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The 2010 Daytona 500 By The Numbers

Jory FleischauerCorrespondent IFebruary 15, 2010

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 14:  Kevin Harvick leads a pack in his #29 Shell Pennzoil Chevrolet during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Often the finishing order of a race does not reflect the true nature of the race. Each week, I shall present various facts about the weeks race based upon statistics to help shed light on the intricacies of each race.

Daytona 500

Winner 1—Jamie McMurray

1 Number of times Michael Waltrip Racing has put two cars in the top ten in the same race

2 Number of wins by sponsor Bass Pro Shops in Cup series history

2nd . Previous best finish of the No. 1 car at Daytona accomplished by David Person in July 1980, Sterling Marlin in July 1986, and Terry Labonte in February 1990

5 Best average running position of the night, accomplished by Kevin Harvick

7 — Number of car numbers who have less starts than the #56 car

12 — Laps led by Scott Speed, tying his career high

14 — The number of race-high, fastest-laps run by AJ Allmendinger

26th — The best previous finish in the Daytona 500 by Jamie McMurray, occurring in the 2008 race

41 — Most laps in a race, accomplished by Kevin Harvick

97.1 — Percentage of laps run in the Top 15 by Kevin Harvick, the highest percentage of the race

68 — The lowest total passes made by a driver during the race who ran the full distance, accomplished by Boris Said

125.0 — The highest driver rating in the field by Kevin Harvick who came home 7th

366  — The number of passes Kyle Busch made in the race, the highest total of the day/night

7532 Number of days between poles at Daytona for Mark Martin

10/24/93  — The last time a car number No. 56, driven then by Jerry Hill at Rockingham, started a Cup race

10/11/87 — The last time car No. 56 scored a top-ten finish, an eighth-place run by Ernie Irvan at Charlotte

2/26/67 — The last time car No. 00 scored a top-ten finish in the Daytona 500, then driven by Neil Castles

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