We are counting down the days to the season-opening Daytona 500 and for the amount of days left to the 2011 Sprint Cup’s opening race we’ll reveal a magic number in NASCAR stats and what it means. 23 days left, so today’s number is: 23
23 Career Nationwide Series victories for Dale Earnhardt Jr., ranking him ninth all time. Junior, who won the 1998 and 1999 championships in his only full-time Nationwide seasons, picked up his last win in July at Daytona. Earnhardt has six Nationwide wins at Daytona, his most successful track in the series.