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By the Numbers: As the drivers turn at Road America, Infineon

June 23, 2011, , NASCAR.com



By the Numbers: As the drivers turn at Road America, Infineon

Road America is a 4.048-mile road course with 14 turns. It has a width of 28 to 32 feet.

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1 -- Drivers to finish in the top 10 in all three road-course races last year: Brad Keselowski (who is not entered in this week's race). Jacques Villeneuve, who is replacing Keselowski in the No. 22 Dodge, is one of just five drivers who finished in the top 10 in two of the three road-course races last year; he started second but finished 25th at Road America.

Side note: The other four drivers who scored top-10s in two of three road races last year -- Trevor Bayne, Ron Fellows, J.R. Fitzpatrick and Steve Wallace -- all had top-10s at Road America.

2 -- Road-course victories for Carl Edwards, both in the past four races including last year at Road America. Edwards started on the pole (his first on a road course) and led 35 of the race's 50 laps.

4 -- Races won from the front row in the past five road-course events. Of the 28 series races on road courses, six have been won from the pole and 12 from the front row. Only six have been won from outside the top 10; the farthest back was 30th (Morgan Shepherd at Road Atlanta in 1987 and Kevin Harvick at Montreal in 2007).

8 -- Top-five finishes for Ron Fellows, including a second-place run last year at Road America. Fellows has made 18 series starts, all on road courses, and has four wins and 10 top-10s (tied for most in both marks). He is entered in JR Motorsports' No. 7 Chevrolet this week.

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13 -- Laps completed in the longest green-flag stretch in last year's race at Road America; the average green-flag stretch was 4.5 laps. There were seven cautions (five in the final 23 laps); the fourth caution, involving nine cars, brought out the red flag (31 minutes, 33 seconds) for the fourth consecutive race on a road course.

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Infineon Raceway is a 1.99-mile road course with 10 turns. It has a Chute connecting Turns 4 through 7 that includes a 300-foot straight from Turn 4 to a 70-degree right-hand turn (4A); out of 4A is an 870-foot straight to Turn 7, a 90-degree right-hand corner.

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0 -- Laps led at Infineon for Jeff Gordon since his last win there in 2006. Gordon, who won five races in a nine-year stretch (1998-2006; leading the most laps seven times during that span) at Infineon, is the all-time track leader in laps led (437; the next closest driver has 171). Still, Gordon has posted top-10 finishes in the past five races there, the longest current streak. Gordon also is the all-time track leader in wins, top-fives (11) and top-10s (14).

Side note: Gordon also started on the pole five times from 1998-2005, winning three of those races. No driver has won at Infineon from the pole since Gordon in 2004.

1 -- Wins at Infineon for Roush Fenway Racing: Mark Martin in 1997. In fact, in 160 starts Roush has only four road-course victories, all by Martin.

5 -- Times in the past six races at Infineon the last green-flag stretch was less than six laps. There have been two green-white-checkered finishes (2008 and '09).

11-- Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s best finish at Infineon in 11 career starts (2003, '04 and again last year). Infineon is one of only two tracks (Homestead) where he has not scored a top-10 finish.

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4 -- First-time road-course winners in the past four races at Infineon: Juan Montoya (2007), Kyle Busch (2008), Kasey Kahne (2009) and Jimmie Johnson (2010).

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