Top 12 - and beyond 2007-06-25

Week 17: The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 12 - And Beyond DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 25, 2007) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 12 along with some other notable drivers, going into the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New ...

Week 17: The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 12 - And Beyond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 25, 2007) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 12 along with some other notable drivers, going into the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway on July 1.

1 -- Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)

The File:
* 35-years-old, Vallejo, Calif., 79 career wins
* Four wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s
* Five poles
* Average finish of 6.8 this season
* Led 12 of 16 races for 718 laps

New Hampshire International Speedway Outlook:
* Three wins, 10 top fives, 13 top 10s; three poles
* Average finish of 12.4
* Finished 15th and third in last season's two races
* Led 16 of 24 races for 1,104 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-best Driver Rating of 110.1

2 -- Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Chevrolet)

The File:
* 26-years-old, Chesterfield, Va., two career wins
* Six top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 9.9
* Led 10 of 16 races for 665 laps

New Hampshire International Speedway Outlook:
* One top five, two top 10s
* Average finish of 5.0
* Finished sixth and fourth last season
* Led both of his NHIS races for five laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Average Running Position of 11.028, third-best

3 -- Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)

The File:
* 31-years-old from El Cajon, Calif., 27 career wins
* Four wins, eight top fives, nine top 10s
* Average finish of 13.2
* Led 10 of 16 races for 669 laps

New Hampshire International Speedway Outlook:
* Two wins, five top 10s
* Average finish of 11.7
* Finished ninth and 39th last season
* Led three of 10 races for 73 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-best 8.996 Average Running Position

4 -- Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DEWALT Ford)

The File:
* 35-years-old from Cambridge, Wis., 15 career wins
* One win, six top fives, 10 top 10s
* Average finish of 12.2
* Led 10 of 16 races for 253 laps

New Hampshire International Speedway Outlook:
* Five top fives, nine top 10s
* Average finish of 10.9
* Finished 14th and 10th, respectively, last season
* Led four of 14 races for 86 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 4,630 laps run on the lead lap, second-most

5 -- Jeff Burton (No. 31 AT&T Mobility Chevrolet)

The File:
* 40-years-old from South Boston, Va., 19 career wins
* One win, six top fives, eight top 10s
* Average finish of 13.2 this season
* Led in five of 16 races for 27 laps

New Hampshire International Speedway Outlook:
* Four wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s
* Average finish of 13.2
* Finished seventh in both races last season
* Led 10 of 24 races for 694 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 937 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green flag conditions), second-most

6 -- Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet)

The File:
* 36-years-old from Columbus, Ind., 29 career wins
* Four top fives, 11 top 10s
* Average finish of 14.4
* Led 12 of 16 races for 658 laps

New Hampshire International Speedway Outlook:
* Two wins, nine top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 13.5
* Finished 37th and second last season
* Led eight of 16 races for 764 laps

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

7 -- Carl Edwards (No. 99 Office Depot Ford)

The File:
* 27-years-old from Columbia, Mo., five career wins
* One win, three top fives, five top 10s
* Average finish of 14.2
* Led seven of 16 races for 134 laps

New Hampshire International Speedway Outlook:
* One top five
* Average finish of 14.2 in five races
* Finished second and 18th, respectively, last season

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 3,704 Laps in the Top 15, fourth-best

8 -- Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet)

The File:
* 31-years-old from Bakersfield, Calif., 11 career victories
* One win, three top fives, seven top 10s
* Average finish of 15.3 this season
* Led in six of 16 races for 176 laps

New Hampshire International Speedway Outlook:
* One win, three top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 12.7
* Finished fifth and first last season
* Led seven of 12 races for 264 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-high 1,583 Green Flag Passes

9 -- Clint Bowyer (No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet)

The File:
* 28-years-old from Emporia, Kan., no career wins
* One top five, eight top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 15.2
* Led five of 16 races for 23 laps

New Hampshire International Speedway Outlook:
* Average finish of 25.5
* Finished 27th and 24th last season
* Led one of two races for 23 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 2,718 Laps in the Top 15, 12th-best

10 -- Kyle Busch (No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet)

The File:
* 22-years-old from Las Vegas, Nev., four career wins
* One win, three top fives, nine top 10s
* Average finish of 16.8
* Led in seven of 16 races for 87 laps

New Hampshire International Speedway Outlook:
* One win, two top fives
* Average finish of 17.5
* Finished first and 38th, respectively, last season
* Led one of four races for 107 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Fourth-fastest Green Flag Speed

11 -- Martin Truex Jr. (No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet)

The File:
* 26-years-old from Mayetta, N.J., 1 career win
* One win, three top fives, six top 10s
* Average finish of 17.4
* Led six of 16 races for 287 laps

New Hampshire International Speedway Outlook:
* Average finish of 20.0 in two NHIS races
* Finished 18th and 22nd last season

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 1,469 Green Flag Passes, tied for third-most

12 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet)

The File:
* 32-years-old from Kannapolis, N.C., 17 career wins
* Two top five, six top 10s
* Average finish of 15.8
* Led six of 16 races for 238 laps

New Hampshire International Speedway Outlook:
* Three top fives, six top 10s
* Average finish of 18.5
* Finished 43 rd and 13th last season
* Led five of 15 races for 175 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 3,707 Laps in the Top 15, third-most

13 -- Ryan Newman (No. 12 Alltel Dodge)

The File:
* 29-years-old from South Bend, Ind., 12 career wins
* Three top fives, six top 10s; four poles
* Average finish of 20.2
* Led seven of 16 races for 207 laps

New Hampshire International Speedway Outlook:
* Two wins, five top fives, seven top 10s
* Average finish of 11.4
* Finished 39th and 12th last season
* Led nine of 10 races for 515 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 816 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , Martin Truex Jr. , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch