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By the Numbers: Rolling along to Michigan and Montreal

August 17, 2012, , NASCAR.com

For Starters

1 -- Only one driver entered in this week's Camping World Truck race has a series victory at Michigan International Speedway: Dennis Setzer in 2005. That win was the first of four for Setzer that season, his career-high for one year; he finished second in points in 2005 for the third consecutive year. Setzer, who finished in the top 10 in points seven consecutive years from 1999-2005, hasn't raced a full season in the Truck Series since finishing eighth in points in 2008. He has made six starts this season with a best finish of 19th, at Iowa; he hasn't run more than 19 laps in any other race, retiring with mechanical issues each time.

1 -- Only one driver entered in this week's Nationwide Series race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has a victory at Montreal: Ron Fellows in 2008. Fellows, driving JR Motorsports' No. 5 car, passed fellow Canadian Jacques Villeneuve with seven laps remaining and pulled away from another Canadian, Patrick Carpentier, to win by more than 13 seconds. The win remains the most recent of the four Fellows has scored in the series.

9 -- Points leader Jimmie Johnson has now sit atop the Cup Series standings for at least one race in each of the past nine seasons. Richard Petty holds the all-time mark leading the points, doing so in 12 consecutive seasons (1966-77). Johnson has posted top-fives in the past two Michigan races -- second last August; fifth this past June in the Quicken Loans 400 -- after scoring just two in his first 19 starts there. His 21 races at MIS are the most at one track without a win.

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CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES

Breakout Number

20-1-16 -- Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon were both 20 years, 1 month, 16 days old when they won the pole at Michigan. Busch first set the mark for youngest pole winner in 2005; he finished second. It was the first series pole for Busch. Dennis Setzer won that race, setting the mark for oldest Michigan winner at 45 years, 3 months, 22 days. Dillon equaled Busch in 2010; he finished fifth.

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Track Tidbits

.005 -- Erik Darnell's margin of victory at Michigan in 2008 was .005 seconds, the second-smallest in the era of electronic scoring and the third-smallest overall. The records are .002 seconds at Talladega in 2010 (electronic scoring) and .001 seconds at Colorado in 1995.

11.477 -- Brendan Gaughan's margin of victory at Michigan in 2003 was 11.477 seconds, the fourth-largest in series history. The record is 18.197 seconds set at Kentucky in 2002.

154.044 -- The fastest race in Truck Series history was set at Michigan in 2003 when winner Brendan Gaughan clocked in at 154.044 mph. There was only one caution in that race, tying the record (three other times) for fewest in series history. Only one other Truck race has had an average speed topping 150 mph: 2009 at Texas (153.133). Since Gaughan's record-setting, only one other race at Michigan has reached 140 mph; the winning speed last year was 126.338.

Recent Trends

1 -- Travis Kvapil's victory at Michigan in 2004 was the first for Toyota. The make has 94 wins and five manufacturers' championships (2006-10) in Truck competition. Toyota has three wins at Michigan; Johnny Benson scored his first series win in 2006 and Aric Almirola won in 2010.

5 -- Matt Crafton has posted top-fives in the past five races, the best streak of his career. After gaining 17 points with a fourth-place finish at Pocono, Crafton is fifth in the standings, 33 points behind the leader. Crafton has two top-fives at Michigan (most recently in 2009), his only top-10s in 10 starts. He started on the pole last year but crashed out. He also has three engine DNFs, including two in the past five races.

22 -- Points leader Timothy Peters finished 22nd at Pocono last time out, doubling his previous worst finish of 11th at Texas. Peters, who leads all drivers in top-fives (7) and average finish (6.7) this season, has never been lower than second in points. He has three top-10s in five Michigan starts, including a runner-up finish last year.

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NATIONWIDE SERIES

Breakout Number

60 -- Sixty percent (15 of 25) of the drivers who finished in the top five in the five races at Montreal have been foreign-born drivers; Canadian drivers finished in the top five 10 times. Futhermore, foreign-born drivers have won the pole four times. Foreign-born drivers entered in this week's race: Patrick Carpentier (Joliette, Quebec); Louis-Philippe Dumoulin (Trois-Rivieres, Quebec); Ron Fellows (Mississauga, Ontario); Kenny Habul (Etobicoke, Ontario); Daryl Harr (St. Albert, Alberta); Andrew Ranger (Roxton Pond, Quebec); Dexter Stacey (Kahnawake, Quebec); Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, Quebec); Jacques Villeneuve (Montreal); and Derek White (Kahnawake, Quebec).

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Track Tidbits

2 -- Two of the five races at Montreal have required the use of rain tires: 2008 (Lap 14); 2009 (Lap 61).

3 -- The final green-flag stretch has been three laps or less in all five Montreal races. Three have ended in a green-white-checkered finish. The 2008 race was shortened to 48 laps due to rain.

10 -- The final lead change at Montreal has taken place with 10 laps or less in all five races, and with two laps or less in three of them. The only last-lap passed occurred in 2009 when Carl Edwards passed Marcos Ambrose. Additionally, the winner has led 10 laps or less in all five races and three laps or less in three of them.

Recent Trends

2 -- Austin Dillon's two worst finishes of the season were on road courses: 18th at Road America and 23rd at Watkins Glen. He'll be making his first start at Montreal.

2 -- Two drivers have finished in the top five in both NNS road-course races this season: Ron Fellows and Sam Hornish Jr. Fellows has two top-fives in five starts at Montreal; Hornish is making his first series start at the track. Two other drivers have finished in the top 10 in both road races this year: Justin Allgaier and Brian Scott. Allgaier has two top-10s in three starts at Montreal; Scott is looking for his first top-10 in his third start at the track.

3 -- Six different drivers have won the past six series road-course races and three of them got their first road win: Boris Said (Montreal, 2010); Reed Sorenson (Road America, 2011); and Nelson Piquet Jr. (Road America, 2012). Four of the past five poles on road courses are by first-time pole winners: Michael McDowell (Road America, 2011); Jacques Villeneuve (Montreal, 2011); Nelson Piquet Jr. (Road America, 2012); and Sam Hornish Jr. (Watkins Glen, 2012).

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SPRINT CUP SERIES

Breakout Number

19 -- Nineteen drivers time trialed in excess of 200 mph in the June race at repaved Michigan, with Marcos Ambrose setting a track record for fastest qualifying lap at 203.241. It was 9 mph faster than the previous record at Michigan. Forty drivers were faster than the previous record. It's also the fastest non-superspeedway qualifying speed and first at a non-restrictor-plate track to hit 200 mph.

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Track Tidbits

3 -- Three previous Michigan races have been held on Aug. 19, the date of this year's race. The first occurred in 1979 as Richard Petty gave his crew chief, Dale Inman, a birthday present by passing Buddy Baker on the final lap. Points leader Darrell Waltrip blew an engine early but his crew installed a new one in 13 minutes as he salvaged a 19th-place finish. Richard Childress finished 10th. The other two MIS races held on Aug. 19 were won by Mark Martin (1990) and Sterling Marlin (2001).

5 -- Tony Stewart has finished in the top 10 at Michigan in the past five races, the longest current streak. He has top-10s in 10 of the past 12 races at MIS and 16 of the past 20. He finished second this past June.

8 -- Greg Biffle's eight top-fives at Michigan are the most he has at any track; he finished fourth in June. Biffle has finished fourth five times at MIS.

Recent Trends

6 -- Brad Keselowski has finished in the top 10 in the past six races, matching his career-best streak of top-10s. He has either matched or scored his best finish at 10 tracks this season. Keselowski has only one top-10 at Michigan, finishing third last August. He finished 13th this past June.

7 -- Michigan has hosted two races a year every year it's been on the Cup schedule beginning in 1969 save for 1973. During the first 42 years with two races, a driver has swept the season seven times, most recently by Bobby Labonte in 1995. Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s past two wins have come at Michigan, including this past June.

17 -- The past two races at Michigan have been won from the 17th-starting position: Kyle Busch last August and Dale Earnhardt Jr. this past June. Nine of the past 16 races at MIS have been won from outside the top 10, including seven from 15th or worse.

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