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Week 15: 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 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 8, 2009) – Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14. (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: 101.2
2009 Rundown
• One win, seven top fives, 10 top 10s
• Average finish of 9.0
• Led seven races for 99 laps
Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
• One win, nine top fives, 13 top 10s
• Average finish of 12.5
• Finished 12th in August
• Led six of 20 races for 168 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 10.4, second-best

2 – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.6
2009 Rundown
• One win, seven top fives, nine top 10s
• Average finish of 10.8
• Led nine races for 505 laps
Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
• Two wins, 15 top fives, 20 top 10s; five poles
• Average finish of 11.8
• Finished 42nd in August
• Led 21 of 32 races for 899 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 312 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

3 – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.2
2009 Rundown
• Two wins, six top fives, nine top 10s
• Average finish of 12.3
• Led 12 races for 648 laps
Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
• Two top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 14.4
• Finished 17th in August
• Led eight of 14 races for 231 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Series-best Average Running Position of 9.1

4 – Ryan Newman (No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.3
2009 Rundown
• Five top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 12.9
• Led eight races for 138 laps
Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
• Two wins, four top fives; one pole
• Average finish of 18.6
• Finished 21st in August
• Led eight of 15 races for 94 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Has run 81.4% of the laps on the lead lap, 11th-best

5 – Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.7
2009 Rundown
• One win, four top fives, seven top 10s
• Average finish of 13.5
• Led eight races for 324 laps
Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
• Two wins, six top 10s
• Average finish of 20.1
• Finished 36th in August
• Led 10 of 16 races for 290 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 10.6, third-best

6 – Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.9
2009 Rundown
• Three top fives, seven top 10s
• Average finish of 14.4
• Led seven races for 157 laps
Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
• Two wins, five top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 6.6
• Won August’s Michigan race
• Led six of nine races for 242 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 12.0, sixth-best

7 – Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.7
2009 Rundown
• Four top fives, seven top 10s
• Average finish of 14.7
• Led seven races for 312 laps
Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
• Two wins, five top fives, seven top 10s
• Average finish of 13.2
• Finished fourth in August
• Led eight of 12 races for 191 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 314 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

8 – Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DEWALT Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 85.5 
2009 Rundown
• Two wins, four top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 15.4
• Led seven races for 184 laps
Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
• Two wins, nine top fives, 13 top 10s
• Average finish of 9.1
• Finished fifth in August
• Led eight of 19 races for 222 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 1,212 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

9 – Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.7
2009 Rundown
• Three wins, four top fives, five top 10s
• Average finish of 16.7
• Led eight races for 789 laps
Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
• One top five, three top 10s
• Average finish of 17.4
• Finished second in August
• Led five of eight races for 79 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 237 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

10 – Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.9
2009 Rundown
• Two top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 14.2
• Led two races for 67 laps
Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
• Four top fives, eight top 10s; two poles
• Average finish of 15.8
• Finished 11th in August
• Led eight of 30 races for 75 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 67%, ninth-best

11 – David Reutimann (No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 83.4
2009 Rundown
• One win, three top fives, four top 10s
• Average finish of 15.6
• Led five races for 72 laps
Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
• Average finish of 21.8 in his four Michigan races
• Finished 14th in August
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 15.0, 10th-best

12 – Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.0
2009 Rundown
• Two top fives, four top 10s
• Average finish of 15.9
• Led four races for 479 laps
Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
• One top five, two top 10s
• Average finish of 15.5
• Finished 39th in August
• Led two of six races for two laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 13.0, seventh-most

13 – Mark Martin (No. 5 Kellogg’s/CARQUEST Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.8
2009 Rundown
• Two wins, three top fives, seven top 10s
• Average finish of 17.3
• Led seven races for 217 laps
Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
• Four wins, 16 top fives, 28 top 10s
• Average finish of 13.1
• Finished sixth in August
• Led 24 of 46 races for 882 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Has been passed 547 times, fewest in the series

Chase Contenders

 

The Top 12 … And Beyond Following Race 14 of 36

 

 

                                                                             Rank   Season
                                                                             Last     Driver
Driver                        Points   Wins      Poles        Week   Rating

 

 

1. Tony Stewart           2,043       1           0              1           101.2

 

2. Jeff Gordon              1,972       1           0              2           103.6

 

3. Jimmie Johnson       1,940       2           0              3           106.2

 

4. Ryan Newman         1,840       0           1              5             84.3

 

5. Kurt Busch              1,819       1           0              4             99.7

 

6. Carl Edwards           1,762       0           0              11           94.9

 

7. Greg Biffle               1,753       0           0              9             93.7

 

8. Matt Kenseth           1,745       2           1              8             85.5

 

9. Kyle Busch              1,731       3           1                        103.7

 

  10. Jeff Burton               1,725       0           0              10           82.9

 

  11. David Reutimann      1,701       1           2              13           83.4

 

  12. Denny Hamlin          1,679       0           0              7             94.0

 

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ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

 

 

13. Mark Martin          1,678                        34. Robby Gordon      1,101

 

14. Kasey Kahne        1,619                        35. Scott Speed           984 

 

15. J.P.  Montoya       1,617                        36. John Andretti          862          

 

16. Clint Bowyer         1,576                        37. David Gilliland         807 

 

17. Brian Vickers        1,536                        38. Regan Smith          734 

 

18. Marcos Ambrose   1,469                        39. Joe Nemechek       555 

 

19. Martin Truex Jr.     1,447                        40. Brad Keselowski     479 

 

20. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,434                        41. Dave Blaney            471 

 

21. Casey Mears        1,432                        42. Aric Almirola           451          

 

22. Jamie McMurray    1,418                        43. Scott Riggs            448          

 

23. Sam Hornish Jr.    1,371                        44. Bill Elliottl               346

 

24. Reed Sorenson     1,362                        45. Max Papis              317

 

25. Joey Logano         1,357                        46. Travis Kvapil            292

 

26. Kevin Harvick        1,352                        47. Jeremy Mayfield      288

 

27. Elliott Sadler         1,309                        48. Tony Raines           205

 

28. Bobby Labonte      1,292                        49. Mike Bliss              200

 

29. AJ Allmendinger    1,275                        50. Sterling Marlin        169

 

30. David Stremme     1,267                        51. Todd Bodine           123

 

31. David Ragan         1,265                        52. Terry Labonte           91

 

32. Michael Waltrip     1,265                        53. Dexter Bean            55

 

33. Paul Menard         1,176                        54. Mike Skinner            40

 

 

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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