Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway marked the halfway point of the season … 18 races down, 18 to go. A numerical look on the first half of the season:
1 — Poles (Kasey Kahne, Darlington).
2 — Cole Whitt’s points position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Also, “The Hangover Part 2” hit theaters May 26.
3 — Accidents in the first four races in which Brian Vickers became a victim of circumstance. Needless to say, the points hole had been dug deep.
4 — Top fives.
5 — Solo skydives by Vickers. He even became the first NASCAR driver to drop — from 5,000 feet, mind you — into the tri-oval grass at Daytona.
7 — Pit crew members that learned trapeze at Trapeze School New York in June. Never fear, all seven, along with Vickers, emerged unscathed.
8 — Hours of the BBC’s coverage of the Royal Wedding in April. That’s like watching two 600s back-to-back.
10 — Where Kahne ranks in green-flag speed.
10.9 — Kahne’s average running position “early in a run,” which is a fancy way of saying the No. 4’s been stout in the laps immediately following a pit stop.
11 — Top 10s.
15.2 — Combined average starting position of the Red Bull Toyotas.
18 — Races remaining on the 2011 Sprint Cup Series schedule.
19.2 — Combined average finish of the Red Bull Toyotas.
34 — Times the cars have been running at the finish in 36 opportunities.
35 — Positions gained by Vickers in the final 10 percent of each race. That’s fifth-best in the Sprint Cup Series.
45 — Points Kahne has to make up to reach the top 10 in the Chase. A win or two wouldn’t hurt, either.
60 — Fastest laps turned by Whitt in Turn One Racing’s trucks, which happen to carry No. 60.
62 — Hot dogs consumed by power eating stud and 2011 Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest champion Joey Chestnut. That feast came in a 10-minute span July 4 in Brooklyn, N.Y. That same weekend and in the same frame, we turned a mere 11-12 laps at Daytona.
65 — Hours of flying time, and the team drove to Bristol, Martinsville, Darlington and Charlotte race weeks. To put 65 in perspective, U.S. Airways recently added a Charlotte-based flight to Rio de Janeiro that lasts just under 10 hours. We could’ve flown to Rio and back three times. Also, Whitt’s led 65 laps in the Truck Series.
80.4 — Percentage of laps Whitt has spent in the top 15 (1,304 total).
84.2 — Percentage that Kahne’s No. 4 Red Bull Toyota has spent on the lead lap.
124 — Days since the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan (as of July 13). The Sprint Cup Series has had 16 weekends of racing since that day.
171 — Days spent planning Red Bull Racing Team Fan Day (Dec. 1, 2010-May 20, 2011) at Charlotte’s downtown EpiCentre, only to change the location to the race shop in Mooresville seven days before the event.
203 — Laps led. All by Kahne, who led 124 alone at Darlington.
255 — Fastest laps turned by the Red Bull Toyotas.
285.3 — Miles Kahne’s led this season (10th-best in the series).
379 — Hot passes issued. FYI: Hot passes are the little stiff pieces of paper, complete with a plastic sleeve and lanyard, that get our guests into all the cool places.
1,507 — Quality passes by the Red Bull Toyotas. A quality pass is defined as passing a top-15 car under green-flag conditions.
1,520 — Guests hosted at hospitality.
3,000 — Hits for New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. The Sprint Cup Series completed 3,000 laps moments into the Darlington race in May.
3,113 — Diecasts sold of the No. 4 and 83.
3,513 — Green-flag passes completed by the Red Bull Toyotas.
4,832 — Laps spent running in the top 15 by both cars.
7,100 — Images submitted to the Red Bull Shutter Speed campaign in the months leading up to May race weeks at Charlotte. Fan photos that cleared Red Bull customs were placed on the No. 4 and 83 Red Bull Toyotas for the 600.
9,809 — Team hats sold.
9,871 — Laps completed. The races with the most laps: Bristol and Martinsville (500); the least: Infineon (110).
11,061 — Miles the Street Legal Show Car and its trailer traveled.
13,760.8 — Miles the Red Bull Toyotas completed through Kentucky. That’s like driving from Washington, D.C., to Tokyo — and back.
18,604 — Pieces of apparel sold. You know … T-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.?
44,185 — Total pieces of merchandise sold this season, enough to cloth and decorate a small town.
51,840 — Red Bull SugarFree cans distributed at the track.
58,752 — Red Bull cans distributed at the track.
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