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By the Numbers: Streaks at stake in Nashville duet

July 21, 2011, ,

Nashville Superspeedway is a 1.33-mile D-shaped oval with 14 degrees banking in the turns. The frontstretch is 2,494 feet with 9 degrees banking; the backstretch is 2,203 feet with 6 degrees banking.

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1 -- Starting position of Kyle Busch in winning at Nashville earlier this year, the third consecutive race there where the winner has started from the pole position. Busch owns two of those victories (it's his only two starts at Nashville).

Side note: Busch is not entered in this week's race. Josh Richards will drive the No. 18 Toyota. Richards has one career start; he finished 29th (DNF for rear end) in the No. 15 Toyota of Billy Ballew at Kentucky earlier this year.

2 -- Drivers entered in this week's race at Nashville won have won there: Ron Hornaday (2009) and Todd Bodine (August 2010).

Side note: 2010 was the first year Nashville Superspeedway hosted two races a year in the Truck Series.

2 -- Place of finish in the April 2011 race at Nashville for Nelson Piquet Jr., his only top-five to date. Piquet has two other top-10 finishes this season and six total in 16 career starts.

4 -- Consecutive top-four finishes at Nashville for Timothy Peters. He finished fourth three races in a row before finishing third earlier this year.

Other streaks of note: Ron Hornaday hasn't finished worse than sixth in the past six races (fourth in April); Matt Crafton hasn't finished worse than seventh in the past four races (sixth in April). Crafton has top-10 finishes in seven of the past 10 races and hasn't finished worse than 13th during that span. Todd Bodine finished 19th in April, only the second time he has failed to post a top-eight in eight starts.

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6 -- Wins at Nashville for Toyota, all coming in the past eight races. The other three makes each have two victories there.

Side note: There has been more of a balance in the Nationwide Series, where each manufacturer has been represented in Victory Lane in the past four races.

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3 -- Place of finish in the race earlier this year at Nashville for Brad Keselowski, extending his streak of top-five finishes there to seven.

Side note: Only two drivers have more top-fives at Nashville: Carl Edwards (10) and Clint Bowyer (nine).

4 -- Victories at Nashville for Carl Edwards, most of any driver. Edwards added to that already-leading total in April, his first victory there since winning three in a row from June 2006 to June 2007 (he's the only driver to sweep a season at Nashville).

Side note: Edwards' four series wins at Nashville are tied for the most he has at any one track: Phoenix.

5 -- Top-10s at Nashville for Reed Sorenson, including the past three races. Sorenson is the only driver to score his first series pole and win at Nashville, both in March 2005. He led 197 laps, the most in any race at Nashville.

7 -- Top-10s at Nashville for Mike Bliss, including three in the past five races. Bliss has made 14 starts at Nashville, in seven different cars. He is entered this week in the No. 19 Chevrolet of TriStar Motorsports, for which he finished 31st in April.

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2 -- Full-time Cup regulars in this week's race at Nashville: Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski. Edwards (four) and Keselowski (two) have combined to win six of the past 10 races at Nashville.

* Nationwide Series at Nashville (April 2011): Race Recap | Results | Videos


0 -- Times a driver has swept a Truck/Nationwide weekend at Nashville. Four drivers are entered in both races this weekend: Jennifer Jo Cobb, Johnny Chapman, Austin Dillon and Elliott Sadler.

Side note: Chapman, Dillon and Sadler competed in both Nashville races in April. Their results: Chapman (35th in Trucks/43rd in Nationwide); Dillon (11th/7th); Sadler (18th/13th).

5 -- Times a Nashville winner has gone on to win that season's Truck Series championship: Mike Bliss (2002), Bobby Hamilton (2004), Johnny Benson (2008), Ron Hornaday (2009) and Todd Bodine (2010). It's happened four times in the Nationwide Series: Kevin Harvick (2006), Carl Edwards (2007), Kyle Busch (2009), Brad Keselowski (2010).

7 -- Consecutive top-10 finishes in the Truck Series this season for James Buescher, longest of any driver, beginning with a fifth-place finish at Nashville. Furthermore, Buescher has only one non-top-10 (crash at Martinsville) in 11 starts this season, and one DNQ (Phoenix).

Side note: Matt Crafton has the longest current streak of consecutive Truck starts at 258; he is the only driver who has competed in all 12 races at Nashville.

7.2 -- Average starting position of Nashville winners in the Truck Series; only four of 12 races have been won from outside the top 10, only one from worse than 16th. The average starting position of Nashville winners in the Nationwide series is 7.0; only four of 20 races have been won from outside the top 10, only two from worse than 14th.

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5 -- Times there has been a green-white-checkered finish in the Nationwide Series in 2011; there never has been a G-W-C at Nashville, one of three active tracks without one (Iowa and Kentucky). There have been six last-lap passes in Nationwide this year; there has been one at Nashville (David Green passed Johnny Sauter in April 2003).

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