Michigan II: Week 24: Top 12 - and beyond

Week 24: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 -- And Beyond DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 18, 2008) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 along with other notable drivers, going into the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway....

Week 24: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 -- And Beyond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 18, 2008) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 along with other notable drivers, going into the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. (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-- Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Toyota)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 111.5

2008 Rundown
*Eight wins, 14 top fives, 15 top 10s
*Average finish of 10.2
*Led 17 races for 1,165 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 90.6
*One win, two top fives, four top 10s
*Average finish of 14.0
*Finished 17th in March's Bristol race
*Led five of seven races for 74 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Series-high Average Running Position of 9.2

2 -- Carl Edwards (No. 99 Office Depot Ford)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 105.3

2008 Rundown
*Five wins, 10 top fives, 17 top 10s
*Average finish of 10.5
*Led 13 races for 552 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 86.2
*One win, two top fives, three top 10s
*Average finish of 15.4
*Finished 16th in March
*Led two of eight races for 198 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Series-high 630 Fastest Laps Run

3 -- Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 104.1

2008 Rundown
*Two wins, seven top fives, 12 top 10s
*Average finish of 12.5
*Led 18 races for 738 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 78.2
*Two top fives, six top 10s
*Average finish of 16.2
*Finished 18th in March
*Led four of 13 races for 43 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Average Running Position of 10.1, second-best

4 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 102.7

2008 Rundown
*One win, seven top fives, 12 top 10s
*Average finish of 12.5
*Led 17 races for 706 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 96.8
*One win, seven top fives, 10 top 10s
*Average finish of 11.3
*Finished fifth in March
*Led six of 17 races for 743 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*413 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

5 -- Jeff Burton (No. 31 AT&T Mobility Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 89.5

2008 Rundown
*One win, four top fives, 11 top 10s
*Average finish of 11.4
*Led nine races for 73 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 94.5
*One win, eight top fives, 12 top 10s
*Average finish of 17.7
*Won March's Bristol race
*Led six of 29 races for 320 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*999 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), fifth-most

6 -- Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Toyota)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.2

2008 Rundown
*Eight top fives, 11 top 10s
*Average finish of 15.0
*Led 10 races for 532 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 102.4
*One win, five top fives, six top 10s; one pole
*Average finish of 16.8
*Finished 14th in March
*Led nine of 19 races for 1,352 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*249 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

7 -- Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.8

2008 Rundown
*Seven top fives, 10 top 10s
*Average finish of 15.0
*Led 11 races for 329 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 103.2
*Four top fives, seven top 10s
*Average finish of 9.7
*Finished fourth in March
*Led four of 11 races for 202 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*283 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

8 -- Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.5

2008 Rundown
*Four top fives, nine top 10s
*Average finish of 14.7
*Led four races for 88 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 102.6
*One win, eight top fives, 10 top 10s
*Average finish of 9.9
*Finished second in March
*Led nine of 15 races for 390 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Seventh-fastest average Green Flag Speed rank

9 -- Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.5

2008 Rundown
*Eight top fives, 10 top 10s
*Average finish of 15.8
*Led 11 races for 270 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 101.4
*Five wins, 12 top fives, 18 top 10s; five poles
*Average finish of 11.7
*Finished 11th in March
*Led 24 of 31 races for 2,437 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Average Running Position of 12.4, fifth-best

10 -- Matt Kenseth (No. 14 DEWALT Ford)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 87.5

2008 Rundown
*Five top fives, 13 top 10s
*Average finish of 15.8
*Led 11 races for 201 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 109.0
*Two wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
*Average finish of 12.4
*Finished 10th in March
*Led seven of 17 races for 742 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*180 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

11 -- Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.5

2008 Rundown
*Two wins, three top fives, 11 top 10s
*Average finish of 16.4
*Led eight races for 185 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 92.7
*One top five, three top 10s; one pole
*Average finish of 18.6
*Finished seventh in March
*Led one of nine races for 305 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*246 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

12 -- Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Toyota)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.0

2008 Rundown
*One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s
*Average finish of 16.9
*Led 11 races for 696 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 93.1
*Two top 10s
*Average finish of 16.6; Finished sixth in March
*Led two of five races for 275 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Series-high 1,082 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green)

13 -- Clint Bowyer (No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 77.5

2008 Rundown
*One win, four top fives, 10 top 10s
*Average finish of 16.4
*Led four races for 150 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 83.3
*Two top fives, three top 10s
*Average finish of 16.2
*Finished third in March
*Led one of five races for 81 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*160 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most

14 -- David Ragan (No. 6 AAA Ford)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 80.2

2008 Rundown
*Five top fives, eight top 10s
*Average finish of 16.2
*Led five races for 14 laps

Bristol Motor Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 56.9
*Average finish of 29.3 in three races
*Finished 21st in March

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*1,077 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , David Ragan , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch