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Numbers: One and done a real risk for drivers at Daytona

July 06, 2012, ,

For Starters

44 -- The number of times Daytona winners chalked that victory up as their only one of the year. In Nationwide, it's 19 times, including the past five winners (James Buescher, Joey Logano, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Stewart). For Cup, it's a whopping 25 times, including both 2011 winners (David Ragan and Trevor Bayne).


Breakout number

3 -- The past three NNS Daytona races ended with a last lap pass, including the past two in which the winner led only the final lap. James Buescher earned his first Nationwide Series victory in February when he missed a pileup on the final lap. Last summer, Joey Logano led only the last lap thanks to a solid push from teammate Kyle Busch as those who had led going into the last turn wrecked behind him. The third race was Tony Stewart surging past Clint Bowyer to win his fourth consecutive Daytona Nationwide race. Stewart led 13 laps in that race.


Track tidbits

1 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the only repeat winner in Nationwide summer races at Daytona. He has won three of the 10 races (2003, 2006, 2010). Other summer winners: Joe Nemechek, Mike Wallace, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano.

6 -- Six of the past seven Daytona summer races ended with a green-white-checkered finish; those are the only Nationwide Daytona races to end under green-white-checkered.

37 -- There were 37 different cars involved in accidents in February's race, including race-winner James Buescher. The race had eight cautions, including three for "big ones."

Recent trends

1 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has only one top-10 finish in the past five races and has gone from the points leader, 34 points ahead, to 21 points behind in third.

2 -- First time winners have won the past two Nationwide races (Nelson Piquet Jr. at Road America and Austin Dillon at Kentucky). The most recent time three consecutive races were won by first time winners was in May 1982 when Joe Ruttman won at Dover, Morgan Shepherd won at Hickory and Harry Gant won at Charlotte. The only other time there were three first-time winners in a row was when the first six races of the series were won by six different drivers.

6 -- The driver leading the most laps has won only six of the 15 races this season. However, it has happened in three of the past four (Austin Dillon at Kentucky, Nelson Piquet Jr. at Road America, and Joey Logano at Dover).


Breakout number

68 -- Hendrick Motorsports has 19 top-10s in the past seven races, or 68 percent of its finishes. Included in those totals are four wins. They also won both All-Star events, which don't count in those totals. Jimmie Johnson has two of those wins (Darlington and Dover) and six top-10s in seven races. Kasey Kahne has one win (Charlotte) and four top-10s; Dale Earnhardt Jr. has one win (Michigan) and five top-10s; Jeff Gordon is winless, but has four top-10s in seven races, including the past three.


Track tidbits

0.3 -- The margin of victory in 12 of the past 17 races at Daytona has been less than three-tenths of a second. The other five? They've ended under caution.

2 -- Only two of the past 11 Daytona races were won by the leader of the most laps. Those races were Kevin Harvick leading 28 laps in July 2010 and Tony Stewart leading 86 laps in July 2009.

131 -- The Coke Zero 400 is the 131st Cup Series point race at Daytona, the most at any track. That total includes 23 qualifying races prior to 1972 where points were received.

Recent trends

4 -- Races out of the past seven in which Joey Logano has finished in the top 10. The other three, however, he has finished 22nd or worse.

8 -- Races at Daytona since Ryan Newman won the Daytona 500 in 2008. In those races, Newman's best finish is 20th in July 2009. He has led 63 total laps in those eight races, but that includes 37 laps in Feb. 2011 and 25 in July 2011.

10 -- Kyle Busch's best finish in the past five races is 10th at Kentucky; he had engine issue at Dover, Pocono and Michigan, spun late in the race at Sonoma and replaced a shock at Kentucky after leading the most laps. He won the July race at Daytona in 2008, but has only two top-10s at Daytona since.

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