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The following great set of stats is from http://www.pilotonline.com, and accompanied another copy of the article from Bob Zeller I posted earlier this morning from http://www.greensboro.com. Bob is a staff writer for both websites/associated newspapers. Thanks to Steve Kurz for the heads up:
Winston Cup '97 by the numbers
Crash and spin leaders: Mike Skinner - 14 (31 races) Derrike Cope - 13 (31 races) Geoff Bodine - 12 (29 races) Jimmy Spencer - 12 (32 races) Dick Trickle - 10 (28 races) Brett Bodine - 10 (31 races) Steve Grissom - 10 (31 races) Bobby Hamilton - 10 (32 races)
KEEPIN' OUT OF TROUBLE
Fewest crashes Mark Martin, 3 David Green, 3 Bill Elliott, 4 Dale Jarrett, 4 Darrell Waltrip, 4 Rusty Wallace, 5 Jeff Gordon, 5 Johnny Benson, 5 Ken Schrader, 5 Kyle Petty, 5 (These stats are compiled from official NASCAR race reports. A driver received credit for a spin or wreck if he was involved in one that brought out a yellow flag.)
CHARGING AT THE FINISH
Best moves down the stretch of the championship points race: Rusty Wallace, 13th with four races to go, finished ninth. Ken Schrader, 14th with four races to go, finished 10th. Johnny Benson, 14th with two races to go, finished 11th. Kyle Petty, 19th with eight races to go, finished 15th. Bobby Hamilton, 21st with 10 races to go, finished 16th.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH OUR DEAL?
Worst moves down the stretch in the championship points race: Ted Musgrave, ninth with two races to go, finished 12th. Ricky Rudd, 10th with five races to go, finished 17th. Jeremy Mayfield, 10th with four races to go, finished 13th. Darrell Waltrip, 15th with 11 races to go, finished 26th. Mark Martin, first with 10 races to go, finished third.
READ MY BACK BUMPER
Leaders of most race miles: 1. Dale Jarrett led 2,541.23 miles in 22 races. 2. Jeff Gordon led 1,838.19 miles in 24 races. 3. Mark Martin led 1,283.31 in 20 races. 4. Jeff Burton led 744.29 in 17 races. 5. Bobby Labonte led 681.65 miles in 12 races.
Lap leaders: 1. Dale Jarrett, 2,063 laps. 2. Jeff Gordon, 1,647. 3. Mark Martin, 798. 4. Rusty Wallace, 785. 5. Jeff Burton, 685.
BACKMARKER MEDALS Fewest miles led (among those who competed at least 25 of 31 points races): Kenny Wallace - 0.00 miles in 31 races. Dick Trickle - 0.00 miles in 28 races. David Green - 1.02 miles in 26 races. Rick Mast - 1.06 miles in 29 races. Lake Speed - 2.25 miles in 25 races.
YOU'LL HAVE TO PRY MY HANDS FROM THE WHEEL Most miles run (of a possible 12,715.08 miles in the season) and unfinished miles: Dale Jarrett - 12,631.89 miles run, 83.18 unfinished Johnny Benson - 12,510.93 miles run, 204.16 unfinished Dale Earnhardt - 12,509.27 miles run, 205.81 unfinished Bill Elliott - 12,433.69 miles run, 281.39 unfinished Bobby Labonte - 12,375.07 miles run, 340.01 unfinished
IT BLOWED UP, BOSS Most unfinished miles: Wally Dallenbach - 2,259.05 unfinished miles in 22 races. Sterling Marlin - 1,873.17 unfinished miles in 32 races. Rusty Wallace - 1,755.38 unfinished miles in 32 races. Robby Gordon - 1,723.79 unfinished miles in 20 races. Mike Skinner - 1,722.93 unfinished miles in 31 races.
JUST FINISH NINTH Average finish for 32 races: Mark Martin, 9.06 Jeff Gordon, 9.56 Dale Jarrett, 9.56 Dale Earnhardt, 11.78 Jeff Burton, 12.40
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