The top 12 - and beyond

Week 19: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 -- And Beyond DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 6, 2009) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on...

Week 19: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 -- And Beyond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 6, 2009) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 11. (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: 106.2

2009 Rundown
• Two wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s
• Average finish of 7.8
• Led 10 races for 236 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• Two wins, six top fives; one pole
• Average finish of 10.3
• Finished fifth last season
• Led six of eight races for 395 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 9.3, second-best

2 -- Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.4

2009 Rundown
• One win, nine top fives, 12 top 10s
• Average finish of 10.7
• Led 11 races for 570 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• One win, four top fives, five top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 10.1
• Finished 11th last season
• Led four of eight races for 87 laps

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

3 -- Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.0

2009 Rundown
• Two wins, eight top fives, 12 top 10s
• Average finish of 11.6
• Led 14 races for 887 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• Five top fives, six top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 8.1
• Finished second last season
• Led six of seven races for 176 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Series-best Average Running Position of 8.6

4 -- Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.6

2009 Rundown
• One win, six top fives, 10 top 10s
• Average finish of 12.2
• Led 11 races for 354 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• Five top 10s
• Average finish of 17.3
• Finished 28th last season
• Led two of eight races for three 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: 94.7

2009 Rundown
• Five top fives, nine top 10s
• Average finish of 13.4
• Led eight races for 158 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• One top five
• Average finish of 23.5
• Finished 32nd last season
• Led one of four races for 15 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 12.1, seventh-best

6 -- Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.3

2009 Rundown
• Five top fives, seven top 10s
• Average finish of 13.8
• Led eight races for 577 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• Average finish of 23.7 in three races
• Finished 40th last season

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 12.1, seventh-best

7 -- Ryan Newman (No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 81.1

2009 Rundown
• Five top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 15.0
• Led 10 races for 156 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• One win, two top fives, four top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 17.6
• Finished 10th last season
• Led three of seven races for 163 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Has run 80.5% of the laps on the lead lap, 12th-best

8 -- Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.1

2009 Rundown
• Three wins, four top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 16.1
• Led 11 races for 809 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• One win, two top fives
• Average finish of 7.8
• Won last season's Chicagoland race
• Led two of four races for 167 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 253 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

9 -- Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.4

2009 Rundown
• Five top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 15.3
• Led nine races for 355 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• One top five
• Average finish of 12.8
• Finished fourth last season
• Led two of six races for 77 laps

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

10 -- Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DEWALT Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 85.9

2009 Rundown
• Two wins, four top fives, seven top 10s
• Average finish of 15.7
• Led eight races for 187 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• Two top fives, four top 10s
• Average finish of 9.8
• Finished seventh last season
• Led six of eight races for 300 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 1,509 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

11 -- Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.6

2009 Rundown
• Eight top 10s
• Average finish of 14.7
• Led four races for 17 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• Average finish of 16.5 in two races
• Finished 18th last season

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 1,733 Green Flag Passes, second-most

12 -- Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.3

2009 Rundown
• One win, two top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 15.4
• Led three races for 83 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• Average finish of 29.4
• Finished 15th last season
• Led one of five races for 10 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 144 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

13 -- Mark Martin (No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.5

2009 Rundown
• Three wins, four top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 18.3
• Led nine races for 219 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
• Three top 10s
• Average finish of 14.0
• Finished 17th last season
• Led four of eight races for 44 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Has been passed 764 times, fewest in the series

-credit: nascar

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