Monday, March 28, 2011

NASCAR By the Numbers: Fontana

Sprint Cup:

Kyle Busch dominated but did not win - Kevin Harvick got the win this week. We also have a new points leader: Carl Edwards takes the lead after a sixth-place finish this week.

Significance in the points after this race: 2011 points will now be used. For that reason I am listing all drivers in the top 35 (locked in for qualifying). 

  1. Carl Edwards 
  2. Ryan Newman -9
  3. Kurt Busch -10
  4. Kyle Busch -11
  5. Jimmie Johnson -14
  6. Tony Stewart -17
  7. Paul Menard -23
  8. Juan Pablo Montoya -26
  9. Kevin Harvick -30
  10. Matt Kenseth -30
  11. Kasey Kahne -30
  12. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -31
  13. Martin Truex Jr.-40
  14. Mark Martin -40
  15. AJ Allmendinger -50
  16. Jeff Gordon -57
  17. Clint Bowyer -65
  18. Bobby Labonte -66
  19. Marcos Ambrose -66
  20. Greg Biffle -68
  21. Denny Hamlin -75
  22. David Ragan -76
  23. Brad Keselowski -80
  24. Brian Vickers -82
  25. Jeff Burton -84
  26. David Gilliland -86
  27. David Reuitmann -87
  28. Jamie McMurray -90
  29. Joey Logano -94
  30. Regan Smith -95
  31. Bill Elliott -105
  32. Robby Gordon -118
  33. Casey Mears -120
  34. Andy Lally -126
  35. Dave Blaney -129

Nationwide Series:

Kyle Busch wins again ... do I need to tell you that each week? More impressive was the showing by the Nationwide-only drivers. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led 10 laps ... that is 10 laps battling amongst Cup regulars such as Busch, Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick. That is no small feat, and Ricky is now the Nationwide Series point leader, as we will see below.

Just like the Cup Series, the 2011 points will be used from here on out, but the Nationwide series only locks in the top 30 teams. I have included all top 30 teams.
Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR



  1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 
  2. Jason Leffler -6
  3. Justin Allgaier -25
  4. Aric Almirola -26
  5. Reed Sorenson -30
  6. Trevor Bayne -31
  7. Elliott Sadler -32
  8. Kenny Wallace -41
  9. Brian Scott -43
  10. Mike Bliss -56
  11. Steven Wallace -65
  12. Danica Patrick -72
  13. Michael Annett -74
  14. Joe Nemechek -74
  15. Ryan Truex -75
  16. Jeremy Clements -77
  17. Josh Wise -82
  18. Eric McClure -85
  19. Derrike Cope -88
  20. Morgan Shepherd -92
  21. Mike Wallace -100
  22. Scott Wimmer -101
  23. Robert Richardson -105
  24. Shelby Howard -111
  25. Timmy Hill -119
  26. Charles Lewandoski -138
  27. Blake Koch -139
  28. Landon Cassill -140
  29. Donnie Neuenberger -142
  30. Carl Long -142
Next week the Cup Series moves back East to a short track, the paperclip of Martinsville, Virginia. Nationwide has an off-week but will return Friday, April 8, for a night race at Texas Motor Speedway. The Truck Series is scheduled to return to action at Martinsville, and you can find that race Saturday afternoon on SPEED.

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