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By the Numbers: All-Stars center of attention in weekend showcase

May 19, 2011, ,

Trucks open with ninth race at Charlotte; Nationwide closes with third trip to Iowa

Charlotte Motor Speedway is a 1.5-mile quad-oval with 24 degrees banking in the turns. The frontstretch is 1,980 feet with 5 degrees banking; the backstretch is 1,500 feet with 5 degrees banking.

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1 -- Starting position for Kyle Busch in last year's race at Charlotte, the first won from the pole. Busch also holds the mark by a winner from the farthest starting position (20th in 2006).

5 -- Combined races at Charlotte won by Kyle Busch (3) and Ron Hornaday (2), all in the past six years. The only other driver to win there during that span is Matt Crafton (2008); it remains his lone series victory.

5 -- Races at Charlotte, out of eight total, with a margin of victory of 0.244 seconds or less.

27 -- Career Truck Series victories for Kyle Busch, the first coming at Charlotte in 2005. Busch was 20 years, 18 days old at the time, becoming the youngest winner in series history.

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178 -- Series starts made by Matt Crafton when he won at Charlotte in 2008; it's the longest a driver has gone before scoring their first victory. Crafton finished 11th last year, his first finish outside the top 10 in 8 starts there.

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1 -- Drivers who have won more than one All-Star Race in the past 12 years: Jimmie Johnson (2003, '06).

1 -- Former All-Star Race winners in this year's Showdown: Dale Earnhardt Jr. In 2000, Earnhardt became the first of only two rookies to win the All-Star Race (Ryan Newman, 2002).

21 -- All-Star Race starts for Mark Martin, more than any driver. Martin has competed in every All-Star Race since 1990. He also holds the mark for the oldest All-Star winner, at 46 years, 4 months and 12 days in 2005; his payout that year was $1,101,325, the largest sum in a single All-Star event.

21 -- Career Cup wins for Jeff Burton, most recently at Charlotte in October 2008. He and Bobby Labonte have the most victories of any driver entered in the Showdown. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is next with 18; no other driver has more than four.

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795,000 -- Difference, in dollars, between first and second place in the All-Star Race. The winner receives a payout of $1,024,658; the runner-up will earn $229,658. More than $43 million has been awarded to drivers in the 26 previous All-Star events; Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with $3,136,666 in All-Star winnings.

Iowa Speedway is a seven-eighths mile tri-oval with 12 to 14 degrees banking in the turns. The frontstretch is 1,075 feet with 10 degrees banking; the backstretch is 869 feet with 4 degrees banking.

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2 -- The driver leading the most laps has won both series races at Iowa: Brad Keselowski (121 of 250 in 2009) and Kyle Busch (209 of 250 in '10).

2 -- Career poles for Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the first coming in the inaugural race at Iowa in 2009. Stenhouse topped out at 135.135 mph.

4 -- Drivers who finished in the top 10 in the first two races at Iowa: Kyle Busch (2nd, 1st), Brad Keselowski (1st, 4th), Jason Leffler (3rd, 3rd) and Carl Edwards (4th, 10th). Busch is the only one not entered in this week's race.

7 -- Drivers who have led at Iowa: Kyle Busch (293), Brad Keselowski (121), Justin Allgaier (35), Trevor Bayne (21), Kevin Harvick (20), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (7) and Mike Bliss (3).

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2 -- Drivers who have won three consecutive poles in series history: Jeff Gordon (Rockingham-Richmond-Atlanta) in 1992; Trevor Bayne (Gateway-Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis-Iowa) in 2010. Bayne finished in the top five in each of those races, including a fifth-place finish at Iowa.

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