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facts and notes..............

Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:29 am

Some facts and notes:
" There have been 14 over the most recent five seasons including Kurt Busch's (#22 Shell Pennzoil Dodge) winning pass of Ryan Newman (#39 Haas Automation Chevy) in February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.
" Harvick has been on the winning end of a last-lap pass four times in five seasons: on Sunday, last spring at Talladega, in 2009 when he beat Jamie McMurray (#1 Widia Chevy) to win the Budweiser Shootout and in 2007 when he beat Mark Martin (#5 Quaker State/GoDaddy.com Chevy) to the line to win the Daytona 500. His record is 4-1 after Richard Childress Racing teammate Clint Bowyer (#33 BB&T Chevy) won last fall's Talladega race.
Other indicators also point to 2011 as being among the most competitive NASCAR Sprint Cup seasons.
" Five different winners over the first five races are the most since 2005. Those five winners competed for five different race teams, the most since 2003.
" Chevy, Ford and Toyota have scored 31 Manufacturers' Championship points apiece. The top four drivers in the points standings each drive a different brand of car.
" The new points system offers several levels of excitement. Fourteen points cover the top five positions. There's also the opportunity to bounce back. Three drivers ranking 25th or worse after the Daytona 500  Johnson, Harvick and Matt Kenseth (#17 Crown Royal Ford)  have managed to climb into the top 10 over the course of four races.
" Johnson has scored the most points over the last four races (156) followed by Newman and Harvick (154).
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