Top 12 - Chase for the Cup 2007-09-17

Week 28: The Chase Heads To Dover For The Top 12 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2007) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 12, going into the Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 23. 1 -- Jimmie Johnson...

Week 28: The Chase Heads To Dover For The Top 12

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2007) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 12, going into the Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 23.

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

The File:
* 31 years old from El Cajon, Calif., 29 career wins
* Six wins, 14 top fives, 17 top 10s
* Average finish of 12.7
* Led 15 of 27 races for 966 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
* Three wins, four top fives, seven top 10s
* Average finish of 11.7
* Finished 15th at Dover in June
* Led six of 11 races for 553 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-high 710 Fastest Laps Run

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

The File:
* 36 years old, Vallejo, Calif., 79 career wins
* Four wins, 16 top fives, 22 top 10s this year
* Six poles
* Average finish of 8.0 this season
* Led 18 of 27 races for 1,033 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
* Four wins, 13 top fives, 18 top 10s; three poles
* Average finish of 12.4
* Finished ninth in June
* Led 17 of 29 races for 2,198 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-best Average Running Position of 8.5

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

The File:
* 36 years old from Columbus, Ind., 32 career wins
* Three wins, 10 top fives, 19 top 10s
* Average finish of 11.9
* Led 18 of 27 races for 929 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
* Two wins, nine top fives, 11 top 10s
* Average finish of 10.7
* Finished 40th in June
* Led 10 of 17 races for 1,066 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 563 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

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

The File:
* 28 years old from Emporia, Kan., one career win
* One win, three top fives, 13 top 10s; two pole
* Average finish of 14.3
* Led 10 of 27 races for 306 laps
* Scored perfect Driver Rating of 150.0 in his win at New Hampshire

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
* Two top 10s
* Average finish of 11.0
* Finished eighth in June
* Led one of three races for two laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Seventh-best Closer -- 33 positions improved over the last 10 percent of races

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

The File:
* 22 years old from Las Vegas, Nev., four career wins
* One win, seven top fives, 15 top 10s
* Average finish of 13.6
* Led 14 of 27 races for 295 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
* Three top fives
* Average finish of 13.2
* Finished 17th June
* Led two of five races for 112 laps

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

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

The File:
* 27 years old from Mayetta, N.J., one career win
* One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s
* Average finish of 15.3
* Led 11 of 27 races for 351 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
* One win, two top 10s
* Average finish of 9.7
* Won at Dover in June
* Led one of three races for 216 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-high 2,420 Green Flag Passes

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

The File:
* 35 years old from Cambridge, Wis., 15 career wins
* One win, eight top fives, 17 top 10s
* Average finish of 11.9
* Led 14 of 27 races for 288 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
* One win, five top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 14.2
* Finished fifth in June
* Led four of 17 races for 357 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-high 7,372 laps run on the lead lap

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

The File:
* 28 years old from Columbia, Mo., six career wins
* Two wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s
* Average finish of 13.3
* Led 10 of 27 races for 333 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
* Two top fives, three top 10s
* Average finish of 10.5
* Finished third in June
* Led three of six races for 41 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 5,765 Laps in the Top 15, sixth-most

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

The File:
* 26 years old, Chesterfield, Va., three career wins
* One win, 10 top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 12.4
* Led 13 of 27 races for 738 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
* One top five, two top 10s
* Average finish of 8.0 in three races
* Finish fourth in June

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 397 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

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

The File:
* 31 years old from Bakersfield, Calif., 11 career victories
* One win, four top fives, 11 top 10s
* Average finish of 15.6 this season
* Led nine of 26 races for 251 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
* Two top fives, five top 10s
* Average finish of 17.8
* Finished 20th in June
* Led one of 13 races for 133 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Third-best Closer -- 39 positions improved over the last 10 percent of races

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

The File:
* 40 years old from South Boston, Va., 19 career wins
* One win, seven top fives, 12 top 10s
* Average finish of 13.6
* Led six of 27 races for 28 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
* One win, six top fives, 10 top 10s
* Average finish of 17.3
* Finished 12th in June
* Led eight of 27 races for 127 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 1,361 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green flag conditions), fourth-most

12 -- Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)

The File:
* 29 years old from Las Vegas, Nev., 17 career wins
* Two wins, five top fives, 10 top 10s
* Average finish of 15.4
* Led 15 of 27 races for 651 laps

Dover International Speedway Outlook:
* Two top fives, four top 10s
* Average finish of 20.0
* Finished 42nd in June
* Led three of 14 races for 205 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-high 1,454 Quality Passes

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