Keeping Pace

Week 18: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 – And Beyond

 (The Spokesman-Review)
(The Spokesman-Review)

A look at this week's Top-12 heading into the Coke 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night.

Courtesy: NASCAR Media Relations

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 29, 2009) – Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 4. (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: 104.1
2009 Rundown
• One win, nine top fives, 13 top 10s
• Average finish of 8.2
• Led nine races for 150 laps
Daytona International Speedway Outlook:
• Two wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 17.2
• Finished eighth in February
• Led 11 of 21 races for 546 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 9.8, second-best

2 – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.9
2009 Rundown
• One win, nine top fives, 12 top 10s
• Average finish of 9.6
• Led 10 races for 569 laps
Daytona International Speedway Outlook:
• Six wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s; three poles
• Average finish of 15.1
• Finished 13th in February
• Led 25 of 33 races for 571 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 372 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

3 – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.5
2009 Rundown
• Two wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s
• Average finish of 12.2
• Led 14 races for 887 laps
Daytona International Speedway Outlook:
• One win, five top fives, eight top 10s; two poles
• Average finish of 15.0
• Finished 31st in February
• Led seven of 15 races for 59 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Series-best Average Running Position of 8.8

4 – Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.3
2009 Rundown
• One win, five top fives, nine top 10s
• Average finish of 12.6
• Led 10 races for 353 laps
Daytona International Speedway Outlook:
• Eight top fives, nine top 10s
• Average finish of 17.9
• Finished 10th in February
• Led five of 17 races for 166 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: 94.1
2009 Rundown
• Four top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 13.9
• Led eight races for 158 laps
Daytona International Speedway Outlook:
• Two top fives
• Average finish of 21.4
• Finished 18th in February
• Led two of nine races for three laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 12.3, sixth-best

6 – Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.5
2009 Rundown
• Four top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 14.5
• Led seven races for 514 laps
Daytona International Speedway Outlook:
• Average finish of 26.77
• Finished 26th in February
• Led three of seven races for 48 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 12.6, seventh-best

7 – Ryan Newman (No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.5
2009 Rundown
• Five top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 14.7
• Led nine races for 155 laps
Daytona International Speedway Outlook:
• One win, two top fives, three top 10s
• Average finish of 21.0
• Finished 36th in February
• Led five of 15 races for 35 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Has run 81.1% of the laps on the lead lap, 12th-best

8 – Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 102.8
2009 Rundown
• Three wins, four top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 16.2
• Led 10 races for 808 laps
Daytona International Speedway Outlook:
• One win, four top fives
• Average finish of 18.4
• Finished 41st in February
• Led six of nine races for 234 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 250 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

9 – Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.3
2009 Rundown
• Five top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 15.1
• Led nine races for 355 laps
Daytona International Speedway Outlook:
• One win, three top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 22.5
• Finished 20th in February
• Led four of 13 races for 30 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 345 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

10 – Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DEWALT Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.7 
2009 Rundown
• Two wins, four top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 16.2
• Led seven races for 184 laps
Daytona International Speedway Outlook:
• One win, three top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 18.4
• Won February’s Daytona 500
• Led 10 of 19 races for 66 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 1,409 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

11 – Mark Martin (No. 5 Kellogg’s/CARQUEST Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.3
2009 Rundown
• Three wins, four top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 17.2
• Led nine races for 219 laps
Daytona International Speedway Outlook:
• Nine top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 17.7
• Finished 16th in February
• Led 13 of 48 races for 240 laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Has been passed 742 times, fewest in the series

12 – Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.9
2009 Rundown
• Seven top 10s
• Average finish of 15.0
• Led four races for 17 laps
Daytona International Speedway Outlook:
• Average finish of 27.0 in five races
• Finished 14th in February
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 1,599 Green Flag Passes, second-most

13 – Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.1
2009 Rundown
• One win, two top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 15.5
• Led three races for 83 laps
Daytona International Speedway Outlook:
• Four tops 10s
• Average finish of 18.1
• Finished 29th in February
• Led three of 11 races for five laps
Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 143 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

Chase Contenders

 

The Top 12 … And Beyond Following Race 17 of 36

 

 

                          

                                                                           Rank      Season
                                                                           Last        Driver

Driver                        Points   Wins      Poles      Week      Rating

 

 

1. Tony Stewart            2,524       1           0              1           104.1

 

2. Jeff Gordon               2,455       1           0              2           103.9

 

3. Jimmie Johnson        2,355       2           0              3           108.5

 

4. Kurt Busch               2,254       1           0              4           101.3

 

5. Carl Edwards            2,157       0           0              5           94.1

 

6. Denny Hamlin           2,132       0           0              7           95.5

 

7. Ryan Newman          2,127       0           1              6           82.5

 

8. Kyle Busch              2,108       3           1              9           102.8

 

9. Greg Biffle                2,106       0           0              8           92.3

 

  10. Matt Kenseth           2,054       2           1              10         84.7

 

  11. Mark Martin             2,052       3           3              11         95.3

 

  12. Juan Pablo Montoya 2,049       0           1              12         84.9

 

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ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

 

 

13. Kasey Kahne        2,048                        34. Robby Gordon      1,366

 

14. David Reutimann   2,037                        35. Scott Speed         1,148

 

15. Clint Bowyer         1,955                        36. John Andretti        1,114       

 

16. Jeff Burton            1,941                        37. David Gilliland         984 

 

17. Brian Vickers        1,852                        38. Regan Smith          816 

 

18. Marcos Ambrose   1,798                        39. Joe Nemechek       638 

 

19. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,764                        40. Brad Keselowski     629 

 

20. Casey Mears        1,747                        41. Dave Blaney           588 

 

21. Joey Logano         1,741                        42. Max Papis             502          

 

22. Jamie McMurray    1,733                        43. Bill Elliott              461          

 

23. Elliott Sadler         1,660                        44. Aric Almirola          451

 

24. Martin Truex Jr.     1,642                        45. Scott Riggs           448

 

25. Sam Hornish Jr.    1,638                        46. Travis Kvapil          292

 

26. Reed Sorenson     1,604                        47. Jeremy Mayfield    288

 

27. Kevin Harvick        1,598                        48. Tony Raines          279

 

28. Bobby Labonte      1,579                        49. Sterling Marlin       209

 

29. AJ Allmendinger    1,534                        50. Mike Bliss             200

 

30. David Ragan          1,496                        51. Patrick Carpentier  198

 

31. David Stremme      1,441                        52. Todd Bodine          123

 

32. Michael Waltrip      1,429                        53. Terry Labonte         91

 

33. Paul Menard          1,410                        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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