Charlotte: Week 13: The top 12 - and beyond

Week 13: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 -- And Beyond DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 26, 2009) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Heluva Good!...

Week 13: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 -- And Beyond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 26, 2009) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips & Cheese at Dover International Speedway on May 31. (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 -- Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107.5

2009 Rundown
• One win, six top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 10.1
• Led eight races for a total of 496 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
• Four wins, 14 top fives, 20 top 10s; four poles
• Average finish of 11.9
• Finished seventh in September
• Led 19 of 32 races for 2,231 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Series-high 299 Fastest Laps Run

2 -- Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.6

2009 Rundown
• Five top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 10.2
• Led five races for 54 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
• Two wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s
• Average finish of 12.2
• Finished 11th in September
• Led 10 of 20 races for 1,061 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 10.7, fifth-best

3 -- Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.3

2009 Rundown
• One win, three top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 12.2
• Led seven races for 322 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
• Two top fives, four top 10s
• Average finish of 21.4
• Finished 34th in September
• Led four of 17 races for 225 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 10.0, third-best

4 -- Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.7

2009 Rundown
• One win, five top fives, seven top 10s
• Average finish of 13.7
• Led 10 races for 319 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
• Three wins, five top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 11.1
• Finished fifth in September
• Led nine of 14 races for 637 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 10.0, second-best

5 -- Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.0

2009 Rundown
• Two top fives, four top 10s
• Average finish of 12.4
• Led four races for 479 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
• One top five, two top 10s
• Average finish of 23.8
• Finished 38th in September
• Led one of six races for 61 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 10.3, fourth-most

6 -- Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107.1

2009 Rundown
• Three wins, four top fives, five top 10s
• Average finish of 15.8
• Led eight races for 789 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
• One win, five top fives
• Average finish of 14.4
• Finished 43rd in September
• Led three of eight races for 270 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 236 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

7 -- Ryan Newman (No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.5

2009 Rundown
• Four top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 14.0
• Led seven races for 137 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
• Three wins, six top fives, eight top 10s; four poles
• Average finish of 10.5
• Finished 13th in September
• Led nine of 14 races for 813 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Has run 78.6% of the laps on the lead lap, 12th-best

8 -- Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.9

2009 Rundown
• Two top fives, five top 10s
• Average finish of 14.5
• Led two races for 67 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
• One win, six top fives, 13 tops 10s
• Average finish of 16.3
• Finished ninth in September
• Led eight of 30 races for 127 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 66.4%, ninth-best

9 -- Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DEWALT Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 81.8

2009 Rundown
• Two wins, three top fives, five top 10s
• Average finish of 16.2
• Led five races for 171 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
• One win, seven top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 14.1
• Finished second in September
• Led seven of 20 races for 686 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 1,116 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

10 -- Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 89.5

2009 Rundown
• Three top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 16.0
• Led five races for 267 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
• Two wins, five top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 11.2
• Won September's Dover race
• Led seven of 13 races for 422 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 255 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

11 -- Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 89.7

2009 Rundown
• Two top fives, five top 10s
• Average finish of 16.0
• Led five races for 42 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
• One win, five top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 7.7
• Finished third in September
• Led six of nine races for 285 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 13.3, seventh-best

12 -- Mark Martin (No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.4

2009 Rundown
• Two wins, three top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 17.8
• Led five races for 215 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
• Four wins, 21 top fives, 28 top 10s; four poles
• Average finish of 12.8
• Finished fourth in September
• Led 28 of 45 races for 1,719 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Has been passed 484 times, fewest in the series

13 -- David Reutimann (No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.2

2009 Rundown
• One win, two top fives, three top 10s
• Average finish of 16.4
• Led four races for 47 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
• Average finish of 20.7 in his three Dover races
• Finished 17th in September

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 15.4, ninth-best

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , David Reutimann , Carl Edwards , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin