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Week 21: 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 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway on August 2.


Courtesy: NASCAR Media Relations

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 27, 2009) – Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway on August 2. (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: 106.4
2009 Rundown
• Two wins, 12 top fives, 16 top 10s
• Average finish of 7.4
• Led 12 races for 239 laps
Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• Two wins, seven top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 12.4
• Won June’s Pocono race
• Led nine of 21 races for 153 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Series-best Pass Differential of 228 (passes minus times passed)

2 – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 110.8
2009 Rundown
• Three wins, nine top fives, 14 top 10s
• Average finish of 10.9
• Led 16 races for 969 laps
Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• Two wins, five top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles
• Average finish of 9.6
• Finished seventh in June
• Led seven of 15 races for 399 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Series-best Average Running Position of 8.1

3 – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.2
2009 Rundown
• One win, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s
• Average finish of 10.2
• Led 11 races for 570 laps
Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• Four wins, 16 fives, 23 top 10s; two poles
• Average finish of 10.1
• Finished fourth in June
• Led 20 of 33 races for 879 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 378 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

4 – Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.6
2009 Rundown
• One win, six top fives, 10 top 10s
• Average finish of 13.2
• Led 11 races for 354 laps
Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• Two wins, seven top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 16.9
• Finished 37th in June
• Led nine of 17 races for 354 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 11.0, third-best

5 – Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.5
2009 Rundown
• Five top fives, nine top 10s
• Average finish of 13.5
• Led eight races for 158 laps
Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• Two wins, four top fives, five top 10s
• Average finish of 12.9
• Finished second in June
• Led six of nine races for 209 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 12.6, fifth-best

6 – Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.4
2009 Rundown
• Six top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 14.4
• Led eight races for 577 laps
Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• Two wins, four top fives, five top 10s; two poles
• Average finish of 10.7
• Finished 38th in June
• Led four of seven races for 300 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 12.8, seventh-best

7 – Ryan Newman (No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 81.7
2009 Rundown
• Five top fives, nine top 10s
• Average finish of 14.5
• Led 10 races for 156 laps
Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• One win, six top fives, seven top 10s; two poles
• Average finish of 13.3
• Finished fifth in June
• Led 10 of 15 races for 162 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Has run 81.9% of the laps on the lead lap, 12th-best

8 – Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.5
2009 Rundown
• One win, three top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 14.4
• Led four races for 85 laps
Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• One win, two top fives, four top 10s; two poles
• Average finish of 16.5
• Finished 15th in June
• Led four of 11 races for 115 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 164 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

9 – Mark Martin (No. 5 Kellogg’s/CARQUEST Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.0
2009 Rundown
• Four wins, six top fives, 10 top 10s
• Average finish of 16.6
• Led 11 races for 428 laps
Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• 19 top fives, 31 top 10s; three poles
• Average finish of 10.8
• Finished 19th in June
• Led 27 of 45 races for 431 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Has been passed 785 times, fewest in the series

10 – Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.5
2009 Rundown
• Nine top 10s
• Average finish of 14.2
• Led five races for 133 laps
Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• One top 10
• Average finish of 24.4 in five races
• Finished eighth in June
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 1,832 Green Flag Passes, second-most

11 – Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 89.6
2009 Rundown
• Six top fives, nine top 10s
• Average finish of 15.5
• Led nine races for 355 laps
Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• One top five, two top 10s
• Average finish of 17.8
• Finished 11th in June
• Led six of 13 races for 63 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 364 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

12 – Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DEWALT Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.2 
2009 Rundown
• Two wins, four top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 15.8
• Led eight races for 187 laps
Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• Three top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 14.3
• Finished 16th in June
• Led 10 of 19 races for 38 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 1,647 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

14 – Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.3
2009 Rundown
• Three wins, four top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 18.0
• Led 11 races for 809 laps
Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• One top five, two top 10s
• Average finish of 22.0
• Finished 22nd in June
• Led one of nine races for two laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 254 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

Chase Contenders

 

The Top 12 … And Beyond Following Race 20 of 36

 

 

                                                                              Rank    Season
                                                                              Last      Driver

Driver                        Points    Wins      Poles        Week    Rating

 

 

1. Tony Stewart            3,054       2           0              1           106.4

 

2. Jimmie Johnson        2,862       3           0              3           110.8

 

3. Jeff Gordon               2,847       1           0              2           101.2

 

4. Kurt Busch               2,608       1           0              4           98.6

 

5. Carl Edwards            2,556       0           0              6           93.5

 

6. Denny Hamlin           2,518       0           0              5           96.4

 

7. Ryan Newman          2,506       0           1              7           81.7

 

8. Kasey Kahne            2,482       1           0              8           88.5

 

9. Mark Martin              2,471       4           4              11         97.0

 

  10. Juan Pablo Montoya 2,461       0           1              9           86.5

 

  11. Greg Biffle                2,445       0           0              13         89.6

 

  12. Matt Kenseth           2,429       2           1              12         84.2

 

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ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

 

 

13. David Reutimann   2,361                        34. Robby Gordon       1,608

 

14. Kyle Busch           2,347                        35. Scott Speed          1,343

 

15. Brian Vickers        2,309                        36. John Andretti         1,341       

 

16. Clint Bowyer         2,278                        37. David Gilliland        1,142

 

17. Jeff Burton            2,201                        38. Regan Smith            989 

 

18. Marcos Ambrose   2,175                        39. Brad Keselowski      787 

 

19. Joey Logano         2,083                        40. Joe Nemechek         752 

 

20. Jamie McMurray    2,060                        41. Dave Blaney            693 

 

21. Casey Mears        1,998                        42. Bill Elliott                 622          

 

22. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,983                        43. Max Papis               502          

 

23. Kevin Harvick        1,939                        44. Aric Almirola            451

 

24. Martin Truex Jr.     1,932                        45. Scott Riggs             448

 

25. Elliott Sadler         1,924                        46. Tony Raines            352

 

26. Reed Sorenson     1,883                        47. Travis Kvapil             292

 

27. AJ Allmendinger    1,873                        48. Jeremy Mayfield       288

 

28. Bobby Labonte      1,873                        49. Mike Bliss               243

 

29. Sam Hornish Jr.    1,806                        50. Patrick Carpentier     235

 

30. David Ragan         1,799                        51. Sterling Marlin          209

 

31. David Stremme     1,699                        52. Terry Labonte           155

 

32. Michael Waltrip     1,642                        53. Mike Skinner           126

 

33. Paul Menard         1,638                        54. Todd Bodine            123

 

 

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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