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By the Numbers: Busch brothers dot landscape at Bristol

March 17, 2011, ,

Bristol Motor Speedway is a .533-mile oval with 26 to 30 degrees banking in the turns. The frontstretch is 650 feet with 5 to 9 degrees banking; the backstretch is 650 feet with 4 to 8 degrees banking.

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2 -- Times Brad Keselowski was passed by the winner for the final lead change in the past two races at Bristol -- Justin Allgaier on Lap 274 (of 300) last spring and Kyle Busch on Lap 219 (of 250) this past August.

4 -- Consecutive top-five finishes at Bristol for Carl Edwards, the longest active streak. He and Jason Leffler are the only drivers with top-10s in each race during that stretch.

4 -- Consecutive races at Bristol where there were at least 10 lead changes. Only one of the other 53 races at Bristol featured 10 lead changes.

5 -- Victories at Bristol for Kevin Harvick, most of any driver, most recently in March 2009, his first win driving in Kevin Harvick Inc. equipment. Harvick also is the track leader in top-fives (13) and laps led (1,075).

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9 -- Different drivers who have won in the past nine races at Bristol, the longest active streak. That also includes seven consecutive different team winners and a victory for each manufacturer in the past four races.

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4 -- Times there has been a last-lap pass for the win at Bristol, but only once in the spring race -- 1997 (Jeff Gordon passed Rusty Wallace). That was the third of four consecutive spring Bristol wins for Gordon.

6 -- Times Kyle Busch has finished first (four) or second (two) in the past nine races at Bristol. In the past 10 races, he leads all drivers in wins (four, all from starts of 15th or worse), top-fives (six), top-10s (nine, including a current best streak of five in a row), laps led (1,218, 1,151 in the past three seasons; last year's spring race is the only one during that span he has not led) and points earned (1,670; Carl Edwards was second with 1,443).

60 -- Laps needed by Jeff Gordon to become the fifth driver to lead 2,500 laps at Bristol. Gordon has led only 11 laps in the past eight races at Bristol.

82 -- Percentage of laps led by just three drivers in the two races last year at Bristol: Kyle Busch (283), Kurt Busch (278) and Jimmie Johnson (259) combined to lead 820 of the 1,000 laps. Despite Kyle not leading at all in the spring race, the Busch brothers led more than half of the laps at Bristol in 2010 (561 of 1,000).

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25 -- Cars to finish on the lead lap in March 2001, the most ever in a race at Bristol. That also marked the last time a spring race has had double-digit DNFs (11). Twenty-one cars finished on the lead lap in last spring's race.

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3 -- Drivers who have won at Bristol in all three national series: Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Mark Martin.

3 -- Top-five finishes in both the Cup and Nationwide series at Bristol for Kasey Kahne. He has made 14 Cup starts with a best finish of second and a fifth in his most recent race this past August. He has made 13 Nationwide starts, with a victory and runner-up finish preceding three consecutive DNFs, including two crashes last year.

4 -- Times there has been a Cup/Nationwide sweep at Bristol: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (August 2004), Kevin Harvick (April 2005), Matt Kenseth (August 2006) and Kyle Busch (August 2010).

9 -- Combined national series victories at Bristol for Kyle Busch: Cup (four), Truck (three) and Nationwide (two). Busch needs to lead 233 laps to become the first driver to reach 10,000 career laps led in Nationwide (his previous best at Bristol is 156 in March 2009).

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38 -- Worst starting position of any Bristol winner in both Cup (Elliott Sadler in March 2001, also a Cup short-track record) and Nationwide (Kevin Harvick in April 2005).

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