Monday, March 1, 2010

NASCAR By The Numbers: Las Vegas Shelby American

Las Vegas Review-Journal

49 - Cup series victories by Jimmie Johnson in 294 career starts. The El Cajon, Calif., native is as dominant a driver as his sport has by winning precisely one out of every six races he enters. Four of those wins have come at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (2005-2007, 2010).

219 - Laps led by Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon -- out of the first 250 -- before Johnson passed him and took the lead for good on lap 252.

483 - Total number of laps Gordon has led in 13 Cup races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, becoming the track's all-time leader.

$405,628 - First-place prize money, out of a total purse of $6.3 million, awarded to Johnson for winning Sunday's Shelby American.

15 - Record number of victories Johnson has on speedways of 1½-mile distances, breaking a tie with Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Gordon.

2 - Number of cautions caused Sunday by yellow light malfunctions out of a total of seven.

32 - Number of places Kevin Harvick improved, the best of any driver Sunday, in starting 34th and finishing second.

2:49:53 - Time of Sunday's race, the second-fastest of 12 Cup events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that went the distance. The fastest race was the inaugural event in 1998, which took 2 hours, 43 minutes and 58 seconds.

3:27.012 - Shortest aggregate time, in minutes, set by driver Martin Truex Jr., spent pitting during Sunday's race.

1 - Number of drivers running at the finish of all 13 Cup races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Jeff Burton placed 11th Sunday to keep his streak intact.

21 - Number of cars that finished on the lead lap, one short of half of the 43-card field.

141.45 - Jimmie Johnson's average winning speed in miles per hour.

23 - Number of pit road penalties assessed, including one by Las Vegas native Kyle Busch for speeding.

16 - Finishing position of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who placed second at Daytona in the Cup series' first race of the season and then was 32nd in Fontana, Calif., last week.

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