 31. A notoriously late starter, Stewart has won only six races in 14+ years before the calendar turned to June. Those who discount Stewart’s prospects for making the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this year should take another look. With his seventh-place finish Sunday ni... Read More

NASCAR Number: 46

May 27, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service , NASCAR.COM

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Today's NASCAR Number is 46

46: The number of races between the two most recent DNFs (did not finish) for reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, who was swept away in a three-car incident late in Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600. Contact between the cars of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick sent Patrick’s Chevrolet up the track and into Keselowski’s Ford, knocking Keselowski hard into the outside wall near the apex of Turns 3 and 4. Keselowski retired after 317 of 400 laps, his first DNF since the 2012 season-opening Daytona 500. ... Read More

Today's NASCAR Number is 46

46: The number of races between the two most recent DNFs (did not finish) for reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, who was swept away in a three-car incident late in Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600. Contact between the cars of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick sent Patrick’s Chevrolet up the track and into Keselowski’s Ford, knocking Keselowsk... Read More

NASCAR Number: 8

May 24, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service , NASCAR.COM

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Today's NASCAR Number is 8

8: The number of drivers who beat Greg Biffle’s previous track record during Thursday’s qualifying session at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin was fastest of all and will start Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 from the top spot after streaking around the 1.5-mile track in 27.604 seconds (195.624 mph), shattering Biffle’s mark of 193.708 mph set last October. In addition to Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Biffle and Kyle Busch all broke the 2012 record. Thursday’s time trials marked the seventh time a track record has fallen in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year. ... Read More

Today's NASCAR Number is 8

8: The number of drivers who beat Greg Biffle’s previous track record during Thursday’s qualifying session at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin was fastest of all and will start Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 from the top spot after streaking around the 1.5-mile track in 27.604 seconds (195.624 mph), shattering Biffle’s mark of 193.708 mph set last October. In addition to... Read More

NASCAR Number: 227

May 23, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service , NASCAR.COM

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Today's NASCAR Number is 227

227: The fewest number of laps ever run in a Coca-Cola 600. On May 25, 2009, driver David Reutimann and crew chief Rodney Childers gambled that rain would halt the 600 and opted to stay out under caution while other lead-lap cars came to pit road. It was the right call. After a long delay and extensive track-drying efforts, NASCAR called the race at 227 laps, giving Reutimann his first Sprint Cup Series victory and Childers his first win as a Cup crew chief. At 39, Reutimann became the oldest first-time winner since Lake Speed picked up his only Cup victory in 1988 at age 40. ... Read More

Today's NASCAR Number is 227

227: The fewest number of laps ever run in a Coca-Cola 600. On May 25, 2009, driver David Reutimann and crew chief Rodney Childers gambled that rain would halt the 600 and opted to stay out under caution while other lead-lap cars came to pit road. It was the right call. After a long delay and extensive track-drying efforts, NASCAR called the race at 227 laps, giving R... Read More

NASCAR Number: 16

May 22, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service , NASCAR.COM

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Today's NASCAR Number is 16

16: The number of laps led by Jeff Gordon in the 1994 Coca-Cola 600, the race that gave Gordon his first victory in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. Rusty Wallace led 187 laps in the May 29 race, but Ray Evernham made a two-tire call in the late going that gave Gordon the lead. Wallace, on four new tires, ran out of time before he could catch Gordon, the polesitter. Gordon and Evernham went on to win three Cup championships together. With 87 Cup victories, Gordon is third all-time and trying to earn more. ... Read More

Today's NASCAR Number is 16

16: The number of laps led by Jeff Gordon in the 1994 Coca-Cola 600, the race that gave Gordon his first victory in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. Rusty Wallace led 187 laps in the May 29 race, but Ray Evernham made a two-tire call in the late going that gave Gordon the lead. Wallace, on four new tires, ran out of time before he could catch Gordon, the polesitter. Gordon a... Read More

NASCAR Number: 18

May 21, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service , NASCAR.COM

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Today's NASCAR Number is 18

18: The number of cars running at the end if the inaugural Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway -- out of a starting field of 60 on June 19, 1960. Joe Lee Johnson won the first event at Charlotte in what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as attrition and disqualifications took care of most of the field. Both Lee Petty and Richard Petty were among six drivers disqualified for cutting through the infield grass to get to pit road. The starting field of 60 drivers is a record for NASCAR’s longest race. ... Read More

Today's NASCAR Number is 18

18: The number of cars running at the end if the inaugural Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway -- out of a starting field of 60 on June 19, 1960. Joe Lee Johnson won the first event at Charlotte in what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as attrition and disqualifications took care of most of the field. Both Lee Petty and Richard Petty were among six drivers dis... Read More

NASCAR Number: 603

May 20, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service , NASCAR.COM

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Today's NASCAR Number is 603

603: The record number of miles run in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. It happened in the 2011 Coca-Cola 600, the only time a green-white-checkered-flag finish has forced NASCAR’s longest race to overtime. The two extra laps at the 1.5-mile track proved the undoing of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who ran out of fuel in the last corner during the final two-lap dash. The beneficiary was Kevin Harvick, who crossed the finish line .703 seconds ahead of runner-up David Ragan. ... Read More

Today's NASCAR Number is 603

603: The record number of miles run in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. It happened in the 2011 Coca-Cola 600, the only time a green-white-checkered-flag finish has forced NASCAR’s longest race to overtime. The two extra laps at the 1.5-mile track proved the undoing of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who ran out of fuel in the last corner during the final two-lap dash. The bene... Read More