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Week 19: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 – And Beyond

A look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 11.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 6, 2009) – Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 11. (Note: Drivers listed below who are outside the top 12 are chosen based on past performances at the upcoming track and/or are within striking distance of the top 12.)

1 – Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.2
2009 Rundown
• Two wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s
• Average finish of 7.8
• Led 10 races for 236 laps
Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• Two wins, six top fives; one pole
• Average finish of 10.3
• Finished fifth last season
• Led six of eight races for 395 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 9.3, second-best

2 – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.4
2009 Rundown
• One win, nine top fives, 12 top 10s
• Average finish of 10.7
• Led 11 races for 570 laps
Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• One win, four top fives, five top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 10.1
• Finished 11th last season
• Led four of eight races for 87 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 374 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

3 – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.0
2009 Rundown
• Two wins, eight top fives, 12 top 10s
• Average finish of 11.6
• Led 14 races for 887 laps
Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• Five top fives, six top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 8.1
• Finished second last season
• Led six of seven races for 176 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Series-best Average Running Position of 8.6

4 – Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.6
2009 Rundown
• One win, six top fives, 10 top 10s
• Average finish of 12.2
• Led 11 races for 354 laps
Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• Five top 10s
• Average finish of 17.3
• Finished 28th last season
• Led two of eight races for three laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 10.0, third-best

5 – Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.7
2009 Rundown
• Five top fives, nine top 10s
• Average finish of 13.4
• Led eight races for 158 laps
Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• One top five
• Average finish of 23.5
• Finished 32nd last season
• Led one of four races for 15 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 12.1, seventh-best

6 – Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.3
2009 Rundown
• Five top fives, seven top 10s
• Average finish of 13.8
• Led eight races for 577 laps
Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• Average finish of 23.7 in three races
• Finished 40th last season
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 12.1, seventh-best

7 – Ryan Newman (No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 81.1
2009 Rundown
• Five top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 15.0
• Led 10 races for 156 laps
Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• One win, two top fives, four top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 17.6
• Finished 10th last season
• Led three of seven races for 163 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Has run 80.5% of the laps on the lead lap, 12th-best

8 – Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.1
2009 Rundown
• Three wins, four top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 16.1
• Led 11 races for 809 laps
Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• One win, two top fives
• Average finish of 7.8
• Won last season’s Chicagoland race
• Led two of four races for 167 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 253 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

9 – Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.4
2009 Rundown
• Five top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 15.3
• Led nine races for 355 laps
Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• One top five
• Average finish of 12.8
• Finished fourth last season
• Led two of six races for 77 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 349 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

10 – Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DEWALT Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 85.9 
2009 Rundown
• Two wins, four top fives, seven top 10s
• Average finish of 15.7
• Led eight races for 187 laps
Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• Two top fives, four top 10s
• Average finish of 9.8
• Finished seventh last season
• Led six of eight races for 300 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 1,509 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

11 – Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.6
2009 Rundown
• Eight top 10s
• Average finish of 14.7
• Led four races for 17 laps
Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• Average finish of 16.5 in two races
• Finished 18th last season
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 1,733 Green Flag Passes, second-most

12 – Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.3
2009 Rundown
• One win, two top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 15.4
• Led three races for 83 laps
Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• Average finish of 29.4
• Finished 15th last season
• Led one of five races for 10 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 144 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

13 – Mark Martin (No. 5 Kellogg’s/CARQUEST Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.5
2009 Rundown
• Three wins, four top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 18.3
• Led nine races for 219 laps
Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• Three top 10s
• Average finish of 14.0
• Finished 17th last season
• Led four of eight races for 44 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Has been passed 764 times, fewest in the series

Chase Contenders

 

The Top 12 … And Beyond Following Race 18 of 36

 

 

                                                                          Rank      Season
                                                                          Last        Driver
Driver                        Points   Wins     Poles      Week      Rating

 

 

1. Tony Stewart           2,719       2           0              1           106.2

 

2. Jeff Gordon              2,539       1           0              2           101.4

 

3. Jimmie Johnson       2,525       2           0              3           109.0

 

4. Kurt Busch              2,414       1           0              4           101.6

 

5. Carl Edwards           2,317       0           0              5             94.7

 

6. Denny Hamlin          2,302       0           0              6             97.3

 

7. Ryan Newman          2,235       0                                   81.1

 

8. Kyle Busch              2,234       3                       8            103.1

 

9. Greg Biffle                2,215       0                       9             90.4

 

  10. Matt Kenseth           2,201       2                      10            85.9

 

  11. Juan Pablo Montoya 2,187       0           1            12            84.6

 

  12. Kasey Kahne           2,166       1                      13            86.3

 

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ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

 

 

13. Mark Martin           2,101                        34. Robby Gordon       1,468

 

14. David Reutimann    2,092                        35. Scott Speed          1,218

 

15. Jeff Burton             2,061                        36. John Andretti         1,201       

 

16. Clint Bowyer          2,031                        37. David Gilliland        1,027

 

17. Brian Vickers        1,998                        38. Regan Smith             943 

 

18. Marcos Ambrose   1,948                        39. Brad Keselowski       720 

 

19. Jamie McMurray    1,863                        40. Joe Nemechek          678 

 

20. Joey Logano         1,847                        41. Dave Blaney              622 

 

21. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,810                        42. Max Papis                502          

 

22. Casey Mears        1,808                        43. Bill Elliott                  461          

 

23. Elliott Sadler         1,794                        44. Aric Almirola             451

 

24. Martin Truex Jr.     1,730                        45. Scott Riggs              448

 

25. Sam Hornish Jr.    1,705                        46. Tony Raines             352

 

26. Kevin Harvick        1,683                        47. Travis Kvapil             292

 

27. Bobby Labonte      1,679                        48. Jeremy Mayfield       288

 

28. Reed Sorenson     1,668                        49. Patrick Carpentier     235

 

29. AJ Allmendinger    1,646                        50. Sterling Marlin          209

 

30. David Ragan          1,620                        51. Mike Bliss               200

 

31. Paul Menard          1,504                        52. Todd Bodine            123

 

32. David Stremme      1,499                        53. Terry Labonte            91

 

33. Michael Waltrip      1,481                        54. Boris Said                91

 

 

Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season.


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