Top 12 - Chase for the Cup 2007-10-15

Chase For The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Week 6: Martinsville Speedway DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2007) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 12 going into the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 21. 1-- Jeff Gordon (No. 24...

Chase For The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Week 6: Martinsville Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2007) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 12 going into the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 21.

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

The File:
* 36 years old, Vallejo, Calif., 81 career wins
* Six wins, 19 top fives, 25 top 10s this year
* Six poles
* Average finish of 7.5
* Led 21 of 31 races for 1,112 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
* Seven wins, 17 top fives, 23 top 10s; five poles
* Average finish of 7.3
* Finished second at Martinsville in April
* Led 21 of 29 races for 2,298 laps

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

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

The File:
* 32 years old from El Cajon, Calif., 29 career wins
* Six wins, 16 top fives, 19 top 10s; three poles
* Average finish of 12.1
* Led 19 of 31 races for 1,069 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
* Three wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 6.6
* Won the Martinsville race in April
* Led five of 11 races for 724 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-high 819 Fastest Laps Run

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

The File:
* 28 years old from Emporia, Kan., one career win
* One win, five top fives, 15 top 10s; two poles
* Average finish of 13.4
* Led 12 of 31 races for 386 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
* Average finish of 18.7 in three races
* Finished 11th in April

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Fifth-best Closer -- 46 positions improved over the last 10% of races

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

The File:
* 36 years old from Columbus, Ind., 32 career wins
* Three wins, 10 top fives, 22 top 10s
* Average finish of 12.4
* Led 20 of 31 races for 980 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
* Two wins, six top fives, 10 top 10s; three poles
* Average finish of 12.2
* Finished seventh in April
* Led 10 of 17 races for 1,193 laps

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

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

The File:
* 28 years old from Columbia, Mo., seven career wins
* Three wins, nine top fives, 13 top 10s
* Average finish of 13.4
* Led 11 of 31 races for 428 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
* Average finish of 22.2 in six races
* Finished 17th in April

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 6,449 Laps in the Top 15, sixth-most

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

The File:
* 22 years old from Las Vegas, Nev., four career wins
* One win, nine top fives, 17 top 10s
* Average finish of 14.5
* Led 16 of 31 races for 300 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
* Two top fives, three top 10s
* Average finish of 15.0
* Finished fourth in May
* Led one of five races for 10 laps

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

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

The File:
* 29 years old from Las Vegas, Nev., 17 career wins
* Two wins, five top fives, 11 top 10s
* Average finish of 15.7
* Led 18 of 31 races for 760 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
* One win, two top fives, four top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 19.6
* Finished 12th in April
* Led six of 14 races for 358 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-high 1,664 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green flag conditions)

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

The File:
* 31 years old from Bakersfield, Calif., 11 career victories
* One win, four top fives, 12 top 10s
* Average finish of 16.1 this season
* Led 11 of 31 races for 270 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
* Four top 10s
* Average finish of 20.1
* Finished 41st in April
* Led four of 12 races for 147 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Fourth-best Closer -- 51 positions improved over the last 10% of races

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

The File:
* 26 years old, Chesterfield, Va., three career wins
* One win, 11 top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 13.7
* Led 15 of 31 races for 839 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
* Two top fives, three top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 12.5
* Finished third in April
* Led two of four races for 153 laps

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

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

The File:
* 40 years old from South Boston, Va., 19 career wins
* One win, eight top fives, 14 top 10s
* Average finish of 14.7
* Led six of 31 races for 28 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
* One win, nine top fives, 13 top 10s
* Average finish of 15.0
* Finished sixth in April
* Led six of 26 races for 574 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 2,542 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

11 -- 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 16.9
* Led 13 of 31 races for 355 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
* Average finish of 28.0
* Finished 29th in April
* Led one of three races for one lap

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-high 2,795 Green Flag Passes

12 -- 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 14.6
* Led 17 of 31 races for 561 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
* One top five, four top 10s
* Average finish of 16.3
* Finished 10th in April
* Led six of 15 races for 60 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 8,166 laps run on the lead lap, second-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 Monster Energy NASCAR 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