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Countdown to Daytona

February 19, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service,

The countdown is on to the 2011 season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 20. Each day a NASCAR number that corresponds to the countdown number is highlighted:


0: Top-10 finishes for Kenny Wallace in the Daytona 500. Wallace holds the record for most Daytona 500 starts (10) without a top-10 finish. Dave Blaney and Robert Pressley are next with nine starts. Wallace's best finish in the 500 is 16th, which came in the rain-shortened 2003 Daytona 500 won by Michael Waltrip. Only 109 of the scheduled 200 laps were completed that day.


1: Daytona 500 wins for Cup champions Lee Petty (1959), Benny Parsons (1975), David Pearson (1976), Darrell Waltrip (1989), Dale Earnhardt (1998), Jimmie Johnson (2006) and Matt Kenseth (2009). Six Cup champions have multiple Daytona 500 wins: Richard Petty (seven); Cale Yarborough (four); Bobby Allison, Dale Jarrett and Jeff Gordon (three each); and Bill Elliott (two). All told, Cup champions have won 29 of the 52 runnings of the Daytona 500.


2: Daytona 500 record for most wins from the pole position. Two drivers have done it: Cale Yarborough (1968 and 1984) and Bill Elliott (1985, 1987). Yarborough, Elliott and Buddy Baker hold the record for most 500 poles won with four each.


3: Drivers with wins in the No. 17 car in the Cup Series. And the drivers have something special in common: each has won a Cup championship. Three-time champion David Pearson won 30 times in the No. 17; Darrell Waltrip, another three-time champion, won 15 times; and 2003 champion Matt Kenseth has 18 wins. Pearson was in the No. 17 for his final two titles, in 1968 and 1969. None of Waltrip's championship came in the No. 17, which has made 1,410 starts in the Cup Series, surpassed by only the 43, 11, 2 and 6. In addition, the three drivers have won the Daytona 500 one time.


4: Second-place finishes in the Daytona 500 for Dale Earnhardt before he won his only 500 in 1998. Earnhardt was runner-up in 1984, '93, '95 and '96 before his historic victory on Feb. 15, 1998. He finished second in the 500 for the final time in 1999.


5: Drivers to win the first two races of a Cup season. Matt Kenseth was the most recent to do it, winning the season-opening Daytona 500 in 2009 and the Auto Club 500 the following week at Fontana. The other four: Marvin Panch (1957 season), Bob Welborn (1959), David Pearson (1976) and Jeff Gordon (1997).


6: NFL quarterbacks who have served as honorary starters of the Daytona 500. Ken Stabler was the first, in 1977, and he has been followed by Troy Aikman (1994), Jim Kelly (1995), Dan Marino (1998), Brett Favre (1999) and Terry Bradshaw (2001).


7: G.C. Spencer's second-place finishes in Cup, most by a driver who never won a series race. Spencer made 415 starts in the Cup Series from 1958 to 1977, posting 55 top-five finishes and 138 top-10s. His best points finish was fourth in 1965 when he set career highs with 15 top-fives and 25 top-10s. His second-place finishes came at Hickory (N.C.) Speedway (1963), Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds in Spartanburg, S.C. (1965), Harris (N.C.) Speedway (1965), Lincoln Speedway in New Oxford, Pa. (1965), North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway (1966), Charlotte Motor Speedway (1966) and Asheville-Weaverville (N.C.) Speedway (1966).


8: Joe Weatherly's car number when he won his two Cup championships in 1962 and '63. Weatherly won 25 races in 230 starts, and his final 20 victories came in Bud Moore's No. 8 Pontiac. Weatherly's life came to a tragic end in 1964 when he was killed at Riverside in the fifth race of the season. Weatherly was 41 years old.


9: Cup poles won by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt won six in his first three seasons and three in the past eight years (256 attempts). Earnhardt is tied for 58th on the all-time list with Darel Dieringer, A.J. Foyt, Denny Hamlin and Jeremy Mayfield. He won one pole in 2010, at Atlanta in March. He finished 15th.


10: Nationwide races in which Kurt and Kyle Busch have appeared in together. Kurt has finished ahead of his younger brother six times. Kurt has won two of those races, Kyle none. Kurt has six top-fives, eight top-10s and an average finish of 9.1. Kyle, who is second in career wins, has two top-fives, five top-10s and an average finish of 15.5. They last raced against each other in the Nationwide Series in May 2007 at Charlotte. Thirty-six of Kyle's 43 wins have come since that race.


11: Cup Series victories for Kasey Kahne, which ranks 55th on the all-time list. Kahne was winless in 2010 after winning two races in each of the previous two seasons. Immediately ahead of Kahne in Cup victories is Tim Richmond and Dick Rathmann with 13 wins each.


12: Second-places finishes for James Hylton before his first Cup win, a series record. Hylton won twice in 601 starts from 1964 to 1993. His first win came in 1970 at Richmond in his 187th start. Harry Gant is second with 10-second place finishes before his first win, and Sterling Marlin is third (nine), Bill Elliott fourth (eight) and Lennie Pond fifth (seven).


13: Drivers to post wins in the No. 11 car in the Cup Series. The No. 11 car has 196 Cup victories, second only to the No. 43 with 198. The 13 winners in the No. 11: Parnelli Jones, Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett, Mario Andretti, Bobby Allison, A.J. Foyt, Buddy Baker, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Terry Labonte, Geoffrey Bodine, Bill Elliott and Denny Hamlin, who won a career-high eight races last year and has averaged 3.2 wins per full season.


14: Joey Logano's finish in the March Nationwide Series race at Bristol, his only finish outside the top 10 in 25 starts. The race was Logano's third of the season. His average finish for the year was a series-best 4.9. His average start also was 4.9. Of drivers who started all 35 races, 2010 champion Brad Keselowski had the best average finish, 5.2. Kyle Busch's average finish was 5.0. He started 29 races, winning a series-record 13.


15: Career Nationwide Series poles won by Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano. Hamlin has made 123 Nationwide starts and has 10 wins, three from the pole position. Logano has eight wins in 66 starts. He has five wins from the pole.


16: Career Cup wins for Greg Biffle and Denny Hamlin. Biffle has made 294 starts in nine seasons, winning twice last year. Hamlin had a series-high eight wins in 2010 and has made 187 starts in six seasons. They are tied for 46th on the all-time Cup wins list.


17: Sara Christian's car number in the second Cup race in NASCAR history, a 40-lap event on the Beach & Road Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. Christian, who drove car No. 71 in the first race a month earlier at Charlotte Speedway, finished 18th at Daytona in a car owned by Ruby Flock, wife of Bob Flock, who finished 22nd. Sara's husband, Frank Christian, finished sixth.


18: Career Truck Series wins for Dennis Setzer, who has made 297 starts in 15 seasons. Only Rick Crawford (330) and Terry Cook (314) have made more starts. Setzer's best seasons were 2003 to 2005 when he won nine races and finished second in the series each year -- and it was close each season: nine points to Travis Kvapil in 2003, 46 points to Bobby Hamilton in 2004 and 55 points to Ted Musgrave in 2005.


19: Elliott Sadler's career top-fives in both the Cup and Nationwide series. Sadler has made 429 starts in the Cup series (with three wins). His last top-five was a fifth place in the 2009 Daytona 500. Sadler has made 130 starts in the Nationwide Series (five wins). His last top-five was a third place at Bristol last August.


20: Consecutive top-10 finishes for Kevin Harvick in Nationwide Series races from June 30, 2006, to Feb. 24, 2007. It is the second-longest streak in series history behind Sam Ard's 42 (July 1983 to September '84). Harvick, a two-time series champion, won seven times in that stretch and had a 3.3 average finish. He did not compete full time in 2007, finishing in the top 10 three times before his streak ended with an 11th at Texas in April '07.


21: Cup Series races that have been run at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Cup race at the 2-mile track in June 1997. Jimmie Johnson has the most victories with five, followed by Gordon and Matt Kenseth with three each. No other driver has more than one victory. The lone Cup race at Fontana in 2011 is scheduled for March 27, the fifth race of the season.


22: Career Cup wins for 2004 Cup Series champion Kurt Busch. Busch has won at least one race every season since 2002. Busch won twice in 2010 -- at Atlanta and Charlotte -- to tie Terry Labonte for 27th on the career wins list. Just ahead of Busch and Labonte is Ricky Rudd with 23 wins.


23: Career Nationwide Series victories for Dale Earnhardt Jr., ranking him ninth all time. Earnhardt, who won the 1998 and 1999 championships in his only full-time Nationwide seasons, picked up his last win in July at Daytona. Earnhardt has six Nationwide wins at Daytona, his most successful track in the series.


24: Jeff Gordon's car number for his entire Cup career. Gordon made his first start in the final race of the 1992 season, the Hooters 500 at Atlanta, and has started every race since. Gordon has all 82 wins in the No. 24, and his 82 wins rank sixth all time, one behind Cale Yarborough, two behind Darrell Waltrip and three behind Bobby Allison. Gordon was winless in 2010 -- his last win was at Texas in April 2009.


25: Career Cup poles won by Jimmie Johnson, which ranks fifth among active drivers and 26th on the all-time list. Johnson won two poles in 2010 -- Bristol and Dover -- and has at least one pole in each of his nine full-time seasons. His first pole came in his fourth race -- the 2002 Daytona 500. Johnson finished 15th.


26: Top-10 finishes in the Cup Series for the No. 13 car in 290 starts. The last top-10 came at Watkins Glen in 2009, and it is the only top-10 in Max Papis' Cup career. Papis finished eighth in the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, which was won by Tony Stewart. Papis has made 35 starts in his three-year Cup career.


27: Victories for the No. 87 car in the Cup Series, all by Buck Baker, who won 46 races in 635 starts from 1949 to 1976 (26 seasons). Baker's first victory was in the No. 89 at Columbia (S.C.) Speedway in April 1952. His second victory was in the No. 87 in May 1953 at Langhorne (Pa.) Speedway. Baker drove 12 different car numbers to Victory Lane, including Carl Kiekhaefer's No. 300 (twice), 300B (three times), 300C, 301, 500B (three times) and 502.


28: Dan Gurney's car number for his first Cup Series victory, the 1963 Riverside 500 on the 2.7-mile Riverside International Raceway road course. Gurney led 120 of 185 laps and beat A.J. Foyt by 36 seconds. Gurney, one of the greatest race car drivers of all time, won five Cup races in 16 starts from 1962 to 1980. His other four victories came in the Wood Brothers' No. 121, also at Riverside. Gurney is the first driver -- and one of three -- to win races in Formula One, NASCAR and IndyCar. The other two are Mario Andretti and current Cup driver Juan Montoya.


29: Carl Edwards' victories in the Nationwide Series, fifth on the all-time list. Edwards won four races in 2010 and has won at least four races each season since he began running full time in the series in 2005. Edwards won five races his rookie season and finished third in the standings. In the five seasons since, he has one championship (2007) and finished second four times.


30: Laps led by four-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. in the Cup series. Twenty-nine of those laps came in 2001, Hornaday's lone season as a full-time Cup driver. Hornaday has 45 career Cup starts over 10 seasons (1992-2003). In 183 Nationwide starts, Hornaday has two wins and led 1,217 laps. He is the all-time leader in wins (47) and laps led (9,261) in the Truck Series.


31: Career finishes in the top three in Cup races for Kasey Kahne, who will drive in 2011 for Red Bull Racing before moving over to Hendrick Motorsports in 2012. Kahne has 11 wins, 14 seconds and six thirds. Kahne was winless in 2010 but finished second twice -- at Michigan in June and three weeks later at Daytona.


32: Mark Martin's Cup Series-leading top-10 finishes on road courses. Martin has made 45 starts on road courses, winning four times and finishing in the top five 20 times. Dale Earnhardt has the second-most top-10s with 31. Martin's best road course is Watkins Glen, where he has three wins, 12 top-fives and 16 top-10s in 21 starts.


33: Harry Gant's car number for all 18 of his Cup victories. Gant made 474 starts in the series, 397 in the No. 33 Skoal Bandit. Gant was 42 when he won his first Cup race, the Virginia National Bank 500 at Martinsville in 1982, and eight of his victories came after he turned 50, including five in 1992.


34: Second-place finishes in Nationwide Series races for Kevin Harvick, tops in the series. Harvick finished second at Talladega in October to move past Jack Ingram on the all-time list. Greg Biffle is third with 31, and Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth are tied for fourth with 28. Harvick, a two-time Nationwide champion, has 37 wins.


35: Cup races at Hickory (N.C.) Speedway, which hosted at least one series race every year from 1953-71. The first 26 races were on dirt, and the size of the track changed twice in those years. The track was a half-mile for the first three races, four-tenths of a mile for the next 28 races, and .363 miles for the final four. Junior Johnson won a track-high seven Cup races, and Richard Petty won five times. Bobby Isaac and David Pearson each won four times. The track also hosted 42 Nationwide races (1982-98) and five Convertible Division races (1956-59).


36: Career top-10s in the Truck Series for Aric Almirola, who finished second in the 2010 standings. Almirola has two wins and 18 top-fives in 74 starts. Both wins, 11 top-fives and 21 top- 10s came last year when Almirola finished 207 points behind champion Todd Bodine.


37: Top-10 finishes in the Cup Series for the No. 81 car, the last 11 by Kenny Wallace. Wallace has 27 career Cup top-10s, and most have come in the No. 81, which he drove for Fil Martocci. The final top 10 came at Phoenix in October 1998 -- Wallace finished eighth in a race won by his brother Rusty. The No. 81 has one win -- by Danny Graves at California State Fairgrounds in Sacramento in 1957 -- in 292 starts.


38: Poles won on dirt tracks by Herb Thomas, the NASCAR record. Thomas finished his career with 39 poles, and it wasn't until late in his career he won his first pole on pavement. The final pole he won was in 1956 at Portland (Ore.) Speedway, a half-mile track (he finished 11th). Buck Baker has the second-most poles on dirt with 37. Overall, Thomas ranks 13th in Cup poles.


39: Career Cup victories for Tony Stewart, tying him with Tim Flock for 17th most in the series. Stewart has at least one victory in each of his 12 Cup seasons, including a career-high six in 2000, his second season. Stewart won at Atlanta and Fontana last year, the 25th and 30th races of the season. Twenty-five of Stewart's victories have come in the second half of a season.


40: Cup wins for Mark Martin, 16th on the all-time list. Martin, who turned 52 on Sunday, has started 794 Cup races in 28 seasons. Although he was winless in 2010, he won five races and finished second in the points standings in 2009, his first season with Hendrick Motorsports. Martin has finished second in the standings five times. He owns the record for most wins in the Nationwide Series with 48. He also has seven wins in the Truck Series.


41: Career Cup starts for road-course specialist Boris Said. He has made 21 starts on road courses (11 at Sonoma, 10 at Watkins Glen). Seven of his eight top-10s and one of his two top-fives have come on road courses. His best Cup finish is third at Watkins Glen in 2005. His other top-five was a fourth in July 2006 at Daytona. Said has one win in the Nationwide Series (on the road course in Montreal) and one win in the Truck Series (Sonoma).


42: Nationwide Series races held at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham. David Pearson won the first one in 1982, and Jamie McMurray won the final four Nationwide races at the track, the last in 2004. Eleven of Mark Martin's record 48 Nationwide victories came at Rockingham. The Rock was easily Martin's best track in the Nationwide Series. In 25 starts, he had 16 top-fives and 20 top-10s.


43: Nationwide Series victories for Kyle Busch, second all time to Mark Martin's 48. Busch won a record 13 Nationwide races last year and has won 32 races the past three seasons (94 starts). He has 103 top-fives and 131 top-10s in 202 starts. He won the 2009 championship and finished third last year despite missing six of the season's 35 races.


44: Victories for the No. 4 car in the Cup Series. Kasey Kahne will be in the No. 4 this year for Red Bull Racing. The last driver to win a Cup race in the No. 4 was Bobby Hamilton in April 1998 at Martinsville. Although Kahne was winless in 2010, he has 11 Cup victories in 252 starts.


45: Top-three finishes in the Cup Series for Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin. Edwards has 18 wins, 13 seconds and 14 third-place finishes among his 70 top-fives. Hamlin, who won a series-high eight races in 2010, has 16 wins, 10 seconds and 19 third-place finishes among his 61 top-fives.


46: Laps led in the Sprint Cup Series by David Ragan in 146 starts. Ragan, 25, is winless in the series with eight top-fives and 22 top-10s. He has led laps in 17 races. He led 13 laps in 2010 when he finished 24th in the standings with three top-10s.


47: The most cars to start a race at Martinsville Speedway. It happened in 1958 and '59. That is the biggest field for a Cup race at the three short tracks still being used in the series. The current length of Martinsville is .526 miles. It was a half-mile track in 1958 and '59. The other two short tracks still on the circuit are Bristol (.533 miles) and Richmond (.75 miles).


48: Cup Series races at Riverside International Raceway. The first race at the 2.6-mile road course in Southern California was in June 1958. Eddie Gray won the 500-mile race in 6 hours, 17 minutes. The final race was in June 1988 and was 500 kilometers (249 miles). Rusty Wallace won in a much more palatable 2 hours, 43 minutes. Wallace won the final two races at the track. Bobby Allison had the most Cup victories at Riverside with six. Dan Gurney, Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty tied for second with five wins each, and Tim Richmond had four.


49: Cup starts for Lloyd Moore, who raced from 1949 to 1955. Moore was the oldest living NASCAR driver when he died less than month short of his 96th birthday in 2008. Moore's lone win came on a half-mile dirt track, Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, in October 1950. He finished a career-best fourth in the 1950 championship standings. Moore finished his career with 13 top-fives and 23 top-10s.


50: Career top-10s in the Cup Series for Brian Vickers, who missed most of the 2010 season because of blood clots. Vickers, 27, posted three top-10s in the first 11 races last year before leaving the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota. He is expected back in 2011. Vickers, who won the 2003 Nationwide Series championship less than a month after turning 20, has two Cup wins in 219 starts.


51: Victories for car No. 9 in the Cup Series. Four drivers have posted wins in the No. 9. Brothers Herb and Donald Thomas did it consecutive races in 1952, then 31 years passed before the No. 9 returned to Victory Lane when Bill Elliott picked up his first of 38 wins in the No. 9. The last 11 were by Kasey Kahne. Marcos Ambrose will be in the No. 9, beginning in 2011.


52: Combined wins for Greg Biffle in NASCAR's top three series. Biffle has 16 wins in the Sprint Cup Series, 20 in Nationwide and 16 in the Camping World Truck Series. Biffle is the 2000 Truck Series champion and the 2002 then-Busch Series champion. His best finish in the Cup standings is second in 2005, 35 points behind Tony Stewart.


53: Cup wins for Jimmie Johnson, which ranks him 10th on the all-time list. Johnson's 53 wins have come in 327 starts, and his winning percentage of 16.2 is sixth best. Herb Thomas holds the record at 21.1 percent. Johnson has wins at 18 of the 22 active Cup tracks; he has not won at Watkins Glen, Chicagoland, Michigan and Homestead. Johnson also did not win at Rockingham in five starts.


54: Career top-fives for NASCAR legend Curtis Turner, who was one of the first stars of stock car racing. He won 17 Cup races in 183 starts and 38 of 79 starts in NASCAR's short-lived convertible division. Turner lost about four years of being able to compete in the 1960s when he was banned by Bill France for trying to form a driver's union.


55: Career laps led by Sam Hornish Jr. in the Cup Series. Hornish, who doesn't have a Cup ride for 2011, led 50 laps in 2010. The 2006 Indy 500 winner and a three-time IndyCar champion, Hornish has two top-fives in 108 Cup starts -- both in 2009 (Pocono and Michigan).


56: Victories for car Nos. 12, 48 and 22 in the Cup Series. Bobby Allison has the most wins in the No. 12 with 25, Jimmie Johnson has all but three of the wins in the 48, and Fireball Roberts has the most wins in the No. 22 with 30. Allison also won 17 races in the No. 22. Allison finished his career with 84 victories.


57: The field for Cotton Owens' first NASCAR victory, the 1957 race at the 4.1-mile Beach & Road Course in Daytona Beach. Owens started third and led 30 of the 39 laps, including the final eight. Johnny Beauchamp finished second, 55 seconds back, and Fonty Flock was third. Large fields were common for the Daytona beach races. The average field for the 10 races was 53 cars, with 28 being the smallest field (first race, 1949) and 76 being the largest (1956).


58: Martin Truex Jr.'s first win came in his 58th race, the 2007 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover. Truex led 216 of 400 laps and beat second-place Ryan Newman by 7.355 seconds. The win came on June 4, the same day Bill France Jr. died. France was the head of NASCAR from 1972 to 2000.


59: Second-place finishes in Cup Series races for Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Cale Yarborough, tying them for fifth-most all time. Richard Petty has the most with 157, followed by David Pearson (89), Bobby Allison (87) and Dale Earnhardt (70).


60: Career top-10 finishes in the Nationwide Series for Paul Menard. He is 52nd on the all-time list. Menard had a career-high 19 top-10s in 2010 and finished a career-best fifth in the standings. In his two previous full-time seasons, 2005 and '06, Menard finished sixth. His previous single-season high for top-10s was 16 in 2006. He had 15 top-10s in '05.


61: Richard Petty's victories from the pole, the Cup Series record. David Pearson has the second most with 37. Not surprising, the two are 1-2 in career victories -- 200 for Petty and 105 for Pearson. The active driver with the most victories from the pole is Jeff Gordon with 19, tied for sixth most with Herb Thomas.


62: Career top-10 finishes in the Cup Series for Joe Nemechek in 551 starts. Fifty-nine top-10s came in his first 389 starts; three have come in the 162 starts since, the last in the 2007 Daytona 500. Nemechek, the 1992 Nationwide Series champion, has four Cup victories.


63: Laps led by Ryan Newman in the 2010 Sprint Cup Series season, the fewest laps he has led since he went full time in the series in 2002. Newman has posted three of his four lowest laps-led figures the past three years. Newman ranks 45th all time in laps led with 4,044, which is 12th among active full-time drivers.


64: Clint Bowyer's first win in the Cup Series came in his 64th race, the 2007 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire. Bowyer led 222 of 300 laps and beat second-place Jeff Gordon by 6.469 seconds. It also was the first race of the Chase. Bowyer won two Chase races in 2010, giving him three Chase victories among his four Cup wins.


65: Dale Earnhardt's top-fives in the Nationwide Series. Earnhardt started 136 races in 13 season, winning 21. He finished in the top 10 75 times. Earnhardt's top-five percentage of 47.8 is fourth best in the history of the series for drivers with at least 100 starts. Kevin Harvick (51.9), Kyle Busch (51.0) and Carl Edwards (50.2) are 1-2-3.


66: Cup Series races at Pocono Raceway. The first Cup race at the Tricky Triangle was Aug. 4, 1974, and won by Richard Petty. Bill Elliott has the most Cup victories with five. Among active tracks, Pocono has hosted the 11th-most Cup races. Daytona has had the most Cup points races with 127.


67: Car No. 67 has started 636 Cup races without a victory, the second-most starts in the series without a win. No. 1 is the 70, which is winless in 760 starts. The No. 67 has had two starts since 1994, both by Boris Said in 2002. He crashed and finished 41st at Sonoma and finished 13th six races later at Watkins Glen. The No. 67 has finished second twice -- Jim Reed at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway in 1951 and David Pearson at Gamecock Speedway in Sumter, S.C., in 1960.


68: Times Jeff Burton has finished first, second or third in both the Cup and Nationwide series. In the Cup Series, Burton has 21 wins, 23 seconds and 24 third-place finishes. He has 27 wins, 20 seconds and 21 third-place finishes in Nationwide.


69: Career poles in the Cup Series for Jeff Gordon and Cale Yarborough, which ties them for third most all time. Richard Petty is first with 123, and David Pearson is second with 113. Gordon picked up his only pole of 2010 in the 31st race, at Charlotte. Gordon has won at least one pole in each of his 18 full Cup seasons.


70: Chase races since the Chase format was implemented in 2004. Nineteen drivers have won Chase races, led by Jimmie Johnson with 19. Carl Edwards is second with eight and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle is third with seven.


71: Fireball Roberts' car number for the first of his 33 Cup victories. All but three of Roberts' victories came in the No. 22. Besides his win August 13, 1950, at Occoneechee Speedway in Hillsborough, N.C., in the No. 71, Roberts won the 1959 Firecracker 250 at Daytona in the No. 3 and a race in March 1961 at Marchbanks Speedway in Hanford, Calif., in the No. 75.


72: Car number for Ann Chester, the fourth woman to compete in a Cup race. Chester, of Buffalo, N.Y., started two races in 1950, finishing 22nd in a field of 23 in a 100-mile race on the half-mile dirt track of Vernon (N.Y.) Fairgrounds and 21st in a field of 33 in another 100-mile race on dirt at Hamburg (N.Y.) Speedway. Two other women were in that field -- Sara Christian, who finished 14th, and Louise Smith, who finished 22nd -- and 27th that day was future three-time Cup champion Lee Petty.


73: Starts in the Nationwide Series for Jeff Gordon. A four-time Cup Series champion and future Hall of Famer, Gordon has started only 11 Nationwide races since going full time in Cup in 1993. He made a combined 11 starts in 1999 and 2000 and picked up two of his five career victories. Gordon was full time in the Nationwide Series for two seasons, finishing 11th in the standings as rookie in 1991. In 1992, he won three races and finished fourth.


74: Top-10 finishes in the Nationwide Series for Dale Earnhardt Jr., tying him for 36th on the all-time list and one behind his father. Junior has started 116 races in 14 seasons, and his top-10 percentage of 63.8 is seventh best among drivers with at least 100 starts. Forty-four of Earnhardt's top-10s came in 1998 and 1999, his only two full seasons in the series and the two years he won the Nationwide championship.


75: Career Cup starts for Joey Logano, the 2009 rookie of the year. Logano, 20, was winless in 2010 but more than doubled his top-fives and top-10s from his rookie season and improved his average finish to 16.8 from 20.0. He finished 16th in the standings after finishing 20th in '09, when he picked up his only Cup victory in a rain-shortened race at New Hampshire.


76: Victories for the No. 28 car in 1,029 Cup races, the last by Ricky Rudd in 2002. Nine drivers have taken the No. 28 to Victory Lane in Cup races: Fred Lorenzen (25 victories), Davey Allison (19), Cale Yarborough (nine), Ernie Irvan (eight), Bobby Allison and Buddy Baker (five each), Ricky Rudd (three), and Dale Jarrett and Dan Gurney (one each). It is No. 7 on the all-time wins list behind the No. 43 (198), No. 11 (196), No. 3 (97), No. 21 (90) and Nos. 6 and 24 (82).