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Cautions were down more than one per race in 2010

Jay Busbee
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Here's good news after the fact: there were 40 fewer cautions in the 2010 Sprint Cup season as compared to 2009. Sorry, "ServiceMaster Clean cautions." The fine folks at ServiceMaster Clean, which participates in every race in the season except Indianapolis and the Poconos, bring you this sparkly-fresh information.

The details: every race went the full distance, but you may recall that two races, the first Martinsville and the first Texas ones, were pushed to Monday because of rain. And only two other races, Michigan II and Richmond II, saw cautions for rain. The green-white-checker showed up five times in the first nine races, but only twice in the final 27.

In the Nationwide Series, cautions were down by 27 from last year. Ten races went to a GWC finish.

Some more interesting details:

• There were 265 total cautions comprising 1,325 laps or 1,839.5 miles. Total laps were 10,778 or 14,537.5 miles. The most cautions in a race? Unsurprisingly, it was a short track, Martinsville, with 15. The fewest cautions? Richmond II, with 3. The most laps under caution came at Bristol II, with 103, and the most miles under caution were 100 at the Daytona 500. (Pothole!)

• Of the cautions, 140 were due to an accident, 46 were as a result of stalls or spins, and 49 were the famous debris caution. (That figure is down from 70 in 2009.) There were six competition yellows, and three for "other." (Tire on the track?)

And, of course, this post gives us the perfect excuse to run one of our favorite videos from this year, the seizure-inducing caution lights from Texas:

A shame we don't see those at every track, isn't it?

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