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By the Numbers: Gen-6's debut season

November 29, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Looking at the numbers from the debut season of the Gen-6 car

Editor's note: This story is the fifth of a weekly series about the Gen-6 debut.

1.267  In seconds, the average margin of victory in 2013. It’s the lowest average MOV since 2005.



3  The number of track qualifying records broken by Jimmie Johnson this season, the most in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

5  The number of drivers who won in 2013 after going winless in 2012: Brian Vickers, Carl Edwards, David Ragan, Jamie McMurray and Martin Truex Jr.

10 The average number of leaders per race, up from 9.39 in 2012.

11 The number of drivers who broke a track qualifying record this season. They are Johnson (three), Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth (two each), Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Marcos Ambrose (one each).  



17 The number of different winners this season, up from 15 different winners last season. The modern era record for different winners in a season is 19.

19  The number of track qualifying records broken this season.



19.4 The average number of lead changes per race, up from 18.9 last season.



20  The number of races that ended with a margin of victory less than one second, up from 17 races last season.

46  The number of drivers who led at least one lap, up from 42 last season.



51.2  The percentage of cars that finished on the lead lap, the highest mark since 2009.



76 – The perception that the race cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "are cars that I would be interested in buying" increased from 49 percent to 76 percent.**

83 – The perception that the race cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "look similar to new cars in the showroom" increased from 28 percent to 83 percent.**



83.1 The percentage of cars that were running at the finish of races, up from 74.7 percent in 2012.

86 – The perception that the race cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "have distinctive body styling" increased from 35 percent to 86 percent.**



88 – Appeal (likeability) of the race cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series increased from 65 percent to 88 percent.**



971 The number of Green Flag Passes for the Lead, an increase from the 946 Green Flag Passes for the Lead in 2012.

127,306  The number of Green Flag Passes, the second highest total since the inception of Loop Data in 2005 -- and 17,398 more passes than 2012.

** Source: Official NASCAR fan Council, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gen 6 Car Tracking Survey

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