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By the Numbers: Dominant trends at Fontana

March 24, 2011, , NASCAR.com



By the Numbers: Dominant trends at Fontana

Auto Club Speedway is a 2-mile D-shaped oval with 14 degrees banking in the turns. The frontstretch is 3,100 feet with 11 degrees banking; the backstretch is 2,500 feet with 3 degrees banking.

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2 -- Drivers not associated with Roush Fenway Racing or Joe Gibbs Racing who have won in the past 12 races: Kasey Kahne (Evernham Motorsports in September 2006) and Jeff Burton (Richard Childress Racing in September 2007).

4 -- Times in the past five races the last green-flag stretch was five laps or less; it's been 16 laps or less in seven of the past eight.

5 -- Times in the first six races a Nationwide-only driver won; there hasn't been another in the 15 races since.

6 -- Consecutive top-five finishes for Carl Edwards, his current streak the longest at the track. He has nine top-fives (tied for the most with Kevin Harvick) in 12 starts overall.

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12 -- Pit road speeding penalties in last year's February race, the most of all races in 2010. Kyle Busch won the second ACS race last season after receiving a speeding penalty on Lap 87; it was the last of four races won last season by drivers who got speeding penalties and the third won by Busch in 2010.

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1 -- Times there have been a last-lap pass for the win: Kyle Busch passed Greg Biffle in February 2010.

2 -- Perfect Driver Ratings (150.0), in back-to-back races -- August 2008 and February 2009.

4 -- Victories in the past five races. He has finished first or second in six of the past seven races.

9 -- Consecutive races led. He has led a track-high 464 laps in his 12 starts.

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0 -- Times in the 21-race history the leader of the first lap has won -- it's the only lap an eventual race winner has not led.

0 -- Victories for Richard Childress Racing; the 61 starts are the most the team has made at any one track without a win. It's getting close -- Kevin Harvick finished second and Jeff Burton third last February and Clint Bowyer finished second this past October.

2 -- Times the leader with 10 laps to go has not won: In September 2006, Reed Sorenson was leading, Kasey Kahne won; in October 2009, Jeff Gordon was leading, Jimmie Johnson won. However, the final lead change has taken place with less than 25 laps to go in seven of the past nine races at ACS.

16 -- Combined victories for Hendrick Motorsports (9) and Roush Fenway Racing (7). A string of seven in a row by the two teams was snapped this past October by Stewart-Haas Racing (Tony Stewart).

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9 -- Victories for Matt Kenseth after starting a race 24th or worse, including all three of his wins at Fontana. Kenseth's average starting position in 18 races at ACS: 21.2; his average finish: 10.3.

THE MAN | Jimmie Johnson at Fontana

1 -- Drivers who have posted back-to-back wins -- Jimmie Johnson (October 2009, February 2010).

5 -- Victories, most of any driver, including four of the past seven races.

7 -- Top-three finishes in the past eight races, for an average finish of 2.6. His overall average finish in 16 races is a track-best 5.3 (driver-best 11 top-fives).

846 -- Laps led, most of any driver. He led 228 of 250 laps in August 2008, becoming the only driver to win at ACS from the pole.

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2 -- Times there have been a Cup/Nationwide weekend sweep: Kasey Kahne (September 2006) and Matt Kenseth (February 2007).

2 -- Drivers who have won both a pole and a race in both Cup and Nationwide: Kyle Busch (Cup -- 1 pole, 1 win; Nationwide -- 2 poles, 4 wins, two from the pole) and Carl Edwards (Cup -- 1 pole, 1 win; Nationwide -- 2 poles, 1 win).

7 -- Drivers who have won both Cup and Nationwide races: Greg Biffle (1 Cup/3 Nationwide), Kyle Busch (1/4), Carl Edwards (1/1), Kasey Kahne (1/1), Matt Kenseth (3/4), Mark Martin (1/1) and Tony Stewart (1/1).

15 -- Wins for Roush Fenway across all three national series, most among all teams: Cup (7), Nationwide (6), Truck (2).

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6 -- Nationwide Series victories for Joe Gibbs Racing, all in the past six races (the longest streak of wins by a team at a track ever). ACS is the only current track at which JGR has failed to in Cup, however.

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