Those who normally check out the race comments know I usually post these there, but from now on I'll also be putting them up in a blog! So here's the stat rundown for the FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks:
Matt Kenseth becomes the 35th driver in Cup history to reach the 20 win milestone, getting his 2nd career Dover win. His 11 top 5's there (in 25 starts) is his most at any track, and 741 laps led is just one off of Bristol for his most.
It's Jack Roush's 9th win at Dover, their 3rd most at any track (3723 laps led is the most), the 123rd of his career and series-leading 3rd win of 2011 (4th win for Ford).
Kenseth ties Joe Weatherly for 30th on the all time list in top 5's with 105, and moved alone into 28th all time with 194 top 10's. Matt will likely become the 28th driver, 2nd this season (Bobby Labonte), to reach 200 career top 10's.
Mark Martin finishes runner-up for the 60th time in his career, moving past Jeff Gordon into 5th all time. It's also his 100th career top 2 finish (40 wins) in 805 starts, meaning you can count on Mark Martin to finish top 2 every 8 races and average 4 per season (1 in 2010, 8 in 2011 so he's averaged 4.5 the last 2 seasons).
It's Mark's first top 5 of the season, and his 23rd at Dover (a track record, 4 better than the rest, and his most at any track) in 50 starts; also his 8th runner-up there.
Marcos Ambrose tied his best finish on an oval in 3rd, his 9th career top 5 in 94 starts. His 2nd top five ties his total from all of 2010, and it's his first top 10 in 6 Dover starts (20.8 avg fin).
Ambrose has more top 5 finishes (9) than he does stand-alone top 10's (7) in his Cup career.
Kyle Busch gets just his 2nd top 10 in the last 5 races, but both are top 5's (won at Richmond). His 6th top 5 of the season ties Carl Edwards for the series lead. It's his 3rd straight top 10 at Dover, his 7th top 5 in 13 starts there.
Brian Vickers gets his first top 5 in 35 races, just his 19th career top 5 in 230 starts. It's his first top 5 and just his 2nd top 10 in 13 Dover starts (20.0 avg fin).
Red Bull Racing posts top 5 finishes in 3 consecutive races (Kahne at Richmond and Darlington), a first for the organization.
Clint Bowyer gets his 6th top 10 in the last 7 races (T-3rd most points scored in that stretch). It's his best finish in 11 starts at Dover, his 4th top 10 in 11 starts (previous 3 were all 8th place finishes). 29 laps led is also his most led there.
Carl Edwards gets his series-leading 9th top 10 of the season in only 11 races, his 10th top 10 in 14 Dover starts (7.6 avg fin). He led a Dover career-high 117 laps (416 total laps led there is his 3rd most at any track).
Martin Truex Jr. made his 200th Cup start and picked up his 47th career top 10. It's the first time he's had back-to-back top 10's since November 2009 at Phoenix and Homestead to end the season. It's his 4th top 10 in 11 Dover starts but his first in 6 races.
Jimmie Johnson led the most laps at Dover for a 5th consecutive race, leading at least 191 in every race and totalling 1192 laps led in 2000 laps run in that span (59.6%). His 1829 laps led there is his most at any track and ranks him 8th all time at Dover. It's his 13th top 10 in 19 starts there (9.6 avg fin).
Kevin Harvick gets just his 2nd top 10 in the last 5 races, and just his 3rd in the last 10 Dover races (8 top 10's in 21 Dover starts, 17.0 avg fin).
Jeff Burton ties his best finish of the season in 11th. 11 races to start a season without a top 10 is the 2nd worst start of his career, only beat by 1995 (21 races) in his sophomore Cup season driving for the Stavola Brothers (DNQ'd 2 times, 32nd in points with 1 top 5, 2 top 10's and a 25.2 avg fin).
Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets his 9th top 15 finish and 10th straight top 20 finish (but 3rd straight race out of the top 10). He ties his best Dover finish with HMS in 12th, going 7 races without a top 10 there (22.3 avg fin).
Brad Keselowski posts back-to-back lead-lap finishes for the first time this season, and started in the top 10 for a 3rd straight race (16.6 avg start in 11 races to start 2011). 13th is Brad's best finish in 3 Dover starts (17.7 avg fin).
Kurt Busch only has 1 top 10 in his last 7 races, posting a 17.7 avg fin and falling from 1st to 9th in the standings in that stretch.
David Reutimann gets just his 4th top 15 finish of the season, but his 5th top 20 in 8 Dover starts (19.5 avg fin).
Bobby Labonte has back-to-back top 20's for the first time since Martinsville and Texas back in October 2009.
AJ Allmendinger had the biggest fall in the standings after this race, dropping from 11th to 16th in the standings after blowing an engine. It's his 4th finish of 33rd or worse in 9 Dover starts (25.1 avg fin) but had led 143 laps and finished 10th last time out at Dover.
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